Lorrha Notes

Maura Kennedy retired from teaching last week-end after 12 years as principal of
Redwood School. Joining her for this photograph is her Mum Nora Costello husband Tom and at back are sons Liam Thomas David and Seamus.  
Recent Wedding.

The wedding took place on Saturday 2nd June in St. Brendan’s Church Mullagh Loughrea of John Paul Mahon son of Aileen & Michael Hillview Lorrha and Olivia Mullins daugther of Brigid & Fintan Coolagh Killimor Ballinasloe.
Chief Bridesmaid was Michelle Mullins bride’s first cousin assisted by Nicola Flanagan bride’s friend while the bestman was David Duffy and groomsman was Aidan Blake both friends’s of the groom. Little Leah Mai Mahon was the flowergirl and Leah Mai is the grooms godchild. The ceremony was concelebrated by Father Niall Foley & Father Mulcahy while Anna Browne Portumna provided the church music.
Afterwards the newlyweds joined with their family and friends adjourned to the Cartlon Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe for their reception before flying out to Thailand for their honeymoon. Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to John Paul and Olivia for a long and happy life together as they settle down to married life Mullagh.

Park Opening.

Lorrha Development Association wish to extend many thanks to all who helped in whatever way for the official opening of Friars Park on Tuesday 12th especially those who erected the party tents in the early morning. Many thanks also to all who attended in such fine numbers which helped to make the occasion so wonderful. Our thanks also to Fran Curry Tipp F.M. and C.A.V.A. for helping to ‘Put the Spotlight on our Community’. The whole community spirit of co-operation and good will made the day a relaxing enjoyable and truly memorable occasion. We look forward to seeing the park in full use over the weeks months and years ahead. Again our thanks to one and all.


Lorrha Development Association A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday July 3rd. at 8p.m. in Lorrha Hall. We encourage as many as possible to attend.

Well Done.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Matt Gormally and family The Pike on the occasion of their 25th anniversary of caring for the aged and the ill in St. Kieran’s nursing home. The occasion was greeted with song and dance and we wish Matt and Staff many good wishes as they prepare to meet the challenges of the next 25 years.

The Good Father.

Droichead Nual Players present The Good Father in Clarke Memorial Hall Borrisokane Friday June 22nd. Doors Open 8pm. Booking: Kevin Lawlor Fitzpatrick…087 9614235

Lorrha Active Retirement.

On Wednesday June 13th delighted with the children of Lorrha School so talented they entertained us with their music singing and dancing. Well done to all. They are a credit to their teachers and parents.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

On Wednesday 27th June our group have been invited by the Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association to their function which is being held in the GAA Complex Cloughjordan to commence at 2.00pm. The cost being €10.00 which includes hot food. Transport is available on the 27th. Pat and Richie will be providing the music. If anyone wishes to join us or for further information please contact either Betty on 087 666 7374 or Nancy on 087 761 3458.


Sympathy is extended to Nuala O’Donoghue and family Corrigeen on the death of her father Emmanuel Gonzalez which occurred in the U.S. Burial took place in the States. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to Jackie Hogan and family Lorrha on the death of her father J.J. Lombard which occurred in England. Cremation took place in England on Thursday 14th. May he rest in peace.

Retail Therapy.

There was a great turn out to the Retail Therapy meeting in Rathcabbin Hall on Friday evening last and so many locals genuinely concerned about the future of the Village Store in Rathcabbin. Their concern in trying to keep the shop open is testament to the loyalty they have for the Kelly family.
Pat and Darina extend sincere thanks to everyone who turned out and contributed so much to the discussion. The Retail Therapy team have taken away all the suggestions and the hard work will take place over the summer. When the changes occur it is hoped the shop will provide plenty for the community to encourage them to shop local.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Ann Power Rathcabbin on the occasion of her 70th birthday recently. All celebrated the occasion with her family. Well done Ann.

Happy Retirement.

We extend many good wishes for a happy and healthy retirement to Redwood School Principal Maura Kennedy who will turn the key in the door for the last time after 12 years in Redwood when the school closes for the summer holidays next week. Well done Maura and all the best in the future.

Thank You

Rathcabbin Parent Association would like to thank all those who supported their recent
coffee morning/cake sale. It was a great success and all monies raised will go towards
school facilities.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing in the GAA clubhouse Lorrha continues on Friday night to the music Ted and Cathal Barry.Your support appreciated.

Country Market.

Portumna Country Market coffee morning for cancer care West on Friday 22nd from 9a.m. to 12 noon. Please support this worthy cause.

Mass of Remembrance.

A special Mass will be held in St. John’s Church Nenagh on July 5th at 7.30p.m. to celebrate the memory of all patients who died at the MWRH Nenagh in 2011. If you have a relative who died in 2011 at Nenagh Hospital the invitation is open to you and your family.

Monthly Dancing.

Monthly social dancing in Carrig Hall will be held on Thursday night 21st from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Music by the Checkers Homemade treats refreshments and draw on the night. All welcome. Date for your diary: The next night out is July 19th with Pat and Ritchie.

Lorrha & Dorrha Historical Society.

Trip to Rock of Dunamace Emo House Tower of Timnahoe all in Co. Laois on Saturday 30th June. Cost 10 to 15 euro. Contact James on (087) 2031798 for further details.

5 Day Weather Forecast

Today Wednesday 20th.
Today will start out rather cloudy across the country with patchy rain and drizzle affecting the southwest and some southern coasts. There’ll be mist and fog patches for a time too but these will burn away during the early morning. Some good sunny spells will develop during this afternoon but there’ll be further spells of heavy rain in the west. Highest temperatures this afternoon between 15 and 18 degrees in light to moderate south to southeast breezes.

Cloud will thicken in the southeast later this evening and a band of heavy rain will push in over southern areas early tonight spreading quickly northwards overnight. Widespread heavy and persistent rain is expected in all areas overnight making spot flooding possible. Lowest temperatures overnight 9 or 10 degrees with light to moderate easterly winds.


Tomorrow Thursday will see further spells of heavy rain for all areas with the west and southwest seeing the largest amounts with flooding likely like there as accumulations reach between 25 and 35 mm in the twenty four hour period. There’ll be dry periods across the country too throughout the day the best of these in the east. Winds will be mainly light to moderate and from a variable direction becoming southwesterly towards the end of the day. Highest temperatures between 12 and 15 degrees.


There’ll be further outbreaks of heavy rain or heavy showers through Thursday night. There’s a risk of local flooding with further large accumulations in places. A clearance will develop in some southern areas with some drier weather for a time there. At the same time winds will become fresh and gusty from a westerly direction and temperatures will fall to 9 or 10 degrees.
Friday will be another wet and windy day with fresh and gusty westerly winds and heavy showers or longer spells of rain. Showers will be heaviest and most prolonged over northern areas where they will merge to give accumulations of over 20 mm in places. Temperatures during Friday will be between 12 and 16 degrees warmest further south. Overnight temperatures will be between 9 and 11 degrees.
The rain or showers will linger across northern areas in to Saturday but it’ll be brighter further south with just scattered showers. As the day goes on that drier brighter weather in southern areas will push northwards as the rain finally clears away to the northeast late on Saturday. Saturday night will become mostly dry and then it will be a dry day in most places on Sunday with just scattered showers.
Current indications suggest a drier brighter day on Monday with sunny spells and temperatures reaching 20 degrees or higher inland. Tuesday will see a few showers but it is looking a little more settled with a milder start to the week.

Smile Awhile.

A woman was in town on a shopping trip. She began her day finding the most perfect shoes in the first shop and a beautiful dress on sale in the second. In the third everything had just been reduced by 50 percent when her mobile phone rang.

It was a female doctor notifying her that her husband had just been in a terrible car accident and was in critical condition in the ICU. The woman told the doctor to inform her husband where she was and that she’d be there as soon as possible. As she hung up she realized she was leaving what was shaping up to be her best day ever in the
boutiques so she decided to get in a couple of more shops before heading to the hospital.

She ended up shopping the rest of the morning finishing her trip with a cup of coffee and a beautiful chocolate cake slice compliments of the last shop. She was jubilant.

Then she remembered her husband. Feeling guilty she dashed to the hospital. She saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about her husband’s condition.
The lady doctor glared at her & shouted ‘You went ahead and finished your shopping trip didn’t you! I hope you’re proud of yourself!
While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself in townyour husband has been languishing in the Intensive Care Unit! It’s just as well you went ahead and finished because it will more than likely be the last shopping trip you ever take! For the rest of his life he will require round-the-clock care. And he will now be your

The woman was feeling so guilty she broke down and sobbed.

The lady doctor then chuckled and said ‘I’m just pulling your leg.
He’s dead. Show me what you bought.’