We welcome into the Christian Community, Fiachra Francis, son of Catriona (Lynch) and Craig O’Connor, Phibsboro, Dublin and Aughnagarron.

First Penance

Congratulations to the following pupils from Abbeylara N.S who celebrated their First Confession on Monday, 10 March last in Abbeylara Church - Philip Curran, Leah Farrell, Ciara Kelly, Ava McCormack, Ciara McCormack, James Mulligan, Larah Mulligan & Ella O’Reilly. Also congratulations to the following pupils from Aughnagarron N.S who celebrated their First Confession on Tuesday, 11 March last in Carra Church; Enda Battrim, Gemma Columb, Niamh Cunningham, Niamh Grier, Aoibhínn Lynch, Jack Martin, Kathlyn McGuire, Míchaela O’Reilly, Aisling Scanlon and Ryan Sheridan.

Confirmation Retreat

All the pupils in Abbeylara N.S. and Aughnagarron N. S. who are being confirmed on Saturday, 29 March will take part in a Confirmation Preparation Retreat tomorrow Thursday, 13 March. We wish them a grace filled Retreat.


Sr. Anne E. Mulvey, Vocation Sisters, (VS), Whitstable, Kent, England, wishes to thank people for their sympathy and prayers for her and her family at the time of their brothers death, Fr. Tom Mulvey, Castlepollard, a native of Ballyboy. Sr. Anne’s address is available on request for those wishing to contact her.

Tractor Run

On Sunday, March 16 next a Tractor run will leave from Creegan’s in Bunlahy and proceed to Granard, Abbeylara, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee and returning to Bunlahy. Registration which will cost 20 euro will start at 10.00 am and continue until 11.30am and the run will leave at Midday. All proceeds from the run will be shared between Suicide Awareness and the Ballymore Football club and all support will be greatly appreciated. For further details please contact Noel on 0851743279.

Active Retirement 

We are going on our 5 day trip to Kerry from 22 to 26 June, staying at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, 4 nights B/B and 4 evening meals plus free show in hotel every night.  Coach from Abbeylara to Kerry and back, including day trips around Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. One free day to browse around Killarney or a trip in the jaunting cars etc., at your own expense. Price €300 includes Tea/Scones on way down and evening meal on way back.  €50 deposit secures seat. Contact Denis at 087 251 0072. Trade Show in the Radisson Blue Hotel, Galway on Tuesday, 8 April. A Bus will leave from Abbeylara, if we have enough people travelling. Phone 087 251 0072 for further details.

Irish Cancer Society

Wish to thank Abbeylara GAA Club who raised €500 for them from their Charity event on Thursday, 26 December 2013. This event also raised €1,132 for Longford Hospice, which was acknowledged on 1st & 2nd February 2014 in the Parish Bulletin.

Longford Women’s Link

Wish to thank Abbeylara Parish who collected €250 for them on 1st and 2nd February. See their letter of thanks on Church notice board.

Faith Development Centre

The Faith Development Centre Abbeylara Parish, Car Park is now open. You are welcome to use this car park when there is a need to do so.

5K Road Race/Fun Run

Castletown- Finea, Coole Whitehall GFC are holding a 5K Road Race and Fun Run on Sunday, 23 March at 12 noon. The event is AAI approved and fully insured and is a full road course. Times will be published on Facebook after the event. Prizes for many categories including Seniors, Juniors, Over 40’s, Over 50’s and U-12 National School Children. There will be special group for children walking the route, fully supervised with two stewards. Refreshments will be served in Fitzsimons Bar following the event. Entry fee is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children, and information may be had by going to “CFCW FiveRun” or “Castletown Finea Coole Whitehall GFC”on Facebook, or by contacting Derek Sheridan on 087 9714734, or Noel Delaney on 087 7589930.


A Fundraising Concert will take place on Wednesday, 9 April in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent at 8.30p.m. with Mick Flavin and his Band. Proceeds go towards the maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. There will be a door prize -pilgrimage for one person to Medjugorje. Tickets are available from the Abbey Office, Crover House Hotel and Multisound. Your support would be very much appreciated. More details in the coming weeks.

Mindfulness Living & Relaxation

Reduce Stress & Learn Life Skills; Practical & Powerful, life supporting 8-week programme in Mindfulness Living & Relaxation for men & women all ages. Thursdays 7.30pm to 9.00pm in St. George’s Visitor Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon. Booking is essential so please contact Geraldine on 085 2749493 for further details.


A Monster Bingo will be held at 3pm on Sunday March 23 in Streete Parish Park Centre, Lismacaffrey. €4000 in prize money must be won. Proceeds in aid of The Granard Visitor Centre Project.  

Table Quiz

Northern Gaels will hold a table quiz on Saturday, 15 March in Keogh’s Pub, Mullinalaghta commencing at 8.30pm. Table of four €40. There will be spot prizes galore on the night. Your support will be very much appreciated.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information call 087 6151028 on any Friday.

The Library Book Club

The club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard at 11.00am. 

Drama Group

Abbeylara Drama Group will launch a DVD of “Christening with a Twist” on Sunday night, 16 March in Crawford’s. There will be music on the night. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Community games

We were in the medals again this week with the girls U-13 Futsal team. They came up against a very well drilled south Longford time and were just that bit off the mark today but put in a great performance especially in the second half. Getting their silver medals were Sophie Kieran, Molly Niamh Burke, Ava Donohoe, Caoimhe Lynch, Sinead O ‘Reilly and Aoife Leonard. Well done girls for all the hard work and hope to see you all again next year. Following on after the girls game were the U-13 boys team on the day were Logan O’Reilly, Connor Leonard, Cathal Gillian, Ciarian Scalon, Cian O’Reilly, Brian Masterson, and Calon Lynch. They took on the host club Kenagh in their first game. Well done to the boys who were well drilled in the game and thanks to Aiden for his time he spend with the team. Thanks to all the parents that travelled with the kids and all the mentors for their time.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 06/03/2014, Winning numbers: 3, 4, 24, 25. Kathleen Reilly, Creevy; Bernard Smyth, Abbeylara; Irene Lynch, Toneymore; Vera Maguire, Dalystown; William Crawford, (Snr) Abbeylara; Mary M. Mulvey, Ballinacross: Next draw takes place in the Mill Tavern on 13/03/2014. Jackpot is now €4,600.

GAA Membership

Club Membership for 2014 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players includes membership and insurance; €25 adults. €40 per couple, €10 non playing students. €10 OAP. Thank you.


To the Longford County Minor Football players on winning the Leinster Minor Football League on Saturday, 1st March in Rathcline beating Offaly in the final. Well done to Conor Berry, Cian and Russell Brady, Barry McKiernan and Nigel Rabbitt and to all the panel of players, management and all involved. This is great for football now and going forward at Club and County levels.


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 €14,700. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

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.

Community Playgroup

Granard Community Playgroup Registration Night will be held on Thursday 27 March 2013 at 8.00pm in the playgroup.  Early booking for free place ECCE year is essential.


Later this month St. Vincent de Paul in Granard will celebrate its first anniversary. To mark the occasion, a very special sale will take place at the organisation’s shop on the town’s Market Street – New2U – on Saturday 29 march from 11.00am. More details about the anniversary celebrations will be available shortly. The “New To U” shop on Market Street, is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Musical Society

Ballyjamesduff Musical Society proudly presents ‘Frolics - Forever Young’ in St. Joseph’s Hall, Ballyjamesduff. Booking office is open at St. Joseph’s Hall, Ballyjamesduff from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Tel 049-855 3330. Adm. €15. Children’s rate €7-only for first 5 nights. Group rates are available on request for first 5 nights.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is welcome.

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.

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