Lorrha Notes

         Martin Remembered in Lorrha on Saturday August 13th. 


Great work going on in the village for the arrival of Martin O’Meara’s Victoria Cross on Saturday 13th August and the village is looking wonderful too. Many thanks to all the volunteers.  Pic: Rose Mannion. 

A open invitation is extended to everyone to come to Lorrha on Saturday Augist 13th for the arrival of the Martin O’Meara’s VC.   We are asking everyone in the village to put out a Lorrha, Tipp or Irish flag for the day please. The village is decorated and looking very well and we offer our sincere thanks to all our volunteers who made this possible. This will be a once off occasion where everyone can come along, view the Victoria Cross and take a photograph. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Martin O’Meara monument in the village at 10am followed by an Ecumenical Service in the grounds of St. Ruadhan’s Church/ Dominican Abbey. The VC will then go on display for everyone to view. We look forward to welcoming you all to Lorrha for this unique occasion.

Honouring Imogen Stuart.

To mark Heritage Week (August 13th – 21st) Lorrha Development Association (Heritage sub-committee) is preparing for a visit to the village of renowned sculptor, Imogen Stuart, who was commissioned to design a new altar, ambo, celebrant’s chair and sanctuary lamp for St Ruadhan’s church when it was refurbished in the 1970’s. A special event to honour this amazing woman and celebrate her craftwork will take place in the church on Sunday, 14th August at 3pm (duration of event – 1 hour approx, so bring your cushion!) This will be followed by an informal gathering in the Community Hall where tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to be part of this unique event to honour a person whose work in a variety of media has attracted international attention and critical acclaim over a career that spans the last seven decades. Failte romhaibh go leir.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Ena Cahill, Clontarf, Dublin, formerly of Rathcabbin, who passed away on Tuesday 2nd August. Beloved wife of the late Seamus Cahill. Sadly missed by her daughter Eva, sons Jimmy, Declan and Kevin, son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Hildegard and Eleanor, her grandchildren Ian, Nieve, Seamus, Siobhan, Aoife, Isabel, Megan, and Elysia, great-grandchildren Darragh, Shay, Alannah, Conor, Finn, Matthew and Ronan, sister Maura, sister-in-law Joan, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
After funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Clontarf Road, on Saturday last Aug. 6th burial took place in Glasnevin Cemetery.


The whole country was plunged into sadness to hear of the sudden and untimely death of 24 year old Dylan Quirke from Clonoulty/Rossmore GAA club, while playing a match against Kilruane last Friday evening. What a terrible shock for his parents and family whom we in Lorrha offer our sympathies. May Dylan rest in peace.

Still Time.

There is still time to donate  to the Denis Maher, Tommy Houlihan and Stephen Houlihan fund Malin to Mizen in aid of Pieta House. Their target of €2000 has so far passed all their expectations for which the men are thankful for. A whopping €7375 has been donated  and if you would like to add your name to the list, you can still do so as the page will stay open for the next few weeks.

Wedding Bells.

Congratulations and many good wishes to Catherine O’Meara, Curragha and Leon Tierney, Portumna on their recent wedding. The couple celebrated their wedding in St. Mary’s Church, Claddagh, Dominican, Galway and afterwards they celebrated in The Conemara Coast Hotel with family and friends and a great time was had by all. We wish you both the best of luck in the years ahead.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing.

The annual Lorrha parish golf outing will take place this year in Portumna Golf club on Saturday 27th August. Tee time from 11.15 to 1.15. This year’s captain is Kevin Hough.

Church News.

First Friday Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church on Friday 5th August at 8pm.

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.

Youth Ministry.

Youth Ministry Coordinator in the Diocese of Limerick – (Three-year fixed-term fulltime contract): The Diocese is recruiting a Youth Ministry Coordinator.  The successful candidate will work on the delivery of the objectives & actions of the Young People theme in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. An Application Pack with Job DescriptionApplication Form  are available on www.limerickdiocese.org/news/vacancy-for-youth-ministry-coordinator/.

GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €12,300. The numbers drawn on 8 August were: 3-15-20-29. 2 Match 3’s: James Dunne and James Guinan share €100. Promoters: D&K Mannion, Louis McCormack and Mulrooney’s Gala. Next Mondays jackpot has hit €12,400 with Team 8 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Sympathy: The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Lorrha GAA are with Dillon Quirke’s friends, his Clonoulty Rossmore club-mates and his family at this difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.

Intermediate: Our Intermediate Championship match against Golden-Kilfeacle was postponed last weekend as a mark of respect to the late Dillon Quirke. The match has been refixed for Saturday 20th August in Templetuohy at 2.30pm

Junior Hurling: Lorrha will play in a North Junior ‘B’ Championship semi-final in Moatfield against Silvermines or Moneygall on wknd of 26 August.

Under 19: Hard luck to the U19’s who exited the championship following a 3-15 to 2-9 defeat to Newport in a playoff last Wednesday.

Social Dancing: Continues this Friday at the Tony Reddin Centre at 9.30am to the music of Glenn Flynn.

Lorrha Parish Golf Outing: Takes place on Saturday 27th August in Portumna Golf Club. Time-sheet from 11.15am to 1.15pm. Contact the captain Kevin Hough (0877532195) or Tony Coen (0876219639) for a slot on the timesheet.

Smile Awhile.