Lorrha Notes

Denise, Marie Clare, Belinda, Trevor and Mark enjoying the North Tipp Ploughing championships on a lovely sunny April day…            Photo: Rose Mannion.

North Tipperary Ploughing Hold Successful Championships in Brilliant Sunshine.


                                                         By: Rose Mannion.

The North Tipperary Ploughing Association held their 59th. annual ploughing match on Saturday last April 20th  in Aglish, Borrisokane by kind permission of the land owners.
Originally fixed for March 3rd. the weather dictated otherwise, but last Saturday was well worth waiting for with the field in excellent condition and the match attracting a wonderful crowd of competitors and spectators alike.

Over 30 competitors in total ploughed on match day and at very short notice too. Thanks to the judges who travelled from Meath and Dublin, also at short notice, and had the difficult job of selecting winners from the competitive field.

Results were read out by the Chairman Ray Clancy afterwards as competitors enjoyed a delicious hot meal which was provided in the tent by Andy and staff, Nenagh and teas, soup, sandwiches were served from early morning and throughout the day by the ladies committee.  The club offer a huge thank you to all its sponsors for their continued support each year.

Stiff competition was clear in all categories with the following results: A experienced ploughman on the farm but in his first year ploughing competitively, Pat Hough from Cloughjordan won the Classic section followed closely in  2nd. place by Nigel Gamble (Antrim).
Single Furrow:   1st.  Andrew Hogan (Borrisokane),  2nd. Liam Dolan (Leitrim).
Iron Horse:  1st. Francis Naughton (Clare).
Reversible:  In joint first position:  Joe Slattery (Kilbarron) and Jim Ryan (Laois).
Junior:    1st.  Tom Duffy (Rathcabbin), 2nd. Gerry Byrne (Louth).
U/21:  1st:  Gavin Kelly (Galway), 2nd: Lee Hogan (Rathcabbin).
Novice:   1st:  Rory Spain (Coolderry),  2nd: Robert Duffy (Rathcabbin).
3 furrow:  1st:  Ciarán Milne (Lorrha), 2nd: Liam Hamilton (Wicklow).
Vintage 2 furrow:   1st. Oliver Smith (Meath),  2nd:  Paddy Doyle (Wicklow), 3rd. Ray Clancy (Rathcabbin).
Vintage Trailer:   1st.  David Grattan (Derry),  2nd. Cyril McGuinness (Dublin), Joint 3rd:  Tommy Pierce (Wicklow), and Seamus Crossan (Armagh).

The ploughing championships took place last Saturday – at short notice- and as the weather permitted. With all the cancellations taking place over the last number of weeks, the day turned out to be well worth waiting for as the sun shone down on the competitors and spectators alike. A wonderful crowd turned out at short notice and the committee wish to thank the competitors, land owners, helpers, members, kitchen staff, road stewards and caters. Many hands made light work on the day. See results and report elsewhere in this paper.
We now turn our thoughts to our fundraising draw which will take place in The Village Inn, Aglish on the May Bank Holiday Saturday night May 4th. There are cash prizes on offer, free passes to the National Ploughing event in September and numerous other prizes. Everyone is invited to come along. Our next meeting will take place this Wednesday night 24th. at 8.30pm in Paddy’s Terryglass and members are requested to return their sold tickets with the appropriate amount.

 National Pilgrimage for Life.

The first National Pilgrimage for Life, organised by the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will be celebrated on Saturday 4th May in Knock Shrine.  The pilgrimage begins with Anointing of the Sick in the Basilica at 2.30pm, followed by Mass at 3pm and Rosary Procession after Mass, weather permitting. Main celebrant and homilist will be Archbishop Francis Duffy.  We invite you to join us in Knock to celebrate the gift of life and to pray for the protection of all human life.

Late Patrick (Paddy) Heenan.

The death occurred on Friday April 5th of Patrick (Paddy) Heenan, Ballyduff, Rathcabbin. Paddy died peacefully surrounded by his heartbroken family, in the loving care of the staff in ICU, Mater Hospital, Dublin.
Paddy was pre-deceased by his son Michael, loving parents Teresa and Pat and brother James.
He will be sadly missed and never forgotten by his heartbroken wife Moira, his son Pat. his daughters Rhona, Elaine, Catherine, Jennifer, Geraldine and Laura. His brother Tommy his daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law. Paddy will be missed by his 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Paddy will be fondly remembered by extended family, kind neighbours, his friends in cards in Carrig and Borrisokane Day Care to whom sympathy is extended.
May his soul rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Paddy and Sinead Darcy (Lorrha) and the extended Darcy family on the passing of Ben, Toomevara and formerly of Templemore Road, Cloughjordan. Ben passed away peacefully on Thursday April 18th surrounded by his family at Milford Hospice Limerick. He was a familiar sight at many matches over the years, either as a referee or a spectator. Predeceased by his beloved parents Girlie & Dan and brothers Christopher, Joe & Dan he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary and their children Marese & Mark and also by Mary, Tasha, Kevin, Julie-ann & Katie. As well as his brother Paddy he is also survived by Jack, Ned, Tom, Frances & Declan. Sister Mary. Aunt Betty, Uncle Tom, grandchildren, mother in law Anne Bourke, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbours, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in Gortagarry Church on Sunday last, burial took place in SS. Michael & Johns Church Grounds, Cloughjordan. May he rest is peace.

Church News.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha  on Sunday 12th May at 11am.

Postgraduate and Mission & Ministries Programmes at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth. Programme applications close from 30th June to 30th August for different programmes. Visit sppu.ie/courses for more information.

Have you ever dreamed of Walking the Camino.  Join the MSC Missions as we walk the shaded lanes and valleys of the Camino Ingles walking from Ferrol to Santiago in Northern Spain from the 29th July to 5th August 2024.  The temperature in this part of northern Spain in July is perfect for walking, like a balmy summer day in Ireland.  For more details of this fundraising pilgrimage ring Mary at 021 454 6691 or email mary.morrish@mscmissions.ie

 Outdoor Retreat.

Would you like to come on a guided journey through the Burren with its limestone pavements, rare flora and ancient sacred sites – Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May.   Let the beauty of the amazing Burren landscape renew you in body and soul.   Information: Mary 087 970 1130.  Booking: Noirin 087 447 9115

Summer Camp.

Busy Bodies Summer Camp 2024: takes place in Killeen National School, starting July 1st for 3 weeks. For ages 3yrs to 10yrs. Hours are 9.30am to 3pm. for more information please phone Ann at 087-9625218.

Escorted Tour.

Summer Escorted Tour / Holiday to Westport Knock & Co Mayo, 26th May 2024. €849.00 pps. 5 nights. Price includes return Bus/Train, 5 nights’ in 4*Castlecourt Hotel, Westport with Dinner, Bed &Breakfast. Lunch on three days. All entertainment, excursions and transport included. Visit Knock, Galway City, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Ballintubber Abbey & Ashford Castle. Contact 094 900 6426 or 087 1890236 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.

Summer Concert.

Cantare Choir with Orchestra Summer Concert featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria (RV589), Summer from The Four Seasons and lots more classic string pieces – May 11th, 8pm, SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, Ennis – a glorious start to your summer! Tickets available at www.glor.ie or from Glór box office – 065 6843103. In support of Pieta House and Sláinte an Chláir. See you there!

Preliminary Announcement.

Rathcabbin Hall Committee are holding their AGM on Monday night May 27th. at 8.30pm.. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Lough Derg 2024 one day retreats begin May 5th. Three Day retreats begin May 31st. More details www.loughderg.org or phone 071-9861518.


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.

Lorrha Camogie Notes.

Another busy week for the girls with plenty of action in the schools and the leagues.

Well done to Rathcabbin School U13 camogie team who won their championship blitz and are now through to a county semi-final ,and congratulations to Lexi Pyke who is selected to represent Tipperary in the Primary Games and will play during the Tipp v Cork game on the 19th May.

U12,14s & U16s

Our U12 played their first competitive game versus Roscrea in Tony Reddin Park where they met a strong, experienced team. Our young girls put in some great tackles and battled for each other to the end, there is no doubt the hard work they are putting in in training will see improvements over the summer.

Our U14s put in a strong second half performance versus Moyne Templetuohy at home however, it wasn’t enough to beat the impressive visitors and will face Mullinahone in their next fixture – details TBC. The hard working attitude of the U16 team was very obvious in their battle with Kiladangan in Puckane  to come away with a well deserved victory. Unbeaten in their group they now await details of a county league semi final.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €4,900. The numbers drawn on 22 April were: 12-16-20-24.  No Match 3s.  Lucky Dips: Carol Collins, Martin Hough, Noreen Houlihan, Neilus O’Meara.
Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, Sean Mannion, Internet.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €5,000 with Team 1 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior: The seniors received a walkover from Templederry in the third round of the County League last weekend. Their next game is against Upperchurch/Drombane in Tony Reddin Park on Friday, 3rd May at 7.30pm.

Junior Hurling: Well done to the Junior ‘B’ hurlers on their 1-21 to 3-9 win over Shannon Rovers last Friday in the second round of the North League. Their next game is at home to Borrisokane on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher and the Tipperary senior hurlers against Limerick in the Munster Championship this Sunday.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of the Paudie Coffey Band.

Did you know??

Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.

On July 30th 2006, after 42 years ‘Top of the Pops’ was broadcast for the last time.

Giraffes only need 5 – 30 minutes of sleep in a 24 hour period.

In 1976 – Actress Elizabeth Taylor divorced Richard Burton for the second time.

The birth of novelist J.K. Rowlings took place in 1965.

In 1896 – Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius claimed that fossil fuel combustion could result in global warming.

In 2017 – Paris Saint –Germain signed Brazillian footballer Neymar for a world record 222 million Euros…

Thought for the week….

Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relieve yesterday.  Tomorrow is still beyond our reach.

Smile Awhile..


Ifac reminds Tipperary farmers that time is running out to apply for BISS


Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm is reminding Tipperary farmers not to miss the May deadline for the Basic Income Support Scheme (BISS).


The BISS was launched last year to replace the BPS from previous years. The deadline to apply for the scheme is the 15th of May this year.


Tim Ryan Partner at ifac in Nenagh said:


“This is one of the most important dates for farmers in the farming year. This is the deadline for declaring the land you are farming in the year 2024 and, therefore, enabling receipt of your BISS monies in Oct/Dec. 


“As shown in numerous ifac Irish farm Reports, BISS is crucial to the financial viability of many farms in Ireland. It can be an incredibly stressful time for farmers if this application is incorrect and monies are withheld next Oct/Dec.”


The following are some basic questions farmers should be asking themselves and their Agri-advisors before submitting their applications:


  1. Am I farming more/less land than last year?
  2. Am I leasing in/out land that wasn’t previously on the application?
  3. If leasing in/out new land have I leased in /out the BISS correctly with this land?
  4. Have you bought/sold/inherited/gifted land in the last year – Have I transferred in BISS correctly?
  5. Have I declared all of the land I am farming correctly on my BISS application?
  6. Have I changed the farming structure – Limited Company, Registered Farm Partnership, Joint herd number?
    1. If so, I MUST transfer BISS to the new structure. Always seek your accountant’s advice on HOW to transfer BPS so as not to incur taxes inadvertently.
    2. Have I declared all of the land correctly in the name of the new business structure?


Ifac advises farmers the following at this time when completing a BISS application:


  1. Employ a good Agri-advisor to help you complete your application. This is money very well spent considering the importance of the payment to the financial well-being of the farm.
  2. If transferring BISS to a new entity (LTD, partnership, joint herd, family member etc) please ensure that BOTH your accountant and Agri-advisor are aware of what’s happening. One of the most common mistakes with farmers changing business structure is neither their accountant nor Agri-advisor is aware of what each one applying for. This can have very serious impacts on both Revenue and the Department of Agriculture and could result in significant taxes and losses in BISS if completed incorrectly.
  3. Give yourself time – do not leave this application until the last minute and complete it on the 15th of May.


At ifac, it is standard practice that we consult with our client’s Agri-advisors in times of change in the farm to ensure that BPS is not jeopardised in any way and also to ensure no undue taxes are incurred in the change.


Please note: This year the Department of Agri require all applications to be made online. The Department of Agri is running several helplines nationwide to assist farmers in this regard. 


A top-ten accountancy firm with a 30-office footprint and a dedicated team of 500 professionals, ifac has been committed to serving its farming, food, and agri-business clients across the country for the past 49 years.