Lorrha Notes

Just a very small amount of a lot of rubbish which was dumped in Redwood Bog.  Locals have spend days cleaning it up. Pic Rose Mannion.

Muireann Brophy and Clare Burke of Rathcabbin Hall committee standing inside the front door of the hall where a plaque was erected in 1972 to acknowledge the generosity of the O’Brien family, Gurteen, who donated the site for the hall in 1922.   Pic: Rose Mannion.

Late Margaret (La) Darcy.

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Margaret (La) Darcy, Portland, Lorrha who passed away on Monday February 15th. peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Saint Kieran’s Care Home, Rathcabbin. Predeceased by her parents John and Margaret, brothers Sean and Jimmy, sister Tina. La will be sadly missed by her brother Martin (Kilcormac), sister Brenadette Carroll (Crinkle), sisters in-law Mary and Nuala, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
After a private family funeral Mass which was held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Terryglass, on Thursday 18th.  burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May La rest in peace.

Late Kathleen (Kitty) Kennedy.

The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th of Kathleen Kennedy, Newtown, Rathcabbin.
Kitty as she was known to all, celebrated her 98th birthday just last October. She was nee Morris from Aglish. A light hearted woman, she loved socializing and attended bingo and day care outings well into her 90’s. Her door was always open to who ever called and the kettle was always on the boil. Very much a family woman who adored her children, she also took great pride, interest  and enjoyment from her grandchildren and they returned her affection one thousand fold. Kitty passed away peacefully at her home in Newtown in the company of her loving family. Predeceased by her husband Michael, parents Christopher and Vina Morris, sisters Sr Marie-Therese, Una and Bridge, sons in law John, Noel and Sean, daughter in law Zulekha. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children Mary, Fr Michael, Margaret, Vina, Paddy, Christy, Mark, Eugene, Teresa, Ita and Joe, brother James, sister Tess, 15 grandchildren 4 great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, extended family, neighbours relatives and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin On Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonaham cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Kitty rest in peace.

Late Patrick (Pat) Morris.

 The death occurred on Ash Wednesday February 17th  after a short illness of Patrick (Pat) Morris, Annagh, Rathcabbin just hours after his first cousin Kitty Kennedy’s passing. Pat’s father hailed from Lisballyard and his mother was Margaret Colgan from Cloghan. They met and married in Dublin in the early 1920’s settling down  in Carrickmines where Pat was born and raised along with his siblings. Pat came to Rathcabbin a young man when he inherited a farm after his uncle passed away.  It was here that he met his future wife Maura Smyth and they married in 1970. The Covid pandemic last year meant their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations couldn’t be held.
Pat was known far and wide through his dismantling business which he ran alongside his farm in Annagh. The business brought him in contact with people from everywhere and he loved meeting them and having the chat.
Predeceased by his son Liam, he will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maura, son Padraic, daughters Anne, Rita and Nuala, adored by his seven grandchildren Nuala, Allana, James, Martin, Sarah, Stephen and Abbie, three great-grandchildren, brothers, sister, sons-in-law, partners, relatives, neighbours and friends.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Friday 19th. burial took place in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabbin. May Pat rest in peace.

 Numbers Remain High.

We are all feeling somewhat weary as we face into what will soon be a year of serial lockdowns due to the Covid – 19 pandemic. What is now becoming more clear is that we will be living for most of this year under restrictions of some sort or other. No one can make plans anymore because there is no magic wand to wipe away the virus and allow us to return to normal life as we knew it. Vaccinations are pushing ahead as the all important liquid becomes available and the virus continues to spread very quickly, but while numbers remain high, they are falling ever so slightly in hospitals around the country. Over a six day period last week, 182 people were reported to have passed away from this virus in Ireland while the number of people in ICU around the country fell from 178 to 151. But we cannot become complacent and we must continue to adhere to the public health guidelines even if you have been vaccinated. Stay safe.

 Appeal Continues.

Please help the Rathcabbin Hall committee from making a difficult choice about the future of the hall.  They are making a special appeal for your support right now. The community hall requires vital repairs to the roof. If repairs are not made unfortunately the hall will have to close. Due to Covid restrictions no fundraising can be held at the moment, which means the members are looking for support from the community. No matter how small of a donation it will all help. You can donate on line on our gofundme.com page. You can also donate by cash/cheque (envelopes are available in church porch and from Kelly’s shop or from any Hall Committee members). The committee are asking the public to please get behind them on this issue as no one wants to see the hall closing permanently.

Copies Remaining.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the 2021 Lorrha parish calendar, there is still time to get a copy. The calendar can be purchased in Lorrha village, Mulrooney’s at The Ferry, O’Meara’s Super Valu Portumna, Boathouse, Salmons, Heenan’s Borrisokane, Flynn’s of Carrigahorig, Buckley’s Super Valu, Birr.

Church News.

As level 5 restrictions continue, both Lorrha and Rathcabbin churches remain open for anyone wishing to pray privately. Weddings can have up to six guests and funerals can have ten people.

Masses are available online as follows:

Live at Borrisokane mass times- 7pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday- and a recording from Fr Michael from Terryglass. Please check the following links:  www.twitch.tv/borrisokaneparish.  www.killaloediocese.ie/parish/borrisokane/.   www.terryglass/kilbarron       https://bit.ly/3bhnxfj

Weekdays Masses on Webcam 10am.Tues, Thurs, Fri. from Borrisokane.

Lenten Conversations.

Knock Shrine Lenten conversations continue on line at 8.30pm on the six Thursdays of Lent. Chaired by Fr. Eamon Conway who is a Professor of Theology in Mary Immaculate College, the conversations will explore a different theme each week with guest speakers involved. The discussions will be streamed online on the Knock Shrine website where people from all over the world can engage. This Friday February 25th ‘Living Christian Faith as young adults’ will be discussed. The remaining topics are ‘ Living Christian Faith in the classrooms as young teachers’ March 4th. ‘Living Christian Faith in Christian life’ Mar 11th. ‘ Proclaiming Christian Faith as a Priest or religious today’ Mar. 18th. Studying Christian Faith ‘ Mar.25th. Anyone wishing in taking part can do so on www.knockshrine.ie/watch-live or on facebook@knockshrine.

Anniversary Masses.

Anyone wishing to book an anniversary mass please contact the Parish Office on 090-9747009. Both Fr Tom and Fr Michael are happy to include anniversaries in their weekend masses, in Terryglass by audio on Saturday evenings and on webcam on Sunday mornings in Borrisokane.

Marriage Preparation During Covid:

Accord CLG is providing a 4 hour facilitated virtual interactive programme for couples preparing for marriage. See Accord.ie or phone 01 5053112.


A Covid-19 support line is available for older people and is managed by ALONE, a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. You can also contact the Samaritans:  Ph: 116,123, Text  087 2609090, email jo@samaritans.ie . Pieta House: Ph 1800 247 247, text HELP to 51444. Aware: Ph. 1800 804 848, email supportmail@:aware.ie

Lending a Hand.

If anyone needs a helping hand during this latest Level 5 restrictions, Lorrha GAA club would like to offer their services whether it’s to collect groceries, collect prescriptions etc. Ring Joe Dolan (0879673124), Maureen Guinan (0872426965), Niall McIntyre (0857623158), David Fogarty (0872681134), Colm Kennedy (0868170633) all of whom will be happy to help.

GAA News.

Lotto: There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €3,300. The numbers drawn on 22 February were: 2-12-22-31. 1 Match 3: Anna Young wins €100. Promoters: Eamonn Maher, Liam Reddish & Internet.

Next Monday’s draw will be for a jackpot of €3,450 with a Match 3 pot of €100 so make sure you are in the draw. Team 4 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support. You can play online at clubforce.com while lotto envelopes can be dropped off at the Clubhouse, Mulrooney’s The Ferry, Kelly’s Rathcabbin, or at the Scéal shop Lorrha.

Membership: for 2021 is now due. Membership rates are unchanged from last year. €90 – Adult player; €50 – Minor/College student; €30 – Non-playing Adult (+€70 extra for gym membership); €20 – Juvenile (16 & under); €90 – Family (2 adults & 2 children, capped at €100 for three or more children).  No player can play or train without having their membership paid. Membership can be paid to registrar Louise Mannion (087659887) or online at clubforce.com or foireann.ie.

Fundraising: We appreciate that people are stretched these days with various requests but with our EuroMillions term coming to an end in May, we will be re-joining again for the year. All syndicated members will be contacted from April to see if they wish to take part again for the forthcoming year. The club have also decided to run a calf-rearing scheme. More details to follow.

RIP: Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the death of Kathleen (Kitty), Newtown, and to the Morris family on the death of Pat Morris, Annagh. May they rest in peace.