Abbeylara

Mr and Mrs

Mr and Mrs

We hope to stage a follow up to the Mock Wedding in January. We are holding a Mr and Mrs competition as a fundraiser in Crawford’s Bar on Saturday, 23 November at 9pm with local couples participating as well as a surprise celebrity couple. A prize for the winning couple and a raffle will be held on the night.

Deaths

Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Tessie Brady, Kilgarriff, Arva, who died on Wednesday, 6 November, Mary Flynn, Ipswich, England, formerly Colmcille Terrance, Granard who died on Friday, 8 November, Molly Hanlon, Ballinroey, Dring who died on Wednesday, 13 November, Mother of Marett Smith, Ballinacross and Mary Smith, Toneymore. Molly Hanlon and Tessie Brady were sisters. Your prayers are also requested for Larry Cunningham, Reneghan, who died on Saturday, 16 November. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations

Congratulations and warmest wishes to Áine and Terry Drake on the birth of their baby daughter recently. Maisie Lynn is a welcome sister for Annie and Norah. Also congratulations to Philip and Sharon Leavy, Derragh on the birth of their twin boys recently. May you all celebrate moments of togetherness and love with your newly found joys.

Bishop Colm O’Reilly

We send our congratulations to Bishop Colm, who was awarded the Freedom of County Longford at a ceremony on Monday November 18 last in Longford County Council Offices.

Senior Citizens Party

Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on 15 December 2013 in Crawford’s.  A cake sale is being held on 23 and 24 November after all Masses to raise funds for this endeavour.  Any offers to make something for the cake sale would be greatly appreciated (Contact Patricia 087 2930483). Thank you.

Country Markets Move

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please take note that the market has moved from the Community Centre and will now be held in Gerry Kiernan’s premises on upper Main Street (beside Kiernan’s butchers). The Markets start at 8.30 am and continue until 11.00 am. They are delighted to announce that they now have beautiful handmade children and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves, cards, jewellery, bread, cakes, firewood, etc.

Offertory Envelopes

Your new box of envelopes for the Offertory and other collections will be available at Masses on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November in both Churches. These new envelopes will come into use on Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December and continue until Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 November 2014.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Open evening

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School will have an Open Evening and Enrolment for September 2014 on Thursday, 28 November from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. At 7.00 pm there will be a presentation with the School Principal followed by a tour of the School.

Cilleo Yew Tree Players

Our upcoming production of ‘A Stolen Child’ directed by Mickey Kenny will take to the stage on Saturday 30 November, Sunday 1 December and Monday 2 December in Ennybegs Community Centre. Booking lines will open on November 20. Tickets cost 10 euro. Booking is essential so please call 087 2911994 to book your ticket. A great night’s entertainment not to be missed!

Sale of Work

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre is having a Sale of Work/Pop up Shop on Friday 6 December in the Community Centre Granard starting at 9am. There will be a large range of items for sale and we already have collected many new and unused quality products so this would be the ideal opportunity to get that present for a great price.  All proceeds from the sale will go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services and we look forward to your support.

Granard Credit Union Ltd.

Special Christmas Loan now available. Borrow up to €2,000 at a very attractive rate. Why not let us worry about your financial needs this Christmas? Why not call in to our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Parish Pastoral Council

The votes are now counted. The people who received the most votes are currently been contacted to request their consent to be part of the new Pastoral Council. Names of the Pastoral Council members will hopefully be available for publishing in next week’s notes.

Parish Draw

The next Parish Draw takes place on Thursday 21 November in Carra at 8.30 pm after Holy Mass and Adoration. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw please hand in before the draw.

DVD

A DVD of Bishop Francis ordination will be available from the Diocesan Office or the Presbytery, Longford next week, priced at €10. Perhaps you might like a copy. Contact Fr. Michael on 043 6686270.

GAA Club Lotto

The second half of the yearly Lottery fee (€50) is now due. Those who have paid the first half are now kindly requested to pay the 2nd half (€50) to Patsy Lynch, Pat McHugh, Kevin Murphy or Loretta Lynch. Thank you for supporting our Lotto. Lotto Results: 14/11/2013; winning numbers: 4, 26, 28, 30. Winners: Robert Leo Dempsey, C/o Crawfords; Fiachra O’Connor, C/o Mary Lynch, Aughnagarron; John Joe and Jane Reilly, Creevy; Shelly Mahon & Donal McElliott, Ballinrud; Mark Smyth, Carra; Imelda Gilligan, Ballywillian. Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 21/11/2013 .Jackpot is €3,100.

Active Retirement

Our next meeting is tomorrow Thursday 21 November. We hope to have all members at this meeting, with lots to discuss.

Table Quiz

Granard Area Action Group will hold their annual Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday 22 November commencing at 9.00pm. Tables of 4 are €40.  Valuable spot prizes.  Refreshments will be served.

Memorial Walk

The organising committee wish to thank all who took part in and supported the recent Memorial walk/run. A grand total of €6,770 was raised and shared between Bothar and the local Apostolic Mission Society.

Mulligan Sisters

The Mulligan Sisters will perform Operatic and Sacred Arias along with Musical Theatre favourites in concert at the Church of St Camillus, Killucan, Co. Westmeath on Saturday November 30 at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets are 10 euro available at the door.

Tai Chi Classes

Takes place on Thursdays from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in Lus Na Greine. All welcome. For further details contact 087 9925816.

Saint Vincent De Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Work4You

‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Longford Library on Tuesday 26 November 2013 between 11am-1pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Library

Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information call 087 6151028 on any Friday.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Senior Citizens Party

The annual senior citizen’s party for the Granard/Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta areas will be held in Lus Na Greine on Sunday December 1st next at 1pm and all our senior citizens are invited to attend.

Citizens Information Service

County Longford Citizens Information Service is holding a “Pensions Clinic” every Monday from 10.00am to 1.00 pm, specifically for the purpose of assisting people with Social Insurance records, to establish their pension eligibility and entitlement. To make an appointment please contact Co. Longford CIS on 0761 07 5890.

Christmas Market

As part of our Community Festive Celebrations and Gathering 2013 the Christmas Lights committee are hosting a Christmas Market on Sunday 8 December on Upper Main Street Granard. All surrounding local businesses are invited to come together in these challenging times to promote their seasonal wares in traditional market style. For further information on this unique event please contact 087 3947376.

Bingo

Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Jackpot is now at €13,000. It could be you winning this week, why not come along and join in the fun. Eyes down at 8.45pm. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated.