19 Aug 2022




Apologies to the groups whose notices were not published last week. While notes are forwarded to the paper there is no guarantee they will be published. This can be sometimes due to lack of space. Sorry for inconvenience caused.


Granard Community Games Committee sincerely thanks all who donated at last week’s Church gate collection. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Siopa Lus na Greine

De-cluttering revamping your wardrobe creating a space - drop in your cast offs brick-a-brac etc. to us at the Siopa or at the Centre - everything accepted. A large range of ladies, gents and children’s clothes sizes 8-24 now in stock. A new selection of Maternity clothes just arrived. Books to suit all tastes – 3 for €5. We also have books shoes sandals and jewellery to finish off your outfit. We are open Fridays, Saturdays and the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 5.00pm. All proceeds from the shop go back into community projects.

Ploughing Championships

Co. Longford Ploughing Association - everyone is welcome to our Press night this Thursday, 3 April at 8.30pm in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown.  Join us for refreshments, meet our sponsors and discover what’s in store at this special 80th Ploughing, hosted by James and Harry Reynolds, Cranleybeg Edgeworthstown, on Sunday 13 April. 

Daffodil Day thanks

A sincere thanks you is extended to all who contributed so generously to the collection in Granard for Daffodil Day on Friday last. A grand total to date of €1477.75 was raised and has been lodged to the Daffodil Day Account for the Irish Cancer Society. Great thanks is due to all who helped with the collections on the day and to Super Valu; McBrien’s and the Country Market for facilitating the collections at their premises and for their courtesy to the collectors. Well done to all involved. 

Step Into Spring

Ladies come along and view “Fabiani Boutique” amazing show and handbag collection in the Boomerang Lounge Granard on this Friday 4 April at 9pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some finger food. Lots of Spot prizes on the night. All proceeds to Granard Easter Festival. A great ladies night out not to be missed.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 single and €5 return. – Free Travel Pass holders Travel Free. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555 or provider John at 087-6213526.

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for the Easter Festival on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April. The festival kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a historical walk of Granard led by local historian Jimmy Donohoe. Jimmy’s tour is both very enjoyable and informative as he holds a wealth of knowledge about Granard’s history! On Saturday afternoon at 3pm the gruelling 5K Walk/Jog/Run will start at Kiernan Milling! Entry is €10 per adult and €5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows Men 1st €100, 2nd €50, 3rd €25, 1st U-16. Ladies 1st €100, 2nd €50, 3rd €25, 1st U-16 . Registration will take place from 2pm at Kiernan Milling. All walkers, joggers and elite runners are welcome. For more information call Patrick on 043 6687935. Later in the evening, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of seven people. The cost is €20 per team. On Easter Sunday at 2pm and onwards there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. There will also be face painting and balloon modelling. The parade is expected to pass through Main Street at 2.30pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. The Madagascar circus will be in Granard after the parade with appearances by Marty the dancing Zebra, Alex the friendly Lion and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Killeen Dramatic Society

Killeen Dramatic Society Reunion play “The Maiden Aunt” present a three act comedy written by Streete native Jimmy Keary. The cast are putting the finishing touches to rehearsals and a great night’s entertainment is anticipated when the curtain goes up for the opening night on Thursday next 10 April in the Granard Community Centre followed by a second showing on Friday 11 April with admission adults €10 and children €5.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street are open each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm; Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and First Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Contact 085-1503985 for further information.

Credit Union

Communion and Confirmation loans are now available e.g. €1000 loan repayments are €20.28 per week. Car / Wedding loans at 8%. Call in and discuss with a member of staff. Hours of business in Granard Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00am daily. Closed Mondays. Gowna sub office open each Saturday 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

Active Retirement,

Our next meeting is on Thursday 3 April.  We need new members to join our group, so don’t be afraid to come along as this is the beginning of our new year. There are lots to do and talk about and maybe you have ideas that may enhance and strengthen our group. There are lots outings planned for the summer months. We will be looking out for faces that we all know and we will make them most welcome at the next meeting in Sport’s Centre at 11am on 3 April.

Friendly Phone Call Service

The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The friendly call service can be reached at 043-3349678 Monday–Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Happy Heart Walking Club

With the arrival of Spring and long bright evenings we are resuming our evening walking on Monday 31 March at 7pm meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex. This is an ideal way to relax unwind and get in touch with nature and have some ME TIME. Our emphasis is on strolling rambling and chatting. Old and new members welcome. See you on Monday!

Community Draw

The most recent draw in aid of the Motte Community Enterprise Centre was held at the very successful Bingo session in Streete Community Park Centre on 23 March 2014. Congratulations to the following winners - 1. €500 Patrick McGivney, Granardkille. 2. €250 Oliver McGlynn, 1 Trumra Road, Granard. 3. €100 Gerry Gorman, Ballymorris, Granard. 4. €100 Mick McDonagh, Ballymorris, Granard and 5. €100 Seamus Carrigy, Robinstown, Granard.


Congratulations to all the children and adults from the area who were confirmed over last weekend. On Saturday 29 March 28 children from 5th and 6th classes received the Sacrament in St. Bernard’s Church Abbeylara and in St. Mary’s Church Granard on Sunday at 11.30am Mass 65 young people and 3 adults received the Sacrament. Congratulations also to their families and teachers and we wish them well for the future. This was Bishop Francis Duffy’s first Confirmation ceremony in both parishes and he received a warm welcome from everybody.


Congratulations to Sarah Walsh and Kevin O’Dwyer, Dublin on the birth of their baby boy, Mikey James recently. A first grandchild for proud grandma Angela Walsh, Ballinacross, Granard.


The untimely death of Mary Drake Smyth, Rathcor, Granard occurred at her residence recently following an illness bravely borne. Removal from her late residence to St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning followed by burial in Granardkille old cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her loving husband Pat, her brothers, sisters and extended family.

Whist Results

The following are the results from the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 30 March: First Lady: Anne Egginton. Second Lady: Theresa Keoghan. Third Lady: Olive O’Reilly. First Gent: Andy Dalton. Second Gent: Edward McGivney. Third Gent: Peter Gregg. Half Game Lady: Breege Cauldwell. Half Game Gent: Eddie Dooney. Raffle: 1.Therese Reilly. 2. Peter Gregg and 3. Anna McLoughlin.

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