Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November. Proceeds towards Abbeylara Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

Christmas Party

Abbeylara Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, 7 December in Crawford’s Bar. More details in the coming weeks.

Altar List

Please write out the names of those who have died belonging to you and anyone else that you remember. Place your list in the box in the Church. These lists will be placed on the altar and prayed for at each Mass. Prayers will be offered for all our dead at all Masses. Also two Masses (1 in each Church) will be offered each week for the faithful departed, including the people on your lists.

Faithful Departed

Mass will be celebrated for all who have died in our Parish since November 2013 and for those who have died outside our Parish but with family living in our Parish and for former parishioners who died in the last year or so, will be offered on Friday, 28 November in Abbeylara Church at 7.30 pm. All are welcome.

Epilepsy Ireland

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November. Please support.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club will hold their annual Race Night on Saturday, 27 December in Crawford’s Bar/Lounge. Lines are on sale at €10 per line. Please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan on 086 3998807, or the usual outlets around our parish to buy your lines.

A Make-up Master Class

Longford Women’s Link will be running a Make–up Master Class on Tuesday, November 25 from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. This master class is designed for your own personal makeup needs, so whether you’re a complete make-up novice or you wish to develop your existing skills, this course will help to increase your knowledge and ability so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Anyone with any scrap please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan, 086 3998807 before Saturday 25 October.


The Sacred Heart Calendar 2015 and Living Prayer Booklet are now available. This year they are celebrating Pope Francis with lovely selection of photographs in both publications. The Calendar includes all Feasts and Holy Days with short message based on daily Gospel and Pope’s intentions for each month. Calendar costs €2.50; Booklet - €1.90. Special offer both for €3.50.

Gun Club Christmas Draw

The Gun Club are holding their annual Christmas Draw and Party in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 20 December, music on the night is by Na Fianna. Tickets for their draw are now on sale by club members and in local shops, 1st prize €300, 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize €100 and 4th prize €50; tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. Your support will be appreciated.

Walk to Remember

The Caring & Sharing Association (CASA), which supports people with disabilities, is staging a ‘Walk to Remember’ along the banks of the Royal Canal in Mullingar on Saturday, November 22. There is a choice of two waling routes, either side of Mullingar, 10km or 15km, which will follow the leafy banks of the canal to a finish point in the town, where mass will be celebrated. Participants are asked to have raised €50 to €100 before taking part, and the meeting point is at the Park Hotel at 10.30am. A cycle option is also available, as are walking group rated. For more details please contact 01 8725300 or email

Table Quiz

Granard Area Action Group Ltd. are holding their annual Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday, 21 November at 9pm. As this is the only public fundraiser held during the year the group would greatly appreciate your support. 

Fireside Tales

Longford Historian and Author Jude Flynn is launching the 12th book in his ‘Fireside Tales ‘series in Longford at the end of this month. This is an excellent achievement for the local writer. Longford – born journalist Liam Collins, Opinion Editor, Irish Independent, will launch the book on Thursday, November 27 at 8.00pm in Longford Library.

Solemn Novena

The Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady takes place in St. Mary’s, Granard on Wednesday, 19 November at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday 17 December. This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. We invite you to be part of this great gift.

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.


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 €17,800. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Solemn Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, continues every Tuesday, until Tuesday, 2 December in The Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Rosary takes place at 7.30 pm with Novena Prayers at 7.45pm and Holy Mass at 8pm.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm. New players are most welcome. There will also be live music here on Saturday night by Matthew Kearney. Refreshments will be served on the night.

Christmas Market

Would you like to display or sell your Christmas Wares this festive Season? If so then come along to the Granard Christmas Market which takes place on Main Street on Sunday 7 December from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Exhibitors are required to set-up their own stall with Outdoor Canopy and Own Insurance Cover. There will be a Unique Live Crib, the Christmas lights will be switched on and Santa will also arrive on the day. This promises to be a great festive family day out in the town so why not come along and enjoy the fun!

Table Quiz

Abbeylara / Carra Tidy Towns are holding a Table Quiz in Crawford’s on Saturday next, 22 November. Raffle, spot prizes and refreshments on the night; please support as this quiz is replacing our Christmas draw that usually takes place in December.

Dancing Classes

The above takes place on Tuesdays in Lus na Gréine, Granard from 8pm to 10pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, rock & roll, etc. €10 nightly.

Community Alert

Abbeylara Community Alert Committee are holding a meeting on Wednesday, 19 November in the Handball Alley, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. All committee members to attend please.

Umbra Clothing

Clothing collection in aid of Fr. Nicholas Ngulutu, St. Joseph’s, Kavisuni, Diocese of Kitui, Kenya. All types of clean, dry, ladies, gents and children’s clothing; bed linen; curtains; towels; bags; belts and paired shoes. The collection will take place at Abbeylara and Carra Church Car Parks on Friday, 21 November before 12 noon.

GAA Club Lotto

Results: 13/11/2014; Winning numbers: 4, 11, 12, 17. €20 Winners: K. Tully, Longford Road, Granard; Aoife Galligan, Ballymachugh; Mary Moore, Castletown, Finea; Helen Brady, Camagh; Thomas Pettit, Toneymore. Our next draw will be held in The Mill on 20/11/2014. Jackpot is now €6,300. It could be you!

Sign Language Course

A six week Sign Language Course for beginners will start soon subject to sufficient interest in Lus na Greine. If interested please contact the Centre on 043 6660977.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

The above is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Warmer Homes Scheme

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; Owner occupied, Non Local Authorities Homes; Constructed before 2006; or The owner is in receipt of one of the following; Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Family Income Supplement or Jobseekers Allowance for over six months & with a child under 7 years of age. Therefore if you think you may be eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page before the winter rush sets in. , or simply call 043 3393255 for an application form.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of Granard on Friday for Shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. To maintain the Local service in your area, including “link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 Single and €5 Return. – FREE TRAVEL PASS holders travel FREE. If you have any enquires please contact Seamus at 043-3345555 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Garden Club

Granard garden club will meet in Lus na Greine on Monday night next November 24 at 8pm and all members are reminded to attend and new members welcome.