Lorrha Notes

                                                         Merry Christmas and Wonderful New Year.

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

Christmas Services.

Saturday Christmas Eve Confession will be heard in both Lorrha and Rathcabbin at 12 noon. The first Mass of Christmas will also be celebrated at 8p.m. in both Lorrha and Rathcabbin.
Mass on Christmas Day in Redwood Church at 9.30a.m. Lorrha at 10.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m.


Sympathy is extended to the nephews relatives and many friends of Mary Bourke Butlers Island Portumna Bridge who died on Sunday December 11th in Portumna Retirement Village. Mary nee Butler was a much loved character by both people in Lorrha and Portumna and she saw many changes taking place on the River Shannon down through the years from her house on the bridge where she lived with her husband Dick who pre-deceased her some years ago. After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church Portumna on Wednesday 14th. burial took place in Calvary Cemetery Portumna. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the relatives in the parish of the late Lill Doughan Cloughjordan which occurred on Wednesday Dec 14th. After funeral Mass in Moneygall Church on Friday 16th burial took place in Dunkerrin Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

2012 Calendar.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is now 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 The calendar as usual is packed from cover to cover with photos some from the past and some from the present. A collectors item the calendar makes an ideal Christmas gift whether living at home or abroad.

Darts Tournament.

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.


Lorrha Historical Society held their fund raising quiz in Maher’s Shed last Saturday night A great night was had by all Winners were Paddy Casey’s teams and second David Power’s team Many thanks to our main sponsors Teresa and Barry Walker of The Ferry Inn and Denis and Lil Maher of Friar’s Tavern also to Mahers for food on the night. Thanks to our other sponsors for spot prizes David O’Meara Pharmacy Costcutters Birr Willie Naylor Shane Broderick Racing Martin Sleury Garry Kenny Portumna Clossick’s hardware Ferry Filling Station Colette Bouchier Hairdressing Donna Mannion (Sweeney Oils) Louis McCormack and to all our committee members. Also thanks to Aidan McInytre (Quizmaster) and kids for running the quiz.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 21st.

Mild and misty today with patches of fog and drizzle. A few bright or sunny spells developing. Temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees in fresh westerly winds.

Mild cloudy and misty tonight with patches of rain drizzle and fog. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees in fresh westerly winds.

Thursday will continue mild and dry apart from patchy drizzle or fog. Some bright or sunny spells developing but many areas cloudy. Highest temperatures 10 to 13 degrees in fresh to strong south to southwest winds.


Thursday night: Mild and windy with heavy rain extending from the northwest. Temperatures not falling below 10 or 11 degrees in fresh to strong southerly winds veering northwesterly and easing. Friday: After a wet morning with heavy rain (and sleet for a time over high ground) drier brighter weather will occur in the afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers. Feeling much cooler with temperatures of 10 degrees in the morning dropping to 5 or 6 degrees during the afternoon in fresh northwesterly winds. Minima Friday night generally 2 to 5 degrees with a slight frost possible but down to zero over Leinster with a sharp frost and a few icy patches. Christmas Eve: After a cold start getting slowly milder again with southwesterly winds bringing temperatures up to around 10 degrees by evening. Some sunny spells; patchy rain later especially in the west. Christmas Day & St Stephen’s Day: Mild and windy with scattered outbreaks of rain/drizzle.

Smile Awhile.

An Airline Attendant in Sydney some months ago was both smart and funny while making her point when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo.
A crowded Virgin flight was cancelled after Virgin’s 767s had been withdrawn from service. A single attendant was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travellers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said
"I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to be FIRST CLASS".

The attendant replied "I’m sorry sir. I’ll be happy to try to help you but I’ve got to help these people first and I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.."

The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly so that the passengers behind him could hear"DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?"

Without hesitating the attendant smiled and grabbed her public address microphone:"May I have your attention please may I have your attention please"she began – her voice heard clearly throughout the terminal.
"We have a passenger here at Desk 14 WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity please come to Desk 14."

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically the man glared at the Virgin attendant gritted his teeth and said"F… You!"
Without flinching she smiled and said "I’m sorry sir but you’ll have to get in line for that too." 

                                                                 HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE