Club Membership

Club Membership

Abbeylara Club Membership for 2014 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players includes membership and insurance; €25 adults. €40 per couple, €10 non-playing students and €10 OAP.


Cake sale and mini Easter eggs and table flower arrangements will be for sale on Palm Sunday after Mass.

GAA Meeting

A meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, 10 April in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30p.m. All officers and committee members are requested to attend.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 03/04/2014; Winning numbers: 5, 14, 16, 23. Winners: Margo Masterson, Rincoola; Mervyn Graham, Corduff; Gerard Gallagher, Dalystown; Padraig Battrim, Ballinrud; Bernard & Irene Lynch, Toneymore. Next draw in The Mill on 10/04/2014. Jackpot is now €4,850.


Killeen Dramatic Society are delighted to announce their reunion and will present “The Maiden Aunt” a three act comedy written by Jimmy Keary tomorrow, Thursday 10 and Friday 11 April in Granard Community Centre at 8.30pm. An enjoyable night’s entertainment is guaranteed.

Easter Bunny Walk

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s is holding their annual Easter Bunny walk on Sunday, 13 April 2014. We will be leaving the Granard Health Centre at 3.00pm and walking to Abbeylara where there will be eggs galore and music.

Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport - Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday 17 April, with the same collection and departure times. All age-groups are welcome to travel. ! Wishing a very “Happy Easter” to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters!

Table Quiz

Abbeylara Field Day is holding a Table Quiz on Friday, 25 April in Crawford’s Lounge, more details in the coming weeks.


Forms for enrolment for September 2014 are now available at Abbeylara N.S. 043 6686806 and Aughnagarron N. S. 043 6686805.

Dublin Dinner

The 60th Longford/Dublin Association Annual Gala Dinner will take place in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel on Saturday, 12 April commencing at 8pm. Award Recipients are Drumlish native Liam Caldwell and Tom Gilligan a native of Ballywillan and Abbeylara. Music is by Country Star Mick Flavin and his band. Patrons may stay overnight in the hotel at a special price of €89 per couple which includes breakfast. To reserve rooms ring the Red Cow Hotel at 01 4593650 and to obtain the special rate just mention the Longford Association. Tickets at a reduced price of €45 can be ordered from Fr. Seamus Connell on 087 7025120 or any committee member listed on


A Monster Auction will take place in Ringtown GAA Centre on Sunday, 13 April. Doors open at 2.00pm. If you would like to donate any unwanted gifts, furniture, household goods, ornaments, home heating fuels or cattle feed etc you can do so by dropping these items at the centre on the previous week or collection can be arranged. For further information please contact Thady 087 9525430, Andy 086 8391930, Anthony 085 7735231 or TP 087 6952976.

Longford Race Day

At the recent launch of Longford GAA Race Day sponsored this year by Flynn & Lynch, Mr. Martin Skelly encouraged all Longford people to come on board again and support. This is the 12th Race Day and is due to take place on the 30 April 2014. He reminded everyone present of the importance of this event both as a great social event as well as outlining the financial importance it is to Longford GAA. The price of the Race Day remains good value for money and is held at €100 per person or €1000 for a table of ten. Contact your local GAA Club for further information.

Family Learning

Parents, Grandparents, Careers, are you a long time out of education or an early school leaver and would you like to build your learning skills? If so, Longford Family Learning is currently organising the following programmes: Gardening, Beginners Internet Skills, Family Digital Photography, Child Development and a Supported Online Learning Programme. Courses are basic education, free and for 4 to 6 weeks. For further information please contact Grainne at 086 8883413 or 043 3345609.


Open to Active Retirement Clubs – Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature. Pickelball can be played as singles or doubles. No special apparel is needed just something comfortable. The game can be played by all ages and is taking place in the Longford Sports Centre on Wednesday, 30 April. There are three time slots available for groups to book; from 10.00am to 11.00am, 11.00am to 12 noon and 12 noon to 1.00pm. There will be a brief introduction to the game followed by the opportunity for people to play the game. For further information or to book your groups place, please contact Longford Sports Partnership at 043 3343450 or email


On Sunday, April 13 next, Longford Ploughing Committee will host their annual field day on the lands of James and Harry Reynolds, along the main Granard/ Edgeworthstown road and this promises to be a great day out for all the family with entertainment for the young and not so young.

Christening with a Twist DVD

The DVD’s of a “Christening with a Twist” is now for sale at €10. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221, Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 or Mary O’Connor, 086 3272417.

Parish Draw

Anyone who wishes to renew their membership for the 2014/2015 draw can do so by paying €100 full year, €50 half year, €25 quarter year to your collector. Thank you.

Friendly Phone Call Service

Friendly Phone Call Service calling older people in the Granard Area: The Rural Resource Worker made a presentation to the nurses in the new Primary Care Centre, located in Flancare Business Park, Longford. The Rural Resource Worker will be promoting the Friendly Phone Call Service to older people in the Granard Area. Any local groups in the Granard area are welcome to request a presentation on the service. Please contact Mary Mulvey at 043-3345555. The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The Friendly Call Service can be reached at 043-3349678 from Monday–Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm Easter is near, so a reminder to all children that their help is needed to decorate a Resurrection Garden in St. Mary’s Church, Carragh. Flowers or small decorative objects are most welcome.

Dog Business

When your dog does its business, then it becomes your business to clean up, - well after all your dog can’t do the cleaning, - but you can. Remember - civic spirit - that other people walk and play where you and your dog walk and does its business, so please clean up. For those people to whom this matter concerns, please heed this notice.

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for Granard’s Easter Festival on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 April. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Siopa Lus Na Greine

De-cluttering revamping your wardrobe creating a space drop in your cast offs brick-a-brac etc. to us at the Siopa or at the Centre - everything accepted.  A large range of ladies, gents and children’s clothes sizes 8-24 now in stock.  A new selection of Maternity clothes just arrived.  Books to suit all tastes – 3 for €5.  We also have books shoes sandals and jewellery to finish off your outfit. We are open Fridays, Saturdays and the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 5pm.  All proceeds from the shop go back into community projects.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €15,100. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early.