Granard

Notice: While notices are forwarded to the paper there is no guarantee that these will be printed sometimes due to lack of space. 
Apologies to those whose notices have been omitted in recent weeks.

Notice: While notices are forwarded to the paper there is no guarantee that these will be printed sometimes due to lack of space. 
Apologies to those whose notices have been omitted in recent weeks.

I.C.A.: The final meeting before the Summer recess will take place on this Thursday 6 June at 8.00pm in Granard Credit Union meeting room. Members are requested to bring any outstanding fees on the night. Those wishing to travel on our Summer Outing to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens on Thursday 20 June should bring €10 deposit to the meeting. Non members are welcome to go on this interesting day trip also. Contact Doris Looker for further information.

Walking Club: Granard Happy Hearts walking club - a group of walkers has been formed and the first meeting takes place on this Thursday 6 June meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7pm. We welcome and encourage members of all ages to join. Yearly membership fee is €20 to cover insurance. Membership forms available at Lus na Greine Main St. Granard.

Person of the Year 2013: Congratulations to Josie O’Rourke who will be honoured as Granard Person of the Year 2013 at a Civic Reception in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard on this Thursday 6 June at 8.00pm. Josie is a worthy recipient for all her voluntary work for the town and community over the years.

Greville Arms Golf Society: The next outing of the Golf Society is on Saturday 8 June - Summer Shield in Roscommon Golf Club at 10.30am. Visitors welcome.

Agricultural Show: A reminder to all Primary Schools to please send their entry forms only back to Granard Branch Library for the Primary Schools Competition with Granard Agricultural Show that will take place on Saturday 20 July 2013.  Any queries to Rosemary Gaynor 0436686164 or rgaynor@longfordcoco.ie

Active Retirement: The Midland Region are holding their Summer Gathering on Friday 7 June in Bloomfield House Hotel Mullingar from 12 noon to 4.00pm. Any members wishing to travel to this event please contact Breda on 0871191131 or 043 6687756 immediately.

Birthday Greetings: Congratulations o Charlie Martin and Vinny Nally who celebrated their 21st Birthdays with a joint party in Fay’s Bar Granard last weekend. Both lads are popular members of St. Mary’s G.A.A. club.

Honda 50 Club: Granard Honda 50 Club anyone interested in joining the Honda 50 Club please contact 087 1375222 or 086 2632102.

Longford Hawks: Longford Hawks in line Hockey Club are in the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall on every Friday night from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. All children from 5/6 years of age and upwards are welcome. Adults train in Mullahoran Community Centre on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9.00 to 10.00pm. For further information contact Janis on 085-1372034 for further information.

Men’s Social Club: We have had two great days in the last couple of weeks as part of our celebrations for the Bealtaine Festival. Friday 24 May, together with friends, 40 of us made a trip to Belfast and the Titanic Exhibition. The sun was shining, Pat Donnely gave us a tour of the city and it’s various landmarks and we then spent the afternoon at the Titanic Exhibition. It was a fantastic day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Last Tuesday we had another great afternoon of stories, music and song. Part of the work of the group in the last while has been working with some of the students from Ard Scoil Phadraig collecting stories from group members and on the day the students and group members and volunteers read some of the stories and we had music and singing in abundance. We were also joined by Rosemary, Fiona and Majella from the Library as well as friends from St. Christophers’. Many thanks to Lucy and all concerned, including all the volunteers and staff. Our next meeting day is Tuesday 11th June at 12.30 and new members are always made very welcome. Contact Lucy at 043-6686309.

Moatsiders Active Age: As we come near our summer break we are planning a trip to Tullynally Castle and our annual trip to Knock - details will be confirmed in the next bulletin.

Slimming World: Slimming World Edgeworthstown has moved to St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road and changed nights to every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Contact Jenny at 0861094773 for further details.

Titanic Experience: Titanic Experience and Stormont Parliament proposed day trip leaving Longford on Tuesday 25 June 8am for above. Approx cost bus and entrance €35 subject to numbers. All welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. For further details phone: Rosemary 0877589287 (evenings only).

Lough Derg: The Sanctuary of St. Patrick a unique place of pilgrimage offers opportunities to celebrate this Year of Faith. Connect with the faith our ancestors and the prayers of millions who have ‘done’ Lough Derg down the centuries. We look forward to welcoming back our returning pilgrim friends and meeting many new pilgrims who will us join for the traditional Three-Day Pilgrimage from 31 May through to 13 August.

Night Vigils: The next First Friday/Saturday all night reparation and adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is scheduled for Friday the 7 June commencing at 10 pm.  The month of June is where we pay particular devotion to honouring the Sacred Heat of Jesus. In addition this vigil is falling on the actual feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  There are two venues one is the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor Edgeworthstown and the second one is in St Anne’s (Former Mercy Convent) Convent Lane Mohill. All are welcome. For further information contact 086 0405621.

Bingo: Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. The Jackpot is building up nicely and we thank all who support this fundraising activity. Proceeds to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.

Thanks: Abbeylara Gun Club wishes to thank all those who sponsored their annual Clay Shoot in Derragh: Lite Pac Ltd Granard for their Perpetual Cup, P.J. and Margaret Farrell – Grocery and Newsagent Abbeylara; Larry and Susan Boland – Garden Centre Abbeylara; Michael and Carmel Reilly – Motor Car Auction Mullingar/Carragh; Granard Farmers Mart Ltd., Des Cummins – Hardware Granard; Pat the Baker Granard; Gerry and Margaret Gannon Property Developers Dublin; Donnie Reilly Granard Discount Store Granard; Martin McMyer Wood Products Coole and Anthony Clarke Tyre Centre Granard.

Badminton: Adult Badminton on Monday nights at Canon Kelly Community Hall Granard from 8.00 to 10pm. Keep fit and have fun for only €3 per session. Rackets and shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact William at 086-8226523

MacEoin Commemorative: The commemorative weekend takes place from June 13-16. There will be a series of commemorative events in Ballinalee / Bunlahy in honour of General Sean MacEoin who died forty years ago. Among the events will be a lecture on the life and times of the General by Martin Morris County Archivist and the unveiling of a statue in the village. Further details to follow next week.

Ard Scoil Phadraig: The school is currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 courses in Agricultural Business Studies; Animal Care; Childcare; Sports and Recreation and Nursing Studies. Courses are suitable for school leavers and mature students.

Pitch & Putt: Best wishes to Thomas Kelly from the club who plays in the All Ireland Match Play Championship in Drogheda next week. Competitions continue on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm. As the course is a community based facility everybody is welcome to take part. It is advisable that non members pay green fees- this is to cover insurance while on the course. For further information contact Raymond Fay or any committee member.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The annual St. Mary’s Granard parish pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 13 to 18 August. Early booking is essential. Contact Fr. Simon Cadam at 043-6686550 or 086-2401295.

Phones4Life.ie: Don’t dump it - Donate it. A box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard to collect old mobile phones with a view to getting a Defibrillator for the Community.

New 2 U: The Charity Shop in Market Street Granard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm and the first Tuesday of every month with something for everyone. SVP phone No. 0851503985.

Granard Garden Club: Are travelling to Powerscourt Gardens for a guided tour on 18 June next. Places available. Contact: Eileen 086 3115544