St. Patrick’s Festival: The event on Sunday 18 March was a wonderful success and congratulations to organisers. With ideal weather conditions on the day people from a wide area turned out in their hundreds to enjoy the entertainment and colourful parade. The town and surrounding areas were looking so well for the event and great credit to everyone who made such an effort for the day. Among those on the reviewing stand were the Mayor of Co. Longford Cllr. Frank Kilbride. Granard Town Mayor Cllr P.J. Reilly, Cllr Maura Kilbride Harkin and members of Granard Town Council. Ms Anne Glancy Town Clerk. Deputy James Bannon. Superintendent Lackey. Carmel Fay Chairperson of the organising committee Sr. Maeve Brady and Eduardo Ramus Sheridan who travelled from Buenos Aires Argentina to be with friends in Granard for the festivities. Jody Sheridan acted as Grand Marshall. Details of winning floats and Iron Man Competition next week. Following the success of the parade it is hoped to make this an annual event.
Cnoc Mhuire: Congratulations to the U-16 team and mentors who retained their All Ireland Vocational U-16 A Championship on St. Patrick’s Day in Nenagh by defeating Bohar Bui C.S school Mallow by 1.06 to 8pts.
Granard Area Action Group: The next meeting of the C.E. Sponsoring group will take place on Monday 2 April at 8.00pm in the Information Office Main Street Granard. All members are requested to attend.
Granard Community Child Care Facility: A Registration and Information Evening for The Hill Childcare Facility takes place on Tuesday 27 March at 8.00pm. Services include Playgroup Preschool and Montessori Nursery Creche and After-schools. There are discounts available for parents who are in receipt of Social Welfare and /or have a Medical Card.
AG Bingo: Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard. Please note start time is 8.45pm all year round. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your support will be appreciated.
Lisryan Soccer Club: Lisryan Schoolboy Soccer Club are holding their annual fundraising event on Friday 23 March at 9 pm in the Crossroads Inn Lisryan. Your support would be most welcome. We congratulate Cnoc Mhuire Under 16A footballers on winning their All-Ireland title on St. Patrick’s Day.
MESA: An adviser from Midland Employment Support Agency will attend Granard Area Action Group Information office on Monday 26 March from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Historical Society: Co. Longford Historical Society will hold their monthly lecture on this Thursday 22 March at 8.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. Thomas Flynn will talk on “The Development of the GAA in County Longford”.
Daffodil Day: Daffodil Day takes place on this Friday 23 March. This is the 25th year of the fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society. Please support by buying a daffodil on the day.
Greville Arms Golf Society: The first outing of the year - Spring Cup takes place this Saturday 24 March in Roscommon Golf Course commencing at 11am. Everyone looking forward to an enjoyable day’s golf.
Eating Problems: A lecture on eating problems in adolescents and adults will take place on Tuesday 27 March in the Conference Hall Cavan General Hospital commencing at 7.00pm. This information evening will be of interest to parents carers and teachers. Book your free place by phoning 049-4376056 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Christopher’s Services: Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services is having an Easter Bunny Sponsored Walk which will take place on Sunday 1st April at 3pm starting at the Granard Health Centre to Abbeylara. An Easter egg raffle and eggs galore after the walk. Your support and company would be greatly appreciated.
Cookery Demonstration : A Cookery Demonstration hosted by celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon of Viewmount House Longford and RTE’s Four Live in aid of Granard Community Childcare will take place on Tuesday 3 April at 8:00pm in the Piker’s Lodge Loch Gowna. Tickets €10 available in Granard Community Childcare on the Hill (043 66 86892), The Piker’s Lodge and all Committee Members. Come along and enjoy the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Moatsiders Active Age: Our next meeting will take place on this Thursday March 22 March and we will be going on a day trip to the Red Earth Centre in Mullingar. Pick up at Rath Mhuire Centre at 1.00pm. Thanks as always to Patricia McCormack for the yoga class at our last meeting. Our visit to the Longford Megabowl last week was another very enjoyable afternoon. New members are always made very welcome – contact Jackie at 043-6686309.
Granard Men’s Social Club: Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 20 March at 12 noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre . Our club provides members with a forum to engage with a range of relevant informational and educational topics as well as the opportunity to participate in many community and social activities, outings, as well as the added bonus of good company and good food. New members are very welcome – contact Lucy at 043-6686309.
Active Age Club: Next meeting takes place on Tuesday 27 March Daycare Services – Next meeting takes place on Wednesday 28th March
North Longford Men’s Group: Next meeting takes place on 23rd March.
For any information on any of the activities or services provided at the Dolmen Centre contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309.
Vintage Working Day : Killeen Bunlahy Vintage Working Day on Sunday 29th April 2012. Bunlahy Co Longford just off the R194 between Granard and Ballinalee, 12.30pm - 5.30pm Entertainment for all the family. Adults €10 Kids U12 Free entry, bouncy castles, face painting. Vintage cars, trucks, tractors, etc. working plots for ploughing, tilling and thrashing, horse drawn ploughs working alongside the tractors. Music by Looney Hoppers, O’Reilly school of dancing, Crazy Hat Competition, roll the bale, potato picking, free entry and bouncy castles for all kids U12. Trade stands, Country Market, Craft workshop. Dog show, working dog display. Gate Prize €100.00 Raffle for 32”Flat Screen TV, Notepad laptop, and lots more on the day.
Pitch & Putt: The club will hold a Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday 30 March. Your support will be appreciated. Further details next week. Membership fees are now due and can be paid to Raymond Fay (087-7747848 or Roy Burke 087-6636838 or any committee member. We would like to thank all who have paid their fees to date. New members are very welcome so for about one euro per week you can have many hours of pleasant and relaxing pastime. The Club would like to thank the Community Employment participants for the excellent work carried out over the past few weeks on the grounds and to John Ward for mowing the greens. Thanks to all and well done.
Whist: Results from Sunday 18 March at the Community Centre Granard. First Gent Val Goldrick. Second Gent Theresa Keoghan and third Gent Jimmy Cahill. First Lady Oliver O’Reilly. Second Lady Vera Leahy. Third Lady Mary Cahill. Half Game Lady Kathleen Maguire and Half Game Gent Bill Kirk. Raffle Anna Mae McLoughlin James Reilly and Olive O’Reilly.
Garden Club: Granard Garden club will meet on Monday 26 March at Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome. Topics this month are Easter Floral Arrangements and Composting.
Death: Sympathy is extended to Marian Gallagher and family Dalystown Granard on the death of her mother Kathleen Reynolds Carrickbawn Finea, who died on Thursday 15 March. Funeral Mass was celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day in Carrick Church followed by burial in adjoining graveyard. May she rest in peace.