Solemn Novena

Solemn Novena

The annual Novena to our Blessed Lady will commenced on Wednesday, 22 October at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday, 17 December. This is a time of reflection petition praise and thanksgiving. All are welcome to take part.

Art Appreciation

The final lecture in the series with renowned art critic and historian Ciaran MacGonagal takes place in Granard Branch Library on this Thursday evening 30 October at 7.00pm. Granard I.C.A. guild in association with Granard Community Library hosted the Course with Mr. MacGonigal Art Critic. This course is kindly funded by LWETB. As a follow up to the Art Appreciation classes a trip to Art Galleries in Dublin is being organised by Ms Mary Carlton Reynolds Co. Librarian and will be guided by Mr. Ciaran MacGonagle. Anyone who would like to join in on this day trip due to take place on Saturday 15 November should contact Rosemary at Granard Community Library Phone 6686164 and give their name and contact number as soon as possible.

Country Markets

Market continues each Friday morning at Upper Main St. next door to the Post Office. Congratulations to the following winners of the special Bank Holiday draw held last Friday Jessie Gilliard; Margaret Battrim and Josie O’Rourke.

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.

Calling all Second Level Students! 

Bursary Forms now available at Granard Credit Union. 


New season of Whist resumes this Sunday night, 2 November at 8.30pm in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard. Looking forward to seeing all our regulars and new players will be very welcome. Your support will be appreciated. Proceeds towards the upkeep of the Community Centre.


Congratulations to James Eivers O.Carm, son of Patsy and Patricia Barrack St. Granard who made his solemn profession of vows in Gort Mhuire Ballinteer Dublin on Sunday, 26 October. We wish him every blessing for the future.

Granard I.C.A

The next monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, 6 November at 8pm in Granard Credit Union meeting room. Entrance at the rear of the building through car park. All members are requested to attend as there are many important items on the agenda for discussion.

Clothes collection

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

Historical/Heritage Group

The inaugural meeting of the group took place earlier this month and there was great interest and enthusiasm in getting the group established. Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, 13 November at 7.30pm in the O’ Carolan Room at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. We will be inviting a guest speaker form Longford Historical Society to speak to us on the night.

Dolmen Centre

All groups and activities have recommenced at the Dolmen Centre in Aughnacliffe (Dolmen Failte Active Age Group – Dolmen Day Care Services – North Longford Men’s Group). For any information on any of the activities at the Dolmen Centre or Rath Mhuire Centre contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for anyone wishing to attend any of the activities at either Rath Mhuire Centre or Dolmen Centre.


Bingo continues each Wednesday evening at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Jackpot this week is €17,900. Proceeds to St. Mary’s G.A.A. and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255

Pilgrimage to Fatima

A pilgrimage will take place from Monday, 19 January to Friday, 23 January. Cost is €320. Contact Tommy on 087 6851691 or 044 9371787 for further information.

Night Vigil

The next 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 the first Friday, the 7 November. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 0861900640.


A Rainbows Support Group for children experiencing loss through family separation or bereavement will be delivered in Lus na Greine FRC Main Street Granard commencing at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 4 November and continuing for 12 weeks. Contact the Centre at 0436660977 for further details.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street Granard opening hours as follows: First Tuesday of each month 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fridays: 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.


The Caring and Sharing Association has been active in Longford for thirty years and offers a social event each month to over thirty people with special needs who are from all areas of the county. Our helpers are one-to-one in a group setting offering each person quality friendship and support. Presently we are recruiting volunteers. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life from students of 16 upwards to those who gave retired and wish to share one day a month of their time with another person. We use the proverb in CASA that “A candle loses nothing in sharing it’s light”. Please contact Bernie at 086-1296305 or Majella at 055-7744159 or email

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.

Siopa Lus na Greine

A large selection of winter coats, jackets now in stock, also lovely boots. Come in and browse at your ease in our newly refurbished Siopa. Lots of beautiful men’s suits and shirts, children’s clothes for all ages, also toys books and a treasure trove of bric-a-brac. Please drop in your cast offs to An Siopa or the centre, everything welcome.  If you can not get in we can arrange to collect from you, simply phone the centre and we will do the rest. Our opening hours at the Siopa are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

All monies earned in An Siopa go directly and totally to projects in the Community.


Congratulations to Carol Duffy, Coolarty, Granard and Thomas McCabe, Aughanoran, Dring who were married in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Friday, 24 October followed by a reception for family and friends in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. We wish them every happiness for the future.

Ebola Sierra Leone Appeal

There was an overwhelming response to the Fundraiser for Ebola victims and their families last Sunday 19 October. To bakers buyers donors and those who set up and sold the produce and collectors. A Big sincere Thank You. Funds go direct to Sierra Leone via Sr. Teresa McKeon who gave a powerful talk on the tragedy that is Sierra Leone today. Total raised and forwarded: €3,310.00.

Minor Final

Congratulations to Northern Gaels, the young footballers of Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta who won the replay of the Co. Longford Minor A Championship final on Saturday last in Pearse Park with a comprehensive win over Clonguish Og. Final score 2.17 to 4 pts. Congratulations to Jayson Matthews who won The Peter Sheridan Man of the Match award kindly sponsored by Pat the Baker Ltd. Commiserations to young players from Granard/Ballymore Juvenile team who were defeated by Colmcille in Juvenile A McDonald’s Shield played as a curtain raiser to the Minor Final.