Area Action Group Ltd.

Area Action Group Ltd.

The annual general meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday, 6 May at 8pm in the O’Carolan Room at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre, Barrack Street, Granard. The group are sponsors of the local Community Employment Project employing 35 people in the areas of Abbeylara, Bunlahy, Granard and Mullinalaghta as well as assisting various other projects like Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and Dolmen Centre Colmcille, Lus na Greine FRC and ALC Granard.


The guild hold their monthly meeting on Thursday next, 7 May at 8pm in the Seminar Room of Granard Credit Union. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be very welcome.

Tidy Towns

Held their AGM on Friday, 24 April. Despite a very poor turnout, we formed a committee. Our next meeting will be held this Wednesday, 29 April at 9pm in the Credit Union Office. We are urgently looking for volunteers to help improve our town. If you think you could give an hour a week or even once a month please come to this meeting or contact any of the committee or ring or text 0877662463.

Junk Kouture

Congratulations to the students from Cnoc Mhuire Granard who received an award at the finals of Junk Kouture on Friday night last in the 3 Arena in Dublin. Their entry modelled by Emma Burns won the Bank of Ireland enterprise award. Their entry was entitled Pretty Poll Topper using old election posters. Well done to everyone involved in the project.

Darkness into Light

The annual Darkness into Light 5km run/walk in aid of Pieta House – suicide and self harm crisis centre takes place on 9 May in Longford at 5.15 am at the Mall Complex. Pre registration for the walk will take place on 2 May in SuperValu Longford. At the Mall Complex on 5/6 and 7 May from 4.30 to 7.00pm on 8 May again at the Mall from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Registration can also be completed online or on the night/morning of the walk. This is the 8th year of the event which is kindly sponsored by Electric Ireland. There are 80 registered venues across Ireland.


Commiserations to Longford senior footballers who had an embarrassing day at Headquarters on Saturday defeated by Offaly on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-12. It’s back to the drawing board again for Jack Sheedy and his mentors for the first round of the Championship in Tullamore against Offaly in 3 weeks time.

Special Olympics

A huge thank you to the people of Granard for their generosity in donating to Special Olympics on Friday 24 April National Fundraising Day. Also to all who volunteered  to collect on the day.

Novel fundraiser

Northern Gaels, the underage footballers of Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta are holding a novel fundraising event on Sunday, 31 May at 5pm. A “Duck Race” will take place on the Inny River at Derragh. Further details later.

Moatsider’s Active Retirement Group

We have a busy schedule for May with the Bealtaine Festival, starting on 7th May in conjunction with Granard Community Library. Together with 6th class Sacred Heart Primary School we will be sharing the ‘The Poems We Loved at School’. The morning will be facilitated by Eamonn Brennan at 11.30pm. in Granard Community Library. We always give a warm welcome to new members, so, if you would like to join us in any of our activities or events in the coming months, please get in touch.

Men’s Social Club

Meeting Dates: May 12th and 26th – at 12.30pm – in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. The club provides a great space for lots of activities, trips as well as good company and good food. Currently, the group are involved in Woodwork and Basket Making.


The group had their meeting on Monday, 27th April at 3pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. Our aim is to promote creative writing in an enjoyable and relaxed environment and new members are always welcome.

Historical Society

Meeting Date: Thursday – 21st May at 7.30pm – Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. Many thanks to Mairead Ni Chongaile, Heritage Office, who gave us a most interesting talk on the Stained Glass Windows in St. Mary’s Church, at our last meeting. The Society is delighted to welcome members and if you are interested, contact Jackie @ 043 6686309. Annual Membership - €20.

Dolmen Centre

Dolmen Failte Active Retirement Group - Meeting Dates: Tuesday May 5th & May 19th - 2.00 – 4.00pm – Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe. Dolmen Daycare Services - Meeting Dates: This Wednesday April 29th – Wednesday May 13th & 27th - 12.00 – 3.00pm – Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe. North Longford Men’s Group - Meeting Dates: Friday – May 1st, 8th, 15th , 22nd and 29th. 12.00 – 3.00pm – Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe. For information on any of the above groups or activities at – contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309. Transport is available.

Bealtaine Festival

The annual Bealtaine Festival commences on this Friday, 1st May with an Afternoon Tea Dance in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown from 2.00 to 5.00pm. There is a full line up of activities for the month of May. For further information please contact Longford Bealtaine Co-ordinator Fiona Cooney or Mary Carlton Reynolds Longford County Librarian on 043-3341124 for a full list of activities.

Community Library

In conjunction with Bealtaine Festival a number of events are taking place in Granard Community Library to celebrate creativity for older people during the month of May. The theme for 2015 is “What land and country is this?” The first event in the Library is on Thursday 7 May when the 6th Class from Sacred Heart Primary School Granard and Granard Moatsider’s Group share their favourite poems from schooldays. This event is facilitated by Eamon Brennan. Details of further events next week.

5k Fun Run /Walk/Cycle

Abbeylara Drama group are holding a 5K Walk/Fun Run/ Cycle in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund on Monday 4 May at 2.00pm. Registration from 12.30pm in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara. Entry fee €10 per person or €20 per family. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Members of the “Done and Dusted” cast will lead the walk in full costume. Entertainment in Crawford’s afterwards.

Agricultural Show

The committee are hosting a major fundraising night at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday 15 May next. First Race starting at 8p.m. Tickets are priced at €10.00 and will be available from any Committee Member and also at various locations around the town.

Stars in our Eyes

A date for your diary: Saturday 6 June in the Longford Arms Hotel commencing at 8.30pm St. Mary’s G.A.A. are hosting a Stars in our Eyes evening. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.

Adult Badminton

Takes places each Monday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in Cannon Kelly Community Sports Hall Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00 - Rackets and Shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact William on 086-8226523 for further information.

Siopa Lus na Greine

All your cast offs welcome; your bric-a-brac, if you are throwing it out, throw it our way, Siopa open Thursday, Friday, Saturday , 10am - 5pm. or drop into the centre Monday to Friday. Outsize rail, brand new clothes in stock, all sizes, office suits, children’s clothes, shoes, books, you name it, we stock it, come in and browse.

Abbeylara Parish Centre

Derek Ryan and his band are topping the bill for the opening of the new Parish Centre in Abbeylara on 12 June.

New2U Shop

The SVP shop is open at lower Main Street Granard with plenty of bargains for everyone. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally. Thanks to everyone who supported our Easter Draw. The following were the lucky winners: Maura Sheridan; Emma McNerney; Caroline Murphy; Walker Girls; Sarah Small; Lena Phillips.

Co. Longford Fleadh

The Fleadh takes place in Edgeworthstown from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May. The official opening takes place in the Park House Hotel on Friday at 8.00pm featuring the Tullamore band “Jig Jam” and other surprise artists. Further information can be obtained at

Wedding bells

Congratulations to Bernard McElvaney, Coolarty and Michelle Crudden, Monaghan who were married in St. Patrick’s Church, Tyholland, Co. Monaghan on 11 April. Congratulations to Ciara Kiernan, Ardagullion, Granard and Daniel Smith, Mullahoran who were married in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on 17 April. We wish both young couples every happiness for the future.


The following are the results from Sunday, 26 April at the Community Centre Granard: First Lady Olive O’Reilly. Second Lady Kathleen Kerr. First Gent Jimmy Cahill. Second Gent Gerry Leavy. Half Game Lady Una Dooney. Half Game Gent Martin Clyne. This was the last Sunday night whist drive of the season. Thanks to all who supported during the year.