Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Madge Cusack, nee Cullion, Kinkillew, Abbeylara, who died recently in Birmingham, England; Roseanne Hanlon, Cloncoose, Longford, who died on Monday, 22 September, Mother in law of Sgt. Mattie Reilly, Granard. Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Fr. Samuel Holmes, recently retired Parish Priest of Cloone and Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, former CC of Granard, who died on 22 September. A native of Drumnahoagh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He is deeply regretted by his brothers Patrick and Hugh, sisters Kathleen (Coll), Bridget (Harvey) and Monica (Gorman), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, cousins, friends and Bishop Francis Duffy and priests of the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise. Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Patrick Smith, Church View, Granard, Co. Longford who died on 24 September. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Marie, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends; your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Dr. Tom Donohoe, Castleknock, Dublin and formerly Granard, Co. Longford who died on 25 September. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Nell, sons Niall and Brian; daughters, Orla, Mella and Una, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, his devoted carer Adi and friends. May they rest in peace.

AED/Debrillator & CPR Training

Due to the sad passing of Dr. Tom Donohoe, Father of Director of Abbeylara Defibrillator Committee, training was cancelled on Saturday, 27 September to be re-arranged at later date. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

First Friday

Friday, 3 October is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday confessions will take place in Abbeylara Church at 7pm followed by First Friday mass at 7.30pm.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services Ltd

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 October. Please support.

Day for Life

The above is celebrated on Sunday, 5 October with a 9 day National Novena for Life 2014/2015. These Prayer cards will be available at Masses this weekend Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October.

Tidy Towns

As regards Waste Management, it has come to the committees attention waste disposal is not been correctly managed within the village. Can all other committees within the Community seek appropriate means of disposing their waste as tidy towns disposal is for road collection only. Keeping our village clean and tidy is a communal effort so please dispose of your waste appropriately.

Charity night

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s is holding a charity evening with The Merchant Archers at Creegan’s, Bunlahy, on Saturday 4 October 2014. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Admission is €10. Tickets are available from Committee members, or on the door. Please support us and have a great night.


Congratulations to Aisling Cunningham, Cloughernal, Killian Gallagher, Dalystown and Ellen Kiernan, Molloy, Carra on receiving their St. Pope John Paul awards at the inaugural awards ceremony on Monday, 22 September in the Temperance Hall, Longford. These awards are given to students / young people for their community work in their Parish and School. Well done Ellen, Killian & Aisling.

The Draft Register of Electors

The Draft Register of Electors 2015/2016 is now being prepared. If you live in County Longford and wish to vote you should check that you are registered correctly to vote. If you have any family member resident in County Longford who will be 18 years or over by the 15 February 2015 they may also be registered to vote. You can check by logging onto or by contacting Longford County Council at if you have any queries to the Register of Electors.

Anti Bullying

Are you or anyone close to you experiencing bullying at school, in the workplace or any other environment? If so please come to our NABC (National Anti Bullying Coalition) self-help Open Evening in The Family Centre, Longford (behind the Cathedral) on Thursday 2 October at 8.00pm. Further information from Mary Lillis on 087 9625890 or visit

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Community Diary

A 2015 Diary is now available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

All Ireland Tickets

The following were winners of All Ireland Hurling replay tickets in the draw held on Wednesday, 24 September in Crawford’s; Carmel Crossan, c/o Farrell’s Shop and Fr. Michael Campbell, Carra, Abbeylara.

GAA Club Members draw

Winners were Imelda Gilligan, Ballywillian and Loretta Lynch, Toneymore.

GAA Club Lotto

Results: 25/09/2014; Winning numbers: 11, 22, 23, 29. €20 winners: Marie Nicholson, Abbeylara; Brian Heaney, Abbeylara; Etta Fitgibbon, Carra; Paul Donohoe, Springtown; McBrien family, Toneymore: Next draw takes place in The Mill on 02/10/2014. Jackpot is now €5,950.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centr, Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €17,500. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Gallant 15K

The Gallant 15K Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice, Cavan takes place on Saturday, 25 October 2014. Sponsorship cards are available from St. Christopher’s Hospice 049 4332999, Ciaran Weir 086 0753309 or William Hughes on 086 3584700.

Slimming World

Slimming World continues every Monday evening in the Hotel Castlepollard at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Great weight loss recorded each week in a fun and welcoming environment. For further details please contact Jacinta on 086 1056223.

County Longford Rural Transport

County Longford 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 Seamus at 043-3345555 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Dancing Classes

Sean Nos Dancing Classes take place every Thursday in Streete Sports Complex at 6pm for children and 7pm for adults.  Teacher is Edwina Guckian who is renowned for her Sean Nos Dancing.  So come and join the fun.  Any queries contact 086 1649989.