Lorrha Notes

Rathcabbin Players bring the brilliant work of writer John B. Keane to Rathcabbin Hall in ‘The Year Of The Hiker’ from January 20th. Book your seat now by calling (087) 2360096 between 5 and 8p.m. daily.

The Lorrha Parish Calendar is still on sale throughout the parish. If you would like to order a copy by post call (090) 9747893 or email: lizhussey@eircom.net.

Church News.

Thursday 6th. January is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Redwood Church on Wednesday night at 7.30p.m. On Thursday in Lorrha at 10.30a.m. and Rathcabbin at 11.30a.m. and again at 7.30p.m.
Friday 7th. is the First Friday of the month. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 7.30p.m. Confessions will be heard a half hour before each Mass.

Late Margaret Rushe.

The peaceful death occurred on Monday December 20th. at the Portumna Retirement Village of Margaret Rushe Ballymacegan Lorrha. Margaret who was 84 was a native of Glenamaddy Co. Galway but moved to a farm in Lorrha with her husband and young family around the mid 70’s. A quiet hard working friendly woman her family and her work were uppermost in her life. A good neighbour to all she will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by them all now. Sympathy is extended to her husband Dan her son Michael daughters Catherine and Mary daughter –in-law Ruby grandchildren and extended family and friends. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Thursday December 23rd. burial took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Late Owen O’Carroll.

The death occurred after a long illness on Tuesday December 28th. 2010 of Owen (Eugene) O’Carroll Portland Lorrha. Owen who was 64 years of age was a native of Ardfert Co. Kerry and came to live in Portumna when he took up the position of Agriculture Advisor with Teagasc. On his marriage to Claire in the mid 70’s they settled in Portland and for a time had a guest house there. Around twelve years ago Owen got involved with the local GAA club as a selector and in management of juvenile teams where he enjoyed good success at various levels. In recent years he served as selector with the Lorrha Intermediate team and he was thrilled to be part of that management when Lorrha went back to Senior ranks. A familiar figure at the Lorrha games whether involved or as a spectator Owen was unfortunately confined to attendance over the past year but he still however made the effort to get to some of the games when feeling up to it. A gentle natured and friendly individual he loved to chat and could hold a conversation on any subject. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and came in contact with him but in particular by his family.
Sympathy is extended to his wife Claire daughter Sarah sons Michael and David son –in-law Michael grandson Patrick brothers sisters brothers-in-law sisters-in-law nephews nieces relatives and many friends. Members of Lorrha GAA formed a guard of honor for Owen’s removal and burial which took place after funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church Lorrha on Friday December 31st. 2010 in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Late Anne Sherlock.

The peaceful death occurred at Birr Community Nursing Unit on Friday December 31st. 2010 of Anne Sherlock Curraduff Rathcabbin. Nee Loughnane Ann passed away just three days short of her 61st. birthday and after a long illness which she fought with great dignity. A public health nurse with the Midlands HSE she was well known and much liked through her work around the Ferbane Cloghan area. She will be sadly missed by all but in particular by her family. Sympathy is extended to her loving and devoted husband John her sons Eoin and Brendan her daughter Bernadette mother brothers sisters brothers-in-law sisters-in-law mother –in-law aunts nephews nieces relatives and a large circle of friends and work colleagues. After funeral Mass in St. Brendan’s Church Birr on Sunday last January 2nd. burial took place in Clonoghill Cemetery Birr. May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Ann Nevin and family Glenbower on the death of her sister Gertie Conroy Blueball. After funeral Mass in St. Brigid’s Church Mountbolus on Sunday December 19th. burial took place in the local cemetery. Sympathy is also extended to Una Brehony and family Portland on the tragic death of her brother Eugene Hayes Kylebrack Loughrea. After funeral Mass on Thursday 30th. December in St. Joseph’s Church Ballinakill burial took place in Abbey Cemetery. May he 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 .

Tracing Relations.

Aggi-Rose Reddin from Canada is trying to trace her relations here in Ireland and she would be ever so grateful to hear from any of the many Reddins or O’Mearas in the area. She is from the "PEI Reddins" descend from Denis Reddin born to William Reddin & Mary O’Meara in 1793. She has left a comment in the guestbook on the Lorrha Parish website www.lorrhadorrha.ie. She can be contacted by email at aggirose@gmail.com or by post at 135 Darrach Road New Dominion PE1 Canada COA 1HO.

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.

Date For Your Diary.

Rathcabbin Players will stage another 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 will open from Monday January 10th. 5 to 8p.m. daily. Don’t miss out on this great play. Looking forward to meeting you all once again.

St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association.

The Committee of St. Ruadhan’s Active Retirement Association would like to wish all their members families friends and supporters a very Happy New Year and hope 2011 is a good one for us all.
We would like to remind our members that we are returning to our normal weekly meetings on Wednesday 12th January 2011 in the Community Hall Lorrha and also that our annual membership is now due.

Weather Forecast.

Today 4th.

Rain drizzle with sleet at times will spread into much of the north and the west of the country this evening. The rain will be heavy at times and it will be breezy with fresh to strong southwesterly winds which will be gusty along coastal areas. Elsewhere it will remain dry and cloudy for much of the evening.


The rain will spread nationwide throughout the night there will be some heavy falls at times and sleet and snow is likely over higher ground. The rain will clear the south of the country overnight and some patches of frost may form under clear skies but another band of rain will develop along the north coast and this will contain further heavy falls with a continuing risk of sleet and snow on higher ground. Lowest temperatures of -1 to 2 degrees

Tomorrow 5th.

The rain will gradually clear on Wednesday afternoon with just some isolated showers developing in parts. It will be a cold and bright day with highest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees in light to moderate westerly winds.


Apart from a few showers on northern coasts Wednesday night will be cold and mostly dry with clear spells patches of fog and a sharp frost. Lowest temperatures of 0 to -4 degrees. Thursday 6th. will be cold and dry with sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees. A sharp frost will develop over much of the country on Thursday night. A band of rain will develop in the southwest early in the night and gradually spread northwards to all areas overnight and through Friday morning. At the moment it looks like it will fall as sleet and snow over much of the country and there could be up to 10 cm of snow in many areas with possible drifting due to fresh gusty easterly winds. Further precipitation during Friday will fall mainly as rain over Leinster and Munster. Friday night will be mostly dry and cold with frost developing. Snow will lie in many areas and icy stretches will develop on roads. Saturday 8th. will be less cold with temperatures of about 2 to 5 degrees. Showers of rain and sleet will mainly affect western and northern areas and will fall as snow in places during Saturday night. There’ll be further wintry showers on Sunday 9th. Over the weekend the nights will be cold and frosty.