We welcome into the Christian Community, Emily Jane, daughter of John Joe and Jane Reilly, Creevy.

First Friday

Friday, 5 December is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions will be held in Abbeylara Church at 7pm, followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fatima First Saturday

Mass will be held on Saturday, 6 December in Carra at 11am with Confessions.

Fr. John Christopher Drumgoole

The Rosary and prayers will be offered for the Beatification of Fr. John Christopher Drumgoole on Friday, 5 December in Abbeylara after the 7.30pm Mass. You are welcome to take part.

Mass for the Dead

Thanks very much too all the people who attended in very large numbers this Mass on Friday, 28 November in Abbeylara Church. Also sincere thanks to all the people who helped to prepare, organise and took part in the various parts of the Mass. Thanks very much also to the people who provided and served the refreshments after Holy Mass.

Safeguarding Message from Bishop Francis

During this season of Advent many children will be involved in preparations for Christmas liturgies. It is a special time for them and for their families. I wish to thank our Safeguarding Representatives in the forty-one parishes for their work in ensuring the safety of children in all Church related activities. I encourage anyone with concerns regarding the safety of children or anyone who suffered in the past to contact our Designated Persons: Sean Leydon (087-7431649) or Róisín O’Doherty (087-3327587) or An Garda Siochana or Tusla.

Christmas Party

Abbeylara Senior Citizens Christmas Party takes place on Sunday, 7 December. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 1pm followed by Christmas Dinner and party, all in Crawford’s Lounge. All our Senior Citizens are very welcome to this your special event. Anyone requiring transport, please contact a committee member.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club will hold their annual Race night on Saturday, 27 December in Crawford’s Bar/Lounge. Lines are on sale at €10 per line. Please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan on 086 3998807, or the usual outlets around our parish to buy your lines. Also sponsorship for the races would be welcome please.

Offertory envelopes

Offertory Boxes of Envelopes 2014/2015 are available now at the front of both Abbeylara and Carra Church. Once again thank you very much for your ongoing generous financial support to the offertory and other collections. It is very much appreciated.

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. No appointment necessary.

Calendar 2015

The Sacred Heart Calendar 2015 and Living Prayer Booklet are now available.

Gun Club

A meeting of the Club will be held in the Shooting grounds in Derragh on this Friday night the 5 December at 9pm. Members with their tickets sold please return for our Christmas Draw and Party on Saturday night, the 20 December. All members please attend the meeting.

National Learning Network

The above has a number of vacancies on our Employer Based Training course, 12 month duration, offering FETAC Certification and Work Placements in a range of sectors with ongoing co-ordinator support and good employment opportunities. Candidates must be over 16 years and registered with Department of Social Protection. For more information contact Noel on 086 2481383 or

Cavan ETB

Cavan ETB is delivering a SOLAS funded training course for the long term unemployed in eBusiness in Cavan Institute for 23 weeks. To check your eligibility and for further information please contact Valerie at 047 30888 or your local DSP Office as soon as possible.

Christmas Market

Would you like to display or sell your Christmas Wares this festive Season?? If so then come along to the Granard Christmas Market which takes place on Main Street on Sunday, 7 December from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Exhibitors are required to set up their own stall with Outdoor Canopy and own insurance cover. There will be a Unique Live Crib, the Christmas lights will be switched on and Santa will also arrive on the day. This promises to be a great festive family day out in the town so why not come along and enjoy the fun!

Table Quiz

Bunlahy National School Parents Association is holding a Table Quiz on Friday, 5 December in Creegans Pub, Bunlahy at 9pm. Your support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

Longford Dyslexia Workshop

The above will hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December. This is their biggest and main fundraiser for the group and enables them to keep fees as low as possible. This allows all children requiring help facilitate the group classes. Please support.

Santa Dash

Ho, ho, ho! ‘Tis the season’. Start you 12 days of Christmas with a fun day out for all the family. Lisryan are kicking off the festive season in style with a 3k Santa Dash on Sunday, December 14 at 11.00am. Prizes on the day for the best dressed Mr and Mrs Claus, best dressed Claus family, and best dressed Junior Santa. Chat with your neighbours post-dash over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. There will be kids’ treats, raffle and a special race starter on the day. See you there!


The Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady takes place in St. Mary’s, Granard on Wednesday, 3 December at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday, 17 December. This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. We invite you to be part of this great gift.

Right to Water

Right to Water public meeting will take place this Thursday night, 4 December in the Community Centre, Granard. This will be the only meeting about the proposed water charges in Co. Longford or South Cavan prior to the National March in Dublin on 10 December. Sinn Fein spokesperson on Communication, Energy and Natural Resources Micheal Colreavy T.D will address the meeting along with Sinn Fein councillors and recent by-election candidates Martin Kenny from Leitrim and Paul Hogan from Westmeath. Everyone is welcome.


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 €18,300. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Console 24/7

Suicide Prevention helpline: 1800 247 247, provides free professional counselling, support, advice and information for anyone in suicidal crisis, or who has been bereaved by suicide. Perhaps you are worried about someone who is struggling, or you have other concerns about suicide, if so, please talk with one of our fully qualified and accredited counsellors or therapists today. Console 24/7 is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year. You can contact them at the above number or by text message, text the word HELP to 51444.

Fishing competition

There will be a North Longford Christmas Pike Fishing competition on Loch Gowna on Sunday, 14 December. Fishing from 11am to 4pm. For further information, please contact David on 086 8732919 or John at 086 1963986.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm. This Friday night we will see all players playing for a Christmas Turkey/Ham of their choice. New players are most welcome. There will also be live music here on Saturday night by Pats Music Mix. Refreshments will be served on the night.

Pop Up Shop

St. Christopher’s Services have opened up a ‘Pop Up Shop’ in Longford Shopping Centre Car Park. The Christmas Craft shop will be opened until Saturday 20 December and will stock Christmas gifts all made in Longford and it is an ideal way to continue your support for St. Christopher’s which means so much to so many people.


Results: 27/11/2014; Winning numbers: 9, 13, 20, 30; €20 winners: Turlough McGovern, Granard; Alex McEntee, Glan; Donal Ledwith, Springtown; Brian Smyth, Abbeylara; Fiona Savage, Abbeylara. Our next draw will be held in Crawford’s on 04/12/2014. Jackpot is now €6,400.

Cake Sale

Abbeylara Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who baked cakes and for donations received, without you this would not have been a success.


Would you be willing to make a commitment to help couples by acting as a facilitator on marriage preparation courses? We are looking for people to help us in this very rewarding and worthwhile work. Please contact ACCORD at 043 3347222 or


ACCORD Longford are seeking to recruit individuals to train as counsellors for the Centre. If you are warm, genuine, flexible, non- judgmental and willing to support and work within our ethos, vision and mission, you are welcome to apply to ACCORD to be selected to train as a counsellor. (Minimum of Leaving Certificate level education although a third level qualification is preferable). In addition, ACCORD Longford are also seeking to recruit Associate Counsellors from graduates of an approved counselling training programme that included 100 hours of supervised client work and that meets the criteria for accreditation by a recognised counselling regulatory body. For further information please contact ACCORD at 043 3347222 or

County Longford Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of GRANARD on FRIDAY for Shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. To maintain the Local service in your area, including “link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 Single and €5 Return. – FREE TRAVEL PASS holders travel FREE. If you have any enquires please contact Seamus at 043-3345555 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Training for Longford Carers

The Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Healthcare training in Longford during the coming weeks. If you are interested in taking part or if you require more information contact the training unit at 05793 22920 or by emailing

Co. Longford Social Services

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December. They deliver meals on wheels in our area and provide transport services to and from hospitals, clinics and St. Joseph’s Care Centre. To provide these facilities, it is necessary for them to hold a collection. Please support.

Table Quiz

Thank you to the people who supported us last Saturday night in Crawford’s, also to the Clubs and private people who donated money. We are still receiving donations, you are not too late.  Thanks to Josie and Tom Joe and the members who prepared the lovely food and the people who donated spot prizes.

Parish Draw

They above will be held on Thursday, 4 December in Carra after Holy Mass and Adoration at 8.30pm. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw, please hand in before the draw.