Congratulations: Warmest congratulations to Cnoc Mhuire, Granard on winning the All Ireland Senior A Football Final on Saturday 13 April in Croke Park against Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Well done to all the panel of players, management, Cnoc Mhuire and all others involved. Special congratulations to the following players from Abbeylara Parish, Cathal Lynch, Toneymore, Barry McKiernan, Abbeylara, Anthony O’Reilly, Creevy and Nigel Rabbitt, Aughnagarron who played leading roles right through the campaign leading to the wonderful All Ireland success.
Monastery Grounds: The Monastery Grounds are now looking their best with grass cutting in progress and the new spotlights shining through the night, well done to everyone who helped out on this project. If you want to spend a peaceful 1/2 hour why not go for a stroll to the Monastery grounds!
Family Field Day & Tractor Pulling: Meeting on Thursday 25 April in the Sports Centre at 9pm. Anyone willing to help with the Field Day please attend.
Country Markets: Granard Country Markets are delighted to announce that they now have Slimming World Meals available as well as their usual Bread, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and Firewood. The Market is open every Friday morning from 8-30 am to 11.00 am in the Market house.
Bunlahy N.S. Parents Association: Bunlahy N.S. Parents Association is holding a table quiz in Creegan’s Bar and Lounge this Friday night at 8.30 pm. Raffle and refreshments will be served on the night. Your support will be very much appreciated.
Cnoc Mhuire Class of 86: The re-union takes place on Saturday 4 May commencing with a tour of Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School at 7.00pm approx. and afterwards to Paul Fay’s Place for light refreshments and entertainment. For further details contact Monica 087 7701370, Andrew 086 8047542, Michael 087 9980481, Margaret 087 1334037 or Carl Sullivan.
Drama: Mullahoran GFC is holding the hugely popular play “Victors Dung” this Sunday 28 April in the Parochial Hall at 8.30pm, starring Seamus O’Rourke, Charles McGuinness & Tommy Sharkey. Tickets are on sale at €10 and are available from the local shops and committee members.
Mock Wedding: The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services would like to thank all those who generously supported the recent mock wedding. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets, sponsored raffle prizes, wedding cards and gave donations. Sincere thanks to the Mock Wedding cast, who provided great entertainment and many laughs. A special thank you to the directors, screenwriters and everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this such a memorable evening. We are grateful to Abbeylara GFC and the Longford Arms Hotel for their function room.
Collection: The Cystic Fibrosis association of Ireland will hold a church gate collection at all Masses at St.Mary’s in Granard next weekend April 27th and 28th. All donations greatly appreciated.
St. Therese National Day of Prayer: Takes place on Monday 6 May in Knock Shrine, Anointing of the sick, Ceremony of the Blessing of the Roses, Concelebrated Mass at 3pm. Veneration and Blessing with Relics of St. Therese and her parents Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.
County Longford Rural Transport Programme: On Friday the 19 April last, the Rural Transport Programme celebrated 10 Years in business in Granard Area Action Group (GAAG) office, to acknowledge all concerned with the success of the Rural Transport Programme since the Initiative in 2003. This was a great achievement for all concerned and many locals came along to have a little chat and to enjoy a cup of tea and good company! The LCRL operates 23 Services on the Rural Transport Programme throughout the County, with the emphasis on the “Door to Door” collection, Monday to Saturday. All services are contracted out to Local Providers and contact details are listed on the timetables. All enquiries to Seamus on 043-3345555. LCRL website: www.lcrl.ie
Reminder: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund, will take place on Saturday 1st June 2013. 2012 was a very successful and enjoyable climb. We hope this year will be equally successful, and there is plenty of time for any aspiring cyclist to fit in the training. A special event to launch this year’s cycle will take place on Saturday 4 May starting at 9 o’clock on Saturday morning with a Static Cycle “1500km from Granard to Lourdes” followed by a Fancy Dress Party in John V Donohoe’s on Saturday night. A great weekend’s entertainment is guaranteed. Your help and Support would be greatly appreciated for both events. Any enquiries contact Jimmy Brady 0878875227.
Slimming World: Slimming World Group is held in Edgeworthstown every Thursday night at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Mostrim Arms. Phone Jenny on 086 1094773 for further information. Everybody is welcome.
‘Living Life to the Full’: Lus na Grèine are delighted to have this part time six week course sponsored by Aware available at their centre starting in May. This invaluable life skills course comes highly recommended and is open to all. Please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information please call to the centre or phone 043 6660977.
Study Skills & Meal Planning for College Workshop: Students this worthwhile free short course will give you help to beat exam stress, gain those last minute study/memory tools, and provide tips on eating well despite the stress and also preparing for college. The course will commence this Saturday, 27 April from 12 noon – 3pm in Lus na Grèine, Main Street, Granard. Booking is essential. For further information please call to the centre or phone 043 6660977.
Titanic Trip: Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services Ltd are organising a trip to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast on Friday 24 May. If you are interested, please contact Jackie or Lucy before Friday 19 April at 043 6686309.
Spring Clean – Scrap: We can help your get rid of any scrap you may gather up during your spring clean up and convert it to use for Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Please contact Pat McHugh 0876308152, Pauric Kiernan 086 3998807, Kevin Murphy or any Club officer. Thank you.
Abbeylara GAA Club: Lotto Results 16/04/13. Numbers drawn: 7, 13, 21, 22 €20 Winners: Marie Scanlon, c/o Credit Union, Olly Og, Kilcogy, Dinah Smith, Abbeylara, Josie Mulligan, Mullahoran, Michael O’Connor, Ballywillian, Mark Smyth, Carra. The Jackpot is now €11,000.
GAA Club: Presentation to our U-21 players takes place on Sunday, 5 May in Crover House Hotel. Please support these young players who won the U-21 Longford Championship last year.
Tuesday Night: Is lotto night with the jackpot now a massive €11,000 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes can be purchased at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. Remember it could be you.
Parish Draw: The collectors are collecting your full year €100 or half year €50 or quarter year €25 contributions. The first draw takes place this Friday 26 April in Abbeylara after 7.30 Mass. You are welcome to attend. To date 157 people have joined. Anyone else still wishing to join is welcome, please contact your collector. Thank you all.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Monday 27 May to Saturday 1st June. The cost of the pilgrimage is €699. Full details from J.W.T. on 012410811 or 01 2410812.
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.
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 10am to 6pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.