Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players will stage the hilarious Cooney comedy "Tom Dick & Harry" in Rathcabbin Hall Thursday January 26th to Sunday 29th and Friday February 3rd to Sunday 5th. Curtains up at 8.30p.m. sharp.
Booking essential on (087) 2360096 between 5.30 and 8.30p.m.

It’s not too late to get your copy of the Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish. Further information from (090) 9747893 / (090) 9747972 / (086) 8647166 or email: info@

Late Eileen Tooher.

The death took place on Tuesday January 3rd in Nenagh General Hospital of Eileen Tooher Ballyoughter Rathcabbin. Eileen who was 77 years old hadn’t enjoyed good health for some years yet she kept active out and about making the best of everyday that came so news of her passing caused widespread regret in the parish. Nee Felle she was born into a family of ten in Tynagh Co.Galway. On her marriage to Tom 46 years ago they lived in Carrig for a number of years before moving to Rathcabbin where they both worked hard to build up their farm and where Eileen became immersed in community life. She took an interest in everything that was happening in the parish and was well known and respected for the many years she spent as a member of the local I.C.A. group and the Altar Society of the local Church. She made all callers to her home feel welcome where over the cup of tea and the home made baking Eileen recalled days of yesteryear. Like so many of her generation her religion was an important part of everyday life and she lived it to its fullest. A sincere and genuine lady who was much loved by many she will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family.
Sympathy is extended to her husband Tom son Gary and his wife Marian grandchildren Meriel and Gmlym brothers Martin (Tynagh) Sonny (Thurles) sisters Mary Ann (Tynagh) Nuala (Meath) Teresa (Dublin) Claire (London) nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends. After concelebrated funeral Mass with Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. and Fr. John Donnelly A.P. in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday 6th. burial took place in Carrig Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Frank Ryan and family Lorrha on the death of his father Timmy Lisatunny Nenagh which occurred on Tuesday January 3rd after a long illness. After funeral Mass in St. Johns Church Tyone on Friday 6th burial took place in Ardcroney Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Rathcabbin Players.

Rehearsals are winding down for Rathcabbin Players forthcoming production of “Tom Dick and Harry” which will be staged from Thursday night January 26th to Sunday night 29th inclusive. The group will go back on stage for a further three nights the following week end Friday February 3rd to Sunday 5th. This is a fast moving comedy and is well known throughout drama circles and because of that there is already great interest building with patrons anxious to book their seats early. It’s certainly a play not to be missed so mark the dates in your diary. A variety of photos from recent rehearsals can be viewed on the parish web site at www.lorrhadorrha.ie under the 2011 as well as the 2012 photo gallery.

2012 Calendar.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish and can be purchased in Pat Hough’s Pub Colettes Hair Salon Ferry Service Station Ferry Inn Lorrha Kellys and Brophys Rathcabbin Super Valu Lorraine’s Hair Salon Portumna. Packed from cover to cover with photos some from the past and some from the present it’s a collectors item while it’s also a lovely gift for people whether living at home or abroad so don’t forget to get your copy before they sell out. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar goes back into the improvements around Lorrha Village. Your support is much appreciated.

Drama Classes.

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.


Seamus King is writing an article on the Parsonstown and Portumna Bridge Railway better known as the ‘Stolen Railway’ which ran between Birr and the Ferry between1868 and 1878. It was never a success closed down in the latter year was policed for a number of years then abandoned and ‘stolen’.The general facts are well known but he is interested in any folklore on the subject. The building must have been the biggest engineering feat ever undertaken in the parish and must have given much needed employment. Landowners along the line must have
been compensated. The opening of the line and the first train in 1868 must have been a
major parish event. And yet there are few stories about it.
The stealing of the railway after its closure ensured that parts of it are to be found on many farms in the parish. The railway tracks were used for hanging gates.
If anyone has stories relevant pictures documents etc about the railway he would like to hear from you. His contact details are: 062-61307 087-2246245 or seamusjk@eircom.net

Well Done.

Congratulations to Ashley Hehir who beat John Cleary in the final of “The Last Chance” (Rathcabbin) Darts Tournament. The tournament which was held on New Years Day proved to be very successful and Darina and Pat extend thanks to all who took part and made it the success that it was.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

We will re-commence our weekly session on Wednesday 11th January 2012 at 2.30pm in the Community Hall Lorrha. New members are always welcome. Please do drop in for a cuppa and a chat. There is transport available which picks up from home should anyone require it. For further details please contact Betty on 087 666 7374 or Nancy on 090 9747922. The committee wish all their members and families a very Happy New Year and we look forward to another successful year with our various activities and outings. The Committee and members would like to offer our sincere sympathy to the Tooher family on the recent death of Eileen Tooher Rathcabbin.

Recent New Arrivals.

Congratulations and good wishes is extended to Suzanne and John Maher Ridge Road on the birth of their first born a boy Billy and to Mary Walsh and Robert Delaney Rathcabbin on the birth of their twin girls Ava and Lexie. Two sisters for Leah to play with. All three babies entered the world in recent weeks. Many good wishes for the future to both families.

Ceili Dancing.

Ceili dancing continues in Kelly’s Rathcabbin with the next dancing practice taking place at 7.30p.m. on Monday night the 16th with Mary McGeeney. There is great interest in this event and if you haven’t started yet now is the time as all are welcome.

Draw Results.

Lorrha Apostolic Work Society held their Christmas Raffle prior to Christmas and the results are as follows. 1st. Prize of a hamper was won by Michael Kennedy The Lake 2nd. Prize Voucher went to Ann Kennedy Grange 3rd. Brandy and Wine went to Aidan Hough Lordspark 4th Biscuits and Wine was won by Joan Corrigan Redwood 5th. prize of Sweets and wine went to Jane O’Meara Dunkerrin and an extra prize of a Bottle of Baileys was won by Sheila O’Donovan Lorrha.
The organising committee congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who supported the raffle and wish a happy new year to one and all.
The group meet every second Thursday night in Lorrha Hall from 8p.m. and anyone wishing to join them will be most welcome so you can go along to their meetings or contact any member of the committee. All are welcome.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and good wishes is extended to Sean Cleary Rathcabbin who celebrated his 21st birthday last week-end in The Last Chance Rathcabbin. Sean who celebrated the event with his family and friends is home on a short break from the University of Iowa in the U.S. where he is currently on a golf scholarship. Well done Sean and all the best in the future. Certainly a young man to watch out for in the future and certainly looks to be a case of “move over Rory McIlroy Sean is here”.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday January 11th.
Mild and mostly cloudy today with a good deal of dry weather but with some scattered patches of light rain drizzle and mist also mainly in Munster at first but extending over Connacht by noon and then to remaining areas in the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures of 10 or 11 degrees with moderate southwesterly winds.

Continuing mild cloudy and misty tonight with patchy drizzle. More persistent rain and drizzle will develop in Ulster later in the night and move down over Connacht and north Leinster overnight. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees coldest in Ulster.

Cloudy in Munster south Leinster and Connacht tomorrow with patchy light rain or drizzle. Dry in North Leinster and Ulster with bright or sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees with light west to northwest breezes.


Thursday night will be cold in many areas with temperatures of between -2 and +2 degrees and a sharp frost. However It will be milder and cloudier in west Munster and south Connacht with some rain or drizzle in places. Friday will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells the best of these in Leinster and Ulster. There may be a little drizzle in the south and west. It will be colder than previous days with light breezes and highest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees. Frost will develop on Friday night mainly over Leinster and Ulster. On Saturday and Sunday Ulster and Leinster will be cold and mostly dry with bright or sunny spells by day and a sharp frost on Saturday night. Much of Munster and Connacht will be cloudier with a little light rain or drizzle especially in the west. It will be a bit milder also with less frost at night. Winds will be fresh southeasterly and daytime temperatures will range from 5 to 8 degrees. There’ll be a sharp frost in all areas on Sunday night followed by a cold dry and bright day on Monday. Current indications suggest that the weather will become milder again on Tuesday and Wednesday with outbreaks of rain moving in from the west.

Smile Awhile.

A young son asked
‘Is it true Dad that in some parts of Africa
a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries her?’
Dad replied ‘That happens in every country son.’