We welcome into the Christian Community, Saoirse Noreen, daughter of Eamonn O’Donnell and Yvonne Miller, Clough.


Congratulations to Lorraine Fahey, Masterson’s Close, Abbeylara and Tom Needham, Rathcabin, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, who were married on Friday, 24 October in St. Peter’s Church, Rome.

All Saints

The above is celebrated on Saturday, 1st November. It is a Holy day of obligation. Masses will be held in Abbeylara on Friday, 31 October with Vigil Mass at 7.30pm, Saturday 1st November at 11.00am and 7.30pm. Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Carra on Saturday, 1st November at 9.30am.

All Souls Day

All Souls Day is celebrated on Sunday, 2 November. Mass will be celebrated in Abbeylara on Saturday, 1st November at 7.30pm and on Sunday, 2nd November 11.00am and 7.00pm. It will be celebrated in Carra on Sunday 2nd November at 9.30 am. The Divine Mercy Rosary will be prayed before and or after each Mass on Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd November for the Holy Souls.

Clothes collection

St. Bernard’s N.S Abbeylara is having a clothes collection on Tuesday, 4 November. Any unwanted Men’s Women’s & Children’s Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, Ties, Linens, Household Textiles, Stuffed toys etc., (Mobile Phones placed in a separate bag) can be dropped off at the school anytime before 12noon.

Altar Servers Clothes

The above are needed for new servers please. Contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 or Abbeylara N. S. 043 6686806 if you have servers clothes or know where there is one.


Get your vaccine now- it’s a lifesaver. The HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster is currently launching the National Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Campaign in the midlands. Attend/Contact your GP. For further information see poster in Church porch.


Anyone with any scrap please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan, 086 3998807.

CPR Training

AED/Defibrillator and CPR Training will take place on Saturday, 8 November in Abbeylara National School at 10.00am. Abbeylara AED’s are registered with the National Ambulance Service, Ambulance Control Centre since 2013. In the event of a cardiac arrest in an area of 2Km of the defibrillator, the caller can now be advised of its location. AED’s are on exterior walls located At Bridie Kiernan’s Dalystown, Carra Church, Pat McHugh’s Precast Springtown, Frank Malones Ballywillian, Abbeylara N.S, Dressing room Wall GAA Grounds, and Peter Reilly Renehan. A representative from the National Ambulance Service, Ambulance Control Centre will attend on the day. Please contact 087 7634413/ David/Maura at to register your attendance by the 2 November as Trainers need to be arranged.


Want to learn or brush up on your foxtrot, waltz, jive or quickstep? Then we have just the thing – dancing classes continuing weekly on Wednesday nights in the Crossroads Inn at 9pm.

Granard Credit Union

Getting Ready for Christmas?  Granard Credit Union is launching our Christmas Special Loan Offer.  Borrow up to €2,000 at special rate of 7%.  Minimum Paperwork!  Speedy Approval!  All applications made on Saturday 1st November will be entered into a draw.

Active Age

The above collected €50 for the Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, at their Coffee / Tea Morning on Thursday, 9 October.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Wednesday, 22 October in Abbeylara, €300 – Brian & Lorraine O’Hara, Carrickduff; €200 – Eugene & Rose Brady, Camagh; €100 – Terry Burns, Robinstown and €50 – Rose Sheridan, Kilbride. Thank you for your support of our Parish Draw. Thanks also to our collectors of our Parish draw.

Warmer Homes Scheme

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; Owner occupied, Non Local Authorities Homes; Constructed before 2006; or The owner is in receipt of one of the following; Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Family Income Supplement or Jobseekers Allowance for over six months & with a child under 7 years of age. Therefore if you think you may be eligible for free Attic & Cavity insulation check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page before the winter rush sets in. , or simply call 043 3393255 for an application form.

Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady

This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving and we invite you to be part of this great gift which takes place every Wednesday night until Wednesday, 17 December.

Pilgrimage to Fatima

The above takes place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 January 2015. Cost is €320. For further information please Contact Tommy on 087 6851691 or 044 9371787.

Fancy Dress

Abbeylara GAA Club is holding a Fancy Dress fundraiser on Halloween Night, Friday, 31 October in Crawford’s Lounge / Bar. You are all invited to dress up and join the fun. Tickets are €10. Your support is greatly appreciated.

GAA Lotto

Results: 23/10/2014; Winning numbers: 9, 14, 15, 22. €20 Winners: Eamonn Drake, Carrickduff; Eirn Heaney, Abbeylara; Rose Ann Garland, Kilbride; Terry Denneny, Ballinacross; May Fanning, Ballinacross. Our next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 30/10/2014. Jackpot is now €6,150.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club will hold their annual Race Night on Saturday, 27 December in Crawford’s Bar / Lounge. Lines are on sale at €10 per line. Please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan, 086 3998807, or the usual outlets around our parish to buy your lines.

Scór Na nOg

A meeting will be held on Monday, 3 November in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.00 pm. Anyone interested in helping our young people prepare for the Longford Scór Na nOg Finals which are on Sunday 30 November in Lanesborough, Co. Longford, please attend the meeting. Thank you.

Community Diary

A 2015 Diary is now 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. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

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. No appointment necessary.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €17,900. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!


A Rainbows Support Group for children experiencing loss through family separation or bereavement will be delivered in Lus Na Gréine, Family and Resource Centre, Granard at 6.00pm for 12 weeks, starting Tuesday, 4 November. Contact the Centre for details.

Dancing Classes

Takes place on Tuesdays in Lus na Gréine, Granard from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, rock & roll, etc. €10 nightly.

Country Market

Granard Country Markets continue every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am at upper Main Street and they now have Local Honey in stock along with beautiful fresh fruit and veg. and crafts, baking and firewood etc.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of GRANARD on FRIDAY for Shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. To maintain the Local service in your 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. If you have any enquires please contact Seamus at 043-3345555 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.


Badminton 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.

Solemn Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, continues every Tuesday, until Tuesday, 2 December in The Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Rosary takes place at 7.30 pm with Novena Prayers at 7.45pm and Holy Mass at 8pm.