Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Nan Lord, Aughnagarron who died on Monday, 5 October. May she rest in peace.


Congratulations to Michael Ledwith, Reneghan and Winnie Marie Doyle who got married recently in St. Mel’s Cathedral Longford. We wish them both a long, healthy and happy future together.


Derragh is the place to be if you need a bit of time to yourself, the Bonahowna Walkway has recently been improved and it is now a lovely place for a walk along the banks of the River Inny. If only it was nearer to our village, but nowadays with all the motor transport, it’s down the road. Thank God for the lovely weather, now is the time to walk this lovely pathway before the weather breaks.


On Saturday, 17 October in the Handball Alleys, Abbeylara; at 12 noon Minor Doubles – Mayo v Wexford. At 1pm - Intermediate Singles – Limerick v Cavan. At 2pm - Senior Doubles – Dublin v Kilkenny. Please support.

Parish Draw

You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month - €300; €200; €100; €50 – provided enough join. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw. Thanks very much to those people who have renewed their membership. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish only.

Open Evening and Enrolment

Parents of sixth class students are invited to attend Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard Open evening on Thursday 15 October 2015 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Pupils and parents can view the excellent school facilities, meet students and staff and see the achievements, work and the success of our students first hand. Parents/Guardians are invited to enrol their children in the school on the night.

Junk Kouture

The TYs in Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School are currently busy planning their outfits for the annual Junk Kouture Competition. They are currently trying to collect old guitars, guitar strings and picks, old phones, chargers and SIM cards as well as large brown envelopes and bubble wrap. Any assistance in collecting these items would be very much appreciated.

GAA Club

An important Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 15 October in the Handball Sports Complex at 9.00pm. Full attendance is essential.

GAA Club Lotto

Results 8/10 /2015; Winning numbers: 8, 12, 15, 27. Winners: Tommy Brennan, Granard; John White, Lisryan; Pat McHugh, Carra; Joe Flynn, Trumra; Kevin Lord, Aughnagarron. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 15/10/2015. Jackpot is now €8,600. It could be you!

Supper Dance

A Supper Dance will take place in the Park House, Edgeworthstown on Friday 6 November. Music on the night is by Vincie Carr and Anne McGrory. All proceeds in aid of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Granard Restoration Fund. Tickets cost €15 each and the doors will open at 9.30pm. Please support!

Irish TV

Irish TV (Sky 191) is hoping to come to a venue in your community in the coming weeks to film for our weekly programme... Longford County Matters & we’re looking for people to take part. Are you a singer, musician, music group, writer, artist, dance class, community group, women’s or men’s group, fitness/sports group, do you make Boxty or bake a wonderful loaf? Have you launched a book or are you a bingo group? Etc. etc. We’re looking for you! Ordinary people doing extraordinary things the community! Please call 085 1030569 or email karinacharles2@gmail by October 28 to be included.

Garda Vetting Session

Longford Volunteer Centre is hosting an information session on the changes in Garda Vetting in the EDI Centre, Longford on Tuesday 20 October from 7pm to 8.30pm. If you would be interested in attending please email by Monday 12 October.


An Auction will be held on Saturday 7 November. For further information please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 to let us know of items you may have for the auction and for more details. All Proceeds are for our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Please support. One of the items to be auctioned on that day will be a valuable Tulkini Soap Stove, or it can be bought anytime from now onwards. Contact any of the above for details.

Monster Bingo

Granard Motte Enterprise Centre is having a Monster Bingo on Sunday, 18 October at 3.00pm in the Community Centre, Granard. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard is offering the following courses; Interior Design, Horticulture FETAC Level 3, Front Office Reception Skills, Dress Making including modules on Customer Service, Marketing and Sales. If you are interested in any of the above courses please contact the Centre.

The Debt Clinic

To book a Private Consultation with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner / Approved Intermediary please Email, web or phone Eugene O’ Brien, Leader House, Longford on 043 3348886.


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 now stands at €20,000 in 42 numbers; there is a second Jackpot of €2,900 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early to avoid the rush and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

The Carers Association

The above is providing training on Palliative Care Support on the 11 November, Cardiac First Responder course also commencing on the 20 October 2015, for more information please contact the training unit on 05793 70221.