Lorrha Notes


Comedy for Rathcabbin Group.

Rathcabbin Players will stage a 3 act  Sam Cree comedy ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night February 1st. to Sunday night 4th incl. This year Rathcabbin Players are delighted to announce that one of their own, Pat Kennedy,  has donned the directors hat for this comedy. Pat is well known to all patrons for his many rolls with the group over a long number of years having first starred in the 1985 production of the one act play “The Dear Departed”. Pat has been involved ever since, either on stage or behind the scenes. He is delighted to be guiding the group through their paces in this comedy and we wish him and the cast all the best. The doors will open at 7.15pm with curtains up at 8pm sharp. The booking line will be open from next Tuesday night 23rd January and daily thereafter between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.on (087) 216 4511.

 Late Robert (Bob) McCann.

 Sympathy is extended to Ann Power, Rathcabbin on the death of her brother in-law Robert (Bob) McCann, New York, late of Portarlington, Co. Laois who died recently. Husband of Peggy Power, Clonmona, and also brother in law to the Late David Power (Rathcabbin).  Bob and Peggy were married 55 years. He was a big GAA supporter and played with Offaly in New York in his younger years and when his playing days were over, he always met up with Offaly teams that played in New York.  He and Peggy were regular match goers in Gaelic Park where Bob attended matches almost every week-end regardless of who was playing. He is survived by Peggy and his daughters Claire and Arlene and his son Bobby along with four grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends both in the US and here in Ireland where he was well known having visited his home stead in Laois and his relatives in Rathcabbin. Sympathy is extended to them all.  Burial took place in New York. May his Soul rest in Peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Eamonn McKenna, Dundalk who passed away on Thursday 11th January. Eamonn who was a supporter of Lorrha GAA club, was husband of Marie Mahon, Lorrha and was a regular visitors to the parish. After funeral Mass in St. Fursey’s Church, Haggardstown on Sunday last, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May his Soul rest in peace.

Community Text Alert Forms.

Forms for parishioners to fill up if they are interested in joining the Lorrha & Dorrha Community Text Alert system is now available in the shops in the parish. Anyone filling a form and leaving the registration fee of €20 is to contact Cllr. Michael O’Meara on  (086) 8379300, Declan O’Meara (087) 2609314 or Catty Burke (087) 9300982.

Ploughing Meeting.

 The first meeting of the new year of the North Tipperary Ploughing Association will take place on Wednesday night 17th Jan. at 8.00pm in Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass. All members are requested to attend.  The committee are presently looking for a suitable site to stage the 2024 championships which take place in March. If you think you might have a suitable venue please call the secretary Denis Cahalan on (087) 779 3719.

 Church News.

 Weekend Masses in Our Parish  are in Lorrha 6.30pm Saturday evenings  and Rathcabbin 11.30am Sunday Mornings

Weekday Masses: Lorrha 9.30am Monday Mornings (except bank holidays).

25th Pioneer National Ball on Sat April 6th, Mass @ 6pm in the Cathedral, Mullingar, followed by entertainment in Annebrook House Hotel, more info: Dermot 085-7201646 or Daisy 087-6544626.

2024 Applications for Postgraduate & Mission & Ministries Programmes now open. Studying at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, you will be encouraged to engage critically, so that you can form your own ideas and conclusions. See sppu.ie for more info.

Catholic Schools Week 21st– 27th Jan.

This year’s theme is “Communities of Service”. During this week we hope to give some time to reflect on our school as communities of service Families, parishes, and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic Schools reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society.

Easy Exercise Programme.

Silver Arch Family Resource Centre are delighted to offer their 4 Week Easy Exercise Programme in Tyone Community Centre, starting on Tues 23rd January from 2pm to 3pm, for €10 this 4 week programme is aimed at people wanting to learn to improve and maintain mobility, balance and fitness.   Healthy Food Made Easy is also starting back on Tues 6th February in Tyone Community Centre from 10:30am to 1pm for 6 Weeks.  This is a free Programme where you can learn about food & nutrition & get useful tips & ideas for meals. Booking is essential as spaces are limited – contact reception at 067-31800.


Join us at the Lorrha Development Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) Date: Tuesday 30 January 2024.  Time: 8:00 PM .  Location: Lorrha Community Hall

All members of the Lorrha Development Association and the public are invited to attend! Let’s shape the future of Lorrha together!


 Now is the time to book an Easter Pilgrimage to Medjorge which takes place from Easter Monday April 1st. for one week. Fly from Knock Airport. For further details contact Paul on (087) 837 5407.

Good News For Parish.

Cllr. Michael O’Meara welcomes CLAR funding into Lower Ormond Area over last week-end. Michael said that following consultation with deputy Michael Lowry TD,  I am pleased to announce that CLAR funding has been secured for the following projects:

€49,750 for Rathcabbin Hall to upgrade existing toilets and install wheelchair accessible toilet

€25,200 for SCEAL community Ltd to resurface the grounds at Lorrha Hall

€49,950 for playgrounds work and sensory garden for Aglish Village Commitee

He offered his good wishes and congratulated everyone saying ‘ great credit must go to these hardworking communities who will be able now to make their projects a reality “ said Cllr. Michael O’ Meara.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,500. The numbers drawn on 15 January were: 11-13-21-25.  1 Match 3: John Kennedy (Nenagh) wins €100.  Promoters: Madeleine Maher, Agnes Sherlock, Internet.  Next Monday’s jackpot is €3,600 with Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Dinner Dance: We had a great night in the County Arms Hotel in Birr for our Dinner Dance on Saturday night where our premier intermediate hurling team were presented with their North & County medals, by special guest and outgoing coach Brian Carroll. Thanks to all who organised and supported the event.

Juvenile Medal Presentation: Lorrha U13 ‘B’ Plate and Lorrha Rovers U15 North ‘B’ champions will be presented with their medals by Lorrha captain Michael Dolan and Tipperary’s Jake Morris at our joint celebration with Lorrha camogie club on Saturday, 20th January at 7.00pm in the Tony Reddin Centre, Moatfield. Everyone welcome to celebrate with our players. DJ and light refreshments after.

Athletics Training: started on Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre with Amanda O’Farrell showing the boys and girls techniques to increase their agility and fitness. It continues next Friday, and all are welcome, primary school children aged 10 and up at 6.30pm, secondary school at 7.15pm.

Membership: With all the 2023 celebrations over, it’s almost time to get back out on the field, which means that membership is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game. €40 for juvenile and non-playing members. €60 for student with gym membership. €100 for adult with gym membership. Membership can be paid on Foireann or Clubforce, the latter where you can also sign up for the weekly club lotto where there are a number of special rates.

Did you know?

In 1970 Dana wins Ireland’s first Eurovision song contest with ‘All Kinds of Everything’ remind me of you.

Antarctica was once as warm as modern day California.

A proverb is to speech what salt is to food.

In 1972 Britian’s Parliament voted to join the European Common Market.

The three tallest statues in the world are of Buddha.


Thought for the week…

Inspiration and genius….. one and the same..

 Smile awhile…