Longford U-21s: Best wishes to the U-21 team who play Kildare in the Leinster Final in O’Moore Park Portlaoise this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. 
We wish them success especially local representatives on the team - Darren Gallagher St. Mary’s; Robbie Smith Abbeylara and James McGivney Mullinalaghta.

Longford U-21s: Best wishes to the U-21 team who play Kildare in the Leinster Final in O’Moore Park Portlaoise this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. 
We wish them success especially local representatives on the team - Darren Gallagher St. Mary’s; Robbie Smith Abbeylara and James McGivney Mullinalaghta.

I.C.A.: The AGM of Granard I.C.A. Guild will take place on this Thursday 4 April at 8.00pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Entrance to meeting room at rear of building. All members are requested to attend. New members are always welcome.

Federation News: The Lotto draw was held in Carrickboy last week. The numbers drawn: 15, 20, 27, 30. There was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the following €20 winners: Catherine Gallagher, Newtowncashel; Bridget Quinn, Treanlawn, Killoe and Patricia Cox, Ballycloghan, Carrickboy. Thanks to all who support the Lotto. Next draw takes place on Wednesday 10 April.

Managing your Gathering: A workshop will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel Longford on this Thursday 4 April from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for those interested in promoting their Gathering events. Anyone wishing to attend should email

For Club and County: Bunlahy Area Action Group are hosting the renowned play “For Club and County, the making of a sporting hero” written and directed by Seamus O’Rourke on Thursday 11 April at 8.30 in Granard Community Centre. A great night’s entertainment guaranteed. Tickets €10 each. For further information on tickets phone David or Mary on 087 7970464 or 087 9964366 your support will be greatly appreciated.

Thi Chi: A free introduction class to Taoist Tai Chi will take place in the Temperance Hall Longford on this Wednesday 3 April at 7.30pm. For further information contact Gerry on 087-2412400.

Badminton: Every Wednesday night from 8 to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Sport Hall Granard. Contact William at 086-8226523 for further information.

Retired Secondary Teachers: Midland Retired Secondary Teachers Association will hold their AGM on Tuesday 9th April at 11:30am in Longford Library. Lunch will follow and we then travel to Longford Garden Centre, Drumlish Road for 3pm where Laura Shaw will give demonstration and answer questions on all things related to gardening. Please join us for some or all of the above and new members always welcome. Rosemary 0877589287.

Cemetery Sunday & Field Day: Sunday 4 August it is planned to have a Gathering Event for the community with a family field day in the St. Mary’s GAA ground following the religious ceremonies. There will be loads of family entertainment organised on the day and an ideal opportunity for friends and family from far and wide to meet up.

1798 Commemoration Weekend: Friday 6 September Granard Opening Event, walking tour of battle sites and followed by entertainment. Saturday 7 September Ballinamuck Unveiling of new signs, tour of battle site, mass and music. Sunday 8 September Ardagh Walk to leaders grave, historical talks and followed by entertainment.

Longford Association – Dublin: The 59th Longford Association Annual Gala Dinner takes place in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 13 April commencing at 8pm sharp. Award recipients this year are Abbeyshrule’s Tidy Towns Community Group and Killoe man Frank Kiernan. Music will be by Noel Cassidy and his band. A most enjoyable night is guarantee to all. Patrons may overnight in the hotel at a special rate of  €79 per couple which includes breakfast. Tickets are at a reduced rate of €45 can be ordered from Liam Cauldwell at 087. 2595963. or Seamus Connell at 087. 7025120. The members of the Association look forward to greeting and meeting many Longfordians there.

G.A.A. Race Day: The annual Race Day organised by Longford G.A.A. at Punchestown Races was launched recently in Aras Ui Bhrian Longford. The date is set for Wednesday 24 April – Gold Cup Day. Sponsors again this year are RSM Farrell Grant Sparks. This is the 11th year of the event which has become one of the largest corporate events at Punchestown.

Recent Marriage: Congratulations to Annette Kearney Granard and Gary O’Hanlon Ramelton Donegal who were married on18 March in St. Mary’s Church Granard. A reception for family and friends followed in Viewmount House Longford. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Make a Wish Foundation: The staff of Bank of Ireland Granard branch would like to express their gratitude to all the people of Granard and surrounding areas who supported the recent “Bake my Day” event in Bank of Ireland Granard which was in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation. A charity that helps to make wishes come true for terminally ill children. The event raised nearly €600.00 for the charity.

Bingo: Takes place each Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Slimming World: Slimming World Group continues in Edgeworthstown every Thursday evening at 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Mostrim Arms Hotel. Everybody is welcome.

St. Mary’s Glotto: Numbers drawn 10 15 16 24. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following - €30 winners - Charlie Taipe Lisryan; Aoife Corcoran Lisryan; Pat Nannery. Next week’s jackpot €4800.00

Road Run / Walk: Ballymore Minor GAA club are holding a Road Walk / Run on Sunday 7 April 2013 commencing at 12 noon. Registration takes place from 10am to 11.30am. Refreshments served afterwards. Entry details: €20 per family; €10 adults and €5 per child. For further information contact Carmel at 086-3714434 or Kieran 087-9975936.

Autism Support Group: The second annual fundraising night in aid of M.W.B. Autism Support Group will take place in the Park House Hotel Edgeworthstown on Friday 5 April. Music by Mick Flavin and special guests. Subscription €10.00. Doors open at 9.00pm. Dancing from 10pm to 1.00pm. Spot prizes galore. Come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment while supporting a very worthy cause.

Night Vigil: The next First Friday/Saturday all night reparation and adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is scheduled for Friday the 5 April commencing at 10 pm. This night of prayer is on the weekend of the Divine Mercy and is within the Octave of Easter. There are two venues, one is the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgerworthstown and the second one is in St Anne’s (Former Mercy Convent), Convent Lane Mohill. All are welcome. For further information contact 086 0405621.

Friday Club: Will take place on this Friday 5 April with Pat Dunne Colour Expert. Most of the groups at the centre are on an Easter break and will resume on 8 April. Hope everyone enjoys their break.

Easter Camp: A very successful Easter Camp took place last week and finished up on Holy Thursday with an Easter Egg Hunt in Derrycassin Wood. A most enjoyable time was had by all the children who took part.