Lorrha Notes

         Happy New Year to all Readers of this web site. May 2014 be good to you….

Players Notes.

Rathcabbin Players present ‘Poor Beast in the Rain’ by playwright Billy Roche from Friday 24th Jan. to Sunday 26th and from Thursday 30th Jan. to Sunday 2nd Feb. 2014 in Rathcabbin Hall. Another fine production from Rathcabbin Players.


It’s never too late to purchase a copy of the Lorrha Parish Calendar. Priced at just €10, the calendar is on sale throughout the parish and is a lovely keepsake packed with photographs from front to back cover. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy by post contact info@ or by phone to (086) 8647166.

Late Flannan Brereton.

The death occurred on Thursday 19th December 2013 of Flannan Brereton, The Drake Inn, Finglas, Dublin. The second youngest in the family, he was born and reared at The Pike, Rathcabbin 65 years ago. Flannan passed away in Bushy Park Nursing Home Borrisokane after a long illness. He left Rathcabbin as a young man and, but for a brief period, he spent most of his working years as a bar man in Dublin. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to his daughters Jenny and Denise, son –in-law Greg, grandchildren Lauren, Casey, and Evan, brothers Ollie (Shinrone), Pat (Cork), sisters Detty Turner (Carrig), Ena and Frances (Australia), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. After funeral Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, Finglas West on Monday Dec. 23rd. cremation was held in Glasnevin Crematorium. May he rest in peace.

Late Patrick Lambe.

The death occurred on Sunday December 22nd 2014 in St. Kieran’s Nursing Home, Rathcabbin of Paddy Lambe, Ballyeiragh, Lorrha. Paddy who was 89 years old was a familiar figure on the roads in his jeep up to recent years. Although he hurled in his youth with the local club, he preferred to follow the game by his attendance at matches where his fondness for the game could bring him anywhere to see a match. His work as a farmer was mainly his hobby too and as a keen judge of cattle, he was well known and respected for this. He attended the marts in Birr and Portumna on a regular basis up to about two years ago, where he met and enjoyed the banter with the neighbours. Pre-deceased by his brothers John and Mick and his sister Sarah, he is survived by his wife Ann, son Willie, daughter in-law Patricia, grandson Cathal, brother Tom (Rathcabbin) sister Maura Moran (Rathcabbin), nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Dec. 24th burial took place afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Jimmy Heenan.

The unexpected death occurred on Monday 23rd December at his home of Jimmy Heenan, Pairc na Cille, Lorrha. The suddenness of his passing at 66 years of age caused great sadness in the parish where he was well known. Jimmy worked in Portland sawmills for years and upon its closure, he worked for local farmers around the parish and in the building industry. He later took up stone masonry and took great pride in his stonework, building many walls across the parish. He was an industrious worker and would work late into the evening to finish whatever job he was on so he could move on to another. A quiet man, he loved to take his and Margaret’s two Yorkshire terriers down the fields for a walk. He had a great love of nature and in particular birds and had feeders set up in the garden where he would watch them come and eat. He always enjoyed going for Sunday drives and he and Margaret would take off for a couple of hours almost every week. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family. Predeceased by his son Noel last January and his sister Claire in November, he is survived by his wife Margaret, sons James and Brendan, daughters Mary and Caroline, daughter-in-law Sarah, son –in-law Simon, grandchildren Luke, Bradley, Jude and Keiko, his brother Adrian and sister Rita, cousins, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended on their sad loss. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Sunday last Dec. 29th burial took place in the adjoining Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

First Friday.

Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30pm on Friday January 3rd for the First Friday of the month. Confessions will be heard before both Masses.

Parish Calendar 2014.

It’s never too late to purchase a copy of the Lorrha Parish Calendar. Priced at just €10, the calendar is on sale throughout the parish and is a lovely keepsake packed with photographs from front to back cover. Anyone wishing to purchase a copy by post contact info@ or by phone to (086) 8647166.

Unwanted Clothes Collection.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the winter months. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text (086) 8493595/ (086) 8647166/ (087) 2601413 with your name and details. All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the continued work around Lorrha Village. Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns committee wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014.  Many thanks to all of you who have helped and supported us throughout the last year.

Parish Energy Scheme.

A questions and discussion about the parish energy scheme with the Tipperary Energy Communities will take place on Tuesday January 7th at 8pm in Nenagh (North Tipp LEADER Office. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend. The agenda will include (a) learning from the Drombane group (b) Working together, what could be done in common between the 3 groups? Refreshments served. A group decision was not made to definitely go ahead with the Energy Scheme as there were quite a few people who could not make the meeting, or who heard about it late. For the scheme to work, this would probably need to be decided early in the New Year.

Last Chance Poker Party.

New Years Eve big gala 70’s disco party with fancy dress and Tony Hogan of Bog the Donkey as guest D.J. Darina, Pat and family wish to thank all their customers and friends for shopping locally and they extend good luck to all in 2014.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in the GAA Centre on Friday night from 9.30pm to 12.30am This week the music will be provided by Sam O’Doherty.

Little Christmas.

Women’s Little Christmas reviving the Irish tradition Saturday 4th January 2014 at 8.30pm in The Ferry Inn. Stuff!!! the turkey girls!!!! It’s time to hang up the apron and get your glad rags on and come and enjoy a fun night out. Barry, Theresa and family thank all their customers for their loyal and trusted support over the year and wish to extend a happy new year to all.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day

On the first day, God created the dog and said, sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years.

The dog said, “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”

And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, “Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”

The monkey said, “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?”

And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, “You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”

The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”

And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, “Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”

But the human said, “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”

“Okay,” said God, “You asked for it.”

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Many thanks to all of you for taking the time to send in your ‘Smile Awhile’ entertainment/ jokes throughout the past year. We look forward to receiving them, and we know from reaction we receive, that our readers enjoy them too, so keep them coming!!