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Lorrha Parish, County Tipperary

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Poor Law Union: Borrisokane • Catholic Diocese: Killaloe • Catholic Parish: Lorrha and Dorrha

A small village at the northern tip of the county, it is located on a local 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. - Lorrha

Stokes, Margaret (1832-1900), Early Christian Art in Ireland, p. 95
Drawing of the older face of the cumdach (book shrine)
of the Lorrha Missal, (rotated 180% from normal)
The Ninth Century was the golden age of the monasteries at Lorrha. During this time was written the Lorrha Missal, generally called the Stowe Missal, actually a sacramentary rather than a missal; an Irish illuminated manuscript written mainly in Latin with some Gaelic, probably after 792 and likely the oldest Mass Book in Europe. During 1735, when John O'Kennedy of Lackeen had been rebuilding the Castle of his ancestors, a bronze silver gift shrine (the "cumdach"†) containing the Missal was found hidden in the old walls. The Missal later passed into the hands of the Marquis of Buckingham in Stowe, and thus became known as the Stowe Missal. The Missal is now in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin and the metal Shrine is in the National Museum. -Wikimedia Commons
Things to do when visiting our area
Lorrha And Dorrha (Tipperary) Places of Interest

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This place was anciently distinguished for its religious establishments, some founded in the Early Middle Ages, the earliest of which was an abbey for canns regular, founded by St. Ruadan, who presided here over 150 monks and died in 584.

A Dominican friary also was founded here in 1269, by Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster

†Cumdach: a distinctively Irish form of reliquary case for books associated with an important religious figure; this is one of only five early examples. The inscription running around borders and on arms of cross has been partly damaged, but enough remains to reconstruct as follows:
It asks for a prayer for the abbot of Lorrha, Mathgamain Ua Cathail (+1037) and for Find Ua Dúngalaigh, king of Múscraige Tíre (+1033). It also mentions Donnchadh mac Briain, styled 'king of Ireland' and Mac Raith Ua Donnchada, king of the Eoganacht of Cashel (+1052) as well as the name of the maker, Donnchadh Ua Taccáin [a monk] 'of the community of Cluain (Clonmacnoise)'.
- Wikimedia Commons

Dorrha Civil Parish on Ireland GenWeb] http://www.irelandgenweb.com/irltip/CivilParishes/DorrhaCP.htm

Griffiths Valuation of Ireland - Dorrha, County Tipperary http://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/tipperary/dorrha.htm

Ireland Reaching Out - Lorrha and Dorrha, Tipperary https://www.irelandxo.com/ireland/tipperary/lorrha-and-dorrha-tipperary

Research Aids http://www.igp-web.com/tipperary/learn.htm

Parish Records Lorrha and Dorrha http://registers.nli.ie/parishes/0781


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