Mass of Remembrance

Mass of Remembrance

For all those victims who fought and died in World War 1 will be celebrated in the near future. You can place the names of victims on the Altar for this Holy Mass, or to be carried to the Altar at the Offertory Procession. People who fought in World War 1 and survived will also be remembered in this Holy Mass.


A benefit/fundraising night will take place in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 13 September in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. There will be a raffle on the night for a hamper and numerous other prizes. All proceeds will go directly to the Hospital. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Dancing Classes

Dancing classes have commenced in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown every Monday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Learn to dance or improve your skills with Niall Doorly (TV3), Quick Step, and Jive etc.

Leaving Cert

Wednesday last, was “D” Day for all Leaving Cert students as the results of their exams were distributed. Hopefully, all students were happy with their marks that they achieved and we wish each and everyone of them good luck with their future.

‘Men’s Shed’

Granard Men’s Shed meeting and regroup with interested new members on Monday, 8 September at 5pm in Lus Na Greine. Our Men’s Shed is a friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. We are open to all men regardless of age background or ability. New members are always welcome. For further information please call 087 1375222 or check out our website


An open information evening on the Rainbows Support Programme for children experiencing loss through bereavement or family separation will take place on September 16 at 7.30 pm in Lus Na Greine. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and others to learn about the benefits of the programme. A Rainbows Programme for children will commence on 4 November and run for six consecutive Tuesdays from 6.00pm – 7.00pm concluding in January 2015. For further details contact Irene on 085 1159289.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 7 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30 pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Mass will be celebrated at 3pm. Buses from the usual pickup places including Granard at 10.45am. For further details and to book your seat please contact Donnelly Buses at 043 6686540.

25 Card Game

A 25 card game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.


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 €16,900. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Parish Draw

Many thanks to the 159 people who have joined for the draw for the coming year 2014 / 2015. Anyone still wishing to join is welcome, please contact your collector. Thanks very much also to all the Parish Draw collectors.


Unislim takes place in Granard Credit Union, Barrack Street every Thursday from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For more information call Karen on 087 3244996.

Tax Relief Scheme

Thanks very much to the 57 people who have returned their CHY3 Certs. Those people still wishing to return their CHY3 Certs are kindly requested to do so immediately, but not later than Sunday, 24 August. Thank you very much.


There are still some spaces available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for Monday 5 and Thursday 18 September 2014. The following course will take place on Friday, 17 and Saturday 18 October 2014. For further information please contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line ACCORD also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples, experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.

Tidy Towns

Abbeylara Tidy Towns hold their next meeting on Thursday night, 21 August at 8.30pm. See you there!

GAA Lotto

Results: 14/08/2014; Winning numbers: 12, 18, 29, 30. €20 winners: Tom & Joan Murphy, Carra; Gabriel Devine, Carra; Brian McGivney, Mullinalaghta; Andrew Lyons, Ballinamuck; Declan O’Reilly, Kilcogy. The next draw takes place in The Mill on 21/08/2014. Jackpot is now €5,650. The Club meeting scheduled for Thursday, 14 August was cancelled as Abbeylara were playing Fr. Manning Gaels on that same evening in the Longford SFC play-off. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. The next meeting is due on Thursday, 11 September.


The Caring and Sharing Association supporting people with disabilities have been in Longford 30 years, and offers a social event each month to over 30 people with special needs who are from all areas of the county. Our helpers are one to one in a group setting to offer each person quality friendship and support. Presently we are recruiting volunteers. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life from students of 16 upwards, to those who have retired and wish to share one day a month of their time with another person. We use the proverb in CASA that “A candle loses nothing, in sharing its light” Phone Bernie Belton on 086 1296305 or Majella Meade 085 7744159. Email

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. No appointment necessary.

Adult Badminton

Badminton takes place on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.


The Colmcille Ploughing Association will hold its annual Ploughing and Field Day on August 31 next at Sam and Andrew Noble’s field in Dernaferst - just past the ‘Four White Walls’. The event has been gaining momentum over the past few yeas and organisers say that this year will be bigger and better than anything seen before in North Longford. As well as the usual ploughing classes there will be plenty to do for the kids and lots of entertainment on the field for all the family to enjoy. There will be raffles and prizes galore on the day and some of the most competitive and skilled ploughmen in the country will descent on the hills of North Longford for this very highly regarded event. So why not come along and enjoy a great day for all the family!!

Independent Living

The above will hold a collection on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August. Please Support. Longford CIL was established in September 1999 for and by people with physical and sensory disabilities in County Longford at Longford Centre for Independent Living Ltd. CMC House, College Medical Centre, 1 Ballinalee Road, Longford, Tel: 043 3331702; Mobile 086 8073099. Email:

‘The Walk of Fire’

On Saturday, 30 August a number of volunteers are taking part in ‘The Walk of Fire’ in aid of Lus na Greine FRC. The walk will take place in Westport. All proceeds go towards Counselling Supports in the Centre.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continues every Friday morning from 8.30 am to 11.00am beside the post office. Fresh vegetables are now in stock along with the usual cakes, bread, buns, eggs, crafts and firewood.

‘Family Matters’

‘Family Matters’ with Dr. Brian McClean; An informative and enjoyable workshop/talk on positive family in 2014 will be delivered in Lus Na Greine

Resource Centre on September 10 at 7.00 pm. This is a free event and opens to all.

Community Games

Well done to Ciaran Scanlon who came 4th in his final in the All Ireland Community Games. There was only less than 0.5 of a second between Ciarans’ time and the winning time so he was not far off the mark. Aisling swam yesterday and was in a very strong heat and just finished in 4th place but was not enough to see her into the semi. Aisling will take great heart from her performance as she has another year at this level and she will be back next year. Also in action was Reece O’Reilly who was part of the mixed cross country team who just finish out side of the medals in their final. Well done to all 3 children. Next week see Rachel Gillian, Connor Leonard and Aoife Leonard take part in track and field events and we wish them all the best.

Garden Show

Ballinagh Garden Club will hold their annual Flower and Vegetable show on Monday, 25 August. Entries for the J Scott Trophy for flower arranging include; Hall Table Arrangement, Best House Plant, Best Sweet Pea Arrangement in Vase, Best Dahlias, Best Roses, Best wild Flower Arrangement and Best 3 Gladioli. Entries for the T O’Rourke Trophy for vegetables include; Best 3 Onions, Best 3 Carrots, Best 3 Parsnips, Best Head of Cabbage, Best 3 Roosters, Best 3 Kerr’s Pink and Best 3 of any other variety of Potato. There is also a competition for the ugliest vegetable. Hall will be open for entries from 6.30pm and everyone is welcome to take part. Entries are 2 euro per section. For any other enquires, contact Seamus Murphy on 087 – 2830134.


The executive committee along with the team management and players of the Ballymore Intermediate team wish to express a very sincere thanks to Johnny and Moll Creegan and all at Creegan’s Bar, Bunlahy for their very kind sponsorship of a set of lovely Tops (Jackets) which was presented to the lads on Monday evening following training. This gesture is very much appreciated by all in the club.


A fabulous course in Personal Development will start in early October in Lus Na Greine FRC. Bookings are being taken from early September. For further information please contact 043 6660977.