Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Mary Drake-Smyth, Rathbracken, Granard Co. Longford who died on Monday, 24 March. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and friends. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Phil Geraghty, Slieve na Mbhán, Co. Tipperary who died on Wednesday 26 March, sister in law of Helen Brady, Camagh. May they rest in peace.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Róisin Mary, daughter of Sinéad (Lynch) and James Durnall, London & Creevy.


Congratulations to the following 12 girls and 16 boys who were confirmed on Saturday, 29 March in Abbeylara Church by Bishop Francis Duffy; Niamh Burke, Ava Donohoe, Edel Gettings, Gráinne Grier, Ella Kane, Lauren Kelly, Sophie Kiernan-Molloy, Katie Kiernan, Aibhín Masterson, Chloe Matthews, Caoimhe Reilly, Muireann Smith, Tommie Cunningham, Conor Fagan, Cathal Gilligan, Shane Kelly, Michael Lynch, Bryan Masterson, Jordan Martin, James McCormack, Cian O’Reilly, Cíaráin O’Reilly, Domhnall O’Reilly, Matthew Quinn, Logan O’Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Ciarán Scanlon, Frank Sheehy. May the Holy Spirit guide and inspire you throughout your lives.

First Friday

Friday, 4 April is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions in Abbeylara Church at 7p.m. followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30p.m.

Table Quiz

Abbeylara Field Day is holding a Table Quiz on Friday, 25 April in Crawford’s Lounge, more details in the coming weeks.

Active Retirement

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 3 April.  We need new members to join our group; so don’t be afraid to come along, as this is the beginning of our new year. There are lots to do and talk about and maybe you have ideas that may enhance and strengthen our group. There are lots of outings planned for the summer months. We will be looking out for faces that we all know and we will make them most welcome at the next meeting in Sports Centre at 11.00am on 3 April.

Family Field Day

Meeting on Thursday, 3 April in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. Anyone interested in helping with this event and or with new ideas please attend this meeting.

Table Quiz

Abbeylara G.F.C is holding a Table Quiz on Saturday, 5 April in Crawford’s at 9 p.m. €40 for table of 4. Proceeds for Abbeylara GFC. Your support would be much appreciated.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing Classes for children (5+yrs) starting Friday 4 April between 6.00m and 7.00pm at Marrett Smyth’s house, Ballinacross. Contact Kathleen Kelly for further details on 087 6754705

Step Into Spring

Ladies come along and view “Fabiani Boutique” amazing show and handbag collection in the Boomerang Lounge Granard on this Friday 4 April at 9pm.  Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some finger food.  Lots of Spot prizes on the night.  All proceeds to Granard Easter Festival.  A great ladies night out not to be missed.

Parish Pastoral Council

The members and the area they represent are: Region 1. Camagh, Coolcroft, Cooldoney – Michael Brady. Region 2. Derragh, Renehan, Cloonaghmore. Gertie Sheridan. Region 3. Abbeylara, Ballyboy, Kilbride. Vincent Quinn. Region 4. Kinkillew, Ballinacross. P. J. Reilly, Chairperson. Region 5. Cartronbore, Toberphelim, Springtown, Killina. To be filled. Region 6. Ballywillian, Toneymore. Mary Reilly. Region 7. Creevy. Yvonne Gregory. Secretary. Region 8. Carra, Ballinrud. Paddy Battrim. Region 9 A. Cloughernal. Bernadette Heaney. Region 9 B. Aughnagarron, Trumra. Paddy Rabbitt. Region 10. Dalystown, Clough, Carrickduff. Eamonn Drake. President. Fr. Michael Campbell.

Grow your Own

Wish to learn more, why not book in for six hands on evening classes in Lus Na Greine Community Garden with Horticulturist Brendan Farrell. Part funded by Longford County Council.  Open to all in the Community.

Parish Draw

Anyone who wishes to renew their membership of the draw for 2014/ 2015 can do so by paying €100 full year, €50 half year, €25 quarter year to your collector. Thank you.


On Sunday, April 13 next, Longford Ploughing Committee will host their annual field day on the lands of James and Harry Reynolds, along the main Granard/ Edgeworthstown road and this promises to be a great day out for all the family with entertainment for the young and not so young.

Drama Group

DVD’s of a Christening with a Twist is now for sale. Price €10. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221, Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 or Mary O’Connor, 086 3272417.

Mindfulness Living & Relaxation

Reduce Stress & Learn Life Skills: Practical & Powerful, life supporting 8 week programme for men & women of all ages; takes place on Wednesday’s 7.30pm to 9pm in the Family Life Centre, Longford. Booking is essential. For further details contact Geraldine on 085 2749493.


Forms for enrolment for September 2014 are now available at Abbeylara NS, 043 6686806 and Aughnagarron NS, 043 6686805.

Monster Auction

A Monster Auction will take place in Ringtown GAA Centre on Sunday, 13 April. Doors open at 2pm. If you would like to donate any unwanted gifts, furniture, household goods, ornaments, home heating fuels or cattle feed etc you can do so by dropping these items at the centre on the previous week or collection can be arranged. For further information please contact Thady 087 9525430, Andy 086 8391930, Anthony 085 7735231 or TP 087 6952976.

Men on the Move

Funded by Longford Sports Partnership & HSE part time over twelve weeks. Open to unemployed men, includes health and fitness, nutrition, and job-hunting skills. For further information or to book a place contact Elaine on 085 7042909.

Longford Race Day

At the recent launch of Longford GAA Race Day sponsored this year by Flynn & Lynch, Mr. Martin Skelly encouraged all Longford people to come on board again and support. This is the 12th Race Day and is due to take place on the 30 April 2014. He reminded everyone present of the importance of this event both as a great social event as well as outlining the financial importance it is to Longford GAA. The price of the Race Day remains good value for money and is held at €100 per person or €1000 for a table of ten. Contact your local GAA Club for further information.

Daffodil Day

A sincere thank you is extended to all who contributed so generously to the collection in Granard for Daffodil Day on Friday last. A grand total to date of €1477.75 was raised and has been lodged to the Daffodil Day Account for the Irish Cancer Society. Great thanks is due to all who helped with the collections on the day and to Super Value, McBriens and the Country Market for facilitating the collections at their premises and for their courtesy to the collectors. Well done to all involved. 

Solemn Novena

In honour of our Lady of Perpetual Help continues every Tuesday in the Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott at 7.30 p.m. and closing on Tuesday 22 April. For further enquiries please contact 049 8544416.

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.


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 €15,000. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 27/03/2014; Winning numbers: 2, 21, 25, 28. Eimlin Kelly, Kilbride; Barry Lynam, Granard; Louis Heaney, Aughnagarron; Carmel Reilly, Carra; Padraig Battrim, Ballinrud: Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 03/04/2014. Jackpot is now €4,800. IT COULD BE YOU.

Your Image Matters

Want to feel good about yourself every day whether it is for your business or personal look? This is a wonderful interesting, enjoyable and informative workshop by professional image consultant Kathryn Byrne for the person who wants their wardrobe to work for them on Tuesday, April 8, in Lus na Greine FRC from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Booking is essential – price €5 per person. To book a place call 043 6660977 or email

Friendly Call Service

The Rural Resource Worker made a presentation to the nurses in the new Primary Care Centre, located in Flancare Business Park, Longford. The Rural Resource Worker will be promoting the Friendly Phone Call Service to older people in the Granard Area. Any local groups in the Granard area are welcome to request a presentation on the service. Please contact Mary Mulvey at 043-3345555. The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The Friendly Call Service can be reached at 043-3349678 from Monday–Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.


Killeen Dramatic Society are delighted to announce their reunion and will present “The Maiden Aunt” a three act comedy written by Jimmy Keary on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 April in Granard Community Centre at 8.30pm. Admission €10 for adults and €5 for children. An enjoyable night’s entertainment is guaranteed.