The Solemn Novena to our Lady concludes on this Wednesday evening 18 December at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on this final night. Everyone is encouraged to come along in preparation for the birth of Christ.

Gun Club

The club is holding their annual Christmas draw in J.V. Donohoe’s Lounge on this Friday 20 December. Music on the night with lots of spot prizes. The club would like to wish all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2014.

Abbeylara Gun Club

The annual Christmas Draw and Party takes place in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday 21 December with music by Na Fianna. Spot prizes galore. All are welcome. Happy Christmas to everyone.

Rural Transport

Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) manages and administers the Rural Transport Programme which covers the rural regions of County Longford. Many thanks to all the passengers and stakeholders who have supported and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the year. Spaces are still available for this “door to door” service in your area please contact your Local Provider or to Seamus (Co-ordinator) at 0433345555. All ages groups are welcome. Timetable: All routes for 2013 will be completed by Tuesday 31 December. Services fro 2014 will resume on Thursday 31 January 2014. Longford community Resources would like to wish all passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme. “A Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Good Wishes for the New Year”.

Musical Comedy

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School proudly presents HONK a musical comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling on 17 to 19 December in Cnoc Mhuire Sports Hall commencing at 7.30pm. For further information visit Tickets: €10.00 for bookings phone 0436686231 or 0858409506.

Thank You

I, Emma Regan from Ballymorris, Granard would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made contributions to my fundraising efforts for my recent trip to South Africa in September. Global Vision International are a worldwide charitable organisation who do fantastic work in third world countries and their mission in The Stellenbosch Orphanage in Capetown is where I was based for my 17 days. My trip would not have been possible but for the wonderful generosity shown to me during my fundraising campaign and the sponsorship received. I also received wonderful support from my friends, work colleagues, local media and my family who without their support and encouragement the trip would not have been possible. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually I hope that this notice will be regarded as a token of my appreciation and to assure everyone that their contributions have helped to make a real and lasting difference to these severely disadvantaged children. Wishing you all a happy holy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year.

Credit Union

Our Christmas Opening Hours are as follows: Monday 23 December - 10am-2pm, Tuesday Christmas Eve –Closed, Office re-opens on Tuesday 31 December. Wednesday 1st January 2014 – Closed and Thursday 2nd Business as usual 10am – 5pm.

Fireside Tales

Fireside Tales No. 11 was launched by Ciaran Mullooly RTE’s Midland correspondent recently at Longford Library. The book contains interviews with people from all over Co. Longford and is available for sale locally in Donoghue’s Hardware Store Main Street Granard. This book makes an ideal Christmas gift for Co. Longford people at home or away.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. The Jackpot this week is €13,500. Also lots of spot prizes on the night. There will be Bingo on next Wednesday 25 December Christmas night, please note that this session is commencing at 7pm.

Pitch & Putt

The Annual General meeting of Granard Pitch & Putt Club took place on Monday, 9 December. There was a very good attendance on the night. The following officers were elected for 2014: Chairperson: Benny Fay; Vice Chairman: Thomas Flaherty; Secretary: Linda Higgins; Treasurer: Raymond Fay; PRO: Noel Kelly; Assistant PRO: Benny Fay; Juvenile Officer: Raymond Fay; Coaching Officer: Roy Burke. The club would like to thank Francie and Thomas Kelly and anybody else who helped out with work completed on the course during the past year. Finally the club would like to wish all the members and their families a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and every blessing for safe and Happy 2014. Follow us on Facebook: Granard Pitch and Putt.

Walking Club

Granard Happy Heart Walking club continue to meet every Saturday morning meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 10.15am. New members welcome. Application forms available from Lus na Greine reception or from any member. See you Saturday!


The Library is operating from the Community Centre every Friday from 10.00am – 5.00pm.


A Church gate collection will be taken up at all weekend Masses on Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 December. Please be generous with this collection as it will help to support people through challenging times.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm On Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

The Santa Train

The final chance to have a trip on Cavan and Leitrim Railway Santa Train in Dromod Co. Leitrim on this Sunday 22 December from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Children €10 and accompanying adults are FREE. Phone 071 9638599 for further information or visit


Results from Sunday 15 December: First Lady Molly Brady; Second Lady S. Coyle; Third Lady Annie Reilly; First Gent Johnny Brady; Second Gent Edward Dooney; Third Gent Seamus Keoghan; Half game Lady Una Dooney; Half Game Gent Peter Gregg. Raffle: 1. Dan Mel Reilly; 2. Jimmy Cahill and 3. Sean Flood.

GAA  Glotto

The following are the results from the most recent draw. Numbers drawn 2-6-13-26. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following winners of €25 each:

Charolette Kearney, Tonywarden, Granard; Joe Hynes, Castlenugent; Kevin Murtagh, Bruskey; John and Joanne O’Hara, Muckerstaff, Coolarty. Next Jackpot is €6,550.