Lorrha Notes


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Friars Lough Survey.

An information meeting on the upcoming Friars Lough Survey will be held on March 20th at 8.00pm in Lorrha Hall. Included in the survey will be water quality, aquatic life and biodiversity in and surrounding the lake. The meeting will be of interest to all landowners in the catchment of the Lorrha River. This Survey is funded by Community Foundation Ireland with the support of landowners adjoining the Friars Lough. All are welcome.

Photo by Rose Mannion.


Ploughing Championships Dilemma.

The heavy persistent rain over the last few weeks have played havoc with the North Tipperary ploughing championships. Underfoot conditions was far from workable with machinery and the committee had to make the difficult decision, for the second time, to postpone the ploughing which was hoped to go ahead on Saturday last 9th.  If the rain stays off for most of this week, the championships will hopefully go ahead on Sunday March 17th  (St. Patrick’s Day) at 12 noon sharp on lands in Aglish, Borrisokane by kind permission of the owner. Eircode E45 W821. Follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing to keep up to date with progress.
Tickets are on sale at €5 each and can be purchased from any member of the committee and they will also be on sale on the day of the ploughing. There are cash prizes on offer as well as 2 x 1 day passes to the National Ploughing event next September. The draw will take place on Saturday night March 30th  in the Village Inn, Aglish and all are welcome to attend. Membership is due and can be paid at any meeting.

Late John (Sean) Kennedy.

The Funeral took place in London recently of John (Sean) Kennedy (78) following his unexpected and sudden death in January 2024. Originally from Grange, Lorrha, Sean was the eldest son of the late Jack and Tess Kennedy, and he was also pre-deceased by his brother Martin and his baby grandson Frank. Sean started out life attending Redwood National School and then went on to Portumna, before he left home for London in 1966 to find work, aged just 20. He then went on to get married, raise a family and had a long working life in construction before later going into catering. Sean only retired in 2018 at the age of 73, just in time to celebrate his 50th Wedding Anniversary with his wife Anne (neé Convey) and family.
Sean enjoyed many trips back home to Ireland over the years, and especially for his favourite time of year – the Birr Vintage Week Festival – where he loved to reunite with his old pals including his lifelong friend and neighbour from Grange, the late Oliver Craughwell. They both shared a great love of music and enjoyed their time playing in a band together before Sean left Ireland in 1966. Sean and Oliver stayed in contact all their lives and always remembered the good times. Apart from music, Sean had a great love of golf, snooker and watching the Ireland Rugby team throughout his life in London, as well as keeping an eye on how Tipperary were doing every year.
Sean passed away peacefully in the care of the excellent NHS staff at Ealing Hospital Intensive Care Unit, London, following a brief illness, and after his Requiem Mass he was buried in Greenford Park Cemetery, London. Sean leaves behind his loving wife of 55 years – Anne (London); his daughter Claire (Birr); his son Simon (London), daughter-in-law Helen, his beloved granddaughters Grace and Orla; and his siblings Maria (Limerick), Paddy (Navan) and Teresa (Derby); his Aunt Maureen Kennedy of Shinrone, nieces, nephews, many cousins and extended family to whom sympathy is extended. May he Rest In Peace.


Gardai  and the ICSA are asking all dog owners to remain vigilant and responsible for your dog at all times. The warning comes after a terrible year in 2023 when farmers in Lorrha and Moneygall suffered heavy sheep losses due to dog kills and in other parts of the country also. Gardai say that even dogs with a gentle and friendly demeanour can react badly around livestock and turn predatory. Dog owners can be fined for failing to control their dogs as well as facing compensation to farmers and furthermore, your family pet may have to be put down as a result. Know where your dog is at all times.

Church News.

A lay-led Liturgy with Holy Communion will be held in Rathcabbin on the Friday evenings of Lent at 7.30pm. All are welcome
Brief daily reflections throughout the season of Lent from Bishop Fintan follow: https://www.youtube.com/@BishopFintanMonahan
Anyone wishing to make a church booking for Anniversary Masses, Christenings, Weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, thank you. Rathcabbin: Mary Cleary 057-9139252 Lorrha: Agnes Slevin 087-7629999
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).
Rathcabbin Altar Society  are in need of volunteers to help clean the church. Please hand your name and phone number into the sacristy in Rathcabbin. Thank you.
Mass times over the coming weeks:
St Patrick’s Day:  Lorrha Saturday 16th March @ 6.30pm     – Rathcabbin Sunday 17th March @ 11.30am
Palm Sunday:  Lorrha Saturday 23rd March @ 6.30pm – Terryglass Saturday 23rd March @ 8pm – Borrisokane Sunday 24th March @ 10.30am
Holy Thursday 28th March: Rathcabbin @ 8pm – Borrisokane @ 8pm – Terryglass @ 8.30pm Good Friday 29th March:  Kilbarron @ 3pm – Borrisokane @ 3pm – Rathcabbin @ 5pm.
Holy Saturday 30th March:  Borrisokane @ 7pm – Kilbarron @ 8.30pm – Lorrha @ 9pm
Easter Sunday 31st March:  Terryglass @ 9.30am – Borrisokane @ 11am – Rathcabbin @ 11.30am.

An Evening of Celebration.

Calling Pioneers and Friends to the 25th Pioneer National Ball next month. An evening of celebration and fun on Saturday April 6th. Mass at 6pm in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, followed by special guest speaker, dinner, music and dancing at the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar.  Extra activities on Friday night & Saturday & Sunday afternoons.  For details contact Dermot Fagan 085-7201646 or Daisy Carey 087-6544626.


Maria is organising a trip to Madjorge from 28th August for seven nights. The spiritual director is Fr. Tom Hannon. The house where pilgrims will be staying is only five minutes walking distance from the church. For more information contact Maria on (087) 2826088.

Date for your Diary.
Lusmagh Players present Cupid Wore Skirts a comedy by Sam Cree and directed by Liam Broderick in 21st. 22nd and 23rd March at 8pm in Lusmagh Hall. Doors open at 7.15pm. Booking from March 11th by calling or by text to between 6pm and 8pm daily on (086) 3969947.


Lorrha N.S. are 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.

GAA News.

The numbers drawn on 11 March were: 4-12-20-29.  No Match 3. Lucky Dips: PJ Coughlan, Gabrielle Duffy, Kevin Tuohy, Jason & Noreen.  Promoters: Willie Fogarty, John McLeish, Mulrooney’s Gala.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €4,400 with Team 3 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

​Senior: Lorrha take on Roscrea in the first round of the County Hurling League Division 1 on St Patrick’s Day in Roscrea at 12 noon. It’s our first senior hurling match in a few years so make sure to get out and support the lads. All junior and senior fixtures are up on the club’s website for anyone who wants to plan ahead. Best of luck to the team.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher and the Tipperary hurlers in the final round of the Allianz National League against Antrim this Saturday.

Membership: Is now due. It must be paid before participating in any training or game, or activity, on the field, or in the gym. It can be paid on Foireann or clubforce, where you can also sign up for the lotto at a reduced rate.

Social Dancing: Continues in the Tony Reddin Centre next Friday night at 9.30pm to the music of Break Free.

Did you know??

Humans have caused over 320 animal extinctions over the past 500 years.

Appollo astronauts trained in Iceland because it was felt that the terrain would most resemble the surface of the moon.

Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.

An unborn baby can taste what its mother is eating and develop a preference for the foods that she eats.

Animals are known to react to social pressure much as humans do.

The Pentagon has a plan for combatting a zombie apocalypse.

In 1983 the lowest ever natural temperature was recorded at -89.2C at Vostok, Antarctica.

Thought for the week…

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.


Smile Awhile…