Lorrha Notes


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 A remarkable young looking 102 year old Bridie Daly, nee Duggan, flew in from Boston last week and is pictured here with her 97 year old sister in law Katie Duggan, Lorrha and her family Tom, Kathleen, Carmel, Niall, Lisa. Back: Bill, Ute, Oliver (Chairman of the Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage Gathering Festival), Martina, Mary Ann.  Bridie is sister of the late Tom Duggan Portland, and accompanying her is her daughter Mary Ann and partner Bill.  Born in 1911, Bridie left Cobh on the 29th April 1929 on board an English Liner which took one week to take her to her Aunts and Uncles in the U.S.  Life in Boston was far better than in Ireland and she described her going abroad as ‘like going on a vacation’. Bridie soon settled in to ‘the great Irish community there’ where she met her late husband Bill Daly from Cork and they married and raised a family of six. A regular visitor, she loves coming home and was all talk about the forthcoming Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival which takes place from June 19th to the 24th


Changes in Festival Programme.

Please note that there are two changes to the Festival Programme. The first change is the  Redwood Castle Tours is changed to  Friday 21st June. Tours commencing at  2.30  and  4pm  Transport: Assemble in Lorrha at 2.10 or 3.40 for car pooling or arrive at the Castle in time for  either tour. Admission:  €7.

The second change is the Ecumenical Service has now changed to Monday 24th June. The venue is the Church of Ireland, Lorrha, and the time is 8pm.

There are so many events taking place that it is not possible to mention them all here so do pick up a copy of the programme and see the variety of events on offer over six days.  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.

Launch Of The Lorrha & Dorrha Heritage Festival – Celebrating The Gathering 2013

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association will host the launch of the Festival on Wednesday, 19th June, 2013 in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall, Lorrha. This event will commence with a lunch at 1.00pm and pre-booking is required if wishing to attend on mobile no. 087 761 3458. The cost of the 3 course lunch is €10.00 per head – choice of main course: Bacon & Cabbage, Chicken in white wine sauce or Poached Salmon.

At approximately 2.30pm the Festival will be launched officially by Seamus King and Tony Reddin and this part of the function is open to all who wish to attend. Following the launch, the afternoon continues with dancing to approximately 6.00pm, music provided by Pat & Richie. We look forward to seeing you all there.

St. Ruadhan’s  Active Retirement Association.

There is no meeting this week, Wednesday, 12th June. Our last get together before our summer break is on Wednesday, 19th June, when we will be having lunch followed by a social from 1.00pm to approximately 6.00pm. Invitations to the lunch are currently being delivered, if any member has not received their invite by Friday, 14th June, please contact 087 761 3458.


Anail the Sacred Sounds of Lorrha CD.

Anáil the Sacred silence and sounds of Lorrha CD will be launched in Lorrha on the 23rd June during the Gathering Heritage Festival that takes place between the 19th and 24th June. Among the performers will be Noirin Ni Riain and Sionna vocal ensemble. The ‘silent’ CD project started as a conversation about how to enhance the emotional well-being of children within the parish of Lorrha .The Anáil CD was developed by a small enthusiastic community group from the parish of Lorrha with the assistance of a clinical psychologist, a sound specialist and an artist.  Anáil consists of 3 sound recordings made in the early hours of the morning in the ancient ruins of the Abbeys of Lorrha. For more information see www.silencefromlorrha.weebly.com

Fundraiser Reminder.

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.

Social Dancing.

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

News From Lorrha School.

Many congratulations to our pupils from both Lorrha and Redwood school who had a great win over Rossmore in the County Hurling Final on Thursday last in Semple Stadium, Thurles. Captained by Daniel O’Donoghue, we were winning well until Rossmore hit back but Lorrha/Redwood held their cool and dug deep to earn victory with  Colm Fogarty serving up a man of the match performance. Well done to all and to James and his helpers for preparing the team so well for this great victory.

Silver Circle.

Portumna Day Centre are looking for volunteers and shops to sell their silver circle cards for the forthcoming draw which will be held on June 21st.  Tickets are €2 a line (per wk) or €10 for entry for all 5 weeks. Please collect tickets at the Day Centre, Castle Ave or call (090) 9741740. A nurse is on duty at the centre which has enabled the centre to remain open and to provide extra care to meet the increasing needs of the ageing population that visit. All funds collected for the draw are used for the daily running of the centre. Any help you can offer will be much appreciated.