Granard notes



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Coffee Morning

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee morning takes place on this Thursday, 17 September. In Granard Mary McInerney and friends are hosting a coffee/tea morning in the Community Centre Barrack Street from 10am to 12.30pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated. All proceeds go to Co. Longford Hospice Homecare.


Will all members travelling to Autumn Federation meeting in Newtowncashel on Tuesday, 29 September please meet at the Community Centre at 6.15pm. Competitions on the night as follows: Produce – Rhubarb and Orange Sponge; Arts – Photograph of a Craft person at work; Craft – Child’s crochet jumper. The very best of luck to Teresa Dooner, Longford Town Guild and representing the Federation at the All Ireland final of the Aldi Brown Bread Competition which will take place at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois on Tuesday 22 September.

Grand Raffle

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s Services is holding a grand raffle for two (2) tickets for the One Direction’s concert in the 3 Arena in Dublin on Sunday 18 October. Raffle tickets cost €5.00 each and can be purchased from SuperValu Granard or any committee member. The raffle will be drawn at a function at John V. Donohue’s Lounge on Saturday the 19 September when there will also be other valuable prizes. Hope you will give this great event your support.

Historical Society

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 17 September at 7.30pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre . If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Jackie at Rath Mhuire Centre – 043-6686309.


The John Dungan Branch of Comhaltas will hold their AGM on this Thursday, 17 September at 8pm in the Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard. The John Dungan branch is due to host the County Fleadh in May 2016 in Granard. In order for this to be a success we need new enthusiastic committee members who are willing to get involved. We hope to bring our Irish music/culture to the fore in celebrating the 1916 centenary.  Please show your support in keeping our tradition alive by attending the meeting on Thursday the 17 September.  

Culture Night

To celebrate Culture Night, Joe Callaghan CCE and John Dungan CCE are hosting an evening of music, song and dance in the Ardagh Heritage Centre on this Friday evening 18 September 2015. The evening will commence with a Junior (slow) session from 8 to 9p.m. and all young musicians, of all levels, are encouraged to come along and join in. The Senior Session starts at 9.00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

AG Bingo

Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot now stands at €20,000 in 42 calls or less. The second Jackpot is €2,500. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.A.A.

Monster Bingo

A date for your diary – Granard Motte Enterprise Centre are having a Monster Bingo on Sunday 18 October at 3.00pm in the Community Centre Granard.

5k/10K Run

Mullinalaghta G.A.A. are hosting a run/walk at Derrycasson Woods set in 180 acres of woodlands on the shores of Lough Gowna, beside the football pitch on Saturday 19 September at 12pm. Registration from 10.30am.Accurate Course / Chip Timing. Chipped Entry fee: €15; Fun Walkers: €10; Refreshments will be served afterwards. Category prizes – Male; Female and Junior. Parking and stewarding will be provided on the day with refreshments served afterwards to the participants. For further information contact John Keegan Chairman St. Columba’s GFC at 087 2571131 or club secretary Patrick Matthews at 087-12925540.

Callaghan Academy

Dancing classes for boys and girls 4 years plus. Children get the opportunity to participate in team and solo dancing for competition, grade examinations and for fun. Open Evening took place on 15 September in Granard Community Centre when a large number of interested children and parents attended. Contact Jackie on 083-4614727 or email Jackie for further information and to book a place.

Talent Contest

Due to its huge success last Year Granard Credit Union Launches Talent Contest. Factor 2015 - Have you got the CU factor, if yes, you could be on your way to winning a cash prize courtesy of Granard Credit Union. 12 to 19 year olds in Granard area are being invited to share their talents. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, comedy acts etc. The closing date for applications is 25thSeptember 2015. Auditions are scheduled to take place on Saturday 26 September and the local final will take place in Granard Community Centre on Saturday 3 October. The top two acts will go forward to represent Granard Credit Union in the regional final on Saturday the 24 October in Ballinasloe.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 for further information or log on to

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped to An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Bus to Ploughing

A bus will travel to the Ploughing Championship in Co. Laois subject to sufficient interest on 22 September. For transport booking we need to have numbers in immediately. Call 043 6660977 or 087 0558549.

Moatsider’s Active Retirement Group

Our first meeting will be taking place on Thursday 24 September at 2.30pm in Rath Mhuire Centre and we always give a warm welcome to new members. We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Bina Murtagh. Bina was a longstanding member of our group, she was wonderful company and we enjoyed her friendship greatly, we will always remember her with great fondness. May she rest in peace.

Rath Mhuire Men’s Social Club

The club resumed on Tuesday 15 September in Rath Mhuire Centre at 12.30pm and were busy organising their Autumn activities. New members are very welcome, good company and good food will also be provided.

Granard Writers

The next meeting of the group is on Monday 28 September in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 3.00pm. New members are always welcome.

Dolmen Centre

There are a range of activities and social events happening for the Autumn in the Dolmen Centre. New members are very welcome. Dolmen Failte Active Retirement Group Meeting Dates:: Tuesday -September 22nd , Tuesday October 6th & 20th from 2.00 – 4.00pm – Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe.

Dolmen Daycare Services

Meeting Dates: Wednesdays –16 and 30 September Wednesday – 14 October and 28 October – Dolmen Centre Aughnacliffe.

North Longford Men’s Group

Meeting Dates: Friday - October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. – 12.00 – 3.00pm – Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe. For any information on any of the above groups or activities – contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309. Transport is available.

5k Walk

The annual Rita Nannery Memorial 5K takes place on Sunday, 20 September 2015. Registration at Mullahoran Church from 10am. Starts at 12.00pm. Entry fee €10 for over 16s. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

Check it Fits

Is your child’s car seat fitted correctly? Get it checked out in Granard at SuperValu Barrack Street on Friday 2 October 2015. This services is provided free by the Road Safety Authority.

Donnelly’s Coaches

Coach services to Galway Colleges are resuming. Departing Granard 8.00p.m. each Sunday evening. Edgeworthstown 8.15pm. Longford (Cathedral Car Park) 8.30pm. Lanesboro 8.45pm. Roscommon (Church Park) 9.00pm. Phone Margaret on 043-6686540 or Seamus 086-3901060 for further information.


The St.Vincent de Paul Shop, Main Street, Granard opens each Monday morning and every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm as well as the first Tuesday of each month. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting a very worthy local cause.

Senior Championship

Congratulations to neighbours Abbeylara who defeated Clonguish on Saturday last by 1-10 to 10pts and are through to the Co. Longford Senior Football Championship Final against Emmet Og, Killoe to be played on Sunday, 4 October.

Junior B Championship

Congratulations to St. Mary’s and their management team who defeated Carrickedmond in the Junior B final on Sunday last in Glennon Bros. Pearse Park.


The death of Sheila Burke, Springtown, Granard occurred on 7 September at Mullingar Regional hospital. Removal took place from her late residence to St. Mary’s Church Granard on Tuesday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning following by burial in Granardkille Cemetery alongside her son Sean. Sympathy is extended to her husband Tom. Son Mark and daughter Clare; Grandchildren and extended family circle. May she rest in peace.

Rural Transport

County Longford / Westmeath Community Transport have vacancies on their “Door to Door” services throughout the county. All age groups catered for. Single Fare €3; Return fare €5; Contact John Maguire local provider in the Granard area on 043-6686180 or mobile 087-6213526. For further information on the project contact Longford Westmeath co-ordinator Noel McCormack, c/o Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar Co. Westmeath.