Lorrha Notes

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Ciaran Young, Rathcabbin who has set up a farm machinery hire business HIRE – AGRI pictured with his neighbour Richard Needham. Ciaran can be contacted on (086) 3237415. You can hire a variety of machinery such as Bale Trailer, Grass Wilter, Dung Spreader, Sub-Soiler, Log Splitter, trailer with ramps and lots more. We wish him every success with this venture.

Recent Wedding.

The  beautiful wedding of Claire Hough, daughter of  Martin and Kathleen, Roden, Rathcabbin and Anthony Mooney, son of  Willie and Joan, Clononey More, Shannon Harbour took place on Saturday 15th March in St Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha.

The bride was attended by her sister Cliona with bridesmaids, Fiona O Brien, Michelle Maher, friends of bride, and Caroline Mooney, sister of the groom. The grooms four brothers, Patrick, Martin, William and  Conor carried the duty of best man and groomsmen respectively. Flower girl was 3 year old Caitlin Mooney, daughter of the bride and groom who was accompanied by Page boy Liam Mooney nephew and godchild of the groom. Readers Arlene Cannon cousin of groom and Martina Reddin friend of bride did the honors while  Fr Frankie Murray High Street was assisted by Fr Pat Mulcahy P.P. Lorrha officiated at the ceremony. Colin Fahy Portumna provided the beautiful Church music with instrumental by Ruth Lynch, a  friend of both the bride and groom. Both mothers Kathleen and Joan, brought the offertory gifts to the altar.

Afterwards the newly weds joined with their families and friends for their reception which they held in the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe before flying to Florida their honeymoon destination.

Congratulations and many good wishes is extended to Claire and Anthony for a long and happy life together as they settle into married life in Clononey More, Shannon Harbour.

Church News.

During Summer-time Mass times as follows:  Redwood Church – Vigil Mass   – 8.00p.m.   –  commencing  Saturday, 5th April;   Lorrha Church –  Sundays 10.00a.m .and Rathcabbin Church –  Sundays 11.30a.m. Friday, 4th April is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in  Lorrha at  9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin – 8.00p.m.  Confessions beforehand.

Young Adults who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation and their parents. Would you be interested in making a Temperance Promise? i.e. to abstain from all alcoholic drinks until 18 years of age. This is a pledge between parents and their son/daughter.  Parents, if  interested, please contact Fr. Pat.

James Kilbane a leading voice in Christian and country gospel music will perform at the Nenagh Arts Centre, on Saturday, April 5th. Tickets €18, can be booked online at www.nenagharts.com or can be reserved by phoning the Arts Centre on 067 34400.

National Spring Clean.

As part of National Spring Clean, Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns will be carrying out a litter pick of the village on Wed. April 9th at 11.30am. in co-operation with Lorrha School pupils and staff.  If you have one hour to spare, please come and join us from our starting point which is outside the Community Hall. Bags and gloves will be provided.


Portumna library is hosting a children's art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan, "Bramble Art" from 5th - 23rd April; Opening on Saturday, 5th April at 3.30pm. All welcome. View my page on this web site under Bramble Art.

New Business.

Congratulations is extended to Ciáran Young, Rathcabbin on setting up his own hire business Hire-Agri. Ciáran can cater for all your needs so give him a call on (086) 3237415. Best of luck for the future Ciáran.

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 which helps to keep three adults employed.

Portumna College of Further Education

(Old VEC) St.Brigid’s Road   QQI/FETAC Certified  Courses  in Horticulture, Marine and Countryside Tour Guiding, Communications ,Computers,  Spanish, Free English for Speakers of other languages (FETAC 3 –  ESOL ). Free for jobseekers , Fees for the employed. COME and ‘SEE, JUDGE and ACT’.   Contact: Michael at  0876258696  09097 41946 and  e-mail : pcfe@cogalvec.ie

Preliminary Notice.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Redwood N.S, a reunion will be held for all past pupils on Saturday  7th June. It will commence with an open school during the day from 3 – 4pm to view roll books, photos etc. A special Mass will be held in Redwood Church at 7pm and buffet dance at 9.30p.m. in Moatfield with music by Pat & Richie followed by Tradstone. Eamon O’ Dywer will also be in attendance with Tipp FM Down Your Way. Tickets €10.00. All are welcome!!


Coffee Morning in aid of Western Alzheimers at the Country Market, Portumna on Friday 4th April, 9am – 12noon.

Active Retirement.

Notes for your diary: Trade and Tourism Show in the Radisson Blue Hotel Galway Tue. 8th April 10am to 6pm. Active Retrement Ireland A.G.M. Galway Bay Hotel Wed. 9th April at  10.30am. Our social meetings continue every Wed. in Lorrha Community Hall at 2.30pm. Call Barry on 0868143002 for further details.

Camogie Notes.

All players, underage and adult should have their membership paid. Any remaining girls to pay please do. No player can train or play without being insured.

The Junior girls and preparing hard for their upcoming second round of the League were they will play Nenagh at home on this Sunday April the 6th at 12pm in Moatfield. Please come and support the girls. Last remaining league fixtures are *Sunday 13th April Lorrha V Moneygall in Moneygall @ 3pm *Sunday 20th April Silvermines V Lorrha in Dolla @ 11am *Sunday 27th April Burgess v Lorrha in Kilcolman @ 3pm

Under 14 B Championship:
Lorrha played their first game of the Championship this Tuesday gone 1st April away to Portroe. Tuesday 8th April Lorrha v Kildangan (home game) – Tuesday 15th April, St Cronan’s v Lorrha (away game)All games 25 mins. 15 a side. Top 2 teams in each group go through to Quarter finals. 3 teams that finish 3rd go into a draw. First team out goes through to top team in Group 4. The other 2 teams play for runners up place in group 4. This game take place on Sat 3rd May. Quarter finals take place on Tuesday 6th May. Best of Luck Girls.

U16 C Championship:
Group 1: Ballina, Kildangan, Moneygall, Shannon Rovers, Lorrha Round 1 *24th April Lorrha- Bye. Round 2 *1st May Shannon Rovers Vs Lorrha (away game). Round 3 *TBC Lorrha Vs Kildangan (home game).Round 4 *TBC Ballina Vs Lorrha (away game). Round 5 *TBC Lorrha Vs Moneygall (home game)

U12 Go Games Blitz:
Girls traveled to Shannon Rovers on Saturday morning and played Shannon rovers, Kildangan and Toomevara. The girls played really well and really enjoyed the day. Thanks to Shannon Rovers GAA Club for their hospitality. Next Go Games Blitz is on thid Saturday the 5th of April, venue not known yet.

Underage Training:
Training will continue during the week, will receive details via text.

Mock Wedding DVD:
The Mock Wedding that we held recently that was a huge success Thanks to the great support around the parish well the DVD of the night is now on Sale.  Featuring the Wedding antics, Ceremony, Speeches, Riverdance, First dance and lots more! If you missed the night or want to look back on the mad antics that occurred it is well worth the look!Cost of the DVD is €10 – Please give your order to any of the Camogie Panel or Committee along with your €10 or Contact Mary Hogan on (087)7079193 – Michelle Maher (087)9058128 Thanks.

Clothing Collection:
We are having a clothing recycling drive in aid of Lorrha Camogie Club. The collection day will be at the end of April 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.

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 in the Club!

Smile Awhile and Laugh A Little Every Day.


For those of you too young to remember Bob Hope, ask your Grandparents..

‘I still chase women, but only downhill’.

‘That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.’

‘You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.’

‘I don’t feel old. In fact, I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.’

‘I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.’

‘Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it’s called at my home, ‘Passover’.

‘Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.’

‘I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained only six.’


‘When I was born, the doctor said to my mother,
Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.

‘I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight

‘Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.’

‘That’s how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.’

‘I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn’t for the
stuff the audience threw at me.’

‘I’ve done benefits for ALL religions. I’d hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.’