Lorrha Notes

The 2015 Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the Parish. If you would like to receive a copy in the post call 086  8647166 or email info@

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The Bridge below the town!! Lorrha N.S. pupils were taken on a guided history walk of Birr recently. Led by Margaret Hogan, Historian, the group are pictured here on Bagnall’s Bridge in the Park. More photos on www.lorrhans.ie

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.

Christmas Market and Auction.

Lorrha Development / Tidy Towns wish to extend thanks to all who supported in whatever way the Annual fundraising Christmas Market and Auction. As this is our main fundraiser, without it we simply could not continue the work around the village to the extent that it is. Prizewinners in the draw was. Hamper: Sinead Reddan, Millfarm, Make Up hamper: Ronan O’Meara, Grange, Wine: Avie Darcy, Abbeyville, Biscuits: Lisa Duggan, Brambles, Wine: Carmel Hogan, Ballymacegan, Garden set: Thomas Hartnett, Ballymacegan, Candle Lamb: Gay Needham, Lorrha. Avie Darcy was also the lucky winner of the guess the weight of the cake, while Lisa Duggan also was the lucky winner of the Treasure Hunt. The winner of the slogan competition 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. 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. Well done Mikie and many thanks to all who entered. Secretary Mary Coen presented Mikie with his cash prize which no doubt will come in handy for the Christmas


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.

Christmas Eve Pageant.

The pupils from Lorrha National School will present “The Nativity” on Christmas Eve in Lorrha Church at 7.30pm. followed by Mass. All are welcome so do come along and join us. The pupils and staff wish all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Church News.

Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held in Lorrha Church  at  8.00pm.  Christmas Day Masses    in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. and Rathcabbin Church at 11.30a.m.

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.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Our Christmas lunch is taking place in the near future. We would like to see all our members attend and look forward to seeing you all there. There will be no meeting in Lorrha Hall on Wednesday 17th Dec. Meetings will resume on January 8th. Happy and peaceful Christmas to all.

Redwood School

The Christmas variety show will be held on Wednesday, 17th December at 7.00 p.m. in Redwood Church. The children will perform “Whoops-a-daisy angel!” along with music and dance and songs from their performance at the Hallelujah Concert in Dublin. Raffle and refreshments afterwards in the school. All are very welcome.

Hallelujah Young Voices Choir

The pupils from 2nd to 6th class took part in the Hallelujah concert in Citywest, Dublin on Wednesday, 03rd December. It was a fantastic experience and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Lorrha Tidy Towns

Well done to Mikey Houlihan, 4th class on winning the slogan competition with Lorrha Development Association with his entry ‘Come on down to the Tidy Town…. Lorrha. Working together for a cleaner better future’

Fun Fridays

A big thank you to all the parents and toddlers who attended our Fun Friday session over the past four weeks. We had a hugely enjoyable final session with the matinee performance of “Whoops-a-daisy angel!” and a visit from Santa himself!! Thanks also to Charlene Duane and the children in Little feet pre-school, Ballymacegan for joining us for the show.

Rathcabbin Tidy Towns Draw

A raffle for a tractor trailer load of timber, a hamper worth €150 and €100 of bricquettes and coal is being held on Sunday night 21st December in Kelly’s. Tickets are €5, book of three for €10, limited to 300 tickets and are available at Kelly’s and being sold by members of the association.

Self employed/unemployed/farmers/retired Christmas Party

A Christmas do for people who haven’t a work Christmas party to go to will be held in Kelly’s on Saturday 20th December. Music by Pio Ryan and friends and surprise musical guests.  Bring your santa hat and tambourine.


Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Jack staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy.  He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Mary.. He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful. Managing not to yell, Jack sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.  He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed.  In the morning, Jack woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Mary staring at him from across the room.  She said, “You were drunk again last night weren’t you?”  Jack said, “Why do you say such a mean thing?” “Well,” Mary said, “it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly…..it’s all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror”.