Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Elizabeth Hickey, Ballyneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford who died on Saturday, 4 January, Sister in law of Sheila Fahey, Mastersons Close, Abbeylara. Kathleen Corcoran, (nee Mulligan) Philadelphia, U. S. A., a native of Ballywillan, who died on Monday, 6 January, Sister of Nancy Crawford, Abbeylara and Miriam Gilligan, (RIP) Ballywillan and Andrew Mulligan, (RIP) Ballywillan. May they rest in peace.


On behalf of Noreen Earley and her family, sincere thanks to all the people who attended in such large numbers, the Mass for Noreen on Friday, 10 January last in Abbeylara. Thanks very much also to all the people who helped with Holy Mass. It is appreciated. Please note that Mass on Friday 17 January in Abbeylara at 8p.m. will also be offered for Noreen’s recovery, please God. You are most welcome.

Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection is now open in Granard every Monday morning from 10.00am to 12.00.

Drama Event

This is an important event for your diary, so please note the following dates, 31st January and 1st February 2014 where our Drama Group will perform “A Christening with a Twist”. The Venue is Crover House Hotel at 8.30pm. Entertainment will be provided afterwards by Mary O’Connor on January 31st and Chuck and June on February 1st. Tickets are €15 each and will be going on sale during the week and tickets sellers will be calling on you. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Jog the Mall

Longford Sports Partnership will host a meet and train group to provide people with the opportunity to jog on a regular basis. Learn how to jog correctly with the support of a coach. Take part and choose a pace appropriate for you, suitable for all fitness levels. This meet and train group will start tomorrow, Thursday 16 January – 20 February at 1.00pm in the Mall Complex, meeting at the main door. Cost is €10 for 6 weeks to be paid upfront. Hope to see you there!!!

Line Dancing

Line Dancing with the Breffni Kickers will resume in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva tomorrow, Thursday 16. Beginners at 8.30pm and advanced afterwards. Happy New Year dancers we look forward to see you all there!!

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is welcome.

Enrolment Night

Enrolment will take place in Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard on Monday, 20 January from 6.00pm – 8.00 pm.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 09/01/2014; Winning numbers: 1, 15, 21, 28. Patsy McInerney, Moynagh; Jane & John Joe Reilly, Creevy; Eileen Baxter, Maughera; Gerard Gallagher, Dalystown; Paddy Dalton, Dalystown; Edel Biggins, Granard: Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern on 16/01/2014. Jackpot €3,800.

Readers of the Word of God

We thank those people who serve us through this ministry. We welcome you to continue serving us in this way. New readers are also very welcome. Please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270.

Ministers of the Eucharist

We thank those people who serve us in this important ministry. We welcome you to continue serving us in this way. New ministers are also very welcome. Please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270.

Cnoc Mhuire

Hold a collection at Masses on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 January. Please support.

“New To U”

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” shop on Market Street, opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Adult Badminton

The above 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.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information call 087 6151028 on any Friday.

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.

Community Diary

A Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible.

Abbeylara / Granard GAA Bingo

Bingo on Wednesday night in Community Centre, Granard.  This week’s Jackpot is €13,900. It could be you. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early, eyes down 8.45p.m.

Pilgrimage to Fatima

29 May - 5 June, 4 nights in Fatima and 3 nights by the sea in Costa Da Caparica. €100 off if paid in full by 3 February (€759). For information contact; Sheila Fahey at 087 277 4774.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje. On 13 August 2014, 7 nights half board €669 per person.  If paid in full before 3 February €100 off. Flights, transfers, fees all included. Contact Sheila Fahey at 087 277 4774.

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2014 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience please as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players include membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple, €10 non playing students. Nil OAP. Thank you.

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

One of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. This Programme ran by independent facilitators starts in Lus Na Greine Centre on January 29; morning and evening sessions are available to suit all situations. Bookings are now being accepted.

Charity Event

The Irish Cancer Society and Longford Hospice Donations amounted to €1,530. Many thanks for your outstanding support. The Fund will remain open for a further few days. Any other donations please hand to Mary O’Connor, Carragh. A pair of glasses was found after the event, available from above named.