Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Ronan Reilly, Ballinroey, Dring who died on Tuesday, August 4. Ronan will be sadly missed by his loving father Pat, mother Martha, grandmother Jenny, brothers Declan, Noel, Enda, Damien, sisters Patricia, Ann Marie, Jacinta, Yvonne, Elaine; uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Patrick (Paddy) Higgins, Ballymorris, Granard, Longford MD of Pat The Baker, Loving husband of Mairead, beloved father to Melanie, Sarah, Patrick, Shaunagh and Dylan, proud Grandfather to Alanna, Noah and Oscar, Father in law to Niall McMonagle and Neil Carton, brother of Mick (Michael), Jim and May Gaynor, (Lisryan). Deeply regretted by his brother in law and sisters in law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May they rest in Peace.

Farewell Presentation

Farewell Social and Presentation to Father P.J. Fitzpatrick on Friday, 28 August in the Pikers Lodge, Loch Gowna at 8pm. Buffet served 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Gun Club

The County Champion Clay Pigeon shoot will take place in our shooting grounds in Derragh on Sunday next the 16 August. The Club welcomes all the Clubs and wishes all teams the best of luck on the day.


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.

Citizens Information

There will be no Citizens Information Outreach Service in Granard on Thursday mornings for the months of July and August. If you require any information or advice please call to our office in Longford which is situated at Level One at Longford Shopping Centre or alternatively call our National Call Centre on 076 1074000. This Service provides free, quality, confidential, up-to-date information and advice to all in relation to their civil and social rights, entitlements and the social services that exist to support them.


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 €20,000 in 42 numbers; there is a second Jackpot of €2,000 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results 06\08\2015 - Winning numbers: 16, 17, 26, 29. Winners: Mick McDonagh, Granard; James Clarke, Killnaleck; Calum Reilly, Mostrim; Niall Sheridan, Lisryan; Mark and Colm Smyth, Carra. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 13\08\2015. Jackpot is now €8,200.

Tidy Towns

Bonus Ball results for July are as follows - J. Lynch, Mullinalaghta; Anne Denning, Kitty Mahon and Brendan Tully.


Abbeylara Tour of Croke Park, also visiting the GAA Museum, we will be visiting the Guinness Brewery also. The day out includes a stop for tea/scones on way up and evening meal on way home, also includes admittance to Guinness’s and Croke Park, travelling by luxury coach. We are travelling on Tuesday week the 18 August, if intending to travel with us please contact Denis before Friday, the 14 August 087 251. We will be travelling with Cuilcagh Tours.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 6 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the sick. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 3pm. Contact Margaret Donnelly 043 6686540 to book your seat. Bus tickets cost €16 each. A Bus from Granard will depart at 10.15am.

Granard Visitor Centre Project

The committee wish to thank all those who bought tickets in this year’s annual member’s draw. This draw is our main source of funding and once more the people Granard and the surrounding parishes and indeed further afield has 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. June Prize-winners – 1st. David and Stephen Caldwell, Robinstown - €500; 2nd Teresa Brady, The Looking Glass - €250. 3rd. Eoin O’Boyle, Reilly & Co., Main St. - €100; 4th Edel Biggins Kiernan, Cartronbore - €100; 5th Patsy Martin, Parnell Row - €100. July Prize-winners – 1st Margaret Brady and Michael Doherty, Barrack St. - €500; 2nd Cloe and Michael Shaughnessy, Clonfin - €250; 3rd Moran and Dalton Family, Dalystown - €100; 4th Gerard Smyth, Higginstown Woods - €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.

Autumn Courses

Longford Women’s Link is now taking bookings for Autumn Courses. These courses include Occupational First Aid, Occupational First Aid Refresher, Child Development, Special Needs Assisting, Manual Handling and Patient Moving, NUI Maynooth Certificate in Addiction Studies and a Special Purpose Award in Transformative Community Education. If you would like to join, our email list for course information is or phone 043 3341511.

Community Employment Vacancies

There will be a number of vacancies on the Community Employment Project sponsored by Granard Area Action Group for September. There will be 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.

Presentation Night

Presentation and Appreciation night in memory of Martin Cadden will be held in the Pikers Lodge, Lough Gowna on Friday August 21 commencing at 10.00pm. There will be a 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.

Umbra Clothing Collection

Please leave your bags of all types of clean and dry clothing for collection at Abbeylara and Carra Church Car Parks on Wednesday, 12 August, between 9.00am. and 12 noon.

School Reunion

St. Patrick’s N.S. Killeen will hold a 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday 27 September.  A book is being compiled to commemorate this event. We are seeking old photos and stories that people wish to share and have published in this book. Photos and stories may be scanned and emailed to Alternatively these may be given to any committee, board or staff member or handed into McElvaney’s.