All Ireland Success: Congratulations to Cnoc Mhuire who won their All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior A final on Saturday last in Croke Park defeating the title holders Holy Trinity Cookstown Co. Tyrone by 2.13 to 2.12. A wonderful achievement for all concerned.

All Ireland Success: Congratulations to Cnoc Mhuire who won their All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior A final on Saturday last in Croke Park defeating the title holders Holy Trinity Cookstown Co. Tyrone by 2.13 to 2.12. A wonderful achievement for all concerned.

Community Playgroup: The group will be holding their Registration Night on this Wednesday 17 April 2013 at 8pm. All parents and guardians are welcome to come and view our wonderful facilities at the playschool. Did you know that all children born between 02/02/2009 and 30/06/2010 are entitled to a Free Preschool Year from September 2013 to the following June 2014 ? So don’t delay come and visit us on the 17 April. If you are unable to make it, you can phone Anne on 043 6686892 between 10am and 4pm.

Rural Transport Programme: On this Friday 19 April the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme will have a “10 Year Celebration Day” in Granard Area Action Group (GAAG) office to acknowledge all concerned with the success of the Rural Transport Programme since the Initiative in 2003. All are welcome to come along to chat / reminisce and to enjoy a cup of tea and good company! LCRL operates 23 Services on the Rural Transport Programme  throughout the County with the emphasis on the “Door to Door” collection Monday to Saturday. All services are contracted out to Local Providers and contact details are listed on the timetables. For further information and all enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555.  LCRL website:

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services Ltd: Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard. Phone – 043 – 6686309

Titanic Trip : We are organising a trip to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast on Friday 24 May , all are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Jackie or Lucy before Friday 19th April. Contact details 043-6686309.

Moatsider’s Active Age: We hope everybody enjoyed the Easter Holiday. Our next meeting will take place on this Thursday 18 April at 2.30pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. We have many things to organise particularly with the onset of the Bealtaine Festival (details re all activities next week) and our trip to Backstage among others, so it will be a busy afternoon. Many thanks to Patricia our Yoga teacher for joining us at our last meeting.

Granard Men’s Social Club: The Club meets every second Tuesday and our next date is on 30 April at 12.30pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre, in which we will be dealing with various matters and as always there will be good food and good company. New members are very welcome. Transport is available. Contact Lucy at 043-6686309.

Monitored Personal Alarms: If you or a family member require information or would like to get an alarm, please contact us at the centre at any time. Contact Jackie/ Lucy 043-6686309.

Dolmen Centre – Augnacliffe: Dolmen Failte Club (Active Age & Retirement Group). Date: Tuesday 23 April. We meet at 2.00pm and participate in a range of activities and always make new participants very welcome. Transport available. Contact Jackie at 043-6686309.

Dolmen Daycare: Dates : – Wednesday 24 April We meet between 12 – 3pm, plenty of good food, good company and interesting activities guaranteed. We are currently running Pottery Classes and new participants are very welcome. Transport available Contact Lucy at 043-6686309.

Motte Community Enterprise: Work continues and our recent public meeting was told that the feasibility study is well underway and expected to be complete by the end of May. An interim report will be ready for our next public meeting. Congratulations to the following recent winners in our monthly draw: February – Granard Credit Union Ltd. - €500; Reps.of the late Frank Dolan, Killeen - €250; €100 each to John and Mary Smith, Renneny; Joe and Helen Gorman, Killeen and Joe Mingh The Granard Inn . March – Gertie Sheridan, Cloonaghmore Abbeylara - €500. Chrissie Nannery, Ballybrien - €250. €100 to each of the following P.J. Reilly M.C.C. Ballinacross. Kathleen Sheridan Granardkille and Gretta Devaney, Coolamber. Again our sincere thanks to all who purchased tickets as this project could not be contemplated without the support of so many from the entire region. 

Glotto Results: Numbers drawn 6 16 20 25. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following €30 winners: Fonsie Comiskey Carragh Granard. Robert Pakenham Lisryan and John Brennan Cartronmarkey. Next week’s jackpot is €4850.

Recent Birth: Congratulations to Lorraine and Brian O’Hara Carrickduff Granard on the birth of their son Cormac last week.

I.C.A.: The Federation meeting hosted by Ballinalee guild takes place in Currycahill Hall on Monday 22 April. Teas will be served at 7.00pm. Will the ladies from Granard guild who are travelling to this meeting please meet at the Community Centre Granard at 6.45pm. The competitions on the night are Produce: Ginger Cake; Arts: A4 poster to advertise ICA Craft and Flower Festival for the Gathering in June. Craft: Decoupage Picture any size. Marion Lyon from Friends of An Grianan will attend.

Federation News: Longford Federation of the ICA have an entrant in the Longford Rose for the Rose of Tralee contest. Suzanne Dooner daughter of ICA member Teresa Dooner Killashee will represent the Federation. The selection night will be held in the Longford Arms on Saturday 27 April so lots of support needed on the night. We wish Suzanne the very best of luck in the competition. The ICA Lotto draw was held in The Stag’s Head in Ballinalee on 10 April. Numbers drawn were 2, 21, 24 and 28. There was no Jackpot winner. Congratulations to the following €20 winners. Carmel Murtagh Kenagh; Ann Kiernan Coolamber and Seamus and Olive Quinn Moydow. Next draw 24 April. Jackpot is €300. Thanks to all who support the Lotto.

St. Christopher’s Services: The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services would like to thank all those who generously supported the recent mock wedding.  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets; sponsored raffle prizes; wedding cards and gave donations.  Sincere thanks to the Mock Wedding cast, who provided great entertainment and many laughs.  A special thank you to the directors, script writers and everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this event such a memorable evening.  We are very grateful to Abbeylara GFC and the Longford Arms Hotel for their function room. Don’t dump it - Donate it. A box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard to collect old mobile phones with a view to getting a Defibrillator for the Granard Community.

G.A.A. Race Day: The annual Race Day organised by Longford G.A.A. at Punchestown Races is on Wednesday 24 April – Gold Cup Day. Sponsors of the event again this year are RSM Farrell Grant Sparks. This is the 11th year of the Race Day which has become one of the largest corporate events at Punchestown.

Table Quiz: In Creegan’s Bunlahy Friday 26 April at 8.30pm Proceeds in aid of Parent’s Association Bunlahy N.S. Table of 4 - €40. Raffle and refreshments on the night. Your support will be appreciated.

World Youth Day 2013: Takes place in Rio de Janeiro from Friday 26 July to Tuesday 30 July. Because of distance and cost to go to Rio de Janeiro an alternative is now available. A link up with the World Youth Day event takes place in Faversham in Kent. It is called Brightlights 2013 and will be held in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory, home to the very welcoming Carmelite Community. With large screen link up with World Youth Day in Rio, live bands catechesis, guest speakers and more this carnival atmosphere will be the next best thing to being in Rio this Summer. It is a great opportunity for young people to experience youth ministry at such an amazing event. It is offered for young people 17-30 years. The cost is €600 approx. More details in the coming weeks.

New 2 U: The new Charity Shop in Market Street is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm and the first Tuesday of every month with something for everyone. SVP phone no. 0851503985.

Cnoc Mhuire Class of 86: The re-union takes place on Saturday 4 May commencing with a tour of Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School at 7.00pm approx and afterwards to Paul & Carmel Fay’s Place for light refreshments and entertainment. For further details contact Andrew Gettings at 0868047542; Monica Gorman at 087 7701370; Michael Lynch 087 9980481; or Margaret Reilly 087 1334037.

Reminder: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund, will take place on Saturday 1st June 2013. Last year was a very successful and enjoyable day as over 40 cyclists completed the event while many more people participated in the climb. We hope this year will be equally successful, and there is plenty of time for any aspiring cyclist to fit in the training. A special event to launch this year’s cycle will take place on Saturday 4th May starting at 9am on Saturday morning with a Static Cycle “1500km from Granard to Lourdes” followed by a Fancy Dress Party in John V. Donohoe’s on Saturday night. A great weekend’s entertainment is guaranteed. Your help and Support would be greatly appreciated for both events. Any enquiries contact Jimmy Brady 0878875227.

Whist Results: The following are the results from the Community Centre Granard on Sunday 14 April: First Lady Eva K. Second Lady Ina McCormack. Third Lady Olive O’Reilly. First Gent Michael Browne. Second Gent James Reilly. Third Gent Jimmy Cahill. Half Game Lady Maura Smith. Half Game Gent Bernie Nally. Raffle: 1. Bill Kirk 2. Brid Cauldwell and Eddie Bray.