Lorrha Notes

Denis O’Meara in action against Moneygall on Sunday last in the North Intermediate Semi-Final which was held in Roscrea.  Lorrha beat Moneygall 5.24 to 2.13 to reach the final v Shannon Rovers in just under two weeks time.  Pic: Rose Mannion.

Late Anna Larkin.

The peaceful death took place on Tuesday 28th June in Tullamore Hospital of Anna Larkin, Curragha, Lorrha.
Anna was in frail health throughout her life and in the final month or so she took seriously ill in Ealga Lodge Nursing Home in Shinrone, where she has resided for a number of years, yet news of her passing brought much sadness and regret to her relatives and her neighbours.
The Larkin home was a rambling house where the neighbours met for a chat on a regular basis, in particular after a match which was replayed several times, analyses after analyses gone over and over and what could and should have been done,  but the end result never changed.   If Lorrha were playing, this group were way ahead of their time with every player rated, long before it was ever heard of, and Anna got in on the conversations too enjoying the banter and the laughter and topping up the tea cups. Sadly, most of the group are now deceased.
Anna and her two brothers Johnnie and Mikie, welcomed everyone into their kitchen where the kettle was always boiling and the smell of fresh bread and tart filled the air. Lashings of butter on freshly cut slices disappeared quickly too as the chat would last for much longer than anyone intended. A kind warmhearted, quiet lady, Anna always wore a smile on her face regardless of what was happening in the world outside her home. She was a deeply religious woman who loved to recite the Rosary and lived her daily life accordingly.
Anna was born 91 years ago to John and Sarah (nee Quinlisk) Larkin of Curragha, where she continued to live the rest of her life. She had one sister who predeceased her in infancy, and three brothers, Joseph (Kilcormac), John, (both of whom predeceased her, and Michael (St. Kieran’s Care Home, Rathcabbin). She is also survived by her sister-in-law Gertrude (Kilcormac), nieces Emer and Deirdre, nephews David and Joe, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
Her funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church in Lorrha on Saturday July 2nd was concelebrated by her cousin Fr. David Larkin (Dublin) and by Fr. Michael Cooney. Afterwards, Anna was laid to rest in the family plot in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

VC is Coming Home.

Martin O’Meara’s VC  will visit Lorrha for one day only on Saturday 13th August in what will be a very historic occasion. From here until the VC arrives, there will be plenty of work taking place, plaques erected, bunting and flags to suitably decorate the village for the one and only visit of the VC.  This will be a huge event for not just the village but also the parish and beyond where everyone is invited to attend.  However, all of this costs money which will be spent wisely in the preparations. In order to support the hard working committee, your attention is drawn  to the collection buckets which are available in Sceal shop, Friars Tavern, Pat Hough’s, Kellys Rathcabbin, Ferry Inn and Mulrooney’s Ferry Service Station for anyone wishing to make a contribution to the homecoming. The committee also have a Go Fund Me page which is in operation at  https://www.gofundme.com/f/homecoming-of-martin-omearas-vc or by typing in Homecoming of Martin O’Meara’s VC  Go Fund Me Page, to help raise the necessary funds
required. Do please contribute if you can as all funds will be needed. Your support is much appreciated. You can follow us on www.lorrhadorrha.ie or on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/403195614992761.

Wedding Bells.

Congratulations and every good wish is extended to Suzanne Sullivan, Rathcabbin and Paul Quirke, Banagher who were married in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Friday last July 1st. We wish the happy couple lots of good luck in the years ahead.

Rotten luck.

Clodagh McIntyre and the Tipperary senior camogie squad had a great win over their old rivals Cork on Saturday in Cork’s own back yard Páirc Uí Rinn in the All Ireland Series. A tremendous effort from the visitors gave them a one point victory 1.17 to 1.16 their first over Cork in a long number of years. This win saw Tipp level in third place with Dublin, however, it’s rotten luck for Tipp who lose out for a place in the quarter final due to score difference.  Hard luck Clodagh, you played superbly all year and served up great entertainment.

Well Done.

Well done to the Lorrha Intermediate hurling team and management who had a 5.24 to 2.13 brilliant win over Moneygall in the North semi-final on Sunday evening last in Roscrea. Lorrha will play neighbours Shannon Rovers in the final in two weeks time.

Church News.

Mass times in our parish are as follows. Monday Mornings at 9.30am in Lorrha Church (except Bank Holidays). Every Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lorrha Church. Every Sunday morning at 11.30am in Rathcabbin Church.

Church Bookings: 
Can anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, christenings, weddings etc, please contact the church sacristans, Agnes Slevin in Lorrha, and Mary Cleary in Rathcabbin.

Volunteering in our Parish.

All our parish depend hugely on volunteers whether it be those who read or distribute Holy Communion, serve on the pastoral council, parish finance committee, safeguarding committee, those who take up offertory collection, count Parish money, act as stewards on special occasions, help with sacramental preparation or pastoral care of people, or the rosary and in our parish in many other ways.
If you feel you would like to be a part of our volunteering cohort of parishioners please contact any member of pastoral council.

Marys Meals.

To raise funds and awareness Mary’s Meals are walking throughout Ireland, starting on 7th August from Kilkenny, Malin, Derry, Armagh, Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and Thurles and are all arriving in Knock Co Mayo on 15th  August. Step by Step to Feed the Next Child. See the website www.marysmeals.ie for more info. Fr Eamonn Kelly (PP in Raphoe, Co. Donegal) will walk this year from Thurles and invites you to join him. For more info phone Fr Eamonn on 087-9077985 or eamonnkelly1949@gmail.com or Angela Moore at 089-4959519.Thurles walk will go through Templemore, Roscrea, Birr, Ferbane, Athlone, Roscommon, Ballymoe and Ballyhaunis

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €11,800. The numbers drawn on 4 July were: 10-14-21-29. 4 Match 3’s share €100: Celine Cleary, Martin Hough, JP Houlihan, Caoimhe Kennedy.  Promoters: Thomas P Cahalan, Eamonn Maher, Mulrooney’s Gala.  Next Monday’s jackpot is €11,900 with Team 3 in charge of the dra. Thank you for your continued support.

Intermediate: Well done to the intermediates on their win over Moneygall in the North semi-final on Sunday. The final against Shannon Rovers will take place on the weekend 16/17 July.

Junior Hurling: The juniors are fixed to play away to Borrisokane this weekend, in the second round of the North Championship. Time and date to be confirmed.

Under 19 Hurling: The U19 hurlers take on Newport this Wednesday in Newport at 7.30pm in the opening round of the North ‘B’ Championship.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday at 9.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Checkers.

Congrats: To Michael O’Meara and Yvonne on their recent wedding and also to Graham Houlihan on the birth of his son, Freddie.

Sympathies: To the White family, Carrig, on the death of Margaret.

Euro-Millions: Our term is up at the end of July, so tickets will be circulated again this week. We’ve 12 lines instead of six this term, which means we’ve increased chances of winning. You will be entered into a draw for a much-coveted prize if you sell a full book of tickets. More details next week.

Smile Awhile.