Winning numbers: 4, 14, 17, 22. €20 winners: Heith Mayes, Streete; P. J. & Maggie Farrell, Abbeylara; Padraig Battrim, Ballinrud; Sean Berry, Dring; Larry Boland, Abbeylara. The next draw is in The Mill on 18/09/2014. Jackpot is now €5,850.

Good luck

To Aughnagarron N. S. who are having a WSE – Whole School Evaluation under Management, Leadership and Learning on Wednesday 17 and Thursday, 18 September.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee Morning in aid of Longford Hospice will be held in the Resource Centre, Granard on Thursday, 18 September from 10.00am to 1.00pm and again in McElvaney’s, Coolarty from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Mary McNerney and her team of helpers will be your hosts, so come along, and enjoy a cuppa and support the local hospice.

Credit Union Factor

Granard Credit Union launches talent contest CU Factor - Have you got the CU Factor, if yes you could be on your way to winning the top prize of €500 courtesy of Granard Credit Union. Ten to nineteen year olds in Granard area are being invited to share their talents as part of a new talent competition in the area organised by Granard Credit Union. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, comedy acts etc. The closing date for applications is 25 September 2014. Auditions are scheduled to take place on Saturday 27 September and the local final will take place in Granard Community Centre on Saturday 4 October. The top two acts will go forward to represent Granard Credit Union in the regional final on Saturday the 18 October in Ballinasloe with a top prize of €1000. Application forms are available from the counter in Granard Credit Union.

Tidy Towns results

Abbeylara were up 12 points on last year, bringing us up to a total 250 marks.
Abbeylara Tidy Towns committee would like to thank the local community and the pupils of St. Bernard’s National School for their ongoing input during the year.  We would also like to thank our sponsors and anyone who helped in any way, especially the Community Employment workers and TUS worker.  St. Bernard’s Church, the Parish Centre, approach roads and the Handball Alleys were all admired for the lovely stone work. The old village sign on the Lisryan road and the walkway at Derragh Lake all got a mention. The pupils and teachers of St. Bernard’s N/S. also got a mention for their wonderful work and great interest in the Junior Section of Tidy Towns.  We would like to thank the pupils who came out on numerous occasions to help with the litter pickup.  One area we lost 20 points was the painting of gates on approaching roads to our village.  We pointed out this in our News Bulletins in the Spring but it fell on deaf ears, maybe next year!  The full results sheet is available in P. J. Farrell’s shop, or from committee members.

Tidy Towns meeting

Tidy Towns are holding a meeting on Thursday, 18 September in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm to discuss Tidy Town Results and other matters. Full attendance please.

St. Christopher’s charity night

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s is holding a charity evening with The Merchant Archers at Creegan’s, Bunlahy, on Saturday, 4 October 2014. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Admission is €10. Tickets are available from Committee members, or on the door. Please support us and have a great night.

Charity Cycle

A Charity Cycle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held on Sunday, 21 September starting at 9.30am from McElvaney’s Pub, Coolarty. For further information please contact Brendan Reilly on 087 9263433.

Can You Help?

Does anyone know anything about Francis and Mary Smyth, Abbeylara? Mary was Mary Lennon, Sawmills, Longford. Francis was born in 1873, Mary was born in 1872, and they married in 1909. Mary died in 1917 and Francis died in 1938. Contact Gerry Fogarty at 085 2298577 with any information you may have or to get more details.

Memorial Walk

Rita Nannery Memorial Walk will take place on Sunday, September 21 starting at Mullahoran Church Car Park at 12.30. Registration takes place at 10.30am suitable for all ages. All proceeds to Bothar and the local Apostolic Society.

Rainbows Ireland

From hurt through healing, to hope. Support Group Programmes. Non – denominational, for children aged 5 + and teenagers who are grieving a death, separation or other painful loss. Beginning on Wednesday, 24 September from 6pm to 7 pm in the Family Centre, Longford. Booking essential before 19 September Tel: 043 3346827.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €17,300. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!


A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday, 20 September from Carra Church for a one day pilgrimage on the Island. Cost for bus, meals and Lough Derg facilities and services are €50. The bus will leave from Carra Church at 7 am. To date 22 have booked. Seats available, contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 immediately to book your seat. For more details see poster on Church notice board or

Diocesan Pioneers

The above will hold a meeting on Thursday, 18 September in the Family Centre, St. Mel’s Road, Longford at 8.30 pm.

Country Market

Granard Country Markets continue every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am at upper Main Street and they now have Local Honey in stock along with beautiful fresh fruit and veg. and crafts, baking and firewood etc.

Gallant 15K

The Gallant 15K Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice, Cavan takes place on Saturday, 25 October 2014. Sponsorship cards are available from St. Christopher’s Hospice 049 4332999, Ciaran Weir 086 0753309 or William Hughes on 086 3584700.


Badminton takes place on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.