Lorrha Notes

The Seamus O’Riáin cup is spending the next twelve months in the parish of Lorrha.  Photo: Rose Mannion. 

Halloween Raffle.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns are running their annual Halloween Raffle which is running for the month of October. The draw will take place on Friday 28th. Lots of prizes on offer this year. Tickets are available in Kelly’s shop and also on idonate. https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/RathcabbinTidyTowns A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored prizes for our raffle. We really appreciate all the support. Good luck to all who enter.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to the Lorrha Premier Intermediate team and management on another thriller played out to a successful one point victory over Thurles Sarsefields on a lovely mild Saturday last in Nenagh. Good luck to the lads in the first round of the Munster club championship in two weeks time.

Brian Carroll (Coach), Conor O’Sullivan (Selector) and Ken Hogan (Manager) discussing the tactics……       Photo: Rose Mannion.

Birthday Greetings.

Birthday wishes is extended to Pat Smyth and Susan Delahunt, Rathcabbin who celebrated their 80th birthday’s on Saturday last October 21st.  Happy birthday Pat and Susan and here’s hoping you both enjoy good health and happiness for the future.

Wedding Bells.

Congratulations is extended to Sandra Fogarty and Adrian Naylor who were married in St.Brigid’s Church, Portumna on Friday last October 20th . The newly weds celebrated their wedding with family and friends afterwards in Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry.  You are both wished many years of health and happiness. Well done.

Date for your Diary.

Lorrha Drama Group is busy rehearsing for their forthcoming comedy ‘Cupid Wore Skirts’. This three act comedy which was written by Sam Cree is directed by Phil Quigley and will be staged in Lorrha Hall in early December. Keep the date in your diary. More details later.

Captain Michael Dolan celebrates with his team mates.   Photo: Rose Mannion.


Sympathy is extended to Paddy O’Meara Lorrha and his brother Seamus on the death of their sister Kathleen O’Neill, Coralstown, Co. Westmeath which occurred on Monday October 16th. After funeral Mass in St Agnes’ Church on Thursday, October 19th burial took place afterwards at Milltown cemetery Co. Westmeath. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Maura Reddin and family Banagher, and extended family on the death of her daughter Catherine (Sheehan) which took place in England last week. Pre-deceased by her father Tony.  Funeral arrangements later. May she rest in peace.

Late Kathleen Houlihan.

There was widespread sadness throughout the parish on Thursday October 19th last when word filtered through that Kathleen Houlihan, 3 St. Ruadhan’s Tce., Lorrha had slipped away quietly and peacefully earlier in the morning, and on the day of her 101st. birthday.  Kathleen, who had received her medal in the post to mark her birthday, passed away in the presence of her family in the care of Ealga Nursing Home, Shinrone where she had spent the last number of weeks.
A native of Summerhill, Co. Meath, the 3rd eldest in a family of four boys and three girls, Kathleen married Tom Houlihan, and they married in Basingstoke, England in 1954. Herself and Tom loved dancing and attended ceili dances up and down the country over many years and winning many prizes. A devout and religious lady throughout her life, Kathleen was a member of the local church choir for a number of years as well as the Apostolic Work Society.
This time last year, Kathleen held a party to mark her 100th birthday starting with a Mass of thanksgiving for a life well lived and St. Ruadhan’s Church was packed to capacity with Fr. Michael Kennedy P.P. Lusmagh and formerly Rathcabbin, assisted by Fr. Pat Deely, Redwood, Fr. Pat Mulcahy, former P.P. Lorrha, Fr. Tom O’Halloran Co P.P. Borrisokane and Lorrha and Fr. Michael Cooney Co. P.P. Terryglass and Lorrha officiating. Everyone adjourned to Maher’s afterwards to continue with the party with Kathleen enjoying the fun into the early hours. A few days later, Kathleen was thrilled to receive a visit from Bishop Fintan Monahan and held a long conversation with him in her home.
She was hearth broken at the death of two of her son’s Christy in 2012 and Noel in 2019 but her biggest loss was the death of the love of her life Tom, who passed away in 2018, yet she never lost Faith throughout it all and continued to attend daily Mass until recent weeks.
A lovely smiling lady she was always a pleasure to meet and have a chat with as she enjoyed the company of others and loved people calling to her home. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family, sons Tommy (Lorrha) and Bernard (Borrisokane). Daughters-in-law Catherine, Imelda, Mary and Ita. Brother Joe (Trim) and Sister Ann (Summerhill). Her thirteen loving grandchildren and eight Great Grandchildren. Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Neighbours and a wide circle of friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Sunday 22nd. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Retrofitting and Energy Saving Information Evening with Ecovision.

We’d like to invite Lorrha and Rathcabbin residents to an information evening with Ecovision, previously known as Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative, on Wednesday, 25th October at 7.30pm in St Ruadhan’s Community Hall. Ecovision is a non-profit, social enterprise who provide a One Stop Shop service with a difference. We provide a comprehensive retrofitting service, project managing your home or business energy upgrade from start to finish, including all grant applications. Come to learn about our community-focused retrofitting service and the Energy Saving Champion program.

Adult Art Classes

Adult art classes for beginners and advanced. Tuesday 31st Oct. 10.00am-12.00am or 8.00pm-10.00pm  Wednesday 1st Nov.  10.00am-12.00am €105 for 5 weeks All materials supplied following a step-by-step painting or an image of your choice. Contact 0873217089 or email lisaglynn50@gmail.com Eircode R42YK61. Newtown, Lusmagh, Banagher.

Ken and Brian celebrate…..    Photo: Rose Mannion.

Fundraising Poker Classic.

A fundraising Poker Classic will take place on Friday 27th October in Ollie Hayes’ pub in Moneygall at 8.30pm. €20 tickets with buy backs. All money raised will be divided between Borrisokane and Moneygall Defibrillator groups.

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.

Action from the final…..     Photo: Rose Mannion

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 23 October were: 1-10-13-19.  3 Match 3’s share €100: Maura Gorman, Mary Keary, Sinead McEvoy.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, William Maher, Sean Mannion.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €15,000. Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

County Champions: Congrats to our premier intermediate hurlers and their management team on their county final replay win over Thurles Sarsfields. Having won the Seamus Ó Riain Cup, the lads are now back up senior for 2024, with the added bonus of having a Munster intermediate campaign to come over the next couple of weeks. It was also a victory for those who do some tremendous work behind the scenes, without whom a club couldn’t possibly function, so hopefully Saturday was just rewards for all of their efforts. Thanks once again to our wonderful hosts Denis and Lil Maher, and all their staff for their hospitality on Saturday night. It made the occasion all the more memorable!

Action from the final..   Photo:  Rose Mannion

Next on the schedule is a Munster quarter final against Corofin of Clare in Nenagh on Sunday 5th November at 1.30pm.

Under-21 hurling: First round of the knock-out North Tipp under-21 ‘B’ hurling championship takes place this Saturday in Borrisokane v Borrisokane at 4.00pm. Best of luck lads.

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

Euro Millions Tickets: There are still some outstanding books of tickets so please try and return to club officers by the weekend.

Sympathies: To the Milne and Houlihan families on their recent bereavements.

Colm gives it a lash…    Photo: Rose Mannion

Did you Know?

The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.

William Shakespere invented about 1,700 words that we use today.

In 2013 Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories.

Nine million people are in prisons around the world – a quarter of them in the USA.

In 1996 Liza Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in New York.

Thought for the Week…

Life is too short to ponder the what ifs and fear rejection.

Smile Awhile…


Lorrha snatch victory at the death to capture the County Premier Intermediate Hurling title.

In doing so, the North Tipp club have made it two county titles in two seasons, having been promoted from the intermediate ranks just last year.
With a relatively young team and an ambitious coach in Brian Carroll (Coolderry) and an equally ambitious manager in Ken Hogan,  many had tipped them as contenders prior to the beginning of this championship, and Ken Hogan’s side have now delivered on their promise.  They very nearly landed the success last weekend, but an incredible late Mikey O’Brien point pushed the game to a replay on that occasion. In this instance however, Lorrha proved themselves as just about the better side, claiming an historic victory that earns them a place among Tipperary’s top-tier teams in 2024.
They now go on to represent the county in Munster.

The final score in MacDonagh Park was Lorrha 2-13 (19), Thurles Sarsfields 0-18 (18).

Tipperary County Council warmly welcomes “The Lunch Bag” announcement on the creation of 240 additional jobs for Nenagh.

Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Councillor Ger Darcy and Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District Councillor John Rocky McGrath today welcomed the announcement on the creation of an additional 240 jobs at “The Lunch Bag” located at Lisbunny Business Park in Nenagh.

Councillor Ger Darcy said that “this is a very significant announcement and a strong vote of confidence in Nenagh and County Tipperary.  Tipperary County Council is delighted to have played our part in enabling this investment. In 2021 the Council made a decision to sell a 3.6-acre site to The Lunch Bag which is now facilitating this expansion. My congratulations to Ray Nangle CEO and Ger Killian MD of the “The Lunch Bag” whose vision, hard work and persistence has made the creation of these jobs possible”.

Councillor John Rocky McGrath noted that “Tipperary County Council purchased the Lisbunny Business Park in Nenagh in 2020 from Shannon Commercial Properties to facilitate growth of existing businesses in the Park and to provide a base for new businesses. This announcement represents a very significant step forward in achieving our overall objectives in facilitating new jobs for the town and wider region”

In July 2022, Tipperary County Council granted planning permission to Splitstone Ltd t/a “The Lunch Bag” for a new 2,800 sq.m. extension to their existing facility. The Council has also agreed to dispose of a site at Lisbunny to a company which provides a maintenance contract to The Lunch Bag and has been working with other local businesses to facilitate their expansion or location to Lisbunny.

Michael drives down field… Photo: Rose Mannion