The late Johnny Blessington

The late Johnny Blessington

There was genuine sadness and regret in the Area last Sunday when the news became known that Johnny Blessington of Aughakilmore had passed to his eternal reward. Johnny had been in failing health for sometime but his sudden death came as a big shock to his family and many friends. In his early sixties Johnny was son of the late Phil and Mrs Blessington and he was also pre-deceased by his loving sister, Rosaleen Prunty some years ago. Johnny was a kind decent man who will be greatly missed by all and we offer sincere sympathy to his brother Terry, sisters Eileen Brady, Aughakine and Mary Flemming, Maynooth, along with his nephews and nieces and extended family. May he rest in peace.

New baby

Congratulations to Francis and Aine Shaughnessy, Clonfin on the birth of their baby boy, Conor recently. Conor is a welcome brother for Gavin and Katie and grandson for Tom and Bernadette O’Neill, Firmount and Colm and Mary Shaughnessy, Lettergonnell.

Country Market

Granard country markets continue in the Community Centre every Friday morning from 8-30 to 11am and as winter approaches the firewood is back in stock along with the usual Breads, Jams, Eggs and crafts.


Sincere and deepest sympathy is extended to Helen and Edward Kelly and family, Ballymorris, on the sudden death of Helen’s sister, Veronica Burke which occurred in Strokestown on Saturday last. We also offer sympathy to the family and friends of Larry McDowell, Ballinalee who passed to his eternal reward on Saturday. Also to Colm Doyle and family, Gelsha, on the death of his wife, Christine. May they rest in peace.

New baby

Congratulations to Linda and Raymond Farrell, Robinstown, on the birth of their baby girl recently. The new arrival is to be named Ellie Mai and she is a welcome sister for Ryan and granddaughter for Paddy and Breege Clarke, Killeen and Seamus and Breege Farrell, Cranley and great granddaughter for Mrs. Mena Macken, Robinstown.

Year of the Faith

October 11, 2012—November 24, 2013 (50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council Solemnity of Christ the King). A Celebration of Faith and Ministry, ordained and lay, and the promotion of vocations, by the Granard Deaneary of Parishes will take place in the Deanery Church, Saint Mary’s Granard at 7:30pm on Monday, October 21 next, the day after Mission Sunday. More details later.