Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Paudge McGowan, Creevy who died on Saturday 23 February, Paddy Reilly, Edmonton, Canada, a native of Corolana Lismacaffrey who died on Saturday 2 March, brother of Catherine McCormack Abbeylara. May they rest in peace.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Paudge McGowan, Creevy who died on Saturday 23 February, Paddy Reilly, Edmonton, Canada, a native of Corolana Lismacaffrey who died on Saturday 2 March, brother of Catherine McCormack Abbeylara. May they rest in peace.

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.  Music by MK1.  Tickets 15 each or 2 for 25 available in PJ Farrell’s, Wysteria Boutique, The Gift Shop, Looking Glass, cast or committee members, Maura 087-6639448; Mary 087-4187221; Marian 087-8508374, Connie 086-2632102.  Raffle on the night, prizes include Weekend for 2 in Westport. A great night’s entertainment and laughter is guaranteed.

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 on Wednesday from 6 -7pm. Come along and try this activity out, which will help boost your confidence and improve your fitness. First class is free. For more information please contact: 086 7353940

Agricultural Show: A 15 card drive in aid of Granard Agricultural Show will take place in John V. Donohoe’s Granard on Friday night 8 March 2013 at 9pm.  Tickets are on sale at 2 each or 3 for 5.  Please support.  The 61st show is on Saturday 20 July at Higginstown.

BodySculpt Pilates: Takes place in Edgeworthstown Community Centre on Tuesday 12 March. 6 weeks Beginners Class starting at 7.30pm and Intermediate Class starting at 8.30pm, Cost 65. Use of Foam Rollers, Fitness Circles and Toning Balls to maximise results. There are limited class sizes to maximise the benefits for all participants. For further information or to reserve a place contact: 086 1011343 or email:

Mindfulness & Positive Living: A one-evening-per-week course starts in Lus Na Greine, Main Street, Granard on 10 April from 7 – 9 pm and runs for six weeks. Some places remain available. Booking advised. For further information please call to the Centre or tel: 043 6660977.

Horticulture Course: A Seed sowing and spring programme will commence in Lus Na Greine, Main Street, Granard on 21 March. This is a practical hands-on course which will include: landscaping, seed/bedding, plant sowing, veg and fruit growing, composting and growing produce in a poly tunnel. Places are still available. Booking is essential. For further information please call to the Centre or tel: 043 6660977.

Unused Clothing/Unwanted Gifts: Any unused clothing or unwanted are always welcome at Lus Na Greine and we very much appreciated the great support we get from our community. All proceeds raised help fund local activities.

The Virginia Gospel Choir: Will perform in St. Michael’s Church, Castletown/Finea on Friday 15 March @ 8pm. Tickets available from St. Michael’s N.S. Contact 043 6681382. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Job Seeking Skills Programme: Employment, Development & Information Centre (EDI Centre) Longford identified a need to assist unemployed jobseekers in Job Search, CV Preparation, Interview Skills & Mock Interviews. Due to the high level of unemployment locally, a need for this service emerged. This service operated in 2012 and exceeded all expectations and will continue in Partnership with Longford Community Resources Ltd., at the EDI Centre. This programme provides a range of facilities and services to support those who are unemployed, in training, in a part time or low paid employment, to assist and enhance their prospects with their job seeking endeavours. It will also provide information on employment rights and entitlements, training & education programmes while also providing access to on line computer service to assist with employment opportunities. Anyone can avail of this programme. Training takes place on an ongoing basis to build the ability and skills of people to seek employment. Clients will be assessed and directed into the programme most suited to their needs. The service will operate on Thursday mornings from 10am – 1pm. One to One Support can be provided to clients for Interview Preparation/Mock Interview etc. This Service is FREE. Please contact the EDI Centre for further information on 043 3347515.

Active Retirement: We have decided to travel to Youghal for our four-day break on the 11 June staying at the Quality Hotel, Youghal, Redbarn Beach, Youghal, Co. Cork. For dinner, b/b, package only 249 per person, including a luxury coach to pick us up and take us on daily excursions and bring us back to Abbeylara. We are now taking bookings for this trip, contact Denis 087 2510072. Membership fees must be paid up immediately for anybody travelling with us.

Parish Draw 2013: The draws for 2013 will begin in March. Please give your membership fee of 100 full year, 50 half year or 25 quarter year to your collector when convenient. Collectors please begin collecting these membership fees when convenient. Thank you for your support which greatly helps the finances of the parish.

A/G Bingo: Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. 

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at 10,300 for a 2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.

GAA Club: Lotto Results 26/02/13. Number drawn 4, 14, 20, 26. 20 Winners: Louise Reilly, Toneymore; James Farrer, Patsy McInerney, Moynagh; Eileen Baxter, Maughere; Mel Brady,  Ballinacross; P. Galligan, Toneymore. Next Draw in Crawford’s on 05/03/13 Jackpot 10,300. Membership is now due and needs to be handed in very soon to Kevin Murphy, Carra please.

Spring Clean – Scrap: We can help you get rid of any scrap you may gather up during your spring clean up and convert it to good use for Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Please contact Pat McHugh 087 6308152, Pauric Kiernan 086 3998807, Kevin Murphy or any Club officer. Thank you.

Community Project – Purchase of NAMA property at Rathcronan: Our next public meeting takes place this Thursday the 7th at 8pm in The Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard. 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.

St. Vincent De Paul: St. Vincent De Paul Granard are delighted to announce the opening of their Charity Shop in Market St. Granard, (near library), on Saturday, March 16th @12 midday. Everybody is 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 Sat. next, March 9th, between 3pm and 5pm. Items can also be delivered to Sacred Heart N.S. anytime before 3pm. Contact number: 085 1503985

Fianna Fail Cumman: The annual general meeting of Abbeylara Fianna Fail Cumman will be held next Tuesday night the 12 March in the Sports Complex at 8.30pm. Deputy Robert Troy and Local Councillors will be in attendance, all members please attend, as membership and registration fee is due by the end of March. New members welcome.

Easter Festival: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Easter Festival on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 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!

Senior Scor: Congratulations to those who took part in Senior Scor on Friday last in Ballinamuck. Sincere thanks to the people who organised and prepared the competitors for Scor.

Evening of Song: Takes place on Friday 8 March in Kilnacrott Abbey at 8.30pm with David Parkes. Tickets 10 each. Door ticket prize – a pilgrimage for one person to Medjugorje, sponsored by Marina Pilgrimages. Bring a cushion. All proceeds towards Kilnacrott Apostolate.

Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver: We welcome Sr. Lucyna from the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Clover to our parish next weekend Sat. 9 and Sun. 10 March. Sr. Lucyna will speak at the Masses about their mission work.

Stations of the Cross: Takes place on Sunday 10 March in Carra Church Abbeylara at 7p.m. You are very welcome to come and take part in retracing Our Lord’s footsteps on the Way to Calvary through the prayer of the Cross. 

Altar Society: New members are most welcome and are needed. Please contact any of the existing members or Fr. Michael 043 6686270.

Mullinalaghta Ladies: Registration night this Friday 8th from 7pm to 8.30pm in the club rooms. All players from U10 to Adults are asked to attend; everyone who attends on the night will be entered into a draw for a year’s free membership.