Easter Greetings

Easter Greetings

Wishing all the readers of these local notes a joyous Easter and happy holiday time.

Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport - Friday Services throughout the County will run on Thursday 17 April, with the same collection and departure times. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555 or provider John at 087-6213526. County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 single and €5 return. – Free Travel Pass holders Travel Free.

Country Markets

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please note that the Market will be held on this Saturday morning from 9.30am to Midday and not on Good Friday. This arrangement is for this week only. A very Happy and Holy Easter to all.

Church Ceremonies

In St. Mary’s Church Granard on Holy Thursday at 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by adoration at the Alter of Repose concluding with prayer and reflection at midnight. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon assembling at Johnny Macken’s and walk in procession to St. Mary’s Church carrying the Cross. The Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross at 3pm. Evening Prayer and Reflection at 8pm. Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food with the Polish Community at 12 noon. Easter Vigil at 8.30pm. Easter Sunday:

Dawn Mass at 5.30am in Granardkille Cemetery. St. Mary’s Church at 9am and 11.30am.

Social evening

A social evening will take place in Farrell’s Lounge, Ballinalee on this Thursday, 17 April at 9pm. All Fine Gael candidates in the local elections will be in attendance, together with MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness. Everyone welcome.

Local election

Sinn Fein candidate, John Reilly is holding a campaign Fundraiser on Easter Sunday night in Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy starting at 9pm. Music by Chris Cronin. Supper will be served and everyone is welcome.


Tai Chi with Patrick McHale continues on 24 April at 8.15pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Next monthly meeting takes place on Thursday, 1st May at 8pm. All members are requested to attend and new ones are most welcome.

Balmoral Show

If there is anyone interested in travelling to Balmoral Show that will take place from 14 – 16 May, please contact Sean Kiernan at 087-9945909 and if there a sufficient numbers a bus may be organized.

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre

The centre is delighted and really looking forward to welcoming the Virginia Gospel Choir for a performance on Sunday, 25 May at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church. They will be joined by Jackie Callaghan and other All Ireland winning musicians form the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick as well as our own excellent St. Mary’s Church Choir. This should be a wonderful evening and tickets (€10.00) will be on sale in the coming weeks. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services for our work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. We would greatly appreciate your support.

St. Mary’s Glotto

In the most recent draw the numbers drawn were 4-8-18-23. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following winners of €25 each - Mark Condron, Mostrim. Sinead Fay, Granard. Owen Kearney, Tonywarden, Granard and Tom Tully, Granard. Next week’s jackpot is €7,450.

Credit Union

Member’s Easter Draw will be held on Easter Saturday, 19 April. 1st prize €10,000 and 4 x €500. Car Loans and Holiday loans now available at special rate of 8%. Holiday Insurance also available through your local Credit Union. Call and chat to a member of staff for details.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €15,200.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street are open each Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 5pm and First Tuesday of each month from 10am to 5pm. Contact 085-1503985 for further information.

Car Boot Sale

Sales take place every Saturday morning in Mullingar Business Park, (Motor Auction Park). Gates open at 10am. All enquiries to 087-1208591.

Phone Call Service

The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The friendly call service can be reached at 043-3349678 Monday–Thursday.

Spartak F.C.

The season 13/14 has ended for us- thanks to all the players who stayed to the end and the supporters who came to the matches to encourage us. Now taking names for the coming season and Kevin can be contacted on 086-1077647.

Easter Festival

All roads lead to Granard for the Easter Festival on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 April. The festival kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a Historical Walk of Granard led by local historian Jimmy Donohoe. Jimmy’s tour is both very enjoyable and informative as he holds a wealth of knowledge about Granard’s history!

5K Walk /Jog/Run

On Saturday afternoon at 3pm the gruelling 5K Walk/Jog/Run will start at Kiernan Milling on the Ballinalee Road. Entry is €10 per adult and €5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows Men 1st €100; 2nd €50; 3rd €25. 1st Ladies 1st €100, 2nd €50 3rd €25 1st u16 €.100; 2nd €50 3rd €25 Registration will take place from 2pm at Kiernan Milling. All walkers, joggers and elite runners are welcome. For more information call Patrick on 043 6687935. This event is kindly sponsored by Durkin’s Medical, Granard.

Tug –O-War

Later in the evening, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of 7 people. The cost is €20 per team.

Street Entertainment

On Easter Sunday at 2pm and onwards there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. There will also be face painting and balloon modelling. The parade is expected to pass through Main Street at 2.30pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. The Madagascar circus will be in Granard after the parade with appearances by Marty the dancing Zebra, Alex the friendly Lion and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun. With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard.

Walking Club

We are stepping out again and great to see so many familiar faces.  Meeting as usual at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7pm every Monday evening. Looking forward to seeing you all again and planning some new routes.

Recent Deaths

The death of Frank (Francis) Coyle, Ballinacross, Granard occurred at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin on 10 April. Removal took place from his late residence to St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeylara on Friday, 11 April. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday followed by burial in local cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his wife Sellie; son Noel; daughters Margaret; Josephine and Terrie; grandchildren; sister Josephine and extended family circle. The death of Marie Hourican, (nee Rudden), Lisrathigan, Coolarty occurred at her residence on Sunday, 13 April following a long illness bravely borne. Removal took place from her late residence to St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Monday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial to Granardkille new cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her husband Hugh, children, Ciara, Shona, Aaron and Ryan, extended family, relatives and many friends.


Sympathy is extended to Anne Brady and family, Springtown, Granard on the death of her sister, Breda Arthurson, (nee Fagan), who died on 30 March in Strattford London. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to Margaret Gorman, (nee Brady) on the death of her husband, Michael, Coolamber, Lismacaffrey which occurred at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin on 11 April. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday in Boherquill Church followed by burial in local cemetery. Michael is also survived by his son, Kevin and grand daughters Lita and Libby; his sister Helen and extended family circle. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to Seamus Smith and family, Rathbracken, Granard on the death of his mother, Mary Ann Smith, Dublin Road, Ballinagh who died last week end. May she rest in peace.


The following are the results from the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 12 April - First Lady Mary Cahill. Second Lady Lynn Wright. Third Lady Lilly Garvey. First Gent Edward Brady. Second Gent Seamus Coyle. Third Gent Johnny Brady. Half Game Lady Theresa Keoghan. Half Game Gent Jimmy Cahill. Raffle: Lynn Wright, Anne Leonard and Mary Cahill.