Solemn Novena

Solemn Novena

The annual Novena to our Blessed Lady continues each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard until Wednesday 17 December. This is a time of reflection petition praise and thanksgiving. Everyone welcome to take part.

Table Quiz

Granard Area Action Group Ltd. are holding their annual Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar on Friday, 21 November at 9pm. This is well established event and always an enjoyable night. Granard Area Action Group are sponsors of the local Community Employment Project that takes in the parishes of Abbeylara Granard and Mullinalaghta and this yearly fundraiser helps to defray costs of sponsoring the project. As this is the only public fundraiser held during the year the group greatly appreciate the support of all local community groups and sub-sponsors.

Christmas Market

Would you like to display or sell your Christmas Wares this festive Season?  If so then come along to the Granard Christmas Market which takes place on Main Street on Sunday, 7 December from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Exhibitors are required to set up their own stall with Outdoor Canopy and Own Insurance Cover.  There will be a Unique Live Crib, the Christmas lights will be switched on and Santa will also arrive on the day.  This promises to be a great festive family day out in the town so why not come along and enjoy the fun!

Draw results

The following were the winners in the recent draw in aid of the Christmas lights: 1. €500 Saoirse Reynolds, Bunlahy. 2. €300 Michelle Ledwith, Abbeylara. 3. Gerard Smith, Higginstown, Granard. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw.


Granard I.C.A. Guild will host the Federation meeting and Cookery Cup competition on 20 November in the Community Centre, Granard. At our recent monthly meeting all arrangements were finalised and we look forward to a successful gathering of all the guilds from throughout the county. Irish T.V. are attending to do a feature on I.CA. in Co. Longford.

Art Appreciation

The art appreciation lectures drew to a close on Saturday last with a visit to the National Art Gallery and Dublin Castle to visit the Granard Bequest where the group had a guided tour of the castle. Thanks to Mary Carlton Reynolds who co-ordinated the visit and to Mr. Ciaran MacGonagle for the tour of the most renowned paintings at the National Art Gallery. Thanks to LWETB who funded the lectures at Granard Branch Library over the past number of months. The course was enjoyed and appreciated by all who took part.

Granard Writers

Our meeting took place on Monday, 17 November in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and the group finalized arrangements for our Christmas project due to take place on 4 December at Granard Community Library. New members are always made very welcome.

Moatsiders Active Age Group

Our next get together is on this Thursday, 20 November and we will be travelling to Crover House Hotel for our Christmas outing. We will be meeting at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at . At our last meeting we held our annual Mass for deceased members and many thanks to Fr. Cadam for joining us.

Dolmen Centre

The Dolmen Centre is very busy with all its groups (Dolmen Failte Active Age Group – Dolmen Day Care Services – North Longford Men’s Group). If you or a family member would like to participate in any of the activities at the Dolmen Centre or Rath Mhuire Centre contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309. Transport is available for anyone wishing to attend any of the activities at either centre.

Garden Club

The group will meet in Lus na Greine on Monday night next, 24 November at 8.00pm and all members are reminded to attend and new members welcome.


Bingo continues each Wednesday evening at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Jackpot this week is € 18,200.00. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s G.A.A. and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street Granard opening hours as follows: First Tuesday of each month 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fridays: 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Siopa Lus na Greine

A large selection of winter coats, jackets now in stock, also lovely boots. Come in and browse at your ease in our newly refurbished Siopa. Lots of beautiful men’s suits and shirts, children’s clothes for all ages, also toys books and a treasure trove of bric-a-brac. Please drop in your cast offs to An Siopa or the centre, everything welcome. If you can not get in we can arrange to collect from you, simply phone the centre and we will do the rest. Our opening hours at the Siopa are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

All monies earned in An Siopa go directly and totally to projects in the Community.


The following are the results from Sunday, 16 November at the Community Centre, Granard. First Gent Seamus Keoghan. Second Gent Gerry Leavy. Third Gent Martin Clyne. First Lady Mary Cahill. Second Lady Una Dooney. Third Lady Olive O.Reilly. Half Game Lady Anne Byrne. Half Game Gent Jimmy Cahill. Raffle: 1. Brid Cauldwell. 2 Molly Brady and 3. Edward Brady.