Lorrha Notes

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Late Kitty Maher.

The peaceful death took place on Thursday December 1st of Catherine Maher Gurteen Rathcabbin. Nee Reddin Kitty as she was known to all enjoyed a long and healthy life in the company of her family and friends and had she lived she would have celebrated her 97th birthday in January.
A popular and well liked lady she was a quiet and pleasant individual who took pride in her family and in each of her grandchildren. Indeed she rarely missed a match whether it be Lorrha or Tipperary when her grandsons Bonner Willie Jack or Kevin were playing and she continued to attend the games until recent times. Kitty loved to get out and about and to meet and chat with everyone and she indeed met many when she attended the annual senior citizens Christmas dinner in Motefield down through the years.
She will be sadly missed from the parish by all but in particular by her family to whom sympathy is offered. Predeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by Timmy Margaret Derry Cathy Ita PJ Eamon Helen Martina John grand-children great-grandchildren great-great-grandchildren extended family neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Saturday 3rd burial took place in Bonaham cemetery Rathcabbin. May she rest in peace.

Late Maureen Deely.

The peaceful death took place on Friday December 2nd of Maureen Deely Lisgreen Lorrha. Nee O’Meara she was just a few weeks short of celebrating her 90th birthday. Maureen was a quiet and well loved member of the community. Like so many of her generation she worked the land with her late husband John and in her spare time she loved to read paint and cook and was actively involved with the ICA when a club existed in the parish. She liked to mix and chat others and the local active retirement group provided that outlet for her whenever she attended their meetings. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family.
Sympathy is extended to her sons Seamus and Tommy daughter Mary brother Michael son in-law daughter in-law grandchildren brother in-law sisters in-law nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Sunday 4th burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery Rathcabbin. May she rest in peace.

Late Mary Ann Hogan.

The sudden and unexpected death occurred at her residence on Saturday December 3rd of Mary Ann Hogan Derry Rathcabbin. Nee O’Meara and in her 89th year Mary Ann had just returned to her home having spent some time in hospital but her death came as a shock to her family. She liked the outdoor life and kept a lovely flower garden at her home in Derry. An avid reader with particular interest in the daily newspaper Irelands Own Womans Way The Sacred Heart Messenger and the Columban “Africa” magazine she enjoyed the company of neighbours and friends to her home for the chat and the cup of tea and was also involved in the local branch of the ICA in the parish.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her husband of 58 years Billy sons Willie (Rathcabbin) James (Tullamore) daughters Mary (Clonlara) Bridget (Lorrha) Freddie (Galway) brothers Sean (Rathcabbin) Liam Tom (Lorrha) Flan (Limerick) sisters Brigie and Freda (Birr) grandchildren nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is extended. After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Monday 5th Dec. burial took place in Lorrha Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Ger McHugh and extended family members Portland Lorrha on the death of Ann who died recently in Dublin after a long illness. After funeral Mass in The Three Patrons Church (Rathgar) on Thursday November 17th burial took place in Shanganagh Cemetery Dublin. May she rest in peace.

Feast Day.

Thursday December 8th is the Feast of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 10.30am and in Rathcabbin at 11.30am and again at 7.30p.m.
A youth Christmas Retreat with be held in Newbridge College Co. Kildare from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th December 2011. Free buses available and all are welcome. For more information log onto www.youth2000.ie or call 01 6753690 or 085 8289231.


A reminder that a “Giving Tree” is in each of our three Churches in the parish to give people the opportunity to contribute to the less well off. These trees we have decorated with leaves on each leaf there is written a suggested gift that you might contribute. The idea is you take one or more leaves each week between now and the end of Advent and make the contribution it suggests on the back of the leaf. You can place your gift in the basket provided. Many families approach Christmas with dread and by your contribution you are bringing the joy of the festive season to homes that would otherwise have to go without. All contributions will be donated to our local St Vincent De Paul Society and/or the Lions Club.


Lorrha Development Association would like to thank all who contributed in what ever way to the success of the Christmas Market and Auction on Sunday last. Thanks to all who sponsored items to both the market and the auction and to everyone who helped on the day. All money raised goes back into the upkeep of the village.

2012 Calendar.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is now on sale in perfect posting time for Christmas. 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. Many thanks to all sponsors and to all who supplied photos which made the publication possible.

Active Retirement.

On Sunday November 27th members of the group travelled by bus to the beautiful Woodlands Hotel in Adare to the Mid Western Region Christmas dinner. We enjoyed a delicious 4 course lunch followed by lively music with Pat and Richie. There was great entertainment from members of the various areas. The atmosphere was a Christmas theme with sparkling lights and the enormous Christmas tree. An enjoyable day was had by all thanks to the work and dedication of the organisers including our own Nancy and the staff and management of the Hotel. New members welcome any Wednesday from 2.30 onwards in the village hall.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

The committee of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association would like to remind all their members that the Christmas Social will take place on Wednesday 14th December from 2.00pm to 5.30pm in the Community Hall Lorrha. Pat and Richie will provide the music. Light refreshment will be served. This will be our last get together for this year as we will be taking a short break and will return on Wednesday 11th January 2012. We would like to thank all our members who contributed or made up boxes for the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.

We would like to express our sincere sympathy to Margaret Donoghue her family and the Maher Family on the recent death of Kitty Maher to Bridget Hogan and the Hogan family to Sean Liam Thomas and Flann O’Meara and the O’Meara Family on the death of Mary Ann Hogan and to the Deely and O’Meara families on the death of one of our members Maureen Deely. Maureen was a wonderful lady loved by everyone and when well enough attended all our sessions on a regular basis. During the years when we held our Art Courses Maureen was always there and thoroughly enjoyed painting and won prizes for her work. May they rest in Peace.

One Last Night.

Lorrha Variety Group are back on stage for one last night with a hilarious comedy “Widows Paradise” on Sunday night Dec. 11th at 8.30p.m. This extra night is to facilitate all those who had to be turned away two weeks ago. If you missed out then well do go along early on Sunday night11th.

Retirement Function.

A retirement function will be held on Friday night December 16th for former Rathcabbin N.S. principal Tom Kennedy who retired last June after 23 years teaching in the school. A children’s Christmas Mass of thanksgiving will be celebrated in the Church at 7p.m. followed by refreshments and presentation in the hall afterwards. All are welcome past pupils and parishioners from near or far to attend.

Table Quiz.

Lorrha/Dorrha Historical Society are having a fundraising table quiz in Maher’s Shed on Sat Dec 17th Dec at 8.45p.m. Table of four 40euros (10 euros each) students 20euros (5euros each). Quizmaster is Aidan McIntyre. All proceeds go towards proposed Green way Ormond way walk through parish.

Gun Club.

Lorrha/Rathcabbin Gun Club held their game night last Friday night in Maher’s Shed. Night was held for all local landowners and farmers in appreciation for allowing the shooting of land. A great night was had by all. Many thanks to Denis Lil and staff for splendid dishes of wild game. The night was finished off by music from D.J. Ray. Also thanks to members who supplied game and spot prizes and to Cavanagh Foundry Birr for sponsorship.

Timber & Fodder Auction and Sale of Work:

Lorrha GAA clubs annual Auction and Sale of Work will take place at the GAA Clubhouse on next Sunday 11th December @ 2.00pm. Timber cutting is going well so there should be plentyful supply of fuel farm stuffs etc. All help will be required during the coming days to get the last of the timber cut and split. Single or double axis car-trailers will also be needed. Anyone that has a tree to donate or any items such as farm produce animals promise of work can contact Noel Hogan (0876176472) or Graham Houlihan (087-9610002). The Sports Hall will also be open for those who wish to set-up a stall and sell home produce books or any kind of items. A table costs €20 and can be booked by contacting Martina Houlihan (087-9138248). The function room will also be open where there will be refreshments so we look forward to seeing you there as all funds raised from the auction will go towards preparing our club teams in 2012.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Tuesday 6th December.

Mostly dry at first today in the east and south of Leinster. Showers elsewhere. More general rain will develop in the west this morning and then spread eastwards to all areas possibly falling as sleet for a time on hills in Ulster. It will clear this evening with showers following from the west. Highest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees with moderate to fresh westerly winds.

Becoming cold and windy tonight especially in coastal areas and in particular near northern coasts where some severe gusts will develop. Showers will extend from the northwest to all areas some of them wintry especially in Connacht and Ulster. Lowest temperature of 2 to 5 degrees with fresh to strong west to northwest winds.

Winds easing somewhat on Wednesday but continuing blustery with a mix of sunny spells and showers these mainly in Ulster Connacht and west Munster. Some will fall as hail or sleet especially in northern areas. Highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degree coldest in the north. Fresh west to northwest winds later decreasing moderate.


Wednesday night will start off cold and dry with clear spells and frost developing in Ulster and Leinster. Any frost will clear later in the night as rain spreads from the west and southwest winds strengthen. Thursday will be mild and windy with fresh to strong southwest winds and highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees. There’ll be scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the morning. Heavier and more persistent rain will spread from the west through the afternoon and evening and clear in the early night. It will also become extremely windy in northern parts of Ulster with some severe gusts. Winds will become fresh to strong northwesterly as the rain clears and it will become very cold with wintry showers developing overnight especially on high ground. Friday will be cold with lighter winds and highest temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees. There’ll be sunny spells and scattered showers these mainly in the west and north. Some will fall as sleet or snow in north Connacht and Ulster especially on high ground. There’ll be a sharp frost on Friday night. Saturday will be cold and mostly dry. But rain will spread from the west on Saturday night with a high probability of snow overnight and some significant accumulations possible. Further wintry showers following on Sunday.

Smile Awhile.


Last year my neighbour who happens to be a blonde replaced all the windows in her house with those expensive double-glazed energy-efficient kind.
Today she got a call from the contractor who installed them. He complained that the work had been completed a year ago and she still hadn’t paid for them.
She told me  “Hellloooo…………just because I’m blonde doesn’t mean that I am automatically stupid so I told him just what his fast-talking sales guy told me last year… that these windows would pay for themselves in a year”
“Helllooooo? It’s been a year so they’re paid for she told him..
There was only silence at the other end of the line so she finally hung up. He never called back. Bet he felt like an idiot she said……