Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Molly Donaghy, New York, U. S. A., a native of Springtown, who died on Wednesday, 6 May, sister of the late Brendan Brady, Springtown; John Pat Kelly, St. Colmcille Terrace, Granard, who died on Saturday, 9 May. May they rest in peace.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the pupils of 2nd Class, Abbeylara N.S. who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 16 May in Abbeylara Church.

Abbeylara N. S.

Enrolment Forms are now available for pupils enrolling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686806.

Aughnagarron N. S.

Enrolment Forms are now available for pupils enrolling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686805.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the parish draw held on Thursday, 14 May in Carra; €300 – Paul and Maura Gilna, Carrickduff; €200 – P. J. and Mona Donoghue, Carra; €100 – John Reynolds, Ballinacross and €50 – Barney Brady, Derragh – Renehan. Thank you very much for your ongoing support of our parish draw. Also sincere thanks to the collectors of the parish draw.

Re-Dedication of St. Mel’s Cathedral

The following were winners of invitations in a draw on Wednesday, 13 May in Abbeylara - John Fay, Carra; Hugh and Philomena Kelly, Kinkillew; May Mulligan, Toneymore; Kathleen Reilly, Creevy, and P.J. Reilly, Ballinacross. John Fay will carry our parish banner in the Procession of parish banners at the re-dedication.


The Blessing of St. Mel’s Cathedral Ruffatti Organ takes place on Sunday, 24 May in St. Mel’s Cathedral at 8pm, followed by a concert featuring the Longford County Choir, the Cathedral Choir and an organ recital. You are invited to the above event. Admission is free


Granard Community Childcare Facility will have their enrolment evening for September 2015 for ECCE and Montessori on Thursday 28 May from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.


By now each family should have received your invitation to the Parishioners evening on Friday, 29 May in our new Parish Centre. Any family that may not have received their invitation please contact your Pastoral Council representative. For catering purposes please let us know how many are attending this event. Thank you.


Any person in our Parish who would like to bake a cake, scones, tarts, etc. for the Parishioners evening on Friday, 29 May is welcome. More details next week.

New Parish Centre

Abbeylara is the place to be on Friday, June 12, as the Community will celebrate the opening of the new Abbeylara Parish Centre. To mark the opening o f the new centre, Ireland Top Country Artist Derek Ryan and his Band will take to the stage for a night of music and dancing. Derek has taken the country world by storm since his debut song ‘God’s Plan’, which was a massive hit. Known for his energetic and entertaining live shows, Derek’s visit to Abbeylara is an extremely exciting event for the local village and tickets, which are no doubt in, demand. You can avail of the tickets from the following venues; the Music Centre in Longford, P.J Farrell’s in Abbeylara, Lynch’s Gala, Loughduff, Supervalu in Edgeworthstown and Images Hair Salon, Granard. Tickets cost just €15 each. Dancing takes place from 11.00pm to 1.00am.

Family Field Day

Abbeylara Field Day takes place this year on Sunday, 14 June. This year’s Field Day promises to be the best yet. More details in the coming weeks.

Host Families

A group of Spanish Studies are hoping to attend a summer camp in Cnoc Mhuire, Granard from 4 July to 24 July. This is the first year for the camp in the Granard area and is an extension of the successful Moyne Community summer camp which has been running since 2011. The students (boys/girls) aged 12/13 years are currently looking for host families. For further information please contact Angela on 085 8391939 or Good rates apply.

Poker Classic

On Sunday, 31 May next a Poker Classic will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva starting at 6.00pm. This Classic is organised by friends of the late Martin Cadden and all proceeds go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. All support will be greatly appreciated.


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 €20,000. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!


Abbeylara GAA Club is holding a meeting on Thursday, 21 May in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 9.00pm. Full attendance please!

Lotto: Results: 14/05/2015; winning numbers: 7, 16, 27, 29. €20 winners: Alex McEntee, Glan; Marie Scanlon, Carra; Sean Murphy, Carra; Colm P. Smyth, Abbeylara; Colm P. Smyth, Abbeylara. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 21/05/2015. Jackpot is now €7,550.

“Duck Racing” Fundraiser

Northern Gaels GFC are holding a Fundraising Duck Race, length, quarter kilometer fundraising event on Sunday 31 May at 5.00pm at Derragh River, Abbeylara. Lines are on sale at €5 per Duck. Your support would be very much appreciated.


A fundraising evening will be held in Lough Rynn Castle for Console – The National Suicide Charity on Saturday, 23 May at 8.30pm. Thanks in advance for any support you can give the event; Siobhán O’Neill, Fidelma LIoyd, Sylvia Booth, Margaret Lawrence, Dolores Reynolds, Drumlish Gortletteragh, Mohill, Ballinamore, Tooman 086 8137972.

The Carers Association

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Communications module on 28 May one day a week for five weeks in Tullamore, Co Offaly.  This is one of the mandatory modules towards the full healthcare award.   For more information please contact the training unit on 057 93 70221.

Active Retirement

Our day trip to Lissadell House Country Fair will take place on Monday, 13 July also calling to Glencar Waterfall and the Grave of W.B. Yeats. For further details please contact Denis at 087 2510072.