On this Saturday night, March 8th, a fundraiser in aid of the Sammon family whose house was destroyed by fire recently, will be held in Creegan’s with music by Chuck and June and a raffle will be held. Your support will be appreciated.

The late Michael Tully

On Thursday morning, February 20th last, there was much sadness and regret throughout Longford and indeed further afield when the news became known that Michael Tully of Rathcor, Granard had passed to his eternal reward following a relatively short illness. A native of Soran, Ballinalee, Michael celebrated his 80th birthday on December 8th last and while he was very ill, he enjoyed a party in his honour in the family home. Michael was one of natures great gentlemen who it was always a pleasure to meet and there’s no doubt that he will be sadly missed for a long time. Michael was loving husband of Maryann, (nee Brady) and together they reared a family of eleven children, firstly from hard work on their farm and later on from Michael’s work in Burlington. In 1979 Michael started work in Burlington and for almost the next twenty years he worked every shift available and he took great pride in doing an honest days work for an honest days pay. During that time, Michael made many friends and following his retirement, many of his workmates kept in touch with him right up to his final illness. Having had the pleasure of travelling to work with Michael for most of those twenty years, I feel I got to know him very well and I have some great memories of him and I know that I have lost a great friend. When one thinks of Michael, words like decent, generous, honest, loyal, kind, welcoming and indeed faithful immediately spring to mind as he personified every one of them. Michael enjoyed life and loved meeting people and anyone that ever called to the family home in Rathcor was always met with a real warm and genuine shake hands and even before the cup of tea was made, Michael would make his way to the press and a bottle would be produced and a strong drink offered. In 2001 Michael and Maryann and the family were devastated with the death of their son, James, but this they accepted as the will of God and they continued on and remained as faithful as ever. It is fair to say that Michael was of the old school and he kept the old traditions of quoting an old saying and giving a child or youngster a money present very much alive and these lovely sentiments he has passed on to his lovely family as one could only be impressed with the warm welcome that was available during Michael’s illness. Michael’s remains reposed in the family home until Friday evening and during that time, large crowds filed past to pay their final respects and to bid farewell to a lovely gentleman. Following Mass on Saturday in St. Mary’s in Granard, Michael was laid to rest beside his beloved son, James in Granardkille cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife Maryann, his daughters, Theresa, Moira, Helena, Jacinta and Roisin, his sons John, Paddy, Michael, Philip and Paul, his sisters Rose Hagan and Annie McKenna, nephews and nieces and to the extended Tully and Brady families at this sad time. May he rest in peace.


Killeen NS will hold their enrolment for new infants for September 2014, today March 5th from 2-3pm. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Alternatively contact the school on 043-6686652 for an enrollment form or download from www.killeenschool.ie.

The late Paddy Dempsey

On Saturday morning last we were all saddened when we learned that Paddy Dempsey of Coolarty had passed to his eternal reward during the night in the General Hospital in Mullingar. Paddy was son of the late Paddy and Sarah Dempsey and he was dear father of Daniel and he had been seriously ill for the past seven weeks, but his death came as a big shock as he had made good progress and his family were planning for his home coming. Paddy celebrated his 62nd birthday on February 2nd last and he was a very popular man in Coolarty and in and around Granard and he will be sadly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him all his life. As a younger man Paddy worked as a driver with various construction contractors in Dublin and later he returned nearer home where he was involved in several group water schemes in Cavan. In more recent times Paddy was employed in Lite Pac in Granard and lastly, he worked on local schemes where he could be relied on to do a perfect job, be it in Clonbroney cemetery or keeping Abbeylara village neat and tidy. As a neighbour, Paddy was one that could be called on and relied on for help and it never was a problem even if it was in the middle of the night. Paddy didn’t have to be asked to help out as if he was aware that help was needed, he would be there immediately. While Paddy worked away from home, his heart was always on the land and he loved his animals and he took great pride in turning out top quality stock. As a sportsman, Paddy would have played some football with Ballymore in his younger days but he always supported the club financially and again he didn’t have to be asked as he would call and buy his yearly ticket. Some years ago, Paddy was a keen fisherman and enjoyed spending long days in Ballinlough with his reel and rod. Paddy was also a life long member of the local gun club and always looked forward to the pheasant season and would make sure to be out with the first light on November 1st. Paddy’s remains reposed at the family home in Coolarty from Sunday evening and large crowds attended until Monday evening when he was removed to St. Mary’s in Granard and he was laid to rest in the family plot in Granardkille following Mass on Tuesday. Paddy will be missed by us all but mostly by his loving daughter, Danielle, his sisters Tina, Marcella, Ann, Nellie, Lizzy, Sarah, Bernie, Bridie and Dorri, his brothers Willie and Ricky and his extended family. May he rest in peace.

Table quiz

Granard pitch and putt club are holding a fundraising table quiz on Friday night next March 7th at 9-30 in Fay’s pub on main street Granard. Table of four 40 euro and your support will be greatly appreciated.


Congratulations to Bernard McElvaney, Coolarty and Michelle Crudden from Thyholland, Co. Monaghan who announced their engagement on Friday last. We join with your families and many friends in wishing you the very best with your future plans. Similar sentiments are sent to Ciaran MacEoin, Rosemine and Paula Magan from Kilashee who celebrated their engagement with a party in the Stag’s Head on Saturday night last.

Death of Michael Shaughnessy

On Friday, February 21st last, there was much sadness and genuine regret when the news filtered through that Michael Shaughnessy of Graffogue, Ballinalee had passed to his eternal reward following a very brave and dignified battle with serious illness in St James’ Hospital in Dublin. Beloved husband of Kathleen and dear father of Gerard, Ronan, Raymond, Patricia and Michelle and adored granddad to Michael, Mickey, as he was known to his many friends, was one of life’s great characters who it was always a joy to meet as he had a great way with him and you would always leave his company feeling uplifted by his conversation. A farmer and cattle dealer, Mickey was known the length and breadth of the country and they came from far and near to pay respects to this much loved small gentleman with a huge big heart. Mickey’s love for his family was always very evident and while not boastful, he was very proud of their achievements and with Kathleen, he passed on many great priorities to every one of them. As a neighbour, Mickey could always be depended on for help or advice and he would never count the cost and he will be sorely missed by all. Mickey’s remains reposed in the family home from Saturday evening until Monday afternoon and during this time, thousands of people filed past and similar scenes were evident at his funeral Mass in St. Mary’s in Granard and at his burial in Granardkille new cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to Kathleen, Gerard,Raymond, Ronan, Patricia and Michelle, his son in law Gary Brady, daughter in law Ria, grandson Michael, his brothers and sisters and extended family. May he rest in peace.

Tractor run

On Sunday, March 16th next a Tractor run will leave from Creegan’s in Bunlahy and proceed to Granard, Abbylara, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee and returning to Bunlahy. Registration which will cost 20 euro, will start at 10am and continue until 11-30 am and the run will leave at mid-day. All proceeds from the run will be shared between Suicide Awareness and the Ballymore Football club and all support will be greatly appreciated. For further details contact Noel on 0851743279.

Ballymore draw

Ballymore GAA club held their monthly draw in Creegan’s on Friday night last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Granard Farmers Mart while Ned and Ann Farley, Rathbracken; Richard Sweeney, c/o W. Monaghan and Patrick Morgan, Loughill, all win one hundred euro each. Next draw in McElvaney’s at the end of March.