Lorrha Notes

William O’Sullivan Proprietor of St. Kieran’s Care Home, locking the door for the last time on Friday 18th November 2022.  The building is now up for sale.      Pic: Rose Mannion.

Late Nuala Dermody.

The death occurred on Tuesday 15th November 2022 in the excellent care of the wonderful staff at ICU, in Portincula Hospital, Ballinasloe of Nuala Dermody, Portland, Lorrha.
Née Reidy, Nuala was a native of  Tulla, Co. Clare. She came to teach in Borrisokane in the boy’s school in 1965 where she had a long and fulfilling teaching career and was very fond of her pupils. In 1966 she was to meet her future husband, Paddy in the Emerald Ballroom Ballinasloe and throughout their married life she was a dedicated wife and mother. Her home was always welcoming and she offered home cooking and warm hospitality to all who visited.
Nuala was blessed with great neighbours and friends. She was a member of the Apostolic Work Society where she was able to put her creative skills to great work, embroidering garments for the church and knitting and crocheting for children. She enjoyed her time in the ICA and the friendships she made there. Nuala was a Pioneer all her life and had great devotion to the Sacred Heart.
She has left a huge void and will be sadly missed by all her family. Her love will live on in the hearts of her husband Paddy, her sons Padraigh (Portlaoise) and Michéal and daughter Deirdre, her daughters-in-law Helena (Kelly) and Terry (Fingelton), her much cherished grandchildren Lauren, Ella, Conor, Jack and Liam, her brothers Seamus and Joseph, her sisters-in-law Lucy and Ena (Enright), her nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Her memory will live on in her family and community.
Nuala was predeceased by her beloved sister Kathleen (Collins), her infant sister Brid, her father Michael and her mother Mary Kate.
After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church on Friday morning 18th burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Rathcabbin Players.

Rathcabbin Players will hold a meeting on Wednesday night 23rd at 8.30pm in Rathcabbin Hall. Jared Madden will be in attendance.

Final Reminder.

Family and Friends of St. Dympnas Committee, Portumna Branch are organizing a Cash for Clobber collection of unwanted clothes, towels, curtains, bed linen (sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers only) hats, belts, handbags and shoes on Wed 23rd Nov from 4.pm to 7.30pm  outside St. Dympnas A.D.S. Portumna. All money raised will benefit St. Dympnas clients. Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please put “Cash for Clobber” clothes in strong bin bags. For more info contact: Sean Page at 087-2027776. Edith Carter at 086-8618559, Ana Maria Burke at 087-2136077.Thank you for your support!


North Tipp Ploughing wish to thank everyone who supported the presentation to Ethan Harding which took place last Saturday night in Paddy’s Terryglass. We also extend thanks to Mairead Tierney and staff  for hosting the event and for the lovely tasty food which was served and enjoyed by all.
Our AGM will take place on Wednesday night November 30th in the Yanks, Borrisokane at 8.30pm. We hope to see all our members there on the night and new members will be very welcome.

Co. Final Fixture.

The best of luck and many good wishes is extended to the Lorrha National School football team who are through to the County Final of the H section. The final is provisionally fixed for Friday 25th in Templetuohy at 12.15pm v Killusty NS.  This fixture is dependent on the weather and the availability of pitches. We ask as many as possible to come out and support this great team of youngsters who have played great football all year.  Those planning on travelling are advised to check with the school (090) 9747295 before setting out.

Christmas Fair.

It’s all happening down Rathcabbin way where the local Development / Tidy Towns are working hard in preparation for their Christmas Fair which takes place on Sunday 4th December in Rathcabbin Community Hall.  Come along and get your Christmas present from the crafts and gifts that will be on display from 5 to 7pm where there will be something for everyone and Santa will be there at 6.15pm to meet all the children too. There will also be a magic show at 5.30pm. and to get you in the festive mood, you can enjoy music and a festive raffle.  The Christmas tree will light up the village commencing with the big switch on at 7pm.  Anyone who would like to have a craft table please call (087) 3902142 or Rathcabbin Tidy Towns. This will be a great evening out for all the family so do please come along and support local. All money raised goes back into the village upkeep.

Capt. Steve Muir organised to have Martin O’Meara’s medals taken to his grave site for some photographs. They had the Commanding Officer of the 16th Battalion, The Royal Western Australia Regiment (LTCOL Leigh Partridge) and the Regimental Sergeant Major (WO1 Richard Bushnell) there for the occasion, and they brought the Battalion’s Colours with them as well.


Offaly Hospice Fundraiser.

Tickets are now on sale for the Patrick Feeney concert which will take place in Birr Church on Friday 9th December. This would make an ideal Christmas night out so do please tell your friends and work mates.  €25 Please don’t miss it as it promises to be a great night out too. All proceeds go to Offaly Hospice and St .Brendans Church. Tickets costing €25 can be had from Ann Delahunt Smith Rathcabbin on 087 9625218.

Lorrha Development.

Lorrha Development Association will host a volunteer appreciation evening in the Friar’s Tavern Lorrha on Saturday 3rd December to celebrate the hard work and effort which resulted in thirteen points extra gained in this year’s Super Valu Tidy Towns Competition.  This is a magnificent achievement brought about by dedication and team-work.
Lorrha Development will also take this opportunity to launch the 2023 parish calendar. This year’s calendar records a very eventful year with a few precious vintage photos.


GAA News.

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €13,800. The numbers drawn on 21 November were: 23-26-29-32. No Match 3.  Lucky Dips: Kim Maher, Christy & Carmel Molloy, Leanne & Damien Sullivan, Mannion family.
Promoters: Louis McCormack, PJ Nevin, Liam Reddish.
Next Monday’s jackpot is €13,900 with Team 7 in charge of the draw. Thank you for your continued support.

​Under 21 hurling: Well done to our under-21 hurlers on their 3-13 to 1-19 draw with Kilruane on Sunday in Moatfield. It was a brave, battling performance from the lads which sees them through to the knockout stages.

AGM: Takes place this Saturday, November 26th in the Tony Reddin Centre at 8.00pm. All members and supporters are welcome to attend.

Dinner Dance: Takes place on Thursday 22nd December at the County Arms Hotel, Birr where the Intermediate team will be presented with their North & County Championship medals. Music by Tradstone. Tickets on sale now. Contact Aiden McIntyre (0876426640) or Maureen (0872426965)

Retro jerseys: There are still some retro Lorrha jerseys for sale. Contact Aiden McIntyre (0876426640)

Best of luck: To Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher who’s running in the Clonakilty Marathon this weekend. He is running in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, and you can donate on Bonner’s social media.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday night at 9.30pm at the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Caitriona O’Sullivan.

Sympathies: To the Dermody family on the death of Nuala, Portland. May she Rest In Peace.

Members of RAGS golf society on a recent golfing weekend in Killarney.

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