Lorrha Notes

                                                            Lorrha & Dorrha Parish Calendar


Packed from Cover to Cover with photo’s from the past and from the present the Parish Calendar is compiled by members of Lorrha Development Association as a fundraiser for the work carried out in the lovely historical village of Lorrha. This year Lorrha Development celebrate 25 years in existence which is reflected in the calendar.

Priced at just €10 the calendar is available in the Lorrha end of the parish from Pat Hough publican Colette’s Hair Salon Ferry Inn Restaurant & Bar Ferry Service Station Carrigahorig Post Office Louis & Kathleen McCormack’s Pub GAA Clubhouse. In Rathcabbin it’s available from Kelly’s Bar & Grocery Brophy’s Bar & Grocery.

The Calendar is also available from Super Valu (O’Meara’s) Portumna Salmons Newsagents Portumna.
Anyone wishing to have a copy posted to them is asked to contact Liz by emailing her at lizhussey@eircom.net or Nancy at terry1938@eircom.net from Rose at roselmannion@yahoo.ie or by phone from Louis at (086) 8493595.

Late Eileen Hough.

The peaceful death took place at her residence on Monday December 21st. in her 97th. year of Eileen Hough Ballymacegan Lorrha. Nee Corcoran from Ballymacegan she was the youngest of eight children and incidentally the last remaining member of that family. Eileen moved just across the fields on her marriage to her late husband James as they were neighbours. An outgoing and friendly lady she was involved in many parish activities and was a founder member of the I.C.A. She was also heavily involved in the Rathcabbin hall catering committee which catered for every function which took place in the parish back in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Irish music was her passion and she played accordian in many sessions both in the parish and outside of it as well as dancing. Indeed she and the late Pat Coughlan of Lorrha P.O. won a waltzing competition which was organised and held by the local GAA back in the ‘50’s and which took place in Rathcabbin Hall. She loved to socialise to meet and chat with people and made many last friendships down through the years. Predeceased by her husband James in 1986 she is survived by her sons Martin (Lorrha) Seamus (Dublin) daughters Brigid (Dublin) Evelyn (Clare) daughters in-law sons in-law grandchildren great-grand-children nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Christmas Eve burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Margaret O’Hara.

The death occurred on Tuesday December 22nd. at Stallis Maris nursing home Oranmore Co. Galway of Margaret O’Hara formerly Abbeyville Lorrha.
Nee O’Meara from Sharragh she was niece of Martin O’Meara VC who died in 1935 in Australia. Margaret who was 89 years old was predeceased by her husband Paddy in January 2007 and by her sons Bernard and Charlie. She was a familiar figure on her bicycle around the parish with her late husband before moving to Oranmore about 15 years ago. A quiet and gentle lady she was a good neighbour who was always willing to help out those less fortunate if she was required.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Sunday Dec. 27th. burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her daughter Bernie (Hollywood) son William son in-law daughters in-law sister Mary Kennedy (Birr) grandchildren great-grandchildren nephews nieces relatives and friends on their great loss. May she rest in peace.


Wednesday 6th. is the Feast of the Epiphany and a Holyday of obligation. Mass in Lorrha at 10.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m. and again at 7.30p.m.


Lorrha Lord Mayor candidate Joe Dolan wishes to extend his thanks to all who came out and supported the fun day on Monday December 28th. despite the cold weather conditions. A special word of thanks to the GAA club for the use of their facilities to the girls and the lads for coming out in such fine numbers to play and Ray McLoughney for coming down to represent his uncle Felix Cronin MC Hubert Hogan Willie Rigney Auctioneer Paddy Kennedy for video Tony Coen Mark Mannion for refeering Fr. Joe for his managerial skills and First Aid attention and all his committee for helping out on the day. Thanks to the sponsors Noel Hogan of Premier Plant Hire Banagher for sponsoring a lawn mower Barry Gleeson Adrian Bouchier Eugene Kennedy Matt Reddan Sean Lambe Mike Hogan Pascal Moran and Richard Needham (Rathcabbin) for fodder supplies Val O’Meara shop supplies and all who supported in whatever way. The day provided plenty of laughs and a lot of fun. All monies raised will go to the development of a park in Lorrha.

Parish Calendar.

Copies of the Lorrha Parish Calendar are still available from Pat Hough’s pub and Colettes Hair Salon in the village Post Office Carrigahorig The Ferry Service Station GAA clubhouse Brophy’s and Kelly’s in Rathcabbin Super Valu Portumna or from members of the committee.

Lorrha Development.

A meeting of the above will be held on Tuesday night January 12th. in Lorrha Hall at 8.00p.m. All members are requested to attend.

Table Quiz.

Lorrha Lord Mayor Candidate Theresa Dunne Walker is holding a fundraising table quiz in The Ferry Inn on Friday night January 15th. at 8.30p.m. Theresa extends thanks to all who supported the very successful Christmas market which she held before Christmas in Lorrha Hall and she looks forward to your continued support for her Lord Mayor Campaign.
Lorrha Development Association urge you to support this fundraiser by Theresa and her committee as all monies raised will go towards the development of Friars Park in the village.

Parish Web Site.

Visit the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie for all the latest news in the parish.