Lorrha Notes

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The 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@

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Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns recently organised a Slogan Competition through the local schools. The overall winner was Mikie Houlihan from Culleen, Rathcabbin. Mikie who is a 4th class pupil in Redwood School was delighted to see his slogan up in print when he came to collect his cash prize during the Annual Christmas Market and Auction held in Lorrha on Sunday last. His winning slogan ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’ is exactly what Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns is all about and Mikie sums it up well in his winning slogan. Dev. Secretary Mary Coen presents Mikie with his prize. The committee thank all the entrants and the schools for promotion.

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Rathcabbin School pupils pictured as they supported the Annual Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal for children less off than themselves. 

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L-R: Instructor James Dillon,(4th Degree Black Belt) Mikey Houlihan age 9 (Brown Belt), Niamh Patterson (Yellow Belt) Professor Edward Downey (8th Degree Black Belt) and Front L-R: Aaron McDonagh & Sean Patterson (Yellow Belts) all pupils from Redwood NS and attend classes with James Dillon in Portumna

Carol Service

A Carol Service will be held in St Rudhans Church of Ireland on Thursday 18th Dec at 8.00pm. with guest choir the Omna Singers. All are welcome.

2015 Calendar.

Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. The calendar is packed from front cover to back with photographs from the past and the present. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar is used towards the upkeep of Lorrha Village. If you would like to have a copy posted to you please call (086) 8647166 or email info@  Your support is much appreciated.

Church News.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in Lorrha Church  at  8.00pm preceded by the children from Lorrha School performing The Nativity at 7.30pm.  Christmas Day Masses    in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.


The annual Christmas ladies night out in “The Shed” in Lorrha will take place this coming Saturday night the 13th Dec. at 8.00pm. Go on pamper yourself with a lovely meal and then dance the night away with D.J. Ray. Booking is advisable so if you are interested contact Lil on (087) 6057363.


The three schools in the parish Lorrha, Redwood and Rathcabbin, with to offer thanks to all involved in Borrisokane Vintage club for their recent financial contribution to the schools, money which was raised as a result of the threshing day and display held in Lorrha earlier in the year. These contributions will be put to very good use.

Winter De-Clutter.

Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout theAutumn 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.

Tracing Gibson – Kennedy  Relatives.

Ian Cairns is trying to trace his Irish and Lorrha relatives. His Great, Great Grandmother Jane Gibson, baptized at Lorrha 01 February 1841. Her father was John Gibson and mother was Alice Kennedy. Jane departed Cobh, first for Liverpool, then Melbourne, Australia, aboard the ‘James Fernie’ in 1857. She spent a few years in Melbourne and then sailed to Otago, New Zealand in about 1862. She died in 1915.  She was married twice and had 3 daughters. Jane could not read or write, so it is assumed there was never any communication back to Ireland. One possible clue is that Jane could play the piano. Perhaps she learnt that in Ireland before she left?  Ian is trying to find out more about Jane and her family and would appreciate any help or information at all that can be offered to him. He can be contacted by post at 61 The Esplanade, Raumati South, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand or by email at Ianjamescairns@gmail.com His full report on Jane can be viewed on www.lorrhadorrha.ie under the Guestbook page.

News From Lorrha School.

The pupils once again responded with great generosity to the Annual Team Hope Shoebox appeal. Many of them filled the box with useful items for children less well off than themselves.

Prize winners

Congratulations is extended to Chloe Kennedy who won a book and a trophy in a colouring competition in the recent book week competition held in Portumna Library. Chloe was presented with her prizes at an awards ceremony held in the Library. Blathnaid Bennett and Hannah O’Meara were also winners in a travel poster competition as part of the Green Schools project on travelling to school. Scoil Lua Naofa pupils are working hard on their Fourth green flag, the theme of which is Travel.

First Steps.

We continue with our First Steps  writing programme where pupils learn the different types of writing and the pupils are enjoying this programme.

Blue Star Programme.

This year we have entered the Blue Star Programme. This is a venture of the “Communicating Europe Initiative”  which is aimed to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects our lives amongst Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. It will also involve school staff, parents and the wider community. The idea is to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among participants that goes far beyond the school walls and into the wider community.

Rathcabbin National School News

School Christmas concert will be held in the village hall on Wednesday Dec 10th at 7.30pm. This is always a great highlight to our school year and we wish all the pupils well as they take to the stage and do us proud.  There will be a raffle on the night with tickets on sale in Kellys beforehand and on the night. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Draw.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society will be holding their annual fundraising draw in Lorrha Community Hall on Thursday night December 11th at 8p.m. In the meantime, ticket sellers are out and about and will be calling to you. Tickets are €2 per line. Please support.

School Concert.

The children of Redwood N.S.  present their annual Christmas variety show on Wednesday, 17th Dec at 7 p.m in Redwood Church. They will perform the play “Whoops-a-daisy angel! “along  with a wonderful display of Irish music and dance including songs from the children’s performance in the hallelujah Young voices Choir  . Refreshments and raffle  in the school afterwards.  Everybody Welcome!


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