Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Cathal McWeeney, Teffia Park, Longford who died on Sunday, 16 February, Kathleen Biggins, Shrule, Co. Galway, who died on Monday, 17 February, Michael Tully, Rathcor, Granard, who died on Wednesday, 19 February, father of Jacinta McCormack, Cloonaghmore.  May they rest in peace.


Ash Wednesday this year is celebrated on Wednesday 5 March which marks the beginning of Lent. Trócaire Boxes will be distributed to each home in our parish soon. The focus on this year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign is on “water”.

Learn to Jive

Learn to jive with Eamonn Cunniss five times all Ireland champion, on Tuesday evenings in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna and on Sunday evenings in Farrell’s Lounge, Ballinalee from 8pm to 10pm. Just turn up on the night. Everyone is welcome, fee €10.

Pottery Classes

Lus Na Greine is now accepting names for a Pottery Class tutored by a fully qualified professional. Classes will take place subject to interest and will probably be on a Tuesday evening. Please book at the centre.

Eager Readers

A book club for those who love the pastime and want to discuss and learn among themselves starts in Lus Na Greine tomorrow, Thursday, 27 February between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. All is welcome.

5K Road Race/Fun Run

Castletown- Finea, Coole Whitehall GFC are holding a 5K Road Race and Fun Run on Sunday, 23 March at 12 noon. The event is AAI approved and fully insured and is a full road course. Times will be published on Facebook after the event. Prizes for many categories including Seniors, Juniors, Over 40’s, Over 50’s and U-12 National School Children. There will be special group for children walking the route, fully supervised with two stewards. Refreshments will be served in Fitzsimons Bar following the event. Entry fee is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children, and information may be had by going to “CFCW FiveRun” or “Castletown Finea Coole Whitehall GFC”on Facebook, or by contacting Derek Sheridan on 087 9714734, or Noel Delaney on 087 7589930.

Benefit Night

A Benefit night will take place on Saturday, 8 March in Creegan’s Bar, Bunlahy in aid of the Sammon family, Bunlahy, following a recent house fire. Admission is optional. Music by Chuck and June. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Agricultural Show

The annual general meeting of Granard Agricultural Show Society will take place in John V’s Lounge on Thursday 6 March at 9pm. All members are requested to attend. New members are very welcome.

Granard/ Abbeylara Bingo

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 is now €14,400. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!!

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.

GAA Club Lottery

Sellers are required to help with the sale of Club Lotto please. Contact Patsy Lynch on 087 9150478, Mary Ledwith 087 4187221 or Elenora Smith 086 8890543 or any Club Officer or Committee Member.

Club Draw

Croke Park has organized this draw and is sponsoring all the prizes, which are good. Tickets €10 each, with the full €10 for each ticket sold going to our own local Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Draw takes place on Monday, 17 March. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221 or Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 for your ticket. Please support. See poster in Farrell’s shop or Crawford’s Lounge for full details.

Lotto Results

Lotto Results: 20/02/2014; Winning numbers: 2, 11, 17, 25. Maureen Fagan, Mullahoran; William Crawford, Abbeylara; Marian Lynch, Lettergunnell; Barry Cunningham, Cloughernal; Carmel Reilly, Carra; Mary O’Connor, Toneymore. Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern on 27/02/2014. Jackpot is now €4,400. IT COULD BE YOU.

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 2014 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. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Active Retirement

Trade Show in the Radisson Blue Hotel, Galway on Tuesday, 8 April. A Bus will leave from Abbeylara, if we have enough people travelling. Phone 087 251 0072 for further details.

Bereavement Course

A six week bereavement course for adults who have experienced the death of a relative or friend begins in the Family Centre Longford on Wednesday, March 5 at 8.00pm. This course will be presented by two trained, caring and experienced facilitators. Over the years many people have found this course very helpful. For further information and booking please contact 043 3346827 or 087 2843034.

Active Retirement 

We are going on our 5 day trip to Kerry from 22 to 26 June, staying at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, 4 nights B/B and 4 evening meals plus free show in hotel every night.  Coach from Abbeylara to Kerry and back, including day trips around Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. One free day to browse around Killarney or a trip in the jaunting cars etc., at your own expense. Price â‚¬300 includes Tea/Scones on way down and evening meal on way back.  €50 deposit secures seat. Contact Denis at 087 251 0072.


A fundraising Concert will take place on Wednesday, 9 April in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent at 8.30 p.m. with Mick Flavin and his Band. Proceeds go towards the maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott.


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.

Book Club

The club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard at 11.00am.  Next meeting is on 26 February.

Granard Credit Union Ltd.

Planning on getting married? Buying a new car or perhaps thinking of some new home improvements, Special Spring Loans are now available at Granard Credit Union; Home Renovation Incentive Loan @ 8%, Wedding and Car Loans also @ 8%. So why not call into our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Ballyjamesduff Musical Society

Proudly presents â€˜Frolics - Forever Young’ in St. Joseph’s Hall, Ballyjamesduff from Friday 7 March to Sunday 16 March (except Monday). Booking office is open at St. Joseph’s Hall, Ballyjamesduff from Wednesday 26 February from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Tel 049-855 3330. Adm. €15. Children’s rate €7-only for first 5 nights. Group rates available on request for first 5 nights.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

We now have our “New To U” shop on Market Street, opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. 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

Badminton 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.

Volunteer Recognition Event

To celebrate the work of their volunteers, Lus Na Greine is having a celebratory evening tomorrow, Thursday, 27 February. All volunteers and Group Leaders, Community Volunteers, Shop Volunteers and New Volunteers are invited.

Rural Transport Programme

We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to ALL AGE GROUPS, with FTP holders travelling Free. Single Fare is €3 and Return is €5, for under 65 years. For our local region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are 2 Friday services into Granard = via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy/Cloughernal and in the Afternoon = via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. Our STOP and DEPARTURE Point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. The Rural Transport office is based in LCRL Longford, Phone 043 3345555. All information is on the website, under the Rural Transport Programme. Information can also be accessed from the GAAG office, Main Street, Granard.


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