Lorrha Notes


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@


Church News.

Friday 6th January is the Feast of The Epiphany of The Lord and is also the First Friday of the month. Holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 10.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 11.30 a.m. and again at 7.30 p.m.

New Year Greetings.

Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. and Fr. John Donnelly A.P. wish to thank all parishioners and their families for their support financial and otherwise during the year. They extend a happy and prosperous new year and God’s blessing to all.

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.

The Stolen Railway.

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


The Annual subscription for the Sacred Heart Messenger for year 2012 is 14.40 and is now due.

Marriage Counselling.

ACCORD offers professional and confidential marriage counselling for couples experiencing any difficulty in their marriage or family. For more information callsave 1850 58 5000 or 065 6824297. ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Services offers Marriage Preparation to couples intending to marry. Couples should try and book their Marriage Preparation Course 9 to 12 months before their wedding. Book online – accord.ie or at the above telephone numbers. The venue is the Pastoral Centre Church Road Nenagh. Full details are available from the Church notice boards.

Why Not Study Theology.

The Dominican Order is offering a distance learning theology programme leading to a range of possible qualifications from certificate level up to full honours degree level. People are enabled to study theology from home while also attending occasional study days and benefiting from the on-line support of academic tutors. Hundreds of people have completed some or all of the programme. If you would like to know more contact The Priory Institute Tallaght Village Dublin 24 or call (01) 4048124. You can also email them at enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or visit the web site at www.prioryinstitute.com.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Wednesday 4th. January.
Wet and windy weather in the north and west will become widespread this afternoon. Strong and gusty westerly winds will gust 80 to 100 km/h highest along the northwest coast where the heavy rain may lead to some local spot flooding. Top temperatures of 7 to 10 C.
Very windy and blustery tonight with strong west to northwest winds gusting 90 to 115 km/h – strongest in parts of the north and west. The rain will be heavy and widespread for a time but will clear southeastwards later in the night with scattered showers following into the north and northwest. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees.
Blustery in the morning with strong and gusty northwest winds but winds moderating for the afternoon. A bright day with sunny spells in all areas but scattered showers too. Top afternoon temperatures of 7 to 10 C.


HEADLINE : A lot of dry weather and temperatures around or a little above normal. THURSDAY NIGHT: Largely dry with some clear spells in the east and north and cold with a touch of frost in some areas but cloudier and milder in the west and south with patchy rain or drizzle. Winds will be light to moderate. FRIDAY : Milder everywhere on Friday with moderate to fresh west to southwest winds. Some rain and drizzle in the north and west but mostly dry weather in the east and south. Rain and drizzle extending to all parts for a time Friday night but clearing overnight and becoming cooler. WEEKEND : Mostly dry over the weekend but a little drizzle or light rain may occur mainly in Atlantic coastal areas. Relatively mild and winds will be fairly light. There is only a slight chance of some ground frost at night. EARLY NEXT WEEK : The mainly dry conditions are likely to continue early next week with any rain and drizzle mainly confined to western and northern coastal areas. Temperatures around normal for the time of year.

Smile Awhile.

Two nuns Sister Catherine and Sister Helen are travelling through
Europe in their car.

They get to Transylvania and are stopped at a traffic light.

Suddenly out of nowhere a tiny little Dracula jumps onto the hood of
the car and hisses through the windshield.

"Quick quick!" shouts Sister Catherine. "What shall we do?"

"Turn the windshield wipers on.

That will get rid of the abomination" says Sister Helen.

Sister Catherine switches them on knocking Dracula about but he
clings on and continues hissing at the nuns.

"What shall I do now?" she shouts.

"Switch on the windshield washer. I filled it up with Holy Water at
the Vatican " says Sister Helen.
Sister Catherine turns on the windshield washer.

Dracula screams as the water burns his skin but he clings on and
continues hissing at the nuns.

"Now what?" shouts Sister Catherine.

"Show him your cross" says Sister Helen.

"Now you’re talking" says Sister Catherine..

She opens the window and shouts

"Get the f… off the car!"

Many thanks to all of you for sending on jokes for inclusion in the weekly “Smile Awhile” slot. These jokes have proved very popular with all our readers both at home and abroad judging on the amount of emails received. Do keep them coming and we will continue to publish one each week but please do remember to keep them clean. Thank You.