Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Bridget Connolly, resident of Larragh House, Abbeylara, a native of Cassina, Coolarty, Granard, who died on Friday, 13 March; Peter Donohoe, Kilbracken, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim, who died on Wednesday, 18 March, brother of Cepta Devine, Abbeylara; Damien Rogan, Tooman, Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim, who died on Wednesday, 18 March. May they rest in peace.

Eucharist Rotas

Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist Rotas; your new rotas will soon be available. In the meantime please follow your rota of March 2014 to March 2015.

Collectors at Mass

Your new rotas have been distributed. If you did not receive your new rota please contact Gertie Sheridan or Bernie Heaney.

Abbeylara N. S.

Enrolment forms are now available for pupils enrolling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686806.

Aughnagarron N. S.

Enrolment forms are now available for pupils enrolling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686805.

Farewell Concert

On Friday, 27 March there will be a Farewell Concert in Kilnacrott with James Kilbane at 8.30 pm. This farewell concert is a free will offering event and your generosity and support will be appreciated. There will be a door prize of a trip to Medjugorje sponsored by Marian Pilgrimages. All are very welcome and an enjoyable entertaining night is assured.


Door to door fundraisers will be in our Parish for a couple of days during March and April. They will be wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket and carrying a photo I.D for identification. The purpose of their visit is to raise awareness of the work of Trócaire and to request if you would like to support Trócaire on an ongoing basis. Trócaire works with the poorest families and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, helping to build better futures. Please support this campaign if you can. To find out more about Trócaires’ work, please visit Details also from Susan Kirk, Trócaire, Maynooth. 01 6293333.


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 now stands at €19,800. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Longford Area to help with our charity Collection Day on Friday, 24 April. Collection day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area. Special Olympics Ireland is looking for volunteers across the day, so if you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Michael Carty on 085 1678768 or email

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.

Community Diary

A 2015 Diary is now available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 4 and 5. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store. Our Historical walk will take place on Saturday morning at 11am which will be presented by Jimmy Donoghue, a local historian starting at the Credit Union and finishing on the Motte. Our Grueling 5k run will take place on Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm starting at Kiernan Milling on the Ballinalee Road and finishing on the Main Street. A not to be missed Novelty Race will take place on Saturday night at 9.30pm. Teams of 5 people will attempt the bouncy castle obstacle course!! On Sunday we will have our warm up to the parade with children’s entertainment which includes the following Face Painting, Balloon Modeling, Fire Breathers, Stilt Walkers and Unicycles. The Easter Parade will kick off at 2.30pm followed by live music on the street by Pascal, Liz and Davy. Please remember all floats are welcome in our Easter Sunday Parade and will gather at Granard Mart from 1.30pm! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Easter Bunny Walk

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s is holding their annual Easter Bunny walk on Sunday, 29 March 2015. We will be leaving the Granard Health Centre at 3.00pm and walking to Abbeylara where there will be eggs galore and refreshments. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Athlone Samaritans need additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. No experience necessary as training provided. If interested please call or text 085 2845010 or email The Samaritans provide twenty four hour emotional support on free phone 116123.

Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons for beginners continue this Saturday and every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am in Streete Parish Hall. For further details please contact Thomas on 085 7788539 after 6.00pm.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P) A.G.M

Our A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday night 25 March at 8.00pm in the Sacred Heart N.S. New members are very welcome. Our shop has relocated to Main Street formerly Morrissey’s Shop premises and is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985. A.G.M. will be held on Wed. night 25th @ 8pm in the Sacred Heart N.S. New members very welcome.

Tour De Folly

Tour De Folly in association with Ballinagh juveniles and Austic unit Ballinagh NS80k Cycle and 7k Folly walk on Saturday, 4 April starting at Ballinagh Community Centre. Volunteers to help on the day would be greatly appreciated. For more information please contact Raymond on 087 2649904 or Paddy on 087 2695276.

Defibrillator training

The above will also be held in Creegan’s, Bunlahy on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 March at 7pm. Cost is €25 and training is certified and will be completed within the one evening. Please contact David on 087 7970464 or Mary on 087 9964366 to book your preferred evening.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place in Fay’s Bar, Granard on Friday, 27 March at 9pm. All proceeds will go directly to Granard Easter Festival. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Longford GAA

Longford GAA in association with Gary O’Hanlon, Viewmount House Head Chef & Star of TV3 “The Restaurant” Show, are hosting a cookery demonstration on Monday, 30 March in the Longford Arms Hotel at 7.30pm.

Thank You

Bunlahy Area Action Group would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Tractor Run. Total monies raised were €3,000, which will be split evenly between The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and Bunlahy Area Action Group. A special word of thanks goes to McCarren’s Cavan, O’Hara’s Bakery, Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy; McElvaney’s Pub, Coolarty, Margaret Brady at Windy Cottage Bakeries and everyone who volunteered their time on the day.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society provides a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day, we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. This Friday, March 27 is Daffodil Day but due to other commitments and with the kind permission of the owners collections will take place at Supervalu Granard and Mc Brien’s Supermarket, tomorrow Thursday 26 March. All support will be greatly appreciated. For further information please contact Eileen on 086 3115544.

GAA Club

Membership for 2015 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, or any member of the Executive Committee, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players includes membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple, €10 non playing students; €10 OAP. Thank you. Closing date for receipt of membership is Tuesday, 31st March. Your membership support for your local Abbeylara GAA Club would be greatly appreciated.

Active Retirement

Our next get together will take place on Thursday 26 at 11.00am. New members’ are welcome.

Festival Committee

We are having a Table Quiz on Saturday night 28 March in Crawford’s Lounge at 9.30 pm. Tables of four €40, raffle on the night. If you are coming, please bring a friend. The Quiz Master on the night will be Sheila.  Why not come along and join in with the crack, you may surprise yourself by answering all the questions.

Resurrection Garden

There is now a Resurrection Garden in St. Mary’s Church, Carra. Children please bring flowers or a small toy to help decorate the Garden at Easter.


Lotto Results: 19/03/2015; Winning Numbers: 1, 3, 12, 25. €20 winners: Olga Reilly, Toneymore; Gabriel Creamer, Rincoola; Damien & Mary Duffy, Carra; Mark Smyth, Carra; Margaret Sullivan, Aughnagarron. Our next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 26/03/2015. Jackpot is now €7,150. It could be you!

The Carers Association

The Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 26 March 2015. This will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm. We are also providing a one day workshop on Challenging Behaviour,  The Carers Association are also providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 07/04/2015, this will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm  provided with this is a one day programme on elder abuse.  For more info please contact the training unit on 057 9370221 or email: Web: