Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players Cast and producer. The group stage the powerful John B. Keane play ‘The Year Of The Hiker’  in Rathcabbin Hall from Thursday January 20th. to Sunday 23rd. and from Friday 28th. to Sunday 30th. incl. Booking essential on (087) 2360096 between 5p.m. and 8.30p.m. daily. Dont miss this great performance from Rathcabbin Players…
Front L to R: Adrian Kennedy Des Clancy Pat Kennedy Tadgh Nevin.
Back: Ann Moloney (Producer/Director) Caoimhe Kennedy Pauline Walsh Sarah King.

The Lorrha Dorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish and in Portumna. To order your copy by post call (090) 9747893 or email: lizhussey@eircom.net

Late PK Gleeson.

The death occurred on Thursday January 13th. in the Regional Hospital Galway after a short illness of PK Gleeson Portland Lorrha.
PK who was 61 years of age came from a popular and well known family in Redwood Lorrha. A very private and quiet individual he liked to fish and was a familiar figure around the Shannon which is very close to his home. He was a talented musician and could play almost any instrument which he did do for a number of years. He won a North football final with Lorrha back in 1966 and he also played hurling at juvenile level. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary brothers John (Birr) Bosco (Portlaoise) Lar (Redwood) sisters Frankie Naughton (Nenagh) Betty Killeen (Lorrha) brothers in-law sisters in-law nieces nephews relatives neighbours and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Sunday last 16th. burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Lane and Family Lords Park on the recent death of her aunt May Carroll Roscrea. After funeral Mass in St. Cronan’s Church Roscrea on Tuesday 11th January burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Parish Calendar 2011

Don’t forget to purchase a copy of the Lorrha Parish Calendar which is on sale throughout the parish and can be purchased in Brophy’s and Kelly’s Rathcabbin Pat Hough’s pub Colette’s Hair Salon The Ferry Service Station Ferry Inn in Lorrha and Donie O’Meara’s Super Valu in Portumna. The Calendar is packed from cover to cover with photo’s from the past and from the present. If you would like a copy posted to you call Liz at (090) 9747893 or e-mail lizhussey@eircom.net .

21st. Birthday Greetings.

Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Jessica Kelly daughter of Johnnie and Margaret Lorrha who celebrated her 21st. birthday on Saturday night last. Jessica celebrated the occasion with family and friends in The Friar’s Tavern Well done Jessica.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

Emma Stanley Chiropodist will be visiting on Wednesday 19th January between 2.30pm and 4.00pm. Our bridge lessons will also recommence on Wednesday 19th January at 2.00pm sharp. We are now looking at activities for this coming year. New members are very welcome so do please drop in for a cuppa and a chat. Transport is available to our weekly meetings.

Used Stamps.

Anyone who would like to dispose of their used stamps can send them to St. Patrick’s Missionary Society Kiltegan Co. Wicklow where they will be used for the continuation of missionaries working mostly with deprived and suffering children.

Rathcabbin Players.

Rathcabbin Players will stage the John B. Keane classic ‘The Year Of The Hiker’ in Rathcabbin Hall from January 20th. to 23rd. and again the following week-end the 28th. to 30th. incl. Booking essential and the booking line is now open at ( 087) 2360096 from 5 to 8.30p.m. daily. Don’t miss out on this great play. Looking forward to meeting you all once again.

Information Evening.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership in conjunction with the local farmers networking group ‘New Futures’ will hold an information event on diversification opportunities that are available to farming and rural communities in North Tipperary. This free event is taking place on Wednesday 19th of January 2011 at 7pm in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh. An excellent panel of speakers including John Concannon CEO of JFC Plastics and renowned entrepreneur and Peter Young of the Irish Farmers Journal and co-presenter of RTE’s Higher Ground will cover topics ranging from identifying ideas and converting them into reality.
Closer to home Paddy Phelan of Tipperary Energy Agency will profile green energy alternatives and the opportunities that this emerging sector presents to farm families. This speaker will be complemented by a presentation from Ben Whelan of Green Works a Cloughjordan based education programme. Greenworks were recently awarded training grant aid under the Department of Education and Skills Labour Market Activation Fund. The Green Works group are offering training in a broad range of modules including building energy and alternative land use. Further details can be accessed on www.green-works.ie. The information event will be closed by Patrick Killeen Project Officer with North Tipperary LEADER Partnership who will describe the funding options that are available to farming and rural communities under the Rural Development Programme.
For further information contact Sean Crowley Rural Development Manager North Tipperary LEADER Partnership at 067-56676 or Padraig Moran of the New Futures Group at 086-2357577. This is a free event and an evening not to be missed for farming and rural Communities who want to make a difference in 2011.


Yoga with Ruth in An Gairdin Organic & Ecology Centre Portumna from Tuesday 25th January from 6.00pm-7.45 pm for general & beginners while the advanced group will be taken from 7.45pm-9pm. The Cost is €120 for 12 weeks. Contact Ruth: 087 2434759 or 065 6835548

Church Concert.

Talent from the parish and beyond had a chance to showcase their musical ability during a unique concert held in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday night last. The brainchild of P.P. Fr. Pat Mulcahy the locals taking part was pupils from Lorrha and Redwood National schools David Power Anne-Marie Hough Catherine Power Bridget Grover Micheal Lambe Pascal Kennedy Tony Coen Mairead Cahalan Margaret O’Farrell and Fr. Pat’s sister Catherine with her sons David and Edwin current all-Ireland champions and her daughter Olive. We thank all the participants for a most pleasant couple of hour’s entertainment.

Support Group.

Stroke Support Group Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe – unfortunately until further notice there will be no stroke support group meetings held due to staff being on maternity leave. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Spring Art Classes:

Sketching and art & craft for children at 2.00pm 3.30pm and 5.00pm Pencil
Sketching for adults at 11.00am starting on Saturday 29th Jan for 8 weeks
in Bramble Art Studio Lorrha. For more information please contact Ute:
090-9747127 or 087-9151356. Early booking advisable.

National Weather Forecast 18 January 2011

A mostly dry day with some good bright spells for much of the country. Any frost and fog will quickly lift and there should only be some coastal showers in the north of the country. Feeling cool though with highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees Celsius in light variable winds.

A largely dry night but cold with lowest temperatures falling to between +1 and -5 degrees. A widespread frost will develop as well as icy patches on any untreated surfaces. Winds will be light allowing mist or fog patches to form once again.


Wednesday will be another dry day with some good bright spells for many parts of the country but there will be some cloudy periods. Feeling cool with highest temperatures of only 3 to 7 degrees Celsius in light variable winds.


Wednesday night will be dry and very cold. Clear spells will develop and as winds fall light there will be a widespread sharp frost with patches of freezing fog. Lows of 1 to -5. Thursday will be dry and fine with perhaps some showers along the northwest coast later in the evening and overnight. A very cold day with highest temperatures of only -1 to 5 degrees. Thursday night will be equally cold with minima of -1 to -6 degrees. Friday will be dry for much of the country with just some showers along western and northern coasts. Becoming cloudier on Friday and day time temperatures will rise slightly ranging from 2 to 6 degrees. The weekend looks set to continue dry with showers affecting coastal areas and temperatures rising to between 5 and 8 degrees. The nights will not be as cold with lowest values of between 0 and 3 degrees and some ground frost in parts.