Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Sean McKeown, Aughnagarron and Glasgow who died on Friday 13 September. May he rest in peace.

Cake Sale

Hold a Cake Sale after Masses on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. Bakers and helpers and your support is needed please.


A Benefit/Fundraising night will be held in Crawford’s Bar, Abbeylara on Saturday, 28 September. A Raffle for a hamper, knitted nativity set and numerous other prizes will be held on the night. There will be Music on the night by Mary O’Connor. All proceeds from the night including the raffle are going directly to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Your support would be very much appreciated.


A very important meeting for everyone who is cutting turf at present in the Cammagh bog area tonight Wednesday 25 September in the Handball Sports Centre at 8 p.m. Full attendance essential please.

Hospice Coffee morning

Aughnagarron N. S. would like to thank all who supported this worthy cause. A total of €696.25 was raised. Thank you.

Alzheimer Society

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland would like to announce that our Church Gate Collection will be held on Saturday the 28 and Sunday 29 of September throughout the county. The money raised will greatly contribute to our continued services in the area. These include a home care service, a respite service, a transport service and a day care facility. All of these services are dedicated to respecting the rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease, and supporting their carers. Please give generously. On behalf of ourselves and those who cannot remember, thank you.

15km Challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.

Open day

The Restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral is progressing very well. Those who are interested will have an opportunity to see progress on the restoration project at an Open Day which is to be held on Sunday September 29. The Cathedral will open to visitors from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. This event is free of charge.

St. Luke’s Hospital

Fiona and Johnny Macken are holding a fundraising night in the Boomerang on Saturday 28 September in association with the Breffni Challenge to raise much-needed funds for St. Luke’s Hospital, Cavan Oncology Unit and Breast Cancer Research.

Legion of Mary

The Annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 29 September. Bus leaving Granard at 10 a.m. Park House, Edgeworthstown 10.15 a.m. Longford Market Square 10.45 a.m. Contact 043 6686697 or 087 6483757 for further details.

Table Quiz

Northern Gaels are holding a table quiz on Friday night the 27 September in Keoghs pub Mullinalaghta. The Quiz starts at 9pm and tables of 4 cost €40. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Northern Gaels

Congratulations to the U16’s Juveniles on reaching the Longford County U16 Juvenile Football Final. Best of luck to the panel of players, management & Club in the final in which they undertake Longford Slashers on Saturday 28 September. Your support would be appreciated.


Granard Branch Library has moved from the town hall to Rath Mhuire Community Centre and will be opened every Friday from 10am to 5pm. This arrangement is due to the library building been refurbished.

Hurling tickets

A Draw for two All Ireland Hurling Replay Tickets on Thursday 26 September in Crawford’s at 10 p.m. One line €3. Two lines €5. Full card €50. Lines and / or cards are available from Pat McHugh 087 6308152 or any Club Officer, Committee member or player.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing has resumed in Lus Na Greine every Monday night from at 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome.

Pilates Classes

Get into shape this autumn with Pilates Classes starting on Monday 7 October from 7.45pm to 8.30pm upstairs in the Granard Credit Union. Cost is €45 for 6 weeks. To book your place phone Mary Denneny on 086 0707619. All are welcome.

Adult Learning Centre

Do you need help with reading, writing, spelling, maths or computers? If you do, please call into the centre or ring us at 043 6686211 and we will do all we can to help. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for new classes starting September 2013. The service is free and confidential. Contact Thérese Smyth.


Longford Voices United Community Gospel Choir are organising a Free Gospel Choir on the 29 September from 3.00pm to 5.00pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. To book a place contact LCRL on 043 3345555.


There are still a small number of places available on the Animal Care and Nursing Studies courses in Ardscoil Phádraig. Please contact the school immediately on 043 6686209 if you are interested.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Jackpot is now €12,300. IT COULD BE YOU.

Pastoral Council

Each family in our parish will receive a letter during this coming week with instructions and a voting paper for the purpose of electing a new Pastoral Council. Please have your say in forming this new Pastoral Council by voting as outlined in the letter and returning your vote. Thank you very much.

Pioneer Council

A Meeting will take place on Thursday 26 September in the Family Centre, St. Mel’s Road, Longford, behind the Cathedral at 8.30 p.m.

Tax Rebate

A cheque for €12,174.72 has been lodged to the Abbeylara Parish Bank Account, by Revenue for the Tax Rebate Scheme for the years 2011 / 2012. Thanks very much too all the people who supported this scheme by completing and returning the CHY2 Tax Certs. Also thanks very much for the help given in compiling our application. This is a great help financially for our Parish funds for the day to day running expenses of our Parish.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 19/09/2013. Winning Numbers: 5, 7, 9, 22. €20 Winners: Ashley Bowes, Leitrim; Vinny Nally, Granard; Turlough Mc Govern, Granard; John Crudden, Abbeylara; Martin Gallagher, Abbeylara; Helena & Bernard Smith, New York. Next Draw in the Mill on 26/09/2013. Jackpot is €2300.

Active Retirement

Next meeting takes place on Thursday 26 September. at 11am in Sports Centre. New members welcome.


The Ordination of Fr. Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone at 3p.m. Abbeylara has been allocated 4 tickets. Anyone intending to go to the Ordination please give your name to Fr. Michael as soon as possible. If there are more than four people interested, a draw can be held to select the four for the tickets available. The Ordination will be transmitted via the internet.

Computer Classes

Cavan Adult Learning Centre is offering Beginner Computer Classes for Farmers in the Community Centre in Mullahoran on Monday evening commencing 30 September at 7pm. For more information or to book a place please contact Siobhan at 049 4353952 or 087 1247070.

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.