Ballymore football club held their monthly draw in Creegan’s on Friday night last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Hugh Quinn while Eimear McGivney, Johnny Creegan and Bernard McElvaney won one hundred euro each. Next draw will be held at the end of April.

The late Mary Drake Smyth

It’s with much sadness and genuine regret that we record the untimely death of Mary Drake Smyth which occurred at her residence following an illness. Mary was beloved wife of Paddy Smyth and was daughter of the late John and Breege Drake of Rathbracken, Granard. A member of a family of thirteen children, Mary was a nurse and spent all of her working life in Dublin where she was much loved and very popular both with her colleagues and her many patients. Like most in her profession, Mary was a very kind person and following her return to her native Granard, Mary proved to be a great neighbour who was always willing to help anyone who needed assistance. A person of great faith, Mary accepted her illness with great dignity and was a great example to her family and many friends. Mary’s remains were removed from her home in Rathcor on Tuesday evening to her beloved St. Mary’s church in Granard and as the hearse made it’s way up the hill, it was flanked by a guard of honor from the Ballymore Football club as her late father John was a founder member of the club and indeed trained the team many years ago and her brothers all played with the Black and Amber. Mary was laid to rest in Granardkille cemetery following Mass on Wednesday and both her removal and funeral were attended by large crowds proof of the esteem which the family are held. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Paddy, her sisters Roisin, Nuala, Brid, Anne, Bernie her brothers Barney, Seamus, Eamon, John, Michael, Paddy and David and her nieces and nephews and extended family. May she rest in peace.


On Sunday, April 13th next, Longford Ploughing committee will host their annual field day on the lands of James and Harry Reynolds, along the main Granard/Edgewothstown road and this promises to be a great day out for all the family with entertainment for the young and not so young. Ballymore football club have been invited to provide the entertaiment for the children as a fundraiser and wish to sincerely thank the committee for this opportunity. All help with stewarding and car parking etc will be greatly appreciated.


Sincere sympathy is offered to the extended Shaughnessy families on the death of their sister, Mrs Theresa Finn which occurred in Ballyhaunis last week. Theresa’s death is all the more poignant as her brother Mickey, Graffogue, passed to his eternal reward only four weeks ago. May they both rest in peace.


Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together to Damien, son of Tony and Veronica Reilly, Tully, Coolarty and Kate, daughter of Mick and Margaret Kelly, Loughlinstown, who were married recently. A reception for family and friends was held in The Pikers Lodge Hotel in Gowna and a great time was had by all.


On Friday night last Ballymore football club held a presentation night in Creegan’s of Bunlahy and the proceeds of the recently held Tractor Run was divided equally between Suicide Awareness and the club itself. A grand total of four thousand and four hundred euro was collected on the day, so a cheque for 2,200 euro was handed over to each group. Mr. Sean Hannon was on hand to receive the cheque on behalf of LCRL Suicide Awareness and he thanked all involved for their wonderful efforts. The organizers wish to thank all who made this possible and assure everyone that this money will make a great difference to both Suicide Awareness and our local club and please remember that the club is there for all the youngsters of this Area and parents can be assured that when the children are involved in the club they are in safe hands. Sincere thanks to Johnny and Molly Creegan for the use of their premises again and for their very generous donation. The Ballymore club wish to thank Francie, Mary and Pauric Brady for the kind donation of a large Tree and also thanks JJ Reilly, Ned Monaghan, Joe Gorman, Sean McElvaney, Aidan Reynolds, Paddy Clarke, F Brady, P Brady and N Flynn for their help in preparing this tree for sale or raffle in the near future, a fundraiser with a difference.


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 1,477.75 euro 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 Valu, McBriens and the Country Market for facilitating the collections at their premises and for their courtesy to the collectors. Well done to all involved.


On Sunday last, Bishop Francis Duffy confirmed a total of 65 youngsters and three adults in St. Mary’s church in Granard, so we congratulate them all and wish them much happiness in the future. More details next week.

Country markets

Granard Country Markets continue every Friday morning from 8-30 to 11am beside the Post Office and the usual fare of Vegetables, Cakes, Eggs,Buns, Cards, Crafts and Firewood will be on offer. Now taking orders for Easter.

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