Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525

Money Found

A sum of money was found outside Abbeylara Church on Sunday last. For further information please contact 087 2736349.


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of: Sheila Burke, Springtown, who died on Monday, 7 September, Mary Somers, Foxrock, Dublin 18, who died on Monday, 7 September, sister of Fr. Peter Burke, P.P. Ferbane, Co. Offaly. May they rest in peace.

Divine Inspirations

Divine Inspirations from Jesus and Mary, or the Love of Mary will take place on Wednesday, 23 September in Abbeylara Church at and after the 7.30pm Mass. Geraldine and Fr. Eugene Sjondi (Chaplin) will be present along with Michael Scahill. Padre Pio Mitten will be available for blessing of people at the 7.30pm Mass. This is Padre Pio Feast Day.

Parish Draw

You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month - €300; €200; €100; €50 – provided enough join. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish only.

Abbeylara N.S.

Abbeylara National School will celebrate their new school year mass on Thursday, 17 September in Abbeylara Church at 9.30am. You are invited and welcome to attend.

Coffee/Tea Morning

Longford Hospice is holding a Coffee/Tea Morning on Thursday, 17 September following Mass in Abbeylara National School. You are asked to please support this worthy cause.

Aughnagarron N.S.

Aughnagarron National School will celebrate their new school year mass on Friday, 18 September in Carra Church at 9.30am. You are invited and welcome to attend. Again Longford Hospice will hold a Coffee/Tea Morning in the School afterwards. Please Support!


The Parents Association are holding a Fundraiser. There are Hampers for raffle in Granard Credit Union and Macken’s Filling Station, Granard. Tickets cost €2 per strip or 3 for €5. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Clothes collection

St. Bernard’s N.S. Abbeylara are holding a clothes collection of Unwanted/Used Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, Ties, Linens, Household Textiles, Stuffed toys etc., (Mobile Phones placed in a separate bag)  on Tuesday, 6 October. Your support would be appreciated.


Planning to get married early in 2016? There are still some spaces available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Course for 16 and 19 November 2015.  There will be no marriage preparation courses until February 2016.  For further information please contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book online 

5K/10K Family Fun Run/Walk

A 5K/10K run and family fun walk will take place at Derrycassan woods (beside the Mullinalaghta GAA pitch) at 12.00pm on Saturday, 19 September.  The event is being organised by Mullinalaghta GFC. Registration will take place on the day from 10.30am. The entry fee is €10 for ordinary runners and walkers, with a €15 fee for chipped runners who want to be able to get an accurate timing of their run. The course takes place on a circuit through the well-known woods at Derrycassan, following picturesque paths through the former Dopping-Hempenstall estate, and starting and finishing at The Laurels (the grounds of Mullinalaghta GFC). Parking and stewarding will be provided on the day with refreshments available for participants after the run at the clubhouse. All are welcome. For more details contact St Columba’s Chairman John Keegan at 087 2571131 or club secretary Patrick Matthews at 087 2925540.

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.

St. Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s Services is holding a grand raffle for two 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 Super Value, Granard, or any committee member. The raffle will be drawn at a function at John V Donohue’s on 19 September when there will also be other prizes. Hope you will give this great event your support.


Mindfulness Meditation classes will begin in Arva on Tuesday 22 September and will run for 8 weeks. No experience necessary, just a willing heart and a desire for a more peaceful life! For more information and to reserve your place please call 087 2968924.

Thank You

Ballinalee, Killoe and Newtownforbes Motor Neurone Committee would like to thank all who supported and helped out for our 2015 fundraising.

Active Age

We will be having our first get together after the summer break on Thursday, 24 September in the Sports Centre.  We have decided to meet in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.  There have been a lot of enquiries about our group during the summer and we are looking forward to meeting the many new faces on the 24th. If you are 50 plus and would like to call and see how we run our club and fill in your spare time from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, why not give Sheila a ring 087 277 4774.

Refugees from Syria

Our Bishop Francis Duffy has requested that each parish in our diocese hold a Pastoral Council meeting, to consider how each parish could respond to Pope Francis’ appeal, to welcome a family of refugees into each parish. Please contact any Pastoral Council member with your ideas and views.

CU Factor 2015

Due to its huge success last Year Granard Credit Union Launches Talent Contest CU 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 25 September 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 24 October in Ballinasloe Application forms are available from the counter in Granard Credit Union.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results 10/09/2015; winning numbers: 2, 12, 14, 21. Winners: Tommy Sheridan; M. Quinn; Philip Smyth, Carra; Dermot Lynch, Aughnagarron; Louis Heaney, Cloughernal. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 17/09/2015. Jackpot is now €8,400. Club Meeting: Abbeylara GAA Club is holding a Club meeting on Thursday, 17 September in the Handball Complex at 9.00pm. Full attendance please!


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 now stands at €20,000 in 42 numbers; there is a second Jackpot of €2,500 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!


An Auction will be held on Saturday, 7 November. For further information please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 to let us know of items you may have for the auction and for more details. All Proceeds are for our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Please support. One of the items to be auctioned on that day will be a valuable Tulkini Soap Stove, or it can be bought anytime from now onwards. Contact any of the above for details.

Lough Derg

A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday, 19 September from Carra Church for a one day pilgrimage on the Island. Cost for bus, Lough Derg facilities and services which include refreshments is €50. To book your seat contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270. For more details see poster on Church notice board or

Memorial Walk

Rita Nannery Memorial Walk will take place on Sunday, September 21 next starting at Mullahoran Church car park at 12.00 noon. Registration takes place at 10.30am, suitable for all ages. All Proceeds to Bothar and the local Apostolic Society.

Strictly Come Dancing

Takes place in the Park House Hotel on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September in aid of Longford Palliative Care and Mostrim Community Games. 26 of fine men and women form the town are taking to the stage to show off their new dancing skills. Friday and Saturday night shows are sold out and there are only a few tickets left for Sunday night. Tickets cost €15 each, so if you want to see the best shown in town, Contact Majella on 087 7207880. This is a “ticket only” event and you cannot pay on the door. So hurry while tickets last!!

Grow Personal Development Course

A four-week Personal Development Programme will start in Lus Na Greine on Monday evenings starting 28 September and ending on October19. This is a great opportunity to become more mindful and self-aware and take time out to care for yourself. Bookings are now being taken at the centre. A Teenage Parenting Programme (Triple P) will also be delivered in the centre starting on September 15. This is a free evening programme that supports positive parenting, and enhances family life and communication within the family. Bookings can be made through the centre.


Is your child’s car seat fitted correctly? Get it checked by an expert, on Friday 2 October at Supervalu, Barrack Street, Granard, from 10.00am to 5.30pm. It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free!

Community Resources

Longford Community Resources Ltd has commenced the consultation process to develop the Local Strategy for next round of the Rural Development Programme, commonly known as the LEADER programme. Letters and submission forms are currently being circulated. If you have not received a form and would like to put your ideas forward please visit and download the submission form alternatively you can email or call 043 3345555 and request one.

Adult Learning Centre

Did you leave school early? Do you need help with Reading, Writing, Spelling, Maths or Computers? Does your child need help with their homework? If you do, please call into the centre or ring us at 043 6686211 and we will do all we can to help. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for new classes starting September 2015. The service is free and confidential. For further information please contact: Thérese Smyth, on 043 6686211.