Granard April 1

Granard Show - There will be a very important meeting of the Granard Agricultural Show Society on Wednesday 30 March at 9.30pm in John V. Donohoe’s Lounge.

Granard Show - There will be a very important meeting of the Granard Agricultural Show Society on Wednesday 30 March at 9.30pm in John V. Donohoe’s Lounge.

The show has been successfully taking place for the past 60 years and there is a doubt this year that due to insurance problems the show may not go ahead. The committee are requesting all local businesses and everyone who is interested in maintaining the show to please attend.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets trade each Friday morning from 8.30am to 1.00am with the usual supply of fresh produce and goodies. A special raffle for Mother’s Day Cake will be held on this Friday 1 April.


The next monthly meeting of Granard I.C.A. guild will take place in the Credit Union meeting room on Thursday next 7 April at 8.00pm. A guest speaker from Simon Community will address the guild members on the activities of the organisation. All members are requested to attend and new members are always very welcome.

Vintage Launch

On this Saturday night 2 April Killeen / Bunlahy Community Group will launch their Vintage and Static Show in Creegan’s of Bunlahy with a host of Irish music. All local and visiting musicians are welcome and this promises to be a great night out with refreshments served and the usual raffle will be held. The Vintage and Static Show will take place on Easter Sunday on the farm of John Joe and Anne Marie Reilly and family at Kilcourcey, Edgeworthstown and the committee look forward to a great day with a bigger and better show this year.

Men’s Social Club

The next meeting of Granard Men’s Social Club will take place on Tuesday 5 April in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 12 noon. Current activities include Wood Craft; Composting and a number of interesting activities are planned for future meetings. For more information contact Lucy at 6686309.

Daycare Centre

The Dolmen Daycare will meet on Wednesday 30 March. There are a number of interesting items arranged for this meeting. Contact Lucy at 0436686309 for more information.


The Moatsiders Active Age Group had a glorious day for their trip to Birr Castle on Thursday last. 27 members and friends travelled on the outing that finished up with dinner in the Hudson Bay Hotel Athlone. Thanks to Jackie and the organising committee who co-ordinated a perfect day’s outing.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union will be celebrating 30 years in business in May with the sub office in Gowna celebrating 25 years in business in May also. We would like to remind all our members of our opening hours which are Tuesday to Saturday 10 to 5pm. Loch Gowna Office Saturday nights 6 to 7.30. Why not call in and see what we have to offer in relation to Loans/Savings. Always remember to keep your account in credit for our member’s draw which is held quarterly with lots of valuable prizes on offer.

AG Bingo

Bingo takes place each Wednesday night at 9.00pm (please note change of time for Summer months) in the Community Centre Granard. The Jackpot this week is €7400. Proceeds from the night go to Abbeylara and Granard GAA. Your continued support is appreciated.

Cavan’s Got Talent

Best wishes to Stephanie Donohoe Springtown Granard who is taking part in the Cavan’s Got Talent competition which takes place each Friday night in the Imperial Bar Cavan at 9.00pm. Stephanie has won through for the past 6 weeks and we wish her continued success. Stephanie would appreciate your support at the competition to vote on the night. Bus will be leaving Abbeylara Crawford’s Pub at 7:30pm via Granard Fay’s Pub at 8:00pm via Mullinalaghta Keogh’s Pub 8:15pm via Kilcogy Cross 8:30pm via Killydoon, Lynch’s Shop 8:45. For more Information contact Michael Reilly: 087 9833996.

Give Blood

Please ensure that essential Blood Supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. There is an opportunity to donate in St. Brigid’s Community Centre Loch Gowna on Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 31 March from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

St. Joseph’s Society

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society are holding a meeting on 31 March in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard at 8.00pm. New members welcome. The society was founded in 1895 to help and assist in the education of students for the priesthood by prayer and financial support.

Granard Library

On Wednesday mornings in Granard Brach Library a FAS eLearning Online Programme takes place. Computer courses for beginners and also a number of online courses available. This is free and the next set of 10 week courses will commence on 6 April. You may register now on line or contact Granard Branch Library at 043-6686164 or for more information.

Childcare Facility

The Committee of Granard Community Childcare Facility would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Longford Harriers for their wonderful generosity and entertainment on Sunday 20 March at the fancy dress charity ride and Donkey Derby. Sincere thanks also to Maura and Mike McElvaney and all their staff for providing the venue and for their help and assistance throughout the day. To all the staff parents and children who came out in huge numbers to support the event some were barely recognisable in their fancy dress – well done. To Pat the Baker for sponsoring the bread. To Granard Gardai and all the stewards who helped ensure the safety of everyone. To all who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and to each and everyone of you who supported the Playgroup so generously our heartfelt thanks. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Whist Results

Results from Sunday 27 March: Top Score Michael Browne. First Lady Olive O’Reilly. Second Lady Mary Masterson. Third Lady Mary Cahill. First Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. Second Gent Eddie Downey. Third Gent Bernard Nally. First half lady Theresa Keoghan. Half time Gent Dan Mel Reilly. Raffle: Anne Byrne; Breege Cauldwell and Vera Leahy. Whist continues each Sunday night at the Community Centre Granard.

Coolamber ICA

The next meeting of the Guild will take place on Tuesday 5 April at 8.00pm in Streete Parish Park. The guest speaker will be Teresa McCourt Citizens Information Athlone. All members requested to attend and new ones welcome.

Sponsored walk

St. Christophers Services Granard Branch annual sponsored walk from Granard to Abbeylara will take place on Sunday, April 17th at 3pm. More details next week and everyone is welcome to walk.

Oral Irish

The John Dungan Branch of Comhaltas are holding Irish classes on Saturday 2 April in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard leading up to the oral Irish examinations for Junior and Leaving Certificate. For further information contact: