Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

This Sunday, 22 June is the feast of Corpus Christi and there will be a Procession following the 11.30am Mass in St. Mary’s Church with Benediction at the Motte. All children who received their First Holy Communion are requested to be present please.


Granard Region Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will hold their annual church gate collection on this Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June. Please support.

5K Fun Run / Walk

Granard Celtic F.C is holding a 5K Fun/Run/Walk/Jog Fundraiser on this Saturday 21 June. Registration takes place at the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard from 10.30am. Cost €10 per adult; family €20. Refreshments served afterwards. For further information phone: 086-0528517. Your support will be appreciated.


A reminder to all primary schools regarding Primary Schools Competition for Granard Agricultural Show to take place on19 July. Entry form only to come back please not the entries themselves. Any Enquires please contact Rosemary on 0436686164 or email

Credit Union Ltd.

Special car and holiday loans are now available at very attractive rates. Please call and collect a leaflet from the Credit Union office and gain entry into a free draw after returning completed form. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

World Wide Knit Day

The Baldy Sheep Yarn Shop Longford in association with Longford Branch Library are hosting a “Knit-in-Public Day” as part of World Wide Knit in Public Day on this Friday 20 June at Longford Branch Library from 11am to 2pm. Bring your needles, hooks and yarn and be ready for a natter!


The annual Federation gardening competition is now open for entries. Please note the Flower Garden is confined to ICA members and the vegetable garden is open to all and there is also a children’s vegetable patch. Entries and enquiries to Angela on 086-1687372. Members travelling to Flower Show on this Thursday, 19 June, please note the bus will depart from Donnelly’s bus station at 7.30am. Pitch and Putt lessons for any members interested will commence on Monday, 23 June at 8.00pm at Granard Pitch and Putt Club. The annual Craft Day takes place in Longford on 5 July, some guild members have volunteered to bake for this. Granard Agricultural Show takes place this year on 19 July, members and their friends are encouraged to support the show by entering crafts; produce or baking. More updates next week.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €16,100.

Car Boot Sale

Lisryan Tidy Village and Community Development are holding a Car Boot sale on Sunday, 22 June 2014 at Lisryan Soccer Pitch. Sellers can enter from 7.30am and buyers gate opens at 9am to 1pm. Your support will be appreciated.

New 2 U

The SVP Shop situated at Market Street, Granard is open each Friday from 10am to 5.00pm and Saturday 11.00am to 5.00pm. The shop is also open on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Bargains galore with something for everyone.


St. Mary’s GAA are holding a Monster Auction in Higginstown on this Sunday, 22 June to raise funds to help support all our teams from U8 to adult level. We are asking everyone to look around their house or property and see if there is anything they don’t want or need anymore. If you have any items please consider donating these items to our club and we will sell it at the auction to raise much needed funds to support our clubs activities. Some of the items we will have for sale in the auction are 4 new tyres; 2 live lambs; a session of reflexology; a trampoline (with safety netting), books; some framed landscape photos; a load of timber; a pregnancy scan for 10 to 15 cows; wardrobes etc. People wishing to donate larger items are asked to contact Patricia Gettings 0872557425, Tracey Walsh Kiernan 0864005352; Patsy Hynes 0851563493 or by email at Your support will be appreciated.

Clothes collection

St. Bernard’s N.S. Abbeylara is having a clothes collection on Thursday, 19 June. Any unwanted men’s women’s and children’s clothing; shoes; belts; handbags; ties; linens; household textiles, stuffed toys etc.  Mobile phones placed in a separate bag please. Drop off at the school anytime up to 9pm on Thursday 19 June.

Rural Transport

Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport buses please contact Seamus Lee at the transport office at LCRL on 043-3345555 or local provider John Maguire at 043-6686180 / Mobile 087-6213526. Single fares are €3.00 and return fare is €5.00. Free Travel Pass Holders travel free and the service is open to everyone young and not so young!


Bunlahy Area Action Group will host a barbeque at Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy on Sunday, 29 June from 5.30pm. Entertainment from Rhythm and Sticks as part of Creegan’s Sunday sessions. All monies raised are for the purchase of defibrillators for the area. Your support will be greatly appreciated. 

Living Links

Living Links Cavan is holding an Ecumenical Service of Remembrance for family and friends bereaved by suicide on Sunday, 29 June 2014, at 3pm in St. Brigid’s Church, Killeshandra. Death by suicide is a tragedy for everyone concerned. The grief and sense of loss experienced can be overwhelming.

Walking Club

Walking continues as usual every Monday evening meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7pm. A new route every Monday. New members welcome, young and old. 

Siopa Lus na Greine

Drop in your cast offs, bric-a-brac to us at the Siopa or to the Centre, everything accepted and welcomed. New stock arriving weekly, ladies, gents and children’s, all sizes. Beautiful jewellery to finish off that special outfit also shoes and sandals.  Books are clearing at 50 cent each. Due to popular demand the shop is now open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. All proceeds from the shop go directly and totally to projects within the community.

Rose Escort

Congratulations to Cathal Twaddle, a popular teacher at Sacred Heart N.S. Granard who was successful in his bid to become one of the 32 escorts at the annual Rose of Tralee competition in August. The Longford native made it through the rigours of the Boot Camp for Escorts. We wish him every success in the competition, also when he will be entered in the special competition for Escort of the Year.

Pitch and Putt

Competitions continue on Wednesday evenings for all members – adults and juveniles. New beginners at 7.00pm. These competitions will continue for the rest of the Summer months - weather permitting. Anybody who would like coaching lessons which are free can contact Roy Burke on 087-6636838. Roy is a registered PPUI coach. Anybody who is not a member must pay green fees €5 per day for adults and €2 for Juveniles. For membership details contact Raymond on 087-7747848; Benny at 087-7504522 or Roy at 087-66936838 or any committee member. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Granard Farmers Mart

All those who tune into TV3 AM were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday morning when Granard Mart featured on the Rural Ireland Fights Back section. Well done to everyone who was interviewed.

Friendly Phone Call Service

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 Monday – Thursday from 10:00am – 4.00pm.

Best wishes

To Gillian Martin who is travelling to Belarus to volunteer in Gorodishche Orphanage on Sunday, 22 June. We wish you a safe journey Gillian and enjoy the experience.


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme - Are you aged 21 or over and for 6 months wither you or your spouse have been in receipt of Social Welfare Payments; have been signing for credits or you are a lone parent. If so, you could join the VTOS Programme and receive training FREE OF CHARGE. If interested please contact the Adult Education Office, longford Westmeath Education Training Board Battery road Longford. Phone 043-3345474 as soon as possible.