Lorrha Notes

Mary Coen retired from teaching on Friday June 25th. 2010. After graduating in 1969 she commenced her teaching career in Corville Roscrea. She spent some years teaching special needs before taking up a position in Redwood where she spent the last ten years. Mary is surround here by pupils from Redwood school who showered her with gifts. We extend every good wish to Mary and hope she spends many long and happy years in retirement.                                                                    Nancy Liffey retired from teaching on Friday June 25th. 2010. She spent a total of 39 years altogether six of which was spent in Killeen School. Nancy is pictured here with student Shauna fellow teachers Marguerite and Marie Pat (Parents Association) Padraig (B.O.M) Michael Fr. John and Tom (Principal.). We extend every good wish to Nancy and hope she enjoys many long and happy years in retirement.



Pride of place this week goes to the under 8 team who won the JK Brackens tournament and congratulations to all and to the top scorer Colm. See more photo’s in Gallery.
Photos by Derek Mannion.
           Come and join us for the launch of the Lorrha Parish Tourism Leaflet on Friday night 25th. at 8.30p.m. on the premises of Louis & Kathleen McCormack in Abbeyville. Tipp F.M. will record a “Down Your Way” programme and all are invited for a good evening and night of entertainment.
A Message From Norma Thornsberry In Australia

Pat and Chrissie Hough spoke to us when we visited Lorrha last year of a Father Kennedy who went to Australia and became first Parish Priest at Cowra in N.S.W. just two hours drive from Orange. They asked if we would visit his resting place and maybe tidy his grave. We went to Cowra and with the help of Rod the caretaker at the cemetery we found his grave alongside another priest Father Casey also from Ireland. Ted myself and Mauren who came to Ireland with us cleaned his grave and planted a Black Beauty Rose. Rod has promised to care for and water the Rose for us. We are going back and taking artificial flowers for both priests and put them in a vase. Thought this may be of interest to Lorrha as Father Kennedy has a window dedicated to him in the Lorrha Church. We visited the Church in Cowra St. Raphel’s where he was the parish priest and found plaques and windows dedicated to him. We feel very privileged to care for his grave and have enclosed a few photos of Ted myself Maureen and Rod at his resting place. Next to him is a fenced area of a group of nuns graves also very interesting. Rod’s sister (Cemetery Caretaker) has visited Ireland and he hopes to go in the near future with his wife and children. 

 Lorrha Development Association and the web site committee sincerely thank Norma Ted and Maureen for travelling to this cemetery and sending photo’s from Fr. Kennedy’s grave. This is indeed a lovely thought Norma and is of much interest to the many who follow the parish history. We also express our thanks to Rod for taking care of the flowers. Thanks Rod.
More photo’s from Norma can be viewed on the Photo Gallery.

Congratulations is extended to Lorrha N.S. (Top Photo) who raised their First Green Flag to-day (Tuesday 22nd) and to Redwood N.S. who raised their second green flag on June 15th. Well done to both schools.

Recent Wedding.

The wedding took place on Friday May 14th. in St. Patrick’s Church Wicklow of Aishling Kennedy daughter of Martin and Mary Graigue Rathcabbin and Declan Ryan son of Liz and of the late Declan Wicklow. The bride was attended by her friend Samantha Kennedy with her sisters Fiona and Edel also. Bestman was the grooms friend Leonard Kennedy with groomsmen Luke Ryan a friend and Adrian Kennedy brother of the bride.
The couples two year old daughter Kayleigh and her brother 6 year old Brendan carried out the duty of page boy and flower girl respectively. Both the brides mother Mary and the grooms mother Liz brought the offertory gifts to the altar while the ceremony was presided over by Fr. Jimmy McParland P.P. (Wicklow) with church music provided by Kieran Cooney (Birr).
Afterwards the newly weds joined with their families and friends for their reception which was held in the Leitrim Lodge in Wicklow.
Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Aishling and Declan for a long and happy life together as they settle into married life in Rathcabbin.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

Would all members please note that our next meeting on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 will commence at 1.30pm in Lorrha Community Hall. The children from Lorrha National School will be entertaining us that afternoon. On Thursday 24th June is our trip to Clonfert Fr. Michael Kennedy will be saying Mass. The following Wednesday 30th June we will be attending a Social Afternoon in Cloughjordan GAA Centre hosted by Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association. This will be the last Wednesday weekly meeting before our Summer break. During our summer break many varied outings have been organised. On Wednesday 7th July there is an outing to Glenstal Abbey and Killaloe followed by a meal in Garrykennedy on the way home. The following evening 8th July Portumna and District Active Retirement Association have invited us to a Social evening in Donie O’Meara’s at 8pm. Wednesday 14th July there is a trip to Swiss Cottage and Butler’s Castle Cahir followed by the Irish night in Boru Bru with a meal included. Please let Nancy White know as soon as possible if you wish to attend any of the events on phone no. 090 9747922.

Late Dinah McGahey.

Mass for the repose of Dinah McGahey’s soul will take place in Our Lady Queen Of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Saturday the 26th June at 12.00pm.


Sympathy is extended to the Willie Slevin and family Kilregane Lorrha and extended relatives on the recent death of his sister Sr. Ignatius who died in Castlebar and to the extended Hogan families on the death of Nuala Hogan late of Roden Rathcabbin who died in England. May they rest in peace.


The Annual Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday July 4th. under the leadership of Bishop Willie Walsh and organized by the Legion of Mary. If interested in traveling please contact Gertie O’Meara at (090) 9747080 or Betty Houlihan on (057) 9139085 or (087) 6667374. Fare is Adults €20 children €10. As the organizers need to know numbers traveling you are asked to please book before Sunday June 27th.

Celebration Mass.

A celebration Mass for Mary Coen who is retiring as teacher in Redwood N.S. will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Redeemer Church Redwood this coming Saturday evening the 26th. at 6.00p.m. You are asked to note that there will be no 8.00p.m. Mass. All are welcome.

Youth Summer Festival.

The Annual youth summer festival to Clonmacnoise will take place this year from Thursday 12th. to Sunday 15th. August for those aged 16years to 35 and is by donation only with free bus service available. This has proven over the years to be a very popular way for young people to meet and make new friends while also having the opportunity to experience their Faith. Contact (086) 3025442 or (01) 6753690 or visit the website www.youth2000.ie for full information.

Golf Outing.

Local golfing society RAGS next outing is on the 10th July in Athenry(Captain’s Prize) – tee time is from 9.30 to 11 am. Please take note of the change of date.

Work Evening.

Lorrha Development work evening will continue this Thursday evening July 1st. from 6.30p.m. for litter picking planting flowers painting etc. Your help here is required. All work evening dates are available on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie and anyone who is unable to make the appointed time can do so at a time that suits. We appeal to all residents of the village to please keep the area outside their premises litter free.

Down Your Way.

Lorrha Development Association have compiled an information leaflet on the parish which gives snippets of the history and other information. The launch of this leaflet will take place this Friday night the 25th. on the premises of Louis & Kathleen McCormack in Abbeyville. Tipp F.M. “Down Your Way” presenter Eamonn O’Dwyer will be in attendance to record the first programme from McCormack’s with “Broadband” providing the music. Proceedings will get under way at 8.30p.m. so do come along and join us for what is expected to be a great mid summer evening (and night) of entertainment.

Well Done Niall.

We extend congratulations to Niall McIntyre Portland who won a silver medal in both the 800 and 1500m races in the Munster athletic championships which took place recently. Well done Niall.


We extend commiserations to Elaine Hough and Caoimhe Kennedy and the Tipperary Intermediate camogie team who went down to Derry in the second round of the Championship despite both contributing a goal each in the game which took place in Duggan Park Ballinasloe on Saturday last. Hard luck girls.

A Job Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Redwood N.S. who raised their second green flag at a flag raising ceremony held in the school on Tuesday 15th. and also to Lorrha N.S. on their flag raising ceremony on Tuesday 22nd. when they raised their first green flag. Well done to all concerned in both schools who worked so hard to bring this honour to their respective schools.

One in Four Fundraiser Reminder.

A Fundraiser for One in Four is taking place on Friday 25th June in the Thatch Cottage Whiskey Still as well as various Nenagh cafes including Cinnamon Alley Collins Bakery Country Choice Easons The Pantry and Quigleys. Each business supporting this fundraiser will facilitate donations when you have your cuppa.
One in Four supports people who have experienced sexual violence by proving counselling advocacy and psychotherapy to victims both children and adults and to their families. Maeve Lewis of Ballyartella Nenagh is the director of One in Four. So come along and have a cuppa and a bite to eat and support this cause so that they can continue providing much needed services.