Tai Chi with Patrick McHale continues on this Thursday 24 April at 8.15pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Next monthly meeting takes place on Thursday 1st May at 8.00pm. Members are reminded that annual fees are due at this meeting. All are requested to attend and new members are most welcome. The guild held their annual general meeting at the beginning of the month and the following officers were elected for the coming year President: Doris Looker; Vice President: Joy Burns; Secretary/PRO: Maura Sheridan; Asst Secretary /Competitions Secretary: Nancy Carr; Treasurer: Anne Columb; Asst. Treasurer: Bridie McMahon; Arts/Produce Promoter: Joy Burns; Crafts Promoter: Kate Anne Cullen. An Grianan Teachta / Timire: Anne Donohoe. The guild and members are looking forward to another enjoyable and successful year ahead.

Tidy Towns

Granard Tidy Towns are having a meeting in the Credit Union on Friday, 25 April at 8.30pm. New members will be very welcome.

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 5.00pm. All proceeds from the shop go back into community projects.

Walking Club

We are stepping out again and great to see so many familiar faces.  Meeting as usual at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7.00pm every Monday evening. Looking forward to seeing you all again and planning some new routes.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services

043-6686309 email

Virginia Gospel Choir: We are delighted and really looking forward to welcoming the Virginia Gospel Choir for a performance on Sunday 25 May at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church. They will be joined by Jackie Callaghan & other All Ireland winning musicians form the World Academy of Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick as well as our own excellent Granard Choir. This should be a wonderful evening and tickets (€10) are available at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and other outlets in Granard and surrounding areas. Contact Lucy or Jackie at 043-668630. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Resource Services, for our work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Computer/Mobile Phone - Learning Sessions

All our participants really enjoyed these sessions, and once again we extend our thanks to all concerned in Cnoc Mhuire, particularly all the students who were extremely helpful, courteous and it was wonderful to work with them. This has been an excellent intergenerational opportunity and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

Moatsiders Active Age

Many thanks to Pauline Rodgers and Patricia McCormack for joining us at our last couple of meetings and giving us an insight to the importance of mindfulness and meditation in our own lives. Due to the Easter Break our next meeting will take place on Thursday 8 May in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 2.30pm. Other important Dates for Calendar: Thursday 1st May - Moatsiders’s host their annual Alzheimer’s Tea Morning - 10.00- 1.00pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. 7th May - Wednesday Launch of Bealtaine Festival in Backstage Theatre - 2pm. 14 May - Wednesday- Bealtaine Festival One Man Performance in Backstage Theatre - 3.00pm.

Men’s Social Club

Our next meeting date is Tuesday 29 April at 12 noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. At our recent meeting we had a great afternoon with our friends in Colmcille and the Dolmen Centre for dinner and an afternoon of music and song in the Haggard in Dromard. Thanks to Michael Masterson for hosting us and all were very impressed with the work he has done in restoring the old cottage and former dancehall, it evoked many memories for everyone!

Dolmen Centre

Many congratulations to the North Longford Men’s Group on celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Other groups we support at the Dolmen Centre include (Dolmen Daycare- Dolmen Failte Active Age and for any information on the range of activities and services which take place in the Dolmen Centre, or for any of the above activities at Rath Mhuire Centre, please contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309. Transport is available for all groups.

Balmoral Show

If there is anyone interested in travelling to Balmoral Show that will take place from 14 – 16 May please contact Sean Kiernan at 087-9945909 and if there a sufficient numbers a bus may be organized.


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 €15,300.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street are open each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and First Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Contact 085-1503985 for further information.

Car Boot Sale

Sales take place every Saturday morning in Mullingar Business Park (Motor Auction Park). Gates open at 10.00am. All enquiries to 087-1208591.

Race Day

Longford GAA Annual Race Day takes place on Wednesday 30 April at Punchestown on Gold Cup Day. This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Flynn and Lynch Life Pensions Dublin Street Longford and promises to be another successful fundraiser for Longford GAA. Tickets remain at €100 this includes: Admission; Race Card; Celebrity Tipster; Four Course Meal; Hot Afternoon Refreshments and Free Betting Voucher followed entertainment with Mick Flavin and his band.

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.

Glen Brady Memorial Cycle

The 4th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday June 1st.  This is a very enjoyable and rewarding challenge, setting off from Longford at 4:30am to complete the 147km cycle and then take on the 3.5 hour climb of Croagh Patrick.  The popularity of this event has grown massively since it began in 2011 and 2014 will be bigger than ever.  So there’s plenty of time to get the training in over the coming weeks.  Details for registration will be available soon.

Spartak Granard F.C.

The season 13/14 has ended for us- thanks to all the players who stayed to the end and the supporters who came to the matches to encourage us. Now taking names for the coming season and Kevin can be contacted on 086-1077647.

Flora Ladies Mini Marathon

We would be very grateful to anyone who would consider taking part in this event which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 2 June for the centre. Sponsorship cards are now available and transport provided on the day. Phone 0436660977.