Twins Galore

Twins Galore

Congratulations to Anthony and Vera Clarke, Castlenugent, Granard on the birth of twins recently, James and Katelyn. To Eddie and Alice Kelly, Tromra Road on the birth of their twin boys, Eddie and Michael also to Philip and Sharon Leavy, Derragh, Abbeylara on the birth of their twin boys, Edward and Darren.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue to trade in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11am. The market now a beautiful range of handmade children’s and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves; cards and jewelry; Breads; Cakes; Jams; Free Range Eggs and Crafts. Now that winter is fast approaching the firewood is in stock. Please note at Tea/Coffee is also available.


A fundraising event will take place in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara on this Saturday 26 October in aid of the Street Children of India Fund. There will be valuable prizes on the night. Lines are currently available locally for a raffle on the night. Entertainment is by Mary O’Connor. Please support this very worthwhile project.

New Superintendant

The appointment of Superintendant Tom Murphy to Granard Garda Station this week was greeted with an air of relief. Formerly of Swinford Garda District we welcome him to the town and hope he has a long and happy stay with us.

Annual Novena

The annual novena to prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary commences in St. Mary’s Church Granard on this Wednesday 23 October at 7.30pm. Everyone is encouraged to make an effort to attend as in previous years.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizen’s Information Service will be in attendance at Granard Area Action Information Office Main Street every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Garden Club

The monthly meeting of Granard Garden Club will take place on this Wednesday evening at 8.30pm at Lus na Greine Main Street. Please note change of date due to the last Monday of the month being the Bank Holiday.

Area Action Group Ltd.

The group who are sponsors of the local Community Employment Project wish to acknowledge receipt of a grant from Longford Community Resources Ltd. under the Rural Development Programme. The grant went towards the purchase of lawn mowers strimmers and a trailer to transport the equipment. These were essential equipment for the enhancement work carried out in the local area and the work untaken for Tidy Towns during the Summer months.


A new season of Whist will commence in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard at 8.30pm on Sunday 3 November. Your support will be appreciated.

Greville Arms Society

Martin winning matches! Martin winning games! Our Greville Arms Golf Society calendar year ended on a high - a just reward for Captain Brendan and Secretary Colm on arranging fabulous venues and silverware throughout the year. 18 Greville Golfers tee off on the coast in beautiful Bundoran, basking in glorious sunshine over two days. Over-all winner Martin Murray. First Day Winner: Brendan Kiernan. Runner-up David Parson. Longest Drive Martin Murray. Nearest the Pin Barney Kiernan. Visitor Martin Reilly. Day Two Winner Bernard McElvaney. Runner-up Kevin Tighe. Longest Drive Joe McElvaney. Nearest the Pin Leo Fagan. Visitor Pat Monaghan. Team Winners Ned Monaghan, Bernard McElvaney and Brendan Kiernan. Our A.G.M. will take place in November.

St. Mary’s G.A.A.

Saturday and Sunday last saw the climax of our 125th celebrations and what a success it proved to be. We began on Saturday afternoon with a walk in Higginstown Complex proceeds of which go to Longford Hospice, then on Saturday night a great time was had by all in a packed Fay’s Bar where-Back for the Game-was a great hit. Then on Sunday our anniversary match Granard Healy’s v. Arva Davitt’s was played in front of a large crowd with the Longford Pipe Band leading the players onto the pitch and the players

attired in the style of the 1880’s. It was a wonderful spectacle and was thoroughly

enjoyed by all. The organisation of the 125 celebrations took a trojan effort by a

lot of people, so we say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this project

the success it has been.  

Collins 22 Society

In excess of 100 people attended a very informative and enjoyable evening in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard on Friday night last to hear of the life of the late Gen. Michael Collins and his connection with Granard. Congratulations to Cllr. Micheal Carrigy who co-ordinated the event and secured the guest speakers including Granard native Margot (Kiernan) Gearty; Michael McDowell former Minister for Justice and Gerry O’Connell Hon. Secretary of the Collins 22 Society. Proceeds from the night go towards the maintenance of Michael Collins’ Grave in Glasnevin Cemetery.


The next meeting of Granard guild will take place on Thursday 7 November at 8.00pm in the Credit Union meeting room. All members intending to travel to the Christmas outing please bring payment to the meeting. Steegan Cup: Competition will also take place at this meeting for the best decorated picture frame measuring 7” x 5” – no personal photographs please.

St. Vincent de Paul Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday and Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 to 6.00pm.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. This week’s Jackpot is €12,700. Sincere thanks to everyone who supports this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.

15km Challenge

In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on this Saturday 26 October 2013. Main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 262,000 euro for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700. 

Fancy Dress

The annual fundraising event for the Christmas Lights in town will take place in the Bay Horse Bar Main Street on this Saturday 26 October. Tickets are currently on sale at €5 each in the various business premises in town to help defray the costs in having the town illuminated for Christmas. There are valuable prizes to be won 1st Prize €500; 2nd Prize €300 and 3rd Prize €200.

Christmas Market

As part of our Community Festive Celebrations and Gathering 2013 the Christmas Lights committee are hosting a Christmas Market on Sunday 8 December on Upper Main Street Granard. All surrounding local businesses are invited to come together in these challenging times to promote their seasonal wares in traditional market style. The Christmas Market is being incorporated with the switching on of the Christmas lights. There will be the unique live crib and stationary crib also. Local Carol singers will provide entertainment and Santa will arrive to kick off the festive celebrations. For further information on this unique event please contact 0873947376.

Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to Nathan Carr who celebrated his 18th Birthday on 18th October with a party for family and friends. Best wises also to his granddad Seamus Carr Market Street Granard who will celebrate his special birthday on 28 October.

The Quare Land

Acclaimed play by John McManus directed by and starring the award-winning Seamus O’Rourke with Shane Carroll, hosted by Bunlahy Area Action Group on Friday 8 November at 8.30pm in Granard Community Centre. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment - €10 each. Free refreshments served. A great night’s entertainment guaranteed. For tickets please call David on 087 7970464 or Mary on 087 99964366.


Adult Badminton takes place each Monday night commencing at 8pm in the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall at Ardscoil Phadraig Granard. There are 4 playing courts and Rackets and Shuttles are provided. For further information contact William at 086-8226523.


A Pilgrimage will depart on 29 May 2014.  4 nights in Fatima and 3 nights on the coast.  €759 fully inclusive, early booking offer if paid in full by 12 December 2013 of €150 off.  Pilgrimage accompanied by Spiritual Director.  Contact Sheila Fahey

043 66 87512 or Mobile: 087 277 4774.


The untimely death of Chris Lee took place on 16 October at his residence in Rincoola Granard in the presence of is devoted wife Nora son David and daughter Sinead after an illness bravely borne. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning in St. Bernard’s Church Abbeylara followed by cremation in Glasnevin Crematorium Dublin. Chris was a very popular member of the Garda force in Granard until his retirement and he will be dearly missed by his former colleagues there. Sympathy is extended to his wife and children brother sister and extended family. May his gentle soul rest in peace. The death of Edward O’Reilly Bawn Kilcogy took place in Cavan Hospital on 16 October following a brief illness. Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church Loughduff on Friday followed by burial in the local cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Betty, sons Michael Kieran Eddie and Shane his daughters Claire and Collette grandchildren and extended family. May he rest in peace. Edward and his family lived at Ballinacross Granard for many years before moving back to his native Cavan.

Winter Time

This weekend sees Winter time arrive. Don’t forget to change your clock by putting it back 1 hour on Saturday night/ Sunday morning and enjoy the long weekend.