Carra Cemetery Sunday

Carra Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday takes place on Sunday 1st June. Please clean and tidy this Cemetery before then.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Friday 2nd May. €300 – P. J. & Mona Donoghue, Carra; €200 – Mary Margaret Mulvey, Ballinacross; €100 – Margaret Galligan, Derragh; €100 – Thomas Galligan, Derragh; €50 – John & Noreen Fay, Carra; €50 – Jerry Devine, Abbeylara. Please if possible, pay your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector. Many thanks to those people who have paid their renewal fee. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw, which is of great benefit to our parish finances. Thanks also to our collectors. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish as this is very necessary for banking regulations.

Tidy Towns

An important meeting will take place on Thursday, 15 May in the Handball Sports Complex at 8.30 p.m. A full attendance please is necessary at this meeting. With only three weeks before judging begins, the tidy towns committee ask you all to make this special effort to keep our village tidy and looking its best. We would like to see all the residents of Abbeylara mowing their lawns and keeping their premises and gates all looking their best.

Table Quiz

Abbeylara G.F.C is holding a table quiz in the Duke Bar, Dublin on Thursday, 15 May at 8.30pm. A table of 4 costs €40. Your support would be very much appreciated.

“The Irish Workhouse, Past and Present”

This first national conference will be held in Portumna, Co. Galway on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May. 163 workhouses operated in Ireland from the 1840’s to 1920’s. The workhouse or poorhouse has been described as “the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland. Every area had a workhouse. For further info: Tel; 090-9759200.

Dancing Lessons

The above take place on Tuesdays in Lus Na Greine from 8p.m. to 10 p.m. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot and quickstep. Cost €10.


Thanks very much too all the people who have returned their Trócaire contributions which to date has realised €2,443. Those yet to do so are kindly requested to return their Trócaire money as soon as possible please.

GAA meeting

A meeting will be held on Thursday, 15 May in the Handball Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30p.m. All officers and committee members are requested to attend please. We would like to thank all who supported our recent Cake Sale. To all who baked cakes, tarts etc. and those who purchased all on offer. Also thanks to those who gave donations. Your support is greatly appreciated.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 01/05/2014; Winning numbers: 1, 3, 17, 20. €20 winners: Sabrina Coyle, Ballinagh; Dan Mel Reilly, Mullahoran; Conal O’Reilly, Creevy; Gerry Tully, Carrickduff; Stephanie Scanlon, Carrickduff. Lotto Results: 08/05/2014; Winning numbers: 10, 15, 16, 25. €20 winners: Shane & Ann McGovern, Granard; Owen Roe O’Reilly, Mullahoran; Kevin & Teresa Murphy, Carra; Conor Murphy, Carra: Hannah Reilly, Carra: Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 15/05/2014. Jackpot is now €5,100. IT COULD BE YOU.

Happy Hearts Appeal

The above takes place tomorrow Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May at Super Valu, Granard. Volunteers are wanted to do one hour on one of these days. Contact Denis Fahey for details 087 251 0072l.

Family Field Day

This year’s Abbeylara annual Field Day will be held on 8 June. Meetings take place every Thursday night at 10.00pm. in Sports Centre. Why not come along, we need your help to make this day a success. If everything goes according to plan we should have another successful day. A special thanks to all who came to our table quiz, it was very entertaining and the winning team was the Kieran Drake 4. Thanks to Tom Joe for PA System, Josie Crawford for the use of her Lounge.  Also to Terry Drake Quizmaster and Denis Fahey who put the questions together, also to the Clubs who sponsored tables on the night. Thanks ladies, the refreshments were lovely, thanks to the people who sponsored prizes for the raffle, well done everybody.

Bealtaine Festival

Abbeylara Active Retirement is hosting a tea/dance afternoon in St. Bernard’s National School on Sunday 18 May at 3p.m.  

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.


Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is holding a Benefit night in the Crossroads Inn, Lisryan on Saturday, 17 May. Music on the night is by Noel Briody. There will be a Raffle on the night for valuable prizes. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Memorial Cycle and Climb

The 4th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday June 1st. So there’s plenty of time to get the training in over the coming weeks. Register now at, Registration closes on Saturday 24 May.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the following pupils of Abbeylara National School who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 10 May last, Philip Curran, Leah Farrell, Ciara Kelly, Ava McCormack, Ciara McCormack, James Mulligan, Larah Mulligan & Ella O’Reilly. First Holy Communion takes place this Saturday, 17 May in Carra Church at 12 noon for the pupils of Aughnagarron N. S. to whom we wish every blessing.


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 is now €15,600. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Virginia Gospel Choir

The Virginia Gospel Choir will perform a Concert on Sunday, 25 May at 6.00pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. All proceeds are guaranteed to go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services for their work in the local community with older people at Rath Mhuire Centre and Dolmen Centre. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Launch of CD

Granard Writers will be launching their CD, a collection of nonfiction, prose, and poetry from the longest established writer’s group in Longford on Thursday 29 May in Granard Library. Noel Monahan will launch the CD and all are welcome. A time is yet to be confirmed.

Family Fun Day

The annual Festival at Dring organised by the local group of the Mentally Handicapped Association takes place on Sunday 1 June.  This is the 40th year of the event so there will be special celebrations with an exciting line up.  All proceeds to St. Christopher’s Services Battery Road Longford.

Pitch and Putt Club

In association with the PPIUI Granard pitch and putt club are holding an information week from the 19 May to the 24 May. For more information please contact Benny Fay on 087 7504522 or Raymond Fay on 087 7747848. You can also follow us on Facebook granardpitchandputt.

Community games

The Longford Community Games Swimming Final was held in Longford swimming pool on Monday 5 May with 95 swimmers from all over the county taking part. Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta achieved great success at this event with two swimmers; Ciaran Scanlon and Aisling Scanlon winning gold in their respective events, U-12 breast stroke and U-10 backstroke and will now represent Longford in the National Finals in August.  Medals were also won by Siobhan Leonard, (silver, in U-12 breast stroke), Conor Leonard, (bronze in U-12 freestyle) and Tomas Scanlon (bronze in U-8 freestyle). Well done also to Aoife Leonard, who narrowly missed out on a medal. A great evening of swimming was also held on Sunday 11 May last in Longford Swimming Pool with the County Community Games Finals being held. Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta Community Games had a total of 6 swimmers in it. Thomas Scanlon going in the U-8 freestyle and finishing in a great finish to claim 3rd spot. This was his 1st competition and he is the one to watch. Next was his sister Aisling in the U-10 freestyle. Aisling won an All Ireland Gold last year at U-8 level, so it was a big step up for her, but she dug deep and pulled off a great win and collected her gold medal. Next up was Connor Leonard in the U-12 freestyle were he finished a very close second in the heats putting him through to the final were he came 3rd. Aoife Leonard was next up in the U-12 backstroke. Again, it was heats were she was piped at the finish line for 1st place but 2nd place seen her through to the final were she was very unlucky to be piped at the finish line again and finished in 4th place. Hot on Aoife heels was Ciaran Scanlon who put in a good swim in his U-12 breaststroke heat to finish 1st and a very strong swim in the final saw Ciaran take gold with a lot to spare. Our final swimmer was Siobhan Leonard in the U-12 breaststroke in a very close race, Siobhan finished strong to finish in 2nd place. Well done to all the boys and girls in their swimming, you done great. Ciaran and Aisling will now represent Longford in the national finals later in the year.

Official Opening of Library

Minister Phil Hogan officially opened the Granard Market House Community Library on Thursday, 8 May last. The refurbishment work, which has been carried out by a team involving Sean Harrington Architects and Frank McKiernan Building Contractors, is the fruit of a project that began with a feasibility study back in 2007. A range of local representatives, local, EU and by-election candidates, council officials and members of the community attended the ceremony. The library will offer access to a collection of fiction and factual books for adults and children of all ages, E-books, talking books, CDs and DVD’s. While books continue to be at the heart of services offered at Granard Library, clients can also avail of free Internet access (including WIFI), photocopying, printing facilities, local history and archives, evening classes, book club, creative writing group, exhibitions, readings, lectures, performances etc. The opening hours for the Library are Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 7.00pm, Thursday 1.30pm to 8.00pm, Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 1.30pm to 5.00pm and on Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm. The Library is closed on Mondays.