Lorrha Notes

Recent set dancing classes in progress in Rathcabbin Hall.                                        Photo: Rose Mannion.

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting:

Our next meeting is in Rathcabbin Hall on Thursday next 11th April at 8.30pm. All members are asked to attend.


12 driving lessons for sale in the Rathcabbin Area.  Unwanted Prize, going cheap.
For further information contact (086) 8647166.

Drive to Save Lives.

On Saturday 13th April Mid-West Hospital Campaign, are organising a cavalcade of vehicles from Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s to Heuston Hall, Raheen which is where the Head Office of HSE is situated. The date is important as it commemorates the 15th anniversary of the closure of the Emergency Department at Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s Hospital. Nenagh.  Assembly point is Springfort Retail Park, Nenagh, 10:45am leaving at 11am. Route details – Old N7 Road via `Birdhill, Mackey Roundabout nr Finnegans onto Limerick, Through the City Centre (Patrick St, O’Connell St) onto HSE offices, Heuston Hall.


Lorrha N.S. Parents Association would like to thank all those who supported their recent Easter Raffle. Congratulations to the winners: James O’Meara (Hamper), Ute Duggan, Hannah Quirke & Petra Seman (Easter Eggs). The children had a great day with special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny. All the proceeds of this and future events go to the enhancement of our school.

North Tipp Ploughing.

After a few fine hopeful looking days earlier last week, storm Kathleen arrived and raised her ugly head dumping even more water on already saturated fields around the country. Unfortunately, the ploughing championships have had to be postponed once again because of this.  We just cannot hope anymore to be in a position to announce a definite date so we are asking all those who are able to follow us on facebook North Tipperary Ploughing, on Instagram north _tipp_ploughing and twitter Ntippploughing to keep up to date with progress.

Final Reminder.

Scéal Community Group Lorrha are delighted to announce that the great Seán Keane is playing in Rathcabbin Hall (R42Y 188) in what promises to be a fantastic night of music and song on Saturday 13th April at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased in the Sceal shop in Lorrha Monday-Friday 10.00 to 16.30. Saturday – Sunday 10.00 to 13.00 or by contacting Patrick on (087) 6962490 or Nancy on (087) 7613 458.


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.

Synodality Explored.

Facing the Future Together. A conference with lead speakers. Cardinal Grech 19th and 20th April at St. John’s Welcome Centre, Knock Shrine.

Would you like someone to talk to?  

Senior-Line is Ireland’s national telephone service for older people open every day of the year 10am-10pm, Freephone 1800 80 45 91. Callers may feel isolated, alone, wish to discuss a problem in confidence, or for company during their day.  Senior-Line’s older volunteers are trained to listen, to support, to discuss options and to refer caller to other helpful services if necessary. So don’t be alone if sharing a problem would help.  Phone Senior-Line 1800 80 45 91, open every day of the year 10am-10pm

Good Luck.

We extend the best of luck to Clodagh McIntyre and Celine Guinan along with the Tipp senior camogie squad who play titleholders Galway in the National League final on Saturday 14th at 2.30pm in Croke Park. For Tipperary, they will end a 15 year wait their first appearance in a national final of any kind since losing the 2009 League decider to Wexford, while they will be also attempting to bridge a 20-year gap since their last elite success, in a year that saw them securing a League and Championship double in 2004. Galway on the other hand are the present titleholders who are going for three in a row.
We also extend the best of luck to Darragh Guinan and the Tipperary U20 panel when they travel to Limerick for a 7pm pairing on Friday 12th. in the Munster hurling.
In club news, we wish the Lorrha Senior squad and management the best of luck against Templederry this coming week-end. See Lorrha GAA facebook for details.

Well Done.

Well done to Conor Kennedy and the Tipp Minor hurling squad who opened their Munster campaign with a win over Cork. The side are out again on Thursday evening 11th in round 2 against Waterford in Dungarvan.

Local Trades People Required.

Local trades people are required to finish out a 3 bed house in Lorrha village, opposite the pub. Engineer’s report on the work to be completed, will be shared with interested builders/ plumbers/ electricians. Any trades people interested in the job are asked to contact Margaret Conway on (087) 2352022 or by email to conmar3@gmail.com.

Free e-Waste Collection.

North Tipperary householders are being urged to bring their batteries, electrical, and electronic waste to a set of free collection days to help the county meet national e-waste recycling targets for 2024. The events, hosted by WEEE Ireland in partnership with ALDI with a collection in ALDI Roscrea, Green Street, Townspark, Roscrea, E53 TN36, on Thursday, April 18th from 10am-4pm.
Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled for free on the day, including old washing machines, TVs, toasters and kettles, electronic tools and toys, cables, IT equipment, mobile phones, remote controls, batteries, including farm fence batteries, and even watches.

Set Dancing teacher Mary McGeeney will resume classes in the Autumn.

Lorrha Dorrha Ladies Club.

Lorrha Dorrha Ladies Club would like to thank Rathcabbin Players for their recent donation to our club funds.  It was very much appreciated.
Club members have been busy of late, with a walking trip along the Grand Canal Walkway and a day trip to Kilkenny.  Set dancing classes with Mary McGeeney have finished until the Autumn and some members are now embarking on swimming lessons in Birr Leisure Centre starting 18th April.
New members are always welcome.  Anyone interested can contact Clare (087 1364936) or Marie (087 6129053)

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,700. The numbers drawn on 8 April were: 4-7-9-19.  2 Match 3’s: Mary Cleary and Ann Egan share €100. Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, Willie Fogarty, Mulrooney’s Gala.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €4,800 with Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Junior Hurling: Well done to the Junior ‘B’ hurlers on their 0-19 to 0-10 win over Knockshegowna in the opening round of the North Tipp League in Ballingarry on Friday.

Sympathies: To our the Guinan family on the death of Maureen Guinan, Culleen. May she rest in Peace.

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

Did you know?

According to the Lueneburg manuscript in 1284 a piper led away 130 children of Hamelin.

90% of the world’s earthquakes occur along the ‘Ring of Fire’, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

In 1880 Australian bushranger Ned Kelly was captured at Glenrowan.

The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, but the project was rejected.

In 1949 South Africa began implementing apartheid, including a ban on mixed marriages.

On 2nd of July 1505 after an encounter with a thunderstorm, Martin Luther declared that he would become a monk.

In 1853 , 843 acres of land on Manhattan Island were put aside to create Central Park in New York.

Dynamite can be made using peanuts.

Thought for the week…


Smile Awhile.



Gas Networks Ireland launches new apprenticeships

One of Ireland’s largest and most trusted utilities is looking for apprentices in the areas of plumbing, electrical instrumentation and mechanical automation in Dublin, Cork and Galway


Monday, April 8, 2024: Gas Networks Ireland is searching for a new cohort to join its highly regarded Apprenticeship Programme commencing this October. The four-year programme provides mentor-led apprenticeships working on Ireland’s €2.8bn, 14,725km national gas network, considered one of the safest and most modern gas networks in Europe.


The organisation is looking for apprentices who share a commitment to safety, building upon the team’s two million accident-free work hours, a milestone which was surpassed last year. The newly appointed apprentices will help to maintain and operate Ireland’s national gas infrastructure trusted by 720,000 Irish customers to provide efficient and reliable energy to meet their heating, cooking, transport and manufacturing needs. This includes installation, inspection, and testing of a wide range of systems, such as pipework, gas metres and pressure regulators.


They will also contribute to a cleaner energy future for Ireland, as Gas Networks Ireland transitions to providing more renewable gases, including biomethane and hydrogen. Apprentices will discover and learn all about these renewable gases initially at the Network Innovation Centre in Dublin – which plays a key role in testing compatibility – ensuring the gas network can safely transport these renewable gases.




During the mechanical course the apprentices will gain competency in a range of industrial skills, such as welding, turning and fabrication while electrical apprentices will learn about the installation and maintenance of wiring systems and calibration of sensors, among other skills. In the plumbing programme, apprentices receive comprehensive training in pipework systems, welding, soldering, and gas meter installation and maintenance.


Facilitated in partnership with SOLAS, apprentices receive on-site training with Gas Networks Ireland technical training coaches and attend formal classes in the Educational Training Boards and associated Technological University, alongside mentoring and coaching from our employees with unrivalled experience in the gas industry.


On completion of the Apprenticeship Programme, successful trainees will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – the national and international requirement for craftsperson status.


Speaking about the programme, Gas Networks Ireland’s Director of People, Nicola McSweeney said:


“At Gas Networks Ireland, we are very proud of our Apprenticeship Programme, and I am delighted to open our application process for our 2024 intake.


“As an apprentice, you will be joining Gas Network Ireland at an exciting, and transitional, time for our company, and the energy sector. You will join an organisation with a culture that supports and develops you through your career and you will receive fantastic mentoring and training as you embark on your career in your chosen technical field.   


“Our Apprenticeship programme brings to life our organisational values by bringing energy and talent into our business to prepare for the future, through learning via years of valuable experience. In doing so, we are building and sharing our experience across our teams, and we are doing the right thing in supporting all our apprentices in their development and learning.”


For further information and to apply to the Apprenticeship Programme, please visit; www.gasnetworks.ie/careers. Online applications close at 17:00 30th April 2024.




Specific Application Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent – Grade D in 5 subjects one to include Mathematics
  • Candidates must be over 17 years of age or over on June 1, 2024
  • Candidates sitting the 2024 Leaving Certificate exams may also apply, and if successful, a place may be offered subject to the required results being achieved.
  • Successful candidates will be required to pass a colour vision test and a medical assessment.
  • Non-EU applicants must have the required work authorisations to work in the Republic of Ireland


About Gas Networks Ireland 

Gas Networks Ireland operates and maintains Ireland’s €2.8bn, 14,725km national gas network, which is considered one of the safest and most modern renewables-ready gas networks in the world.


Over 720,000 customers trust Ireland’s gas network to provide efficient and reliable energy to meet their heating, cooking, manufacturing and transport needs.


The gas network is the cornerstone of Ireland’s energy system, securely supplying more than 30% of Ireland’s total energy, including 40% of all heating and almost 50% of the country’s electricity generation.


By working to replace natural gas with renewable gases, such as biomethane and green hydrogen, and complementing intermittent renewable electricity, Gas Networks Ireland is supporting Ireland’s journey to a cleaner energy future.