Granard notes



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Granard Guild I.C.A. will resume meetings on this Thursday 3rd September at 8.00pm. in Granard Credit Union Seminar room. Entrance at the rear of the building. New members are very welcome to attend. Programme for the Winter season will be discussed. All are looking forward to meeting up after the Summer recess.

Citizens Information

Citizens Information are pleased to announce that the Outreach Information Service at Granard Area Action Group Information Office will resume on this Thursday morning 3rd September from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

First Friday Calls

The sick and housebound will be visited on this Friday 4 September. Anyone who wishes to receive a visit please contact Fr. Simon Cadam on 0436686550.


Longford Community Resources Ltd has commenced the consultation process to develop the Local Strategy for next round of the Rural Development Programme, commonly known as the LEADER programme. Letters and submission forms are currently being circulated. If you have not received a form and would like to put your ideas forward please visit and download the submission form alternatively you can email or call 043 3345555 and request one.

SVP Education Assistance

St Vincent de Paul are in a position to offer some financial assistance to 3rd level students whose course comes under one of the following categories: Under Graduate 3rd Level Education; Practical courses; Training; Apprenticeships e.g. Post Leaving Cert Courses; Other criteria may be considered at the discretion of the Conference. For further information contact: 085 1503985.

Callaghan Academy

Dancing classes for boys and girls 4 years plus. Children get the opportunity to participate in team and solo dancing for competition, grade examinations and for fun. Registration takes place at an Open Evening on 15 September in Granard Community Centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact Jackie on 083-4614727 or email Jackie for further information and to book a place.

Warmer Homes

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 for further information or log on to


GROW will hold a four week Personal Development programme in the Lus na Greine FRC on Monday evenings starting 28 September and ending on 19 October . This is a great opportunity to become more mindful and self-aware and take time out to care for yourself. We are accepting bookings now. Phone 0436660977.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on this Sunday 6 September. Ceremonies commence at 2.30pm with Anointing of the Sick. Mass will be celebrated at 3.00pm. Bus departs Loch Gowna at 9.45am; Mullinalaghta 10.00am; Granard 10.15am and Longford 11.00am. Bus tickets cost €16.00. Phone Margaret Donnelly 043-6686540 to book your seat.

Lough Derg

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg takes place on Saturday 19 September for a one day Retreat. Bus departs from St. Mary’s Church Carragh. Please contact Fr. Michael Campbell for further details on 043-6686270.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue in their new premises opposite Kearney’s Garage every Friday morning from 8-30am until 11-00am and they are delighted to announce the arrival of a selection of Low Fat products which will be available every week along with the usual stock of Farm Fresh eggs; Breads cakes; Buns; Crafts; Firewood etc. We look forward to seeing all our patrons and thank them for their support.

Thank You

The following is a note received from Sr. Roberta Kilbride before she returned to Pakistan on Friday last. A sincere thanks to Fr. Simon Cadam, Sr. Maeve Brady and the Parish Committee and to all who helped in any way for the wonderful Jubilee celebration you prepared for me in the Parish and to all who were present. I shall treasure this special occasion for the rest of my life. A special thanks for all the financial support that you have given me for our Educational Outreach Programme in Khipro, Sindh, Pakistan. Your great generosity is very much appreciated. It is a very important key to give those very poor tribal communities a better future. I assure you that we will keep you all in our prayers. God bless you all and your families, with deep gratitude and prayer. Yours gratefully - Sr. Roberta Kilbride.

Ballymore Ladies

Rescheduled Summer Beach Party. €500 Sun Holiday Voucher to be won in Creegan’s Bunlahy on Sunday 6 September. Prizes for both best Dressed Beach Babe and Best Dressed Beach Hunk. Fancy Dress Children’s Disco 3-4pm. Live Music with Rhythm and Sticks from 4pm. Get your Raffle Ticket €5 from any club member. Free entry to our event.

Walk a Mile with Emily

Emily Kane has a rare disease - Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. A walk will take place on Sunday 13 September at 12pm starting from Drumlish Community Centre. Donations are optional and all donations will be greatly appreciated. All donations will divided between the Histiocytosis Association, St. John’s Ward, Crumlin Hospi8tal and the Children’s Ward Mullingar Hospital. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Monster €1 sale this weekend, all our Summer stock must clear to make room for our new Winter collection, so we are selling everything off at €1. Pop in and avail of the bargains. Thanks for your continued support, to all who drop in their cast offs, Bric-a-brac etc. everything always welcome. Thanks also to our volunteers who ensure the smooth running of the shop. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre for projects in the community.

Play Rugby

Longford Rugby Club pre- season training is now in full swing for both men and women. Tuesday and Friday nights on the pitch for 8 pm. New members always welcome. Youths and minis rugby will return in September.


Clonguish had an emphatic win over Colmcille on Saturday evening on a score line of 1.16 to 9 pts. On Sunday evening Abbeylara defeated St. Mary’s Granard by 6pts, Final Score 0.16 to 0.10. Abbeylara will play Clonguish in the second semi-final. Drumard defeated Longford Slashers by 1pt in their replay match played in Killoe on Sunday afternoon Final Score Drumard 13 pts to Longford Slashers 0.12. Drumard will play Killoe in the knockout stage on this Sunday 6 September in Pearse Park at 6.30pm.

Recent Deaths

The death of Paddy Higgins Ballymore Granard occurred peacefully at the Manor Nursing Home Edgeworthstown on Sunday 23 August. Predeceased by his wife Kate. Paddy is deeply regretted by his daughter Marie, sons Liam, Patrick, and Seamus, brother Johnny, sisters Rosie, Kitty, Betty, and Bridie, son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Fiona, Olivia and Sharon, his adored grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, friends, and neighbours. His body reposed at Smiths Funeral Home, Granard on Thursday the 27 August prior to removal to St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Granardkill Old Cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to Ann Marie Brady and family Cartronbore Granard on the death of her mother Sabina (Bina) Murtagh Boherquill Lismacaffrey who died on Sunday 30 August. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Advice from EPA

Advice from EPA for Gardeners, Householders and Farmers: Products commonly used around the home and farm such as weed killers, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides should always be stored and used very carefully. Even the smallest amount of these getting poured down a drain or being allowed into a water course can have a serious effect on drinking water and animals which use that water course to drink from. Further information can be found on or by picking up a leaflet from the council offices. Longford County Council will be holding a Household Hazardous Waste collection and a Farmyard Hazardous Waste collection later on in the year and we advise people to bring your unused, unwanted or out of date household and farmyard chemicals to these collections for safe disposal. For further information you can contact Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer Longford County Council on 043-3343451.