Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin N.S. Raise their second green flag as Mr. Tom Kennedy Principal retires.

Bicycle Power……Tom Cian Keeva Adam and Tadgh enjoying a rare lovely sunny day on their bicycles in the village.

Church News.

You are invited to join a prayer vigil that takes place on the third Friday of each month in Cluain Chiarain Clonmacnois. The prayer intention is for the renewal of the gift of faith and the evangelisation of Ireland. The vigil begins with Mass at 10 p.m. leading to adoration until 3.15am Saturday. Accommodation available if needed just bring a sleeping bag. Please contact Dave on (087) 7746763 or Sean on (087) 8175227. The next vigil is on the 15th of July.

Grand Prize.

Every month for a year the Medjugorje Irish Centre are offering one week’s free apartment accommodation prize for up to four people. They ask that you text the word “Pilgrim: followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone 048 82241888 to enter the free draw. There is a special introductory package offer of 620 euro.

Important Meeting.

After the recent announcement about the closure of bogs around Ireland in which our own parish of Redwood Lorrha and Rathcabbin will be affected a very important public information meeting will be held on Monday night July 11th. in the GAA clubhouse Motefield at 9.00p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to form a committee and also to hear what the present situation is regarding bogs in our area. In attendance will be a farmers delegate and also a turf cutters delegate from the recently formed board ‘Peatland Ireland’ which was set up by the Government to negotiate the future of ownership and usage of bogs. The announcement of the closure of bogs some month’s back has caused great concern to many who depend on turf to heat their homes and for cooking purposes and has caused a lot of disquiet throughout Ireland with hundreds of people attending meetings to try and reach agreement’s regarding this decision which could cause hardship for many. This is a very serious matter for all people using and depending on turf and indeed for the future of our bogs.
All turf bank owners in the above area are invited to attend this meeting.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

Seventeen of our members attended the social afternoon in the GAA Complex Cloughjordan last Wednesday which was organised by Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association. Many thanks to Helen and all their members for the wonderful afternoon. On Wednesday 13th July we are going on a boat trip on the Shannon with Joe O’Keefe. Then on Thursday 21st July we are off to Limerick Racecourse – first race starts at 5.15pm. If anyone wishes to join us on these trips you need to get your name to Nancy on 087 761 3458 or 090 9747922 as soon as possible.
Just a reminder to all our members please be very careful when answering your door to strangers. A couple of our members had their handbags stolen recently. If you have door chains please make sure you use them. Should you require a member of our Community Alert to check out your security please contact the numbers above in the first instance. Keep safe.

Lorrha Development.

A Development meeting will take place on Thursday night July 7th at 8.00p.m. in the Community hall. All are invited to attend.

New Gym.

The new gym in the GAA clubhouse is proving to be in much demand and will be open on a regular basis usually Monday Wednesday and Friday nights from 7.00 to 9.00p.m.


Lorrha/Rathcabin gun club AGM in Maher’s Shed this Friday 8th July at 9p.m. New members welcome.

Golf News.

The next outing of the RAGS golfing society Captains prize is Saturday next July 9th. from 9.30 to 10.30am in Gort golf club.

Happy Retirement.

Congratulations and good wishes is extended to Tom Kennedy Borrisokane who retired as principal of Rathcabbin National School last week. Tom taught in Rathcabbin for 23 years and prior to that in Lorrha for 8 years. He is wished many happy and healthy years and we hope he enjoys his leisurly days in the years ahead.

Summer Camp.

An All-Star summer camp will take place in Ballinderry Sportsfield from Monday August 8th. to Friday 12th. All –Stars including our very own Bonnar Maher John Coghlan Buggy O’Meara Noel Mcgrath George Hannigan and Joe Gallagher will be in attendance. There will be a huge variety of games and activities available. If interested call Joe Hannigan Kilbarron or talk to Bonnar.

Five Day Weather Forecast

Today Thursday 7th July
Breezy over Munster and south Connacht today with spells of heavy rain this morning which will extend into south Leinster and south Connacht this afternoon. Somewhat brighter elsewhere with short sunny spells and showers with some heavy or thundery downpours at times and with a risk of some spot flooding. Top temperatures just 13 to 18 degrees.

Further showers or longer spells of rain overnight with some further heavy or thunder bursts of rain in places. Lowest temperatures 9 to 12 C. Winds fresh and gusty cyclonic variable.


Tomorrow Friday will be another very showery day with further heavy and prolonged showers at times and with some thundery downpours in places. Some bright or sunny spells developing also best in the late afternoon and evening when the shower activity should decrease markedly. Highs of 13 to 18 C. in a moderate to fresh northwesterly breeze.


OUTLOOK: Less showery over the weekend with more in the way of brighter sunnier weather. Relatively mild also. A lot of dry weather expected for the first half of next week too with very few showers winds mostly slack. Some good sunny spells each day and mild with temperatures above normal. Friday night: Cool with clear spells and just well scattered showers. Lowest temperatures 6 to 9 C. Saturday and Sunday: Bright both days with sunny spells and some showers but a lot drier than of late with the showers mostly light and fairly well scattered and with just the odd heavy one. A relatively mild regime with temperatures in the mid to high teens both days and tipping 19 or 20 C. on Saturday in a few spots. Winds light westerly at first but more moderate northwesterly on Sunday so it will feel fresh at times. Monday to Wednesday inclusive : Mostly dry settled weather with very few showers. Some good sunny spells should develop each day also. Winds light and variable in general with temperatures in the mid to high teens on Monday but values rising into the high teens or locally 20 or 21 C. around midweek. Rather cool and misty at night with some patches of fog in places.

Smile Awhile.

Do you have a joke or a one liner that you would like to share with others? If so the Lorrha parish web site would like to include them each week under local news. A smile was never so important so do send on your jokes and help keep our readers smiling. All jokes and one liners must be kept short. The committee reserve the right not to publish any material they deem to be unsuitable. You can email your jokes to info@ and here’s a sample of what we are after.

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said ‘Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!’

Miraculously a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said ‘Never mind I found one.’


Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal and says to the first man he meets ‘Do you want to go to heaven?’

The man said ‘I do Father.’

The priest said ‘Then stand over there against the wall.’

Then the priest asked the second man ‘Do you want to go to heaven?’

‘Certainly Father’ was the man’s reply.

‘Then stand over there against the wall’ said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said ‘Do you want to go to heaven?’

O’Toole said ‘No I don’t Father.’

The priest said ‘I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?’

O’Toole said ‘Oh when I die yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.’

                                Many thanks to all of you who are sending on “Smile Awhile” snippets.