Please Note Changes in Festival Programme.
Redwood Castle Tours is changed to Friday 21st June. Tours commencing at 2.30 and 4pm Transport: Assemble in Lorrha at 2.10 or 3.40 for car pooling or arrive at the Castle in time for either tour. Admission: €7.
Ecumenical Service has now changed to Monday 24th June. The venue is the Church of Ireland, Lorrha, and the time is 8pm.
There are so many events taking place that it is not possible to mention them all here so do pick up a copy of the programme and see the variety of events on offer over six days or you can view the programme on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under Local Info.
Anáil Sacred Silence and Sounds of Lorrha.
Anáil the Sacred silence and sounds of Lorrha CD will be launched in Lorrha on the 23rd June during the Gathering Heritage Festival that takes place between the 19th and 24th June. Among the performers will be Noirin Ni Riain and Sionna vocal ensemble. The ‘silent’ CD project started as a conversation about how to enhance the emotional well-being of children within the parish of Lorrha .The Anáil CD was developed by a small enthusiastic community group from the parish of Lorrha with the assistance of a clinical psychologist, a sound specialist and an artist. Anáil consists of 3 sound recordings made in the early hours of the morning in the ancient ruins of the Abbeys of Lorrha. For more information see www.silencefromlorrha.weebly.com
Unveiling of Plaque.
A plaque to Martin O’Meara VC and all from the parish who fought in WW1, will be unveiled in Lorrha Village on Sunday 23rd at 2pm as part of the Heritage Festival. Afterwards there will be a short pageant which will be followed by a picnic in Friars Park with music provided by local group Tradstone and for the younger folk there will be a obstacle /bouncy castle. All are invited.
The wedding of Brendan Coen, son of Tony and Mary, Lorrha and Aoife Murphy, daughter of Colette and of the late Denis, Clonakilty, Co. Cork took place on Friday May 24th in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clonakilty. The bride was attended by her friends Carol Howard and Claire Hogan while the grooms two brothers Rory and Michael were his Bestman and Groomsman respectively. The two little flower girls Caitlin Hanniffy, niece of the groom and Colette Murphy, niece of the bride were accompanied by Page boy Jake Campbell, nephew of the groom and Ring bearer Jack Coules, nephew of the bride. Fr. Edward Collins, assisted by Monsignor Charles Coen conducted the beautiful ceremony with readers Sinead Coules and Eileen Loftus, while the two mothers Colette and Mary brought the offertory gifts to the altar. Afterwards the newly weds joined with their families and friends for their reception in the Inchydoney Island Lodge Hotel. The couple spent their honeymoon in South America. We extend congratulations and many good wishes to Brendan and Aoife for a long and happy life together as they settle down to married life in London.
Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night to the music of Dermot and Irene Ring. Dancing from 9.30p.m. to 12.30a.m
The annual Birr Fete will take place on Thursday 20th June from 2.00 to 5.00pm at the Rectory grounds. All the usual stalls will be there with plenty to interest all. Everyone is welcome and your support will be appreciated.
Late Edward Sherlock.
The tragic death occurred on Tuesday June 11th of Eddie Sherlock, Abbeyleix and formerly Curraduff, Rathcabbin. Eddie is survived by his wife Bridget, son Edward, daughter Nicola, mother Mary, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary Abbeyleix on Saturday, burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May he rest in peace.
Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.
Heard on a Kulula flight:
“Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.”