Lorrha Notes

Oops!!! Gabriel Foley (Tadhg Nevin), Lucy Lacey (Margueritw Walsh), Liam Gavigan (Ray Clancy) in scene from Rathcabbin Players “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” which starts on Thursday night 24th to Sunday 27th and again on Friday night February 1st to Sunday 3rd at 8.30pm sharp. Booking from (087) 2360096 between 6 and 9p.m. please.


What is Morris Delamere (Hubert Hogan) doing???

 Late Teresa O’Dowd.

The unexpected death occurred in Dublin on Saturday January 12th of Teresa O’Dowd, The Lake, Lorrha and Dublin. Teresa who was pre-deceased by her husband Tom five years ago, had reached the age of 79 years. Nee Kennedy, she came from a popular and well liked family. She spent the summer months mostly in her home in Lorrha and the rest of the year with her daughter in Dublin. Teresa was a kind and generous lady who had a great welcome for everyone who called to her home and no one left without the cup of tea and the chat. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but most of all by her family. Sympathy is extended to her daughter Carol, son Brendan, grandchildren, son –in-law, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbours and friends on their great loss. After funeral Mass on Thursday 17th in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha, burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Antoinette Haugh and family Carrigahorig on the death of her mother Mary Sweeney. After funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church Ballinasloe on Saturday 19th burial took place in Creagh Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to Mary O’Meara and family Liscreen, Lorrha on the death of her mother Mary Hayes. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Sunday 20th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.

 Have Your Say.

Killaloe Diocesan online Surveys – have your say. You are invited to complete a survey on the Diocesan website www.killaloediocese.ie. There is one for young people and one for adults. You can also email pastoraldevelopment@killaloediocese.ie or write to Ms Marie O’Connell-Quinn, Pastoral Planning Office, 45 Garden View, Garraun na Hille, Clarecastle, Co. Clare.

 Rathcabbin Players.

The polishing is over and the time has come to go on stage. Rathcabbin Players present a three act hilarious comedy “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” by playwrite Jimmy Keary in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday night January 24th to Sunday night 27th. at 8.30p.m. and the following week-end for three nights only, Friday Feb 1st to Sunday 3rd.  Booking is essential on (087) 2360096 between 6.00 and9.00pm please.  So make it a date for Rathcabbin Hall and you won’t be disappointed.

Heritage Festival Meeting.

 The parish of Lorrha and Dorrha extend the hand of welcome to all with the official launch of “Lorrha / Dorrha Heritage Festival” as part of Ireland’s “The Gathering” 2013, on Wednesday June 19th. A festival of events will take place over six days in Lorrha, Redwood and Rathcabbin. Some events that have been confirmed are the Bicentenary Celebrations of St. Ruadhan’s Catholic Church on Thursday June 20th,   unveiling  of a plaque to Martin O’Meara VC followed by a pageant, music and food in Friars Park on Sunday 23rd,  Lorrha N.S. re-union dating back to the 1950′s and 60′s, Medieval night, GAA event and more.                                                                                                                                                                       Anyone wishing to help out in progressing these plans and  setting up further events is invited to a meeting in the GAA clubhouse next Monday night January 28th at 8.00p.m.Your help is required so do please come along.  More details will be made available as they soon as events are confirmed. You can follow progress on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie in the drop down menu under local info.

 Spring Art Classes

Art & Craft for children on Saturdays at  3.30pm and 5.00pm, Pencil Drawing for children over 10 years at 11.00am in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Starting on 26th January, for 7 weeks.  For more information please contact Ute at 090-9747127 or
087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

 Brides Wanted.

 Animo Television who recorded the Kelly shop make over in Rathcabbin, are recording a new series for RTE One.  This is a new format called “The Mother of all Weddings”  where a couple planning to get married hands over the reins to their mothers to plan their big day! The lucky couple will receive €10,000 in cash towards the wedding, and the wedding will be planned for early Summer this year.  Anybody who is interested, or who wants to know more, can e-mail Emer Dunne at weddings@animo.ie.  “The Mother Of All Weddings” is produced by Animo TV & Kite Entertainment, who also the makers of Celebrity Bainisteoir and Secret Millionaire.  You’ll be in good hands.


Portumna Players Drama Group are holding Open Auditions for its next production The Plough and The Stars by Sean O’Casey on Wednesday 23rd January at8pm in the Loft,PortumnaTown Hall. Help with backstage crew/sets/front of house also needed. All welcome!

 Team Cian Barn Dance – St Patricks Night.

Team Cian is a committe and fund set up to support Cian Connolly, son of Sid and Edel(empire hair salon Portumna),.
Cian is currently undergoing treatment at our lady’s children’s hospital Crumlin. Yeee Haaa calling all cowboys and cowgirls to join us at our annual barn dance, which this year is for Team Cian, dust off your cowboy hats, root out your check shirts and join us for a rootin tootin hoedown, for one night only in our 80ft Marquee aka the barn at the Ferry Inn!!fill your boots with our free BBQ and then grab your partner by the hand as HOT FUSS take to the stage and guarantee to have ya’ll swinging from the rafters!fill your boot with our free BBQ and round off the night with a hoe-down to the thigh slapping tunes of DJ GAVO!!,Mark your Diary’s, Tickets on sale soon,
Any interested volunteers/sponsorship for the Team Cian committee/fund are most welcome,, please contact Theresa 0876851116 or Ann 0876407920.


The Nenagh branch of Saint Vincent de Paul wish to thank all the parishioners in Lorrha, Redwood and Rathcabbin who donated all the food from the “Giving Tree” which took place for a number of weeks over the Christmas period. To date, the branch have given out 119 food hampers.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The committee are putting on buses for their trip to The Thatched Cottage in Ballycommon on Sunday 27th. Pick up in Rathcabbin outside Kelly’s, The Pike andLorrhaVillage. If you require a seat on the bus callNancy on (087) 7613458.

 Computer Classes.

Classes are starting soon on Tuesday evenings in the IRD Centre in Portumna. Further details by calling (090) 9741867.   The Citizen’s information has an outreach office every Tuesday from10.30amto1.00p.m.in the IRD Centre also. No appointment necessary. Citizen’s information is a free, independent and private service.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in Lorrha GAA clubhouse on Friday night’s and this week dancing is to the music of Catherine and Images.

Smile Awhile.

We are all like tea bags ———-we dont know our strength untill we’re in hot water!!