Lorrha Notes


Church News.

Friday (April 3rd) is the first Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30 a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 8.00p.m. Confessions will be heard half an hour before both Masses.
There will be a Reconciliation Ceremony on Tuesday April 7th. (Holy Week) in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00p.m.
A Pastoral Council meeting will take place on Wednesday night April 1st. At 8.00p.m. in the parochial House.

Vocations Weekend.

Invitation to all young men who feel they might have a vocation to come and see Priesthood it’s challenges activities and ministries in Mount St. Joseph’s Monastery Roscrea on the week-end of 25th. / 26th. April. For firther information contact Fr. Ignatius McCormack at (086) 2777139 or email ignaid@hotmail.com.


On Easter Sunday 12th April Lorrha Parents Association will be hosting a cake sale bring and buy sale and a raffle from 2.00-4.00p.m. in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall. If you would like to donate any goods (books clothes household items in good condition) you can bring them to the hall on Saturday 11th April from 4.00-6.00p.m. Please note that we cannot accept any electrical goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

Recent Graduation.

Congratulations to Pamela Dagg Portland Lorrha who graduated recently from Trinity College with a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering. Well done Pamela and all the best in the future.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations is extended to Mick Reddan Ballyquirke on the occasion of his 70th. birthday over the week-end. Mick’s family held a surprise party for him in the Friar’s Tavern Lorrha on Friday night last. Well done Mick. We also extend birthday greetings to Lucy Corcoran Carrigahorig on the occasion of her 90th. birthday which she also celebrated over the week end with family members and friends. Many congratulations Lucy.

Church News.

You are asked to take note that with the change in time on Sunday last the 29th. to summertime Mass times will be as follows: Redwood Church – vigil Mass on Saturday evenings at 8.00p.m. commencing on Saturday April 4th. Lorrha Church – Sunday at 10.00 a.m. Rathcabbin Church Sunday at 11.30 a.m.

The 2009 Ferry and Portland Clean Up.

On Saturday March 28th local residents of The Ferry and Portland gathered at The Ferry Inn for their annual cleanup. As ever the volunteers were full of enthusiasm and set to their task eagerly. After the cleanup the group were treated to a lovely lunch by Barry and Teresa Walker of The Ferry Inn. The cleanup gave the chance for the locals to catch up and socialize as well as improving their local area. One of the regular volunteers was Valerie Foley County Council candidate. "This is a perfect example of responsible citizenship in action" said Valerie. "Here we have local people willing to come together and clean up their local area. It gives the people of The Ferry and Portland a real sense of teamwork and community. It is also a great family day out giving local children a chance to see what active citizenship can do."
The day was a great success and the cleanup group is already looking forward to next year.

Rathcabbin Development.

A poker classic will take place on Good Friday night the 10th. April at 8.00 p.m. in Rathcabbin Hall. Tickets cost €30 and all are welcome.

“A Crucial Week”.

Rathcabbin Players extend the best of luck to Jared Madden and Banagher Drama Group with their production of the Bernard Farrell comedy “A Crucial Week In The Life Of A Grocers Assistant” which will run in the Convent hall from Thursday 2nd. April to Saturday 4th. incl. at 8.30 p.m.

Newly Engaged.

Rathcabbin Players extend congratulations and best wishes to Conor Clancy and Niamh Kelly who announced their engagement on Friday night last. Many good wishes for the future to you both.


A new North Tipperary cancer support centre called “Suimhneas” has opened in the Pastoral Centre Church Road Nenagh. This drop in centre will provide emotional support and practical help to people living with cancer and anyone affected by it. Opening times are Monday 10 – 2p.m. Tuesday 5p.m. -9p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 10a.m. to 2p.m. Phone (067) 73403.

Irish Cancer Society – Daffodil Day.

Last Wednesday 25th March St.Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association – Lorrha held an tea afternoon in the GAA Clubhouse Moatfield in order to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society – Daffodil Day. So far we have raised €683. Sr. Marie McIntrye was guest speaker for the afternoon and Tony Molloy provided the music. The Committee would like to thank everyone who turned up for the afternoon and to everyone who has donated to this very worthy cause.

Fundraising Drive.

Lorrha Development Association are about to embark on a fundraising drive to develop the green area to the rear of Pairc na Cilla and Friars Close. At present this area is overgrown and the development committee along with the residents committee have been in discussions over many months about future developments here. At a recent meeting it was agreed to progress with plans which will totally transform this area providing a park at one end and a green area to the other end and where children can play in safety. When finished the park which is to be known as Friars Park will be a major enhancement to the village. A meeting will be held on Tuesday night April 14th. at 8.00p.m. in Lorrha Hall to discuss future fundraising plans for this undertaking. We appeal to all interested in seeing this project through to please come to this meeting.

Clean Up.

Lorrha Development Association are holding a clean up of the village and surrounds on Wednesday evening April 15th. Assembly will be outside the hall at 6.00p.m. Bags and gloves will be provided. Do please come out and help.

Date For Your Diary.

The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha Development Association will take place on Tuesday night April 21st. in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha at 8.00p.m. All are invited to attend.

Angling Club News.

Lorrha / Rathcabbin Angling Club are holding the first round trout competition for the Pete Boylett Memorial cup meeting at Portumna angling club grounds on Sunday April 5th from 2 to 6.oop.m. weather permitting.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

This years Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will depart from Shannon Airport on Friday June 26th. and will return on Wednesday July 1st. The cost this year is €694 per person sharing. Booking forms are available from Cara / Joe Walsh Tours 143 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2. Phone: (01) 2410810. Sick pilgrims can be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €550. Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr. Tom Ryan Pilgrimage Director SS John and Paul Presbytery Shannon Co. Clare. Phone: (061) 364133. The Autumn pilgrimage takes place from the 22nd. to the 27th. September.

Internet Safety.

A series of nights on Internet safety and security will take place in the Crank House in Banagher explaining how to use the Internet safely in the home commencing on Tuesday April 7th. at 7.30 p.m.
Parish Web Site.

Visit the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie

Table Quiz.

Portumna Parent & Toddler group are holding a fundraising table quiz on Friday night April 3rd. in the Ferry Inn at 9.00p.m. €40 per table of 4. Students table €20. All are welcome.

Birr Theatre.

Thursday April 2nd. Tommy Fleming. Friday 3rd. Birr Battle of the bands Saturday 4th. Allen little theatre present “On Raftery’s Hill” by playwrite Marina Carr. Sunday 5th. Offaly Comhaltas. Sunday 12th. Jack L Saturday 18th. The Three Tenors Wednesday 22nd. Music network Rastrelli Quartet Wednesday 29th. and Thursday 30th. Legitimate Bodies dance Company present Pinocchio the dance of the long nose. Friday May 1st. Colin Murphy Saturday 2nd. May Gare St Lazare Players present Moby Dick Friday 8th. Ivan Ilic Saturday 9th. I Miss Communism with Ines Wurth. Monday 11th. Cups & crown Theatre company present Maime’s Cart Thursday 14th. City theatre Dublin present Mrs Whippy by Cecelia Ahern Saturday 16th. Opera UK present The Barber Of Seville Friday 22nd. Talisman Theatre Company present Little Red Riding Hood Saturday 23rd. Paschal Brennan performing the greatest hits of Joe Dolan. Thursday 28th. Legitimate Bodies Dance Offaly Youth Dance & First Footing Friday 29th. Bealtaine Film ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day’ Saturday 30th. stone mason Mick Flannery Saturday June 6th. Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri Saturday 6th. and Sunday 7th. Dance Artists in Regional Ireland pilot scheme. Friday 12th. Movie night with ‘Grease’.
For further information or to book your tickets call (057) 9122911 or you can buy your tickets online at www.birrtheatre.com.