Lorrha Notes

Late Mary Whelan.

 The death occurred at Naas hospital after a long illness on Wednesday March 8th of Mary Whelan, Abbeylands, Castledermot, Kildare.
Mary Hough was born and raised in Redwood, attended the local school and went to secondary in Portumna.  She was in her 87th year and had enjoyed good health until recent years. Mary met and married Jim Whelan and settled down to married life in Kildare but she visited home regularly in particular when her children were young. She was well known in Lorrha village where she would help out her brother Pat in his pub whenever he needed her. Described as a Premier woman from the Premier County, she had many interests throughout her long life including breeding greyhounds, one such dog called “Bolos Pride” won many races for her and brought her much success. She also loved both local and national history and attended many meetings through the years. An accomplished card player, it was her love of cooking that she will be remembered for, not just by her family, but by all her knew and tasted the rewards of her skills.
Mary was predeceased by her husband James(Jim),brother-in-law Michael Dooley, son-in-law Dave Jordon, daughter -in-law Giselle. Sympathy is extended to her family, daughters and sons Joe, Lily (Liz),Marie, Dan, Seamus (Shum),Martina, Bill, Ger, Helen and Denise. Her brother Pat Hough (Lorrha), sister Christine Dooley (Kinnitty), son-in-law,daughters-in-law and partners, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends.
After funeral Mass in The Church of the Assumption, Castledermot on Sunday last 12th. burial took place in Coltstown, Cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Sheila Larkin, Parteen, Clare/Limerick, who passed peacefully from this life on Thursday last 9th March.
Wife of the late Frank from Rathcabbin, Sheila had been a resident of Riverdale Nursing home since Frank’s sudden death in December 2021. She took ill in recent weeks and her death occurred in University Hospital, Limerick. Sheila was pre-deceased by her sisters Sr. Helen and Betty Faruqi. She is sadly missed by her sisters Mary, Breda and Patsy, brothers Cathal, Tommy, Seán and  Gerard Scully, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, kind neighbours and many friends. After funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Parteen on Tuesday, 14th, burial took place beside her beloved Frank in Ballycannon Cemetery, Meelick. May she rest in peace.
Sympathy is also extended to Coleesa Egan, Redwood Castle and Dublin, on the death of her sister Meleesa, Castlebar, Co. Mayo which occurred on Saturday 4th March. After funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar on Thursday 9th March, burial took place in the Old Cemetery, Castlebar. May she rest in peace.

Big Card Game.

St. Patricks weekend in Rathcabbin Hall will bring St. Patrick’s special Progressive 25 card game in the hall March 17th at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
Kids Disco Saturday 18th March from 6pm-8pm. €5 per child. Dress up in you Paddy’s Day colours. Music by DJ Ray. 
Any club or organization wishing to book the hall for meetings or events can call (087) 1364936.


Lorrha National School invites all prospective parents to visit the school in the coming months at a time that suits you. Come & meet the teachers, view the facilities and take a look at what we have to offer. We were granted DEIS status last year and one of the advantages is, hot dinners are served to all pupils five days a week. There is also a bus service available for pupils to the school. To book an appointment please call the school on (090) 9747295, email luanaofa@gmail.com or call to the school to request a suitable date.  Application forms for enrolment for the 2023-2024 school year can be downloaded from the school website lorrhans.ie or by email to luanaofa@gmail.com.

Birthday Greetings.

Many congratulations are extended to Sackie O’Brien Rathcabbin on the occasion of  his 87th birthday.
Sackie celebrated the special occasion last week-end. Well done Sackie.

Camogie News.

Training is continuing each week in preparation for upcoming U14 and U16 competitions.

Our U14 match v Portroe, due to be played Saturday 11th, was postponed due to the poor weather condition. U16 first round match Saturday 18th March at 1.30 pm in Tony Reddin park.

Membership must be paid before the 29th March on www.foireann.ie and all girls from aged 8 years upwards are welcome to join.

Ploughing Championship Results.

Congratulations and well done to all the Tipperary competitors who did very well in the recent North Tipp Ploughing championships. James Hough (Rathcabbin) came first in the single furrow with Andrew Hogan (Borrisokane) taking the second position. Ray Clancy (Rathcabbin) was 3rd in the vintage mounted 2 furrow, as was Ciarán Milne (Lorrha) in the 3 furrow class. Tom Duffy (Rathcabbin) and  Ethan Harding (Borrisokane) were joint 2nd winners in the Junior class and Joe Slattery (Kilbarron) came in a close 2nd place in the senior reversible class. Lee Hogan (Rathcabbin) came in 1st in the U21 class while Rob Duffy (Rathcabbin) claimed the 2nd prize in the novice class. Well done to all. A meeting of the North Tipp Ploughing committee will take place soon. More details next week.

Church News.

A message from Bishop Fintan: The Diocese of Killaloe is undertaking a series of conversations about the future. We are facing a different reality.  Trends indicate that the numbers attending are fewer, the age profile of clergy & active laity is getting older, costs are increasing and contributions falling.  We need to look at our structures and determine if they are still fit for purpose or if we can organise ourselves more effectively to have more viable communities and proclaim the gospel into the future. For more information, including dates and times for meeting in your local area go to www.killaloediocese.ie/conversations-about-the-future-killaloe-diocese/
Youth 2000 Retreat in Killarney: The Munster Youth 2000 retreat takes place in St. Brendan’s College, Killarney from the 24th – 26th March. Everyone aged 16 – 35 is welcome to attend for all or part of the weekend. See www.youth2000.ie for more info.

Mass times for St. Patrick’s Day. Lorrha Thursday 16th March Vigil Mass @ 6.30pm.  Rathcabbin Friday 17th March @ 11.30am. Borrisokane: Vigil Mass 7pm.Thursday 16th March, Friday 17th March  10.30am. Terryglass Vigil Mass 8pm Thursday 16th March. Fri. 17th March Kilbarron 9.30am
Anyone wishing to book anniversary masses, months minds, weddings, christenings etc, please contact the Church Sacristan, in Lorrha Agnes Slevin, in Rathcabbin Mary Cleary and in Redwood Val O’Meara.


Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Bishop Fintan will lead the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Shannon Airport on Tues 27th June, to Sun 2nd July. €809.00 includes flights, airport transfers, full board & sanctuary levy.  For more information & bookings, please contact, Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800 or email info@joewalshtours.ie
Archbishop Eamon Martin is leading a Pilgrimage to Fatima from 20th – 27thJuly 2023 & would like pilgrims from all dioceses to travel with him. Cost for 7 days is €899pps Flights from Dublin Thurs 20th July. Single room supplement & insurance is additional. For further info contact Joe or Maureen McLaughlin on 0044-2890701606 or 0044-7711808207.

Lorrha GAA News

There was No Winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn on 13 March were: 4-13-30-32. 1 Match 3: Willie Lambe wins €100. Promoters: Kathleen Gleeson, Margaret O’Brien, Kelly’s.
The jackpot is now capped at €15,000 with the follow-up jackpot now rising by €100 week on week. Team 7 in charge of next weeks draw. Thank you for your continued support.

Premier Intermediate Hurling: Our Premier Intermediate hurlers play their first competitive game of the year this Friday, St Patrick’s day, in Ballina against Ballina at 11.00am in the first round of Division 3 of the County League. Best of luck to the team and management in their campaign.

Under 17 Football: Hard luck to the Lorrha Rovers U17 ‘A’ Footballers who were beaten by JK Brackens at the weekend. They are away to Moyne-Templetuohy next Sunday.

Tipperary: Well done to Patrick Maher who, as well as playing a key role for Tipperary in their win over Waterford, also came up for a lucky dip in our club lotto last week.

Fashion Show: Lorrha Juvenile GAA Club will host a Fashion Show on Saturday, 8th April at 7.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre with local shops and models promoting their wares. Please support this fundraiser for our juvenile players. Tickets on sale next week. We will also be presenting the 2020 U16 North Hurling medals on the night.

Social Dancing: Continues next Friday night at 9.30pm in the Tony Reddin Centre to the music of Michael Cleary and Jacqui.

Did You Know:

In 1917 Troops of the Russian Provisional Government opened fire on protesters in Petrograd.

A tiger’s stripes are not only found on their fur, but also on their skin.

On July 10th 1913 the world’s highest official temperature (134%F) was recorded in Death Valley, California.

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