Give Blood

Give Blood

The Blood Transfusion Service is in the Longford Arms on this Wednesday and Thursday 17 and 18 December from 4.30pm to 8.00pm each day. Your blood donations will be appreciated.

Solemn Novena

The annual Novena to our Blessed Lady concludes on this Wednesday, 17 December with Penitential Service at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. This is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. Everyone welcome to take part for the final night. All ceremonies in St. Mary’s Church are now on the World Wide Web at

Country Markets

Patrons of Granard Country Markets are reminded that the last market before Christmas is on this Friday, 19 December from 8-30am to 11-00am. All at the market wish their customers and friends a very happy Christmas and thank them for their support in 2014. The market will reopen on Friday 16 January 2015 and look forward to your continued support.

Credit Union

We now have a new facility EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) system in place so if you request cash before 3pm it can be transferred to your bank account and you can avail of cash the following day. Hours of business Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Special Christmas Loans now available up to €2,000 at special rate of 7%.

New 2 U

The SVP shop has relocated to their spacious premises at Lower Main Street Granard. Wonderful new selection of stock with something for everyone. Come along and bag a bargain. Opening hours Fridays 10.00am to 5.00pm. Saturdays 11.00am to 5.00pm. and First Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.

Fireside Tales

Congratulations to author Jude Flynn who launched the 12th edition of Fireside Tales recently. The book is currently on sale in Donoghue’s Hardware Store, Main Street, Granard. Cost €20 each. There are many items of local interest and this book will make an ideal Christmas gift for family/friends at home or away.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office, Main Street, Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary. This Thursday will be the final clinic for 2014. Service will resume on 8 January 2015.


Bingo continues in the Community Centre Granard each Wednesday night commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot is now €18,600 in 42 calls or less. Extra Christmas prizes this week. So come along and be there to win. Proceeds to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated. There is no session on 25 December so next Bingo is on 31 December. Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015 to all patrons and supporters.

Longford County Choir

Longford County Choir will perform a Christmas Celebration Concert n St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre on Sunday, 21 December at 7pm. Special guests on the night will include St. Christopher’s Choir and the well known local soprano Emer Barry. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to local charities and St. Christopher’s Services. Tickets are €10 and are available at 087-6854876.

Charity Cycle

Granard St. Stephens day 20k and 50k Charity Cycle in aid of Co. Longford Palliative Care (remembering Breege Gallagher RIP). Registration for 50k from 9am to 9.30am for start 10am. Registration for 20k at 10am to 10.30am for start 11am. All participants are required to wear cycling helmet, reflective bib and have bicycles in road worthy condition. Refreshments will be served at half way points and upon return to town. A raffle will also be held to raise money for this very deserving cause. €20 per person with reduced family rate. All participants are requested to register on the morning in JV’s Bar, Granard. This event will be an enjoyable and fun way to work of the turkey and pudding!

St. Christopher’s Services

The Christmas Craft “Pop Up” shop will be held in Longford Shopping Centre Car Park until 20 December. A great opportunity to get your ideal Christmas Gifts all made in Longford. Your support will be appreciated.

Local Historical/Heritage Society

The December meeting took place in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre on Thursday last. There was a large number of interested people present. For the January meeting if you can bring along any old photographs of the area or people. These photos will be scanned and returned to the owners on the night. For further details contact Jackie at 043-6686309.


Granard I.C.A. guild held their final meeting of 2014 on Thursday, 4 December and had a very fruitful meeting followed by Christmas Supper and Carols. On Saturday 6 December members travelled to Crover House Hotel for Christmas Dinner and Cabaret. This was a wonderful night and was enjoyed by all. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday 8 January 2015. There will be a Bring and Buy sale on the night so bring along any unwanted small gifts. The competition for the Steegan Cup will also take place at this meeting. The theme for the competition is to compose a “Limerick”. Happy Christmas to all members and their families and every good wish for 2015.

ICA Federation News

On Tuesday, 6 January Nollaig na mBan the Federation are having an evening to celebrate Little Christmas in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of ICA in the “Sin Bin” Rugby Club Longford. Supper will be served between 7.00p.m. and 9.00pm followed by entertainment with Mary O’Connor.

Siopa Lus na Greine

We have a large selection of party dresses, jackets and shoes new in for Christmas, also men’s suits, shirts etc. Beautiful children’s clothes and a huge range of cuddly toys, games and books. We welcome your cast offs, everything accepted. We can arrange to pick up, simply call the Centre at 043-660977. We are open daily between Monday to Saturday from now until 23 December.  We look forward to dressing you for Christmas and helping you with your gift list. All funds raised go directly and totally to projects in the community. We have a free draw for a beautiful hamper for you for Christmas in An Siopa.  We will draw the ticket next week. Good luck.

Gun Club

The annual Christmas draw will take place in J.V.’s Bar and Lounge on Monday next, 22 December at 9pm. Music on the night with Seamus Farrell. A good night’s entertainment guaranteed. All are welcome. On St. Stephen’s Day our annual Christmas Shoot for members only will take place in the Shooting Grounds at Derragh. Happy Christmas to all our members and their families.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA are holding their annual Race Night in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 27 December. Lines for horses /jockeys are available at €10. Please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 for further information.


The Carers Association is delivering QQ1 Fetac Level 5 Healthcare Award in the Longford area starting in January 2015. For further information please contact the Training Unit on 057 9322920 or email

Wedding bells

Congratulations to John Walsh, Ballinacross, Granard, son of Angela and the late Benny Walsh, formerly of Main Street and Breege Kelly, daughter of Jim and Lucy Kelly, Dunmore, Co. Galway who were married in Williamstown, Co. Galway on Saturday, 13 December 2014. A reception for family and friends followed in The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill. We wish them many years of health and happiness for the future.


Sympathy is extended to Mary Ledwith, Ballinrud, Granard on the death of her brother, John Reynolds, Kennedy Drive, Longford and formerly of Killoe who died suddenly on 8 December. May he rest in peace.


Results from Sunday, 14 December at the Community Centre, Granard. First Gent Seamus Coyle. Second Gent Sean Flood. Third Gent Jimmy Cahill. First Lady Mary Cahill. Second Lady Maura Smyth. Third Lady Theresa Keoghan. Half Game Gent Eddie Dooney. Half Game Lady Una Dooney. Raffle 1. Olive O’Reilly. 2. Theresa Keoghan and 3.Mary Cahill.

Lus na Greine

The annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party was held in the Community Centre on Sunday last and was a great success. Entertainment was by Mary O’Connor; Chuck and June and a special guest appearance by Frank Kilbride. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day.