Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Stanley Sadler, Perth, Australia, husband of Bridget Flynn, brother in law of Nellie Reilly, Toneymore and Denis Flynn, Kilbride. May he rest in peace.

Best wishes

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. While there, she will work with severely disadvantaged and malnourished children and will be bringing medical aid from Ireland as part of her donation. Emma wishes to thank most sincerely all those who supported her recent fundraisers, gave sponsorship and personal donations without which this trip would not have been possible.

National Schools

Our two National Schools, Abbeylara and Aughnagarron have re-opened on Monday 2 September. We wish every blessing to all our pupils and teachers as they begin a new School year. We hope you all had a good Summer holiday.

All Ireland tickets

Draw for two All Ireland Football Tickets and two All Ireland Hurling Tickets on Thursday 5 September in Crawford’s at 10p.m. One line €3; two lines €5; full card €50. Lines are available from Pat McHugh 087 6308152 or any Club Officer, Committee member or player.

Irish Heart Foundation

Hold their annual collection at all Masses on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Please support.

FETAC Courses

Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard is currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. 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 phone 043 6686209.

Longford Toastmasters

Would you like to improve your communication skills and be more confident at speaking in public? Longford Toastmasters’ new season begins this coming Thursday, 05 September, in The Longford Arms Hotel at 8.20pm. All are welcome to join us for an enjoyable and sociable evening. No experience required! For further information please contact Mary on 086 1219281 or Terrie on 086 1706367.

Pattern Day

Takes place on Sunday 15 September in Clonmacnoise. The recommendations for the celebrations of the Year of Faith that came from the Holy See included celebrations in sacred places where pilgrims gather. The Pattern Day in Clonmacnoise is an event which actually fits what is recommended.


Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (formerly 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 suited to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following interview. For more information please contact Adult Education Guidance Service on 043 3348177.

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.

Active retirement

Our next meeting will be on the 26 September.

Tidy Towns

Committee are anxiously awaiting the results for 2013, due out in two weeks time.  We would be obliged if the local community would continue to keep our village tidy and clean at all times.  The Bonus Ball is going well on Saturday nights. Numbers can be bought at Farrell’s shop for two euro per no.  1 to 30.

GAA Club Lotto

Lotto Results: 29/8/13; Winning numbers; 10, 13, 19, 20. €20 winners; Jimmy Garvey, Rinroe; Anne Devine, Lismacaffrey; Pat Nannery; Ballybrien, Granard; William Crawford, (Jnr) Abbeylara; Brian D. Smyth, Toberphelim; Nazda Perger: Next draw will take place in the Mill Tavern on 05/09/2013 Jackpot €2,000.

Lough Derg

A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday 21 September for a one day pilgrimage. The cost is €40 plus the bus fare.


The ordination of Father Francis Duffy to the Episcopate takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s, Athlone at 3 p.m. More details in the coming weeks.

GAA Club

Sports Tops are now on sale. All sizes from children to adults available. Contact Gerry Gilligan 087 7794394, or any Club Officer, committee member or player.

Saint Vincent de Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am to 6pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Dyslexia Workshop

Longford Dyslexia Workshop provides individual and small group tuition to children experiencing learning difficulties. Classes are held in Longford town on Tuesday evenings. For further information please phone the co-coordinator Nuala on 086 3578827.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig.


Work4You set up by Acquired by Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and want support to return to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury, aged 16-65 and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection. For further information please call 044 9338773.

Living Well With Arthritis

An arthritis Ireland course designed to help you enjoy the everyday life starts on Tuesday 3 September for 6 weeks, in Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard from 7p.m. to 9p.m. To register for the course please call 1890 252846 or register online or call Loretta 086 8160080. Email; Web.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Ecumenical Service of Remembrance and Hope takes place on Tuesday 10 September in Christ the King, Cathedral, Mullingar at 7.30 p.m.


Bingo takes place every Wednesday night in Granard. Jackpot is now €12,000. Eyes down at 8.45p.m. Your support is very much appreciated.

Gardening Skills

Lus Na Greine is delighted to offer this fantastic Gardening Skills FETAC Level 3 course which is supported by Longford Westmeath Adult Education Board. It will run one morning a week over a 12 month period. It offers a great opportunity to learn a range of horticultural skills in practical hands on environment supported by a professional tutor. Booking commences week of 2nd September by calling the centre on 043 6660977.

Motor Technology

There are some places still available for this Motor Technology - FETAC Level 5 Course in Templemichael College. For further information please contact 043 3345445 or visit

1798 Commemorative Weekend

County Longford will commemorate the 1798 Rebellion this weekend 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 the key episode in Irish and local history. The programme gets under way on Friday, 6 September in Granard.