Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Julia Halton, (née Cronoghue), Ballinamee, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath who died on 16 June. Beloved wife of the late Michael. She will be remembered with love by her son John, daughters Mary, Jane and Gertie, son’s in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Sean Callaghan, Sliabh Bracken, Derrycasson, Dring and formerly of Edgeworthstown, Edgeworthstown, Longford who died on 17 June. Devoted husband of Lucy and loving father of Jackie, Laura and Ronan.   Deeply regretted by his loving sister, brothers, sisters in law, brothers in law, mother in law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, cousins, extended family and a large circle of friends. Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Catherine Walsh, (née Mockler), Upper Main Street, Granard, Co. Longford / Ballygar, Galway who died on Tuesday, 17 June. Sadly missed by her loving family George, Emily, Mary, Gerry, Thomas, Elizabeth, Margaret and Anne, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sisters, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Teresa Sullivan, Cartron Bay, Sligo, who died on Wednesday, 18 June, She will be sadly missed by her children Mary, Ann, Teresa, Hugh, Kevin and Monica, her sisters Margaret (Travers) and Mary (O´Connell), grandchildren, Áine, Fearghal, Giovanni, Ezra, Garbhán, Ciara, Thomas, Kevin, Killian, Liam, Orla, Oisín and Hugh Peter, sisters-in-law Sr. Josephine, Liz (Fagan) and Maureen (Duffy), daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.   May they rest in peace.


Congratulations to John Kiernan, Clough and Luana Mahon, Prucklish, Newtownforbes who were married on Saturday, 21 June in St. Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes.

Aughnagarron NS

Aughnagarron National School end of year School Mass will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 26 June in Aughnagarron N.S. at 11am. You are welcome to attend this Mass.


Shave, Wax and Dye takes place in John V’s, Granard on Saturday, 5 July at 8.30pm in aid of Diabetes Ireland. There will be music on the night by Pat Masterson. A tractor run will take place on Sunday, 6 July, leaving Granard Mart at 2.00pm. The Route is as follows; Granard – Castlepollard – Finea – Granard. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Tom Burke on 086 8656390 or 086 6057802. All tractors are welcome.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, 27 July. Please ensure that this Cemetery is suitably prepared for such an important event.


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 €16,100. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Credit Union

Special car and holiday loans are now available at very attractive rates.  Please call and collect a leaflet from the Credit Union office and gain entry into a free draw after returning completed form. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm.

Rosie Run

Rosie Run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (Imnda) will take place in Loch Gowna on Sunday, 20 July at 1.00pm. Registration begins at 11.00am. Prizes to be won and refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards. Please support this worthy cause.


Bunlahy Area Action Group will host a barbeque at Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy on Sunday, 29 June from 5.30pm. Entertainment from Rhythm and Sticks as part of Creegan’s Sunday sessions. All monies raised are for the purchase of defibrillators for the area. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Living Links

Living Links Cavan is holding an Ecumenical Service of Remembrance for family and friends bereaved by suicide on Sunday, 29 June 2014, at 3pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Killeshandra. Death by suicide is a tragedy for everyone concerned. The grief and sense of loss experienced can be overwhelming.


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme: (VTOS): Are you aged 21 or over, and for 6 months, Either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments, Have been signing for credits or a lone parent, If so, you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. Interested? Contact the Adult Education Office, LWETB, Battery Road, Longford. Tel. 043 3345474 as soon as possible.

Parish draw

Please, if possible pay your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector. Many thanks to those people who have paid their renewal fee. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw, which is of great benefit to our parish finances. Thanks also to our collectors. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish, as this is very necessary for banking regulations.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Community Diary

A 2014 Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Pitch and Putt

Competitions continue on Wednesday evenings for all members at Granard Pitch & Putt – adults and juveniles and new beginners at 7pm.  Those competitions will continue for the rest of the Summer months weather permitting.  Anybody who is not a member must pay green fees €5 per day for adults and €2 for Juveniles. For membership details contact Raymond on 087-7747848, Benny at 087-7504522 or Roy at 087-66936838 or any committee member. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Vintage Day

Streete Parish Park annual Vintage Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 July.  The Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run will be held on Saturday, 12 July at 4.00pm and the Vintage Show is on Sunday, 13 July at Kilmore Streete, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath, just 4 miles off the N4 at Rathowen Church. There will be Vintage Cars, Tractors, Motorcycles, Stationery Engines, Horse Drawn Equipment and much more. There will be a special prize for the oldest car and tractor with tax book.  There will be a state of the art venue with full catering facilities in our onsite Sports Complex and Community Centre, annual dog show, outdoor bandstand with all day entertainment, many exhibitions and demonstrations throughout the day and also entertainment for children. There will be a raffle for cash prizes on the day and there is no charge for vintage exhibitors and a free meal.  All donations will go directly to the Irish Heart Foundation. For further details contact Brian Nerney Chairman on 086 2596656 or email, or phone Pat Duffy Vice Chairman on 086 8433355, Martin Fagan Secretary 086 8100082, or John Parker 086 8301347.


Thanks very much too all the people who contributed to the Trócaire collection which realised €3,180. This is a very generous response indeed in the present time and much appreciated. Thank you.

Tidy Towns

A special thanks to all the boys and girls from St. Bernard’s National School, who joined the Tidy Towns members with some of their teachers, on a litter pick up on all roads around Abbeylara. There were twelve bags of rubbish collected. All of these cans, bottles, papers etc. were dumped since our last pick up a couple of weeks back. With judging on at the moment we need to be on our guard and report any wrong doing to members of Tidy Towns.

Family day out

Lus na Greine low cost annual family day out will take place on 5 August to Bundoran. This is open to families and bookings are now being accepted. For further information please contact the centre.

Music teacher

A music teacher is now available to teach keyboard skills, piano accordion, guitar etc. If interested contact Lus Na Greine Resource centre on 043 6660977. If there is sufficient interest the centre can organise a music camp.

Set Dancing classes

Set dancing classes continues on Friday evenings for children from 6.00pm – 7.00pm at Marett Smith’s house.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 20/06/2014; winning numbers: 7, 8, 12, 18. €20 winners: Ann Quinn, Edgeworthstown; Kieran Mulvihill, Kilbride, Abbeylara; Brenda Staken, Edgeworthstown; Bob and Babs Dempsey, Cooldoney; Niall Sheridan, Lisryan; Mary & Michael Ledwith, Ballinrud: Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern on 26/06/2014. Jackpot is now €5,250.


Congratulations to the following 5 x €100 prize winners for fully paid up €100 Lotto members. Bernard Gilligan, Ballywillan; May Fanning, Ballinacross; Packie Reynolds; Aughnagarron; Seán Berry, Dring; Bernard & Maureen Smyth, Abbeylara. Congratulations to Danny Ledwith, Ballinrud on winning the Abbeylara GAA Club Person of the Year award.

Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7.00pm. There are new and exciting routes every week. New members welcome, young and old.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local Town or Village. To maintain the local service in your 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. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555. Or Provider John Maguire at 086-2608046.