Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish and can be ordered by Post from Liz at (090) 9747893.



First Friday.

Mass for the First Friday (7th) will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m. with confessions beforehand. The Mass in Rathcabbin Church will also be the Vigil Mass of the Holyday. Dec 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a Holyday of Obligation. Mass in Lorrha at 10.00a.m. and in Redwood later that evening at 7.30p.m. Usual Masses on Sunday 9th in Lorrha at10.00am and Rathcabbin at11.30a.m.


Sympathy is extended to the Donoghue and Moran families on the death of brother and sister P.J. (some weeks ago) and Pauline on November 26th. Sympathy is also extended to Marie Fallon and family and Johnny Madden Rathcabbin on the death of their brother Paddy, Borrisokane last week.  May they rest in peace.

 Late Christopher Houlihan.

The death occurred on Thursday November 29th at University Hospital Galway of Christy Houlihan, Pairc na Cille, Lorrha. A quiet easy going individual, Christy was one of a number of people who worked on a Lorrha Development Association scheme in the early years of the association before he commenced employment with Waterways Ireland where he was a familiar figure on the road between Lorrha and Portumna bridge as he cycled to and from work as bridge keeper in all weather conditions. A relatively young man, his passing will be a huge loss to his family. Sympathy is extended to his parents Tom and Kathleen, his wife Mary, daughter Ann Marie, sons John Paul, Mark, Brian, grandsons Jake and Cian, brothers Thomas (Lorrha), Bernard (Borrisokane) Noel (Carrig), sisters in-law, Catherine, Imelda, Ita, nieces, nephews, extended family Denise, Edel, Lauren relatives, neighbours and friends. After concelebrated funeral Mass on Sunday last Dec. 1st burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.  


Lorrha Variety Group have had to postpone their production until the New Year.

 Lorrha Christmas Market & Auction.

The Annual Christmas Market & Auction was postponed from last Sunday and will now take place on this coming Sunday December 9th. Doors open at1.00p.m. with stalls galore, auction for turf, timber, fodder etc. and a raffle for a hamper. Santa Clause will arrive at3.00p.m. accompanied by Mrs. Clause and two of his elves and Santa wants all the boys and girls to meet him outside the hall on his arrival. All funds raised is used in the continuing work around the village. Your support is welcome. Enquiries to Rose at (086) 8647166.

 Lorrha Parish Calendar.

 The Lorrha Parish calendar for 2013 is now on sale throughout the parish. Anyone wishing to order a calendar by post contact Liz at (090) 9747893. All money raised goes back into the continuing work around the village and your support as always is much appreciated.

Christmas Ladies Night.

 Following on from the success of our first ladies get-together, Darina Kelly and Maureen McDermott are hosting a festive Ladies Night in Kelly’s Rathcabbin on Friday night Dec. 7th from 8.00p.m. Bernie Healy, spiritualist, will do mini angel card reading and give a talk on handling stress. We’ll have accessories, cosmetics, clothes and health products at super discounts and a demonstration of the latest upstyles for your Christmas party. Tickets €2 from Kelly’s, Maureen McDermott, Gina Yates, Linda Naylor and Michelle O’Meara for a terrific hamper of the products shown on the night – proceeds to the Tony Hogan Fund. We are looking forward to a fun night for the girls before we put the aprons on !!! Full details on facebook (look up Kelly’s Village Store and Maureen’s Cupcakes).


Lorrha Apostolic Work Society Christmas draw in aid of the Missions will take place on Thursday night 13th December at 8pm in the hall. Tickets will be on sale and members will be calling to the houses in the parish in the coming weeks. Please give as generously as you can.

 Fun Fridays in RedwoodN.S.

Fun Fridays continue in RedwoodN.S.on Friday 7th with buddy reading and PE from 11 am to 12 noon. All are welcome to come and join in the fun. €3.00 per family Contact Michelle on 090 9747186 or email redwoodns@live.ie

 Children’s Mass in RedwoodChurch

 The pupils of RedwoodNS will perform their Nativity play along with music and song at an extra special children’s Christmas Mass inRedwoodChurch on Thursday, 20th December at7 p.m. Everybody is welcome to attend and all are invited to the school afterwards for hamper raffle and refreshments.

 Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues every Friday night in the GAA clubhouse with dancing this Friday night to the music of Midnight Dynamo from9.30pmto12.30pm.

 BorrisokaneCommunity College News.

Cyber bullying talk in the college on Wednesday night the 5th December at 8.00p.m. All are welcome to attend. Christmas Concert will be held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th Dec at8.00p.m. Tickets are €7.

 Free Workshop.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership are offering a free sports workshop in LIT Thurles this Wed night the 5th Dec at7.30p.m. sharp.Details from NTSP at (067) 43604 or www.ntsp.ie

By Popular Demand.

Lusmagh Drama Group will go back on stage in Lusmagh Parish Hall on Saturday 8th Dec. at8.00pm for one last night due to popular demand with the Bernard Farrell comedy ‘Many Happy Returns’. This play has proven to be a major success for the group but once again booking is essential. The number to call is (087) 1161346 between 7.00 and9.00pm only please.

Local Bus.

A local bus service will transport people from Portumna to Athlone on Friday 1st. Dec.  This service is open to everybody. Travel pass accepted.

Audit Of Lorrha & Rathcabbin.

On Friday 7th December a group of students from LIT (Thurles) will work with local people in Lorrha and Rathcabbin to compile a “map” of the resources in the area. This “map” will seek to document the social, economic and cultural life of the community. All local people who can help the students and are interested are asked to meet in Lorrha hall at 10.00am.

The meeting will have three conversations (1) Social and Cultural assets of the area, (2) Layout of the area, (3) Economic assets in the area. Local people who have a little time to spare are requested to attend.

 Smile Awhile.

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small
daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car so s he called home and told the baby sitter what had happened.
The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse and said “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”
The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car.
She looked at the hanger and said : “I don’t know how to use this.”
She bowed her head and asked God to send her HELP.
Within five minutes a beat up old motorcycle pulled up and a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.
The woman thought : “This is what you sent to help me?”
The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. She said : “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I ’ve locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”
He said: “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened.
She hugged the man and through her tears she said : “Thank You SO much! You are a very nice man.”
The man replied : “Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of PRISON yesterday, I was in prison for car theft. ”
The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud :
 “Oh, thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!!”

Is GOD good or what!!??