Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Benny Woods, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, who died on Thursday, 12 November; Orla O’Reilly, Ballynarry, who died on Friday, 13 November; Tommy Smyth, Rocklands, Drumalee, and formerly Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan, who died on Tuesday, 17 November, Father of Mary McEntire, Springtown; Peter (Petie) Columb, Carra, who died on Wednesday, 18 November. May they rest in peace.

Faithful Departed

Mass for all who have died in our Parish since November 2014, for those who have died outside our Parish but with family living in our Parish and for former parishioners who died in the last year or so, will be offered on Friday 27 November in Abbeylara Church at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served after Mass in our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. You are very welcome to Holy Mass and refreshments.

Abbeylara N.S.

Enrolment for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held on Saturday, 28 November in Abbeylara Church at Holy Mass at 7.30pm.

Aughnagarron N.S.

Enrolment for the Sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Sunday, 29 November in Carra Church at Holy Mass at 9.30am.

Gun Club

Abbeylara Gun Club is holding their annual Christmas Draw and Party in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 19 December, music on the night is by Na Fianna. Tickets for their draw are now on sale by club members and in local shops, 1st prize €300, 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize €100 and 4th prize €50; tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. Your support will be appreciated.

Sacred Heart Messenger

Sacred Heart Calendar and Living Prayer 2016 are on sale now. Special price of €3.50 for both! Contact Bridget Lynch, 087 2487883 or Bernadette Heaney, 087 3501500.


Our Auction which was held on Saturday, 7 November at the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara has now realized a profit of €3,202.20. Thanks very much too each person that helped in any way to make our Auction so successful, which is very much appreciated. All proceeds for our new Parish Centre, Abbeylara.

Active Age (over 50’s)

Our next get together is on Thursday next, 26 November at 2.30pm. At this meeting we will arrange transport for Sunday 29 November to the Christmas Party in the Bloomfield Hotel. All members please attend and new members welcome.

Open Evening

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard will hold their Open and Enrolment evening on Friday, 27 November from 7pm to 9pm. There will be a presentation at 7pm with the School Principal followed by a tour of the school. For further information please contact Ms Moira Mahon, Principal on 043 6686231 or email

Book Launch 

Keep Saturday night 5 December free and come along to The Boomerang Lounge in Granard, where acclaimed poet Noel Monahan will launch a book of Short Stories by local author Thomas Kiernan, formerly of Granard. The book is entitled American Cousin and is Thomas’s third book. Finger food and wine on the night and everybody invited. We look forward to seeing you there.

Table Quiz

Granard Area Action Group Ltd. is holding their annual Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday, 4 December at 9pm.  This is well established event and always an enjoyable night. Granard Area Action Group is sponsors of the local Community Employment Project that takes in the parishes of Abbeylara Granard and Mullinalaghta.  The annual Table Quiz helps to defray costs of sponsoring the project.  As this is the only public fundraiser held during the year the group will greatly appreciate the support of all local community groups and sub-sponsors.


A Front Office Reception Skills Course will be starting in Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre shortly. The course will offer a significant advantage for those seeking employment or upskilling in the field of administration, office work and reception duties, to book a place please drop into the centre.

Credit Union

Special Christmas loans are now available. Contact a member of staff for details. Apply early to avoid disappointment. Our Hours of business are 10.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday. Reminder to members over the age of 65 years who are not entitled to pay dirt! To avoid this is very important to collect your DE 1 form at the office.  Forms need to be filled out and returned to avoid the above. Monster Member draw will take place in December for very valuable cash prizes. To be in with a chance to win make sure your account is in credit!!

Tidy Towns

Our Christmas Raffle and Party will be held in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 12 December. Lines are now being sold by our members around the parish and in shops in Granard.  Please support as this is our Annual Fundraiser.  Lines will be available in Farrell’s Shop on the week of the draw.  Thanking you for your support.

Offertory Envelopes

New Boxes of Offertory Envelopes 2015/16 are available now at the front of both Abbeylara and Carra Church. You will need your first new offertory envelope for Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, the first weekend of Advent. Once again thank you very much for your ongoing generous financial support to the offertory and other collections. It is very much appreciated. Thanks very much to the persons that prepared and arranged these New Boxes.

Parish Draw

Thanks very much to the 151 people who have renewed their membership of the Parish Draw. Those people, who have still to pay their membership, please do so as soon as possible, by giving it to your collector. You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month are €300; €200; €100 and €50. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish only or you can pay by cash either.


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 waiting to be won is now €20,000 and if not won there is a second Jackpot this week for €3,500 in 49 numbers, a lot of shopping could be done with Christmas around the corner even if you never played bingo. Seats are limited so come along early to avoid the rush and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Club

Lotto Results 19/11/2015; winning numbers: 2, 11, 16, 22. Winners: John Pettit, Granard; Pat Rabbitt, Aughnagarron; Terence McCormack, Ballywillian; Dermot Lynch, Aughnagarron; Kevin & Teresa Murphy, Carra. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 26/11/2015. Jackpot is now €8,900. It could be you!

Christmas Markets

Calling on local businesses and craft people! The traditional Christmas will take place on Sunday, 6 December from 2.00pm to 5pm. Everyone welcome on the day. We will also have our unique live crib and switching on of Christmas lights. And of course Santa will arrive. Exhibitors are required to set up their own stall and have their own insurance cover. This is a great festive family day for our town. Anyone interested in taking part can call Marie on 087 9487673 or Bernie on 086 1618837.

Fireside Tales

Jude Flynn will launch his latest edition of Fireside Tales on Thursday, 26 November in Longford Library.