Lorrha Notes

Michaela Young daughter of Anna and Michael Lorrha pictured with her winning trophies and her poem which won 1st prize for her in the poetry competition which was organized by the Portumna Shoreline Festival committee. Michaela’s entry the title of which was based on “Go with the Flow” was a poem she composed about her little brother Nathan. She also scooped the trophy for overall student award.

Twins Niamh and Jack Moran children of Deirdre and John Lorrha were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize respectively for their writing project’s in the Portumna Shorelines Festival the theme of which was “Go with the Flow”. 


Sympathy is extended to Teresa Kerry Rathcabbin on the death of her brother which occurred in Tasmania. Funeral takes place in Tasmania this week. May he rest in peace.

First Friday.

First Friday Mass (October 5th) will be held in Lorrha at 9.30am Rathcabbin at 8.00pm. and confessions will be heard before each mass.

Harvest Thanksgiving.

The annual Harvest Thanksgiving ceremony will take place on Sunday 7th October in St. Ruadhan’s C.O.I. Lorrha at 8p.m. The preacher will be Brother Martin Browne OSB Principal of Glenstal Abbey Limerick. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards.

Apostolic Society.

Lorrha Apostolic Society will resume their winter activities which they donate to the missions in Lorrha Community Hall on Thursday night October 11th at 8.p.m. They look forward to seeing all present members back after the summer break and new members will be very welcome.

Book Launch.

Lorrha native Seamus King will launch his latest book ‘A Lorrha Miscellany’ on Friday night October 12th at 8.30pm in the Friars Tavern Lorrha. Based mostly on individuals who featured strongly in the parish GAA there are also some very interesting chapters on some historical events such as The Shooting of Sergent Brady in 1919 The Burning of Portland House Martin O’Meara V.C. and many more. Eamonn O’Dwyer of Tipp F.M. will record a programme for “Down Your Way’ from this night. A great night is promised. All are welcome.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

The group meet every Wednesday in Lorrha Community Hall at 2.30pm. All welcome.

Ireland Reaching Out.

“Ireland Reaching Out” is a very exciting and innovative programme which is best described as “reverse genealogy” and a panel of interested members of the community met last Thursday night to set the programme in place. Genealogy is becoming very big and interesting and we all know cases where more and more people are coming back tracing their ancestors. Our parish is no different from many others and attracts many visitors to research their history. Next year a programme will be put together to invite people back for “The Gathering”. You can connect the parish with its people abroad by joining the IrelandXO website. Check out www.irelandxo .com follow the panel on the right of the page and you will be instructed on how to join up and view the Lorrha Dorrha page which is still very much in it’s infancy.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues every Friday night in the GAA clubhouse with dancing this Friday night to the music of Catherine and Images from 9.30pm to 12.30pm.

Have Some Fun.

Calling all mothers fathers grandpas grandmas and toddlers to Lorrha Community Hall every Thursday from 10.30am to 12 noon. Come along have some games fun laughter and a cuppa.

Christmas Market.

Lorrha Development Association will hold their annual Christmas Market and Auction on Sunday December 2nd in Lorrha Community Hall. Anyone wishing to book a table can call Mary on (090) 9747196. Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction contact Louis on (086) 8493595 Mary on (090) 9747972 or Rose on (086) 8647166 or any member of the committee.


Lorrha Development Association wish to offer thanks to all who loaned photographs for inclusion in the Parish Calendar for 2013. Once again the response has been tremendous and the committee are now sorting and preparing for the printers. Many thanks also to all who are supporting the efforts of the group through advertising in the calendar.Your support is much appreciated as always.

North Tipperary Ploughing Success.

North Tipperary Ploughing Association would like to extend congratulations to all their competitors who participated at the National Ploughing Championships at Heathpark New Ross Co Wexford over the 3 days last week. In particular to Aidan Hogan Ballinderry Park Borrisokane who became the first North Tipperary Ploughman to win 1st place in the Vintage Two Furrow Hydrolic Class Liam Murphy Quakerstown Ballingarry who was placed 2nd in the U21 Conventional 2 Furrow Class. This win will see Liam competiting in the senior grade next season and Michael Kennedy Newtown Rathcabbin who was placed 2nd in the U21 Loy Class. Congratulations and well done to all.

Autumn Art Classes

Art & Craft for children on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5.00pm Pencil Drawing for children over 10 at 11.00am in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha. Starting on 6th October for 8 weeks . For more information please contact Ute on 090-9747127 0r 087-9151356.
Early booking advisable.

Biodiversity Plan.

North Tipperary County Council are in the process of preparing a plan for nature and wildlife in the county also known as a ‘biodiversity plan’. The North Tipperary Biodiversity Plan will list projects and actions that will be implemented over the next three years to highlight the wonderful natural amenities in the county raise awareness of the value of biodiversity and to protect and enhance the counties rich natural heritage. The success of a County Biodiversity Plan depends on the input and involvement of all sectors of society. North Tipperary County Council are inviting everyone to have their say in relation to the biodiversity plan. There will be two free events for the public to learn more about nature and wildlife in North Tipp and to give their views on what should be included in the plan. Ecologist Dr Janice Fuller will give a talk ‘Nature and Wildlife in North Tipp’ on Thursday October 4thin The Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh at 7.30pm and on Tuesday October 9th in the Anner Hotel Thurles also at 7.30pm. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and discussion after the presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend. These talks should be of particular interest to Tidy Towns groups land owners farmers anglers gun club members environmental groups and anyone with an interest in the natural heritage of North Tipperary

Smile Awhile.

A man left a meeting in a hotel and was looking for his keys. They were not in his pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.

Suddenly he realized he must have left them in the car. Frantically he headed for the parking lot.

His wife has scolded him many times for leaving the keys in the ignition.

He believed the best place is the ignition as that way he could not loose them.

His wife theory is that the car could be stolen. As he burst through the door he came to a terrifying conclusion.

Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.

He immediately called the police gave them his location confessed that he had left the keys in the car and that it had been stolen.

Then he made the most difficult call of all "Honey" he stammered; he always call her "honey" in times like these.

"I left my keys in the car and it has been stolen."

There was a period of silence. He thought the call had been dropped but then he heard her voice.

"Idiot" she barked "I dropped you off!"
Embarrassed he said "Well come and get me please."
She retorted "I will as soon as I convince this policeman I have not stolen your car."