Lorrha Notes

Congratulations to pupils of Lorrha National School who are Portumna F.C. blitz Champions.

Colm Fogarty Jack Moran (Captain) Michael Houlihan.
Ronan O’Meara Niamh Moran Julia Boons Daniel O’Donoghue Cian Mannion with coach Mr. Andrew Comerford.

Church News.

Friday July 1st. is the First Friday of the Month and is also the Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha Church at 9.30a.m.and in Rathcabbin at 8p.m. Confessions will be heard half an hour before Mass.


The Annual Killaloe Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take pace on Sunday July 3rd. Anyone interested in travelling is asked to give their name to Gertie O’Meara at (090) 9747080 or to Betty Houlihan at (087) 6667374.

Late Paul Hynes.

The unexpected death occurred on Saturday June 25th. in Tullamore General Hospital of Paul Hynes Derry Rathcabbin.
Paul who was just four days short of his 88th birthday when he died was a resident of St. Kieran’s Nursing home Rathcabbin for the last two years was a gentle lighthearted and funny individual. A native of Ballyegan just outside Birr for a long number of years he was a familiar sight on his Honda 50 as he made his way home to Rathcabbin from work as a porter in the A.I.B. bank in Birr. He loved to socialize and dance meet with the locals and have a conversation which he did until recently. Pre-deceased by his wife Bridie (Glynn) he is survived by nieces and nephews and relatives and will be sadly missed by them and by all who knew him to whom sympathy is extended.
After funeral Mass in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church Rathcabbin on Monday June 27th burial took place in Bonaham Cemetery Rathcabbin. May he rest in peace.

Late Carmel O’Meara.

The death took place at her residence on Sunday June 26th of Carmel O’Meara Curraghagloss House Lorrha. The last of her generation nee O’Meara she was born and raised in Curraghagloss and was predeceased by her two sisters Mary and Sheila some years ago. At 89 years of age she was one of the parish’s oldest residents that witnessed many changes throughout her long life. Gifted with a kind word for everyone she was a wonderful neighbour and highly respected member of the community and could be relied upon day or night if the occasion arose. In her younger years along with her sister Mary (Kelly) they helped out with catering on the parish ladies committee for many events and indeed Carmel was heavily involved with the I.C.A in the parish up till the not too distant past. Like so many women of her generation she worked on the farm as well as in the home and all callers to her door were welcomed into the kitchen for a cup of tea and fresh baking. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who came in contact with her but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to her husband Michael sons Ger and Declan daughters Eimear (Cullinan Tramore)and Deirdre (Collins Nenagh) daughters in-law Kay and Marion sons in-law John and Christy grandchildren sister in-law Maureen Deely nieces nephews relatives neighbors and friends on their loss. Her remains were removed from her home to St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Monday evening June 27th and after funeral Mass there the following day burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Violet Harding and family Kilregane Lorrha on the death of her brother Eric Rusk Drom Templemore recently. After service in Kilfithmone Church on Thursday June 16th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.
Sympathy is also extended to Leslie Harding and family Lorrha on the death of his aunt Frances Armitage Shinrone recently. After service in the Methodist Church Cloughjordan on Thursday June 23rd burial took place in Modreeney Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to Samantha Kelly and family Rathcabbin on the death of her uncle “Sambo” Kelly Birr. After funeral Mass in St. Brendans Church Birr burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to Jennifer Gleeson formerly Redwwod Lorrha on the death of her father Thomas Kinsella High St. Birr. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Tuesday morning June 28th burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery Birr. May they rest in peace.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

We the members of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association would like to thank our Chairperson Eamonn Mannion for the excellent meal he cooked for us last Wednesday 22nd June 2011. Also thanks to all our members who helped prepare the hall serve the food and cleared up afterwards. We were joined by members from the Carrig/Riverstown/Killeen Cloughjordan and Portumna Active Retirement Associations. Music for the afternoon was provided by Pat and Richie. At the end of the evening everyone went away full of praise for the great afternoon. Our weekly sessions in the hall have now finished for the summer and we hope to be back early September. During the summer months there are many day trips planned. This Wednesday 29th June we are joining the Cloughjordan Active Retirement Association for their social afternoon in the GAA Complex Cloughjordan. On Wednesday 13th July we are going on a boat trip on the Shannon with Joe O’Keefe. If anyone wishes to join us on this trip you need to get your name to Nancy on 087 761 3458 or 090 9747922 as soon as possible.
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the nieces nephews and relations of Paul Hynes a gentleman and a member of our group who passed away at the weekend and to Michael O’Meara (The Hill) and family on the death of Carmel O’Meara. May they rest in peace.

Well Done.

Congratulations is extended to three young Lorrha men who are making a mark for themselves in football. To Daniel O’Donoghue Redwood who was awarded under 10 Best Merit award and Daniel also captained the team to victory for the cup final. To Michael Dolan Lissernane Rathcabbin who was awarded under 12 player of the year and to Brian Gleeson Lordspark Rathcabbin under 14 player of the year award. The three lads play their football with Portumna F.C. Well done lads and to all the Lorrha players on the respective teams.

Five Day Weather Forecast.

Today Wednesday June 29th.
Apart from scattered showers over the west most places will be dry and sunny at first today. The showers will become more widespread across the country by the afternoon with some heavy and intense downpours occurring. Cool at first this morning but highest temperatures today around 15 or 16 degrees with light breezes.

Mainly dry and clear overnight with lowest temperatuers of about 7 or 8 degrees.
Tomorrow Thursday 30th.

Tomorrow will be less showery and there will be good sunny spells throughout the day.


Friday will be a dry bright day with good spells of sunshine throughout the morning and afternoon but with only average temperatures; highest values of 16 to 18 degrees in the afternoon. There will only be light breezes through Friday. For the eastern half of the country Saturday will be another dry and fairly sunny day. Over more western counties the afternoon will become cloudier and outbreaks of rain will develop towards evening. It will rain everywhere on Saturday night but the rainfall amounts will not be heavy. Damp misty weather will affect much of the country for the start of Sunday morning. It clears most places by midday although the clearance wont finally happen along the east coast until afternoon. Temperatures remain much the same through the weekend between 16 and 19 degrees. The weather will be mostly dry next Monday but it becomes more unsettled after that.

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.
Two Irishmen find a mirror on the road.
The first one picks it up and says "Blow me I know dis face but I can’t put a name to it." The second picks it up and says "You’re daft it’s me!"