Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Edward Christopher Murphy (Ned), Sydney, Australia and formerly Carra who died recently. May he rest in peace.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Edward Luke, son of William Stokes and Delia Baxter, An Rath Bhéag, Abbeylara.

Cnoc Mhuire

Cnoc Mhuire will hold a collection at Masses on Saturday, 31 January and Sunday, 1 February. Please support.

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2015 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience, please, as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players include membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple; €10 non playing students and €10 OAP. Thank you. Closing date for receipt of membership is Tuesday, 31 March. Your membership support for your local Abbeylara GAA Club would be greatly appreciated.

National School

Enrolment for First Confession (Penance) and First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday, 31st January in Abbeylara Church at the 7.30pm Mass. Prayerful good wishes to the following pupils of 2nd class; Padraig Brady, James Briody, M J. Kelly and Paul Lynch, who will be enrolled for these Sacraments.

‘Done & Dusted NAN’

Our Drama Group Presents – ‘Done & Dusted NAN’ in Crover House Hotel on February 13, and 14 February 2015. Tickets are now €15 each. Available from any cast member or Mary Ledwith or Mary O’Connor. Please support.

Saint Vincent de Paul

The official opening of our new shop will take place on Saturday, January 31st. There will be lots of bargains available! The committee would like to thank everyone for your generosity and support and assure you that all donations received will go to people in need in the Granard/ Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta and Ballinalee areas.

Clonfin Commemoration

The annual Clonfin Commemoration Ceremony will take place on this Sunday, February 1st starting with Mass for deceased members in St. Mary’s Church in Granard  at 11.30am followed by the ceremony at the site in Clonfin at 3.00pm and refreshments in McElvaney’s, Coolarty afterwards. The organizing committee are looking forward to a large crowd attending and all are welcome.

Triple P Programme

The first workshop to be held as part of the Triple P Parenting Programme for parents of children aged seven and under will be held on Wednesday, January 28, between 10.00am and 12pm at Longford Library. The topic will be ‘Developing Good Bedtime Routines’. To book a place please contact Catherine on 086 4143518.

Friendly Phone Call Service

A free confidential service providing information on local activities and services is now available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. Call 043 3349678 Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

County Longford/Westmeath 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 Noel McCormack, Manager, Longford Westmeath Community Transport Limited on 047 7987905 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Enrolment for September 2015

Cnoc Mhuire would like to remind all parents of sixth class students that the last day for enrolment for September 2015 is Friday. January 30. Enrolment forms can be obtained by contacting the school on 043 6686888.

Volunteers required

Volunteers are required to assist in supporting the residents form St. Peter’s Centre, Castlepollard, who are now living in the Castlepollard and Coole Areas, to integrate into the local communities. For further information please contact Lisa on 086 0235475, or Kathleen on 044 9661079.


We want to start Storytelling at Granard Community Library soon. We are looking for volunteers to come in on a Saturday morning for an hour once a month to do some reading to the children. Please contact the Library at 043 6686164 or

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.


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 €19,100. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union is pleased to announce a new Car Loan Rate of 7.5%. Please check with our office for more details on our offer of free road tax on every 2015 car purchased with a loan from Granard Credit union Ltd. Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

‘Check it Fits’ Service

The ‘Check it Fits’ Service is a full time, nationwide, free expert service which aims to put patents, grandparents and guardians mind at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car. The service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free and it will arrive in Longford where our experts will advise you on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. We will be visiting the following location in Longford – Supervalu, Main Street, Edgeworthstown 5 February at 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Cycle and Climb

The 5th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb will take place on Sunday, May 31st. This unique event is challenging and most rewarding, with 147km cycle and a 3-3.5 hour climb on Croagh Patrick. So there is plenty of time to train and we will look forward to another very successful day on May 31st. Details on Registration will be available in the coming weeks.

Yoga & Mindfulness for Exam Students

As the studies increase and the exams approach Lus na Greine are hoping to offer a number of specific yoga and Mindfulness classes for young people. If you feel you would benefit from these please call into the centre or telephone 043 6660977.

First Aid Classes

Longford Women’s Link is now taking registration for First Aid Refresher class on Saturday January 31st and Occupational First Aid starting February 2nd. Students may qualify for funding for the above courses. For further information please contact Longford Women’s Link on 043 3341511.

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


The Carers Association will have QQI Level 5 Care Skills training in Longford on Tuesday, 10 February 2015.  One day each week over five weeks.  Contact the training unit on 057 93 70221 for more info.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 22/01/2015; Winning numbers: 1, 3, 14, 19. €20 winners: Marie Scanlon, Carra; Gillian Reilly, Carra; John & Noreen Fay, Carra; Peadar McKiernan, Abbeylara; Mary & Michael Ledwith, Ballinrud: Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 29/01/2015. Jackpot is now €6,750.

Parish Draw

The next Parish Draw will be held on Friday 30 January in Abbeylara after the 7.30 pm Mass. You are welcome to attend this draw. Any monies due to the draw please hand in before then.

Charity Event

Charity Event held on 28 December 2014 has now closed. Amount raised €1,440. Many thanks for your generosity. Longford Hospice received €1,190. Irish Cancer Society received €250.

Community Games

The AGM of the Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta Community Games will take place this Friday night in the Handball Alley at 9.00pm sharp. Last year was a great year for the Community Games with alot of medals and cups coming back. We would like to build on this and it can’t be done without the help from the parents. See you all on Friday!