Abbeylara Notes

Abbeylara notes

Abbeylara notes


Yours prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Ellen Hynes (née Burke) Ferriskill, Granard, Co. Longford who died on Saturday, April 26.Predeceased by her loving husband John, sons Thomas, Jimmy, John, Michael and daughter-in-law Mary. She will be sadly missed by her sons Lal, Patsy, Marty and Gerry, daughters Kathleen and Nellie, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, many friends and neighbours.

Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Kathleen Dempsey (née Smith) Lisrattigan, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford who died on Sunday, April 27. Predeceased by her husband, Jack and son Michael. She will be sadly missed by her loving family Mary, Rose, John, Margaret, Catherine, Julieanne, Martina and Andrew, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbours. May they rest in peace.

Charity Night with the Stars

The Park House Hotel Edgeworthstown will celebrate it 28th Anniversary with a Charity Night with Ireland’s Top Sports and Music Stars on Monday, May 12. Some of the Stars include Mike Denver, Jimmy Buckley, Philomena Begley, TR Dallas, Robert Mizzell, Mick Flavin, Pat Jennings, Chuck & June, Aidan Quinn, Trudie Lawlor, Derek Davis, Johnny Carroll, Gene Stuart, Jimmy Magee, Jane McNamee, Justin McGurk, Paul Kelly, Anthony McBrien, Mary O’Connor, Philip J Rogers, Noel Cassidy, Shane O’Neill, David O’Reilly, The Murphy’s, Frank Neilson, Bernie Heany, Ciaran Rosney, Limelight, Seany Farrell, Natasha and Billy Joe Ward and many more! Tickets are on sale at €20, doors will open at 8.00pm where the show will kick start at 8.30pm. All proceeds will go directly to the Cancer Research and Longford Hospice Homecare. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Dancing Lessons

The above takes place on Tuesdays in Lús na Gréine from 8 to 10pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot and quickstep. Cost €10.

Cycle and Climb

The 4th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday, June 1. This is a very enjoyable and rewarding challenge, setting off from Longford at 4.30am to complete the 147km cycle and then take on the 3.5hour climb of Croagh Patrick. The popularity of this event has grown massively since it began in 2011 and 2014 will be bigger than ever. So there’s plenty of time to get the training in over the coming weeks. Details for registration will be available soon.

Parish Draw

The new draw for 2014/2015 will soon start. Your collectors are presently collecting your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 for quarter year. Thank you for your support of the draw and thanks also to our collectors.

Department of Social Protection

Please note that the Department of Social Protection is now open in Granard every Monday morning from 10am to 12noon.

County Fleadh

Want a chance to learn some tunes, an opportunity to meet old friends or new ones, or a place to marvel at the skill of a favourite artiste. What you experience at this festival of Irish traditional music will depend to a great degree on what you go to find. But whatever your expectation is, there’s one thing that you will be sure of finding is a warm welcome. This year’s County Fleadh will take place in Edgeworthstown on May 9, 10 & 11. The festival will include a line up of music, song, dance and language competitions. For further information on the Longford County Fleadh Contact: Martin Murphy (086) 8119444 / Patricia Masterson (087) 2970731 or Email

Virginia Gospel Choir

The Virginia Gospel Choir will perform a Concert on Sunday, May 25 at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. They will be joined by Jackie Callaghan and other All Ireland winning musicians from the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick as well as St. Mary’s Church Choir. This should be a wonderful evening and tickets (€10) will be on sale in the coming weeks. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services for their work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Flora Women’s Mini marathon

Lús na Gréine would be grateful to anyone who would consider taking part in the above event, which takes place on June 2 for the centre. Sponsorship cards are now available and transport will be provided on the day. For further information please contact 043 66 60977.

Family Field Day

This Year’s Annual Field Day will be held on June 8. If everything goes according to plan we should have another successful day. It won’t happen without your help, so why not come along to our meetings on Thursday nights at 9.30pm in Sports Centre and maybe your idea will be fruitful. See you there!


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 €15,500. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early.

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

Credit Union

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%, Communion and Confirmation Loans @ 8%, Secured Loans @ 5% and Student Loans @ 6%. So why not call into our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Breffni Kickers

Due to the bright evenings the Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes will start at 9.30pm for the next two weeks in the Breffni Arms Hotel.Don’t forget Hoedown on Friday, May 16. More details later.

Siopa Lús na Gréine

De-cluttering, revamping your wardrobe, creating space, drop in your cast offs, bric a brac etc to us at the Siopa or to the Centre - everything accepted. You will find a large range of ladies, gents and children’s clothes, sizes 8-24 now in stock, also Grads dresses, maternity wear, wedding outfits, we will dress you for a day at the races, or any occasion. Books to suit all tastes, 3 for €5. We also have shoes, sandals and jewellery to complete your outfit. The Siopa is open Fridays, Saturdays and the 1st Tuesday of the month from 10am to 5pm. All proceeds from the Siopa goes directly to community projects.

LCRL Rural Transport

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. With the present restriction of funding for Programmes, we encourage passengers to “use the service OR lose it”.

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

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is Welcome.

Distance Learning

Do you need to re-train to re-enter the workforce? Are you out of work? Information Technology by Distance Learning is a blended learning programme, combining home and in-centre training. Please telephone Mary at National Learning Network on 049 4377038 or email

Library Book Club

The club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard at 11am.

Happy Hearts Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening at 7pm, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex. Great to see all the old faces back again, now we can get started on planning some new and exciting routes. See you all Monday.

Dring Festival

Colmcille Mentally Handicapped are holding a festival in Dring Car Park on Sunday, June 1. More details later.

Cookery Demonstration

Granard Tidy Towns are holding a cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon, Head Chef of Viewmount House Longford and Regular Chef on TV3 and Shannonside, in the Community Centre Granard on Monday, May 12 at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and they can be purchased by ringing 087 9649044 or 086 6063250.