Lorrha Notes

Lorrha Variety Group rehearsing for their forthcoming comedy “Stop it Nurse” which runs in Lorrha Community Hall from Dec 15th to 17th incl. Doors open at 8.00pm. From left: Barbara Tierney, Mark Mannion, Mark Houlihan, Alan Quirke, Suzanne Corcoran, Carmel Slevin, Maeve Shiels, Rose Harding.

Lorrha U21 wing forward Tomas Kennedy tries to keep three Moycarkey Borris players from attacking during the county final last Sunday which went to extra time.

The Lorrha Dorrha calendar  can be purchased in Pat Hough’s, Friars Tavern, Colette’s hair Salon and Sceal Shop, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn, Flynn’s Carrigahorig,  Brophy’s Rathcabbin, Buckley’s Super Valu Birr,  O’Meara’s Super Value, Lorraine’s hair Salon, Boathouse and Salmons Newsagents Portumna and in Heenan’s Borrisokane. This is a lovely keepsake as well as a great present for anyone but especially for those living away from home. Proceeds from the sale goes to help keep three people on a scheme in Lorrha village. Please support.

Thanks from Lorrha Development.

Many thanks to everyone who supported in whatever way the Lorrha Annual Christmas Market and Auction last Sunday. Thanks to all who donated items for the auction, all who helped in so many ways and to all who took table space to sell their produce. This is the only fundraiser, apart from the very popular calendar, that the committee undertake each year and without the support of so many people, this could not be achieved. The results of the raffle are as follows: 1st prize Hamper was won by Finn Mannion, Kilkenny. 2nd prize a hamper which was sponsored by O’Meara’s Super Valu, Portumna and won by Daisy Hussey, Lorrha.  3rd.  – Wine went to Mary Gleeson, The Ferry. 4th –  Biscuits was won by Gene Claffey, The Ferry. 5th – Box Chocolates went to Amy Clarke, The Ferry. 6th – Sweets won by Noreen Lewis, Motefield, 7th – Voucher sponsored by The Ferry Inn Bar & Restaurant and won by Martina Houlihan and 8th – Voucher sponsored by The Ferry Inn Bar & Restaurant was won by Fiona Coen c/o Mary & Tony.
Marian Quirke was the lucky winner of guess the weight of the cake. Well done to all prizewinners and thank you to all our sponsors, those who sold and bought tickets. All money raised goes back into Lorrha village upkeep.
2018 Calendar.

The Lorrha Dorrha calendar is now in shops throughout the parish and can be purchased in Pat Hough’s, Friars Tavern, Colette’s hair Salon and Sceal Shop, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn,  Brophy’s Rathcabbin, Buckley’s Super Valu Birr,  O’Meara’s Super Value, Lorraine’s hair Salon, Boathouse and Salmons Newsagents Portumna and in Heenan’s Borrisokane. The calendar will also be available to purchase during the Christmas Market in Lorrha on Dec 3rd.  This is a lovely keepsake as well as a great present for anyone but especially for those living away from home. Proceeds from the sale goes to help keep three people on a scheme in Lorrha village. Please support.


Sympathy is extended to Joan Hogan and family, Killeen, Riverstown on the death of her mother Peggy McDonagh, Cabra, Dublin on November 26th. After funeral Mass in the Church of Christ the King Cabra on Wednesday 29th burial took place in St. Colmcille’s Cemetery, Swords. May she rest in peace.
The death occurred on Friday December 1st of Martin Kennedy, Grange, Lorrha. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, sons Alan and Darren, sisters Sr Teresa and Maria, brothers Paddy and Sean, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours, cousins, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Tuesday 5th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.
The death has occurred of Kathleen (Kay) Howard, Newtown, Nenagh. Sympathy is extended to her family, Pat O’Driscoll (Portroe), Jo Needham (Lorrah), Ann O’Meara (Dublin), Liz and Garry. Sadly missed by her sisters and brother, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends. After funeral Mass on Tuesday 5th burial took place  in Youghalarra Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Easter 2018 Pilgrimage.

Padre Pio Easter  pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy for four nights flying out from Dublin. Visiting the Shrine of St. Philomena, then onto the church where Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass as a newly ordained priest. The Pilgrimage will also visit his birth place in Pietrelcina,his family home and the church of St. Anna where he was baptized and received his First Holy Communion. In the Capuchin Friary and the cell where St. Pio lived and died. Before returning home, the Pilgrimage will also visit Monte Sant’Angelo, the shrine in the cave where the Archangel Michael appeared in the fifth century along with visiting St. Matthew’s monastery in San Marco in Lamis.
For further details contact Michael O’Connor on (087) 2677656.

Church News.

Friday, 8th December, is the Feast of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Holyday of Obligation.Masses: Lorrha at 10.00a.m. and Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m.
You are warmly invited to the official ceremony to mark the illumination of the Light Up A Memory Tree at Milford Care Centre on Sunday 10th December 2017 at 6.00pm.  The ceremony will incorporate carol singing Prior to the illumination of the tree followed by refreshments.   Each person remembered on the tree will be enrolled in the Light Up A Memory Book which will be on display in the Hospice during the coming year.  Lights will be switched off  on Sunday 7th January 2018 at 6.00pm,  when Mass will be celebrated at Milford Care Centre for all those remembered on the Light Up A Memory tree. Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Nativity Play.

Rathcabbin School are presenting a nativity play in Rathcabbin Church on Tuesday 12th December at 7pm and are holding a raffle afterwards in the school with tea/ coffee and spot prizes on offer! The raffle is a small fundraising effort for the school so all community support is greatly appreciated.

Redwood NS Christmas Variety Show

Our Christmas Variety Show will be held on Wednesday, 20th December at 7.00 p.m. in the GAA Centre, Moatfield. Admission is free. A highly entertaining night is lined up with ‘ A Night Before Christmas’, Dance It Out hip hop and the hilarious drama ‘Redwood Nursing Home’. So come along on the night for lots of Christmas fun!!!

Redwood NS Christmas Fundraiser

Many thanks  to all those who supported our cake sale at the Lorrha Hall Christmas Market. Thank you to all who baked and bought cakes and to those who donated timber and haylage and of course to those who bought it! Your support is hugely appreciated. A huge thank you to Lorrha Development Association for auctioning our items. Raffle tickets for 3 x large hampers, 10 x bags of turf and lots of spot prizes are available from all school parents and from The Boathouse Gift shop in Portumna. The draw will take place on the night of our Variety Show. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5.

Your Stories and Memories

Calling all residents of the parish who have memories of living/working in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.  You lived here, when for example, the village shops were an essential social service, when farming and housekeeping and getting from place to place were very different experiences from those of nowadays, when people gathered in the local cinema and played handball in the ball alley. You are invited to come together in the Scéal shop in Lorrha on Thursday morning, 7th Dec. from 11am to 12.30 and your ideas for sharing/recording these stories/ memories will be discussed. Any follow-up to this exploratory meeting will depend on how much interest and enthusiasm is expressed for going with the idea so do please come along and bring a friend who also has a story worth sharing. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.


Hard luck to the Under 21 hurlers who lost to Moycarkey/Borris, after extra time, in the County B final which took place in Templederry on Sunday last. Lorrha gave a great second half performance and came from ten points down in the second half to force extra time, scoring four goals. However, they came up short in the dying minutes and lost 0-28 to 4-11. Hard luck to team and management.

Winter De-Clutter.

When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the winter collection, please remember Lorrha Development/Tidy Towns who continue to collect unwanted clothes throughout the year. Items of clothing must be clean and dry and in good condition please and we can supply bags if you want. We can also collect to make it easy for you, just call (086) 8647166, (086) 8493595 or (087) 2601413 with your name and details. Please note we cannot accept Duvets, bedding, household linen, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs and mats including bath toilet and shower mats soiled or wet clothing but good quality unwanted clothing for re-use (not recycling). All money raised from all fundraising ventures is used for the ongoing work around Lorrha Village which helps to keep one adult employed. Many thanks for your continued support.

St. Cronan’s Service Community Employment Vacancies.

St. Cronan’s Service Nenagh has a CE vacancy for a Support Worker.  A full clean B driving licence will be required for this position.  In order to be eligible for these positions you must be in receipt of a Social Welfare payment.  If you are interested please phone Deirdre on 087 9772409 /0505 21426 for further information re these positions.


Under 21: Our Under 21 hurlers showed the Lorrha spirit in a compelling County ‘B’ final against Moycarkey/Borris in Templederry on Sunday. Despite losing 0-28 to 4-11, after extra time, the players showed terrific battling qualities to come from ten points down in normal time to force the additional period but the exertions of extra time in the semi-final seemed to come against us in the second period as Moycarkey pushed onto win by five points.

Hard luck to the players and mentors on the day but overall has been a successful year in winning a North title and we look to these players to drive things on at adult level going forward.

Juvenile Table Quiz: Lorrha Juvenile committee would like to thank everyone who supported the table quiz on Saturday night, by either taking part or donating prizes. Also a big thank you to quizmaster Aidan McIntyre and family for helping to organise and run the quiz.

2500to1 Fundraiser: Congratulations to Lorraine Needham, Gurteen House, Rathcabbin who won the top prize of €5000 in the 2500to1 Draw which took place on Saturday night.

Other prize winners: 1x€2000 – Denis Duffy senior, Birr; 1x€1000 – Conor Cardiff, Gorey, Co. Wexford; 4x€250 – John Phelan, Fenor, Co. Waterford; Blathnaid O’Meara, Athleague, Co. Roscommon; Alison Quinn, Curraghgloss; Graham Carty, Portumna; 5x€200 – Tina Gorman, Portumna; Fiona Daly, London; Cyril Lowry, Carrigahorig; Ciara Reddin, Cullagh and the SCEAL Community Shop, Lorrha. Thanks to all who supported the fundraiser.

AGM: The Annual General Meeting of Lorrha GAA Club will take place in Moatfield on Tuesday 19th December at 8.00pm. Nomination and motion forms have been emailed to members. Anyone who would like one posted should contact Michael Kennedy.

Juvenile AGM: will take place in Moatfield this evening, Wednesday 6th December at 8.30pm.

Lotto: Our jackpot is €4,050 with a Match 3 pot of €100. You can play online at www.locallotto.ie.

Social Dancing: continues on Friday with music of Finbarr Dennehy, from 9.30pm til late.

Sympathy: Lorrha GAA Club would like to sympathise with the Kennedy family on the death of Martin Kennedy, Grange, Lorrha who died last week. Also to the Needham and Howard families on the death of Kathleen Howard, Newtown, Nenagh who died last week. May they rest in peace