Abbeylara notes




Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Nathan Reilly, Lisbrack Downs, Longford formerly of Trumra Road, Granard who died on Sunday, June 22.

Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Tersa (Tess) Curran (Formerly Tallon), Granard who died on Tuesday, June 24 and your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Michael Reilly, Carra, Granard, who died on June 25. May they rest in peace.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Maebh Eilidh Rose, daughter of Mary (Lynch) and Douglas Mclaren, Carrickduff and Edinburgh, Scotland.


Congratulations to Vanessa Kelly, Kinkillew and Malachy Rushe, Lehinch, Kilkerrin, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway who were married on Saturday, June 28 in Abbeylara Church.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, July 27. Please ensure that this Cemetery is suitably prepared for such an important event.

Corpus Christi Procession

Thanks very much too all the people who took part in the Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 22 in Abbeylara. Also sincere thanks to all the people who helped out with the Corpus Christi Procession. We thank God for the beautiful sunshine and weather that we enjoyed during the Procession.

St Christopher’s Services

Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services is most grateful to everyone who supported their annual sponsored walk on Palm Sunday - €2,340 and for the annual church gate collection at Abbeylara €300.

Parish Draw

We hope to soon hold the 1st Draw. Thus, those yet to join please do so ASAP. Thanks very much to the 124 people who have joined so far. Please, if possible pay your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector. Many thanks to those people who have paid their renewal fee. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw, which is of great benefit to our parish finances. Thanks also to our collectors. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish, as this is very necessary for banking regulations.

First Friday

Friday, July 4 is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual.

First Friday Confessions in Abbeylara Church at 7pm followed by First Friday mass at 7.30pm.


Shave, Wax and Dye takes place in John V’s, Granard on Saturday, July 5 at 8.30pm in aid of Diabetes Ireland. There will be music on the night by Pat Masterson. A tractor run will take place on Sunday, July 6 leaving Granard Mart at 2pm. The route is as follows; Granard, Castlepollard, Finea and Granard. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Tom Burke on 086 8656390 or 086 6057802. All tractors are welcome.

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock

This year’s annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, July 20. A bus will leave Killadoon at 9am, Granard 9.15am and Ballinalee at 9.30am. Booking with Bridget Burns on 043 66 86696.

Granard/ Abbeylara Bingo

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 €16,200. Seats are limited with this big jackpot so come along early. It could be you!

Granard Credit Union Ltd

Special car and holiday loans are now available at very attractive rates. Please call and collect a leaflet from the Credit Union office and gain entry into a free draw after returning completed form. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Family Day Out

Lus na Greine low cost annual family day out will take place on August 5 to Bundoran. This is open to families and bookings are now being accepted. For further information please contact the centre.

All-Ireland Rally for Life

The Custom House Square, Belfast on Saturday, July 5 at 2pm.Here is a great chance to stand up for unborn children and their parents in both North and South, particularly when so many organisations are trying to attack the right to life for all. A coach will be going to the event from South Leitrim. A great day out and a chance to see Belfast too! To book your place please call 086 8775036 / 086 8213806.

Tax Relief Scheme

During this coming week the certificates for the Tax Relief Scheme will be sent out to all the people in our Parish who have contributed €250 or more to the Parish collections in 2013. From this year onwards everyone (including self employed) is eligible to assist the parish in its claim from Revenue. Thus it would be appreciated if you could complete the CHY3 certificate and return it in the envelope provided by July 20, please.

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.

Women’s Network

Cavan Women’s Network Summer School “Fair Deal for Women”, takes place on Wednesday, July 16 from 9.30am – 5.30pm and Thursday, July 17 from 9.30am – 2pm. Something for the mind, body and spirit. Inspiring speakers, workshops, and discussion groups. Join us in Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre. Register at or call Veronica at 083 4351742 or Marion on 046 9245580 for further details.


An Irish Language Summer (SIAMSA) will take place from Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11 in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year. Further information and application forms can be received from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú on 087 2642665.

Abbeylara GAA Lotto

Results: 26/06/2014; winning numbers: 16, 17, 19, 28. €20 winners: Ed O’Farrell, Kilbride; John Pettit, Granard; Padraig Battrim, Ballinrud; Sean Murphy, Carra; Brian & Lorraine O’Hara, Carrickduff. The next draw takes place in Crawford’s on July 3 with the jackpot standing at €5,300.

Streete Parish Park Annual Vintage Day

Streete Parish Park Annual Vintage Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13. The Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 4pm and the Vintage Show is on Sunday, July 13 at Kilmore Streete, Rathowen just 4 miles off the N4 at Rathowen Church.

For further details contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656 or email, Pat Duffy 086 8433355, Martin Fagan 086 8100082 or John Parker 086 8301347.