Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, 27 July. Please ensure that this Cemetery is suitably prepared for such an important event.

Field Day

The committee would like to thank everyone who came and supported our Field Day on Sunday last 8 June. We would like to thank John Gilligan who supplied us with the field, to all the winners, best-dressed lady, and all the dogs that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A special word of thanks to the Sponsors, Josie Crawford and son William, to CND Edgeworthstown, Pat the Baker, Maxi Zoo, to the entire Florists, O’Connor’s Longford, and Mrs Dowler Longford. From all the chemists from Longford and Granard, to all the hairdressers, to Geraldine Clarke Finea, Chic Beauty Salon, to the two people who gave timber for auction, to Pauric Kiernan who sponsored the lamb. A special word of thanks to the judicator, to Shannonside and to those who provided music on the day, sincere thanks to everyone who helped in any way we finished with a great night in Crawford’s once again a big thank you.

Gun Club

Abbeylara Gun Club held their annual Clay Pigeon on Sunday, 4 May in the shooting grounds, Derragh, Abbeylara. The winner of the High Gun Lite Pac Perpetual Cup and prize money of €200 was Richard Rawe, Cavan. Down the Line winners were; 1st €80 David McGloughray, Cavan, 2nd €60 Kevin Gannon, Legan and 3rd €40 Peter Newman, Kenagh. High Pheasant winners were; 1st €80 Caspers J, Mullingar, 2nd €60 David McGloughray, Cavan and 3rd €40 Garry Walsh, Westmeath. Spring and Teal winners were; 1st €80 Brian Higgins, Cavan, 2nd €60 Raymond McKenna, Carrick on Shannon and 3rd €40 David McCloughery, Cavan. The club wishes to thank the following sponsors - Larry Bolan, Abbeylara Garden Centre; Michael and Carmel Reilly, Midland Motors Mullingar; Donie Reilly, Granard Discount Stores, Phádraig Monaghan, Edgeworthstown; PJ and Maggie Farrell, Abbeylara Food Store; Gerry and Margaret Gannon, Dublin; Granard Farmers Mart Ltd, Granard and Pat the Bakers, Granard. Thanks to all who supported us on the day.

FETAC Level 5

Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard are currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 Courses in Sports and Recreation, Childcare, Nursing Studies, Agriculture Business, Information Technology and Animal Care. These FETAC Level 5 Courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. If you, or someone you know, is interested in enrolling for this course, please contact the school for more information on 043 6686209.


Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament for Exam People will take place each Thursday during June in Carra Church with Holy Mass at 7.30pm followed by Adoration from 8.00 to 8.30 pm, and each Friday during June in Abbeylara Church from 3.00 to 4.00 pm.

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.


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 €16,100. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early.

Youth Pilgrimage

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 30 July to 6 August. Cost €659 in total.  Contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email:

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street, Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Community Diary

A 2014 Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Diabetes Fundraiser

Shave, Wax and Dye takes place in John V’s, Granard on Saturday, 5 July at 8.30pm in aid of Diabetes Ireland. There will be music on the night by Pat Masterson. A tractor run will take place on Sunday, 6 July, leaving Granard Mart at 2.00pm. The Route is as follows; Granard – Castlepollard – Finea – Granard. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Tom Burke on 086 8656390 or 086 6057802. All tractors are welcome.

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.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre, (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is Welcome.

Parish Draw

Please, if possible pay your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector. Many thanks to those people who have paid their renewal fee. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw, which is of great benefit to our parish finances. Thanks also to our collectors. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish, as this is very necessary for banking regulations.

Bus to Knock

On Sunday, 22 June 2014, Feast of Corpus Christi, leaving Carra Church at 8.30a.m.; Granard 8.45am, Edgeworthstown 9am, Longford 9.15am. For further enquiries please contact 043 6686759; 087 2487883 / 087 3501500.

Tidy Towns

Abbeylara Tidy Towns are holding their next meeting tomorrow, Thursday, 19 June in Sports Centre at 8.30pm. As judging is now underway, we urge everyone to be on the lookout for litter and try to keep our village tidy and looking its best.  Only you the local residents can do their best and be proud of yourselves when the marks come out in early September.

GAA Lotto

The first draw for 2014/2015 takes place on Friday, 20 June in Crawford’s. All people selling the €100 Lotto tickets please return your tickets and money no later than Wednesday, 18 June. Sold Lotto envelopes can be returned as usual at the draw. The draw for the 5 x €100 prizes for fully paid up Lotto members will also take place. The Club person of the year will receive the Perpetual Plaque in memory of Jackie Kiernan, Dalystown. Music and refreshments at this function.


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme: (VTOS): Are you aged 21 or over, and for 6 months, Either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments, Have been signing for credits or a lone parent, If so, you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. Interested? Contact the Adult Education Office, LWETB, Battery Road, Longford. Tel. 043 3345474 as soon as possible.

LCRL Rural Transport

We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to all age groups, with FTP holders travelling free. For our local region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are 2 Friday services into Granard = via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy/Cloughernal and in the afternoon = via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. Our stop and departure point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. Phone 043 3345555.

Granard Celtic F.C

Granard Celtic F.C is holding a 5K Fun/Run/Walk/Jog fundraiser on Saturday, 21 June. Registration takes place at the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard from 10.30am to 11.30am. Cost €10 per adult, €5 per child or family €20. Refreshments served afterwards. For further details contact Francie on 086 0528517.

Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7pm. There are new and exciting routes every week. New members welcome, young and old.

Pitch and Putt

Competitions continue on Wednesday evenings for all members at Granard Pitch & Putt – adults and juveniles and new beginners at 7pm.  Those competitions will continue for the rest of the Summer months, weather permitting.  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.

Dancing Lessons

The above continues on Tuesdays in Lus na Greine, Granard from 8pm to 10pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot and quickstep. Cost €10.


Granard GAA is holding a Monster Auction in Higginstown on Sunday, 22 June to raise funds to help support all their teams from U8 to adult level. People wishing to donate items are asked to contact Patricia Gettings 0872557425, Tracey Walsh Kiernan 0864005352; Patsy Hynes 0851563493 or by email at there is something for everyone!


Set dancing classes continues on Friday evenings for children from 6.00pm to 7 pm at Marett Smith’s house.

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 clothes, and all sizes catered for. Huge bargains on our €1 children’s rail. Jewellery to finish off any outfit, also shoes and sandals. All Books 50c each.  Due to popular demand, we are now open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. All proceeds from the shop go directly to projects in the community.

Rosie Run

Rosie Run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (Imnda) will take place in Loch Gowna on Sunday, 20 July at 1pm. Registration begins at 11.00am. Prizes to be won and refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards. Please support this worthy cause.