Lorrha Notes

Before the school breaks for Easter holiday’s Mrs. Liffey plants sunflowers with some of the pupils on Thursday March 29th. We look forward to watching them grow…

Sketch artist Denis visits Lorrha N.S. to show a sample of his work. Denis is presently on a visit to his sister brother-in-law and nephew the Rushe family in Ballymacegan.

Annual Display Reminder.

Lorrha Apostolic Work society are holding their annual display this coming Sunday March 25th in Lorrha Community Hall from 2 to 6p.m. All are invited to come along and view the members great work before dispatch to headquarters in Ennis and also join them for a cup of tea. All welcome.

Energy Tip For The Week.

The energy tip for this week from the green school committee in Scoil Lua Naofa Lorrha is have a shower instead of a bath as less water is wasted.

Portumna Players Present ‘Steel Magnolias’

Portumna Players will stage Robert Harlings play Steel Magnolias on Friday 30th March Sunday 1st April Good Friday 6th & Easter Sunday 8th April. Curtain up at 8.30pm. The group has chosen the Galway Hospice as their preferred Charity for this production; a percentage of the door receipts will be given to the Galway Hospice.

Rags Golf.

The local golfing club Rags held their AGM recently at which our plans for the coming year were unveiled. Congrats and best of luck for the year to Colm Burke the new incoming captain. This year we want to encourage new and lapsed members to join whether you’re a regular golfer or just starting off all are welcome.
Membership for the year is 15 Euro for individuals or 25 Euro where multiple family members play. We will play the following courses starting with Portumna 24th March 8.30am-9.45am East Clare April 28th 10am-11am Mounthrath 2nd June 9am-10am Roscrea 7th July 9am-10am Loughrea 4th Aug 9am-10am. Our away outing will be Naas where We We will play Athy and K-Club (Palmer).For further details contact Colm 086 6005058.

Church Gate Collection.

The annual church gate collection for the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be held in the parish on the week-end of March 31st Sunday April 1st 2012. Your support will be much appreciated.

Good Time.

A good day was had by all at the Lorrha St. Patrick’s Day Parade Well done to Lorrha National School on winning the junior Parade and to Friar’s Tavern Float ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys on winning the Senior section. The mysterious Leprechaun was Peter Semen and well done to Hannah Quirke on guessing the Leprechaun! Thanks to all who helped out on the day.

Lorrha/Rathcabbin Angling Club:

Held their AGM last Friday The following Officers were returned Chairman: Pat O’Meara Hon Secretary: James Heenan and Treasurer: Aidrian Bouchier. Membership is now due at ten euros( five euros juniors and OAPs). New members welcome contact James Heenan on 0872031798.


Lorrha/Rathcabbin Gun Club are holding a poker classic in Maher’s this Friday night 30th April at 9p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Tickets 30euros prizes pro-rata


FAS / Offaly Local Development Company Training Courses: “Healthcare Support” (FETAC level 5) will commence in Birr May 2012 (6 month full-time) Applications to FAS Employment Services Tullamore telephone 057 9321921. Informal enquires to 057 9120000.

Social Dancing.

Social dancing continues in Lorrha GAA clubhouse every Friday night with Nando and Shandy providing the music on Friday 30th.

Tracing Relations.

Richie O’Meara is trying to trace his O’Meara relatives in the parish and after visiting the parish website www.lorrhadorrha.ie his interest was further aroused. Richie tells us that his great-grandfather was Patrick O’Meara born 1854 in Rathcabbin to Michael Mara and Ellen Walsh. He and his brothers John & Michael emigrated to New Zealand in 1882. A proper genealogist called Jack Tourelle has created their family tree from the time when the O’Meara’s arrived in NZ but he and his family know little of their family that went to the USA & of course those that stayed at home in Rathcabbin / Lorrha. He believes that Michael & Ellen had 6 other children and all were baptised at Lorrha Dorrha: Anne 11 Jan 1856.Ellen 25 Mar 1860 Martin 8 Mar 1862. Mary 9 Jan 1864. James 26 Mar 1865. Elizabeth 14 May 1867. Richie and his wife and son will be visiting Ireland in May and would like to meet with some of his distant relatives. On a visit to Ireland on one occasion with his brother he mentioned that as they passed through Rathcabbin they were surprised by how much it looked like the area of Southland NZ where their great-grandfather Patrick established his farm. If you think you may be able to help Richie please contact him at 67 Howards Drive Lake Hayes Estate Queenstown 9304 or by email to rjomeara@googlemail.com. He would love to hear from you and help him put the family tree together.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

Well done to all members who took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade especially our talented dancers who performed well in the waltz. They then joined Kellys Ceili Club and danced a set. Kellys ceili club meet on a Monday night in Rathcabbin. We continue to meet every Wednesday in Lorrha Hall. If you would like to join in our activities come and see us any Wednesday at 2.30p.m. You will be very welcome.


The Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna opens it’s doors to the public from April 1st and will remain open seven days a week until 30th September. Opening hours are from 9a.m. to 6p.m. with last admission at 5p.m. Guided tours are available and there’s no need to book. For further information visit www.irishworkhousescentre.ie or call (090) 97592000.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday March 28th
Dry warm and sunny for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Staying clear and becoming cold after dark tonight with lowest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees. Grass frost will occur again and some shallow mist or fog patches are possible.

Another fine day tomorrow although cloud will tend to increase across northern counties later in the day. Highest temperatures 17 or 18 degrees.


Thursday night will be a cool night in the south of the country milder in the north as cloud develops there. Some light rain and patchy drizzle will affect northern coastal areas. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 7 degrees coolest in the south.
There will be a good deal of dry weather on Friday with just some drizzle or light rain along the north coasts. However there will also be more cloudy skies than of late and it will become slightly cooler as winds become northerly. Highest temperatures on Friday of 10 to 16 degrees and it will be warmest in coastal counties of the south. Friday night will be mild with lowest temperatures of 6 or 7 degrees.

The largely dry weather will continue into the weekend and there will be a mixture of cloudy and sunny spells. Highest temperatures will range from 10 to 15 degrees while it will become chilly at night with a risk of grass frost.

Smile Awhile.

John Bradford a Dublin University student was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John
desperate for shelter and without thinking about it got into the car and
closed the door…. only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and
the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the
road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared he started to pray begging
for his life. Then just before the car hit the curve a hand appeared out
of nowhere through the window and turned the wheel. John paralyzed with
terror watched as the hand came through the window but never touched or
harmed him. Shortly thereafter John saw the lights of a pub appear down
the road so gathering strength; he jumped out of the car and ran to
it. Wet and out of breath he rushed inside and started telling
everybody about the really horrible experience he had just had. A silence
enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying… and wasn’t
drunk. Suddenly the door opened and two other people walked in from the
dark and stormy night. They like John were also soaked and out of
breath. Looking around and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar one
said to the other…. Look Paddy…. there’s that idiot that jumped into the car
while we were pushing it!!!!