Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Development Scheme worker John Houlihan fixing a bird nesting box on a tree in the grounds of St. Ruadhan’s Church and in the shadow of the ruins of the old mill.

Late Bridget Nugent.

The peaceful death occurred at her residence on Sunday April 22nd of Bridget Nugent Portland Lorrha. Nee Ryan she was a native of Borrisoleigh and never forgot her roots visiting home regularly in her younger years. At 97 Bridget witnessed many changes throughout her long life a life she lived quietly and was content in her garden and as a homemaker to her husband and family. She took an interest in old furniture and appeared on the Late Late Show many years ago restoring a piece she had acquired. All callers to her door were welcomed and treated to a cup of tea and of course the chat as well. She will be sadly missed by all who came in contact with her but in particular by her family. Pre deceased by her husband Joe in 1981 her infant son John in 1957 and by her daughter Mary Turley in 1995 she is survived by her sons Mike (Galway) Garret (Saudi Arabia) Tom (Lorrha) daughter Kay (Dublin) nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered at this time. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Tuesday April 24th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

First Friday.

Friday May 4th is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin Church at 8.00p.m. Confession before Mass.

First Communion.

Congratulations to the sixteen children from the parish who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday last in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha and to Parish Priest Fr. Pat Mulcahy for the lovely ceremony. The children were Colette Houlihan Ciara Reddin Martin Gorman Frances Bugler Oisin Guinan Patrick Young Caoimhe O’Meara Abbie Ryan Scott Mannion Ciaran Yates Emily Needham Darragh Guinan Jack Yates Sheena Claffey Brandon Kennedy Ryan Dan Needham. Well done to all.


Lorrha Development Association wish to thank Teresa Kerry from Rathcabbin who recently made a presentation to the group of framed items of the history of Lorrha man Martin O’Meara. Originally from Nenagh Teresa a retired nurse lived in South Africa Canada USA and England before she and Ralph retired to Rathcabbin a few years ago. Teresa has always had an interest in the Martin’s life story and in his remarkable history so she put the items together herself with the help of her brother Patrick O’Brien who lives in Tasmania as a memorial tribute to the great Martin.
Martin was born in 1885 in Lissernane enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1915 and was awarded the Victoria Cross the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces the following year. He died in 1935 and is buried in Perth Australia. Lorrha Development are now hoping to find a suitable place to display the items for the public to view.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to the pupils and staff of Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha who have been awarded the second green flag the theme of which is Energy. The flag will be presented at an awards ceremony to be held in Athlone later in May. Well done to all.

Final Reminder.

Lorrha Development Association will be compiling a souvenir booklet for the official opening of Friars Park on Tuesday June 12th and would like to include in it the names of all those who worked on its committees since its foundation in 1985.
The present committee is trying to establish the names of all who served as officers since the beginning and because there are still some years for which we are unable to fill in the names of elected officers we are calling on everyone who served on any committee as an officer down through the years to contact us please.
All names with appropriate dates can be given to (085) 2455902/ (087) 2601413 or (086) 8647166 before May 12th please.

Art Exhibition Reminder.

Portumna library is hosting a children’s art exhibition of creations by the students of Ute Duggan "Bramble Art" from 25th April – 9th May. All welcome.


Many good wishes is extended to Alison Harding Maura Milne and Brona Dempsey on their recent exam success. The three ladies just completed a course in Fetac level 5 in healthcare assistant which was held in Birr and did very well too. Well done girls and many good wishes for the future.

Summer Camp.

Busybodies Summer camp will take place in Killeen National School commencing July 2nd ( four weeks) finishing on July 27th. There will be a wide range of activities lots of fun ages from 3 years up to 12 years catered for. The camp will start at 9.30a.m and finish at 3.00p.m. while the school will open at 8.00a.m. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be family reductions on offer. Numbers are limited so get your name in asap. Entry forms are available in Kellys shop Rathcabbin or Mahers in Lorrha or call Ann on (057) 9121842 or (087) 9625218.

Bus To Athlone.

A local bus will travel to Athlone on the First Friday of every month. Departs May 4th from Portumna Square at 10.30a.m. will stop en route departs Athlone at 4.30p.m. Travel pass accepted. Further information from IRD in Portumna on (090) 9741867.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday May 2nd.

Sunny spells and scattered showers over southern and western areas this evening but misty and more cloudy elsewhere. Dry in many places tonight with clear spells and some patches of mist and fog. But some showery rain will move into parts of Leinster and Munster later with some heavy bursts in places. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees.

Generally dry and bright over the northern half of the country tomorrow with some sunny spells- best over Connacht and west Ulster. Warm with top temperatures of 15 to 18 C. But rather cloudy elsewhere with just a few bright spells and with some showers or longer spells of rain at times these heaviest along the south and southeast coasts with a risk of thunder.
Top temperatures here of 11 to 14 C.


Any rain should peter out to give mainly dry night on Thursday night with some mist and fog patches developing. Lowest temperatures will range 4 to 7 degrees generally but they could dip a little lower under any prolonged clearer spells in the East. Cloud will tend to thicken in the north towards morning with a freshening breeze.
On Friday some light showers or spots of rain are likely to spread from the north but many areas especially in the South and West will stay dry. Temperatures will still reach 15 degrees in some brighter spells in the South on Friday but it will turn noticeably colder in the North with values pegged back here to 9 or 10 degrees. Friday night will be cold countrywide with temperatures down to 1 or 2 degrees leading to some grass frost and mist and fog under cloud breaks.
Saturday will be a cool day with moderate East to Northeasterly breezes. There will probably be a good deal of cloud in the south but northern parts will see more sunshine. Some showers are likely but overall there will be a lot of dry weather.
However for the rest of the bank holiday showers are likely to become more prevalent especially on Monday when there’s the risk of more prolonged rain spreading into Southern and Eastern parts. Daytime temperatures will range 9 to 12 degrees so below normal for May and nights will be chilly also with grass frost forming under any prolonged cloud breaks. Winds will be mainly light or moderate easterly.
At the moment Tuesday looks cold and wet countrywide.

Smile Awhile.

If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say — talk in your sleep.