Lorrha Notes

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Late Annie Murray.

The death occurred on Tuesday 28 January of the late Annie Murray Derrinsallow, Birr. Annie passed away peacefully at her home following an illness which she bore with great bravery and fortitude. Nee Murphy, Quakerstown, Ballingarry, she was predeceased by her husband Willie and grandson Sean. A lovely and gentle lady, she dedicated her life to her family. She was a wonderful mother and was very proud of all of her children. She also delighted in her grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she adored. Next to her family she loved farming.  She was a very hard worker and still worked on the farm up until last summer. She loved animals and tending her flower beds.  She joined the Lorrha Active Retirement when it began and got great enjoyment from the weekly meetings and from the regular outings she went on with the many friends she made there.  She will be greatly missed by her family, relations, neighbours and friends. Deepest sympathy is extended to her children Jim, Patricia (Lorrha), Eddie (Roscrea), Liam (Cork), Paula (Dublin), Margaret (Kilyon) and Noreen, (Carlow), grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, her sisters Moira (Malta), Rose (Kildare), Nora (Dublin), sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends on their great loss. Her remains were removed to Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabban on Thursday evening with funeral Mass on Friday morning followed by burial in Eglish Cemetery, Fivealley, Birr. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Denis and Lil Maher and family Lorrha on the death of Paul Maher, brother of Denis, which occurred in Spain. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the relatives of the late Ross Cormack, Dublin on his untimely death. Burial took place on Jan 24th  in Bonaham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

First Friday.

Mass for First Friday, February 7th  will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin at 7.30pm. Confession will be heard before Mass.


St Vincent de Paul, St. Brendan’s Conference Birr wish to thank the parishioners in Lorrha, Rathcabbin and Redwood for donating all the food and gifts from the ‘giving tree’ to the Birr branch. Contributions were gratefully received, appreciated and enabled the Society to help the needy over the winter months.

News from Lorrha School.

The principal and staff  wish to express sympathy to the husband and family of Tina Ryan, Pairc Na Cille, our school cleaner, on her untimely death recently. The children participated in a special prayer service held in the school, in remembrances of Tina and then proceeded to form a guard of honour outside the school as her remains were removed from her home to St. Ruadhan’s Church for funeral Mass and burial.  May she rest in peace.

Catholic Schools week,St. Brigid, the most celebrated Irish woman of all time and Candlemas day were all celebrated in the school last week with a prayer services and the stations of the cross. Pupils brought their St. Brigid’s crosses to the altar along with blessed candles. All the pupils participated in this service.


Rathcabbin Players wish to extend sincere thanks to all their loyal patrons and sponsors on the occasion of their production of  ‘Poor Beast in the Rain’ by playwright Billy Roche. They also extend thanks to all who gave spot prizes and to everyone who supported and helped them in whatever way throughout the staging and they look forward to meeting you all again on the occasion of their 30th anniversary next year.

Spring De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Spring months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Spring collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee at (086) 8647166. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. We appreciate your support. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing  work around Lorrha Village.

There is still a small number of the 2014 LorrhaDorrha Parish Calendars on sale. If you would like a copy please call (086) 8647166 or email: info@

Social Dancing:

Social dancing continues in the GAA Centre this Friday night to the music of Footloose. Dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am.

For One Night Only.

For one night only: Portumna Players Drama Group in The Derg Inn, Terryglass on Friday, 7th February 2014 at 9pm. Enjoy a night of light comedy with a performance of “Mirror, Mirror” & “Dating Hamlet”. Admission just €5.

75th Anniversary.

2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Redwood N.S. and to celebrate this wonderful occasion, a special Mass in Redwood Church and a re-union buffet dance will be held in the clubhouse, Lorrha on Saturday, 07th June 2014. We are currently putting together lists of past pupils. If you think that you can be of any help locating past pupils (addresses etc) or if you have any old school photos or would like to be involved , please drop into the school any evening after 3 p.m. or contact on 090 9747186 / 086 8834083

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

The Committee and members would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Murray Family, Derrinsallow, on the recent death of Annie Murray, one of our members.  May she rest in peace.

Tracing D’Arcy Relations.

Bernie D’Aarcy in Australia is researching her family history. She is a descendent of Tom D’Arcy 1819 – 1881 from Kilregane in Lorrha who left Ireland in late 1847. She is trying to find out if there are any D’Arcy families or indeed anyone in the area that may also be related to this family as she is trying to piece together her family roots. She would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help her to shed light on this family or anyone who may have records that they could share with her. Bernie can be contacted by post at 1 Frayne Court, Highton, Victoria 3216, Australia or by email to  bernied067@gmail.com Her request can be viewed on the parish web site www.lorrhadorrha.ie

Camogie Notes.

Mad March Mock Wedding!

Here Comes the Bride….Lorrha Camogie Club will be hosting the ‘Mad March Mock Wedding’ on Saturday, 8th of March at 8.30pm so keep this date free! It will be the Camogie Club’s main fundraiser for the year and tickets are now on sale and can be got from the Camogie panel, committee, Maher’s shop in Lorrha and Kelly’s Shop, Rathcabbin. Tickets are €10 each for ages 14+ which includes you entry and into a draw to win 1st Prize: Luxury Night away for two. 2nd prize: €100 Voucher for David Broderick Sports Therapy, very kindly donated by David and 3rd Prize: Meal for two.  Also on the night wedding ceremony antics with MC on the night the great Hubbie Hogan-say no more!! special guests, a lavish buffet, music and much more!  It will be the maddest Wedding of 2014!!
More details to follow. Thanks for your support.

Clothing Collection:
We are having a clothing recycling drive in aid of Lorrha Camogie Club. The collection day will be at the end of March but we can collect bags at any time off people. Please donate any unwanted clothes that are clean and dry and in big black bin bags. Clean dry Clothes-Belts-Shoes- Bags- Books, NO Bed clothes-curtains-pillows-duvets-cushions or household goods. So get collecting all your old unwanted clothes! More Info Contact: Elaine Hough 087-1357080 Or any Committee member to collect items.  Thanks for your support on this fundraising drive.

Registration Night:
The Club will be holding a registration night in early February. All players from underage up to adult players need to be registered to be allowed to train and play.

Lorrha Camogie Club Facebook Page:
Keep up to date on any recent activity in the Club and in the Parish. Send in any old pictures or new and keep up to date on whats happening with the Mock Wedding!

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

 No one believes seniors . . . everyone thinks they are senile.

An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired.. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they’d shared, where Andy had carved “I love you, Sally.”
On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money – fifty thousand euro!
Andy said, “We’ve got to give it back.”  Sally said, “Finders keepers.” She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.
The next day, two Gardai were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door. “We are investigating the loss of a sum of money” said one officer.  “Did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”
Sally said, “No”.  Andy said, “She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic. Sally said, “Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile”
The officers turned to Andy and began to question him.
One said: “Tell us the story from the beginning.”
Andy said, “Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday ….”
One officer turned to the other and said, “We’re outta here!”