Lorrha Notes

John Hoctor Rathcabbin had his jet black beard shaved off and all in aid of charity. The event which took place in Kelly’s Rathcabbin was a great success and thanks is extended to John. Money raised will go towards the building of a school in Africa. Well done John..

Late Jack Leake.

The unexpected death took place at his residence on Wednesday July 27th. of John Leake Roden Rathcabbin. Jack and his wife Bridie came to live in Roden in recent years and they settled into the local community well. A quiet individual he was a keen gardener and he was out and about tending to his flowers only hours before he passed away as he was a familiar figure digging and weeding. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him but in particular by his family. Sympathy is extended to his wife Bridie sons daughters nieces nephews relatives and friends on their loss. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Sunday 31st burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Eileen Mannion and family Lorrha on the death of her cousin Michael O’Donoghue Coolbawn. After funeral Mass in Kilbarron Church on Monday August 1st burial took place in the adjoining Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Church News.

Friday August 5th is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 8.00p.m. Confessions will be heard half a hour before each Mass.


The annual night vigil to Knock Shrine takes place this Friday night August 5th. Anyone interested in traveling please contact Gertie O’Meara (090) 9747080 or Betty Houlihan ( 087) 6667374. Devotions commencing at 9p.m.

Tracing Relatives.

Bill Hanrahan of Co. Meath is trying to trace his Mannion and Gaynor relatives. Patrick Mannion married Mary Gaynor in the parish of Lorrha in 1839. They had nine children of which there was one set of twins Catherine and William who were born on 27th. May 1855. Bill’s “Flannery” relatives are from Nenagh. If you think you can help Bill you can contact him by phone at (041) 9827327 by post at 17 The Cloisters Eastham Road Bettystown Co. Meath or by email to captbillhanrahan@eircom.net

Come Dancing.

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

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

On Thursday 28th July we gathered at the Forest Park Portumna for a bracing 2 km walk. This was followed by a delicious beautifully presented 3 course meal at the Golf Club. All our members thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to Cathal McIntyre and his staff for their generous hospitality.
There are some changes to our planned activities for the month of August. Our trip to the Burren on Wednesday 3rd August has now been cancelled. Our next outing is then on Wednesday 10th August and this is to Salthill with a boat trip on the Corrib. Due to North Tipperary Social Services annual outing to Holycross on Wednesday 24th August we have had to change our overnight trip to Cork which includes a visit to Fota Wildlife Park and the English Market to Thursday 18th August. Our trip to the Greyhounds which was due to take place on Friday 19th August will now take place in October (date yet to be decided). Our annual holiday this year is to the Talbot Hotel Wexford and commences on Sunday 11th September for 4 nights. Anyone wishing to join us on any of the trips please contact Nancy on 090 9747922 or 087 761 3458 as soon as possible. The Committee and members would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Breda Leake and family on the recent sudden death of Jack Leake Roden Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

5 Day Weather Forecast.

Today August 3rd.

Dry in many areas this morning with some sunny spells and continuing dry in the east and north for much of the day. Scattered outbreaks of rain over Munster will become more widespread here during the morning and gradually extend countrywide this afternoon and evening. A mild day with highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees. Light southeasterly winds will become moderate and locally fresh.

Mild and humid tonight with patches of rain drizzle and fog. Temperatures not falling below 11 to 15 degrees in light to moderate variable or southwesterly winds.

Tomorrow 4th.

Thursday: Some sunny spells; scattered showers also some heavy. Another mild day with highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees. Light variable breezes will become northwesterly and freshen during evening and the showers will die out.

Any showers will die away on Thursday night and some clear spells will develop. Some mist or fog patches will form as temperatures fall to between 8 and 12 degrees. It will stay dry on Friday with good spells of sunshine however along the west coast scattered showers will develop. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees. On Friday night rain will move into western areas with temperatures falling to between 9 and 12 degrees. The rain will become widespread on Saturday and it will be heavy and persistent at times and there is also the risk of thunder. It will feel much fresher on Saturday with maximum temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees. On Sunday there will be widespread heavy showers with an ongoing risk of thunder. It will feel cool in moderate to fresh northerly winds and temperatures will only range from 13 to 17 degrees.

Smile Awhile.

Flynn staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy Paddy. He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife Mary.

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful.

Managing not to yell Flynn sprung up pulled down his pants and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed.

In the morning Flynn woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Mary staring at him from across the room.

She said ‘You were drunk again last night weren’t you?’

Flynn said ‘Why you say such a mean thing?’

‘Well’ Mary said ‘it could be the open front door it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house it could be your bloodshot eyes but mostly…..it’s all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror.

Sincere thanks to all of you who are sending jokes for the Smile Awhile. It’s great to hear from so many of you.. Keep on sending..