Lorrha Notes

Sackie O’Brien & his sister Mary with their pumpkins which Sackie grew for Halloween. 
Sackie is holding two large courgettes, the bigger of the two measuring 18 inches long by 17 inches in diameter at the largest point. A keen gardener Sackie has always grown vegetables and potatoes but has never had courgettes as big before. 


Late Annie Coughlan.

The death occurred recently after a short illness, of Annie Coughlan, Gurteen, Rathcabbin which has left a huge void in the lives of her family.  Annie who was born and raised in the parish (nee Larkin from Derry), married fellow parishioner Jim Coughlan (Curragha) in 1956 and lived for a short time in Curragha before settled into farming life in Gurteen and to raising their family there. Big supporters of all things that happened in the parish, they loved to dance and they attended the many dances which was held in Rathcabbin Hall through the years. Indeed, Annie enjoyed and supported everything whether it be concerts, plays etc. that was held in the hall. She loved life, meeting people, chatting and getting out and about.  She was a devout religious lady who was a member of the parish choir and she attended the Holy hour every Thursday in Rathcabbin Church. Annie never missed a Pilgrimage to Knock where she prayed for family and friends.
She had a great interest in what was happening both locally and nationally through reading the papers and in more recent years she quickly learned the use of texting on her mobile phone, having a facebook account and had her own Tablet to keep her up to date with all the news on- line. Over the years, both Annie and Jim established faithful and lasting friendships and they were also blessed to have good neighbours.
She will be sadly missed by long time friends and neighbours, but in particular by her family to whom sympathy is extended.
Pre-deceased by her husband Jim, sons Eugene and Edward, she is survived by her daughters Phil O’Hanlon (Parteen), Rita Coughlan (Annacotty), Annette Sullivan (Rathcabbin) and Fiona Ryan (Crinkle), sons Seamus and Kieran (Rathcabbin), sons-in-law Oliver, Mike and Teddy, daughter-in-law Concepta, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Frank, Jim and Kieran (Limerick), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends. After concelebrated funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin, burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace with Jim, Eugene and Edward.


Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday night November 21st at 9.00pm in Lorrha Community Hall. We invite you to come along, get involved and support the ongoing work around the village. Look forward to seeing you there.

Lorrha Annual Christmas Market.

The Lorrha Annual Christmas Market and Auction will take place on Sunday 3rd Dec as usual.
Items are required for the auction so if you have anything that you think is suitable to go under the hammer, please contact Louis (086) 849 3595. Anyone wishing to take a table to sell their produce, toys, christmas goods, baking, jewellery, veg & potatoes etc.  please contact Mary on (090) 9747196 or Liz on (090) 9747893 as soon as possible to book a table.


Sympathy is extended to Rodney Gallagher & family, Lorrha, and extended family members on the death of his father Joe, Syngefield, Birr which occurred on Sunday 5th November. After funeral Mass on Wednesday 8th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Rathcabbin Cardiac First Reponders

New members needed!
Our group responds to 999 calls for stroke, heart attack and choking from people living in the Rathcabbin area. Next training session will be held in Rathcabbin Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd November, cost 10 euro. Please contact Stacey Guinan 087 6557098, Sharon O’Donnell 087 2280995 or Martina Duffy 087 2922783 for more information or check out our new facebook page.

Church News.

Vigil  Mass in Redwood Church will be at 6.30p.m. on Saturday, 18th November to facilitate people going to James Kilbane concert at 8.00p.m. in Rathcabbin Church.
Please remember to get your James Kilbane concert tickets, in time for Sat. 18th Nov. at 8.00pm,  Rathcabbin Church.   Tickets can be purchased after weekend Masses – Lorrha from Mary Coen,  from Martin Hough in Redwood and in  Rathcabbin from Maria Brophy.
Mass on Wednesday, 15th Nov.  in Lorrha Church at 7.30p.m. This Mass will be offered for the Holy Souls.
Visit to Cemeteries:  Prayers for the Faithful Departed will be said –  next  Sunday, 19th November Lorrha after 10.00a.m. Mass and Bonoham after 11.30a.m. Mass.

Milford Hospice, Light Up a Memory.

 The official ceremony to mark the illumination of the Light Up a Memory tree will take place at Milford Care Centre on Sunday, 10th December 2017 at 6.00pm. The ceremony will incorporate carol singing prior to the illumination of the tree followed by refreshments. Each person remembered on the tree will be enrolled in the Light Up A Memory Book which will be on display in the Hospice during the coming year. Lights will be switched off  on Sunday 7th January 2018 at 6.00pm, when Mass will be celebrated at Milford care centre for all those remembered on the Light Up A Memory tree.

Well Done.

Congratulations to the four Lorrha U14 girls Lisa Duggan, Celine Guinan, Frances Bugler and Niamh Ryan who are playing camogie with Shannon Rovers who won the ‘A’ League final recently. Full time score Shannon Rovers 6.5 Annacarty 5.4. Well done to the entire team and their management.

Winter De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the winter collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep one adult employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

GAA News

Under 21: Huge congratulations to our under 21 hurlers who bridged a 34 year gap to win the North Tipp ‘B’ Hurling final following a gritty 1-4 to 0-6 final win over Silvermines in Toomevara on Saturday. Played in very soft conditions, the game was a real battle and despite not scoring in the second half, Brian Hogan’s first half goal proved to be the difference.
Lorrha now progress to the County semi-final on weekend 25-26 November where they will play Golden Kilfeacle or Cappawhite Gaels who meet in the West final next weekend.

Fundraiser: The clubs 2500-to-1 fundraising draw with a prize fund of €10,000 will go ahead on Saturday 2nd December. We are urging all club members to make one final push to get the tickets sold for what is a vital fundraiser for the club. Your support would be appreciated.

Juvenile Table Quiz: Lorrha Juvenile Club’s annual fundraising table quiz in Moatfield has been put back to Saturday 2nd December at 8.00pm.

Scor: The North final of Scor na nOg takes place in Borrisoleigh on Friday 17thNovember. Anyone wishing to take part in competitions including Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation/Storytelling; Ballad Group; Stage Presentation; Instrumental Music; Set Dancing and Table Quiz should contact any senior or juvenile club officer.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha GAA Club will take place in Moatfield on Tuesday 19th December at 8.00pm

Gear Order: The Club are putting together a gear order ahead of Christmas. Go to our facebook page to see details of what is on offer and how to order by closing date of Friday 24th November.

Juvenile Fitness Session: Noel Hogan has offered to do an evening workshop in Moatfield with juveniles in the parish from under 10 up to under 16 (Parent to attend also). It is called neutral adaption training and includes strength and stability in the ankles, knees, hips, glutes and quads. The cost to parents is €10 for a RIPTOOL resistance band which is supplied on the night and which is kept by the juveniles to practice at home. This would be of great benefit to the boys and girls. To register your interest or for more information contact Juvenile Club Chairman Tom Kennedy at 087 9191689

Lotto: Our jackpot is €3,6000 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday with music of Checkers, from 9.30pm til late.