I.C.A.: The guild will hold their monthly meeting in the Credit Union meeting room at 8.00pm. on this Thursday 7 March. Please note the entrance is at the rear of building. Guest speaker will be Ms Lucy Callaghan. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend.

I.C.A.: The guild will hold their monthly meeting in the Credit Union meeting room at 8.00pm. on this Thursday 7 March. Please note the entrance is at the rear of building. Guest speaker will be Ms Lucy Callaghan. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to attend.

Parish Mission: The mission commences on Saturday 16 March for one week. This is a time of great renewal and Blessings for the Parish

Seachtain na Gaeilge: These next two weeks sees Seachtain na Gaeilge from 4 to 17 March when we are encouraged to speak our native language.

National Tree Week: The event organised by the Tree Council of Ireland takes place from 3 to 10 March. The launch was held at Belvedere House Garden and Park on Sunday 3 March. The week celebrates all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. Groups organisations and individuals are encouraged to plant a tree. Longford Co. Co. are offering Community groups and schools and other organisation in Co. Longford the opportunity to obtain young trees free of charge. These trees are kindly sponsored by Coillte. Phone Gary Brady at 0433343451 for further information.

Rath Mhuire: As we are all aware these are very difficult times for Community & Voluntary Groups and we at Rath Mhuire are hugely encouraged and extremely grateful for the community support we receive, both in terms of volunteers as well as the support for all our local fundraising initiatives, which are so vital to the work we do. Our work is with older people in our communities and we work directly with over 100 people providing supports in respect of social networks, transport, meals, as well as many other projects, at Rath Mhuire Centre and the Dolmen Centre. Currently we are looking for volunteers to participate in the upcoming Women’s Mini Marathon which takes place in June. If you are making a choice to contribute to a local charity (we are a registered charity) or making a legacy we would be delighted if you would consider our organisation. For any further details or information, you can contact Jackie or Lucy at Rath Mhuire Centre or at 043-6686309.

Moatsiders Active Age: The group will travel to the Sisters of Mercy Convent Baggot Street for a Lenten Reflection. Bus departs from the Centre at 10.00am. Many thanks to Christine from Citizen’s Information

Community Project Purchase of NAMA property at Rathcronan: Our next public meeting takes place this Thursday the 7 March at 8pm in The Community Centre, Barrack St. This meeting forms part of our ongoing feasibility study and as such we invite all individuals and groups from in and around the parish to come along and express their opinion on what could be done with this property to help create a visitor attraction for the area. We would love to hear everybody’s ideas. Our February draw will also take place at the meeting.

Agricultural Show: A meeting of Granard Agricultural Show will take place on Thursday night 7 March at 9pm in J.V. Donohoe’s Lounge to discuss sale of tickets and preparation for Card Drive the next night in J.V.’s at 9pm with proceeds in aid of our 2013 show.  Please note meeting on Thursday night instead of usual Wednesday nights.

Mock Wedding: Due to popular demand Abbeylara GFC in association with St. Christopher’s Services, Longford are hosting a Mock Wedding on Saturday 9 March at 8:30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.  A great night’s entertainment and laughter is promised.  Tickets 15 each or 2 for 25.  Music by MK1.  Tickets available in Wysteria Boutique, The Gift Shop, Looking Glass, cast or committee members. Mary 086-3272417; Maura 087-6639448; Mary 087-4187221; Marian 087-8508374, Kevin 087-2808509.

St. Mary’s GAA: The eagerly awaited launch of St. Mary’s GAA History Book takes place in the Clubhouse Higginstown Granard on Friday 15 March at 7.00pm. This book chronicles 125 years of Granard GAA since it’s formation in 1888 to the present day and in fact was the first GAA Club to be established in Co. Longford. Everyone welcome to attend.

Tribute to Bobby Burns: A tribute to the late Bobby Burns in C.D. and photographic memories has been produced by Frank Kilbride. The production includes the commentary on the 1966 National League final as well as the Tribute composed by Fr. Coleman Carrigy that he recited on the day of Bobby’s funeral. Also included is the song The Boys in Blue and gold together with various interviews. This is a must for all G.A.A. enthusiasts. The recordings were mastered at Spout Studios Granard. Phone 0872553897 for further details.

Killasonna N.S.: Enrolment for Killasonna N.S. for September 2013 will take place on this Friday 8 March. Please call to the school for enrolment forms.

Make of Wish Foundation: Bank of Ireland are proud to be sponsors of the Make a Wish Foundation Charity again this year and on a local level the staff of Bank of Ireland in Granard are hosting a coffee morning on Friday 8 March where they will be selling cakes/buns/muffins and tea and coffee. There will also be cake cutters and beautiful aprons for sale for budding bakers. This is a chance for staff and customers to have a cup of tea together and more importantly to raise much needed funds to help this charity who are helping to make dreams come true for children all across the country who are in heartbreaking circumstances. Any support that you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Easter Festival: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Easter Festival on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. The festival kicks off on Saturday afternoon at 3pm with a gruelling 5K Run which starts at Kiernan Milling! Entry is 10 per adult and 5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows 1st 200, 2nd 100 and 3rd 50. There will be a special prize of 50 for the first U16 competitor across the finish line. If you wish to participate call Patrick on 043 6687935. Later in the evening at 4.30, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of 7 people. The cost is 20 per team. If your business or organisation would like to enter a team please contact Barry on 087 7625698. On Sunday from 1pm onwards, there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. The crowd are in for a very special treat with the appearance of the “Trialstar Team” - the very best of mototcycle arena trials specialists performing amazing feats of bravery. The parade is expected to pass through Main St. at 2pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. There will be an Artisan Food & Craft Fare boasting an array of home baking including cheese, meats, boxty, jams, apple pies, crepes and confectionary so all palettes will be catered for. After the parade Shindig – formerly known as the Merchant Archers, will take to the stage followed by popular local group Paper Planes! As it is Easter Sunday there’ll be lots of Easter Eggs to give away!! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Irish Revision Course: “Irish Leaving Certificate Revision Course covering all aspects of the Irish Oral Exam worth 40% will be on in St. Mary’s GAA grounds, Granard on Saturday March 9th from 10-3pm. Comprehensive notes provided for both Higher and Ordinary Level students. Please contact Deirdre on 0860733488 to book before Friday 8 March”

Fun Day: On Saturday 9 March Ballymore Ladies football club will host a Fun Day including registration for the coming year for all girls aged 8 and upwards in Ballymore Pitch at 1.30pm (1.30pm to 3.00pm). Bring a friend, come along and join in the fun!

SVP: St. Vincent De Paul Granard are delighted to announce the opening of our Charity Shop in Market St. Granard, (near library)on Saturday, 16 March at 12 midday. Everybody welcome. Our branch caters for the needs of people in the Granard/Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta areas. We would greatly appreciate clothing, bric a brac, etc. for the shop. Items can be delivered to St. Mary’s Church, Granard, on Saturday next 9 March , between 3pm and 5pm. Items can also be delivered to Sacred Heart N.S. anytime before 3pm. Contact number: 0851503985.

Legan Drama Group: Legan Drama Group are presenting a production of “Sive” by John B Keane in the Aurora Hall Legan on March 9, 10 and 16 at 8.00 pm. Booking is advisable at 087 9022804.

G.A.A. Race Day: The annual Race Day organised by Longford G.A.A. at Punchestown Races was launched last week 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.

Rose of Tralee: The search is on for the Longford Rose for the annual Festival in Tralee that will take place on 19 and 20 August. Organisations and groups in Co. Longford are encouraged to enter a contestant for the Longford Rose which is to take place in the Longford Arms on Saturday 27 April next.

New Adult Karate Class: Due to the huge success of the children’s karate class at the Canon Kelly Memorial Hall Granard a new Adult class has started due to popular demand. Wednesday 6-7pm. Come along and try this activity out, which will help boost your confidence and improve your fitness. First class free.
For more information contact: 086 7353940.

Easter Festival: On Easter weekend – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March, all roads will lead to Granard for the Easter Festival! An exciting schedule of events is planned for the weekend including a 5K Run, Novelty Tug-O-War, Easter Egg Hunt, Parade, Artisan Food Fare, live music and lots of children’s entertainment! All are welcome. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more details on events!

Country Markets: Granard Country Market is open from 8-30am to 11-00am every Friday morning in the Market House Granard. Watch out for Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter goodies over the coming weeks. Your continued support of this longstanding market is appreciated.

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. Jackpot this Wednesday night is in excess of 9000.

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.

Set Dancing: Continues every Monday evening 7:30pm – 9:00pm. at Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre Main Street Granard. All welcome.

Granada Festival: Great to see the Line up for The Granada Festival in Granard Co Longford taking shape Friday 5 July Jimmy Buckley and His Band preceded by Chuck and June; Saturday 6th July Audiopilot; Sunday 7th July Festival Queen Selection followed by Gina Dale Haze And the Champions Promises to be a great weekend of Music and Entertainment.

Whist: The following are results from Sunday 3 March at the Community Centre Granard First Lady Mary Cahill. Second Lady Olive O’Reilly. Third Lady Annie Egginton. First Gent Edward McGivney. Second Gent Peter Gregg. Third Gent Frank McMahon. Half Game Lady Maura Smyth. HaLF Game Gent Johnny Brady. 13 Tricks James reilly. Raffle Cathal Fitzpatrick. Johnny Brady and Bernard Nally.