Lorrha Notes

Thomas Houlihan (second on left) and Denis Maher (right) along with two members of their back up crew Bernie Houlihan and Lil Maher get ready for take off on the first leg of their fundraising journey for Pieta House. Also in the photo is Michaela Cramp.       Pic: Rose Mannion.

Cycle for Pieta.

The best of luck to Denis Maher and Tommy Houlihan who are cycling The Wild Atlantic Way , from Kerry to Donegal, a total of 2400km as a fundraiser for Pieta House. Last year the pair completed the Mizen to Malin head and on that occasion they raised over €8,400 which they presented to Pieta later in the year. This time around they have set a target of €5,000 and they say they will be delighted if they can hit that target but the more they can get the better for Pieta House. They can be followed on facebook where they will be posting regular reports with photos and some video clips and to donate please go to https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/WildAtlanticCycle4Pieta.

The best of luck is extended to the Lorrha School Hurling team in the County Final which will be played either Tuesday 30th or Wednesday 31st of May – next week in Semple Stadium.  This might team have shown exceptional leadership and team work all year and hopefully they can cap off a wonderful year when they set foot of the Thurles grounds.  Pic: Rose Mannion

Late Kieran Larkin.

The death took place on Friday May 12th. after a short illness, and in University Hospital Limerick, of Kieran Larkin, Caherdavin, Limerick and formerly Rathcabbin.
Kieran would have celebrated his 82nd birthday two weeks later had he lived and although he wasn’t enjoying good health, his passing was unexpected.
The last of that Larkin family, like his brother Frank, Kieran never forgot his roots and was a regular visitor back to Rathcabbin visiting relations, attending funerals, and in recent years both himself and Frank, who pre-deceased him by seventeen months, travelled back together. He followed both club and county in hurling and football and could talk for hours about each player, how they performed at such and such a match as he looked forward to another game.
Kieran emigrated to Canada as a young man but returned home after a few years and secured a job with Telefusion in Limerick. Later he moved to Shaws Department Stores and worked his way up to become branch manager, working in their shops around the country and was well known in their Fermoy and Roscrea branch. Kieran was very well liked and respected as a work colleague, and by the customers, as he was always friendly in a jolly mood and chatty too combined with a great sense of humour.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his loving wife Eileen, sons Kevin & Brian, daughter-in-law Connie, his adored grandchildren Alison, Stephen, Aaron, sisters-in-law Chris & Peg, nieces, nephews, relatives, kind neighbours and his many friends. Pre-deceased by his sisters Mary and  Nan and brothers John-Joe, Jim, Stephen and Frank.
After funeral mass in Christ the King Church, Caherdavin, burial took place in Castlemungret Cemetery, Limerick. May Kieran’s soul rest and peace.


Sympathy is extended to Joe and Triona Dolan and family, Rathcabbin on the death of Joe’s sister Colette which occurred last week in Australia. Funeral arrangements later.

Well Done.

The staff and pupils in Lorrha NS send congratulations to junior room teacher Aoife McLoughney on winning a Munster Junior Camogie medal last Sunday with the Tipperary team. No doubt there will be great celebrations in the school this week.  Also, congratulations to the Lorrha men David Sullivan, Jack Maher, JP Houlihan and Ronan Moore who are part of the backroom team. Both Jack and JP are former pupils. Also, well done to past pupil Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and the Tipperary senior hurling team on a great performance against Limerick on Sunday last and our present 6th class pupil Lee Mannion who played with the Primary Game at half time.  We wish Patrick well next week-end against Waterford. Another former pupil is Seán Molloy and he is part of the Rás Tailteann cycling team, Irelands biggest cycling race, that passed through our parish last week on their way to Ennis. We wish Seán the best of luck and well done to all.

A real success story from Lorrha National School. Past pupil Clodagh McIntyre won a Munster medal with Tipp Senior Camogie
Junior room teacher Aoife McLoughney won a Munster medal with Tipp Junior team and present 6th class pupil Lee Mannion played in the Primary game that beat Limerick last Sunday prior to the senior Tipp v Limerick tie in Semple Stadium.  Pic: Rose Mannion. 

North Tipp Ploughing.

A meeting of the North Tipperary Ploughing committee will take place on Wednesday night May 24th at 8.30pm. in Paddy’s bar, Terryglass. Entry forms for NPC to be signed. All outstanding raffle and sponsorship money to be returned.
The committee wish to extend sympathy to Joe Slattery on the death of his uncle Mick Slattery, Puckane, which occurred on Saturday May 6th while three days earlier, Mick’s wife Gretta also passed away. After separate funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Puckane, they were both interred in Kilodiernan Cemetery. May they rest in peace.

Lorrha Community Games.

Lorrha Community Games has long been a big tradition in the parish of Lorrha but lapsed over the past few years up until Sunday the 14th of May.  It was wonderful to see such a big turn out for the Track and Field Day event which saw great numbers and the weather played to our favour. There were over 25 events, a toddler run, races for all age groups and the long puck. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the competition was to a very high standard. A huge thanks to all who organised the event, Niamh Moran, Siobhán Ryan and Stacey Guinan and a massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day and with the set up. A big thank you to Keith Brady Electrical who has very kindly agreed to sponsor singlets for all children involved.
Best of luck to all the children who now go forward to represent Lorrha at county level in Templemore on the 4th of June. Lorrha Community Games are putting their best foot forward with a great variety of events for all interests and all abilities.

Lorrha Community Games races held recently.

Rathcabbin Development/Tidy Towns.

We are holding a coffee morning in Rathcabbin Hall on Sunday June 4th from 10:30 to 1:30.
Come enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, cake and a chat. Pick up a cake for dessert or a plant for your garden. If you cannot attend but wish to donate you can do so on idonate. Please support.  All proceeds go back into the village.

Annual May Devotions.

The annual May devotions to Our Lady of Clonfert continues with Mass each evening at 7.30pm which will be celebrated by visiting clergy. There will be two Masses on Friday 26th  one at 12 noon and again at 7.30pm.and on Sunday 28th Mass at 10.30am and again at 6.30pm. On Tuesday May 30th Fr. Declan McInerney will celebrate Mass for all who are sick with Anointing of the Sick at 7.30pm. The Devotions will come to a conclusion on Wednesday May 31st with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 7.30pm. Shrine open daily from 7am to 11pm. All Masses are livestreamed daily on www.churchservices.tv/Clonfert.

Lorrha Camogie.

Hard luck to our U14 girls who left everything on the pitch in the semi-final against Mullinahone. They should be very proud of themselves, and have given us plenty to cheer about from the great saves to the blocking, tackling and the scores in each game. They now have a break for a few weeks until the U13 and U15 competition starts up.
Our U12 girls are out on Friday evening 26th at home to St. Cronan’s, Roscrea at 7pm.and we wish them the best of luck.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 22 May were: 8-18-19-31.  2 Match 3s share €100: Andrew Kennedy, Pat McLoughney.
Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, D&K Mannion, Sean Mannion.
Next Monday’s jackpot remains capped at €15,000. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate: Lorrha take on Newport in the County League Division 3 semi-final next Sunday at 11.30am. Best of luck to the team.

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher and Lee Mannion, both of whom represented Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Sunday. Best of luck to Bonner against Waterford this Sunday.

Camogie: Well done to the Lorrha management team of the Tipperary junior camogie team on their Munster final win over Limerick at the weekend.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Colm Bourke at 9.30pm.

Sympathies: To the Larkin family on the death of Kieran Larkin, late of Limerick. Kieran won a juvenile county final with Lorrha in the 50s.


Exciting Line-up of Stars and Talks NDC Show Garden at Bloom 2023


The National Dairy Council is delighted to be presenting a show garden again at this year’s Bord Bia Bloom taking place the June Bank Holiday Weekend in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. This year’s garden will host a number of exciting talks and discussions from Ireland’s top sports stars, broadcasters, weather experts, futurists, and scientists.

Following on from NDC’s highly successful garden last year, which was based on a rural Irish farm garden, this year’s garden is all about the senses and capturing Ireland’s weather and climate, key to the success of our dairy production system. The large concept garden pays homage to the Irish climate. It honours the crucial role our climate plays in the quality and sustainability of our farming businesses, while recognising farmers’ responsibility to protect our natural resources and combat climate change.

The garden’s centrepiece is a large installation built from transparent, reflective boxes in 100% recycled plastic from Ukranian enterprise, The Good Plastic Company.  The installation represents a sculptural ode to clouds and a metaphor for modern farming. Ireland is now a leader in dairy production technology as farmers turn to cloud-based platforms to help lower the carbon hoofprint of the dairy they produce.

The garden designer Benny Magennis is a creative designer heavily involved in multiple design disciplines, such as landscape, creative art and visual, from product and furniture design to realising concept installations for public spaces and company brands. The Show Garden at Bloom will be a live stage for a series of exciting talks and discussions over the five days.


Running Order at the NDC Garden

  • Thursday 1st June – 11.00am World Milk Day
    1. Theme – “Be the Best” Ireland -No.1 at Rugby No.1 at producing Dairy.
    2. Rob Kearney, Irish Rugby Union former Player and Irish rugby star Eimear Considine with MC Joe Molloy, Newstalk/Off the Ball


  • Friday 2nd June – 11.00am 
    1. Future Food – where are we going -Insights and Trends
    2. Panel Discussion with RTE’s Kathryn Thomas, Grace Binchy, Consumer Insights at Bord Bia, Dietician Sarah Keogh, and Dee Laffan, Food Commentator, and journalist


  • Saturday 3rd June 2.00pm
    1. Ireland’s Unique weather and climate – what is the story?
    2. MC /Weather presenter Martin King, RTE Weather forecaster Joanna Donnelly and Gearoid Maher, NDC Farm Ambassador


  • Sunday 4th June 11.00am
    1. “The Grassroots Movement” Youth Panel introducing the next Generation of young farmers NDC Farm Ambassador, Nicole Keohane, Farmer, Influencer and Journalist Katie Gleeson, Farmer Liam Hanrahan, journalist with Irish Farmers Journal, Sarah McIntosh
  • 2.00pm 
    1. The Science beneath the Grass” Panel discussion – How technology and science is improving sustainability on a journey to lower emissions.
    2. Chaired by Dr Karina Pierce, Department of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD, speaking with Dr Edel Kelly, Department of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD, Dr George Ramsbottom, Teagasc and NDC Farm Ambassador.


  • Monday 5th June 11.00am 
    1. Feeding the future: A sustainable approach to farming and food production
    2. MC Dr Kirstie McAdoo, Head of Education at Airfield Estate, Majella McCafferty, Farm Specialist, NDC Farm Ambassadors


Did You Know.

In 1967 Nicole Kidman, American actress was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the USA

On June 18th 1948 the UN Commission on Human Rights adopted the International Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1837 Charles Goodyear obtained his first rubber patent.

There are more than 400 distinct phobias well recognized by psychologists.

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