Lenten Prayer

Lenten Prayer

Lenten Prayer and Reflection takes place every Thursday evening during Lent from 7.30pm to 8.00pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard. Everyone welcome.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place in Fay’s Bar Granard on this Friday 27 March at 9pm. All proceeds to Granard’s Easter Festival. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Slimming World

Brand new Slimming World Group commenced in Sacred Heart N.S. Granard on Thursday last 19 March and will continue each Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Tel. Liz on 087-9534254 for further details.

St. Vincent de Paul

The A.G.M. will be held on Wednesday night 25 March at 8pm in the Sacred Heart N.S. New members very welcome.

New2U Shop

The SVP shop is open at lower Main Street Granard with plenty of bargains for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Friday and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00amn to 5.00pm.


The next meeting of Granard I.C.A. guild will take place on Thursday, 9 April owing to the first Thursday of the month being Holy Thursday.

Poker Classic

St. Mary’s GAA are holding a Poker Classic in Granard Community Centre on Friday 3 April. Buy in €30/rebuys/add-ons. First Prize €1,000. For further information text 087-2121509 or call after 6pm.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society provide a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. This Friday 27 March is Daffodil Day but due to other commitments and with the kind permission of the owners collections will take place at SuperValu Granard and McBrien’s Supermarket on tomorrow Thursday 26 March. All support will be greatly appreciated. Contact Eileen on 086 3115544.


The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s are holding their annual Easter Bunny walk on Sunday, 29 March 2015. We will be leaving the Granard Health Centre at 3pm and walking to Abbeylara where there will be eggs galore and refreshments. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Resource Services

Phone – 043 – 6686309. Email

Moatsider’s Active Retirement Group - Meeting Dates: Thursday 26 March we will be travelling to the Galilee Retreat Centre in Boyle. Pick –up at Rath Mhuire Centre at 10.00am. Thanks to Fidelma and Enda from the Garda Traffic Division for attending our last meeting and giving a very informative session on road safety for all road users. We always give a warm welcome to new members, so, if you would like to join us in any of our activities or events in the coming months, please get in touch. Rath Mhuire Men’s Social Club

Meeting Dates: Tuesday 31 March meeting in Rath Mhuire Centre at 12.30pm and the members will be commencing Carpentry and Woodwork. Good company and good food will also be provided! Rath Mhuire Centre - Granard Writers - Meeting Date: Monday 30 March when we will be travelling to Crover House Hotel Mountnugent. Our aim is to promote creative writing in an enjoyable and relaxed environment and new members are always welcome.

Historical Society

Thanks to all involved in our recent John McCormack evening in Granard Library. It was a wonderful evening and many thanks to all who attended. If you are interested in joining the society contact Jackie at Rath Mhuire Centre – 043-6686309. Our next meeting will be in April, further updates in the coming bulletins.

Dolmen Centre

There are a range of activities and social events happening in the coming months, including, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, Curling, a visit to St. Mel’s Cathedral and an outing to the Backstage Theatre. New members are very welcome.

Retirement Group

The club had a visit to the newly refurbished St. Mel’s Cathedral Longford on Tuesday 24 March and really enjoyed the experience.

Pitch & Putt

Granard Pitch and Putt club held their AGM on 9 March in St. Mary’s GAA Club House. The following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairperson: Roy Burke, Vice Chairperson: Benny Fay, Secretary: Linda Higgins, Treasurer: Raymond Fay, PRO: Noel Kelly, Registrar: Richard Burke, Competition Secretary: Roy Burke, Juvenile Officer: Raymond Fay. Membership for the coming year: Adult €50. Family: €100 (2 adults and 2 Juveniles). Juveniles and Senior Citizens €25.00. Associated €30. Green Fees €5 per day. The club would like to thank most sincerely all those who assisted and helped out in the past year.

County Longford Tourism

County Longford Tourism Committee are holding their A.G.M. in Granard Library on Tuesday 14 April at 11.30am. The A.G.M is open to the public and all interested parties are invited to attend. An update on tourism in the county will be given as well as a synopsis of plans for 2015. Refreshments will be served in the library after the event.

New 2 U –SVP

The shop is now open each Monday morning from 10am to 1.00pm. in addition to Friday and Saturdays and the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Something for everyone. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally.

Adult Badminton

Takes places each Monday night from 8.00 to 10.00pm in Cannon Kelly Community Sports Hall, Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00 - Rackets and Shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact Willie on 086-8226523 for further information.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th April. A fun filled action packed weekend is in store for everyone. Historical walk on Saturday Morning at 11.00am with local guide Jimmy Donoghue starting at the Credit Union building and finishing at the Motte; a Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm sponsored by Durkin Podiatry Granard commencing at Kiernan Milling Ballinalee Road with the Finish Line on Main Street there will be €500 in prizes. At 9.30pm on Saturday night a not to be missed Novelty “Granard’s Grand National” kindly sponsored by Paul Fay Bookmakers. Easter Parade on Sunday staring from Granard Mart Car Park at 2.30pm followed by Street Entertainment for children and Live Music with Pascal Liz and Davy. Follow us on

Siopa Lus na Greine

We welcome your cast offs bric-a-brac etc. you can drop them into the shop on Main Street any Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 10am and 5.00pm or to the Centre Monday to Friday. We have a lovely range of children’s clothes now in stock all sizes, also just arrived ladies trouser suits, suitable for the office at knock down prices. Lots of men’s clothing all sizes. Pop in and have a browse at your ease. All proceeds from the shop goes directly to The Family Resource Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons for beginners continue this Saturday and every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am in Streete Parish Hall. For further details please contact Thomas on 085 7788539 after 6pm.

C.C.E. News

The Longford County Fleadh will be hosted by the Joe Callaghan Branch Edgeworthstown this year. Competition entries will be taken in The Green Edgeworthstown on this Saturday 28 March from 11.00am to 1.00pm. Membership to the John Dungan Branch is still open. Please contact branch members Helen on 087-9816012 or Kate on 086-8350148. Registration Forms are also available in the Green this Saturday. The annual church gate collection will be held on this Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Rural Transport

Longford Westmeath Community Transport Ltd. Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. For this region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are Friday services into Granard via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy / Cloughernal and in the afternoon via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. The stop and departure point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. All enquiries to transport provider John Maguire at 087-6213526.

Recent Death

The death of Tony Corcoran, Castle Park, Newtownforbes, formerly of Ballymore, Granard occurred suddenly at his residence on Thursday last. His body reposed at the family home until removal on Sunday to St. Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes for funeral Mass followed by burial in local cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Margaret, (nee Drake), sons Enda, Bob, Anthony, Paddy and Ciaran, daughters Elaine and Therese, daughter-in-law Ciara, grandchildren, his brothers Pat and Vincent, sister Mary and the extended family circle. May he rest in peace.


The following are the results of the Special Whist drive held on St. Patrick’s night in aid of the Kevin Ball Repatriation Fund: First Lady Shirley Pratt. Second Lady Rita Dagton. Third Lady Uno Dooney. First Gent Julie Lynch. Second Gent tom Nohilly. Third Gent Seamus Coyle. Half Time Lady: Olive O. Reilly. Half Time Gent Lily Garvey. The Whist drive raised €660.00 for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. Thanks to all who supported. Results from Sunday 22 March: First Lady Theresa Keoghan. Second Lady Olive O. Reilly. Third Lady Eva Kirk. First Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. Second Gent Bill Kirk. Third Gent Jimmy Cahill. Half Game Lady Gertie Kenny. Half Game Gent James Reilly. Raffle 1 Una Dooney. 2 Jimmy Cahill and 3 Anne Leonard.