Lorrha Notes

                                  Happy New Year to all Readers of the Lorrha Parish Web Site.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish. Further information from (090) 9747893 / (090) 9747972 / (086) 8647166 or email: info@


Late Nancy Connors.

The death took place on Sunday December 18th. at the Regional Hospital Limerick of Nancy Connors Ballyquirke Lorrha. A resident of Bush Park Nursing Home in Borrisokane for some time Nancy who was nee Leonard was born 88 years ago and spent her long life in Lorrha. A quiet reserved lady she was a devout christian and the practice of her religion was very important to her. Pre-deceased by her husband Jimmy she is survived by her nephew Sean his wife Hilary their children Deirdre and Shane (Galway) cousins relatives friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Wednesday 21st burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Breda Gleeson and family Lordspark and extended relatives on the death of her father Stephen Mounsey Knockshegowan Ballingarry which occurred on Monday December 19th. After funeral Mass in The Pike Church Ballingarry on Wednesday 21st. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

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.

New Year’s Day Darts.

A one day darts tournament will be held in Kellys Rathcabbin on New Years Day commencing at 2.30p.m. Entry 10 euro. Cash prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place. All welcome.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to Odhran O’Sullivan Bray who won the under 18 tennis National Match Play Series which took place in Westwood Club in Clontarf just days before Christmas. Odhran beat his great rival Aaron Stubbs from Ulster by 6-3 to 5-1. This great win sees him the champion of this series and he will hold this number 1 position well into the 2012 season. Odhran’s dad Ruadhan is a native of Lordspark Rathcabbin where the family visit regularly. This young man is carving out a fine career in tennis and is without doubt a name to watch for in the future. Well done Odhran.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday Dec. 28th.

Extremely windy or stormy today with gale force westerly winds giving gusts of between 100 and 130 km/h at times – winds strongest in coastal and hilly parts of Connacht and Ulster. A cold bright showery day with some hail and thunder but some sunny spells too. Top afternoon temperatures of just 5 to 7 C.


Windy and blustery this evening and early tonight with strong and gusty westerly winds which will gust 85 to 100 km/h for a time over the north and northeast. Occasional showers at first with hail in places and temperatures down to between 3 and 6 C. Less windy later but turning cloudy and milder later with rain and drizzle spreading from the northwest.


Thursday will be windy and mostly cloudy with rain and drizzle in most places. The rain heavy at times in the north and northwest but lighter elsewhere with a few bright spells at times. Top afternoon temperatures 7 to 10 C. in strong and gusty westerly winds.


Summary : Changeable weather with mainly southwest to west winds coming in off the Atlantic. So some rain or showers at times but very little frost. Thursday night : Cold early in the night with clear spells and scattered rain or hail showers. Some frost in sheltered areas. But it will become cloudy and breezy later with rain spreading from the Atlantic. Lows of 3 to 6 C. early in the night but values higher by dawn Friday in freshening southwesterly winds. Friday: A cloudy breezy day with rain and drizzle heavy in western and northern areas. Highs of 9 to 11 C. are expected in fresh to strong southwest winds. Rain will give way to clear spells and scattered showers overnight and winds will moderate. Lows of 5 to 8 C. are expected frost unlikely. Saturday / New Year’s Eve: Breezy and mostly cloudy with some rain at times but amounts generally small with some dry bright or short sunny spells also. Mild with highs of 9 to 12 C. in fresh southwest winds. New Year’s Eve night: Some dry spells early in the night with just patches of light drizzle here and there. But present indications suggest that a spell of very wet weather will spread from the Atlantic late in the night. A mild end to the year with lowest temperatures of 6 to 9 C. New Years Day / Sunday : Some heavy rain in the morning but fresher clearer more showery weather should move in from the Atlantic later. Cold overnight with clear spells and scattered hail showers. Some frost also with a risk of some icy patches.

Smile Awhile.

Proudly showing off his newly-leased downtown apartment to a couple of friends late one night a drunk guy led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong hanging on the wall .

‘What’s that big brass gong for?’ one of the friends asked.
‘Issss nod a gong. Issss a talking Irish clock’ he drunkenly replied.
‘A talking Irish clock seriously?’

‘Yup.’ ‘Hmmm (hic).’

‘How’s it work?’ the second friend asked squinting at it.

‘Just watch’ he said.

He picked up a hammer gave the gong an ‘ear-shattering bash’ and stepped back.

His three mates stood looking at one another for a moment in astounded silence.

Suddenly an Irish voice from the other side of the wall screamed

‘For F……………. sake you stupid B………………… It’s ten past three in the F ……………….. morning!!!’

Many thanks to all readers of the Lorrha Parish Web Site for your kind comments through the guestbook and emails contribution and support throughout 2011. We wish you a happy healthy and prosperous new year and look forward to your continued support of this web site.