Best wishes to all the students teachers and staff from the local schools who have commenced their new school year. Every good wish to you all for the future.


Granard I.C.A. guild will resume their meetings after the Summer break on this Thursday 5 September in the Credit Union meeting room at 8.00pm. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be very welcome. Guest speakers will attend from Co. Longford Citizens Information Centre covering all aspects of entitlements pensions etc. There are many interesting topics and talks and outings organised for the forthcoming year so why not come along and join in the activities

ICA Federation

The Autumn Federation meeting will be held in the Community Hall in Streete Parish Hall hosted by Coolamber Guild on Tuesday 17 September. Teas are served at 7p.m. Contact Gretta Tynan with numbers for teas on 087 990 1097. Presentations for the winners of the Garden Competitions will be made to all the deserving winners at this meeting also and those Presentations will take place at 6.30p.m.

1798 Commemorative weekend

Visit by Mayor Henry Jolly from Gaffney South Carolina

County Longford will commemorate the 1798 Rebellion on the weekend of 6 to 8 September with a variety of events in Granard, Ballinamuck, Ballinalee and Ardagh. The events commemorate the Battle of Granard on 5 September 1798 and the Battle of Ballinamuck on 8 September. This is the first county-wide commemoration of that key episode in Irish and local history. The programme gets under way on this Friday 6 September in Granard at 6.30pm with a walking tour of the battle sites, including a visit to the ‘Croppies Grave’ and the firing of a replica of a cannon of the period. The walk begins at the Community Centre, Barrack Street and will be led by local historian Jimmy Donohue. Following this, the weekend’s official opening will take place in the Community Centre at 8.30p.m. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Pakenham, historian and author of several books including ‘The Year of Liberty: The Great Irish Rebellion of 1798’. The other very special guest of honour will be Mayor Henry L. Jolly of Gaffney City, South Carolina. Gaffney was founded by Granard native Michael Gaffney over 200 years ago. Everyone is welcome to all the weekend events.

Solas Nua

Are you Widowed Separated or Divorced? Are you coping with grief – Alone? If so, Solas Nua could be for you. For those who have lost a spouse or long-term partner through Death, Separation or Divorce. A healing programme which enables one to deal with grief. A trained team who are themselves Widowed or Separated share their journey through grief with you. The next programme begins at 8.00pm in the Pastoral Centre St. Patrick’s College Cavan on 18 September 2013. For further information phone: 049 4371363; email: or visit their Web:

Tidy Towns

The committee of Granard Tidy Towns would like to thank all those who gave so generously to the recent Church Gate Collection. Your support is much appreciated. All are anxiously awaiting the results of 2013 competition that will be made known shortly.

Greville Golf News

Our County Bridge Shield Challenge V. Mullahoran in the fabulous Radisson Golf Club took place last week. The course from tee to green was in pristine condition. We came up short by 4pts on a very pleasant and sunny afternoon. Magnificent individual scores were carded.   Mick Murray Greville with 39pts was overall winner. A very close runner-up...William Reilly, Mullahoran 38pts. Longest Drive Damien Reilly, Mullahoran. Nearest the pin - Hugh Duffy Greville. Greville’s next outing is on Saturday 7 September in Mount Temple Golf Club. Tee off at 10.30am. Colm is taking deposits for weekend away to Bundoran Great Northern Hotel and Golf Club on 5/6 October.

School of Dancing

The O’Reilly Bransfield School of Irish Dancing classes have resumed after the summer break in all areas. All new pupils welcome. For further information or any enquires please text Carole on 087 1191130.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. Sincere thanks to all who support this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C. This week’s Jackpot is €12,000.

Voluntary Work

Best wishes to local girl Emma Regan Ballymorris Granard as she embarks on her journey on Friday 6 September to Capetown South Africa where she will do voluntary work in The Stellenbosch Orphanage for a period of 17 days.

FETAC Courses

Ardscoil Phádraig Granard is currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 courses. These FETAC Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points.  Students may be eligible for further education grants and be able to retain their social welfare benefits subject to usual conditions. For further details about the courses and grants available please phone 043 6686209.

Retirement Programme

This is a very popular course and is run over a six week period in the VEC College, Battery Road, Longford. The starting date is Wednesday 11 September 2013 the course will cover a wide range of topics including: Planning and lifestyle change; Social Welfare pensions/other Social Welfare entitlements; Financial/Tax; Legal matters/Wills; Active options in retirement for re-training, education, leisure and travel. Please register your interest by contacting the Citizens Information office giving your name and contact number.

Longford Westmeath ETB

The above board formerly the VEC is now offering Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). This course is provided FREE under BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) and is particularly suitable to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following interview. For further information contact Adult Educational Service 043-3348177.

Warmer Homes Scheme

People are reminded to check with Longford Warmer Homes Ltd to see if they are eligible for FREE attic and cavity insulation before the winter rush begins. Phone 043-3393255 for further information or visit website or Warmer Home Ltd.

Credit Union -Student Loans

Attention all 3rd Level students – Student Loans are now available so why not call in and discuss your needs with a member of staff. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.00pm.

Phones 4Life

Donate your unwanted mobile phone to the above charity - Heartsafety Solutions. Don’t dump it donate it! A collection box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard to help to buy a Defibrillator for the town. Sponsored by Kavanagh Environmental.


Sympathy is extended to Ailish Smith Carragh Granard on the untimely death of her cousin Miriam O’Brien Buncrana Co. Donegal. May she rest in peace.