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Granard on Facebook

Two new social media pages have been set up to promote the town of Granard. The new ‘Granard Business Community’ Facebook page will promote local businesses, who are invited to post news of products, offers, and services on the page Elsewhere the new ‘Granard Community’ Facebook page will highlight all news and events in Granard town and all local Community Groups and residents are invited to post news on the page.

Rural Transport

We would like to wish Seamus Lee the co-ordinator of the former Co. Longford Rural Transport a very happy and healthy retirement and thank him for his untiring work over the past 12 years in making the project the great success it became. The project started up as a Pilot Scheme based in Granard and known as the North Longford Rural Transport Project where Seamus was the very popular and untiring co-ordinator and gave it is all. In latter years the project spread to south and mid Longford and became known as the Co. Longford Rural Transport. The new co-ordinator Mr. Noel McCormack is based in Moate. Yet again Longford has lost out on another service to be based in Westmeath. The new rural transport company is known as Longford Westmeath Community Transport Ltd. and will continue to provide the same services as before. Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport service in the Granard area should contact the local provider John Maguire on 087-6213526 or 0436686180 for further information.

Country Markets

Granard country markets returns on this Friday morning, 16 January at their premises beside the Post Office, Main Street, Granard from 8-30am to 11-00am. All the usual home baking crafts and fire wood will be available and the folks at the market are looking forward to seeing all their friends again.


The guild held their monthly meeting of 2015 on Thursday, 8 January in the Credit Union meeting room. The competition for the Steegan Cup was held and the winner was Joy Burns with a very topical Limerick: A bored young lady from Coolarty; was joining Lucinda’s new party; but she’d so many things in her head; that she joined I.C.A. instead; So now she’s all crafty and arty. The competition was kindly judged by John Fay, retired N.T. of Abbeylara N.S. The standard was extremely high and John had a very difficult task on hand. Supper was served by Bridie and Kathleen, followed by A Bring and Buy Sale that raised in excess of €100 for funds. Next meeting will be held on Thursday, 5 February.

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre

Phone – 043 – 6686309. Email

All our groups (Moatsiders Active Retirement, Rath Mhuire Men’s Social Club, Local Historical Society, Granard Writers, Dolmen Failte Club, Dolmen Day Care Services, North Longford Men’s Group), and activities will be resuming in the next couple of weeks and as we begin our journey in 2015 we would like to send our best wishes to all for a good year.

Historical Society

The local Historical Society will have the first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, 15 January at 7.30pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and we would like to remind people re bringing their old photographs. For any information on Rath Mhuire – contact Jackie @ 043-6686309.

Bunlahy’s Operation Transformation

Bunlahy Area Action Group host Operation Transformation, starting Sunday 25th of January at 12.30pm in Creegan’s Bar Bunlahy. We invite everyone to come along get fit and loose a few pounds. For further information and to book your place, please text/call David on 087-7970464 or Mary on 087-9964366. So forget about ‘no pain no gain’, our motto is ‘fun on the run’.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary meetings are now held in the Community Centre each Thursday night at 8.30pm. This is a special time of prayer to Our Lady and if you would like to join the Legion of Mary you are welcome to come to any of the meetings.

Prayer meeting

Held every Monday night in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” the St. Vincent De Paul Shop is open each Friday from 10am to 5.00pm and Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm. The shop also opens on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.


Whist resumes after the Christmas break in the Community Centre on this Sunday night, 19 January at 8.30pm. Your support will be appreciated as all monies raised go towards the upkeep of the Community Centre.

Abbeylara GFC

Congratulations to Mrs Mary O’Connor, Carragh who became the first lady chairperson of Abbeylara GFC at the Club’s AGM held on Saturday, 10 January. We wish Mary every success in her role.

Enterprise Centre

The public meeting due to take place on Monday last was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Martin Cadden, Middletown, Loughduff who died tragically in New Zealand.

Siopa Lus na Greine

We want your cast offs, bric-a-brac and unwanted Christmas Gifts, drop them into the Centre any day of the week or into An Siopa any Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 10.00am and 5.00pm  New surprises arriving weekly, come in and have a browse. All proceeds go directly and totally to The Centre for projects in the area.

Recent Deaths

The death of Frank Mulligan, Solihill, Birmingham and formerly of Clooneen, Granard occurred on 1st January. Burial took place in Birmingham on Tuesday, 13 January. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary (Dunleavy), a native of Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon, brother Johnny, Clooneen and all the members of the Mulligan family. Sympathy is extended to Sr. Olive Donohoe, Convent of Mercy, Longford and formerly of Convent of Mercy, Granard on the death of her brother, Thomas Donohoe, Mullahoran who died on Sunday, 4 January. May he rest in peace. The tragic death of Martin Cadden, Middletown, Lougduff following a car accident occurred in New Zealand on Friday, 2 January. His body returned to the family home on Sunday, 11 January. Removal took place from his late residence to St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday followed by burial in Loughduff cemetery. May his gentle young soul rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his parents, Michael and Ann, (nee Farley Rathcor). His sisters Mary and Roisin, his grandmothers and extended family circle.

St. Mary’s Glotto

Glotto draw held in clubhouse on 6 January 2015. Numbers drawn were - 9, 13, 19 and 23, there was no outright winner. Congratulations to the four €25 winners - Michael Gettings, Ardaguillion; Liam Tully, Cartron; Anna Kiernan, Ardagullion and Brendan O’Reilly, Kilcogy, next jackpot draw will be worth €9,400. Thanks to everyone who continues to support this important fundraiser for our club.

Minor Club

Registration/membership will take place on Saturday, 17 January between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at St. Mary’s Clubhouse. It is very important that all players are registered for the coming year. Also on that evening the various Player of the Year awards will be presented.