Agricultural Show: The Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday 21 July at Higginstown Sports Complex Granard. This is the 60th Show and we hope it is memorable one for everyone. We extend a Cead Mile Failte to all those who visit Granard this weekend. Why not come along and see for yourself the array of flowers, vegetables, cakes, jams, knitting, decoupage, art, photography, dogs, cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys, ponies and horses?
Tidy Towns: A meeting will take place on Wednesday, 18 July at 9pm in the Greville Arms Hotel. Everyone is encouraged to make a special effort to have their area looking well and litter free.
Public Meeting: All locals are requested to attend a Public Meeting this Thursday 19 July in the Community Centre at 8.30pm sharp. The purpose of this meeting is to set up a Community Text Alert system for the greater Granard Area. The Text Alert has proved extremely successful in other parts of the County in reducing crime. A presentation will by given by Community Garda Tracey Shanley on how the system works. Please contact Michéal Carrigy on (087) 2915072 for more details.
Buttermarket: Many thanks to the supervisors and participants on the Community Employment Scheme who have cut the grass and ivy in and around the Buttermarket beside the Ulster Bank on Market Street. Already it is taking shape and the Ulster Bank is having a face lift too by having the premises painted. All this helps this historic street to return to it’s former glory and well done to everyone concerned.
Country Markets: Granard Country Market now opens two days every week, Fridays 8.30-11am in the Market House and Saturdays 11am-1pm in Lus na Gréine. There is a table with delicious Eastern European foods for sale at the Saturday market, so why not come along and buy all your local and home produced foods. There is also tea/coffee on Saturdays so you can meet a friend and relax over tea/coffee and a scone. On Saturday 21 July there will be a ‘how to look after your bike’ demonstration/talk with mechanic Kevin Sweeney. On Saturday 28 July there will be a coffee morning in aid of Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.
Greville Arms Golf Society: Ned is Back! After missing the cut on the last few outings Ned takes the ‘Summer Shield’ in Athlone Golf Club on count back. First, Ned Monaghan; Runner Up, Kevin Tighe; Gross, Colm Fagan; Team Prize, Colm Fagan, Seamus Coyle and Joe McElvaney; Longest Drive, Colm Fagan; Nearest the Pin, Joe McElvaney; Winner of Four Ball, Colm Fagan. The next outing comprises the ‘County Bridge Shield’ v. Mullahoran at Longford Golf Club on Saturday, 21 July. Tee off at 10.50am sharp.
Marriage: Congratulations to Caitriona Lynch Aughnagarron & Craig O’Connor, Ballincollig, Cork who were married on Sat 22nd Oct in Carra.
A/G Bingo: Bingo continues every Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is appreciated.
St. Mary’s GAA: Congratulations to the Intermediate B team who won their championship on Saturday evening in Maguire Park Ballinalee. They defeated Carrickedmond on a scoreline of 02.16 to 01.11. Well done to all concerned.
Pitch & Putt: Competitions continue each Wednesday evening at 7pm, weather permitting. Everyone welcome.
Granard Cemetery Sunday: Mass will be celebrated in the New Cemetery on Sunday 29 July at 1pm and in Granardkille Cemetery on Sunday 3 August at 11.30am. Plot owners are requested to please take away any waste or unwanted material from graves and not to leave same in the graveyards.
Abbeylara Cemetery: Cemetery Sunday takes place in Abbeylara on Sunday 29 July at 11am. Everyone is requested to clean up their plots.
Pilgrimage: The annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 22 July. Bus leaves Mullahoran at 9am; Granard at 9.15am; Ballinalee at 9.30am and Longford 9.45am. For further information and booking contact Brigie Burns at (043) 6686696.
Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick: Takes place on Sunday 29 July. Donohue’s Bus will travel to Croagh Patrick picking up pilgrims at the following places: Castlepollard at 6.15am; Coole 6.30am; Edgeworthstown 7.45am. Book before Friday 20 July with Tom Egan on (086) 8245181 or Angela Daniels on (087) 6460537. Cost €20. The bus may have to be cancelled if booking is not up to the number of pilgrims required.
Thank You: Patricia Gorman, Denniston Park, Granard would like to thank the many people in Granard and surrounding areas who so generously sponsored her for the Mini Marathon in Dublin in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland. Sincere thanks to one and all.
Breffni Challenge: The tenth annual Breffni Challenge takes place on Saturday 4 August in association with St. Patrick’s GFC and the Community of Arva. Local man Johnny Macken is taking part again this year and has sponsorship cards available. He would very much appreciate your support. Proceeds go towards St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin. NBCRI and Cavan/Monaghan Cancer Homecare Association.
Head Shave Plus More: Takes place on Saturday 21 July in Fay’s, Granard at 9pm. A great night’s fun is guaranteed with refreshments and raffle. Proceeds to Abbeylara Parish Centre.
Tea Party: Abbeylara GAA Club is hosting a Tea Party on Saturday 28 July in The Piker’s Lodge Loch Gowna. Good food, music song and raffle on the night. A most enjoyable night is in store for all. Contact any club member for further details.
Care Drive: A volunteer driving programme where the Irish Cancer Society recruits volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatment. We have recently partnered with Tullamore Hospital to start this service and are now looking for volunteers to participate in the programme. The service is free to the patient with the Irish Cancer Society paying for the volunteer driver’s fuel and offering €8 toward some food on the day. To find out more information call Gail on (01) 2310566.
Recent Deaths: The death of Tommy Kelly, O’Callaghan’s Ave, Granard occurred on Monday 9 July at St. Joseph’s Hospital Longford. Tommy was just short of his 90th birthday and lived life to the fullest up until his recent illness. Removal took place on Tuesday evening from the hospital chapel to St. Mary’s Church Granard where a guard of honour was provided by Granard Fire Brigade and St. Mary’s GAA. Tommy had been a former Fire Chief in his younger days. Funeral Mass was con-celebrated on Wednesday followed by burial in Granardkille. Sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Maureen, sons, daughters and extended family and friends. May he Rest in Peace. The death of Joe Donohoe, Creevy, Granard occurred on Thursday 12 July at Mullingar General Hospital. His body reposed at the Manor Edgeworthstown on Saturday evening followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church Carragh. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to wife Ann, sons Johnny and Joe; daughter-in-law Helen; grandchildren and extended family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.