Blood Donors

Blood Donors

A clinic will take place on this Wednesday and Thursday, 27 and 28 August at the Longford Arms Hotel, Main Street, Longford from 4.30pm to 8p.m. Please help to ensure that there are essential blood supplies available at all times by giving blood regularly.


Granard guild will resume meetings after the summer recess on Thursday, 4 September in the Credit Union meeting room at 8.00pm. A guest speaker will attend. All members are requested to attend and new members will be most welcome.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 7 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Mass will be celebrated at 3.00pm. Buses will depart from the usual pickup places including Granard at 10.45am. Bus tickets cost €16. Contact Donnelly Coaches at 043-6686540 for further details and to book your seat.

Granard Visitor’s Centre Project

Monthly meet and draw on Tuesday, 2 September in Community Centre at 9.00pm. The August monthly draw will also be held on the night. Everyone welcome.

5K Run/Jog/Walk

CROSS rugby legends Charity 5k Run/Jog/Walk in aid of Cancer Research this Sunday 31 August in The Mall Complex Longford. Registration from 10am run starts at 11am. Entry fee €10.00 for adult and €5.00 per child. Everyone is welcome. The event is organized to raise funds for the CROSS Cancer Research Charity in Trinity College and St. James Hospital.

LARCC Centre

The Lakelands Area Retreat and Cancer Centre Multyfarnham are holding their annual church gate collection on Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 August at all masses in Granard. The centre gives support and holistic help to people living with cancer providing a supportive environment where patients and family members can participate in courses obtain information and experience complementary therapies. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street Granard opening hours as follows: First Tuesday of each month 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fridays: 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.

Co Championship

Best wishes to St. Mary’s Granard who play St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta on Saturday evening and Abbeylara who play Clonguish on Sunday, both matches to be played in Pearse Park. Last year’s Co Champions Longford Slashers bowed out to Killoe last weekend and Dromard defeated Colmcille.

Golden Jubilee

Congratulations to Sr. Maeve Brady who recently celebrated the golden jubilee of her profession to the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. We wish her many more happy and healthy years among us.

Fleadh Cheoil Success

Congratulations to Elaine Reilly, Ballymore, Granard, a member of the John Dungan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Granard who won two first prizes in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo recently. Elaine won with Banjo and Mandolin over 18. We wish her continued success with her musical career.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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!

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue each Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am beside the Post Office. Fresh vegetables always in stock along with the usual supply of freshly made cakes and breads; country eggs; crafts and firewood.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot is now €17,000.

St. Mary’s Glotto

In the most recent draw, numbers drawn were 2; 13; 18 and 23. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following winners of €25 each – Matt Smith; Michael Fagan, Kilcogy; Mark Smith, Carragh, Granard and Jonathan Owens, Granard. Next Jackpot draw is €8,350. Stay in to win.

Clothing collection

Please support the used clothing collection in aid of Fr. Nicholas Maanzo and his parish of St. Patrick Kitui Keenya. The collection will take place on Thursday 28 August between 9am and 12 noon at the car parks at Bernard’s Church Abbeylara and St. Mary’s Church, Carragh.

Ploughing Festival

Colmcille Ploughing Association will hold their annual Ploughing and Heritage Field Day on this Sunday 31 August at Dernaferst on the Noble Family farm. A fun filled day for all the family.

New CD

Congratulations to Laura Callaghan who has produced a new C.D. with beautiful vocals and instrumentals from this multi-talented young lady. There is something to suit everyone. The production is available locally at €10 each and is a very worthwhile addition to one’s collection. For further information email: .

Mens Shed

Granard Men’s shed meeting regroup with interested new members on Monday, 8 September at 5pm in Lus na Greine FRC, Main Street, Granard. Our Men’s Shed is a friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. We are open to all men regardless of age background or ability. New members are always welcome and further information please call 087 1375222 or check out website


The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday the 5 September commencing at 10pm. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 0861900640.


A Benefit /Fundraising night with raffle for Hamper and numerous other prizes will take place in Crawford’s Lounge, Abbeylara on Saturday, 13 September. Lines are currently on sale in local shops and other outlets €3 per line or 2 for €5. The event is aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital and all proceeds go directly to the Hospital. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Mary O’Connor. Your support will be appreciated.


Drop in your cast offs, bric-a-brac to us at the Siopa or to Lus na Greine FRC, Main Street, Granard, everything accepted and welcomed. New stock arriving weekly, ladies, gents and children’s clothes 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 in the area.


Play badminton every Monday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm at the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall, Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraigh. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00. Rackets and shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact William 086-8226523.

Education Loan

How about a “LIFT OFF” Interest Free Education Loan? The cost of gaining a Third Level Education is very high yet so beneficial for the future career prospects of an individual. Getting the money together to go to college is an enormous problem for a lot of low income households. The immediate costs of deposit for accommodation and registration fees make it an impossible dream for many especially those from welfare dependent families. Longford Community Resources Ltd. the County LEADER and Partnership Company, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection are very aware of the difficulties and have made available a 3rd Level Education Loan Scheme to assist students from welfare dependent families access third level education. The idea behind the loan is that students can get the money to pay the deposit on a house or apartment and pay registration fees as soon as they get their place in college. The money can be paid back out of their maintenance grant when it comes through or by affordable weekly repayments. This, together with maintenance grants will give those most in need a lift off. In this way the fund revolves and will be available annually. This is an ideal opportunity for you or your children to look at 3rd Level Education as an affordable opportunity and to improve their career prospects and life choices.

This education loan will allow for students from welfare dependent families to get funding in September to secure accommodation and other immediate expenses so that struggling families will not be even more pressurised. The loan is being administered by Longford Community Resources Ltd. and a criteria for eligible applications exists. The main criteria is that the applicant must be 1st year student in 3rd Level and qualify for Full Maintenance Grant with Top Up. To find out more about this scheme please contact Frances Kennedy at (043) 3345555 or for further details and an application form.

Walk on Coals

Local lady, Bernadine Farrelly will take part in an unusual event in Drummin Westport Co. Mayo this weekend Saturday, 30 August when she will walk on coals. She chose the event in order to raise funds for Lus na Greine FRC Centre Counselling Services. Your donations and sponsorship will be appreciated.

Lough Derg

A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday, 20 September departing from St. Mary’s Church, Carragh for a one day pilgrimage to Station Island. Cost €50 includes bus; boat; meals and Lough Derg facilities. To book your seat, please contact Fr. Michael Campbell at 043-6686270.


Sympathy is extended to Kathleen Reynolds and family, Miriam, Philip, Emer, Leonie, Albert, Cathy and Andrea his grandchildren, brother Jim, sister Teresa; his sons-in-laws; daughters-in-laws relatives and many friends of the late Albert Reynolds former Taoiseach who died peacefully at his home in Dublin on 21 August. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday in the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. May he rest in peace.