Person of the Year: Congratulations to Jodie Sheridan who was chosen as Granard Person of the Year recently. He was presented with a beautiful bog oak sculpture by Mr Ciaran Murphy Granard Town Manager while Jodie’s wife Catherine received a bouquet of flowers from Ms Anne Glancy Granard Town Clerk. Many tributes were paid to Jodie commencing with Granard Town Mayor Mr Sean Howard. Sr. Maeve Brady spoke on behalf of St. Mary’s Choir of which Jodie has been a staunch member of for many years. Seamus Lee former Granard player and Andrew Gettings spoke on behalf of St. Mary’s GAA. Family and friends were treated to a beautiful supper and the night concluded with a sing along. We wish Jodie, Catherine and family every blessing for the future.
PTAA: Granard Region of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will hold their annual Church Gate collection on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. Please support.
Summer Camp: County Longford Youth Service are running a summer camp for young people in the area aged 10 and over. The camp is running from the 11 to 15 July at the Cannon Kelly Community Sports Hall Granard. The camp runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm daily and the cost is only €10 for the week. For further information or to book a place please contact County Longford Youth Service on (043) 33 40907.
The Fashion Trilogy: The first in a series of Fashion Shows in aid of the Alzheimer’s Association is taking place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on this Thursday 16 June at 8pm featuring professional models all styled by Maria Fusco Ireland’s Top Stylist. Compère for the show is Rebecca De Havalland. For tickets please contact Yvonne O’Mahony on 049- 4371975; Rebecca on 086-67761017 or De Havalland Model Management on 01 6390300. Entertainment will be provided by up and coming new Boy Band during the interval. On the night there will be many spot prizes including a luxury get away break and prize for the best dressed lady. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.
Glotto: There was no outright winner. Numbers drawn 1; 7; 9; 26; Congratulations to the following winners of €30 each: James and Aoibhín Macken Barrack Street Granard. Eoin McGerr Kilfintan Lisryan. Eugene O’Callaghan Ballymore. Hailie O’Rourke C/o John Scanlon Carragh Granard.
AG Bingo: Bingo takes place each Wednesday night at 9.00pm in the Community Centre Granard. The Jackpot is now in excess of €8000. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and Granard GAA clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.
Granard Library: A new computer skills class is starting in Granard Branch Library on this Wednesday 15 June. This course will cover Uploading photos; file management; internet banking; Motor Tax; Skype; Touch-Typing; Word and Excel 2007; Facebook; Twitter and first time introduction to a computer. There is a charge of €50 and the course will run for ten weeks. Contact Yvonne at 0876155965 or Granard Branch Library at 043-6686164 for more information.
25th Anniversary: This year is a very special occasion for Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and Dolmen Services as it marks the 25th anniversary of the centres. The centres will commemorate this special occasion on Saturday 25 June with a celebration Mass in the Community Centre at 2.00pm. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to join in the celebrations please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309.
Moatsiders: The Moatsiders Active Age Group will hold their next meeting on Thursday 16 June at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 2.00pm. Weather permitting the group will to travel to Derrycassin Wood.
Men’s Social Club: The group congratulate one of our most active member Jodie Sheridan on receiving Granard Person of the Year recently. The group will be travelling to Croke Park in July. New members are always warmly welcomed. Contact Lucy at 043-6686309 for further information.
Dolmen Fáilte Club: The Dolmen Active Age Group meet in the Dolmen Centre Aughnacliffe and new members are always welcomed. If you would like further details please contact Jackie at 043-6686309.
Dolmen Daycare Centre: Good food meeting friends and a range of activities take place in the Dolmen Centre Aughnacliffe. If you or a family member would like to participate contact Lucy for more information at 043-6686309.
Prayer Group: Prayer group meetings take place every Monday evening at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. This year the group are proudly celebrating their 10th anniversary and are always delighted to welcome new people. For further information contact Brigid at 043-6686759.
Super Challenge: The event took place on Sunday 5 June 2011 - the day began at 4am when 22 cyclists set out from Longford to cycle to Croagh Patrick to raise money for the Lourdes Invalid Fund. There were a number of food stops along the way everyone was in good spirits and encouraged each other to keep going to the end. Many thanks to all the cyclists for their participation and especially to Carol Duffy who was blessed among men. It was very encouraging to see so many people waiting in the car park at Croagh Patrick when we arrived. Thanks to Kiernan Milling for sponsoring the cycle run and to Niall Fox for his invaluable help on the day also to Mary Mulligan for her help. To all those who drove down and travelled on the bus thank you for your support. To everyone who made donations to the fund your generosity was much appreciated. After a long hard climb to the top of the Reek cyclists and supporters all joined in a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Simon Cadam. It was a great day for the community of Granard and something we hope to continue to do on a yearly basis and make it our Parish Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. A word of thanks to Johnny Creegan for the use of his premises for the Fundraiser Night and for the great evening on Monday when everyone was treated to a lovely BBQ. To Colm Nugent and Liam Reilly for a great night’s entertainment for our fundraiser and to all the participants of ‘Take Me Out’ thank you for a great night’s fun. A special word of thanks to the very talented Butch Cassidy for making the night such a great success. We would appreciate if anyone has not yet returned their Sponsorship Card that they would please do so by the end of the week as we hope to present the monies raised to Fr Simon on Saturday 25 June.