Lorrha Notes

Good Luck.

The best of luck is extended to the Lorrha Premier Intermediate team and management in the Munster  quarter final against Corofin of Clare in Nenagh on Sunday 5th November at 1.30pm.

Church News.

Wednesday, 1st November is the feast of All Saints. Mass will be celebrated  in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm

Thursday 2nd November is the feast of All Souls. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm

Friday next, 3rd November, is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm.

Sunday 5th Nov at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church we remember our loved ones. In November we remember our dead and those who are grieving a loved one. All families and children are welcome.
Annual Bereavement Mass will take place on Friday 17th November at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Church.

News from Lorrha School.

Well Done.

We extend many congratulations to Múinteoir Aoife on her county camogie final win with her club Shannon Rovers on Sunday October 22nd. This was the clubs fourth time to reach a final so there was naturally great celebrations when they finally got over the line. All in the school are delighted for you Aoife and the team. Well done.

Portumna CS Blitz.

The annual Portumna Community School blitz for Primary schools which was cancelled earlier due to flooded pitches, went ahead recently. The pupils had a great time and enjoyed the day. Many thanks to the organisers.

Seamus O’Riáin Cup.

Well done to the parish Premier Intermediate team on their win in the final recently and especially our past students Tom Duggan, Denis O’Meara, Daniel O’Donoghue, Colm, Christopher, Brendan and David Fogarty, Patrick Maher, Niall and Eoin McIntyre, Graham Houlihan and James Dunne. Well done lads.

Mid Term.

It has been a busy first term as usual and no doubt the pupils will be delighted to get a break and return on Monday November 6th refreshed and ready to take on term two. We extend a happy and safe Halloween to all.


Our sincere thanks to Aisling Carey, for her commitment to the school since the beginning of the term, and we wish her well in her new position.

Math’s Week.

We participated in maths week using various games and activities with peer teaching.

Social Media.

Our school Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages can all be found at ‘Scoil Lua Naofa-Lorrha National School’ which are updated regularly.

Battery Collection.

We continue to collect used batteries in association with WEEE Ireland, Battery Recycling. By taking part, we are helping to tackle climate change, protecting the environment and supporting the children, families and staff at LauraLynn, Irelands Children Hospice. Used batteries, can be left into the school.

Recent Burglaries.

There has been a number of burglaries around the parish in recent weeks. Gardai are asking people to be vigilant and if anyone saw any suspicious activity, please contact the Gardai at Nenagh Garda Station on (067) 50450.

Late Tom Milne.

The peaceful death took place on Thursday October 19th at Barnett Hospital of Tom Milne, London and formally Ballymacegan, Lorrha.
Tom, who had turned 79 the previous month, had been ill for some time but his death nonetheless was unexpected and came as a shock to his family.
Born and raised in Ballymacegan, the second eldest in a family of eight, to Tony and Eileen, he attended Redwood NS and then St. Molasses College in nearby Portumna. When he finished school, he worked locally for a while but in September 1962, like so many of his generation, he emigrated to London.
It wasn’t long until he established himself as a brilliant landlord and bar manager, his most notable pubs was the Duke of Clarence and the Mornington Arms in Camden, making it into pub of the year in the 1980’s.
Tom was the man to go to when young Irish people arrived in London without a job or a place to stay. He was the friendly, helpful smiling face that they needed and he didn’t fail them, finding them work and a place to stay.  In 1997 when Rathcabbin Players took their play ‘The Field’ to the Winston Junction Hotel in London, Tom was there to meet, greet and welcome them. A very charitable man he helped fundraise for many charities over the years and he helped organise many a St. Patrick’s Day parade in London. He was a very good friend to another Lorrha woman, the late Sr. Malachy Mannion, and he and his friend Johnny White from Drangan, organised several golf classics to help her feed the homeless.
Tom won an U15 county medal with Lorrha in 1958 four years before he emigrated. He soon became a member of Brothers Pierces hurling club in London and served the club well as player, manager and chairman. He also played an instrumental part in the founding of Pearses camogie club. At the time of his passing, he was life president of the hurling club.
He was also a long standing servant of the London Tipperary Association, hosting the county’s hurling team on many an occasion and was also life President at the time of his passing. He was honoured with a Lochra Gael award in 2017 in the Dome in Thurles by Tipperary GAA for his contribution over the years. Tom also took a huge interest in greyhound and horse racing and was also a keen golfer. Just last May, he joined the London GAA Golf Society trip to Wexford with his son Tony.
Tom often visited and stayed with his family in Lorrha down through the years, attending Lorrha matches and visiting his friends. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him but in particular by his family.
Pre-deceased by his sister Kathleen Gallagher, he is survived by Kathy his long time partner and best friend, children Susan, Tony and Michelle, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, brothers John and Tony (Lorrha), sisters Ann Cooper (Scotland), Eileen King (England), Marie Reeder (Bettystown, Meath), Betty Carew (Dublin), nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends both in England and Ireland to whom sympathy is extended.
Tom’s Requiem funeral Mass will take place on Thursday November 2nd at 11.30am in St. Mary Magdalen Church, 6 Athenaeum Road, Finchley, with burial afterwards in Islington & St. Pancras Cemetery, 278 High Rd. Finchley. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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.

RTE’s Nationwide in Gloster House.

RTE’s Nationwide programme will air a feature on Gloster House, just outside Birr, on Friday, November 3rd, as part of ‘the big house series’ that runs for a number of episodes.
Reporter, Mary Fanning visits Tom and Mary Alexander, a Dublin couple who bought the house and embarked on a labour of love in a 22-year restoration.   Mary interviews Maura White who was in service at Gloster when she was 15 years old! She is now in her late eighties.  Mary Fanning hears about the magnificent restoration the Alexanders embarked on.
Offaly County Council’s conservation architect and author, Rachel McKenna, tells Mary; ‘ the restoration of this house is a legacy, not just to the county but to the country.’
In the 1950s, the Salesian nuns used Gloster as a convent and some of the nuns returned for the RTE filming, to walk the corridors of their youth and recant very happy memories.
Mary Alexander outlines the history of the house as a beacon of sociality through the decades and how they are, now continuing that tradition using the old school chapel for weddings and events.
Mary Fanning also speaks to renowned historian, Robert O’Byrne who has mapped every house North and South of historical importance. ‘What impressed me most about Tom and Mary Alexander, aside from their Herculean dedication to restoration is their generosity in sharing the house with those whose stories are embedded in its corridors, walls, rooms, shadows and bones!  They are wonderful people who have left such a legacy.’ says Mary.

Breakfast Briefing.

Local business people are invited to register for the breakfast briefing on How to Grow Local Talent (see link below) or just drop in and meet some of the Agencies that will be there up to 12pm to discuss the various grants, new apprenticeships and  education & training opportunities that is currently available. A number of local employers will share their experiences on availing of Government supports  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-grow-local-talent-tickets-730295171517?aff=oddtdtcreator

This event will provide information to businesses in Tipperary across all industry sectors and enterprise size on Government supports available to help upskill and retain employees.


8 am -8.30 am Breakfast & Business Networking

8.30 am -8.40 am Overview of Government Funded Training Supports

8.40 am – 9.30 am Employer Panel Discussion on Accessing Training Supports

Bridget Murphy – Murphy Interior Designs ‘Training Supports’

Liam Kearney – Revive Manufacturing

Tommy Murphy – McDonalds ‘Retail Apprenticeship’

Michelle McHugh – Bulmers International ‘Talent Development & Retention’

Employers unable to attend the briefing are welcome to call in at any time up until 12.30 pm and talk with all regional education and training providers and state agencies including TUS, UL, Tipperary ETB, Tipperary Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary Chamber Skillnet and Tipperary County Council.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 30 October were: 12-16-26-30.  1 Match 3: Catherine Feehan wins €100.  Promoters: D&K Mannion, Mulrooney’s Gala, Internet.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €15,000. Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate Hurling: Best of luck to the lads in the Munster Intermediate quarter final against Clare champions Corofin in Nenagh next Sunday at 1.30pm.

Under 21: Well done to the Lorrha Rovers Gaels U21’s on their North ‘B’ Hurling quarter final win over Borrisokane at the weekend, 0-22 to 0-17. Semi-final fixture TBC.

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

Did you know??

In 1844 Samuel Morse sent his first telegraph message.

The first computer mouse was made out of wood.

The letter u as a abbreviation for ‘you’ was first used by Shakespeare.

If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side.

On the 29th May 1886 American chemist John Pemberton started to advertise Coca Cola.

On the 21st of May 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the atlantic.

Thought for this week…

It is not what you have got, it is what you use that makes a difference.

Smile Awhile..