Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Rev Dr Padraig MacGowan P. P. Ballymahon, who died on Friday, 13 February and May Cullen, Bruskey, Co. Cavan, who died on Thursday, 19 February, aunt of Terry Denneny, Ballinacross. May they rest in peace.

Trócaire Boxes

Each home by now should have received their Trócaire Box. Any home that may not have received their Trócaire Box please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270. Please be generous to Trócaire during Lent. Thanks very much to the Pastoral Council members and other people who distributed the Trócaire Boxes.


Door to door fund raisers will be in our Parish for a couple of days during March and April. They will be wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket and carrying a photo I.D for identification. The purpose of their visit is to raise awareness of the work of Trócaire and to request if you would like to support Trócaire on an ongoing basis. To find out more about Trócaire’s work, please visit Details also from Susan Kirk, Trócaire, Maynooth 01 6293333.

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage

The above takes place from Wednesday 27 May – Monday 1 June. Any Assisted Pilgrims wishing to travel on this Pilgrimage please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270. Other people are also welcome to travel, please contact Joe Walsh Tours for booking forms and details. For further details please phone 01 2410811 / 01 2410812.

Solemn Final Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott continues every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Rosary takes place at 7.45p.m followed by Novena Prayers and Petitions at 8.00pm. Mass and Benediction. The Novena will conclude on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. For further enquiries please phone 049 8544416.

Veterans of World War 1

We are trying to compile a list of all people from our parish who served in World War One. Later on this year Holy Mass will be offered for all these people. Their names could be placed on a stand with other relevant information about their service. During the Mass for these Veterans they could be acknowledged and thanked. Please contact us with any relevant information that you may have about our Veterans.

History of Religious

It is hoped to compile a list of all Religious who are natives of our Parish. When a list is completed we can celebrate in some appropriate way these Abbeylara Parish natives Religious as our way for celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life 2015.

Gun Club

The club held its annual Club Clay Bird shoot on Sunday 8 February. Congratulations to Johnny Flynn Ballyboy on winning the Edward Donohue – Oliver Lynch Memorial cup. A good day was held by all.

Country Markets

Granard country Markets held a free draw for St. Valentine’s Day and the following were the winners Gabriel Devine, David Feely and Joseph Kelly. The Market continues every Friday morning at upper Main Street.

GAA Race Day

This year’s annual Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown takes place on Gold Cup day which is Wednesday April 29. Once again Flynn and Lynch, Life and Pensions are the main sponsors of the event. Tickets are priced at €110 per person or a table of ten €1100. For further information or for tickets please contact Martin Skelly on 086 8040296 or James Bannon on 086 2597942 or any executive member.

Benefit night

For baby Áine Boyhan Galligan takes place on Friday 27 February 2015 in Ringtown Community Centre. There will be music on the night by Liam Fagan and Guests. Dancing takes place from 9.00pm to 2.00am. Food will be served. Admission is optional at the door or can be made to the following account IBAN: IE 78BOF190168527401402 – BIC: BOF11E2D

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2015 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players include membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple; €10 non playing students and €10 OAP. Thank you. Closing date for receipt of membership is Tuesday, 31 March. Your membership support for your local Abbeylara GAA Club would be greatly appreciated.


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 €19,400. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

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 2015 Diary is now 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


On Saturday night, February 28 next Ballymore GFC will present DE KUBE in The Longford Arms Hotel starting at 8.00pm. This very popular show with a three thousand euro prize fund is sure to provide a great nights entertainment and with music by the very popular Busy Fingers Band this is a night out not to be missed. Tickets are now on sale at 20 euro each and are available from club members and players. Over 18s only and for more information visit Ballymore GAA on facebook.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 4 and 5. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store. Our Historical walk will take place on Saturday Morning. Our Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon. A not to be missed Novelty Race will take place on Saturday night. On Sunday we will have our Easter Parade with Street Entertainment and Live Music. More details in the coming weeks!

Voluntary Organisations

Access to finance for your group for the coming years; a loan fund is available to Clubs and Community based groups, worth over 70 million exists in Ireland. More details at a meeting about this finance for County Longford on Wednesday, 11 March in the EDI Centre, Longford at 7.30pm. Contact Donal Traynor, Associate Director, Ulster Community Investment Trust (Ireland) Ltd. Ardee Business Park, Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth or telephone 041 6858637 email

Irish Vintage Society

Streete Parish Park will host the 2015 Irish Vintage Society All-Ireland on Sunday, July 12. An all-out effort will be made to make this an outstanding event which will not only benefit the parish of Streete but also the counties of Westmeath and Longford. For further information on this event please contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656, Pat Duffy on 086 8433355, John Parker on 086 8301347 or email

Cycle and Climb

The 5th annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb will take place on Sunday, May 31st. This unique event is challenging and most rewarding, with 147km cycle and a 3-3.5 hour climb on Croagh Patrick. So there is plenty of time to train and we will look forward to another very successful day on May 31st. Details on Registration will be available in the coming weeks.

Rural Transport

County Longford/Westmeath Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of GRANARD on FRIDAY for Shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. 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. If you have any enquires please contact Noel McCormack, Manager, Longford Westmeath Community Transport Limited on 047 7987905 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Youth 2000 Ireland

Invites all young adults aged 16-35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from 6 to 8 March at Galway Community College, Moneenageisha, Galway City. This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 100 young people from all over the country.

Family Field Day

A meeting regarding the Family Field Day will take place on Tuesday, 24 February in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.00pm. New people and new ideas for this meeting are very welcome.


Lotto Results: 19/02/2015; Winning numbers; 3, 8, 28, 30. €20 winners: K. Tully, Granard; Sean McElvaney, Coolarty; Fr. Seamus. Fullam, Carra; Seamus Reilly, Cloughernal; and Brian and Lorraine O’Hara, Carrickduff. Our next draw will take place in Crawford’s on 26/02/2015. Jackpot is now €6,950.

‘The Real McCoy’

Killeen Dramatic Society presents ‘The Real McCoy’ a three act comedy by Tommy Marren in The Community Centre, Granard on Thursday and Friday 26 and 27 February and again on Monday 2 March. Curtain up at 8.30pm.

Longford Tourism

Longford Tourism is now preparing an events calendar for the coming year of 2015. Anyone or any organisation from the parish or surrounding areas is invited to hand in particulars of their event to Longford Tourism, Market Square, Longford as soon as possible.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

The above shop has relocated to Main Street, formerly Morrissey’s Shop premises and is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Storytelling and Music

There will be some storytelling and music in Granard Community Library on Saturday morning 28 February from 11.00am to 12 noon.