Church News - Friday 6th January is the Feast of The Epiphany of The Lord and is also the First Friday of the month. Holyday of obligation. Mass will be celebrated in Lorrha at 10.30a.m. and in Rathcabbin at 11.30 a.m. and again at 7.30 p.m.
New Year Greetings - Fr. Pat Mulcahy P.P. and Fr. John Donnelly A.P. wish to thank all parishioners and their families for their support, financial and otherwise, during the year. They extend a happy and prosperous new year and God’s blessing to all.
2012 Calendar - The Lorrha Parish Calendar is on sale throughout the parish and can be purchased in Pat Hough’s Pub, Colettes Hair Salon, Ferry Service Station, Ferry Inn, Lorrha, Kellys and Brophys, Rathcabbin, Super Valu, Lorraine’s Hair Salon, Portumna. Packed from cover to cover with photos, some from the past and some from the present it’s a collectors item, while it’s also a lovely gift for people whether living at home or abroad so don’t forget to get your copy before they sell out. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar goes back into the improvements around Lorrha Village. Your support is much appreciated.
The Stolen Railway - Seamus King is writing an article on the Parsonstown and Portumna Bridge Railway, better known as the ‘Stolen Railway’ which ran between Birr and the Ferry between 1868 and 1878. It was never a success, closed down in the latter year, was policed for a number of years, then abandoned and ‘stolen’.
The general facts are well known but he is interested in any folklore on the subject. The building must have been the biggest engineering feat ever undertaken in the parish and must have given much needed employment.
Landowners along the line must have been compensated. The opening of the line and the first train in 1868 must have been a major parish event. And, yet, there are few stories about it.
The stealing of the railway after its closure ensured that parts of it are to be found on many farms in the parish. The railway tracks were used for hanging gates.
If anyone has stories, relevant pictures, documents, etc about the railway he would like to hear from you. His contact details are: 062-61307, 087-2246245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder - The Annual subscription for the Sacred Heart Messenger for year 2012 is 14.40 and is now due.
Marriage Counselling - ACCORD offers professional and confidential marriage counselling for couples experiencing any difficulty in their marriage or family. For more information callsave 1850 58 5000 or 065 6824297. ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Services offers Marriage Preparation to couples intending to marry. Couples should try and book their Marriage Preparation Course 9 to 12 months before their wedding. Book online – accord.ie or at the above telephone numbers. The venue is the Pastoral Centre, Church Road, Nenagh. Full details are available from the Church notice boards.
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