Lorrha Notes

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Anyone wishing to order the Lorrha/Dorrha 2014 calendar, please contact info@lorrhadirrha.ie

Lorrha Christmas Market & Auction.

The Lorrha Christmas market and Auction will take place on Sunday December 8th from 1.00p.m.  There’s plenty of fuel, fodder etc for the auction with Christmas fare in the Hall including baking, calendars, jewellery, 2014 parish calendar, etc. Try your luck at popping the balloon, or at winning a hamper, wine or biscuits. Santa will be arriving at 3pm to meet and talk to all the boys and girls, so bring along your letter to him. You can also bring along your unwanted items of clothes, shoes, bags,  curtains etc. to the collection point. We appreciate your support and all money raised goes back into the ongoing work around Lorrha village.

Parish Calendar 2014.

A reminder that the Lorrha Parish calendar is on sale in shops throughout the parish and also in Portumna. Priced at just €10, the calendar makes a lovely gift for those whether living away or at home.

Pastoral Plan.

The launch of the Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Killaloe 2013 – 2020 will take place on Thursday night Dec 5th at 7.30pm in St. John’s Church, Nenagh.


Sympathy is extended to Johnny and Mary Duane and family, Ballymacegan on the death of Johnny’s father John, on Monday Nov 25th. R.I.P. After funeral Mass in Quansboro Church Killimor on Thursday 28th burial took place in Quansboro Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Christmas Concert.

The Annual Ormond Octaves Christmas Concert will take place on Friday 6th December at 8pm in St. Mary’s of the Rosary, Nenagh. Admission €10. Proceeds in aid of Neonatal Unit, Limerick maternity Hospital.


Scoil Lua Naofa, Lorrha, Parents Accociation would sincerely like to thank everyone who supported the school fundraiser by buying tickets and by attending on the night. They would also like to thank Camcor Bouncy Castles and Lorrha Active Retirement, who kindly sponsored prizes on the night. Congratulations wo Willie Naylor who won the TV and to Marion Quirke and Eric Kenny who won hampers in the main draw.

Tracing Relatives.

Peter Fitzsimmons from Queensland, Australia is trying to trace his Lorrha relatives. His great grandfather Thomas was born in Lorrha in 1883 to Thomas Fitzsimmons and Margaret Hoctor and went on to farm there. Thomas Fitzsimons/Fitzsimmons emigrated  to Australia on the ship ‘Meridian’ on 10th August 1852. In earlier mentions of Thomas – marriage etc – his surname is spelled ‘Fitzsimons’. However, in the death notice, his name is spelled ‘Fitzsimmons’. Thomas married a Catherine Ryan nee Murphy and raised a large family including Peter’s grandfather. He was a cotton farmer in Ipswich which is just outside Brisbane in Queensland. Thomas also had a brother John who was born about 1837 and came out to Australia & raised a family in Victoria. Also a sister Esther (sometimes known as Hester) who was born about 1835 and came out to Australia. Esther died in New South Wales. In the 1901 Census, there is a Margaret Fitzsimons living in House 5 in Lorrha East. She is shown as ‘Not Married’ but this could mean she was a ‘widow’. Peter and his family would be thrilled to hear from anyone who might be able to provide further information on his family.  He can be contacted by email at peterfitzsimmons@bigpond.com or by post to 25/2-10 Coolgardie Street, Elanora, Queensland 4221, Australia.

Sheila Honoured.

Congratulations is extended to Sheila Dillon, Lorrha & Portumna who was recognized recently for her many years of support and loyalty to her political party Fianna Fáil at a ceremony held  in Loughrea. Party leader Michéal Martin made the presentation to Sheila and he praised her for her dedication to the party over her lifetime. Well done Sheila.

Christmas Concert.

Rathcabbin N.S. Nativity play will take place on Tuesday night 17th December at 7.30pm in Rathcabbin Church. All are welcome.

Lorrha Camogie Notes

Just a quick note to say Lorrha Camogie Club will have a stall set up at the Lorrha Christmas Market In Lorrha Hall on this Sunday December 8th. We will have a ‘guess the amount of balloons’ in a car kindly sponsored by Al Hayes Motors with great prizes up for grabs and a Bake Sale! We would much appreciate if any Camogie parents/players could kindly like to make some cakes, buns, bread, tarts, muffins for the Bake Sale, you can give your item a creative name tag and Blue and white theme for Lorrha if wanted, it’s all for fun!! If all bakers could contact any adult player and committee member if can contribute. Thanks for your continued support.

Lorrha GAA Auction:
Lorrha’s annual Action will be on Sunday December the 15th in Moatfield A great day is in store as always and Lorrha Camogie Club will have a stall set up also. More details to follow.

A Lorrha Miscellany

A Lorrha Miscellany by Seamus J. King, which was launched in Lorrha in October 2012 is still available and could make a nice Christmas present for Lorrha people at home or abroad. The book is available for €10 plus postage and can be got by ringing 087-2994128.

Game Night.

Lorrha & Rathcabbin Gun Club are holding a ‘Game Night’ in Mahers, Lorrha on Saturday 14th December 9p.m. All farmers and Landowners are welcome to the night in gratitude of good will on hunting their lands.


A number of items have been stolen from premises around the parish in recent weeks. Diesel tanks in particular has been heavily hit and Gardai are asking people to be extra alert and to report any suspicious vehicles or movement in your area. Try if possible to get the registration, make and colour of such vehicles. Keep an eye out for vacant houses during daylight hours and call the Gardai if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Social Dancing For Philippines Fund.

The Proceeds from the Social Dancing in the GAA clubhouse on Friday 6th Dec. will be donated to relief work in the Philippines. This is an opportunity to support a very worthy cause and have an enjoyable night to the music of Pat and Richie. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Apostolic Society.

Lorrha Apostolic Society continue with their winter work and that are also selling tickets around the parish for their Christmas draw. Tickets cost €2 each and the draw  will take place in Lorrha Hall on Thursday 19th December at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.

Fun Fridays  at Redwood NS!

The fun continues at Redwood for another week of storytelling! Everybody welcome!! €3.00 per family. Phone Michelle on 090 9747186 . Email: redwoodns@live.ie Website: www.redwoodns.ie

Advent Carol Service.

Be led in prayer, music and reflection for Advent by combined choir members from Borrisokane, Cloughjordan, Lorrha, Terryglass, Puckane, Portroe and Youghalarra parishes at an Advent Carol Service which will take place in Newtown Church (Youghalarra Parish) at 8p.m. Sunday Dec.8th and in Borrisokane Church, 8p.m. Sunday Dec.15th . All are welcome.

Christmas Concert.

Borrisokane Community School Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th December @ 8pm each evening. Tickets  €7 on sale from the school.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Man: Excuse me Fr. I was wondering could you advise me on a matter?

Priest:  How can I advise you my son?

Man:  I’m here in Jerusalem on my honeymoon……………

Priest:  Stop, Stop!! How can I advise you on such matters. I’m sorry but I don’t think I’ll be able to help you.

Man:  What are you talking about Fr? I think you can. You see Fr. My mother in law insisted on coming on the honeymoon with us and last night she died suddenly.

Priest:  Oh dear! What did she do before she died?

Man:  She grabbed her chest, moaned and fell to the floor. I’m wondering though Fr. Could you arrange the burial?

Priest:  Well from past experience I can tell you that’ll cost €2000 to bring her home to Ireland and only €150 to bury her here in the Holy Land of Jerusalem…

Man:  (Ponders and begins to add up on both hands) Oh Fr. I’ll definitely bring her back  home.

Priest:  Oh dear you must have really loved her my good man?

Man:  Lord no Fr. You see over 2000 years ago a man died around here and he was buried and three days later he rose again from the dead and I aint taking any risks!!