Lorrha Notes

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Anna May McHugh NPA about to cut the cake to mark the 50th Anniversary of North Tipperary Ploughing.


Have you ever wondered how is the date for Easter Sunday decided?” Well the answer lies in the moon!     Twice a year, around March 21st and September 23rd, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal everywhere in the world. These two days are known as the vernal (or Spring) equinox and the Autumnal equinox. Easter is observed by the churches of the West on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the Spring equinox. Easter is a “movable” feast which can occur as early as March 22nd or as late as April 25th.    Happy Easter to all our readers.

Late James Coughlan.

The death occurred on Sunday March 29th after a short illness at Tullamore General Hospital of Jim Coughlan, Rathcabbin. Born and raised in Curragha in the opposite end of the parish 88 years ago, Jim moved to Rathcabbin as a young man with his new wife Annie where they both worked hard on their new farm down through the years. A kind, gentle and inoffensive man Jim was a good friend and neighbour to all. He liked to socialize and meet with others and was a regular in his local over many years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family. Pre-deceased by his sons Eugene and Edward he is survived by his loving wife Annie, daughters Phil O’ Hanlonn (Parteen), Rita (Annacotty), Annette Sullivan (Rathcabbin) and Fiona Ryan (Crinkle), sons Seamus and Kieran (Rathcabbin), sons-in-law Oliver, Mike and Teddy, daughter-in-law Concepta, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Bridie Darcy (Ardcroney), nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Tuesday 31st  burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

North Tipp Ploughing.

The 50th Anniversary of the North Tipperary Ploughing Campionships which was cancelled due to bad weather on March 1st. took place on Sunday last 29th.

Hall A.G.M

The Annual General Meeting of St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha will be held on Thursday 9th April at 8pm.

Church News.

Holy Thursday:  (2nd April) Mass of the Lord’s Supper  – Rathcabbin Church  –  8.00p.m. Confessions after Mass.

Good Friday  (3rd April) 10.00a.m.   The Confirmation candidates pray the Stations of the Cross in Lorrha Church. 3.00p.m.   Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Christ in Rathcabbin Church.  8.00p.m.    Prayer around the Cross in Lorrha Church.  Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.                 Holy Saturday (4th April)  8.00p.m. Easter Vigil in Lorrha Church.  Easter Sunday  (5th April)   11.30a.m. Mass in Rathcabbin Church.

News From Lorrha School.

Sincere thanks to all who attended our Open Day on Saturday March 21st.  It was great to see so many parents  supporting the day which was a wonderful success. View a selection of photographs on our school web site www.lorrhans.ie

First Confession.

Congratulations to our second class pupils who received the Sacrament of First Confession recently in preparation for Communion on May 10th.


Our students and adult volunteers from the community have completed their mittens and hats which they were knitting over recent weeks. The mittens and hats will be distributed between  the special Care Babies in Ballinasloe and Limerick hospitals and for the Missions. Our thanks to all our volunteers from the local community for their interest and support.


Our Annual tennis lessons will start after Easter and will continue for five weeks. There is always a great interest in these classes as we have seen from previous years with all the pupils participating. All at Scoil Lua Naofa extend a happy and peaceful Easter to everyone.

Easter Draw in Rathcabbin School.

Rathcabbin NS parents association wish to thank everyone for supporting their recent Easter draw. Ccongratulations to Sean Fox – Giant Easter egg, Jim Lane – Tipp jersey and John Cleary- signed hurley.

Redwood NS Annual Buffet Dance The annual buffet dance fundraiser will take place in the GAA clubhouse, Moatfield on Saturday, 02nd May at 9.30 pm. Music by Pat & Richie, raffle, spot prizes, hot buffet and a great night guaranteed! Tickets are now on sale!

Apostolic Society.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society wish to extend thanks to all who came to view their work during  their Annual display which was held recently. A special word of thanks to those who attended from other branches. Many thanks to all who supported the raffle which was a good success. The winners were 1. Martin Hough (Ballymacegan), 2. Margaret Maleney (Ferbane), 3. Mary Collins (Scariff), 4. Ann Quinn (Ardcroney), 5. Sheila O’Donovan (Lorrha), 6. Rose Harding (Lorrha), 7. Mary McKenna (Portroe), 8. Mike Coughlan (Lorrha). Many thanks to all.

Summer De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Summer collection? Lorrha Development/ Tidy Towns continue with unused clothes collection throughout the Summer months. De-clutter your wardrobe, attack your attic, recycle all unwanted/unused items of clothing to make room for your Summer collection. We will accept any kind of bag or in bagsprovided 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.

Muck Run.

Lusmagh Camogie Club are hosting a 5km Muck Run on Easter Monday (6th April) at 12 noon in Stream Callows (Follow signs from sports field) Registration at 10.45am.  Adults €20 Students €15.   Kids course available also €10 (u14).  Limited spaces so arrive early. For more details see Lusmagh Muck Run on Facebook.  A fun filled afternoon guaranteed.

Health Care Support Course

FETAC( level 5) course, full-time, commencing June 2015 in Birr. Opportunities for persons aged 18 – 35 to gain a qualification as a Healthcare Assistant. Enquiries welcome to Mary or Linda at:  087 7385989. We are a not-for-profit organisation (Offaly Local Development Co).

Smile Awhile & Laugh A Little Every Day.

A man lay sprawled across three seats in a theatre. The usher whispered to the man “Sorry sir you’re only allowed one seat”. The man groaned but didn’t move. Again the usher said “Sir, if you don’t get up I will have to call the manager”. Again the man just moaned so the usher went to get the manager. Both the usher and the manager tried to move the man to no success. Finally, the manager called a Garda who stood over the man for a moment and then said

“All right, what’s your name”?

“Sam” the man moaned.

“Where are you from Sam?” asked the Garda.

With pain in his voice Sam replied “The balcony”.