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Lorrha is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°05′32″N 8°07′25″W / 53.0922°N 8.1235°W / 53.0922; -8.1235Coordinates: 53°05′32″N 8°07′25″W / 53.0922°N 8.1235°W / 53.0922; -8.1235
CountyCounty Tipperary
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Lorrha (from Irish: Lothra[1]) is a small village at the northern tip of County Tipperary, Ireland. It is located on a minor road between the R489 Birr to Portumna road and the N65 Nenagh to Portumna road about five kilometres (three miles) east of the point where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg.[2]

It is also the name of a townland and a civil parish in the historical [3] barony of Ormond Lower. The civil parish borders Portumna in County Galway and Birr in County Offaly.


In 843 a Norse expedition led by Turgesius raided Lorrha and neighbouring Terryglass.[4] Close to an historic crossing point of the River Shannon, the area has a long history of bridges and ferry crossings. The present Portumna bridge dates from 1911 [5] (opening section replaced October 2008 [6])

Ecclesiastic ruins[edit]

Lorrha has a rich ecclesiastical history evidenced by the ruins within the village. Beside the Roman Catholic Church (c. 1912),[7] at the south of the village are the remains of a Dominican Friary founded in the 13th century by Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster.[8] To the east of the village stands the Church of Ireland [9] on the site of St. Ruadhan's church which was built c. 1000 AD and was itself built on the site of St. Ruadhan's Abbey, founded in the 6th century. Remains of two 8th-century high crosses stand in the churchyard.[10] The Augustinian Abbey founded in the 12th century by the Order of Canons Regular stands nearby. The carved head over the door is thought to represent the wife of Walter De Burgh.[11] Water for the monastic settlement was supplied from St. Ruadhan's well located south of the road that passes the present Church of Ireland cemetery.

Lorrha Priory of St. Ruadhan
Lorrha Friary

The Lorrha Missal, a translation of the Latin and Gaelic Missal was transcribed at Lorrha in the 9th century. It is now commonly known as the Stowe Missal.

Annalstic references[edit]

See Annals of Inisfallen

  • AI707.2 Colmán, abbot of Lothra, rested.
  • AI747a.1 Kl. Repose of Dúngal, abbot of Lothra. The slaying of Aed Dub.
  • AI780.1 Kl. Repose of Ailill, abbot of Lothra.
  • AI809.1 Kl. Coibdenach the learned, abbot of Lothra, [rested].
  • AI1015.10 The vacating of Imlech Ibuir, and the invasion of Lothra.

Notable buildings[edit]

Lackeen Castle


Lorrha is an ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killaloe.[17]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Lorrha Dorrha is the local GAA sports club. Several well known players have had Lorrha Dorrha connections, see notable people below.

Lorrha is on the route of the Ormond Way which forms part of the Beara-Breifne Way, a long distance walking and cycling trail from the Beara Peninsula in County Cork to Blacklion in County Cavan.[18]


Lorrha East and Lorrha West are both in the Dáil constituency of Offaly which incorporates 24 electoral divisions that were previously in the Tipperary North Dáil constituency.[19]

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ "Map".
  3. ^ http://www.lorrhadorrha.ie[bare URL]
  4. ^ AU 845.2; CS 845; CGG 19; AClon 842 [=845]; AI 844.1 [=845].
  5. ^ "Portumna Bridge, LEHINCH, TIPPERARY NORTH".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Saint Ruadhan's Church, LORRHA, Lorrha, TIPPERARY NORTH".
  8. ^ http://www.goireland.com/tipperary/lorrha-churches-attraction-churches-historical-id16229.htm[bare URL]
  9. ^ "Saint Rodan's Church, LORRHA, Lorrha, TIPPERARY NORTH".
  10. ^ http://www.lorrhadorrha.com/struadhansabbey.htm[bare URL]
  11. ^ http://www.lorrhadorrha.com/augustinianabbey.htm[bare URL]
  12. ^ Wallace, Patrick F., O'Floinn, Raghnall eds. Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland: Irish Antiquities, 2002, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, ISBN 0-7171-2829-6
  13. ^ "Redwood Castle, Historical Attraction in Tipperary, Ireland".
  14. ^ "Abbeville House, ABBEVILLE, TIPPERARY NORTH".
  15. ^ Gordon Bowe, Nicola; Caron, David; and Wynne, Michael. Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass, with an introduction and biographies by Nicola Gordon Bowe. Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1988
  16. ^ There is documentation on this window in the National Irish Visual Arts Library
  17. ^ Parishes of Killaloe Diocese. Archived 2010-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Beara Breifne Way".
  19. ^ "Constituency Commission Report 2012 – Waterford - Tipperary - Laois - Offaly - Kildare area" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 14 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Ken Hogan". Hurling Stats website. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Profile: Patrick Maher". Hurling Stats website. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012.