Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Notes

Lorrha NS pupils took away a haul of prizes from Mrs. Phelan’s Feis which took place recently.

Included are: Kayla, Alannah, Niall, Katie, Lisa, Niamh, Clodagh, Julia, Mary, Avie.

Well done to all.


Church News.

Mass for First Friday (June 7th) will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin at 8.00pm. Friday is also the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saturday (8th) is the Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A retreat for young adults, 18 to 40 years, will take place this coming week-end from Friday evening 7th to Sunday 9th in Mt. St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea. Details from Sr. Una (090) 6491666. Email: youthretreats@hmail.com

Sister Rena Condron, a Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa wishes to thank everyone for their generous support when she visited the parish recently. The amount received was €1,181.

Heritage Festival.

As part of the Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival, Eamonn O’Dwyer of Tipp F.M. will record a ‘Down Your Way’ programme from ‘The Shed’ in Lorrha on Saturday night June 8th from 8.00p.m. All are invited to attend.  Pick up a copy of the events leaflet and see the many and varied activities that have been organized right on your doorstep. You will be sure to find at least one event that will suit you or you can view the programme on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie under Local Info.


A cake sale in aid of Rathcabbin National School will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Sunday June 16th  after Mass. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Lorrha Development Association.

Our Tidy Towns application has been submitted and around the Country judging has commenced. We don’t know the day or the time the adjudicator will be calling so we appeal to everyone to be extra vigilant regarding discarded litter. Because of the bad weather, planting and weeding is slower than usual this year but four ladies have been very busy in recent days and we extend a huge thanks to them. We also extend thanks to our scheme workers John and Michael and to all who have helped out over the last twelve months in the village in whatever way. A lot of planning and hard work is involved in not only retaining the marks we have already gained, but also in our aim for more so hopefully we can pick up some extra this year.  

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA clubhouse on Friday night to the music of Pat and Richie. Dancing from 9.30p.m. to 12.30a.m

News From Lorrha School.

We bade farewell to our dancing teacher Bridget Phelan who retired recently. Bridget has been teaching Irish dancing in our school for the last 35 years and both parents and pupils are sorry to see her leave. Pupils made presentations to her on behalf of the Board of Management and the parents on her last day with us. We offer our thanks to her for her dedication, help and her personal interest in all our pupils, even long after they had left the school and we wish her many happy years to come during her well earned rest.

Dancing Success.

Several of our pupils participated in a recent Feis which took place in Banagher with many of them winning trophies and medals in their category. We extend congratulations and well done to all who took part on the day.

Active Retirement.

On Wednesday 12th June we will be travelling to Bunratty where we will avail of a three course meal followed by traditional Irish entertainment. The cost will be €28 (not including transport). We continue to meet every Wednesday at 2.30p.m. in Lorrha Hall and new members are always welcome.

Best of Luck.

We extend the best of luck to all the young people in the parish who are doing exams at this time.

Tracing Relations.

Liz Laidlaw is trying to trace her relatives. Her Gran’s surname was Horan and she married John Holdsworth Hewitson in Victoria, Australia. Their son Robert William Hewitson married Ann King who came from Devon. Her father was Clement Hewitson the last of nine children to Ann and Robert, but of the nine only four survived.

On her marriage certificate she gave her parents as John Thomas Horan and Johanna Lewis. Liz hasn’t been able to find her on any passenger list, but she does know that her grandmother married Australia in 1858.

Liz says that Lorrha was always mentioned when talking family history as was Birr and even though she has  had a researcher look at Birr, there has been no success, so now the focus is on Lorrha. Lis says that any information will be greately appreciated.

Anyone who think they may be able to help you can contact her at  40 Herbert Street, Boronia, Victoria Australia 3155 or by email at pippin4@bigpond.com.au


Smile Awhile and Laugh A Little Every Day.

TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louis, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?

LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand Sir….