Lough Derg Pilgrimage

Lough Derg Pilgrimage

A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday, 20 September from Carra Church for a one day pilgrimage on the Island. Cost for bus, meals and Lough Derg facilities and services are €50. To book your seat contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270. For more details see poster on Church notice board or

Clothing collection

Clothing Collection for Kenya Africa: Please support the used clothing collection in aid of Fr. Nicholas Maanzo and his parish of St. Patricks Kitui, Kenya. The collection will take place on Thursday, 28 August between 9.00am and 12.00 noon at St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeylara and St. Mary’s Church, Carra, car parks.

Speed Ramps

We the residents of Abbeylara Village and surrounding areas would be grateful if you would consider signing our petition which will be forwarded to Longford County Council and its members for due consideration. Petitions for signing are available at the back of our Church. Thanking you in advance.


A Benefit/Fundraising night will take place in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 13 September in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. There will be a raffle on the night for a hamper and numerous other prizes. All proceeds will go directly to the Hospital. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre, Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €17,000. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Club Lotto Results

21/08/2014; Winning numbers: 8, 12, 23, 27. €20 Winners: Patsy Martin, Granard; John Macken, Granard; Bernard Gilligan, Ballywillan; Barry Smyth, Abbeylara; Louis Heaney, Cloughernal: Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 28/08/2014. Jackpot is now €5,700.

Fun Day

Hope to hold a Family Fun Day on Sunday, 28 September. More details later. Ideas/ suggestions/ helpers are very welcome. Please contact Mary Ledwith – 087 4187221; Mary O’Connor - 086 3274217; Elenora Smith – 086 8890543 or any Club Officer or Committee member. This event was scheduled to be held on Sunday 03/08/2014 but was cancelled due to wet weather.


Unislim takes place in Granard Credit Union, Barrack Street every Thursday from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For more information call Karen on 087 3244996.

Family Fun Day

This year’s Ballinalee Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, 31 August as an end of summer celebration for the children. Volunteer helpers and ideas for the day are required. Please email Events will kick off at 3.00pm at the pitch with a duck race to follow up at the bridge at 6.00pm. Lines will be on sale for the duck race around the village at €5 each. All proceeds go towards costs associated with the development of the playground.

Mens Shed

Granard Men’s Shed meeting and regroup with interested new members on Monday, 8 September at 5pm in Lus Na Greine. Our Mens Shed is a friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. We are open to all men regardless of age background or ability. New members are always welcome. For further information please call 087 1375222 or check out our website


An open information evening on the Rainbows Support Programme for children experiencing loss through bereavement or family separation will take place on September 16 at 7.30 pm in Lus na Greine. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and others to learn about the benefits of the programme. A Rainbows Programme for children will commence on 4 November and run for six consecutive Tuesdays from 6.00pm – 7.00pm concluding in January 2015. For further details contact Irene on 085 1159289.


There are still some spaces available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for Monday 5 and Thursday 18 September 2014. The following course will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 October 2014. For further information please contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line

Counselling Service

ACCORD also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples, experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 7 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30 pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Mass will be celebrated at 3pm. Buses from the usual pickup places including Granard at 10.45am. For further details and to book your seat please contact Donnelly Buses at 043 6686540.

Can You Help?

Does anyone know anything about Francis and Mary Smyth, Abbeylara? Mary was Mary Lennon, Sawmills, Longford. Francis was born in 1873, Mary was born in 1872, and they married in 1909. Mary died in 1917 and Francis died in 1938. Contact Gerry Fogarty at 085 2298577 with any information you may have or to get more details.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.

The Walk of Fire

On Saturday, 30 August, a number of volunteers are taking part in ‘The Walk of Fire’ in aid of Lus na Greine FRC. The walk will take place in Westport. All proceeds go towards Counselling Supports in the Centre.


The Caring and Sharing Association supporting people with disabilities have been in Longford 30 years, and offers a social event each month to over 30 people with special needs who are from all areas of the county. Our helpers are one to one in a group setting to offer each person quality friendship and support. Presently we are recruiting volunteers. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life from students of 16 upwards, to those who have retired and wish to share one day a month of their time with another person. We use the proverb in CASA that “A candle loses nothing, in sharing its light” Phone Bernie Belton on 086 1296305 or Majella Meade 085 7744159. Email

24/7 Care Service Derrane

Are you in need of a break from caring in the home? Do you need extra help caring? If so RSG 24/7 Care Service, a long established not for profit care provider, can help you professionally and at a low cost. All aspects of care catered for and packages tailored your needs. Staff fully trained and Garda Vetted. Phone 090 6625852 or email or visit website This is a fabulous service and it is a wonderful opportunity on our own doorstep. You should definitely make it your business to phone, email or even call into their centre in Derrane.

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. No appointment necessary.


The Colmcille Ploughing Association will hold its Annual Ploughing and Field Day on August 31 next at Sam and Andrew Noble’s field in Dernaferst - just past the ‘Four White Walls’. The event has been gaining momentum over the past few yeas and organisers say that this year will be bigger and better than anything seen before in North Longford. As well as the usual ploughing classes there will be plenty to do for the kids and lots of entertainment on the field for all the family to enjoy. There will be raffles and prizes galore on the day and some of the most competitive and skilled ploughmen in the country will descent on the hills of North Longford for this very highly regarded event. So why not come along and enjoy a great day for all the family!!

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continues every Friday morning from 8.30 am to 11.00am beside the post office. Fresh vegetables are now in stock along with the usual cakes, bread, buns, eggs, crafts and firewood.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

We have our “New To U” shop on Market Street, opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.