Lenten Prayer

Lenten Prayer

Lenten Prayer and Reflection takes place every Thursday evening during Lent from 7.30pm to 8.00pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Everyone welcome.

Slimming World

Brand new Slimming World Group commencing in Sacred Heart N.S. Granard on this Thursday, 19 March at 7.30pm. Tel. Liz on 087-9534254 for further details.

Ladies Night

Fabiani Shoe Boutique, Longford are once again returning to the Boomerang Bar, Granard on this Friday night, 20 March at 9pm. Showcasing their exclusive and amazing range of Shoes, Bags, Scarves & Jewellery. This Ladies Night is a night not to be missed ! Raffle and spot prizes on the night and refreshments will be served. All proceeds to Granard Easter Festival. Admission €10.

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

On this Saturday, 21 March, a fundraising night will take place in John V. Donohoe’s Lounge, Granard at 10.00pm. Paula Harkin will have her hair cut off by Lorraine Farrell in aid of the Rapunzel Foundation who make wigs for children who have Leukemia and Alopecia. Money raised will go to the Bereavement Section, Coombe Hospital Dublin who gave the Paula and Pat Cullen great support and help when their daughter Ellen was stillborn in June.

Parish Park Society

St Mary’s Parish Park Society are holding their AGM on this Friday, 20 March at 8pm in the GAA Clubhouse, Higginstown. The meeting is open to all parishioners.


Sunday next, 22 March sees the first ever Bingo event to be held in Granard’s Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall. Proceeds are in aid of the Granard Visitor Centre project. €4,000 in prize money must be won. Bingo starts at 3pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Poker Classic

St. Mary’s GAA are holding a Poker Classic in Granard Community Centre on Friday, 3 April. Buy in €30/rebuys/add-ons. First Prize €1,000. For further information text 087-2121509 or call after 6pm.

Leinster U-16 League Final

Granard/Ballymore U16s will take on Offaly side St. Broughan’s in the Leinster League Final this Saturday in Higginstown. Throw-in is at 2.30pm. With the game being in Granard, it would be great to see a good crowd out supporting these talented young players.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society provide a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. As I am not available on Friday, 27 March Daffodil Day collections will take place at Super Valu Granard and McBrien’s Supermarket on Thursday 26 March. Any support is much appreciated. Contact Eileen on 086 3115544.

Country Market

The winners of our free raffle on Friday last were Bridgie Burns, Mary Reilly and Gabriel Devine. We congratulate them and hope they enjoy their goodies.

The market continues every Friday from 8.30am to 11.00am beside Granard post office.

Library News

Many thanks to Luke Baxer and Fr. Tom Murray who brought a lovely night to Granard Library on Thursday last.  We were all reminded of the beautiful songs and talent of John McCormack.  All who attended drifted back in time to memories of their own childhood and the atmosphere was one never to be forgotten.  Thank you to all concerned for the organising of the night and hopefully there will more nights to come like this. 

Agricultural Show

The AGM of Granard Agricultural Show takes place on Tuesday, 24 March in John V’s Lounge at 9pm, all members are requested to attend and new members very welcome.

Historical Society

A wonderful evening of song; record and music took place in Granard Community Library on Thursday last 12 March. The evening was co-ordinated by Jackie Kennedy from the recently formed Granard Area Historical Society in association with Mary Carlton Reynolds and the staff of Granard Community Library. The event was commemorating the Grand Concert that took place in the Town Hall Granard in 1905 when the world renowned Count John McCormack performed in aid of church funds. Thanks to all concerned for a wonderful entertaining event.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Wednesday 27 May to Monday 01 June 2015. Departing from Knock Airport. Assisted pilgrims wishing to travel should contact their local parish priest. Others wishing to travel please contact Joe Walsh Tours direct on 01-2410800 or email for booking forms and further details.

New 2 U –SVP

The shop is now open each Monday morning from 10am to 1.00pm. in addition to Friday and Saturdays and the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Something for everyone. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre, Granard. Start time 8.45pm. Jackpot this week is €19,700 in 42 calls or less. Proceeds to St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara G.A.A. clubs. Your continued support is appreciated.

Reiki Workshop

Treat yourself to an enjoyable and very informative 2 day workshop in Granard on 21 and 22 March. Call Pauline on 086-2246019 for further information and to book a place.

Adult Badminton

Takes places each Monday night from 8.00 to 10.00pm in Cannon Kelly Community Hall Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00 - Rackets and Shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact Willie on 086-8226523 for further information.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th April. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store for everyone. Historical walk on Saturday Morning; a Gruelling 5k run on Saturday afternoon. A not to be missed Novelty Race on Saturday night. Easter Parade on Sunday with Street entertainment and Live Music. So put these dates in your diary now.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place in Fay’s Bar, Granard on Friday, 27 March at 9pm. All proceeds to Granard’s Easter Festival. Your support will be appreciated.

Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday 31 March 10am-4pm. An Bhéaltriail (Oral Irish), Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665 or Trudy Uí Fhearghail 087-6475071.

Tour De Folly 

Tour De Folly in association with Ballinagh juveniles and Autistic unit Ballinagh National School 80K Cylce and 7K Folly Walk on Saturday, 4th April starting at Ballinagh Community Centre. Volunteers to help on the day would be greatly appreciated. For more information contact Raymond on 0872649904 or Paddy on 0872695276.

“Are You Assist Trained?

If so would you like to become part of a Community Volunteer Group who want to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention”. A meeting will take place on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 7.30pm at the EDI Centre Longford.

Credit Union News

Granard Credit Union is pleased to announce a Car Loan rate of 7.5%. Please call into the office for more details on the offer of free road tax with every 2015 car purchased with a loan from Granard Credit Union Ltd. Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

SVP Shop

The opening hours for the St. Vincent de Paul Shop Lower Main Street, Granard are as follows: Each Monday from 10am to 2.00pm. First Tuesday of each month 10.00am to 5.00pm. Every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

Guitar Lessons

Lessons for beginners starting this Saturday 21 March from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Streete Parish Hall. For further details contact Thomas on 085 7788539 after 6pm.

Rural Transport

Longford Westmeath Community Transport Ltd. Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. For this region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are Friday services into Granard via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy / Cloughernal and in the afternoon via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. The stop and departure point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. All enquiries to transport provider John Maguire at 087-6213526.


The death has occurred of Brigid Connolly, Morlea House, Battery Road, Longford and Cassina, Coolarty, Granard on Friday, 13 March peacefully at Mullingar General Hospital. Her body reposed at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Saturday followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday at 11.30am followed by burial in Granardkille Old cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her aunts uncle cousins relatives and friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


The following are the results from the Community Centre Granard on Sunday, 15 March: First Gent Eddie Dooney. Second Gent Jimmy Cahill. Third Gent Seamus Coyle. First Lady Anna May McLoughlin. Second Lady Una Dooney. Third Lady M. Clyne. Half Time Gent Aiden. Half Time Lady Gerry. Raffle Teresa Keoghan; James Reilly and Anne Byrne.