Dinner Dance: St. Mary’s G.A.A. will hold their Dinner Dance in the Piker’s Lodge Loch Gowna on this Saturday 2 February. Tickets are on sale at €30 each at Kearney’s, Fay’s and Macken’s or any committee member of the Club. Dinner will be served at 8.30pm sharp so please come early. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment.

Dinner Dance: St. Mary’s G.A.A. will hold their Dinner Dance in the Piker’s Lodge Loch Gowna on this Saturday 2 February. Tickets are on sale at €30 each at Kearney’s, Fay’s and Macken’s or any committee member of the Club. Dinner will be served at 8.30pm sharp so please come early. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment.

St. Christopher’s: The next meeting of the Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s is to be held on Monday 4 February at 8.30 pm at the Credit Union Offices. Please note change of day from Tuesday to Monday. New members are invited and would be made very welcome. 

Coolamber I.C.A.: The monthly meeting of the guild will take place on Tuesday 5 February in Street Parish Park. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be very welcome.

Men’s Club: The club will reconvene on Tuesday 5 February at 12 noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. Phone Jackie or Lucy at 0436686309 for further information.

Writer’s Group: First meeting of 2013 will be on Monday 4 February at 3.00pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre.

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.

Tidy Towns: Owing to the poor turnout at the recent AGM of Granard Tidy Towns it was impossible to elect a new committee.  It was decided to try again at a re-convened meeting to be held on Monday next 4 February at 8pm in the Greville Arms Hotel.  Those interested in their town are asked to attend.

I.C.A.: The guild will hold their next meeting on Thursday 7 February at 8.00pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Entrance to the room at the rear of the building. A guest speaker will attend on the night. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be most welcome.

Credit Union Ltd.: Hours of business Tuesday-Saturday 10-5pm. Spring is just around the corner, time for Renewal and Revival. Granard Credit Union are pleased to announce our new Spring Loan @ 7.5% and Secured Loans @ 3.5%. Offer only available until 30 March. Why not call in and ask a member of staff for details.

Easter Festival: On Easter weekend – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March, all roads will lead to Granard for the Easter Festival! An exciting schedule of events is planned for the weekend including a 5K Run, Novelty Tug-O-War, Easter Egg Hunt, parade, Artisan Food Fare, live music and lots of children’s entertainment! All are welcome. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more details on events!

Thanks: The children parents staff and committee of Granard Community Childcare Facility would like to thank most sincerely St. Mary’s GAA for their fundraising initiative on St. Stephen’s Day. There was a good turn out despite the weather conditions. We can guarantee the money received will be put to very good use.

Anniversary Mass: A Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Liam Moore formerly of Barrack Street Granard will take place in Our Lady’s Manor Edgeworthstown on Tuesday 5 February at 11.00am.

Library: 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 Brach Library. €50 for 5 week course.

Recycling: You can leave your Christmas cards into Granard Branch Library for recycling. This service continues for the month of January.

TTRS: This 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: 1. A systematic programme of seeing listening speaking and typing. 2. Seeing the works written on the screen as they are typed out. 3. Hearing the words pronounced as they are typed. The course runs from September to December. For more information please contact Yvonne on 0876155965 or Granard Branch Library on 043 6686164 or granardlibrary@Longford

Glotto Results: The draw took place in JV’s. There was no outright winner. Numbers drawn 13 15 17 27. Congratulations to the €30 winners. Kyle Murray Water Lane Granard Mattie Connell Ballymore. Peter Fagan c/o Fagan’s Kilcogy. Next week’s jackpot €4,350.

Vocational Schools Success: Congratulations to all concerned with the Co. Longford Vocational Schools who won the Leinster Inter County Final on Friday night last in Newtowncashel defeating Co. Kildare on a score of 2.10 to 2.04. The team are managed by James Carroll (Offaly) and Ryan Plunkett (Westmeath) both team trainers with Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Most of the County team are made up of players from Granard’s Cnoc Mhuire with the remainder from Ballymahon V.S. Ballymahon Convent and Lanesboro C.C. taking in players from four counties - Longford Westmeath Roscommon and Cavan. Captain of the winning team is Aidan McElligott from Mullinalaghta. We wish them every success for the future.

Mock Wedding: Abbeylara G.A.A. Club and friends are hosting a Mock Wedding on Saturday 9 February in Crover House Hotel Mountnugent. This promises to be a very entertaining and enjoyable evening with many local personalities taking part. Proceeding commence at 9.00pm. Supper will be served. Tickets €15 each or 2 for €25. For further details / tickets contact Mary at 087-4187221; Elenora 0868890543; Mary 086-3272417.

Engagement: Congratulations to Declan Maguire, Dalystown, Granard and Lorraine Spillane, Cranley, Edgeworthstown who announced their engagement recently and celebrated with a party for family and friends in the Crossroads Inn Lisryan.

Birthday Celebrations: Congratulations to James Mulligan Creevy who celebrated a significant birthday on Saturday last in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard with family and friends.

Clonfin Commemoration: The annual commemoration takes place on Sunday 3 February at the Clonfin Monument at 3.00pm. The 11.30am Mass for the deceased members will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church Granard on the day. Refreshments will be served in McElvaney’s following the ceremony in Clonfin. All are welcome.

Historical Talk: Co. Longford Historical Society will hold their next lecture on Thursday 7 February in a new venue at the Sylvia Dawson Hall in St. Christopher’s Battery Road Longford. Lecture commences at 8.00pm. All are welcome and the evening is free.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Fr. Michael Campbell P.P. Abbeylara on the death of his mother Mary Anne Campbell Cloonohill Drumlish who died on 23 January. Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Thomas’ Church Fearglass on Saturday followed by burial in Gortletteragh cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of the late Alice Daly Abbeylara who died on 24 January following an illness bravely borne. Alice was a very familiar figure in Granard where she was always involved in fundraising for St. Christopher’s Services and other organisations. Her body reposed at Connell’s Funeral Home Longford until removal to St. Bernard’s Church Abbeylara on Monday 28 January. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday morning followed by cremation in Dublin. May she rest in peace.

Rehab4Life Pilates Classes: Physiotherapist led Pilates Classes suitable for all ages and abilities starting soon.  6 weeks Beginners Pilates class starting Tuesday 12 February 7pm - 8pm in Lus Na Greine, Granard, Cost  €50.  6 week Pre and Post Natal Pilates Class starting Wednesday 6 March 7.30pm - 8.30pm in St Marys Community Centre, Edgeworthstown Cost €70.  Use of foam rollers, theraband and weighted balls to maximise the challenge, and to add variety and the Fun Factor!! Small class size to maximise benefit for all participants.  Contact Geraldine on 0851217559. 

Whist: The following are the results from the Community Centre Granard on Sunday 27 January. First Lady: Annie Egginton. Second Lady: Kathleen Maguire. Third Lady: Molly Brady. First Gent: Johnny Brady. Second Gent: Peter Gregg. Third Gent: Cathal Fitzpatrick. Half Game Lady: Olive O’Reilly. Half Game Gent: James Reilly. Raffle: Michael Brown, Gerry Leavy and Kathleen Maguire.