Granard notes



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Tidy Towns

Granard Tidy Towns in conjunction with Longford County Council will provide Grant Aid for those wishing to paint their premises in Granard Town Centre. Interested parties please apply in writing to the Secretary Granard Tidy Towns C/o Granard Post Office by Friday, July 4.


You are all invited to come along to the ICA Craft Fair & Floral Display on this Saturday 5 July in the Temperance Hall Longford from 10am to 5pm. A variety of crafts will be on display with the experts there prepared to share their knowledge with you. There will also be many demonstrations throughout the day. You can relax with a cuppa in the Cafe in the civic Suite with all home made culinary delights and soak up the fabulous flower arrangements prepared by our flower enthusiasts. A fun day is expected and we hope everyone will enjoy it.

Tractor Run

A tractor run in aid of Diabetes Ireland will be held in Granard on Sunday, July 6 departing Granard Sports Complex at 4pm please note change of start time. All tractors and drivers welcome. For further information contact 086-6057802.

Granard Library

A reminder to all primary schools regarding Primary Schools Competition for Granard Agricultural Show to take place on July 19. Entry form only to come back please not the entries themselves. Any enquires please contact Rosemary on 043 66 86164 or email

Granard 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. Library Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm.

Community Games

Congratulations to all young people from Granard Parish who participated in the Community Games County Athletics Finals on Saturday and Sunday last in Ballymahon. There were strong competitions across all categories and great festive air in the grounds of Leo Casey Park. We come away with: 2 gold – David Ayorinde, (60m, U-8) and Velin Kolev (Long jump, U-14); 2 bronze – Aaron Brady (Javelin U-14) and Chantelle Sullivan (Long jump U-14). Children competed with such enthusiasm and our thanks also to the parents, who came along and cheer the competitors. Well done to everyone who participated – regardless of medal colours or placing, you were great representatives of Granard and we hope you all enjoyed the experience and fun of Athletics Finals. Many thanks to all sponsors. We greatly appreciate your support. Best of luck at the national finals in Athlone.

St Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services are most grateful to everyone who supported their Annual Sponsored Walk on Palm Sunday €2,340 and for the Annual Church Gate Collections at Granard mass €751.77.

St Mary’s GFC

The Club would like to thank everyone who made our recent auction the success that it was. People were extremely generous contributors and also very willing participants at the Auction both from the local and surrounding areas. It was real community spirit in operation. Events like this provide much needed funds for clubs, so one again thanks to all.


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 in excess of €16,000.

New 2 U

The SVP Shop situated at Market Street Granard is open each Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm. The shop is also open on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 5pm. Bargains galore with something for everyone.

Street Parish Park

The annual Vintage Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13 at Kilmore, Streete. The Philip Moran Memorial Tractor run takes place on Saturday, July 12 at 4pm. Vintage Show on Sunday, July 13. A large display of vintage cars; tractors; motor cycles; stationery engines; horse drawn equipment and much more. Special prizes for oldest car and tractor with tax book. No post 1989 vehicles accepted. State of the art venue with catering facilities in Sports Complex and community centre. For further information contact Brian Nerney at 086 8433355 or email

Cavan Women’s Network

Cavan Women’s Network Summer School ‘Fair Deal for Women’ Wednesday, July 16 from 9.30am – 5.30pm and Thursday, July 17 9.30am - 2pm. Join us in Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre and register at or call Veronica 083 4351742 or Marion 046 92 45580 for further details.

Rural Transport

Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport buses please contact Seamus Lee at the transport office at LCRL on 043 33 45555 or local provider John Maguire at 043 66 86180 / 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!


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland will have a Pop-Up Information Stand in Drumlish Library on Monday, July 7 from 10.30am – 12.30pm. All are welcome. For further information call 044 93 38773.

Happy Hearts 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.

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.


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme: If interested please contact the Adult Education Office, Longford Westmeath Education Training Board Battery road Longford. Phone 043 33 45474 as soon as possible.


Well done to Edward and Rose Molloy who were interviewed by Brendan O’Carroll on Saturday morning on RTE1 radio and were successful in gaining a promise of funding from the famous comedian for their latest venture. We wish Edward and Rose every success with their project.

Recent Deaths

Sympathy is extended to the parents family and friends of the late Nathan Flynn Reilly Lisbrack Downs Longford and formerly of Tromra Road Granard who died on June 22. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s church, Granard on Wednesday, June 25 followed by burial in Granardkille Old Cemetery. May his young and gentle soul be at peace and rest.

The death of Teresa (Tess) Curran Tallon formerly of Granard occurred at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford on June 24. Removal took place to St Mary’s Church, Granard on Wednesday and funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday followed by burial in Granardkille Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her family Padraig Rebecca and Brenda grandchildren great grand children and all the family circle.

The death of Michael Reilly, Carragh, Granard occurred at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford on Wednesday, June 25. His body reposed at the family home until removal to St Mary’s Church, Carragh on Friday for funeral Mass followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Carmel daughters Helen, Cathy, Rosie, Christine and Gillian, his sister Maggie, brother John, son in law, nieces, nephews, brothers in law, sister in laws and extended family.