Lorrha Notes

School Enrolment.

Lorrha N.S. are now enrolling pupils for the 2024/25 school year. Application forms are available from the school, from the website or message the facebook page. You can also call the school on (090) 9747295 or email luanaofa@gmail.com. Appointments can also be made to view the school and see what’s on offer or to talk to a teacher by calling the school or sending an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Late Michael O’Brien.

There was sadness in the parish last week when news filtered through of the passing of  Michael O’Brien, Derry, Rathcabbin.
Michael who was in good health passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday November 2nd.
Born into a well known parish family, and raised at The Pike, Rathcabbin, Michael, like so many of his generation, emigrated to London after his finished school in the 1960’s and quickly found work.  He set up home there when he met and married another Irish, Mary Hynes from nearby Fivealley. They went on to raise their family of five children and visited their respective families back in Ireland on several occasions over the years. They both always had a desire to return to Ireland and when Michael retired from his job as a crane driver – a position he held for 38 years, their thoughts turned to settling back in Rathcabbin which they were delighted to do 19 years ago.  They both had a big celebration with their family back in 2018 when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Sadly, Mary passed away on May 5th 2021 and Michael was hearth broken. He travelled over to London on many occasions visiting family and friends in the last few years and spending weeks with them while also visiting former neighbours and friends.
Michael was a friendly, chatty, kind gentleman who enjoyed the company of others and he will be sadly missed now from the community that he loved so much.
Pre-deceased by his loving wife Mary, granddaughter Lily, brothers Neddie, Joey and Johnny and sister Mary, he is survived by and sadly missed by his heartbroken children Debbie, Jackie, Damien, David and Michael, grandchildren Sean, Lucie, Michael, Erin, Kieran, Callum, Alexander, Kian and Ruari, his daughters-in law Emma, Melanie and Rachel, sons-in-law Julian and Chris, his brothers Sackie (The Pike), Jimmy (England) and sister Martha (England), in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends on both sides of the Irish Sea to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday morning last 10th  burial took place in Bonoham cemetery Rathcabbin.  May he rest in peace.

Church News.

Annual Bereavement Mass will take place on Friday 17th November at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Church.
Weekend Masses in Our Parish:  Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings,  Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings, Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays)

During the month of November, the month of Holy Souls, we continue to pray for our loved ones. People are invited to place their petitions for their departed relatives in the boxes provided in Lorrha and Rathcabbin Churches.

A short-term Pioneer pledge gives spiritual support and encouragement to people and their families who are living under a shadow of addiction. Further information from the Pioneers on 01 80-5 4226 or via www.pioneers.ie/pray

Comedy for Lorrha Group.

Rehearsals are in full swing down Lorrha way as the local Drama Group are 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 on December 1st 2nd and 3rd. Doors open at 7.30pm with curtains up at 8.00pm sharp. No booking required, just come early to be sure of a seat.


The North Tipp ploughing committee are holding their Annual General meeting on Wednesday night November 22nd at 8.00pm in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. All are welcome.

Clothes Collection.

Rathcabbin school are holding a clothes collection in the school until Tuesday 21st November. All clean clothes and bedding wanted (no duvets or pillows accepted), Bags can be dropped to the school during opening hours. Contact (087) 1364936 for further information if required.

Lorrha Dorrha Ladies Club.

The parish ladies club has been busy enjoying six weeks of decoupage and stenciling course. Thanks to Annette Leeman for her professional run classes. Yoga classes are still running for another few weeks. Some of the ladies enjoyed line dancing class with Willie Wolfe recently. The ladies club would like to thank Willie and his daughter Rhonda for providing an enjoyable night. New members are always welcome. Please contact (087) 6129053 for details.

New Play in Portumna.

Portumna Players Drama Group Presents – Marrying Mike by Jimmy Keary 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th November. 8:30 sharp. This is Jimmy Keary’s new play. Tickets €10 on the door.



Rathcabbin Rural Development and Tidy towns would like to thank all the supported their Halloween Fundraiser raffle this year and Kelly’s shop and bar who helped us sell tickets so willingly. The raffle was made possible by the very generous donations from William Corcoran, Naytar, William Rigney, Agri-Hire, Joe Dolan, Tom Lewis, Oliver Douglas, Keith Brady, Birr Castle, Kelly’s Shop & Bar, Mary Carroll, Michael O’Meara, Siobhan Burke, Brendan Kelly, Joe Pyke and Pauline Hoctor. It really does take a community and we recognise all your support in Rathcabbin and greatly appreciate it! Our lucky winners were Michelle Kennedy, Catty Burke, Maura Morris (2nd year luck), Rose and Liam Mannion, Pauline Wilson, Dympna Guinan, Clare Burke and Carol O’ Neill. Our funds raised were €1,605 and this will be spend wisely for further advancement of projects in the upcoming year.



We have also applied for a grant to support our giving back initiative also of hosting a Christmas Craft Fair after the success of last years. Keep the evening of December 3rd flexible and we invite you to pop in anytime from 4pm to 7pm for some festive cheer and local craft shopping in advance of Christmas 2024. We will have CS caterers there also if anyone wishes to avail of a Sunday evening dinner treat! To host a craft table, please contact Mary – 087 3902142.

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.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 13 November: 3-18-30-31. No Match 3. Lucky Dips: Esther Houlihan, DF&M O’Donoghue, Brendan Sherlock, Mike & Noreen.
Promoters: Noreen Houlihan, Eamonn Maher, Sean Mannion.
Next Mondays jackpot is €15,000. Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Under 21 Hurling: Lorrha Rovers take on Silvermines in the North ‘B’ Hurling semi-final TBC.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday, December 2nd at 8.00pm. Contact secretary Maureen Guinan 0872426965) for motion and nomination papers.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of Joe Cleary.

Tipperary Draw: Congrats to Kathleen Gleeson on her €300 win in the November Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw.

Sympathies: To the Reddin family, Banagher, on the death of Catherine Sheehan, nee Reddin.

Sympathies also to the O’Brien family, Rathcabbin, on the death of Michael O’Brien, Derry. May they Rest in Peace.

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Thought for the week….

The ladder of success is never crowded at the top….

 Smile Awhile…