Lorrha Notes



Vigil Mass on Saturday night December 9th in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha, will take on a different flavor as it will also be a retirement Mass for Mr. Olive O’Meara who retired as Principal of Lorrha N.S. last September. There will be refreshments served in the school afterwards and everyone is invited to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there..


Important Meeting.

 In light of the recent increase in crime in the area, a community meeting has been organized for Thursday night December 14th at 8.30pm in Rathcabbin Hall. Our local guard and a representative from the Crime Prevention Unit will be in attendance. There will be information about keeping our properties and business safe and how we as a community can come together to try and prevent crime in the area. Please come along and show your support for this very important meeting.

Family Mass.

A Family Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church on Friday 15th December @ 9.30am. The children of Redwood NS will be taking part in prayers and choir. Parents, Grandparents, families and community all welcome to attend.

North Tipp Ploughing.

The club are holding their Christmas party on Saturday night 16th December at 7pm in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. We look forward to seeing all members there. Names to Denis please on or before Saturday 9th. Dec. on (087) 779 3719.

Late Carmel Bugler.

The untimely death took place on Saturday November 25th of Carmel Bugler, Looscaun, Woodford.
Nee Haugh from Ballymacegan, Lorrha, Carmel passed away in the presence of her loving family while in the exceptional care of the I.C.U. staff at Galway University Hospital after a short illness.
As a young girl growing up in the parish, Carmel was a keen camogie player for Lorrha back in the ’80’s and she carried on her support of camogie clubs and the sport throughout the years.
She worked in various government departments down through the years commencing in Galway and in latter years she worked in Nenagh where she was highly thought of as a colleague and friend to all she came in contact with.
Predeceased by her parents Paddy and Nora Haugh, her brothers Tom, Willy and Paddy,  Carmel will be sadly missed by her loving family, her beloved husband Michael, her adored daughters Karen and Noreen, her sisters Mary (Dublin), Phyllis (Ballyshrule) and Teresa (London)  her brothers Martin and Mike Lorrha,  her nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family, kind neighbours and her many wonderful friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun on Wednesday Nov. 29th burial took place in Gortaganna Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.

Late Bill Treacy.

The peaceful death occurred on Sunday 26th November of William (Bill) Treacy, Portland, Lorrha after a short illness and in the wonderful care of the staff of Portumna Retirement Village.
Bill can only be described as a gentle man and was always smiling and up for a chat when he met people out and about. He was a familiar figure in Portumna walking his dog and usually accompanied by his brother Michael.
He loved his football and had a passion for his native team Newcastle United and he was also a keen cricket fan too.
Predeceased by his parents William and Eileen, Bill will be deeply missed and always remembered by his brother Michael and his sister Sheilagh, his brother-in-law Gerry, his nephew Kieran, niece Siobhan, and his many friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is offered.
Bill reposed in Dignity Funeral Care funeral home Portumna on Thursday 30th. and was followed by private cremation  in keeping with Bill’s personal wishes.
May his soul rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Betty Houlihan and family, Redwood, on the death of her brother Seán (John J.) DeRoe, formerly of Shinrone, Birr, Co.Offaly, Lahr (Germany) and Roscrea, died peacefully after a short illness in the care of Portlaoise hospital. Predeceased by his parents John and Nan DeRoe and his much loved partner Hildegard. Seán will be sadly missed by his sisters and brothers Betty, Eileen, Liam, Patrick and Anne. Also by nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours. May his soul rest in peace.

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 e mail. We look forward to hearing from you.

2024 Calendar.

Lorrha Development Association is thrilled to share the exciting news that the much-anticipated Lorrha Parish Calendar 2024 has officially been released and is now available for purchase! You can find this captivating glimpse into our local history, filled with captivating photos and stories, at the SCEAL shop.  Your contribution goes beyond acquiring a stunning calendar; it’s a meaningful way to support our ongoing fundraising endeavors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our generous sponsors and individuals who have dedicated their time and effort to making this publication a reality over the years. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to own a piece of our community’s heritage while supporting our noble cause. Purchase your copy of the Lorrha Parish Calendar 2024 and be part of preserving our shared

Church News.

Friday next December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will be in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm.

Pastoral Area Christmas Mass Arrangements.

Christmas Eve:  Mass in Lorrha Sunday at 9.00pm.   Mass also in Lorrha on Saturday evening 23rd at 6.30pm.
Christmas day:  Mass in Rathcabbin at 11.30am.  No Mass in Rathcabbin on Sunday morning Dec.24th.
Borrisokane on Christmas Eve at 7pm. Christmas Day at 10.30am. Aglist on Christmas Eve at 2pm. Terryglass Christmas Eve at 8.30pm. – Christmas day at 9.30am. and Mass in Kilbarron on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm.

Winter Advise.
With temperatures noticeably falling across the country since last week, winter has well and truly arrived. And while many of us are beginning to focus on the festive period ahead, we should remember that harsh weather conditions bring a risk of injury and illness, particularly to ageing adults living alone at home.
To help us all stay safe at home this winter, Home Instead’s National Clinical Lead, Danette Connolly, has provided advice for ageing adults, carers, friends, and relatives.

Here are her six tips for staying safe this winter: 1. Wear layers of clothing: Significant drops in internal temperature can lead to serious health complications for ageing adults. To stay warm throughout the day, it’s best to wear several thin layers of clothing and to ensure all internal windows and doors are kept closed.

2. Stay stocked up: With the cold and wet weather, older people may be reluctant to go to the shops. By offering to do a shop for your older neighbour, friend, or relative, you can help them to have all their essentials to hand, including groceries, solid fuels, and medical prescriptions.

3. Eat well: Regular, hot meals keep the body warm. Porridge, which is quick and easy to prepare, is an excellent source of nutrients and fuels the body for hours. Stocking an ageing adult’s press with non-perishables like oats, tinned fruit and vegetables, and pasta, will ensure that there is always something nourishing on the menu.

4. Winter-proof the home: Harsh weather conditions can increase the chance of accidents for ageing adults. During the winter months, make sure that pathways are cleared from wet leaves, internal draughts are blocked, and electrical devices are unplugged when not in use.

5. Plan for emergencies: Winter can sometimes bring extreme weather, leading to power cuts at home. Be prepared for events like this by ensuring that older adults have items such as fuel and non-perishable food at home and that they have emergency and close family contact numbers to hand. Keeping the Eircode beside the phone can also assist emergency services in reaching them as quickly as possible, should the need arise.

6. Stay connected: For many the festive season brings joy, but for some it is a time of increased loneliness and depression due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is crucial that family, friends, and neighbours check in on older loved ones to make sure they are feeling okay during this season.

Book of Condolence.

A Book of Condolence will open at 12 noon on Monday 4 December following the passing of Shane McGowan at each Civic and Municipal District Office in Tipperary and will remain open for one week.  A Book of Condolence will also be made available at this time online at www.tipperarycoco.ie.

GAA News.

There was 1 winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €7,100. The numbers drawn on 4 December were: 5-7-18-19.  Congrats to TP Sullivan who won the €7,100 jackpot. Noreen Houlihan is the winning promoter.
Next Mondays draw sees the new jackpot start at €3,000. Team 5 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

AGM: Our Annual General Meeting took place last week. The following officers have been elected for the coming year: President – Phil McIntyre; Vice-President – Michael Liffey; Chairperson – Aiden McIntyre; Vice-Chairperson – Hubert Duggan; Secretary – Maureen Guinan; Assistant Secretary – TBC at next executive meeting; Treasurer – Niall Brophy; Assistant Treasurer – Kathleen Duffy; PRO – Niall McIntyre; Registrar – Louise Mannion; Assistant PRO – Michael Brophy; Coaching Officer – Ken Hogan; Development Officer – Tony Coen; Health & Wellbeing Officer – David Fogarty; Schools Liaison Officer – Enda Moran; Children’s Officer – TBC. Cultural Officer – John Holmes; Lotto co-ordinator – Kevin Molloy.

Dinner Dance: Takes place on Saturday, January 13th in the County Arms Hotel, Birr, with our county championship winning team to be celebrated with a band and a DJ. Tickets, €50, which would be the perfect Christmas present, are now available. Contact secretary Maureen Guinan 0872426965 for details.

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

Congrats: to Ciaran Haugh and Ciara on the birth of their daughter Méabh recently.

Schools: Our North & County Championship winning premier intermediate players visited the schools of the parish, Lorrha, Redwood and Rathcabbin on Friday. Thanks to the players for the time and to all the teachers and kids who gave them a great welcome on a day that will no doubt inspire the next generation.

Did you know?

In 1970 United States President Richard Nixon arrives in Ireland with his wife.

On April 9th 1867 the first public art exhibition took place at the Palais – Royale in Paris.

Viagra can keep cut flowers standing up straight for up to a week longer than normal.

In 2002 Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother died aged 101.

Thought for the week…

Follow your instincts. That is where true wisdom manifests itself…


Smile Awhile….