New Mayor: Congratulations to Cllr. Frank Kilbride who was elected Mayor of Co. Longford at last week’s meeting of Longford Co. Co. which was held in the Park House Hotel Edgeworthstown. The deputy mayor is Cllr. John Duffy from Drumard. We wish them both well in their roles. It was a memorable evening for Frank with the Park House Hotel celebrating 25 years in business on the same day. A host of entertainers were present to entertain the large crowd on the night. The proceeds from the event went to Cancer Care.
Rath Mhuire: Congratulations to Sr. Maeve and the Management and staff of Rath Mhuire Resource Centre who celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Centre on Saturday last. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Simon Cadam and Fr. Seamus Fullham in the Community Centre with people from the various groups associated with the centre participating in the liturgy. The Community Centre was looking resplendent with all the beautiful flower arrangements and collages of photographs of all the work; summer camps; training and social events carried out at the centre over the past 25 years. Representatives from the HSE Midland Region who fund the Centre were there and many other organisations who availed of the services over the years. The current co-ordinator of the Centre Ms Jackie Kennedy spoke afterwards and thanked Sr. Maeve for her foresight in setting up such a facility for the town of Granard. Sr. Maeve spoke of the history of the Centre from it’s inception and the success of the outreach centre The Dolmen Centre in Colmcille which followed. Oliver Cassidy made a presentation to Sr. Maeve on behalf of the community and wished her well for the future. Refreshments were served afterwards with musical entertainment. We wish Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and the Dolmen Centre many more years of success.
Pilgrimage: The annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place on Sunday 17 July. Booking with Brigie Burns 043- 6686696.
Summer Camp: County Longford Youth Service is running a Summer Camp for young people in the area aged 10 and over. The camp is running from the 11 to 15 July at the Cannon Kelly Community Sports Hall Granard. The camp runs from 10.00am to 3.00pm daily and the cost is only €10.00 for the week. For further information or to book a place please contact County Longford Youth Service on (043) 3340907.
Raffle: Tickets are currently on sale for a top prize of a Quad 2. Barrel of Oil and 3. Weekend away for 2 . Tickets are €3 each or a book of 3 for €5. All proceeds for the parish centre in Abbeylara. Please support. Tickets available from Pat McHugh 087-6308152.
Garden Competitions: The annual Co. Longford garden competitions include Flower Garden Competition open to ICA members only. Vegetable Garden Competition: Open to all gardeners, male and female in Co.Longford. The Children’s Section: A small plot of either vegetables or flowers. Open to all children in Co. Longford. Adjudication will take place towards the end of July to early August. Entries to Lilian Walsh on 086-6014661 before 30 June 2011.
Annual Tour: The annual tour organised by Nell Campbell / Donnelly’s Coaches takes place from 17 July to 20 July to Clonree Hotel Letterkenny. Anyone interested please contact Nell at 043-6676108.
AG Bingo: Bingo takes place each Wednesday night at 9.00pm in the Community Centre Granard. The Jackpot is now in excess of €8,000. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and Granard GAA clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.
VHI Cúl Camps: For the first time this summer one of the VHI GAA Cúl camps takes place in Higginstown Complex Granard. Camps are priced at €55 for the first child and €45 for every child thereafter with the cost of our nursery camps being just €30 per child. Camp dates is July 18-22 at Higginstown Granard - Football, H/C, R Online booking now open at www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie & www.longfordgaa.ie or contact Patrick at 087 6613384 or any Club or Co. Longford coaching staff for more detail.
Tennis Camp: Tennis Ireland Sport for Life with coach Colm Murphy T.I.C.A. are holding a Tennis Camp at Granard Tennis Court from Monday 4 to 8 July. Classes for the following age groups 6- 8 Boys and Girls 10.30 to 11.30am. 8 to 10 Boys and Girls 11.45 to 12.45pm; 10 to 12 Boys and Girls 2.00 to 3.00pm. 12-14 Boys and Girls 3.15 to 4.15pm. Times and age groups are subject to change. For further information contact 086-8348477.
Breffni Challenge: Local man Johnny Macken is once again taking part in the Breffni Challenge and would appreciate your help with sponsoring him in this very worthy event. This year St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin; the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Cavan Cancer Homecare Association will benefit from the sponsorships. Over the past number of years the Challenge has raised over €750K for cancer research. The event takes place on Saturday 30 July 2011 and is sponsored by Brady’s Volkswagen Gerry Ellis and Sons Fresh Today in association with St. Patrick’s GFC and the Community of Arva. For further information contact 01-4065314.
Country Markets: ‘Fiver Friday’ Granard Country Markets are taking part in this promotion on Friday 1st July. Spend €5 in the market and get €1 worth of goods free. Everyone is encouraged to spend in their local community.