Lorrha Notes

Good Luck.

The best of luck to the Lorrha Premier Intermediate team and mentors in their forthcoming quarter final game against Clonakenny on Saturday coming 16th at 3.00pm in Nenagh.


Tipperary County Council will be closing the R489 main Birr to Portumna road to carry out road resurfacing between Ballincor Cross and Cahalan’s lane, on Wednesday 20th September. Diversions will be in place so it’s advisable to leave plenty of time for your travels.


Sympathy is extended to the family of Joe (Joseph) Moore, Shannon Park, Portumna who passed away  on Monday September 4th.
There was widespread shock and sadness as news broke of Joe’s passing. He was a pleasant, cheerful and friendly man to all he came in contact with. He liked to have a chat and throw in a joke or something funny into the conversation. Well known through is work in Lynch’s Hardware in Portumna, he was always obliging and helpful. Despite his many years living over the bridge in Portumna, Joe never lost his love for Lorrha and Tipp hurling which stemmed from the fact that he was born and raised in Lorrha.  After his retirement, he was a familiar figure walking his dog around his adopted town.  
Joe is predeceased by his beloved son Joseph, whom he loved wholeheartedly and grieved deeply. He was also an adored and devoted father who will be forever loved and deeply mourned by his bereft daughters Ann and Brenda and his grandchildren Kasey, Freya and Ethan. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his devoted son-in-law Simon, deeply regretted by his former wife Pauline, son-in-law Huw and Kasey’s partner Dylan. Sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, especially his loving sister Margaret Cowan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and his neighbours. Joe will be truly missed and mourned by many, especially his close circle of friends, “the lads” as he called them and his “second family” as we called them. Joe reposed at his daughter Ann’s residence, in Portland, Lorrha, on Thursday 7th and after funeral Mass the following morning, in St Brigid’s Church Portumna burial took place in St Michael’s cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Joe Bergin.

The peaceful death occurred after a very short illness, on Wednesday September 6th of Joe Bergin, Cappaneale, Birr, in the loving care of Milford Hospice.
Joe, who was 68 years old, was the eldest in a family of three born to Kitty and Joe in Redwood, Lorrha. After national school, Joe attended St. Mollaisse’s College in Portumna like so many from the Lorrha side of the parish at that time, and when he finished there he spent a year in Agriculture College. However, life took Joe on a different path and he joined the staff in the Meteorological Service in Waterford. Some time later he was transferred to Clones, Co. Monaghan where he spent most of his life, and was delighted to get closer to home when he was stationed to Birr Met Station in 2003. After spending over 40 years with the Met services, Joe retired  in 2007 and had plenty of time to pursue his favorite hobbies which were golf, fishing, shooting and cross words.
He hurled with Lorrha during his younger years winning a North underage final in the 1970’s but due to a technicality, the title was removed from the Lorrha team. However, many years later, Joe and his team mates received their medals for that final.
He is deeply regretted by his loving daughters Emma and Sarah, son Stephen wife Teresa, brother Stephen (Redwood), and sister Maura Milne (Birr), son in law Eoin, daughter in law Britt, grandchildren Elliot, Polly, Fred, and Fintan, sister in law Margaret, brother in law Joe, nephews, nieces, relatives and colleagues in the Met Service and many friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Saturday morning last, a funeral service took place later in the day in Shannon Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

Well Done Ray.

North Tipp Ploughing Chairman Ray Clancy qualified for the Six Nations Vintage Classic Ploughing Championships last March and he travelled to Wales last week-end to compete in this prestigious event. Many congratulations is extended to Ray who came joint first with another Irish man, Tom Beausang from Waterford. It was a great honour for Ray to be representing the North Tipp Ploughing at such a high level. Well done Ray. The club would also like congratulate Ray who was the overall winner in the Vintage Mounted class at a fundraising event on Sunday August 27th which was held in Laois. Another great win for Ray.  Preparations are well under way for the upcoming National Ploughing Championships which take place from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st September in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.  The NPA strongly advise pre-booking tickets online this year. Gate price €30. Tickets will only be available at the gate if event is not sold out.
The very best of luck to the North Tipp competitors, especially our two young men from Rathcabbin who will be competing for the first time ever, Rob Duffy who will be competing in the novice intermediate, and Lee Hogan who will be competing at U21 level. Our remaining seasoned six will be Tom Duffy – junior, Ethan Harding – junior, Joe Slattery – intermediate reversible, Ciáran Milne – 3 furrow, James Hough – single furrow vintage, Ray Clancy – 2 furrow hydrolic vintage.

Portumna hero, Ray Muldoon will officially open the New Portumna Rugby pitch on Saturday at 12.45. 

Portumna Rugby have a new Home.

After more than two decades of determination and dedication Portumna Rugby Club is thrilled to announce that they finally have a place to call home. The official opening of their long-awaited new pitch is set for September 17th, and the day will be made even more special for the club as Connacht rugby legend and Portumna hero, John Muldoon, will be cutting the ribbon. The grand opening festivities will commence at 11a.m. with a mini tournament for the kids, ensuring that young rugby enthusiasts have a chance to shine on the new pitch. This will be followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:45p.m. where John Muldoon will do the honours. Following the ribbon-cutting, the ladies’ rugby team will take the field, showcasing the growing talent. Finally, the men’s team will host Birr at 1:30p.m. with both players of past and present taking part. Portumna Rugby Club invites everyone to come together for this occasion, whether you’re a seasoned rugby follower or simply looking for a day out with the family. The club is excited to show their new pitch with the entire community. Make sure to mark your calendars for September 17th, and come along to the grand opening of Portumna Rugby Club’s new pitch. Your support is greatly appreciated, and this promises to be a day filled with fun, laughter and rugby.

Fundraising Tractor Run.

Ann Delahunt Smyth and Madeleine Maher are holding a tractor and vintage car run on Sunday October 8th in Lorrha at 12noon. The run will take off at 1.30pm. Proceeds are going to Milford Hospice and Lauralynn foundation. Raffle and auction on the day. For further information please call Ann: 087-9625218 or Madeleine 087-1651826.

Bus Service Available.

Did you know Tipperary Local Link runs a Door-to-Door(DRT) service from Lorrha to Birr every Friday? Departing from Lorrha at 10am & returning from Birr @ 2pm.  The service areas covered are Lorrha, Rathcabbin, Taylors Cross, Kileen, Riverstown & into Birr.  Tipperary Local Link operate a service from Lorrha to Nenagh every Tuesday & Saturday & also from Lorrha to Roscrea every Thursday & Saturday.  If you or anyone you know would like to avail of this service, please dial 052-6166140 for more information.

Church News

 The Killaloe Diocese Autumn Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 2nd to 7th October. €780 full board. Limited seats available. Booking to Joe Walsh Tours Tel: 01-2410800 www.joewalshtours.ie

Notes for Parish Newsletter:
Please email notices for the Parish Newsletter to lorrhaparishoffice@gmail.com by 12 noon on Thursdays. Thank you.

Gaa News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 11 September were: 1-12-13-26. No Winner. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Oliver Duggan, Ann Egan, Eileen Gleeson, Liz O’Hara.
Promoters: Mary Cleary, Noreen Houlihan, Mulrooney’s Gala.
Next Mondays jackpot remains capped at €15,000. Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate hurling: Best of luck to our premier intermediates who take on Clonakenny in the county quarter final on Saturday at 3.00pm in Nenagh.

Under 15: Best of luck to the Lorrha Rovers U15s who take on Moneygall in the North ‘B’ semi-final this Thursday in Borrisokane at 6.15pm.

Social dancing: Continues next Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of Aishling Rafferty and Noelie Ryan.

EuroMillions Syndicate: The count-down has begun. Our new EuroMillions campaign kicks off in less than a month’s time, giving us a month to sell as many books as possible. The books of tickets have been distributed to most players and parents, and all efforts to sell tickets are greatly appreciated. There are still eight more draws left in our previous campaign, with over 3000 euro in the fund already. All subscribers will be entered in a lucky dip to distribute our winnings.

Sympathies: To the Bergin family on the death of Joseph, Birr, the Moore family on the passing of Joe Moore, Portland and Portumna, and to the Guinan family on the death of Paddy Guinan, Redwood. May they Rest in Peace.

Tipperary GAA Draw: Well done to Maureen Guinan on her €300 win in the Tipperary GAA Draw for September. Hopefully this will be the first of many wins for our subscribers over the next few months.

Did you Know?

In 1907 the first cabs with taxi meters began operating in London.

In 1885 Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The Amazon represents more than half of the Earth’s rainforests.

Bob Marley’s final words were, Money can’t buy life.

In 1971 Richard Nixon installed a secret taping system in the White House.


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