Lorrha Notes

 Graduation Pic

Kieth Sullivan, Ballyshrule, Portumna pictured with his parents Mary and Mike after his graduation recently from St Patrick’s  College, Thurles  with a BA in Education with joint honours in Business & Accounting. Keith’s dad Mike is formally from Lordspark and is well known in the parish. Well done Kieth.


Late James Duffy.

The death occurred on Sunday 19th October after a long illness of James ( Jim ) Duffy, Clonmona, Rathcabbin. Born and raised in Graigue, Rathcabbin, Jim who was 77 years old, came from a well known , 7th generation local family. He undertook a number of enterprises during his lifetime including well boring with his late brother  Willie and his brother Tom. Later he bought and ran the Anglers Rest Public House for a number of years. He was one of life’s characters and will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew and came in contact with him. He will be particularly missed by his family. Sympathy is extended to his wife Esther, his daughters Lorraine Dunphy ( Drogheda ), Fiona Behan ( Clonmona ), Emma Gardiner ( Mucklagh ) and son William (Ballyhahill , Limerick), sisters Mary (Graigue ), Ann Ryan (Ballaghmore ), brothers Tom and Denis ( Birr ), grandchildren Ben, Jonathan, Isobel and Aoibhe, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends on their great loss. Jim was pre-deceased by his brothers Willie and John and his sister Bridie. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin on Tuesday 21st October, burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery.  May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the relatives of Sean Bennett, Fivealley, Birr who died on October 21st. After funeral Mass on Thursday in St. James’ Church Eglish, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to the Dolan families on the death of Chrissie Dolan  (nee Quinlan), Lusmagh, Banagher, who died on October 23rd. After funeral Mass in St. Cronan’s Church, Lusmagh, on Saturday 25th  burial took place in Kilmachunna Cemetery, Lusmagh. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Next Saturday, 1st November – Feast of All Saints –  Holyday of obligation: Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 10.00a.m. and Rathcabbin  at  7.30p.m.

Thank you to all the people who committed to adoration. It will continue every Thursday, 10am. – 10pm. in Rathcabbin Church.

Rathcabbin National School.

Junior to second class pupils attended Birr Library on Thursday 23rd October as part of the” Leap into Reading” literacy initiative. Pupils are participating in the MS Readthon over the next few weeks with some great prizes available, so get reading!

Third and Fourth class enjoyed a history  trip to Portumna Castle and Workhouse recently.

Hurling continues on Friday for all pupils and well done to our football team with a great win over Terryglass NS recently.

Gymnastics is coming to an end soon, the children really enjoyed this course and look forward to doing it again, thanks to Ms Feehan.

Anti Bullying training will be available to all parents on Thursday 6th Nov in the school at 7.30pm. Oonagh Hogan from the National Parents Council will be the speaker on the night. All welcome.

Well Done.

Congratulations and well done to our parish man Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher who picked up his first All-Star on Friday night last in Dublin’s Helix. This is a well deserved award for Bonner who is classed as the leader of the Tipperary team forwards. We extend that congratulations to the goalie Darren Gleeson who had a tremendous year between the posts, and to fellow team members Brendan Maher, Padraig Maher, Shane McGrath, John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, and young hurler of the year Cathal Barrett.

Active Retirement.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement is happy to see a great attendance at their weekly meetings. There will be no meeting on Wednesday 5th November. If you would like to join them, call to Lorrha Hall any Wednesday at 2.30pm. The group now have outings and social gatherings organised for the coming weeks and they look forward to seeing all.

Winter De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Autumn months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Winter collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bags provided by the committee. We can collect your unwanted items. Just call or text  (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (086) 8355405 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 two adults employed.


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