St. Mary’s Parish

St. Mary’s Parish

It is with great joy St. Mary’s Parish welcomes Archbishop Charles Brown Papal Nuncio to Ireland to lead us in solemn evening prayer on Sunday 1st February at 5.30pm. As part of the solemn evening prayer the Papal Nuncio will present Sr. Maeve with the Benemerenti Medal. The word Benemerenti derived from the Latin meaning “to a well deserved person” and it hangs on a yellow and white ribbon in Papal colours. The community are invited to be part of this solemn occasion with the Papal Nuncio, Bishop Francis Duffy and Bishop Colm O’Reilly.


The monthly meeting of Granard I.C.A. takes place on Thursday 5 February at 8.00pm in the Credit Union Meeting Room entrance at rear of building. A guest speaker will attend on the night. Hostesses for meeting are Nancy and Maura. Monthly prize Aggie Dermody. Prospective new members are welcome to attend two meetings before deciding to pay a membership fee.

Federation News

The ICA Federation quarterly meeting will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on 24 February hosted by Legan Guild.

Strictly Come Dancing

Best wishes to I.C.A Federation President May Campbell who is taking part in the Strictly Competition in aid of Attic Youth Café and Temperance Hall Longford.


Co. Longford Historical Society will deliver a lecture on Bishop John Kilduff (1820-1867) on Wednesday 4 February in St. Mel’s College at 8.00pm. Gearoid O’Brien Athlone Librarian and author will talk on the life of this distinguished churchman who was closely linked with the building of both. Mel’s Cathedral and St. Mel’s College. A very topical subject with the re-opening of the Cathedral at Christmas and the 150th anniversary of the college.


Sympathy is extended to Paddy Durkin, Main Street, Granard and the extended Durkin family on the death of Paddy’s mother, Eileen Durkin (nee Reid), Saggart, Dublin which occurred at Peamount Hospital, Dublin on 17 January. Funeral Mass was celebrated in Terenure, Dublin on Wednesday. Prayer Service was held in St. Mary’s Church at 1.00pm followed by burial in Granardkille old cemetery. May she rest in peace.

The death of Anna McGerr, (nee Masterson), Kilfintan, Granard occurred peacefully at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford on Saturday, 24 January. Predeceased by her husband Owen and son Declan. She will be dearly missed by her family Mary, Eugene, Patrick, Edel and Paula, brother Tommy Masterson, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law and extended family circle. May she rest in peace. Funeral Mass was celebrated in Boherquill on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.

Commemorative Mass

A special commemorate Mass took place in St. Colmcille’s Church Augnacliffe on Saturday last to mark the 40th Anniversary of the late Fr. Philip J. McGee. Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly was the celebrant. Fr. McGee was involved in the management of the Longford GAA Senior team in the 1960’s which culminated in the team’s historic win of the National League in 1966. Many of the surviving members of the Longford and Galway teams attended the Mass together with former fellow teachers from Moyne Community School who organised the event. Fellowship followed in the Community Centre Aughnacliffe.

Arthritis Ireland

Living well with Arthritis. A pain management course commences on Tuesday 3 February in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown at 7pm for a 6 week period. To register your interest in this course please contact or contact local course leader Mary Henry 087 1404200 or Zenta Roemhild 086 8982044. National helpline 1890 252 846.

Done and Dusted

Abbeylara GAA are holding their annual drama presentation in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent on Friday and Saturday 13 and 14 February. This year’s presentation is entitled Done and Dusted and promises to be another very entertaining event again this year Tickets are available from club members at €15 each this includes supper. On Saturday night following the drama there will be Cabaret and Dancing with Andreas Durkin.

St. Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s services are having a fundraising night in the Community Centre, Granard on Friday, 20 February commencing at 8.30pm. Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking a play written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke and directed by Charlie McGuinness. All Seamus O’Rourke’s plays are very entertaining.

St. Vincent de Paul

Official opening of new shop will take place on Saturday, 31 January. Lots of bargains available! The committee would like to thank everyone for your generosity and support and assure you that all donations received will go to people in need in the Granard/ Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta and Ballinalee areas.

Ballinagh Garden Club

Will hold their monthly meeting on Monday next, 2 February at 8pm in the Community Centre with Catherine Gibson Brabazon and her topics are Spring planting and vegetable growing. Refreshments will be served and all welcome.


The annual Clonfin commemoration ceremony will take place on this Sunday 1 February starting with Mass for deceased members in St. Mary’s Church in Granard  at 11.30am followed by the ceremony at the site in Clonfin at 3.00pm and refreshments in McElvaney’s, Coolarty afterwards. The organizing committee are looking forward to a large crowd attending and all are welcome.

Art Classes

A six week Acrylic and Water-colour painting course will be held in Granard Community Library on Tuesday 3rd February from 10 am to11-30. Price for course will be 50euro. For further details call Mary on 087-0606276 . A very enjoyable morning guaranteed.

Computer Classes 
Basic Computer Classes starting in Granard Library on Thursday evening 5th February from 7.00- and Wednesday morning11th February from 10.00-11am . A friendly introduction to Internet, Emailing, and Microsoft Office etc. €50.00 for 6 weeks or pay €10.00 each week. Wednesday Mornings and Thursday Evenings. For More Information Contact 0436686164 or


The next Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown, on the first Friday, the 6 February, commencing at 10pm. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 0861900640.

Christmas Lights Committee

Granard Christmas Lights committee would to thank the people of Granard and surrounding areas for their help and contribution in bringing Granard to it’s festive glory this Christmas. To everybody who sold and bought tickets for the draw, organisers and supporters off the tractor run, the people that came along to the fancy dress all those who came out in numbers for the traditional street market, people who gave individual donations, we are deeply appreciative. To all the people that were in any way associated with lending a shoulder and helping with the Christmas Lights/Christmas Tree’s and Crib this year Thank You. Going forward to 2015 we look forward to your support once again & would welcome new faces on board with great aspirations to once again recreating and improving on this magical experience in Granard - the town we are all so proud to live in.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets returned on Friday morning last with their usual supplies of home baking; crafts; firewood etc. situated beside the Post Office Main Street Granard. The market takes place each Friday morning from 8-30am to 11-00am.


Bingo continues at the Community Centre Granard each Wednesday night commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot is now at €19,100. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GAA.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union are pleased to announce a new Car loan Rate of 7.5%. Please call into our office for more details on our offer of free road tax on every 2015 car purchased with a loan from Granard Credit Union ltd. Office hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.


We want to start Storytelling at Granard Community Library soon. Looking for volunteers to come in on a Saturday morning for an hour once a month to do some reading to the children. Please contact the Library at 0436686164 or

Yoga with Virginia

Yoga for relaxation, inner calm, strength and flexibility. Four week Hatha Yoga course using body and breath awareness commencing Monday, the 26th of January from 8-9 in Granard. To book or further information Tel Virginia on (087) 7740901.

Longford Mental Health Association

SOS in partnership with “Longford Mental Health Association” is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Monday 2nd February in The Longford Arms Hotel, Main Street, Longford Town. This is a full day workshop running from 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included. If you or anyone you know would like to attend please contact Lisa or Jacqui on 1890 577 577. Please note that we can only take bookings by telephone.

Whist Results

The following a results from Sunday, 25 January at the Community Centre Granard. First Lady Eva Kirk. Second Lady Vera Leahy. Third Lady Kathleen Kerr. First Gent Eddie Dooney. Second Gent Michael Brown. Third Gent Cahal Fitzpatrick. Half Game Lady Anna McLoughlin. Half Game Gent Bernie Nally. Raffle Jimmy Cahill. Kathleen Kerr and Jimmy Cahill.