Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Frank Mulligan, Solihull, Birmingham, England and formerly of Clooneen, Granard, and Ballinlough, Roscommon, died on Thursday, 1st January, brother of Johnny Mulligan, Clooneen. Martin Cadden, Middletown, Loughduff, died Friday, 2nd January. Thomas Donohoe, Mullahoran, died Sunday, 4 January, brother of Sr. Olive who lived in Abbeylara until recently. Kathleen Killarney, Ryhill, Monivea, Athenry, Co. Galway, died Friday, 9 January, sister in law of Kitty Conaty and aunt in law of Margaret Conaty, Cloncovid. May they rest in peace.

Charity event

The Charity event which was held on 28 December 2014 has raised to date €1,284. Many thanks to all who took part and contributed so generously. Fund remains open for a further two weeks. Donations will be accepted by Mary O’Connor, Carragh.

Church Without Frontiers

The 101st World Day of Migrants & Refugees takes place on Sunday, 18 January. Prayerful remembrance to all our people now living elsewhere. On this your special day, we send you our greetings and best wishes from your homes and parish.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 08/01/2015; Winning numbers: 2, 3, 5, 23. €20 winners: Mark and Helena Keogh, Rathbracken; Margo Masterson, Rincoola; Brian Smyth, Abbeylara; Fergal Battrim, Ballinrud; Ollie & Elaine McBride. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 15/01/2015. Jackpot is now €6,650.

Active Retirement

The Abbeylara/Carra Active Retirement Group are still recovering from the Christmas and New year parties and will meet on 5 February at 11.00am to look ahead at 2015.  A quick look back at 2014 ....In March we went to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre for a day out and in April we went to the A/R Trade Show in the Radisson Bleu Hotel in Galway.  We held our Annual Bealtaine Sunday afternoon on 18 May in St. Bernard’s National School, Abbeylara.  We went on Pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal on 29 May.   The high point of the year was our 5 day trip to Killarney, taking in The Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry.  In July we had our Annual trip to Knock, Co. Mayo.  We also went on Pilgrimage to Medjugorje on 6 August.  In December we had our Christmas Party in The Court Hotel, Tullamore, having joined up for the afternoon with all our other members from the Midland Region. We are now looking forward to some new outings for 2015, watch this space. 2014 was also a sad year for our members, with the passing away of three members namely, Bridie O’ Hara, Paddy Reilly and Eileen O’ Reilly, May they rest in peace. We would like to wish a speedy recovery to our sick members and the sick people in our parish.

2015 Irish Vintage Society

Streete Parish Park will host the 2015 Irish Vintage Society All-Ireland on Sunday, July 12. An all-out effort will be made to make this an outstanding event which will not only benefit the parish of Streete but also the counties of Westmeath and Longford. For further information on this event please contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656, Pat Duffy on 086 8433355, John Parker on 086 8301347 or email

Gun Club

The Club wishes to thank all who attended their Christmas draw and raffle in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 20 December. Congratulations to the following winners of the draw; 1st prize €300 JP Dorris, Bunlahy, Granard; 2nd prize €200 John Macken Jnr, Granard Filling Station, Granard; 3rd prize €100 Ms Rosaleen Donohue, Edgeworthstown; 4th prize €50 John Masterson, Toneymore, Abbeylara. A special word of thanks to all who bought and helped sell tickets for the draw, Na Fianna for their excellent music on the night, to Josie and Staff for the use of her premises and providing refreshments on the night. The club wishes to thank the following who sponsored spot prizes on the night, Josie from Crawford’s Bar, John Macken, Filling Station Granard; P.J. & Fiona Reilly, Ballinacross; Dan O Driscoll, Dublin; Donie Reilly, Donies Discount Centre, Granard; Terry Denneny, Ballinacross; Phádraig Monaghan, Abbeylara; Granard Pharmacy Centre, Granard. The club wishes all our supporters and members a very happy and prosperous new year.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing classes will resume on Thursda, 18 January in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Main Street, Arva, so get those dancing shoes on and come along and enjoy a great night of fun!

Slimming World

Slimming World continues in the Hotel Castlepollard at 5.30pm and 7.30pmevry Monday. If your thinking of losing weight for the New Year now would be a real good time as we have our streamlined extra easy plan along with a brand new supercharge plan to boost weight loss. If you require any more information please contact Jacinta on 086 1056223.

Rural Transport

County Longford/Westmeath Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of GRANARD on FRIDAY for Shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. To maintain the Local service in your area, including “link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 Single and €5 Return. – FREE TRAVEL PASS holders travel FREE. If you have any enquires please contact Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

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.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm. New members are welcome. Refreshments served on the night.


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 now stands at €18,900. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Credit Union

We now have a new facility EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) System in place so if you request cash before 3.00pm it can be transferred to your bank account and you can avail of cash the following day. Hours of business are Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets returns on this Friday morning January 16 at their premises beside the post office 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 Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Care Skills training in Co. Longford on the 20/01/2015. For more information contact the training unit on 057 93 22920.