Congratulations to Kirsten Devine, Cloonaghmore, Abbeylara who recently graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BA First Class Hons Degree in Geography and Sociological and Political Science.

Offertory Envelopes

Thanks very much too all those people who have collected their new box of envelopes. Those yet to do so are kindly requested to do so as soon as possible. By collecting your box it means that there are fewer boxes to be distributed. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter. Please check your name and number on your box when collecting it.

Longford Dyslexia Workshop

The above are holding their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December. Please support.

Gun Club

A meeting of the Club will be held in the Shooting grounds in Derragh on next Monday night the 16 December at 9pm sharp. Members with their tickets sold please return for our Christmas Draw and Party on Saturday night the 21 December. All members please attend the meeting.

Fireside Tales

The launch of Jude Flynn’s “Fireside Tales” has taken place. This is the 11th book in a collection of 12 which Jude has written on the social history of the county of Longford. They make an excellent gift for friends and family, particularly those living away from their Home County, and are a testament to the great love Jude has for Longford and its people. The book can be purchased at Jimmy Donoghue’s, Main Street, Granard.

Garden Club

Granard garden club are holding their Christmas Floral demonstration in Lus Na Greine Granard at 8.00pm on Monday next December 16. All arrangements will be raffled on the night and festive refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Country Markets

The winners of our birthday raffle on Friday last were Jessie Gillard, Rose Gallagher, Mary Burns and Una Drake. Congrats to all. The Market continues every Friday morning beside the Post Office and Christmas orders are still been taken.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Community Diary

A Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible.

“The Triumph”

A powerful new documentary investigating one of the greatest mysteries of the modern world, The Apparitions of Medjugorje. Showing in the Cineplex in Carrick-On-Shannon Thursday the 12 December at 8.30 pm for one night only. Normal admissions apply. 

Aughnagarron School

Aughnagarron National School will present a Hallelujah Choir and Christmas Celebration, including a Fundraiser Draw on Thursday 12 December in the School at 7 p.m. All welcome.

Race Night

Hold their annual Race Night on Thursday 26 December in Crawford’s. Lines for horses are on sale presently all around the parish at €10 per line. Your support is much appreciated. Thank you for your past support for the Race Night and for the Club. As this is the main fundraiser for the Club during the year, we really need your support, please.

Giving Tree

A Giving Tree will be placed in Abbeylara Church this week. If you wish you may place a gift under the tree and these gifts will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. “In giving you receive”

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 5/12/13; winning numbers: 4, 5, 16, 30. Winners: James Walker, Finea; M/S Sammon, Granard; Alex Small, Granard; David Sheridan, Carra; John & Michael McHugh, Springtown; Bernard Gilligan, Ballywillian. Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern on 12 December. Jackpot is €3,400.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union is pleased to inform all its members that its Annual General meeting will take place on Monday 16 January 2013 at 8.30pm sharp in the Credit Union building. All members are welcomed to attend. CU there! Our Christmas Opening Hours are as follows.....Monday 23 December – 10.00am - 2.00pm, Tuesday Christmas Eve –Closed, Office re-opens on Tuesday 31 December, Wednesday 1 January 2014 – Closed and Thursday 2 Business as usual 10.00am – 5.00pm. Our Mega Christmas Members Draw will take place on Saturday 21 December remember if you are not in you can’t win. Fantastic cash prizes to be won with a first prize of €10,000 for the luck winner. Special Christmas Loan are now available. Borrow up to €2,000 at a very attractive rate. Why not let us worry about your financial needs this Christmas? Why not call in to our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Santa Claus

Will be in Abbeylara on Saturday afternoon, so all children come along and meet this famous man with the Red Suit and White Beard. Ho Ho Ho. The turning on of the lights on the Christmas Tree and the Crib will be around 5pm at the Crossroads.


Tidy Towns Committee are holding their Annual Fundraiser in Crawford’s on Saturday 14 December at 9.30pm.  Music and Craic on the night so why not come along and join in the fun. Music by Mary O’Connor. There are still some lines available if you wish to be in the raffle.

Senior Citizens

Their Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on 15 December 2013 in Crawford’s Lounge. Mass will take place in the Lounge at 1.00pm followed by a full Christmas Dinner and entertainment.

GAA Bingo

Bingo on Wednesday night in Community Centre Granard.  This week’s Jackpot is €13,400. It could be you. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early, eyes down 8.45pm.  This could be your chance to have a great Christmas.

Musical Comedy

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School proudly presents “Honk” a Musical Comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling on 17, 18, and 19 December at 7.30pm in the Cnoc Mhuire Sports Hall. Tickets are on sale at €10. For further details log onto Tickets can be received by calling the following numbers 043 6686231 or 085 8409503.

Landscaping Course

Construction Landscaping Course, FETAC Level 4; A rare chance to avail of a place on this eight-week course run over 3 days per week at Lus Na Greine. This is a great course for people who are out of work from the construction sector. Learn how to build patios and do paving, barbeques etc. For full details contact the centre.

Saint Vincent De Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.


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