Lorrha Notes


 “Does coding help problem solving in maths”?  This is the name of the project which two Portumna Community School students Eoin Gallagher and Stephen Conroy are trying to find out.  Eoin is photographed here with his partner in this project Stephen Conroy.  Eoin is son of Rodney and Antoinette Gallagher, Grange, and is a former pupil of Lorrha N.S. where it all began. They are one of five groups from Portumna Community School who have qualified for the Young Scientist competition which commences on Jan 6th  in the RDS, Dublin. Eoin and Stephen are carrying out a study to determine if students’ mathematical ability can be improved through exercises in computer coding.  We wish them well. 

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The main Borrisokane to Portumna road remains closed for the 5th week due to heavy flooding at Lorrha Cross.


Rathcabbin Roads worsen after more heavy rain

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There is a small number of the Lorrha Parish Calendar still available to purchase.

2016 Lorrha Calendar.

Get your copy of the 2016 Lorrha/Dorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and also in Portumna and Borrisokane. If you would like to have a copy posted to you, call (086) 8647166 or email info@

Recent Engagements.

Congratulations is extended to Malissa Kelly (Lorrha) and Brian Jennings (Dublin), and Mairead Hoctor (Rathcabbin) and Anthony O’Toole (Coolderry) who announced their engagements in recent weeks. Well done to both couples and the best of luck for the future.

Follow Up Public Meeting.

Following on from a recent public meeting regarding the atrocious condition of the roads in the Townslands of Coolross, Ballyea, Glenbower, Corrigeen, Culleen and Derry in Rathcabbin, a follow up public meeting with a  report on whether funding is available or not, will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Monday night January 18th at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Good Luck.

We extend the best of luck to Eoin Gallagher, Lorrha who along with Stephen Conroy will represent Portumna Community School in the Young Scientist Exhibition which gets under way in the RDS on January 6th. The title of their project is “Does coding help problem solving in maths”? Eoin and Stephen are carrying out a study to determine if students’ mathematical ability can be improved through exercises in computer coding. They are one of five groups from Portumna Community School who have qualified for the Young Scientist. Son of Rodney and Antoinette, Eoin is a past pupil of Lorrha N.S. where it all began. We wish the lads the best of luck.

Community Text Alert.

Following on from a recent meeting on home security which was held in Rathcabbin Hall, the Gardai are urging people from the parish to sign up for the community text alert security system. Forms are available from Kelly’s shop in Rathcabbin.

Lower Ormond Cycling Club

The AGM of the Lower Ormond Cycling Club will take place on Friday 8th Jan at 8pm in the Green Bar, Borrisokane. We will discuss plans for the year ahead. New members welcome.

Winter De-Clutter.

Thinking of clearing out the wardrobe to make room for the Winter 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 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. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows and cushions, carpets, rugs and mats (including bath, shower and toilet mats), soiled or wet clothing. 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 Fit Town.

Portumna getting set to battle for fittest Galway Town for a second year running. The deadline for application is fast approaching so Cllr. Anne Rabbitte, Orla Kennedy, Vincent OHara & Sarah Killeen as a committee are calling on those to please come forward with all suggestions for the year ahead? How your club/school/group/business or organisation in the town and surrounds would like to partake in fit Towns 2016.  What initiatives your club would like to roll out during the fit towns  judging period of February 1st – March 13th? Ideas may be emailed tofittownsportumna@gmail.com or contact Orla on 0874313917 or drop off in The Hub or Engine Room. All suggestions welcome. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and new year from Fit Town Portumna.

Portumna Forest Park.

Ireland’s national forestry company, Coillte, is encouraging people to make use of the Portumna Forst Park mountain bike trail network. There are four looped trails in the park ranging from multi-assess trail suitable for all visitors of approximately 1km length, to a long multi use trail of over 10kms for walkers and cyclists. For something more physically demanding there is an extensive mountain bike trail and trail centre in Portumna.

GAA News.

Under 21: The North Under 21 ‘B’ Hurling semi-final against Portroe was finally played last Saturday at the University of Limerick’s all-weather pitch and the lads produced a superb display to win 2-16 to 2-14 with the goals coming from Eoin McIntyre and Jamie Lewis. Speedy recovery to Conor Hogan who picked up a knee injury during the game.
Lorrha will play Borris-Ileigh in the final this Sunday, 10th January at 12 noon. Venue to be confirmed. We ask all Lorrha supporters to attend to cheer on the lads.
Auction: The Auction, Sale of Work and Wheel of Fortune will take place on Sunday, 17th January at 2pm.

Lotto: Our jackpot is now €4,950 with a Match 3 pot of €120. Thank you for your continued support. You can play our lotto online at www.locallotto.ie where it is easy to play every week. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5.

Lorrha CountryFest: Tickets (€20) are available from Kevin Molloy for this years Country Music Festival at Moatfield which takes place on Sunday, 17th July.

Social Dancing: on Friday night to the music of Checkers. Dancing 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Touhy family on the death of Marrie Touhy, Kilregane, who died tragically before Christmas. May she rest in peace.

Please Note.

Anyone wishing to have notices inserted in the Lorrha Notes can email roselmannion@yahoo.ie or call (086) 8647166. A happy and healthy new year to all readers.