Lorrha Notes


Rathcabbin Players with Playwrite Jimmy Keary and Producer Ann Clarke at the conclusion of “The two loves of Gabriel Foley”.


Late Noel Heenen.

A tragic accident claimed the life of 25 year old Noel Heenan Pairc na Cille, Lorrha on Thursday last January 31st. Noel died after his motorbike collided with a car on theN65 Portumna Road at the junction nearKilleen on the outskirts of Borrisokane around midday.

Noel was a familiar figure around Lorrha and was a much loved son, brother and friend. He will be sadly missed by all but in particular by his family who will feel his sad loss all the more.  Sincere sympathy is extended to his parents Margaret and Jimmy, brothers James and Brendan, sisters Mary and Caroline, nephews, Luke, Bradley, Keiko and Jude, sister –in-law Sarah and good friends John Paul and Simon, aunts, uncles, cousins, family, relatives and his many friends. His remains reposed at his home on Saturday evening and after funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church on Sunday, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.  


Rathcabbin Players extend many thanks to all who supported their performance of “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” over the last two week-end’s. Your support made all the difference and is very much appreciated.

Walkabout Tour.

Lough Derg Heritage Training – Walkabout Tour of Lorrha’s Historic Sites on Saturday, February 9th, 10am-2pm with Caimin O’Brien, Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service. Meeting point is Lorrha Community Hall – all welcome, free of charge. Contact: 085-1925466.

Date for your Diary.

Please note that the next meeting of Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival is Monday night February 25th at 8.00p.m.in the GAA clubhouse.  The festival will take place in June and volunteers is needed to help with the various events. All are welcome.

Poker Night.

Lorrha & Rathcabbin Gun Club are holding their annual fundraising classic poker night in Maher’s Lorrha on Friday 8th February at 9p.m. 1000 extra chips for players seated at 9p.m. Prizes pro-rata, tickets 30euros. Your support would be gratly appreciated

 Open Day.

RedwoodN.S.are holding their annual Open Day on Saturday, 2nd March. There will be a programme of events commencing at 2 p.m.Enrolement forms for September 2013 will be available on the day or by contacting the school on 090 9747186/email redwoodns@live.ie or by visiting the website at www.redwoodns.ie.
A great afternoon is promised. All are welcome to come along!!!


Enrolment is now taking place for Rathcabbin National School for pupils commencing school in September 2013. Please contact the school (057) 9139008.

Sports Conference.

Physical and Holistic Therapist Antoinette Larkin from Riverstown will hold a Sports Conference in Dooly’s Hotel, Birr on Thursday night the 7th commencing at 7.00p.m. Admission €5. The first of its kind for Birr, Antoinette is well know through her work with many clubs and presently with the Senior Offaly Hurling team. The conference aims to allow the sporting individual or team to tap into different training techniques and ultimately enhance their performance. Top speakers on the night will include Dominic Munnelly, one ofIrelands top personal trainers, Kevin Clancy, leading performance psychologist and many more. Further information can be had by contacting Antoinette on (087) 1378492 or email annie.larkin79@gmail.com

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

Our latest venue for a meal out on Sunday January 27th was The Thatch in Ballycommon where we received a warm welcome and were shown an extensive menu to choose from. Music was provided by Pat and Ritchie who were up to their usual high standards. We were joined by our friends from Portumna and Cloughjordan Active retirements. Many thanks to the management and staff at the Thatch.  Our AGM will take place on Wednesday February 6th. and we would like to see all there. 


Tipperary, Limerick and Clare action groups against the household charge will stage a  protest on Saturday February 9th inLimerick. Meeting inPerry St.,Perry Square from12.30p.m. You are requested to attend and bring friends and family along.

Smile Awhile.


A man and a woman who had never met before, but who were both married to other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a Trans-continental train. Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, They were both very tired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper berth and she in the lower.

At 1:00 am, the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying, … ‘Ma’am, I’m sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket ? I’m awfully cold.’
‘I have a better idea,’ she replied.    ‘Just for tonight, let’s pretend that we’re married.

‘Wow! … That’s a great idea!’ he exclaimed.

‘Good,’ she replied. … ‘Get your own  blanket then’.