Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns group are having a meeting in Granard Credit Union on Friday, 11 April at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz in aid of the Easter Festival will be held in Fay’s on this Friday, 11 April at 9.30pm. Table of 4 is €40.00. There will be a draw for spot prizes on the night. All are welcome to attend and if you cannot fill a table we will find someone to fill it for you. Come along and enjoy the fun.

Class of 93

Cnoc Mhuire Class of 93 re-union takes place in Fay’s Bar, Granard on Saturday, 12 April at 8pm. All looking forward to meeting up and reminiscing after 21 years!

St. Christopher’s

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s is holding their annual Easter Bunny walk on Sunday, 13 April 2014. Walkers will be leaving the Granard Health Centre at 3pm and walking to Abbeylara where there will be eggs galore and entertainment.

Memorial Cycle

The 100K Ross Carr Memorial Cycle takes place on Sunday, 13 April from Longford Slashers GAA Complex. Start time is 10am. Registration 8.30am to 9.30am. €25 entry fee. Register and Pay on the day. Sponsorship cards available contact David on 083 3068781. Refreshments served afterwards. Changing facilities available. In aid of Cardiac Unit Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Rainbows Longford.

Ploughing Championships

Co. Longford Ploughing Association will hold their annual Ploughing event and field day on this Sunday, 13 April hosted by James and Harry Reynolds on their lands at Cranleybeg Edgeworthstown. Read all about this family field day events and it’s history over the past 80 years in this week’s Leader Supplement. Follow us on facebook/longfordploughing or phone Tom on 087 9691176 for further information.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 single and €5 return. – Free Travel Pass holders Travel Free. Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport - Friday Services throughout the County will run on Thursday 17 April, with the same collection and departure times.

All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555 or provider John at 087-6213526.

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre

Computer/Mobile Phone - Learning Sessions: All our participants really enjoyed these sessions and once again we extend our thanks to all concerned in Cnoc Mhuire particularly all the students who were extremely helpful courteous and it was wonderful to work with them. This has been an excellent intergenerational opportunity and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

Virginia Gospel Choir

We are delighted and really looking forward to welcoming the Virginia Gospel Choir for a performance on Sunday, 25 May at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church. They will be joined by Jackie Callaghan and other All Ireland winning musicians form the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick as well as our own excellent St. Mary’s Granard Choir. This should be a wonderful evening and tickets (€10.00) will be on sale in the coming weeks. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services for our work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Moatsiders Active Age

Many thanks to Pauline Rodgers for joining us at our last meeting and giving us an insight to the importance of mindfulness and meditation in our own lives. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 10 April at 2.30pm and Patricia McCormack (Yoga Instructor) will be with us in the afternoon. We will also be making plans for our summer outings and trips.

Men’s Social Club

Our next meeting date is Tuesday 15 April at 12noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. We had a great afternoon with our friends in Colmcille and the Dolmen Centre for dinner and an afternoon of music and song in The Haggard in Dromard. Thanks to Michael Masterson for hosting us and all were very impressed with the work he has done in restoring the old cottage and former dancehall, it evoked many memories for everyone!

Dolmen Centre

Many congratulations to the North Longford Men’s Group on celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Other groups we support at the Dolmen Centre include (Dolmen Daycare- Dolmen Failte Active Age ) and for any information on the range of activities and services which take place in the Dolmen Centre, or for any of the above activities at Rath Mhuire Centre, please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for all groups.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €15,100.

St. Mary’s Glotto

The following were the numbers in the most recent draw: 13-15-21-29. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following winners of €25 each – Maureen Flood Granardkille; E. O’Toole; John Macken; Enda and Eimear O’Hara.

Spartak Granard F.C.

Kevin Small, Manager of Spartak F.C. wishes to thank the local businesses for their assistance last season – SuperValu Granard; Noel Kelly, Champion Milk; John Pettit; Frank McMahon (The Barber); Granard Chemist for the First Aid Bag; Colette – Glan Bar; The Gardai; Brian Columb and Francie Kelly. Thanks to the committee of Higginstown for the use of the facilities and Michael Hyland for cutting the grass whenever requested. The season 13/14 has ended for us- thanks to all the players who stayed to the end and the supporters who came to the matches to encourage us. I am now taking names for the coming season and I can be contacted on 086-1077647.

Get well wishes

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ollie Kelly, Tromra Road who was hospitalized recently.

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for the Easter Festival on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April. The festival kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a Historical Walk of Granard led by local historian Jimmy Donohoe. Jimmy’s tour is both very enjoyable and informative as he holds a wealth of knowledge about Granard’s history! On Saturday afternoon at 3pm the gruelling 5K Walk/Jog/Run will start at Kiernan Milling! Entry is €10 per adult and €5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows Men 1st €100; 2nd €50; 3rd €25. 1st u16. Ladies 1st €100, 2nd €50 3rd €25 1st U16 . Registration will take place from 2pm at Kiernan Milling. All walkers, joggers and elite runners are welcome. For more information call Patrick on 043 6687935. Later in the evening, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of 7 people. The cost is €20 per team. On Easter Sunday at 2pm and onwards there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. There will also be face painting and balloon modelling. The parade is expected to pass through Main Street at 2.30pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. The Madagascar circus will be in Granard after the parade with appearances by Marty the dancing Zebra, Alex the friendly Lion and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Killeen Dramatic Society

Killeen Dramatic Society Reunion play “The Maiden Aunt” present a three act comedy written by Streete native Jimmy Keary.  The cast are putting the finishing touches to rehearsals and a great night’s entertainment is anticipated when the curtain goes up for the opening night on this Thursday, 10 April in the Granard Community Centre followed by a second showing on Friday 11 April with admission adults €10 and children €5.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street are open each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and First Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Contact 085-1503985 for further information.

Longford Association

The Longford Association in Dublin will hold their annual dinner on this Saturday 13 April in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. This is the 60th event and a large crowd is expected for the Diamond Celebrations. The Person of the Year award this year goes to long serving member of the Association Liam Cauldwell a native of Drumlish. The Special Recognition Award goes to Abbeylara native Thomas Gilligan for his successes in the business world and his lifetime involvement with the GAA in his native parish and in Dublin with his adopted club Na Fianna. Music on the night will be by Mick Flavin and his band. The event will be commencing at 8.00pm sharp.  Patrons may stay overnight in the hotel at a special price of €89 per couple which includes breakfast.  To reserve rooms ring the Red Cow Hotel at 01 4593650 and to obtain the special rate just mention the Longford Association.  Tickets at a reduced price of €45 can be ordered from Fr. Seamus Connell on 087 7025120 or any committee member listed on

Race Day

Longford GAA Annual Race Day takes place on Wednesday 30 April at Punchestown on Gold Cup Day. This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Flynn and Lynch Life Pensions Dublin Street Longford and promises to be another successful fundraiser for Longford GAA. Tickets remain at €100 this includes admission; Race Card; Celebrity Tipster; Four Course Meal; Hot Afternoon Refreshments and Free Betting Voucher followed entertainment with Mick Flavin and his band.

Friendly Phone Call Service

The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The friendly call service can be reached at 043-3349678 Monday–Thursday.

Walking Club

We are stepping out again and great to see familiar faces .  Meeting as usual at Higginstown Sports Complex, at 7pm every Monday evening. Looking forward to seeing you all again and planning some new routes.

Whist Results

The following are the results from Sunday, 6 April at the Community Centre, Granard. First Lady Kathleen Kerr; Second Lady M. Clyne. Third Lady Molly Brady. First Gent Bernard Nally. Second Gent Seamus Keoghan and Third Gent Gerry Leavy. Half Game Lady Anne McLoughlin. Half Game Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. 13 Tricks Andy Dalton. Raffle: Peter Gregg Bernard Nally and Anna McLoughlin.