Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


We welcome into the Christian Community, Ciaran Michael, son of Eoin and Andrea Murphy, Dubai and Carra.


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Fr. John Joe Jodie King, C.S. S. P. Kimmage, Dublin and formerly Main St. Granard, who died on Tuesday, 11 August. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Maureen Smyth, Beechview, Abbeylara, who died Thursday, 13 August. Maureen will be sadly missed by her loving husband Bernard, daughter Fiona, sons Brian, Barry, Cormac and Colm, son-in-law James, sisters Kathleen, Margaret and Noreen, brothers Christy, John and Eddie, brothers-in- law, sisters-in-law, extended family, friends and neighbours. May they rest in peace.

First Fridays

Please have a table cloth, a Candle, a small Cross and Holy Water when Fr. Michael is visiting you on First Fridays with the Blessed Sacrament.

Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation will hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. Please support.

Parish Draw

The final draw for 2014/2015 will be held on Friday, 21 August in Abbeylara after the 7.30pm Mass. You are welcome to attend this draw. Any money \ monies due to the draw, please hand in before then.

Leaving Cert

Wednesday last, was “D” Day for all Leaving Cert students as the results of their exams were distributed. Hopefully, all students were happy with their marks that they achieved and we wish each and everyone of them good luck with their future.

National Heritage Week

Uncover the hidden archaeology of Abbeylara Abbey, on the 25 August, to celebrate National Heritage Week, with a chance to explore the abbey with a birds-eye and a worms-eye view using modern technology from 2.00pm to 5pm – wear bright clothing! Dr. Paul Naessens (NUIG) also will share the results of this year’s survey at 7.30pm in the Abbeylara Handball Complex. For further information please contact Mairead at (043) 3340731 / for more information.

Farewell Presentation

Farewell Social and Presentation to Father P.J. Fitzpatrick on Friday 28 August in the Pikers Lodge, Loch Gowna at 8.00pm.  Buffet served 8.30pm to 9.30pm.


Ardscoil Phádraig are currently finalising their enrolment process for QQI Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These QQI Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. Please contact the school on 043 6686209 for further details.

Garden Show

Ballinagh Garden Club will hold their annual Flower and Vegetable Show on Monday, 24 August. Hall will be open for entries from 6.30pm and everyone is welcome to take part. Entries are €2 per section. For any other enquiries please contact Seamus Murphy on 087 2830134.

Granard Credit Union

The following were the lucky winners in our members draw held on Saturday, 1 August; €5000, Siobhan Brady, €5000 Padraig McGauran, and €500 to each of the following; Caroline and Kellie Farrell, Charlie Lynch, George and Yvonne Ferguson. Our next members draw will be held in December. This will be our Monster Christmas draw; members please note you must have €50 in your account to qualify for our members draw. Student loans are now available. New for month of August Home Improvements Loans 8%. Hours of business are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.


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 now stands at €20,000 in 42 numbers; there is a second Jackpot of €2,100 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Meeting

Abbeylara GAA will hold a meeting on Thursday, 20 August in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 9.00pm. Full attendance please!


Lotto Results 13/08/2015. There was no Lotto Draw as a mark of respect to Maureen Smyth. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 20\08\2015. Jackpot is now €8,250.


An Auction will be held at the end of October. Contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 for details and items for auction.


Lus na Greine will hold a four week Personal Development Programme in their centre on Monday evenings starting 28 September and ending on October 19. This is a great opportunity to become more mindful and self-aware and take time out to care for yourself! Bookings are now being taken place at the centre.

Financial Assistance

St Vincent de Paul is 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 please Contact 085 1503985.

Community Employment Vacancies

There will be a number of vacancies on the Community Employment Project sponsored by Granard Area Action Group for September.  There will be Three (3) Environmental workers for the Granard Area Job Ref. No. ES957661; One (1) environmental worker for Bunlahy village Job Ref. ES 957663; One (1) Cook/Housekeeper Job Ref. ES 957668 based in Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre and a Receptionist Job Ref. No. ES 9578014 also based in Lus Na Greine FRC.  Please contact your local DSP Employment Services / Intreo Office Ballinalee Road Longford to check eligibility and to apply for these positions.

Presentation Night

Presentation and Appreciation night in memory of Martin Cadden will be held in the Pikers Lodge, Lough Gowna on Friday August 21 commencing at 10.00pm. There will be a presentation of a cheque to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust on the night. Music on the night presented by the Mad Ass Mules featuring Marty Mone of the “Hit The Diff” fame. No children allowed.

Tidy Towns

Abbeylara Tidy Towns are holding a Cake Sale after Masses next weekend, 22 and 23 August. Bakers are welcome to help with baking items \ food for this Cake Sale. Please support. Contact Denis at 087 251 0072.

Active Retirement

We wish all our members a speedy recovery from whatever illness they may have at the moment.

Harvest Festival

Longford Harvest Festival and Working Field Day takes place in Newtowncashel on Sunday 23 August from 12 to 6.00pm. All proceeds on the day is going to St Christopher’s Services Longford. Please Support!

Community Games

Reminder our church gate collection is taking place this Saturday night in Mullinalaghta. Please support. Pride of place this week goes to Aisling Scanlon on winning silver in the U10 backstroke and her younger brother Tomas on coming 4th in the B U8 freestyle. Saturday morning saw Connor Leonard in the pool in the u14 backstroke, after coming 4th in the heat it was not enough to get into the semi. Over on the cross county course Aoife Leonard and her Longford teammates finished 3rd in their heat to reach the final on Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon Tomas Scanlon came 4th in his heat and made the B final and in a very close race finished 4th a great result for the young swimmer. Sunday morning Aoife teamed up with Mayo runners to run a sub mixed distance race and running the last leg secured 3rd place for them. Finishing the day was Aisling in the U10 backstroke and after a great swim in her heat she won silver in the final. Well done to all this weekend. Next weekend sees Rachel Gillian and Cian O’Donnell compete in the track events and we wish them well. We wish Ciaron Scanlon a speedy recovery after a shoulder injury earlier in the week.


Warm welcome to Carra Parochial House, welcome to our new housekeeper, Ann Columb in the parish. The very best of luck in your new position.