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Rose of Tralee

Best wishes to Daphne Howard, the Longford Rose who is off to Tralee for the annual festival to crown the 2015 Rose.

C.E. Vacancies

There will be a number of vacancies on the Community Employment Project sponsored by Granard Area Action Group for 7 September. Three (3) Environmental workers for the Granard Area Job Ref. No. ES957661; One (1) environmental worker for Bunlahy village Job Ref. ES 957663; One (1) Cook/Housekeeper Job Ref. ES 957668 based in Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre and a Receptionist Job Ref. No. ES 9578014 also based in Lus na Greine FRC. Please contact your local DSP Employment Services / Intreo Office Ballinalee Road Longford to check eligibility and to apply for these positions. Closing date is this Friday 14 August.

SVP Education Assistance

St Vincent de Paul are in a position to offer some financial assistance to 3rd level students whose course comes under one of the following categories: Under Graduate 3rd Level Education;   Practical courses; Training; Apprenticeships e.g.  Post Leaving Cert Courses; Other criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Conference. For further information contact:  085 1503985.

Granard Visitor Centre Project

The committee wish to thank all those who bought tickets in this year’s annual members draw. This draw is our main source of funding and once more the people Granard and the surrounding parishes and indeed further afield have given great support to the project.Our draws for June and July were held at our recent public meeting which was the first to be held in our own buildings.

Prize-winners for June Draw – 1. David and Stephen Caldwell, Robinstown Granard - €500; 2. Teresa Brady, The Looking Glass Main St. Granard - €250. 3. Eoin O’Boyle, Reilly and Co., Main St. Granard - €100; 4. Edel Biggins-Kiernan, Ballinacross Granard - €100; 5. Patsy Martin, Parnell Row Granard - €100. Prize-winners for July Draw– 1. Margaret Brady and Michael Doherty, Barrack St. Granard- €500; 2. Cloe & Michael Shaughnessy, Clonfin Ballinalee - €250; 3. Moran and Dalton Families, Dalystown - €100; 4. Gerard Smyth, Higginstown Woods Granard - €100; 5th Mary O’Reilly, Muckerstaff - €100. Congratulations to all our winners. As always, our draws are independently witnessed by members of An Garda Siochana and we wish to thank them for attending our meetings in order to do so. Our next two draws will be held at our public meeting in September.

Callaghan Academy

Dancing classes for boys and girls 4 years plus. Children get the opportunity to participate in team and solo dancing for competition, grade examinations and for fun. Registration takes place at an Open Evening on 15 September in Granard Community Centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact Jackie on 083-4614727 or email Jackie for further information and to book a place.

Gun Club

The club would like to remind members that insurance and membership monies are now overdue and can be paid to Joe Coyle. The club would like to express their sincere sympathy to the Higgins family Ballymaurice o the death of Paddy who was a member of the Club. The Club would like to thank David Mulvihill for his generous sponsorship towards our last shoot. Best of luck to the Club’s team who are taking part in the County Shoot at the end of the month.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will be held in Crawford’s Lounge, Abbeylara on this Saturday 15 August at 9.30pm. Your support will be appreciated. Proceeds to Northern Gaels Minor club.

Farewell Social

A Farewell Social and Presentation to Father P.J. Fitzpatrick P.P. Loch Gowna who is leaving the parish for Mountemple will take place on Friday, 28 August in the Pikers Lodge, Loch Gowna at 8pm.  Buffet served 8.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome.


Presentation and Appreciation night in memory of Martin Cadden will be held in the Pikers Lodge, Lough Gowna on Friday, 21st August commencing at 10.00pm. Presentation of a cheque to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust on the night. Music on the night presented by the Mad Ass Mules featuring Marty Mone of the “Hit The Diff” fame. No children allowed.


GROW will hold a four week Personal Development programme in the Lus na Greine FRC on Monday evenings starting 28 September and ending on 19 October . This is a great opportunity to become more mindful and self-aware and take time out to care for yourself. We are accepting bookings now. Phone 0436660977.

Historical Society

To celebrate Heritage Week we are delighted to say we have invited Dr. Kieran O’Connor to give a lecture/talk on Granard Motte and Bailey. Many people will be familiar Kieran due the work he carried out on the Motte in recent years, and his lecture on ‘Granard Motte & Bailey’ which will be held on Friday, 28 August at 8.00pm in Granard Library, should be of great interest to everyone. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Motor Neurone

The Ballinalee, Killoe and Newtownforbes Friends of Motor Neurone Committee are running their annual fundraiser again this year. Motor Neurones Monster Barn Dance on Friday 28 August 2015 at Rawle’s Ballinalee. Music by Nite Fever, Sharon Turley and many more on the night.  Doors open at 9pm.  Tickets €5 on sale now. Phone 086-1798896 for further information.

Credit Union Ltd  

The following were the lucky winners in our member draw held on Saturday 1st August. €5,000 Siobhan Brady. €5,000 Padraig McGauran. €500 to each of the following: Caroline and Kellie O’Farrell. Charlie Lynch. George & Yvonne Ferguson. Next member draw will be held in December this will be our monster Christmas draw. More detail nearer to the time. Members please note you must have €50 in your account to qualify for our members draw. Student loans now available. New for month of August Home Improvement Loans @ 8% Hours of business Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5.00pm.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Granard at 8.45pm. Main Jackpot is €20K in 42 calls or less. Second Jackpot is building up nicely also. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and Granard G.A.A. Clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped to An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Ardscoil Padraig

Ardscoil Phádraig are currently finalising their enrolment process for QQI Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These QQI Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. Please contact the school on 043 6686209 for further details email:

Rural Transport

County Longford / Westmeath Community Transport have vacancies on their “Door to Door” services throughout the county. All age groups catered for. Single Fare €3; Return fare €5; Contact John Maguire local provider in the Granard area on 043-6686180 or mobile 087-6213526. For further information on the project contact Longford Westmeath co-ordinator Noel McCormack C/o Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

SVP Shop

The SVP shop is open at lower Main Street. Something for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Fridays and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally. Helpline No. 085-1503985.


The death of Ronan Reilly, Ballinroey, Dring occurred on Tuesday, 4 August. His body reposed at the family home on Thursday and Friday. Removal took place to Purth Church on Friday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his parents Pat and Martha; brothers and sisters; his grandmother Jenny McGivney, Granardkille and the extended family circle and many friends.

Patrick Higgins

The untimely death of Patrick (Paddy) Higgins, Ballymaurice, Granard occurred at his residence in the presence of his loving family on Friday, 7 August following a short illness bravely borne. His body reposed at the family home on Saturday evening. Removal took place to St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Sunday evening and funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in Granardkille New Cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Mairead, (nee Berry), sons Patrick and Dylan; daughters Melanie McMonagle; Sarah Carton and Shaunagh; Grandchildren Alanna, Noah and Oscar. Sister May Gaynor; brothers Mick and Jim. Sons-in-law; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews; aunt Philomena Donohoe and uncle Jim Reilly; the extended family circle; his many friends in the business world and the management and staff of Pat the Baker.