Lorrha Notes

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Enjoying the entertainment supplied by pupils from Lorrha School on Grandparents Day which was held on Wed 28th Jan was Kitty Kennedy, Maura Dooley, Marie O’Meara.

Late Maisie Dolan.

The peaceful death occurred on Saturday 24th January of Maisie Dolan, Lissernane, Rathcabbin. Nee Coughlan from Coolderry, Maisie was born in 1932 to Joe and Bridget the eldest daughter of seven children. She moved to Rathcabbin at a young age to live with her Aunt Margaret, where she worked the farm and attended Lorrha National School.  She settled into the area helped by great neighbours and friends.  She married Willie Dolan from Lusmagh in 1957 and raised a family of eight children.

A hardworking, proud, loyal, ambitious and deeply religious woman, she loved farming and was an active member within the community. Maisie developed Dementia and Parkinson’s disease some years ago and her husband Willie and daughter Sadie cared for her at home but when her illness progressed and required specialised care she moved to St Kieran’s Nursing Home in 2011. Her time in the nursing home was enjoyable helped by the great care she received.  She was also surrounded by other local residents and had regular contact with the community, family and friends.

Pre-deceased by her daughters Nuala and Marion, Brothers John Joe (Roscrea), Mick (Dublin) and sister Annette (Dublin), she will be missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family where her parting is a huge loss to all of them.  Sympathy is extended to her husband Willie, sons Joe (Rathcabbin) Liam (Naas) daughters Sadie (Rathcabbin ) Colette (Sydney) Annette (Nottingham) and Lorraine (Claregalway) . daughters -in -law , sons – in – law, grandchildren, Leo, Michael, James, Paul, Niall, Neve, Caitlin and Luke , brother Ted (New York), sisters Bridie Cosgrove (Shinrone), Teresa Baker (Manchester), neices , nephews , neighbours  relatives and friends . After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Thursday 29th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Billy Lewis.

There was great sadness in the parish last week when news broke of the death of Billy Lewis, Gurteen, Rathcabbin. A quiet unassuming man who enjoyed life, Billy too was a hard worker who always had time for his family and took great pride in watching and helping the next generation start out in life and was always willing to help and advise if he was needed. He loved to chat and when anyone called to see him they got a cuppa, a welcome and a late night. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Tina, son baby Thomas and his grandson baby Jamie. Sympathy is extended to his wife Madeleine, daughters Mary (Cork), Madeleine (Rathcabbin), Veronica (Banagher), Noreen, Carmel (Lorrha), Sarah (Rathcabbin), sons Ray (Portumna), Liam, Thomas, Brian (Rathcabbin), Edward (Portumna), daughters – in- law, sons – in – law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, godchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours on their sad loss. His funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday morning January 30th and burial took place in Bonaham Cemetery afterwards. May he rest in peace.

Late Daniel Rushe.

The death took place on Wednesday January 28th of Dan Rushe, Ballymacegan, Lorrha. In his 86th year, Dan came from Glenamaddy in Co. Galway and took up residence on a farm in Ballymacegan in 1971 along with his late wife and his young family. He was a quiet man with little to say but he read a lot and he loved music when time allowed. He worked hard on the land and was always willing to help out a neighbor when the need arose. He retired in ’95 and it was then that he had the time to pursue his reading and music interests. Unfortunately, Dan developed Parkinson’s disease some years back which was to take him into poor health.  Pre-deceased by his wife Margaret four years previously, he is survived by his son Michael, daughters Mary and Catherine, daughter- in-law Ruby, sons-in-law Noel and Tony, sister Margaret, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Saturday Jan. 31st burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

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.

Drawing for children (9 years up) on Thursdays at 6.30pm, starting on 29th January in Bramble Art Studio, Lorrha. Please contact Ute: 087-9151356

Redwood NS achieves Active Flag Status

The teachers and pupils of Redwood NS were delighted to learn that they had achieved Active Flag status early in the new year following a rigorous inspection prior to Christmas. The “Active Flag” initiative is a project by Mayo Education Centre and endorsed by the Department of Education. It promotes an active lifestyle through healthy eating and embraces being active as part of daily life.

Redwood NS have been working towards achieving this flag for over two years. The pupils have participated in a great variety of sport including gymnastics, zumba, cycling, swimming, yoga, rugby, karate, tennis, boot camp, hurling, football, athletics, soccer and basketball to mention but a few! Pupils and teachers have taken part in “Active Schools Week” and have had “active school tours” over the past two years. Pupils have also taken part in “Food Dudes”, a programme that involves healthy eating and developing healthy eating habits. We would like to thank all those who helped us along the way including our parent body, The Irish Heart Foundation, The Engine Room, Portumna & Borrisokane Athletic Club. We will raise our Active Flag later in the year.

Church News.

Friday, 6th February, is the First Friday of the month. Mass in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. confessions beforehand. Liturgy of the Word and distribution of Communion in Rathcabbin Church at 7.30p.m.

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.

Energy Saving Grant Scheme.

Lorrha Rathcabbin Energy Team following the very successful completion of the 2014 Energy Saving retrofit grant scheme from SEAI are progressing the scheme for 2015. LRET with support from North Tipp Leader Partnership is now taking names of householders, community buildings and businesses to retrofit their premises in 2015. A 50% grant available for Community Buildings. 30% for households and businesses. Up to 100% if in receipt of fuel allowance or Family Income Supplement or on Job Seekers Allowance longer than 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. An application form to assess qualification is available by calling Alan on 0892475793 or e-mail alanmad54@gmail.com  or marcdt14@gmail.com or fill out the form on www.energycommunities.worldpress.com website. Completed Application Forms must be returned by 11th Feb. 2015 to Marc Tanner, North Tipp. Leader, 2nd Floor, Friars Court. Nenagh.

Lorrha N.S. Enrolment.

Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is now enrolling pupils for September 2015. If you would like information about enrolling or an Enrolment Application Form, please call to the school. Alternatively  you can also contact the school on (090) 9747295, email scoilluanaofa@eircom.net or you can down load the Enrolment Application Form from the school web site www.lorrhans.ie


After a very successful three nights last week-end, Rathcabbin Players would like to remind patrons  that this coming week-end is the last chance to see  the 30th Anniversary production of Derek Benfield’s  three act comedy ‘Wild Goose Chase’.  The group are back on stage from Thursday Feb. 5th to 8th incl. at 8.30pm sharp in Rathcabbin Hall.  As there is great interest in this play, you are advised to book early to secure your seat on (087) 2360 096.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club.

A reminder that 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. 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. Beginners Computers classes held every Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.45am to 12.30pm. Further information from the college on 090-9741946 or 087-6258696

Smile Awhile and Laugh a Little Every Day.

The mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in-law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.

“What happened Paddy?” she asks anxiously.

“What happened?? I’ll tell you what happened! I sent an e-mail to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home … and guess what I found? Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, kissing Joe Murphy.

This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage. I’m done. I’m leaving forever!”

“Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!” says his mother-in-law. “There is something very odd going on here. Jean would never do such a thing! There must be a simple explanation.

I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened.”

Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.

“Paddy. I told you there must be a simple explanation … she never got your e-mail!”