Church News - Mass for First Friday (June 7) will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin at 8pm. Friday is also the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saturday is the Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Church News - Mass for First Friday (June 7) will be celebrated in Lorrha at 9.30am and in Rathcabbin at 8pm. Friday is also the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saturday is the Feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A retreat for young adults, 18 to 40 years, will take place this coming weekend from Friday evening to Sunday in Mt. St. Joseph Abbey, Roscrea. Details from Sr. Una 090-6491666. Email: youthretreats@hmail.com

Sr Rena Condron, a Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa wishes to thank everyone for their generous support when she visited the parish recently. The amount received was €1,181.

Heritage Festival - As part of the Lorrha and Dorrha Heritage Festival, Eamonn O’Dwyer of Tipp FM will record a ‘Down Your Way’ programme from The Shed in Lorrha on Saturday, June 8, from 8p.m. All are invited to attend. Pick up a copy of the events leaflet and see the many and varied activities that have been organised on your doorstep. You will be sure to find at least one event that will suit you or you can view the programme on the parish website www.lorrhadorrha.ie under Local Info.

Fundraiser - A Cake Sale in aid of Rathcabbin National School will take place in Rathcabbin Hall on Sunday, June 16 after Mass. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Lorrha Development Association - Our Tidy Towns application has been submitted and judging has commenced. We don’t know the day or the time the adjudicator will be calling so we appeal to everyone to be extra vigilant regarding discarded litter. Because of the bad weather, planting and weeding is slower than usual, but four ladies have been very busy in recent days and we extend a huge thanks to them. We also extend thanks to our scheme workers. John and Michael, and to all who have helped out over the last 12 months in whatever way. A lot of planning and hard work is involved in not only retaining the marks we have already gained, but also in our aim for more so hopefully we can pick up some extra this year.

Social Dancing - Social dancing continues in the G.A.A. clubhouse on Friday night to the music of ‘Pat and Richie’. Dancing from 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Lorrha School - We bade farewell to dancing teacher Bridget Phelan who retired. Bridget has been teaching Irish dancing in our school for the last 35 years and parents and pupils are sorry to see her leave. Pupils made presentations to her on behalf of the Board of Management and the parents on her last day. We thank her for her dedication, help and her personal interest in all our pupils, even long after they had left the school and we wish her many happy years to come.

Dancing Success - Several of our pupils participated in a Feis in Banagher with many of them winning trophies and medals. We extend congratulations and well done to all who took part.

Active Retirement - On Wednesday, June 12, we will travel to Bunratty for a meal followed by traditional Irish entertainment. The cost will be €28 (not including transport). We continue to meet every Wednesday at 2.30pm in Lorrha Hall. New members are welcome.

Best of Luck - Best of luck to all the young people in the parish who are doing exams.

Tracing Relations - Liz Laidlaw is trying to trace her relatives. Her gran’s surname was Horan and she married John Holdsworth Hewitson in Victoria, Australia. Their son, Robert William Hewitson, married Ann King from Devon. Her father, Clement Hewitson, the last of nine children to Ann and Robert, but of the nine only four survived. On her marriage certificate she gave her parents as John Thomas Horan and Johanna Lewis. Liz hasn’t been able to find her on any passenger list, but she does know that her grandmother married in Australia in 1858. Liz says that Lorrha was always mentioned when talking family history, as was Birr, and even though she has had a researcher look at Birr, there has been no success, so now the focus is on Lorrha. Any information will be greately appreciated. You can contact her at 40 Herbert Street, Boronia, Victoria Australia 3155 or by email at pippin4@bigpond.com.au