Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players are back on stage on Friday night 3rd to Sunday night 5th with their hilarious comedy ‘Tom Dick and Harry’. Booking on (087) 2360096.

Church News.

Thursday February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Mass with the blessing of candles for Church and home use will take place in both Rathcabbin and Lorrha at 9.30a.m. Friday February 3rd is the First Friday of the Month. Mass with the blessing of throats in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m. Confessions before Mass. Please note that for those who are unable to make the above the blessing of throats and candles will also take place at all Masses over the week-end.

Late Frances Carroll.

The death occurred on Thursday January 26th of Frances Carroll Johnstown Rathcabbin. Nee Dungan from Woodford Frances came to work in a Birr Bank as a young girl and while there she was to meet her future husband Billy and settle in the parish. A quiet and well liked member of the local community she became involved with the local branch of the ICA. Frances lived for her husband and family and they were uppermost in her life. She fought her illness over a long number of years with great dignity and encouragement and set about continuing life as normal as possible. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to her husband Billy sons John Liam and Mark daughter Mary sisters Mary Agnes and Assumpta brothers in-law sisters in-law nieces nephews neighbours and friends on their sad loss. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday 29th. burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Gleeson The Ferry Lorrha and the extender O’Dwyer families Rathcabbin on the death of her father John O’Dwyer Terryglass. After funeral Mass in Terryglass Church burial took place in the adjoining Cemetery. May he rest in peace.. Sympathy is also extended to Pat Hoctor and family Curraghduff Rathcabbin on the death of his sister Carmel (Moore) Birr. Carmel will be remembered for her long years service to the County Arms Hotel and will be greatly missed by her many friends and Hotel customers. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Sunday January 29th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to Eugene Ryan on the unexpected death of his father Jack. After funeral Mass in Ardcroney Church on Monday 24th. burial took place in the new Cemetery. May he rest in peace

Catholic Schools Week.

Catholic Schools week is celebrated this week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic Schools make to the local communities and society in general. This year’s theme is Christ’s Living Body in our World.

Just Rewards For Labour.

Rathcabbin Players have enjoyed full houses last week-end for their annual play which this year was the Ray and Michael Cooney comedy “Tom Dick and Harry”. Each night the audiences loved the performances and it was heartening for the group to know that several patrons made a second trip to see the performance and to receive such a great response. The group will go back on stage for a further three nights this coming week-end Friday February 3rd to Sunday 5th. Booking is strongly advised as you may be disappointed if you turn up and is turned away. Call Mary on (087) 2360096. A variety of photos can be viewed on the parish web site at www.lorrhadorrha.ie under the 2011 as well as the 2012 photo gallery.

Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to two former parish people who now reside in Stockport and they are Machael and Mary Cahill who will be celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary later in February.
Michael is originally from Carrigahorig and Many is the former Mary Molloy from Rathcabbin. They will be celebrating this wonderful and lovely occasion with their families and friends and all of us who know them wish to extend congratulations and good wishes to them and we hope they have a lovely time as we wish them good health and happiness for the future.

Recently Engaged.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Brendan Coen and Aoife Murphy and to Michael Houlihan and Noreen Lewis on their recent engagements. Many good wishes for the future is extended to both couples.

New Arrival.

Many congratulations is extended to Tom and Deirdre Kennedy Kilgask on the birth of their son Eoghan. A brother for Conor and Emma and to Mary Louise and Paul Dinan on the birth of their son Aaron Anthony recently. A brother for Tadhg Oisin and April. Plenty of help there for the new mums and well done to all.

Golfing AGM

The local golfing group RAGS will be holding their AGM in Mahers Lorrha on Tuesday the 7th February at 8.30 pm. All are invited.


A final reminder that Drama classes for children will commence on Friday 3rd of February in Rathcabbin Hall from 4.30p.m. for a ten week term. Parents interested in bringing their children are asked to contact Sarahgene at (085) 2389292 for full details. Places are limited so do make that call now.

Spring Art Classes:

Art & craft for children at 3.30pm Pencil Drawing for Adults and children (10 years up) at 11.00am starting on Saturday 28th January for 8 weeks in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute: 090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

Tea Party.

Redwood National School are holding their annual fundraising Tea Party on Saturday 11th Feb in the GAA Clubhouse Moatfield at 9.30 p.m. Music by Pat & Richie
Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Paula on 087 4168592 or they will also be available at the door on the night. Your support will be much appreciated.

Smile Awhile.

Jim stood over his tee shot on the 450 yard 18th hole for what seemed an eternity. He waggled looked up looked down waggled again but didn’t start his back swing.

Finally his exasperated partner asked ‘What the hell is taking so long?’

‘My wife is watching from the clubhouse balcony’ Jim explained. ‘I want to make a perfect shot.’

Oh come on man his companion said ‘You don’t have a chance in hell of hitting her from here!’

5 Day Weather Forecast

Today Wednesday February 1st.

A frosty start with ice in parts however it will be dry and bright for the day with good sunshine across many areas. Just the risk of a wintry shower or two near south Munster and Leinster coasts early on with onshore easterly breezes. Very cold with afternoon temperatures rising no higher than 3 to 6 degrees.

Very cold tonight with a widespread severe frost developing under mostly clear skies. Temperatures will fall to between -1 and -5 degrees with just light southeast breezes.

Tomorrow Thursday will be another cold but dry day with sunny spells; extremely frosty to begin. Highest temperatures 2 to 5 degrees with light southeast breezes.

Dry but very cold on Thursday night with clear spells especially across the eastern half of the country where temperatures will drop to their lowest. Once again a sharp or severe ground frost will develop widely with the risk of some freezing fog patches as well as a few icy stretches. Overnight minima will range 0 to -5 degrees with temperatures staying around freezing across west Connacht and west Munster.

FRIDAY: A frosty start across much of the country but cloud will very gradually encroach the country from the Atlantic with outbreaks of rain and drizzle slowly feeding in across the western half of the country. Some wintry falls of sleet and snow will occur too but rain is expected for the main part. Temperatures will rise a little higher than preceding days but it will still be cold with afternoon temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees lowest over Leinster and Ulster. Winds will be mainly light southerly.
SATURDAY: Still cold across the north and east with temperatures of just 3 to 5 degrees here and the risk of a few wintry showers early on. Elsewhere temperatures will recover to more normal values with highs of 6 to 8 degrees. A cloudy and very breezy day with outbreaks of rain tracking eastwards through the day turning heavy and persistent later and possibly turning to sleet or snow for a time in the north.
SUNDAY: Largely dry and bright with good sunshine; just a few showers near west and north coasts. Milder countrywide with temperatures ranging a seasonal 6 to 9 degrees and no more than moderate westerly breezes.