First Penance/Confessions

First Penance/Confessions

Congratulations to all the pupils of Abbeylara and Aughnagarron National School who celebrated their First Penance/Confessions on Monday and Tuesday 9 and 10 March last.

Parish Banner

Bishop Francis has requested as part of the Rededication ceremony of St. Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday, 17 May that each parish have a banner. The banner made from fabric would be held aloft on a pole. The fabric can have the name of the parish, a relevant local symbol and have whatever colours the parish chooses.

GAA Presentation

Presentation of medals to U-21 Championship winners and Division 3 League winners takes place on Saturday, 14 March 2015 in Crawford’s.


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 now stands at €19,600. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Spring Concert

Crover House Hotel & Golf Club will host a Charity Night with some of Ireland’s top Music Stars on Wednesday, 25 March. Some of the Stars include Eugene Ginty, Patrick Feeney, Susan McCann, Conal Gallen and Visdimir Joblokov. Tickets are on sale at €25, doors will open at 7.30pm where the show will kick start at 8.00pm sharp. All proceeds will go directly to the County Cavan Cancer Night Nursing Services. This promises to be a night not to be missed! Your support would be very much appreciated.

Reilki Workshop

Why not treat yourself to an enjoyable and very informative two day workshop in Granard on 21 and 22 March. For further information or to book a place please call Pauline on 086 2246019.

Active Group

Want to get fit and shake off the winter blues. Why not join an active group every Wednesday at Lus na Greine, Granard from 12 noon to 1.00pm. We welcome everyone including those who might be interested in taking part in the forth coming Ladies Mini Marathon 2015 to raise funds for our centre.

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage

The above takes place from Wednesday 27 May – Monday 1 June. Any Assisted Pilgrims wishing to travel on this Pilgrimage please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270. Other people are also welcome to travel, please contact Joe Walsh Tours for booking forms and details. For further details please phone 01 2410811 / 01 2410812.

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.

Active Retirement

Our Active Retirement group held their first get together of 2015 on Thursday 26 February last.  There was a good turn out and all our members were looking and feeling fine after the harsh weather of January and February. Our AGM will be held on Thursday, 12 March and we hope to have all our members present on this occasion.  There will be a special welcome for new members as this is the start of our year.  In order to travel on our outings you have to be enrolled as a member and membership fees are been taking at the next get- together.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Longford Area to help with our charity Collection Day on Friday, 24 April. Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area. Special Olympics Ireland is looking for volunteers across the day, so if you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Michael Carty on 085 1678768 or email

Positive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Are you assist trained?? If so would you like to become part of a Community Volunteer Group who wants to promote positive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention”? A meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 7.30pm at the EDI Centre, Longford. You are welcome to attend.

Golf Lessons

County Longford Ladies Golf Club is getting ready a package of 6 beginner lessons starting in early April. If you are interested or know of anyone interested please contact 086 8141023. Membership is not necessary for these lessons.

Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday 31 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm. An Bhéaltriail (Oral Irish), Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ní Mhurchú on 087 2642665 or Trudy Uí Fhearghail on 087 6475071.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 4 and 5. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store. Our Historical walk will take place on Saturday Morning. Our Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon. A not to be missed Novelty Race will take place on Saturday night. On Sunday we will have our Easter Parade with Street Entertainment and Live Music. More details in the coming weeks!

Veterans of World War 1

We are trying to compile a list of all people from our parish who served in World War One. Later on this year Holy Mass will be offered for all these people. Their names could be placed on a stand with other relevant information about their service. During the Mass for these Veterans they could be acknowledged and thanked. Please contact us with any relevant information that you may have about our Veterans. Volunteers requested to do this survey – perhaps one from Abbeylara and one from Carra.

History of Religious

It is hoped to compile a list of all Religious who are natives of our Parish. When a list is completed we can celebrate in some appropriate way these Abbeylara Parish natives Religious as our way for celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life 2015. Volunteers requested to do this survey – perhaps one from Abbeylara and one from Carra.


Copies of a simplified version of the seven questions from the Synod Preparatory Document are available in our Churches. Please take one and any views you may have about any of these questions, contact any member of the Parish Pastoral Council. This is part of the preparation for the Synod due to take place in October 2015 in Rome on Marriage and the Family. Volunteers requested to do this survey – perhaps one from Abbeylara and one from Carra.

2015 Irish Vintage Society

Streete Parish Park will host the 2015 Irish Vintage Society All-Ireland on Sunday, July 12. An all-out effort will be made to make this an outstanding event which will not only benefit the parish of Streete but also the counties of Westmeath and Longford. For further information on this event please contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656, Pat Duffy on 086 8433355, John Parker on 086 8301347 or email

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw which was held on Thursday, 5 March in Carra; €300 – Bernard and Maureen Smyth, Beechgrove, Abbeylara; €200 – David and Noreen Feely, Ballinacross; €100 – Fr. John Brady, Knock Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo; €50 – Tom & Evelyn McKeon, Clough. Thanks for your support of the Parish Draw and thanks also to the collectors of the draw.

Cycle and Climb

The 5th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb will take place on Sunday, May 31st. This unique event is challenging and most rewarding, with 147km cycle and a 3-3.5 hour climb on Croagh Patrick. So there is plenty of time to train and we will look forward to another very successful day on May 31st. Details on Registration will be available in the coming weeks.

Defibrillator Training

The above will also be held in Creegan’s Bunlahy on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 March at 7.00pm. Cost is €25 and training is certified and will be completed within the one evening. Please contact David on 087 7970464 or Mary on 087 9964366 to book your preferred evening.

The Carers Association

The Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 26 March 2015. This will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  We are also providing a one day workshop on Challenging Behaviour,  The Carers Association are also providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 07/04/2015, this will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm  provided with this is a one day programme on elder abuse.  For more info please contact the training unit on 057 9370221 or email: Web:

Vintage Run

A Vintage Run will be held on 15 March at 12pm from Creegan’s, Bunlahy. Vintage and modern Tractors, Cars, Motorbikes, Lorries, Ass and Carts are welcome. This fundraiser is in aid of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and Bunlahy Area Action Group. Entry fee is €20 per vehicle and registration time starts at 10.30am. The run will be followed by music by Rhythm & Sticks. Refreshments served throughout the day. Donations are welcome and appreciated. (Strictly no Loaders, Implements, passengers allowed on vehicles). Please contact Pauric on 087 2571626 or David on 087 7970464 with queries. Looking forward to a great day!

Craft Fair

A Craft Fair is being held at Ardagh Heritage and Creative Centre on March 14 from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. You are invited to go along to the beautiful setting of Ardagh and browse the stalls. Tea and coffee will be served on the day. You may pick up that special gift for Mother’s Day or something nice for yourself.

GAA Club

Membership for 2015 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, or any member of the Executive Committee, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players includes membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple, €10 non playing students; €10 OAP. Thank you. Closing date for receipt of membership is Tuesday, 31st March. Your membership support for your local Abbeylara GAA Club would be greatly appreciated. Lotto Results: 05/03/2015; Winning Numbers 12, 14, 19, 24. Liam Brown, C/o J. V. Donohoes; Martin Corcoran, Lisryan; Mary Moore, Castletown; Brendan Leslie, Lisryan; Michael Dolan, Balloo. Our next draw will be held in Crawford’s on 12/03/2015. Jackpot is now €7,050.