GMCE – Proposed purchase of NAMA property. A public meeting to discuss progress to date will take place on Tuesday next 17 September at 8.30pm in the Community Centre Barrack St. Much progress has recently been made and we are on track to develop a visitor centre which we can all be proud of and which will, over time, help create employment, both direct and indirect. This will also be our first meeting since we held the “Granada Reunion Festival Weekend” so a full report on this event will also be given.

Mayor of Gaffney visit

Mr Henry Jolly and his wife Mary visited Granard on Thursday and Friday last. The Mayor of Gaffney City South Carolina came to visit Granard, the Ancestral home of the founder of Gaffney City Mr Michael Gaffney who emigrated to America from Cartron Granard in 1797. Mr and Mrs Jolly were very impressed with the town and environs and the warm reception they received. There was a tree planting ceremony with the pupils from Ard Scoil Phadraig on the Hill on Thursday afternoon to mark the occasion of the visit. Mr and Mrs Jolly then visited St. Mary’s Church and Granardkille old cemetery where the Gaffney memorials are situated and were revamped for the visit. Cllr Maura Kilbride Harkin Mayor of Granard Town Council hosted a dinner in the Greville Arms Hotel later in the evening followed by cabaret with local artists. Henry and Mary Jolly were delighted to stay overnight at the historic hotel. On Friday they had a walk around town with Mayor Kilbride Mary Carlton Reynolds Co. Librarian and Rosemary Gaynor our own local Librarian and visited the schools and many premises in the town.

1798 Celebrations

Co. Longford commemorated the Rebellion of 1798 last weekend starting off in Granard on Friday evening in Granard with a walking tour of the battle sites with local historian Jimmy Donoghue. Followed by a visit to the Croppies Grave in the grounds of St. Mary’s Church where Sr. Maeve Brady recited a suitable poem Requiem for the Croppies by the late Seamus Heaney. This was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the 1798 Memorial on the Hill and the firing of a replica Cannon gun of the period constructed by Eamon Creamer at his Engineering Works in Granard. The official opening of the weekend activities was held in the Community Centre Granard and the keynote speakers were Mr Thomas Pakenham historian and author of many books including The Great Iris Rebellion of 1798 Mr Henry Jolly Mayor of Gaffney City Cllr. Maura Kilbride Harkin and Mayor Larry Bannon Longford Co. Co. Mairead Ni Conghaile Heritage Officer wit Longford Co. Co. acted as M.C. for the evening. A host of entertainment followed with pupils from Sacred Heart N.S. harpist Mary Smith and the Armagh Rhymers entertained the large crowds present. Supper was served and brought a wonderful evening to a closure.

Area Action Group

Well done to all the participants on the Community Employment Project and their Supervisor Joe Murphy who had all the green areas around town and the approach roads into town looking so well for the visit of Mayor Henry Jolly of Gaffney City and for the 1798 Commemoration. Many compliments were paid to all concerned.

Glotto Results

Numbers drawn 1, 10, 28, 29. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following €30 - John Regan, Ballymorris; Chloe and Leanne Kiernan, Nicholas O’Hagan, Kilcogy. Jackpot €5,850. Thanks to everyone who supports our weekly glotto.

Credit Union

Hours of business Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm. Student loans now available. We would like to extend best wishes to all our 3rd level students heading back to college. New members are always welcome. Check website for details. (www.grnardcu).

Birthday celebrations

Congratulations and best wishes to Mrs Katie Brennan, Cartronmarkey, Granard who celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday 8 September with a party for family friends and neighbours. We wish her continued good health and many happy returns.

Gun Club

On this Saturday 14 September, Granard gun club members are attempting to climb Croke Patrick. The Club wish to inform members that as and from 31 August membership and insurance is no longer accepted by the Club.

Tidy Towns

An important Public meeting of Granard Town Towns will take place on Tuesday 24 September at 8.30pm in Lus na Greine Main Street Granard. This meeting is to discuss the future of Granard Tidy Towns. If you are interested in keeping this organisation going please attend.

Adult Learning Centre

Do you need help with reading writing spelling maths or computers? If you do then please call into the Centre at Main Street, Granard or phone 043-6686211. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for new classes starting this month. The service is free and confidential. Contact Therese Smith-Callaghan at the centre. All courses are funded by the new Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (ETB) and the Department of Education and Skills.


Granard Guild held their first meeting of the season last week and had a very interesting speaker Christine Lee from Citizens Information Service in Longford who enlightened us on many aspects of our entitlements. At the launch of the 1798 Commemoration Weekend in the Community Centre Granard on Friday last members of the guild and editors of the book “Granard It’s History Our Heritage” presented the Mayor of Gaffney Mr Henry Jolly with a copy of the book. The Autumn Federation meeting will be held in the Community Hall in Streete Parish hosted by Coolamber Guild on Tuesday 17 September. Teas are served at 7p.m. Contact Gretta Tynan with numbers for teas on 087 990 1097. Presentations for the winners of the Garden Competitions will be made at 6.30p.m.

Solas Nua

Are you Widowed Separated or Divorced? Are you coping with grief – Alone? If so, Solas Nua could be for you. The next programme begins at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre St. Patrick’s College Cavan on 18 September 2013. For further information phone: 049 4371363; email: or visit their Web:

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services

We are back after the summer break and we hope everybody enjoyed the lovely summer. We will be welcoming everyone back to both Rath Mhuire Centre & The Dolmen Centre in Aughnacliffe, as all group activities and events will restart in the coming weeks.

Cycle Run

We would like thank Jimmy Brady, who completed the Malin to Mizen Head cycle during the summer and raised funds for Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services. We are extremely grateful to both Jimmy and all those who supported us.


We say a big welcome to Rosemary and Helen and all from Granard Library as they will be providing the library service at Rath Mhuire Centre every Friday from 10.00 - 5.00pm while the library building is being refurbished, the service will be at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre until further notice.

Moatsiders Active Age

Our first meeting will take place on Thursday 19 September at Rath Mhuire Centre at 2.30pm and we are looking forward to getting together again. We would like to remind anybody who hasn’t returned their sponsorship cards to bring them on the day. We would also remind anyone who is interested in the September outing to let Jackie know before the meeting if possible so that we can be organised on our meeting day.

Garda Band

Tracey our Community Garda has let us know that the Garda Band will be playing in the Canon Kelly Hall on Tuesday 24 September at 3pm. There is no entry charge for this event but a raffle will be held on the day and monies raised will be in aid of a Defibrillator for the town. Many thanks to Tracey. We know this will be a wonderful afternoon as it was an outstanding success the last time.

Local History Society

There has been a great interest expressed from many people that use the Centre in local history and stories and suggestions of starting a local history group or society. If you are interested please let us know as this seem a really good idea for a community steeped in history. Further details re all other groups and activities will be in the coming newsletter and notes. For any information re the above contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309.


A Fundraising night and draw in aid of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital will take place on 28 September in Crawford Lounge Abbeylara. Lines for the draw are available locally at €3 each of 2 for €5. Your support will be appreciated. Draw will take place on Saturday 28 September 2013. This week’s Jackpot is €12,100.

Episcopal Ordination

The ordination of Fr. Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Church Athlone at 3pm.

15km challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. This week’s Jackpot is €12,100. Sincere thanks to all who support this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.


The first ever race meeting in Co. Cavan will take place in Castlerahan on 15 September. Castlerahan Community Development are hosting Horse and Pony Racing at lands near Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. The first local race commences at 12.30pm with the major races commencing at 1.30pm. For further details contact Mick Grenham 086 -101 7288.

Retirement programme

This is a very popular course and is run over a six week period in the VEC College, Battery Road, Longford. The starting date is this Wednesday 11 September 2013 the course will cover a wide range of topics. Please register your interest by contacting the Citizens Information office giving your name and contact number.

Phones 4Life

Donate your unwanted mobile phone to the above charity - Heartsafety Solutions. Don’t dump it donate it! A collection box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard to help to buy a Defibrillator for the town. Sponsored by Kavanagh Environmental.