Lorrha Notes

They didn’t let the rain deter them as they had fun while also raising funds for Rathcabbin NS on Sunday last. School principal Conor Darcy along with special guest Patrick “Bonner” Maher surrounded by members of the Parents Association who organised the event, declaring the 5km tractor/vintage car run open

Killaloe Diocesan Changes:

As all are aware by now on July 20th the parish will lose Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. who has served us well for the last number of years. From July 20th  the Diocese will be divided into 15 Pastoral Areas. We are part of Area 13 along with Borrisokane & Terryglass which will be administered by two priests – Vicar Forane Fr. Tom O’Halloran and Fr. Michael Cooney. Obviously this will mean adjustments will have to be made to current Mass schedules etc.  Fr. Pat  transfers to Pastoral Area 10 – Killaloe, Clonlara and Castleconnell and he will reside in Clonlara. We extend many good wishes to him in his new appointment and thank him for his work here in our parish and hope he enjoyed his time with us. We will certainly miss him.

Well Done.

Congrulations is extended to Fr. John Donnelly, A.P. who will be a priest for seventy years (i.e. Platinum) on  June 20th. Also, Sr. Marie Therese Guinan, Carmelite Monastery, Kilmacud, Dublin, formerly of Culleen, Rathcabbin, who celebrates seventy years as a nun on July 7th. We pray God’s blessing of health and peace on our beloved Pastor and Sister.

Lorrha Cemetery Mass.

The Lorrha Cemetery Mass will be on July 1st at 10 am, there will be vehicle access for any parishioners wishing to drive into the graveyard grounds, who would like to stay in their vehicles during mass. There also will be a maintenance graveyard collection on the day.

St. Pio Mass.

St. Pio Mass will be celebrated in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Thursday evening 21st at 7.30pm. This is a very special year as it is the 50th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio and the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, on his body. All are welcome.

Singers Wanted.

Lorrha man Pascal Kennedy is wished every success as he steps into the role of director of Oxmantown Singers group for the 2018/2019 season. The group under the direction of Pascal are now accepting applications for 2018/19. Please contact Pascal at  pascalkennedymusic@gmail.com or call (087) 6337627 for further information.  

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Celine Guinan from Rathcabbin NS who lined out in the Tipperary camogie team in the Primary Game at half time of the Munster Championship game between Tipperary and Clare on Sunday 10th.  Celine was also in action the previous day along with two more fellow parishioners Lisa Duggan and Frances Bugler, when they helped Shannon Rovers under 14’s win the Division 1 Regional Feile competition which was held in Kilkenny. Well done Celine, Lisa and Frances.

Church News.

A Family Activity for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF): In conjunction with the WMOF, which will be held in Ireland in August of this year, families from all over the  country are invited to make a contribution to an art extibition on family life in Ireland. Families – both adults and children – are invited to create their own artwork, which will  first of all be gathered for a parish exhibition and then digitally photographed and submitted for display at the WMOF in Dublin in August. Pope Francis, who will attend the WMOF, says that through beauty, artists make the world better. He also says that living together is an art; a patient, beautiful, fascinating journey. All artwork to be with Mary Coen (087 2601413) by Monday, 16th July. For further information (regulations re size of artwork etc) see noticeboards in all 3 churches, Sceal shop, Lorrha or Kelly’s, Rathcabbin.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

St. Ruadhan’s have closed for the summer since Wednesday last. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful meal at Joe and Avril O’Keefe’s home in Carrigahorig. A feast in beautiful surroundings. Sincere thanks to Avril, Joe and staff for their hospitality and excellent menu. A special thank you to Ken Daly and staff for transporting people weekly. We wish all our members who are ill, a speedy recovery from their ailments and illness. Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful summer until we return in September DV.


When cleaning out your wardrobe to make room for the new 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. Many thanks for your continued support.