Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Kathleen McLoughlin, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford, who died on Friday, 20 November, Grandmother of Louise Kane, teacher in Abbeylara N. S. May she rest in peace.

First Friday

Friday, 4 December is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions will be held in Abbeylara Church at 7pm followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fatima First Saturday

Mass will be held on Sat 5 December in Carra at 11.00am with Confessions. You are all welcome to attend.

Faithful Departed

Thanks very much too all the people who attended in very large numbers this Mass on Friday, 27 November in Abbeylara Church. Also sincere thanks to all the people who helped to prepare, organise and took part in the various parts of the Mass. Thanks very much also to the people who provided and served the refreshments after Holy Mass.

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. 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 168 people who have renewed their membership of the Parish Draw. Thanks very much also to the Parish Draw collectors. The first draw will be held on Friday, 4 December in Abbeylara Church after the 7.30pm Mass. You are welcome to attend.


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!

Gun Club

The vermin control scheme has now commenced for this year and will run until the end of March 2016. Any members with vermin please give it into the Vermin Control officer Richard Flynn and James Garvey before 7.00pm on Tuesday evenings.

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.


Held on Saturday, 7 November at the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara has now realized a profit of €3,202.25. Thanks very much to all who supported the auction in any way. All proceeds for our new Parish Centre, Abbeylara.

Active Age

At our meeting on Thursday last, we had twelve members attend and you could see all were enjoying themselves.  On the agenda was Christmas Wreath making and everyone brought their wreath’s home.  The atmosphere was terrific and I think all members were amazed at what they could do when push comes to shove, one trying to do better than the other.  The therapy was good with all hand muscles, fingers etc. and the banter at times it was hard to hear, well done.

First Holy Communion

Abbeylara National School enrolment for the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday 5 December in Abbeylara Church at Holy Mass at 7.30pm.

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.

GAA Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club is holding a Race Night on Sunday, 27 December in Crawford’s. Horses and Jockeys are now on sale at a cost of €10 for both. Please support.


Walk, run or cycle for Longford Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. This event will be held on Saturday, 26 December. Donations are optional. More information later!

GAA Lotto

Results 26/11/2015; Winning numbers 12, 16, 23, 26. Winners: Gillian Reilly, Carra; Sean Donohoe, Granard; Philip Smyth, Carra; Mary O’ Connor, Carra; Evan Lynch, Creevy: our next draw is in Crawford’s on 03/12/2015. Jackpot is now €8,950. It could be you!!

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.

Training Courses

The following is a list of training courses that we hope to run locally (Granard area) for unemployed people during the months of November and December 2015; Child Health & Well Being Fetac level 5; Warehousing & Logistics, Fetac level 5 and Domestic White Goods Repair. For more details contact Michael Lynch, Network Manager, MBE Skillnet on 087 3594 116.

Santa Dash

The 2nd annual Lisryan Santa Dash will take place on Sunday, 6 December at 2.00pm. Dust off your trainers and Christmas Jumpers and join your neighbours for a fun family day out. Refreshments will be served in the Crossroads Inn afterwards. All welcome!

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!!

Blood Donor Clinic

A Blood Donor Clinic will be held on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December in the Longford Arms Hotel from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.