Lorrha Notes

Ploughing Draw.

North Tipperary Ploughing fundraising draw 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 from 9.00pm. We plan on holding a Novice ploughing competition in the near future. Anyone aged between 16 and 35 who would like to participate is asked to contact the secretary on (087) 779 3719.
And at National level, Monaghan man John Deery from Inniskeen was the newly elected chairman at the AGM held last Wednesday 24th. Mick Mahon from Offaly has taken on the role of President. The AGM brought changes all around with a new NPA Assistant MD James Sutton from Dublin and  Vice Chairman is Patsy Condron from Laois. Well done to all and to the new Waterford and Roscommon Directors David McGrath & Martina Bernie.

Anger Building in Rathcabbin.

Anger and frustration has been building for the last week in Rathcabbin, when local residents and the surrounding areas discovered that St. Kieran’s Nursing Home at the Pike maybe now used to house IPAS (International Protection Asylum Seekers).
Some time ago they were lead to believe that the facility was to be used to house Ukrainian mothers with their sick or disabled children but that is not happening now.
The local residents and residents in the surrounding areas are very concerned to learn via a phone call that a substantial number of IPAS may be housed there subject to a licence being granted.

The nursing home is wholly unsuitable for many reasons, there are absolutely no recreational facilities, the local village is 2km away and the only shop in it closed down a few weeks ago. The closest town is 10km away.

The former nursing home is situated very close to a very busy main road and crossroads. The road to the village is very narrow with extremely dangerous bends.

It is very unfair to house people in such isolated areas. It is also very worrying for the local and surrounding residents that there is very little information known on these people. There are also a number of young children living in the vicinity of  and in the surrounding areas of  the former nursing home. The Rathcabbin  people have been very disappointed with the local representatives so far, they feel that the local politicians need to stand with them in letting the Government know that housing IPAS in such isolated areas is wrong on all levels.

Wedding Bells.

Many congratulations is extended to Aoife Mounsey, Redwood and Pat Gubbins, Nenagh who were married in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Friday last 26th.  We wish Aoife and Pat a long and happy life together.


Rathcabbin Hall committee are holding a raffle in aid of Rathcabbin Hall. The committee is presently raising money for renovations of the hall toilets and the build of a new wheelchair accessible toilet. This is an essential fundraiser to provide funds to complete the project. Tickets for the fundraiser are available from the Hall committee members. Tickets cost €5 each and will be sold after Mass in the hall on May 5th. 12th. 19th. and 26th. We would appreciate your continued support.

Preliminary Announcement.

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

Lorrha Community Games.

Lorrha Community Games will host their Athletics Day on Saturday the 18th of May at 12 o’ clock in Moatfield Community Pitch.  Races for all ages from 6 to 16 years,  toddler run, long puck and hurdles.   Registration for these events will take place in Tony Reddin Park and  Community Centre on Wednesday the 8th of May from 6pm to 8pm.   We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Bereaved Parents Support.

Milford Care Centre & Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents in your community, will host a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday 2nd May at 7:00pm pm in Milford Care Centre, Limerick. This is a free event, but we ask that parents register by contacting 01-4045378 or If you have any questions about this event or any of our Anam Cara services please get in touch. l.milligan@anamcara.ie or www.anamcara.ie.

Service of Remembrance.

Milford Care Centre will be hosting its annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Castletroy, on Sunday May 12th at 3pm for those who have died under our care in Milford Care Centre & across our community services. We hope that you may wish to join with us, and we look forward to sharing with you in this service of remembrance & thanksgiving.  Please feel free to invite family and friends to join you in solidarity and support.

Church News.

First Friday Mass will be celebrated in Rathcabbin Church on Friday, May 3rd   at 8pm

2024 Rosary Rally: The 2024 Public Rosary Rally takes place on Saturday May 11th, at 4pm at the Grotto in St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Borrisokane. Last year we were one of the  527 rallies held nationwide.  Please join us as we pray the Rosary especially for our country and to honour Our Lady of Fatima.

Rosary at the Grotto: This is an invitation to join us as we pray the Rosary at the Grotto every Monday for the month of May, Our Lady’s month. We meet at the Grotto in St Peter and Paul ‘s Cemetery, Borrisokane at 7pm. You are all very welcome.

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!

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.


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

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.


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.

Well Done Nicola.

Congratulations is extended to Nicola Kelly (Rathcabbin) and the Tipp minor camogie team who beat Waterford in the All Ireland Final 2.9 to 0.10. Nicola is the latest to bring home an All Ireland medal to the parish.


Commiserations is extended to Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher and the Tipp senior squad who went down by 15 points to the All Ireland champions Limerick on Sunday last. It was a real bad day for the Tipp side who will have to reshape and pick themselves up for their next outing.

GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €5,000. The numbers drawn on 29 April were: 7-9-14-28. 5 Match 3’s share €100: Kevin Barry, Carol Collins, C Judge & C Molloy, Timothy Tierney, Annabelle Whitmore.
Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, D&K Mannion, Agnes Sherlock.
Next Mondays jackpot is €5,100 with Team 2 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Hurling: The seniors host Upperchurch-Drombane in the County Hurling League this Friday at 7.30pm in Tony Reddin Park. Best of luck to the lads and management.

Tipperary: Best of luck to Patrick Maher and the Tipperary hurlers against Waterford in the Munster championship this Saturday. Also, to Darragh Guinan and the under 20 hurlers against Cork on Friday.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday night in the Tony Reddin Centre from 9.30pm to the music of Declan Aungier.


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Thought for the week….


Smile Awhile….