Granard March 11

MOATSIDERS - The Moatsiders Active Age Group meeting will take place on this Thursday 10 March in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 2.30pm. New members are always very welcome – contact Jackie at 043-6686309.

MOATSIDERS - The Moatsiders Active Age Group meeting will take place on this Thursday 10 March in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 2.30pm. New members are always very welcome – contact Jackie at 043-6686309.


Granard Agricultural Show Society are holding their AGM on Tuesday 15 March in John V.’s Lounge at 10.00pm sharp. All members are requested to attend as there are many important issues to be discussed.


Members please note that Granard Branch Library will close at 1.00pm on Saturdays in future.


The next meeting of Granard Book Club will take place on Wednesday 23 March at 11.00am. Books for review are Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffrey Archer and Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry. New members are welcome. Please note that all books are provided for the month from Granard Branch Library. Contact Rosemary at 043-6686164 for further details.


St. Mary’s GAA are organising a novel fundraising event in the near future -Strictly Come Dancing. When 24 Dancers are selected 12 female and 12 male they will receive training from a professional dance teacher over a 6 week period and the final will be held at a later date. A launch night will be held on the 9 April when the dancers will be announced and introduced to find out who their dance partner will be. More details on St. Mary’s G.A.A. Website.


The club wish to thank everyone who supported their recent Table Quiz in Fay’s Bar. Thanks to David Reynolds for setting the questions to Paddy Dowd who acted as Quiz Master and to Paul and Carmel Fay and staff. Sincere thanks to the winning teams who kindly donated their winnings back to the club and to everyone who helped to make the night a success.


Lunchtime Prayer around the Cross each Friday during Lent in St. Mary’s Church from 1.00 to 1.30pm. Place your needs and worries at the foot of the Cross during this special time.


The death of Mary Kenny (nee Brady) Kilbride Abbeylara occurred at the Mater Hospital Dublin on Sunday 27 February. Her body reposed at the family home until removal to St. Bernard’s Church Abbeylara on Tuesday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday followed by burial in Carragh Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her husband Willie six daughters and five sons grandchildren sisters brothers and extended family. The death of Alice Kiernan (nee Matthews) Toome Mullinalaghta occurred at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford on Sunday 27 February. Removal took place from the nursing home to St. Columba’s Church Mullinalaghta on Monday. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday followed by burial in local cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her nieces and nephews relatives and friends and neighbours. Alice was a very popular passenger who travelled to Granard each Friday with the Co. Longford Rural Transport Service prior to her hospitalisation. Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of the late Owen Finnan Ballinalack and formerly of Rincoola Granard who died at the Portiuncla Nursing Home Multyfarnham on Thursday 3 March. Removal took place on Saturday to Laney Church. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday followed by burial in the Rock Cemetery Multyfarnham. RIP

Sympathy is extended to Bridie McMahon and family Market Street Granard on the death of her brother John Maguire Killygrogan New Inn Ballyjamesduff Co. Cavan who died on Friday 4 March. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday followed by burial. May he rest in peace.


On Sunday 13 March at 3.00pm a sponsored walk from Granard to Abbeylara and back will take place. All proceeds to the Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Unit. Your support will be appreciated. Sponsorship cards available Phone 043-6687594 or Josie O’Rourke on 086 3305933.


Each Sunday evening during Lent Stations of the Cross and Personal Prayer will take place in St. Mary’s Church at 7.30pm.


Please note that the Car Parking spaces on the Church grounds should be left available for elderly and disabled drivers please.


The annual Novena of Hope commences in The Graan Enniskillen on Saturday 19 March at 6.30pm. Seamus Mollaghan a bus driver with Donnelly’s Coaches Granard is organising a coach to the Novena which is conducted by Fr. Brian Darcy with various guest speakers. For further information contact Seamus at 0433323668; 0863901060 or email


Ballymore Ladies GFC are holding a fundraising night in Creegan’s of Bunlahy on Saturday 19 March. Racing with a Twist is a unique night’s entertainment. Your support will be appreciated.


A well attended meeting took place on Thursday night 3 March. Guest speaker was Siobhan McGuinness Sports Co-ordinator Longford Sports Partnership, Aras an Chontae, Longford.

Kate Ann Cullen won the raffle. Several members returned from a few days at the ICA Headquarters, An Grianan in time for meeting. They travelled by train to Dublin and Drogheda and finally by minibus. They participated in cookery classes, digital photography etc, and included walks on the beach in the beautiful weather and this was February 2011 in Ireland!!

Those who attended the recent Federation Meeting in Ennybegs gave a glowing account of the business conducted friendships renewed and supper served.

Comhaltas The local John Dungan Branch of Comhaltas wish to remind members that annual membership is now due. Please subscribe to any member of the Granard Branch by this weekend.


Granard Writers Group resumed meetings recently in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre The aim of the group is to promote creative writing in an enjoyable and relaxed setting. For more information contact Jackie at 043-6686309.


The Dolmen Day care Centre future meetings are 16 and 30 March . There are a range of activities planned for these meetings, for more information contact Lucy at 043-6686309.


Results from Sunday 6 March at the Community Centre Granard. Top Score Annie Egginton. First Lady rose Whyte. Second Lady Kathleen Kerr. Third Lady Nancy McGivney. First Gent Jimmy Cahill. Second Gent Dan Mel Reilly and third gent Ned Gaffney. Half Game Lady Una Dooney. Half Game Gent Pat Whyte. 13 Tricks Gerry Leavey. Raffle: Anna McLoughlin. Nancy McGivney and James Reilly.