Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns

Abbeylara Tidy Towns Committee is holding their next meeting on 24 April in Sports Centre.  We are hoping for a big turnout of local residents because we are only one month away from this year’s judging, which begins on 1st June.  Looking at the Village this week, we have lots to do and so I would ask each resident to make that special effort and keep the front of their premises looking their best.


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 €15,300. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Day of Mindfulness

A Day of Mindfulness will take place at Bawn Holistic Centre, Mullinalaghta from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 27 April and Saturday 3 May. For more information please phone Pauline on 086 3784747.

Speaking with Confidence

A Short initial course on speaking in public. Tips and practical advice will be given. This course will start on Thursday 24 April at 7.30 pm in Lus na Greine. All welcome.

Virginia Gospel Choir

The Virginia Gospel Choir will perform a Concert on Sunday, 25 May at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. They will be joined by Jackie Callaghan and other All Ireland winning musicians from the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick as well as St. Mary’s Church 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 their work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. Your support would be very much appreciated.

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.

Trip to Balmoral Show

Anyone interested in travelling to the Balmoral Show via bus on the 14 – 16 May via bus please contact Sean Kiernan on 087 9945909.

County Fleadh

Want a chance to learn some tunes, an opportunity to meet old friends or new ones, or a place to marvel at the skill of a favourite artiste. What you experience at this festival of Irish traditional music will depend to a great degree on what you go to find. But whatever your expectation is, there’s one thing that you will be sure of finding is a warm welcome. This year’s County Fleadh will take place in Edgeworthstown on 8, 9 and 10 May. The festival will include a line up of music, song, dance and language competitions. For further information on the Longford County Fleadh Contact: Martin Murphy (086) 8119444 / Patricia Masterson (087) 2970731 or Email


Planning to get married in 2014:  There are still some spaces available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for May and June 2014: – 12 & 15 May 2014 and 13 & 14 June 2014.  For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line 

Counselling Service

ACCORD also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service.  For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.

Longford Race Day

At the recent launch of Longford GAA Race Day sponsored this year by Flynn & Lynch, Mr. Martin Skelly encouraged all Longford people to come on board again and support. This is the 12th Race Day and is due to take place on the 30 April 2014. He reminded everyone present of the importance of this event both as a great social event as well as outlining the financial importance it is to Longford GAA. The price of the Race Day remains good value for money and is held at €100 per person or €1000 for a table of ten. Contact your local GAA Club for further information.

Friendly Phone Call Service

The Rural Resource Worker made a presentation to the nurses in the new Primary Care Centre, located in Flancare Business Park, Longford. The Rural Resource Worker will be promoting the Friendly Phone Call Service to older people in the Granard Area. Any local groups in the Granard area are welcome to request a presentation on the service. Please contact Mary Mulvey at 043-3345555. 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 from Monday–Thursday from 10 am. – 4 pm.

Christening with a Twist DVD

The DVD’s of a “Christening with a Twist” is now for sale at €10. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221, Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 or Mary O’Connor, 086 3272417.


A Pilgrimage to Fatima takes place on 29 May to 5 June & a Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place on 13 August. Contact Sheila Fahey at 087 277 4774 for further details.

Credit Union

Planning on getting married? Buying a new car or perhaps thinking of some new home improvements, Special Spring Loans are now available at Granard Credit Union; Home Renovation Incentive Loan @ 8%, Wedding and Car Loans also @ 8%, Communion and Confirmation Loans @ 8%, Secured Loans @ 5% and Student Loans @ 6%. So why not call into our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Department of Social Protection

Please note that the Department of Social Protection is now open in Granard every Monday morning from 10am to 12 noon.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue each Thursday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with beginners at 8.30pm followed by the more advanced at 9.30pm. Come along and enjoy a night of dancing and exercise in a friendly environment.

Siopa Lus na Greine

De-cluttering, revamping your wardrobe, creating space, drop in your cast offs, bric a brac etc to us at the Siopa or to the Centre - everything accepted. You will find a large range of ladies, gents and children’s clothes, sizes 8-24 now in stock, also Grads dresses, maternity wear, wedding outfits, we will dress you for a day at the races, or any occasion.  Books to suit all tastes, 3 for €5. We also have shoes, sandals and jewellery to complete your outfit. The Siopa is open Fridays, Saturdays and the 1st Tuesday of the month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. All proceeds from the Siopa goes directly to community projects.

Adult Badminton

Badminton 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.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is welcome.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on 27 May to 1 June - 5 Nights - Fully inclusive price €699. Contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 2410812 01 2410811. Pilgrimage director: Rt. Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate, Co. Westmeath. Tel 090 6481180. Director Special Section for the sick: V. Rev. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan, Co. Offaly. Tel. 090 6457112.

Blood Donor Clinic

Takes place on Monday, 28 April and Tuesday, 29 April from 5pm to 8.30pm in St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. It is important that we all remember that many patients in hospitals need our blood and this need never ceases. For further information please contact the Donor Line on 1850 731137 or email You get more than you give.