Eucharistic Adoration: Takes place on the Mondays of January in Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott from 10a.m to 10p.m to facilitate private prayer for the protection of the unborn in our country, praying especially for all the elected politicians of our land. Details from 049 8544416.

Eucharistic Adoration: Takes place on the Mondays of January in Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott from 10a.m to 10p.m to facilitate private prayer for the protection of the unborn in our country, praying especially for all the elected politicians of our land. Details from 049 8544416.

Medjugorje Evening: On Thursday 21st February in the RDS, Dublin with the Visionary from Medjugorje, Marija Pavlovic Lunetti. There will be the Rosary, Holy Mass, and then Marija will have her apparition after which she will give a talk. Doors open at 4pm. The evening of prayer will begin at 5pm. and end at 8.30pm. More details from 087 9292499; email;

Rural Transport: We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to ALL AGE GROUPS, with FTP holders travelling Free. Single Fare is €3 and Return is €5, for under 65 years. The Rural Transport office is based in LCRL Longford, Phone 043 3345555. All information is on the website, under the Rural Transport Programme. Information can also be accessed from the GAAG office, Main Street, Granard.

Class of ‘86: Calling the class of 1986 Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Re-union is organised for 4 May 2013 in Bloomfield House Hotel Mullingar at 7.00pm. For further details contact any of the following: Pauline Stakem 083 3072807; Marie Cullen: 087 6373630; Monica Gorman 087 7701370 or Margaret Reilly 087 1334037.

Enrolment for the Sacraments: Enrolment for First Penance and First Holy Communion takes place for Abbeylara School on Sat. 2nd Feb. in Abbeylara Church at the 7.30p.m. Mass and for Aughnagarron School on Sun. 3rd Feb. in Carra Church at the 9.30a.m. Mass.

Granard Men’s Club: The club will reconvene on Tuesday 5th February at 12 noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre.

Granard Writer’s Group: First meeting will be on Monday 4th February at 3.00pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre.

Mock wedding: Plans are well under way for our “Mock Wedding”, which takes place on February 9th in Crover House Hotel. As the guest list is increasing by the minute, you would be well advised to ‘book’ your invitations as soon as possible at a cost of €15 each or €25 per couple. A unique and very enjoyable night’s entertainment is promised. Invitations will be in circulation in your area soon and are also available in local shops & pubs. Following the Wedding, a buffet will be served, after which music will be provided by “Cheap Whiskey”. For further details contact any of the following: Mary 087 4187221, Elenora 086 8890543 or Mary 086 3272417.

Computer Classes: Want to improve your computer skills or just want to know how to email and Use social media. Got a new laptop and need help on how to get started. Contact Yvonne on 087 6155965 about classes starting soon in Granard Branch Library, €50.00 for five weeks.

Recycling of Christmas Cards: Granard Branch Library is Recycling Christmas cards until the end of January.

TTRS: TTRS is a computer based course for children and adults with spelling and reading difficulties, dyslexia and other learning differences. Learning is promoted by a multi-sensory approach: A systematic Programme of seeing, listening, speaking and typing, Seeing the words written on the screen as they are typed out, Hearing the words pronounced as they are typed. The course runs from September to December. For more information please contact Yvonne on 087 6155965 or Granard Branch Library on 0436686164 or

Citizen 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.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Eugene Charles, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, who died on Thursday 17th Jan, uncle of Marcella Kelly, Abbeycourt, Abbeylara and Mary Anne Campbell, Cloonohill, Drumlish, Co. Longford who died on the 23rd Jan, mother of Fr. Michael and Alice Daly, Abbeylara who died on Friday 25th, May they rest in peace.

Catholic School Week 2013: Catholic Schools in the Community of Faith. Sharing the Good News takes place from Sunday 27th Jan to Sat. 2nd Feb. the Primary School Community is the Home School and Parish.

First Friday: Takes place on Friday 1st Feb the sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions on Friday 1st Feb in Abbeylara at 7pm. followed by 1st Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fr. John Drumgoole: Rosary & prayers for the beatification of Fr. John Drumgoole on Friday 1st Feb. in Abbeylara Church after the 7.30 p.m. Mass. You are welcome to take part.

The Presentation of the Lord: This feast is celebrated on Sat. 2nd Feb. Please leave your candles for use in our Churches and or for use at home into either Church. They will be blessed at Masses next weekend.

St. Blaise: This feast is celebrated on Sunday 3rd February. Blessing of throats after all Masses next weekend. Blessing of School pupils and teachers on Friday 1st February in Abbeylara & Aughnagarron.

St. Christopher’s: Meeting of the Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s is to be held on Mon 4th Feb at 8.30pm at the Credit Union Offices. New members are invited and would be made very welcome.

Table Quiz: Thanks to all who helped make the table quiz on Friday 18th last a great success and thank you to those who donated spot prizes.

Community Games: AGM will take place on Sun 27th Jan. at 8.30pm in the Sports Centre. Decision will be made whether to continue the amalgamation with Mullinalaghta or revert to single Parish. Any person/parents who wants Community Games to survive must attend.

Parish Draw: The next Parish Draw takes place on Thursday 31st Jan. in Carra after the 7.30 p.m. Mass. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw please hand in before the draw.

DeafHear: Services for deaf and hard of hearing people Longford Clinic. Longford Outreach Clinic is now being held in the citizens Information Centre, Level 2, Longford Shopping Centre, on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 10am to 1pm. Services provided include; minor hearing aid repair (Health Service Aids only) hearing aid batteries for sale €2 a packet, information on Deaftech Equipment, information on deafness, hard of hearing and tinnitus. For more details please contact Church Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Tel/Minicom 057 9351606 Fax; 057 9326425 Videophone 057 9326421 Text 057 9326421

GAA Club Lotto: Lotto Results 22/01/13. Numbers drawn: 3, 5, 10, 30, €20 winners, Crawford’s 2, Alice Farrell, Toneymore, Sheila Fahy, Abbeylara, Gabriel Creamer, Rincoola, Patrick Cooke, Bridie Kiernan, Dalystown. Next draw 29/01/13 in Crawford’s. Jackpot €9,800.

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €9,800 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.

Active Retirement: Next meeting on Thursday next 31st Jan. at 11am. New members welcome, anyone wishing to travel with us on our trips during the year should attend this meeting, member’s fees are now due, which covers Insurance.

Tidy Towns: Our next meeting is on Friday next 1st Feb.  We need volunteers to help keep our village tidy.  The Tus and RSS helpers you’ve seen all last year have finished their term on this scheme. There will be new workers coming in mid Feb. and we need help to sweep and empty bins until these men or women are appointed. We are looking forward to seeing some help come forward as we have no younger people from the village on our Committee.

Clonfin Commemoration: The annual commemoration of the famous Battle of Clonfin will be held on Sunday next February 3rd starting with Mass for all deceased members at 11.30am in St.Mary’s Granard and continuing at the site in Clonfin at 3.00pm. A guest speaker will be in attendance. Refreshments will be available in McElvaney’s Coolarty afterwards and all are welcome.