Granard notes



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Gun Club

The members will be climbing Croagh Patrick on this Saturday, 10 October. There will be a bus going from Granard and there are some seats available for anyone who wants to avail please contact Joe Coyle on 087-6888981.

Ardscoil Phadraig

Open Evening and Enrolment - Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard Parents of sixth class students are invited to attend our Open Evening on Thursday 15 October 2015 from 7-9pm. Pupils and parents can view the excellent school facilities, meet students and staff and see the achievements, work and the success of our students first hand. Parents/guardians are invited to enrol their children in the school on the night.

Leisure Buddies

Volunteers wanted for the ‘Leisure Buddies Project’, St. Christopher’s. We are continuously recruiting for volunteers from around the county to give up their time once a month to befriend someone who attends St Christopher’s and to meet up with them at a time that suits them both to attend a social activity of their choice. e.g. going to the cinema; to the pub; a concert or just for a cup of tea and a chat. New volunteers are inducted and fully supported by staff. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Leisure Buddies project in St. Christopher’s please contact the Leisure Buddies co-ordinator on 086 4074988 for more information.

Senior Co. Final

Commiserations to Abbeylara who were defeated by Killoe on Sunday last in Glennon Bros. Pearse Park on a score line of 1-14 to 1-11. Congratulations to Conor Berry, Abbeylara who was selected as Man of the Match.

Solemn Novena to Our Lady

The annual Novena commences on Wednesday 28 October at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard and continues for 9 Wednesday nights. Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part.

AG Bingo

Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot now stands at €20,000 in 42 calls or less. The second Jackpot is €2,800. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubs.

Monster Bingo

Granard Motte Enterprise Centre are having a Monster Bingo on Sunday 18 October at 3.00pm in the Community Centre Granard. Your support will be appreciated.

Pitch & Putt

Granard Pitch and Putt club would like to thank the participants on the Community Employment Project sponsored by Granard Area Action Group for their assistance in maintaining the grounds and surrounds.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped into An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Credit Union

Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Student Bursary forms now available at counter. Next members draw will be in December when there will be a lot of cash prizes on offer. To be in with a chance to enter in this draw members need to ensure accounts are up to date with a minimum of €50 in savings. Details on all of the above from any member of staff so call in and discuss.


The John Dungan Granard Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann held their annual general meeting on 17 September. The following officers were elected: Chairperson Declan Donohoe; Vice Chairperson Helen Reilly; Secretary Brid Campbell; Treasurer Kate McKenna; Auditors Grainne Donohoe/Rose Reynolds. PROs Nessa McKenna/Maura Sheridan. Irish Language Officer Elaine Reilly. Youth Officer Aisling Reynolds. The next meeting will be held on 12 October at 8.30pm in the Granard Area Action Group Office, Mai Street Granard. The branch are hosting the County Fleadh in May 2016 and are organising a concert on 6th May, so anyone interested in helping our please join us for our next meeting.


The St. Vincent de Paul Shop Main Street Granard opens each Monday morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm as well as the first Tuesday of each month. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting a very worthy local cause.

Church Concert

St. Mary’s Church Granard is the venue for An Garda Siochana Male Choir on Sunday 15 November at 5pm. Proceeds to St. Vincent de Paul Granard. More details later.

Supper Dance

A supper dance will take place in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown on Friday 6th November. Music by Vincie Carr and Anne McGrory. Proceeds in aid of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Granard Restoration Fund. Tickets €15 each. Doors open at 9.30pm. Your support will be appreciated.

Adult Badminton

Badminton takes place each Monday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall at the rear of Ard Scoil Padraig. Four (4) playing courts. Shuttles supplied. Phone William for further information on 0868226523.

Minor Final

Best wishes to Northern Gaels, the young footballers of Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta who play Killoe in the Minor final on Sunday in Glennon Bros. Pearse Park at 2pm.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Mary Lizzie Kilbride, Aughakilmore, Ballinalee died Tuesday, 29 September. May she rest in peace.

Art Club

Are currently involved in a wonderful community project and would love anyone interested to join them. Raising awareness of poverty has brought the group to work with clay and paint in an expressive way. They will have a launch day in October. So come along and bring your own unique wisdom to the group on Wednesdays from 10am to 12 pm at Lus na Greine FRC Main Street Granard.

Glee Club

Longford Glee Club, weekly singing, dancing and drama classes in Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre, have resumed. Newcomers welcome. Children aged 4 - 12 can join. For more information on price or booking, call 087 7619605.