Congratulations to Dawn Reilly, Toneymore, daughter of Patrick and Mary, who recently graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology with BSc. Honours Degree in Forensic Investigations & Analysis. Very well done Dawn!!

Appeal for Syria

A collection will be taken up at all Masses on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November. Please help the people of Syria where over 8 million people are in desperate need of life – saving shelter, food & medicine. This collection is being organised by Trocaire & Caritas. Please give whatever you can. Thank you.

Mass for the Dead

Thanks very much too all the people who attended in large numbers for this Mass on Friday 8 November in Abbeylara. Also sincere thanks to all the people who helped to prepare, organise and took part in the various parts of the Mass. Thanks very much also to the Parents Association of Abbeylara National School for looking after the refreshments.

Gun Club

The Club wishes to thank all who attended and took part in their recent Longest Pheasant competition on Sunday night the 3 November. Congratulations to the following winners 1st prize The Michael McCormack Perpetual Cup, Raymond Reilly Mullahoran with a bird of 42 inches, 2nd Padraigh Farrell, Molly, Aughnacliff with a bird of 40 inches and 3rd place to Dean Molloy Granard with a bird of 38 ½ inches. The Club prize 1st Richard Flynn, Abbeylara with a bird of 40 ½ inches, 2nd Andy Mc Manus, Mullinalaghta 37 ¼ inches, 3rd Dessie Flynn, Finea with a bird of 37 inches. Congratulations to Richard Flynn for winning the Vermin Control Frank Smith Perpetual Trophy for 2013. The Club also wishes to thank Josie and staff in Crawford’s Lounge for the use of the premises on the night and spot prize. Thanks also to our adjudicators on the night, Seamus Denning Street, Patsy Cooke Granard and John Boyle Molly. A good night was had by all.

Pastoral Council

Thanks very much too all the people who have returned their votes. It is hoped to count these votes during this coming week to form a new Parish Pastoral Council. 2014 Calendars & Prayer Booklets - Sacred Heart Calendars 2014 & Living Prayer Booklets 2014 are now available. Contact Bridget Lynch 087 2487883 to order your copies.

Table Quiz

To raise funds for Santa, in Crawford’s on Saturday 16 November. A Table of four is €20, commencing at 9.30pm.  Raffle and refreshments will be served on the night. Please come along and make it an enjoyable night. See you there!

Senior Citizens

Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on 15 December 2013 in Crawford’s.  A cake sale is being held on 23 and 24 November after all Masses to raise funds for this endeavour.  Any offers to make something for the cake sale would be greatly appreciated (Contact Patricia 087 2930483). Thank you.

Country Markets

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please take note that the market has moved from the Community Centre and will now be held in Gerry Kiernan’s premises on upper Main Street (beside Kiernan’s butchers). The Markets start at 8.30 am and continue until 11.00 am. They are delighted to announce that they now have beautiful handmade children and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves, cards, jewellery, bread, cakes, firewood, etc.

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.

Community Diary

A Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible.

Cilleo Yew Tree Players

Our upcoming production of ‘A Stolen Child’ directed by Mickey Kenny will take to the stage on Saturday 30 November, Sunday 1st December and Monday 2 December in Ennybegs Community Centre. Booking lines will open on November 20. Tickets cost 10euro. Booking is essential so please call 087-2911994 to book your ticket. A great night’s entertainment not to be missed!

Mulligan Sisters

The Mulligan Sisters will perform Operatic and Sacred Arias along with Musical Theatre favourites in concert at the Church of St Camillus, Killucan, Co. Westmeath on Saturday November 30 at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets are 10 euro available at the door.

Table Quiz

A table quiz in aid of Granard Area Action Group will take place on Friday 22 November @ 9pm in Fay’s Bar, Granard. €40 per table - 4 per team. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Granard Credit Union

Special Christmas Loan now available. Borrow up to €2,000 at a very attractive rate. Why not let us worry about your financial needs this Christmas? Why not call in to our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Thank You

A letter of thanks with supporting photos was received recently from Fr. Norbert Kinolo, Mpanga Parish, P. O. Box 14, Ifakara, Tanzania for supporting his collection appeal on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2012 which realised €753.30. With our assistance he was able to complete some work on the Churches in his parish. Fr. Norbert Kinolo came to us through Fr. Gerry Cusack, R.I P. Kilnacrott Abbey, Ballyjamesduff.

Christmas Market

As part of our Community Festive Celebrations and Gathering 2013 the Christmas Lights committee are hosting a Christmas Market on Sunday 8 December on Upper Main Street Granard. All surrounding local businesses are invited to come together in these challenging times to promote their seasonal wares in traditional market style.  The Christmas Market is being incorporated with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town. There will be the unique live crib and stationary crib also. Local Carol singers will provide entertainment and Santa will arrive to kick off the festive celebrations.  Anyone wishing to take a stand is welcome to do so. For further information on this unique event please contact 087 3947376.

“New To U”

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 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is getting ready for the party season.  Is there a dress or a suit that you would love to wear this year? Would you love to be one or even two stone lighter unwrapping those pressies? If so, come along to St. Mary’s Community Centre, Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Every week in the run up to Christmas the group will be packed with fun, festivities, ideas and lots of love and support. Contact Jenny (0861094773) for further details. 


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Jackpot is now at €12,900. It could be you winning this week, why not come along and join in the fun. Eyes down at 8.45pm. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 07/11/2013 Winning numbers: 12, 19, 27, 30. John Molloy, Denniston Park; Brian Harkin, Granard; Tom Pettitt, Abbeylara; Brendan Leslie, Lisryan; Mary & Damien Duffy, Carra; Mary & Danny Ledwith, Ballinrud: Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern on 14/11/20 13.Jackpot €3,000.

Open Night

The principal and staff of Ardscoil Phádraig would like to invite parents of fifth and sixth class students to our Open Night which takes place in the School on Thursday 14 November from 7 to 9pm. This will provide an opportunity for parents and students to see the School facilities and to meet the teachers. There will be a demonstration of iPads and ebooks on the night followed by the Principal’s presentation.

Clothes collection

Any unused clothing or unwanted gifts are always welcome at Lus Na Greine and we very much appreciate the great support we get from our community. All proceeds raised help fund local activities.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing continues in Lus Na Greine every Monday night from at 7.30pm to 9.30pm. All are welcome.

Citizens Information Service

County Longford Citizens Information Service is holding a “Pensions Clinic” every Monday from 10.00am to 1.00 pm, specifically for the purpose of assisting people with Social Insurance records, to establish their pension eligibility and entitlement. To make an appointment please contact Co. Longford CIS on 0761 07 5890.


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