Lorrha Notes


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Lorrha school pupils enjoying their time testing their balance on the new school play equipment. 

Late Tony Molloy.

The death occurred in Tullamore General Hospital on Thursday February 11th of Tony Molloy, Roughan, Rathcabbin.
Born and raised in Ballyea 81 years ago the youngest in a family of four, Tony left for England as a young man after finishing school in Rathcabbin and worked in a number of jobs before returning home eight years later. He will be best remembered as the local wildlife ranger and for his musical talents attending Fleadh Cheoil’s around the country and winning medals for his accordion playing and for whistling. He helped make an accordion with his friend Michael Searson from Moneygall which they presented to the American Ambassador as a gift for President Obama and which in turn was to lead to a kiss on his cheek from Michelle Obama when they visited Moneygall.
Tony loved the great outdoors and the simple things in life like fishing and shooting, a sport he carried on until last August until he started to get ill. Another one of his past times was local history and folklore which he immersed his thoughts in. He will be sadly missed by all who knew his but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary,  sons Kevin and Colin, daughters Caroline and Tracey, sister Bridget (Bridie) England, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland church Rathcabbin on Saturday 13th  burial took place in Bonaham cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Bridie O’Donoghue.

The death took place in Ballinasloe Hospital on Thursday February 18th of Bridget (Bridie) O’Donoghue, Pairc Na Cille, Lorrha. Nee O’Hara from Kilregane, she was a quiet individual and a good neighbour who loved gardening and her array of different colored rose bushes was her pride and joy and a sight to behold.  Other hobbies she enjoyed was knitting her Aran jumpers, reading and country music concerts but mostly she enjoyed the game of bingo, playing up until recently.  A great family woman, she lived for her family and continued her interest in them into their adult lives and that interest extended to her grandchildren whom she adored.  Predeceased by her husband Paddy eighteen years ago and by her son Keith one year later she is survived by her sons Desmond, Niall, Ray, Owen, daughters Laura and Caroline, brother Joe O’Hara, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Saturday 20th. burial took place in Terryglass cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Sheila Dillon and family on the death of her sister Betty which occurred recently. May she rest in peace.

Church News.

During the Season of Lent  we will continue to recite the Rosary before Sunday/Vigil  Mass in our churches.   The Gospel in our lives:  At 9.30  on Friday mornings, during Lent, in Lorrha Church, we will have reflection and prayer related to the Gospel reading for each of the following Sundays.  This is a real opportunity to discover the meaning of the Gospel in our lives.  Everyone is welcome to come along. We will have Mass each Friday evening at7.30pm, with short reflection on Stations of the Cross beforehand, in Rathcabbin.

School Enrolment.

Enrolment of new junior infants for September, 2016 is now taking place in Rathcabbin N.S.   Please contact the School at telephone number  –  057  – 9139008.

Table Quiz.

Rathcabbin N.S. are holding a fundraising table quiz on Thursday night March 11th. in Kelly’s Rathcabbin at 9pm. Please support.

North Tipperary Ploughing.

The annual North Tipperary Ploughing Championships will take place this year on March 6th (weather permitting), on the lands of Brendan and Mairead Tierney (Terryglass) by kind permission. The site is situated just out of the village on the Ballinderry road. Proceedings gets under way at 12.30pm. This year a donation from the gate revenue will be made to a charity.


A poker classic will take place in Maher’s Lorrha on Sunday night 28th Feb. at 6pm with the proceeds going to Lorrha NS.

Cookery Demonstration.

Borrisokane Community School are holding a Healthy Eating Cookery Demonstration in the school on Monday night February 29th at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Redwood NS Open Evening 

Our Open evening will take place on Wednesday, 02nd March from 7 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to visit the school, meet with the teachers, view the resources in the school and see the variety of activities carried out during the school year.  Enrolment forms are available from the school now or can be downloaded from our website www.redwoodns.ie. If any parents would like to arrange a private viewing of the school and to meet the teachers please contact the school on 090 9747186 to arrange an appointment.

Redwood NS – Timber for sale

We have a tractor trailer load of ash/sycamore timber for sale with all proceeds going to the school. Please contact Declan Houlihan on 087 6185461 if interested. Local delivery is also available.

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. 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.


Shannon Rangers soccer club will host Brendan Grace in concert on in Coolbawn Quay on Thursday night March 10th at 8pm. The organisers are asking for your support and you won’t be disappointed with Brendan on stage. Information and tickets from (087) 8120841 or (087) 7423990.

Job Ready Programme.

Our next Programme commences 29TH February 2016 and includes  HACCP  and MANUAL HANDLING Certification, Self-assessment, Work experience, customer service, Researching jobs, social networking for employment, Developing /fine tuning your CV, setting up and using email, online job search, Cover letter. Application forms, Employment Rights, Education and Training options, information on entitlements and return to work supports, Interview and Presentation skills, career guidance and job planning, applying for jobs, targeting and sourcing jobs,  Goal setting/action plans, mentoring and ongoing support is also provided and much more.  Group participation and motivation; using the internet in job searching, online applications and much more. There is also a fully equipped Resource room available for you free with computer facilities, internet access, photocopying, stationary and phone to aid you in your job search.

To secure a place on our next Programme please contact Catherine or Siobhan at Birr Job Club,Phone: 057 91 23940 Mobile: 087 2082919. Or drop into our office at Unit 6 Shannon Development, Brendan Street, Birr, Co. Offaly.