Lorrha Notes

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Late Eileen White

There was much sadness in the Lorrha area in the past week with the passing of Eileen White (nee Corrigan) Portland in her 86th year.   Eileen was well known to all and was a quiet and always smiling, friendly lady who never complained. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Jack in 1981. She suffered a stroke 21 years ago and had been cared for in her daughter Patricia’s home since then, where she was always surrounded by her family. She passed away there on Monday January 19th.

She enjoyed going to the Day Care Centre in Portumna and always loved a journey. If there was a car going anywhere, she wanted to be in it. Her health declined two years ago and Eileen became confined to her home where she still enjoyed the many, many visitors that she had. She will be sadly missed by all but in particular by her family.

Sympathy is extended to her daughters Carmel Molloy, Marie Whyte & Patricia Cunningham. Her Sons-In-Law Christy & Jimmy, her granddaughters, Eleanor, Loretta, Paula, Alva, Edel & Michelle and her great grandchildren Niamh, Sean & Caitlin. Her sisters Judy (Tynagh), Kathleen (Loughrea), Chris (Dublin), Nance (Loughrea), her brother Murt Corrigan (Portland) and her nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Her remains were removed from Dignity Retirement Village on Thursday, 22nd Jan for Funeral Mass at St. Ruadhans Church, Lorrha and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May her Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Late Ann Kennedy.

The death occurred on Tuesday January 20th of Ann Kennedy, Lusmagh and formerly Ravakeen and Cullagh, Rathcabbin. Nee Madden, Ann was predeceased by her husband Denis in 1987. Having  resided in the parish for many years, when Denis passed away, Ann moved back home to Lusmagh twenty five years ago. In recent years she resided in Elmgrove Nursing home in Birr where she passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Sympathy is extended to her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Following funeral Mass in St. Cronan’s Church Lusmagh on Thursday 22nd burial took place in Aglish Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Ann Hough, Townsent St. Birr, wife of the late Willie, formally Ballymacegan, Lorrha, which occurred on Friday 23rd January. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Monday 26th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery, Birr. May she rest in peace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The remains of the late Maisie Dolan Lissernane, Rathcabbin will be reposing at her home on Wednesday 28th from 3.00 to 6.00p.m. with removal to Rathcabbin Church for 7.30p.m. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10am to 10pm in Rathcabbin Church. All parishioners are invited to come and stay awhile in the presence of Jesus.

Art & German Classes

Art & Craft for children (5 years up) on Saturdays at 3.30pm and 5pm, German through fun at 2pm, starting on January 31st for 6 weeks.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha , for 8 weeks. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356 or 090-9747127.Early booking advisable.

Lines Open.

The phone line to book your seats for Rathcabbin Players three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’ 30th Anniversary production is now open on (087) 2360 096.  The play will be staged in Rathcabbin Hall from Friday 30th January to Sunday Feb. 1st and from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp. As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On February 4th we have our A.G.M. This is your opportunity to vote in our new committee. We would like to see all our members present. We continue to meet every Wednesday at 2.30p.m. in Lorrha hall. We are now planning a Christmas meal in The Thatch in Ballycommon and hope you will all come. As booking is required please give your name to Barry at (086) 8143002. We wish all our members a happy and healthy new year.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

The Lower Ormond Cycling club are looking for new members. Based in Borrisokane, the club includes and welcomes members from all the surrounding areas. If you have an interest in cycling and would like to cycle as part of an organised group on a regular basis, we’d like to hear from you. Our first outing will be Sun Feb 1st meeting at Library in Borrisokane at 9.30am. Beginners welcome and will be catered for with shorter routes. Helmets are compulsory. For further details please contact James on 086 8109099.


Spring  De-Clutter.Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Spring collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Winter  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. 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.


Portumna College of Further Education will be running FETAC/QQI Healthcare Support Level 5 incorporating Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person etc. Registration will be on 26th and 27th of January. Beginners Computer Classes will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 11am-1pm. Further Information from the college. 090-9741946 or 087-6258696.

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, a student nurse found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn’t need my help to leave the hospital. After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let the young nurse wheel him to the elevator. On the way down she asked him if his wife was meeting him. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘She’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.’