Lorrha Notes

Recent Wedding.

The wedding took place in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday July 30th. 2010 of Theresa Murray daughter of Frank and Margaret Portland Lorrha and Shane O’Rourke son of Rosaleen and John Joe Portumna.
The bride was attended by two of her friends Catherine Madden and Pauline Leonard while the grooms two brothers Barry and Padraig were bestman and groomsman respectively. The grooms four year old niece Tara Molloy was flowergirl for the occasion while the brides mother Margaret and the grooms mother Rosaleen brought the offertory gifts to the altar for the ceremony which was celebrated by Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. (Lorrha) assisted by Fr. Brendan Lawless (Portumna). The lovely church music was provided by Muirne Goode and Mary Smyth (Portumna). Afterwards the newly weds joined with their family and friends for their reception which was held in the County Arms Hotel Birr before departing to Malaysia and Borneo as their honeymoon destination.
Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Theresa and Shane as they settle down to married life in Portumna.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

Our next trip is a bus tour around the Slieve Bloom Mountains with a local historian on Wednesday 1st September 2010 followed by a meal in the Thatch Crinkle on the way home. The bus will pick up in Lorrha village at 12.45 and the Pike at 1.00pm.
Our annual holiday this year takes place from 17th to 21st October to the Arklow Bay Hotel Arklow. The coach will pick us up in Lorrha will take us on trips each day and then bring us back home at the end of our holiday. The cost of our holiday is approximately €280. based on 25 people going and covers cost of bus bed breakfast and evening meals per person sharing. Single supplement of €20. per night will apply. The only extra costs will be snacks during the day entrances to places of interest and tips. The more people we get the cheaper it will be. For further enquiries please contact either Betty Houlihan on 05791 39085 or Nancy White on 090 9747922.

Late Felim O’Doherty.

The death has occurred of Felim O’Doherty Lorrha after a long illness. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Tuesday 24th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Holy Hour.

In preparation for the ordination of Bishop elect Fr. Kieran O’Reilly in Ennis this coming Sunday 29th. August there will be a special Holy Hour in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Friday night the 27th. from 8.00 to 9.00p.m.


Bishop elect Mgs. Kieran O’Reilly will lead the Autumn Pilgrimage from the diocese to Lourdes from Monday 27th. September to Saturday 2nd. October. Direct flight from Shannon Airport at a cost of E66o pps. Booking forms available from Joe Walsh Tours Dublin at (01) 6789926 or from Fr. Tony Ryan Diocesan Pilgrimage DirectorSS John & Paul Presbytery Shannon Co. Clare. Further information on www.shannonparish.ie

Clerical Change.

As we approach the end of August the people of the parish will bid farewell to Fr. Joe Kennedy our much loved Parish Priest for the last twelve years. We take this opportunity to say thank you for the work you have done in the parish and for your kind cheerful and approachable disposition in dealings with you. We wish you good health and many happy years in your new parish of Dunkerrin & Moneygall Fr. Joe.

Lorrha Development Association.

Tenders are now invited for the fencing erection of stone wall and landscaping of Friars Park Development in the village. Plans will be available from Friday August 27th. by contacting (090) 9747893 or (086) 8647166. All interested parties must be C2 registered and have all relevant insurance. Closing date for receipt of quotations is Tuesday 21st. September.

Well Done.

Congratulations to Bonner Ciaran manager Ken and the Tipperary under 21 team on their great win in the All-Ireland semi-final last Saturday in Tullamore. Well done lads.

Drama in Lorrha.

Lorrha Variety Group are staging Michael J Ginnelly’s comic 3 Act play "A Wake in the West". Set in a small fishing community on Clew Bay it tells the story of the life – and passing – of Joe Healy a man who drank himself to death. Carrying out his last request causes problems for his family problems that are compounded by the arrival of his son from America after an absence of five years. The group are hoping to stage this play at the end of November.