Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Tom Neilon, Toneywarden, who died on Monday, 8 June. Predeceased by his brother Eugene and is deeply regretted by his loving wife Eithne, sons Raymond, Niall, Gary and Alan, daughters Lorna and Elaine, grandchildren Nicole, Carla, Alisha, Megan, Aaron, Finn, Senan, Tom, Alison, Saoirse, Cathlinn, brothers Pat, Jim, Mick, and Bob, sisters Chris and Margie, daughters in law, sons in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace.

Cemetery Sunday

Thanks very much too all the people of all ages who came in very large numbers for Cemetery Sunday on Sunday, 7 June in Carra. A special word of thanks to the people, who mowed, strimmed, cleaned and tidied the Cemetery for this important occasion. Also sincere thanks to the people who helped prepare for and celebrate the Rosary and Holy Mass. Please try to keep the Cemetery in the good condition that it is now in.


Our prayerful good wishes to Deacon Seamus O’Rourke, Colmcille Parish who will be ordained to the Priesthood on Sunday, 21 June in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford. Seamus spent a week among us in our Parish here from Tuesday, 1 June to Monday, 7 June 2010 as part of his preparation for his Priesthood.

Parish Draw

The next Parish Draw is on Thursday, 18 June in Carra at 8.30pm after the 7.30pm Mass and Adoration. Any monies due to the draw, please hand in before then.

Active Retirement

Over 50, time to spare an hour on a Thursday morning from 11.00am in the Sports Centre.  Come along and join in the fun, we do all sorts of exercises.  You can do these movements by sitting on chairs or moving about and letting your hair down, lots of fun and craic.  Why not give it a try; we will make you feel welcome.

Day Trip

People wishing to travel with us on the 30 June day trip on the River Shannon and the Tullamore Dew Distillery  and evening meal on way home, contact Denis at 087 251 0072 as seats are filling up fast.  The seats for the Lissadell House day trip on 13 July are getting scarce; a deposit secures your seat. 


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 €20,000. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Host Families

A group of Spanish Studies are hoping to attend a summer camp in Cnoc Mhuire, Granard from 4 July to 24 July. The students (boys/girls) aged 12/13 years are currently looking for host families. For further information please contact Angela on 085 8391939 or Good rates apply.

Community Games

Well done to all the boys and girls who ran in the County Finals on Sunday. The sun was out and there were some very close races. Pride of place this week goes to Rachel Gillian Gold, Cian O’Donnell Gold, Liam Fagan Bronze, and Rose Hanlon Silver. Rachel and Cian will now go on to represent Longford in the All Ireland finals in August. 


Thanks very much to everybody who came in such large numbers to the Dance on Friday, 12 June in our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Thanks very much also to all the stewards and helpers for the event both inside and outside the Centre and all who helped in any way in preparing for the Dance and in helping out in any way before, during and after the Dance. Thanks very much to the Supporting Group, Mary O’Connor and Pat Kelly and to Derek Ryan and his Band for providing top class entertainment on the night. Thanks again to everybody for creating such a great atmosphere. It is wonderful to have a Centre capable of hosting such a large event as we had on Friday, 12 June in Abbeylara.

5K Walk/Run

The Parent’s Association of St. Patrick’s National School Killeen are hosting a 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, June 21 next, starting at McElvaney’s. Registration will take place at McElvaney’s from 11.00am to 12 noon. Cost is €10 per adult, €5 per child (U16) or €20 per family. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Volunteers Wanted

St. Christopher’s Services are looking for volunteers to join their Leisure Buddies Project. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Michelle (co-ordinator) at 086 4074988 or email


We welcome into the Christian Community, Evelyn Rose, daughter of Padraic and Madeleine Lynch, Carrickduff.

GAA Club

Lotto results, 11 June 2015; Winning numbers: 2, 3, 7, 30. €20 winners: Brian Patrick O’Reilly, Carrickkillew; Mary Galligan, Toneymore; Shane Mahon, Carra; Vera Maguire, Dalystown; Pauline Murphy, Lisryan. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 18 June 2015. Jackpot is now €7,750. Abbeylara GAA Club is holding a meeting on Thursday, 18 June in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 9.00pm.