Heritage Week

Heritage Week

The annual event takes place from 23 – 31 August with many interesting events organised throughout the country. Contact Co. Longford Tourist Office or local library for details.

25 Years in Business

Congratulations to entertainer Declan Nerney who celebrated 25 years in the entertainment business at a special night on Monday 18 August at the Marquee in Drumlish Festival. Many guests travelled from all over the country to honour Declan. We wish him many more successful and happy years in the businesss.


Congratulations to all the students who received their Leaving Certificate results last week. We wish them well in their chosen paths and even if anyone did not receive the points for their top choice do not forget that there are always alternative routes.

40th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Frances and Willie McCormack, Cartronmarkey, Granard who celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary recently. We wish this popular couple many more happy and healthy years of wedded bliss.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot is now €16,900.


Well done to St. Mary’s who defeated Mostrim in the Co. Longford Senior Championship on Sunday evening last played in Abbeylara. They are now drawn against neighbours St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta to be played on the weekend of 31 August. Abbeylara play Clonguish on the same weekend while this weekend Drumard play Colmcille and Longford Slashers play Emmet Og Killoe. All these games will be played in Pearse Park.


Colmcille Ploughing Association will hold their annual Ploughing and Field Day on Sunday 31 August at Dernaferst on the Noble Family farm. A Fun filled day for all the family.

Men’s Shed

Granard Men’s shed meeting regroup with interested new members on Monday 8 September at 5 pm in Lus na Greine FRC Main Street Granard. Our Men’s Shed is a friendly and welcoming meeting place where men come together and undertake a variety of mutually agreed activities. We are open to all men regardless of age background or ability. New members are always welcome and further information please call 087 1375222 or check out website


The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday the 5 September commencing at 10 pm with the Holy Rosary and Confession. Mass in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is at 10.30pm. There are nine offices of prayer recited throughout the night with time for quiet prayer and adoration also. The vigil concludes after Benediction and the 6am Mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity to gain special graces, and to spend the night in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  Almost all the counties of Ireland are now hosting this reparation vigil.  All are welcome. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 0861900640.

Garden Show

Ballinagh Garden Club will hold their annual Flower and Vegetable show on Monday 25 August. Entries for the J. Scott Trophy for flower arranging include- Hall Table Arrangement; Best House Plant; Best Sweet Pea Arrangement in Vase; Best Dahlias; Best Roses; Best Wild Flower Arrangement and Best 3 Gladioli. Entries for the T O’Rourke Trophy for vegetables include- Best 3 Onions; Best 3 Carrots Best 3 Parsnips; Best Head of Cabbage; Best 3 Roosters; Best 3 Kerr’s Pink; and Best 3 of any other variety of Potato. There is also a competition for the most ugly vegetable. Hall will be open for entries from 6.30pm and everyone welcome to take part. Entries are 2 euro per section. For any other enquires contact Seamus Murphy  on 087 – 2830134.


The executive committee along with the team management and players of the Ballymore Intermediate team wish to express a very sincere thanks to Johnny and Moll Creegan and all at Creegan’s Bar, Bunlahy for their very kind sponsorship of a set of lovely of Tops (Jackets) which was presented to the lads on Monday evening following training. This gesture is very much appreciated by all in the club.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue each Friday morning from 8.30am to11.00am beside the Post Office. Fresh vegetables in stock along with the usual supply cakes bread buns eggs crafts and firewood.

Table Quiz

Northern Gaels Minor G.A.A. Club are holding a Table Quiz in Crawford Lounge, Abbeylara on this Saturday night, 23 August at 9.00pm. Your support will be appreciated.


A Benefit /Fundraising night with raffle for Hamper and numerous other prizes will take place in Crawford’s Lounge, Abbeylara on Saturday, 13 September. The event is aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital and all proceeds go directly to the Hospital. Entertainment on the night with Mary O’Connor. Your support will be appreciated.

Happy Hearts Walking Club

Walking continues as usual every Monday evening meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7pm. A new route every Monday.  New members welcome young and old. 


Drop in your cast offs, bric-a-brac to us at the Siopa or to Lus na Greine FRC Main Street Granard everything accepted and welcomed. New stock arriving weekly, ladies, gents and children’s clothes all sizes. Beautiful jewellery to finish off that special outfit also shoes and sandals.  Books are clearing at 50 cent each. Due to popular demand the shop is now open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. All proceeds from the shop go directly and totally to projects in the area.


Play Badminton every Monday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm at the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall, Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraigh. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00. Rackets and shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact William 086-8226523.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 7 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Mass will be celebrated at 3.00pm. Buses from the usual pick up places including Granard at 10.45am. Contact Donnelly Coaches at 043-6686540 for details and to book your seat.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Rural Transport

Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport buses please contact Seamus Lee at the transport office at LCRL on 043-3345555 or local provider John Maguire at 043-6686180 / Mobile 087-6213526. Single fares are €3.00 and return fare is €5.00. Free Travel Pass Holders travel free and the service is open to everyone young and not so young!


The untimely death of Elaine Bawle, (nee Brady), Newtowncashel and formerly of Longford town occurred peacefully at her residence on Sunday, 17 August following an illness bravely borne. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, her three young and extended family circle. May she rest in peace. Elaine was a popular adviser with MABS and attended at the GAAG office every Monday morning until her sudden illness.

The death of Tommy Nevin, Kilmore, Killashee occurred on 12 August in Mullingar Hospital following a brief illness. Tommy was synonymous with Scor in Co. Longford for many years and a staunch member of Clonguish G.A.A. all his life. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Sympathy is extended to his relatives and friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace.