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Sacred Heart N.S.
Enrolment of Junior Infants will take place on this Friday, 31 January at 2 pm. in Sacred Heart N.S., Granard. Parents are welcome to bring their children to the school where they will be introduced to their teacher and will have an opportunity to view their classroom and the school. Please bring along your child’s birth certificate. The staff of Sacred Heart N.S. look forward to meeting you and your child.  Phone: 0436686894 for further information.

Clonfin Commemoration

The annual Clonfin Commemoration will take place on this coming Sunday 2 February commencing with Mass in St. Mary’s Church Granard at 11.30am when the chief celebrant will be Bishop Colm O’Reilly. The commemoration ceremony will be at 3.00pm at the site of the Clonfin Ambush where Bishop Colm will be this year’s guest speaker. Refreshments will follow in McElvaney’s Coolarty. As this year’s commemoration takes place on the exact date of the famous battle the organizing committee are looking forward to a large attendance.


The guild will hold their next meeting on Thursday, 6 February at 8pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Entrance at rear of building. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be most welcome. Kathleen Kelly Federation organiser with the I.C.A. will be attending this meeting.

Coolamber I.C.A.

The Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, 4 February at 8p.m. in Streete Parish Park Hall.  All members are invited to attend and new members are always welcome.

I.C.A. Lotto

Numbers drawn 11; 20; 22, 25. There was no Jackpot winner.  Congratulations to the following €20 winners: 1. Rita McDermott, Ballymacormack; 2.Esther Casey, Ballymacormack and 3. Frances Monahan,  Granard. Next draw takes place on 5 February. Jackpot will be €1,050. Stay in to win. Thanks to all who support our Lotto. 

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will take place in J.V.’s Lounge on Friday, 7 February, commencing at 8.30pm. Valuable spot prizes on the night. Proceeds to Granard Community Childcare Facility. Your support will be appreciated.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services.

Rath Mhuire Resource, Centre Granard. 043-6686309 - We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our groups and participants and wish everyone a very happy 2014.

Moatsiders Active Age: Our first meeting of the year will be on this Thursday 30 January at 2.30pm in Rath Mhuire Centre. We are looking forward to seeing everybody and making our plans for the coming year.

Men’s Social Club

The club has recommenced and a range of activities are being organised for the coming year. The next meeting date is Tuesday, 4 February at 12.30pm and there is always good food, good company and the afternoon is always a nice social event.

Writer’s Group

We will be meeting on Monday, 27 January in Rath Mhuire Centre from 11.00am - 3.00pm. Noel Monahan will be joining us and a light lunch will be available.

Dolmen Centre

All Dolmen groups have or will be recommencing in the next couple of weeks (Dolmen Daycare- Dolmen Failte Active Age & North Longford Men’s Club) and for any information on the range of activities and services which take place in the Dolmen Centre, or for any of the above activities at Rath Mhuire Centre, please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for all groups.

Christening with a Twist

On the occasion of the first anniversary of The Mock Wedding of Mr Harry Cox and Ms Fonda Pheelan, Abbeylara Drama group are proud to present a Christening with a Twist on Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 1 February in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent, commencing at 8.30pm each night. Entertainment afterwards on each night – Friday with Mary O’Connor and Saturday with Chuck and June. Donations €15.00 to Abbeylara GFC. An occasion not to be missed.

Pitch & Putt

A meeting of Granard Pitch and Putt Club will be held on Wednesday, 5 February at 8.30pm in St. Mary’s GAA Clubhouse. All members please attend as some important items have to be discussed. Registration days will be held on Saturday, 8 February between 12.00 and 3.00pm and on Sunday, 9 February between 10.00am and 12.30pm. Details of membership can be had by contacting Raymond Fay on 087-7747848 or follow us on Facebook at Granard Pitch and Putt.

Community Games

If your child is interested in participating in the Community Games Talent Competition please call 086-6018967 to register or to receive more information and details. Entries must be in by 4 February. Competition will take place in The Backstage Theatre, Longford on Sunday, 16 March. 

Rural Transport

In conjunction with Longford Community Resources Ltd. “Door to Door” collection. All age groups welcome. Free Travel Pass Holders Travel FREE. Every Friday to Granard drop off point Granard Area Action Group Office. Contact driver John at 087-6213526 (mobile) or 043-6686180 or Seamus Lee at 043-3345555.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage 

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje for 7 days half board from the 12 May to the 19 May 2014. Cost is from €520. Contact Tommy at 0876851691/ 044 9371787 for further details.


Financing Social Enterprise: UCIT (Ireland) Ltd. non-profit taking, membership based community enterprise, responsible for investing in communities across the island, in association with the Longford EDI Centre, will be hosting a seminar entitled “Social Enterprise & How to Access Social Finance.”  The Longford event, which is free to attend, will take place in the Longford EDI Centre, Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Rd., Longford, on this Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 7.30pm. Please confirm attendance by emailing or phoning 043-3347515.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets held their annual general meeting following the market on Friday last January 24 January. The following officers were elected for the coming year. Chairperson Ann O Hara. Secretary Angela Durkin. Treasurer Alan Harrison. Assistant Treasurer Margaret Duggan. PRO Eileen Kilbride. Controller Breege Mulfaul. Sincere good wishes to Evelyn Stafford and Pat Wilson for good health and happiness in their retirement and thanks for their very loyal service to the markets over the years. The new committee remind all their patrons that the market is open every Friday morning from 8-30 to 11-00 a m in their new premises on Upper Main Street next door to the Post Office.

Adoration and Vigil

The next First Friday/Saturday reparation and adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please note that the first Friday and Saturday in February is split and the dates are different in our two venues. St Anne’s (former Mercy Convent), Convent Lane, Mohill  is scheduled for this Friday the 31 January commencing at an earlier time of 8 pm. The venue is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown is scheduled for next Friday the 7 February commencing at 10 pm.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is appreciated. Jackpot this week is in excess of €14,000.


On Friday last Co Librarian, Mary Carlton Reynolds gave an update on the progress of the restoration of the Market House and Library building. This is a very significant conservation project and everything is going according to plan and all going well the building should be ready for business for April 2014

In the meantime the Library continues to operate each Friday at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre Barrack Street Granard from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information please phone 087 6151028 on Fridays.


Congratulations to local business Airsynergy operated by the Smyth Brothers, Granard who have received further significant funding for their development of smaller quieter and more powerful wind turbines. Continued success to the company.

Walking Club

Red Alert to all our walkers! We are very privileged to have an athlete from Longford Sports Partnership join us on this Friday 31 January at Higginstown Sports complex at 10.00am for the next 6 weeks to give us invaluable tips on walking whilst still having fun. Fee is €10 for the 6 weeks. This is open to non-members and all are welcome. The Club continues to meet on Saturday mornings at Higginstown Sports Complex meeting at 10.15am. Walks are local and duration is 45mins to 1 hour. New members welcome. See you all on Friday morning.

SVP - St. Vincent de Paul

The local chapter of SVP wish to thank everyone who recently contributed via the “Giving Tree”; Donations; Church Gate Collection; Fuel etc. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated. “New 2U” shop at Market Street, Granard is open every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm. On Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.


The following are the results from Whist in the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 26 January: First Lady Una Dooney. Second Lady Anna Mae McLoughlin. Third Lady Olive O’Reilly. First Gent Andy, Second Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. Third Gent Jimmy Cahill. Half Game Lady M. Clyne. Half Game Gent Seamus Coyle. Raffle: Anna Mae McLoughlin, Bernard Nally and Edward McGivney.