Lorrha Notes


Bridget Hartnett Lorrha cutting the cake on the occasion of her 80th birthday at her party last Sunday and surrounded by her family. Congratulations Bridget and well done.

Late Sr. Mary Pius (Kathleen) Guinan.

The peaceful death occurred at Mayo General Hospital on Saturday August 6th of Sr. Mary Pius Guinan late of the Convent of Mercy Ballina and Cuan Chaitriona Castlebar and Rathcabbin. Born on January 9th. 1922 to Terance and Norah Guinan Culleen Rathcabbin Kathleen attended the local National School and entered the Convent of Mercy in Ballina at the age of 16 and where she received her final profession in 1944. She led a very devout and happy life returning home every year to visit her family members in Rathcabbin.
St.Pius ministered in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ballina and served as Matron for seven years in St. Augustine’s nursing home and later in the Mercy Convent Skreen Co. Sligo. She retired to Cuan Chaitriona nursing home Castlebar in November 2008. Pre-deceased by her sister Margaret just four weeks earlier she is survived by her sisters Teresa Sr. Carmel Sr. Marie Therese sister in-law nieces nephews Sisters of Mercy Western Province relatives and friends to whom sympathy is offered.
After funeral Mass in St. Muredach’s Cathedral Ballina on Tuesday August 9th burial took place in the convent grounds cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Aileen Hackett.

The peaceful death took place at her residence on Monday August 15th of Aileen Hackett Lorrha. Aileen who was confined to a wheelchair for the last number of years was 76 years old. A kind and gentle lady. Aileen loved life and she had that rare and valuable gift of friendship that made life pleasurable to all she met along the way. A great neighbour she was always ready to help if needed.
Life wasn’t easy for her as she cared for members of her family and then her own illness struck her down but she remained content and accepted her lot with great patience and understanding supported greatly by her husband and constant companion Gerry. She loved to be out and about and attended the senior citizen’s Christmas dinners on many occasions. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to Gerry son Liam special friend Sinead sister Maura brothers Des Gerry Mick and Pat sisters in-law Monica Carol and Christine uncle Eddie brother in-law Pat and Moira nephews nieces and a large circle of friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Thursday 18th burial took place in Calvary Cemetery Portumna. May she rest in peace.

Late William Slevin.

The peaceful death took place at his residence after a short illness on Thursday August 18th of Willie Slevin Kilregane Lorrha. Born in Kilregane 85 years ago Willie was a well respected member of the farming community and worked the land until his retirement in recent years. He loved his work which brought him in close contact with nature. A quiet inoffensive individual he kept up to date with happenings in the hurling world and supported the local club with great interest. The large crowd that attended the removal of his remains to the church and burial the following day was testament to the popularity of the deceased. Willie will be sadly and sorely missed by his family. Sympathy is extended to his wife Agnes daughters Mary Margaret Anna and Sharon son-in-law Gary grandson Tom sisters Christina Hoctor (Nenagh) Sr. Maura ( Whitby) Sr. Francesca (Melbourne) brother Timmy (Mohill) sisters –in-law brothers –in-law nieces nephews relatives and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Saturday 27th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Phyllis Corcoran and family Ballymacegan on the death of her mother Mary Molloy Ballybritt Roscrea which occurred on Tuesday August 16th. After funeral Mass in St. Flannan’s Church Kinnitty on Thursday 18th burial took place in Dungar Cemetery Roscrea. May she rest in Peace.

Church News.

A new Candelabra will be installed in Lorrha and Rathcabbin Churches on a monthly trial basis. It is eco-friendly and was invented by Nenagh man Michael Murphy. It’s benefits include no more unprotected flames no more soot or damage to churches no more plastic cups no more cleaning of candelabras no more wax on carpets or floors no more cheap Chinese candles. All waste recycled supporting Irish jobs. Candles 30c each.

Leaving Cert.

Congratulations and well done to all the young people in the parish who received their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday 17th. Unfortunately for those students from Lorrha attending Portumna Community College access by car to the busy town was not permitted on the day as the bridge was closed to allow for resurficing work to take place.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement.

On Thursday 18th August 2011 members from Portumna Active Retirement Association and from Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association joined some of our members on a trip to Cork. Our first stop was at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel Cahir for tea sandwiches and scones. Then it was off to Fota Wildlife Park where we spent a couple of hours. From there we went to the Maldron Hotel in Cork for an overnight stay. On Friday morning after a good breakfast we all went walking into the city to visit the English Market and do a spot of shopping. We left Cork at 1.30pm for our return journey home and stopped off again at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel for a very late lunch. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Cork and are all looking forward to our next outing which will be our short break in Wexford. Many thanks to Christy Rooney our coach driver and to all the staff at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel and at the Maldron Hotel for their hospitality and excellent service.

Change of Date.

The Active Retirement were due to recommence their weekly meetings on Wednesday 7th September please note that this has now been changed to Wednesday 21st September at 2.30pm in St. Ruadhan’s Community Hall Lorrha. Should anyone require any information please contact Nancy on 090 9747922.

Bon Voyage.

Many good wishes is extended to T.J. Slevin Rathcabbin who leaves for Australia on Thursday 25th. Not one to sit on his laurels T.J. hasn’t been able to find permanent work over the last while so like so many others he sees emigration as the only way forward for him. A sad sign of the times we live in. The best of luck is extended to T.J. from his many friends in Rathcabbin.

Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations is extended to Bridget Hartnett Ballymacegan Lorrha on the occasion of her 80th birthday which she celebrated over the week-end with family and friends. To Mary O’Brien The Pike Rathcabbin who celebrated her 77th birthday recently and to her neighbours we extend the greetings to Sean O’Meara Cullagh on the occasion of his recent 85th. Birthday and his daughter Mary who celebrated her 50th with a party for family and friends to welcome the big numbers. Well done to all four and much happiness and health in the future to one and all.

Schools Re-Open.

The three schools in the parish Lorrha Redwood and Rathcabbin will re-open their doors on Thursday September 1st after the long break and people are still hoping for a few days warm sunshine before the children start back.

Come Dancing.

Dancing continues in the newly extended Lorrha GAA clubhouse on Friday night with Dermot Lyons providing the entertainment and the organisers would love to see you there.

Golf Outing Reminder.

The Lorrha Parish golf outing takes place this year in Birr Golf Club on this coming Saturday 27th. August. Tee times available from 9.00a.m. Timesheet with Tony Coen on (087) 6219639.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday 24th August.
Any remaining rain will clear eastern areas early on Wednesday morning and it will become much brighter. However showers will quickly develop in many parts and will be heavy at times and there is the chance of some thundery downpours too in particular in western areas. Highest temperatures will range from 13 to 17 degrees in moderate southwest winds.

The showers will largely die out tonight except along the west and south coasts where further heavy showers are likely. Elsewhere it will be largely dry with some clear spells. Lowest temperatures will fall to between 7 and 11 degrees it will be mildest in the south with moderate southerly breezes.


The showers will push inland during Thursday morning and will extend to much of the country during the day with heavy and thundery falls likely. There will be drier spells at times though with some sunny spells. Highest temperatures of only 13 to 16 degrees in moderate east to southeast winds.


Showers will persist along southern coasts on Thursday night. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees. On Friday there will be further showery activity in particular along the east coast. Elsewhere it will be drier with some sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in light to moderate northerly winds. There will be further scattered showers on Saturday mostly in parts of the north and northwest. There will be sunny spells for the rest of the country. Temperatures will range from 14 to 17 degrees in moderate northwest winds. A similar day on Sunday with scattered showers and sunny spells. During the day some heavy showers will affect southern parts of the country. Highest temperatures will climb to between 13 and 17 degrees in light to moderate northeast winds.

Smile Awhile.

A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds:
‘Husband Wanted’.
Next day she received a hundred letters.
They all said the same thing:
‘You can have mine.’