Granard May 13

STRICTLY COME DANCING - All roads lead to the Park Hotel Mullingar on Saturday 21 May for the grand final of Strictly Come Dancing the novel fundraiser for St. Mary’s G.A.A. The boys and girls are perfecting their steps for the past few weeks and it promises to be a great night’s entertainment.

STRICTLY COME DANCING - All roads lead to the Park Hotel Mullingar on Saturday 21 May for the grand final of Strictly Come Dancing the novel fundraiser for St. Mary’s G.A.A. The boys and girls are perfecting their steps for the past few weeks and it promises to be a great night’s entertainment.

Why not go along and enjoy the evening which commences at 8.30pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets available from any of the participants or Club officers at €15 each.A bus will depart for The Park Hotel Mullingar on Saturday 21 May leaving at 7.00pm. To book your seat and for further information contact John at 087-6213526 or 043-6686180.


The monthly meeting of Granard Guild will take place on this Thursday 12 May at 8.00pm in Granard Credit Union meeting room. Entrance is at rear of building through car park. All members are requested to attend. Guest speakers on the night will be Yvonne Kenny / Joanne Quinn from Creative Memories who will help you simplify your memory keeping projects.


The Annual General Meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday 18 May at Granard Community Childcare Facility The Hill Granard at 8.00pm. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be very welcome.


Co. Longford Hospice Homecare wish to say a sincere thank you for €2055.38 which was raised from the Noel O’Connor Perpetual Cup Game with Abbeylara v. Granard earlier this year.



The resent sponsored walk from Abbeylara to Granard raised a total of €1813.00 for the Irish Heart / Stroke Foundation. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make this event such a success.


Granard Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday 17th May at 9pm in JV Donohue’s. All members are asked to attend.


Almost 50 participants from all our groups attended the launch of the Bealtaine Festival in St. Joseph’s the excellent entertainment and good music were enjoyed by all. Well done to Jodie Sheridan Kathleen Brady and Frank Sullivan and Michele Brady for their wonderful performances on the day. Thanks to all in St. Joseph’s and Longford Library Services.


Bealtaine activities continue and on Monday 9 May the group joined Rosemary in Granard Library from 11- 1 for an Arts & Crafts morning. Refreshments were served. Thursday May 12 we will be visiting the Backstage Theatre where the Cois Ceim Group will perform a piece specially commissioned for Bealtaine called ‘Swimming with my Mother’. Bus will leave the Centre 12.30pm. Many thanks to all those who supported our coffee morning last Thursday in aid of the Alzheimer Society. New members are always very welcome – contact Jackie @ 043-6686309.


The group continue to meet every second Tuesday -current activities include woodcraft, composting and a number of interesting activities are planned for the remainder of the year, for more information contact Lucy @ 6686309. Thanks to all concerned for a great day at the Bealtaine Launch.


To Stephanie Donohoe popular co-proprietor of Images Hair Studio Market St. Granard who was the outright winner of Cavan’s Got Talentrecently. She had great support from the area on Friday night last and wishes to thank everyone who travelled to vote for her. Stephanie is youngest daughter of Tom Joe and Maureen Springtown Granard. We wish her success in the future.


A number of people from the Ballymore/Granard/Colmcille area are busy preparing for Sunday 5 June next when they will complete a cycle of 110 miles to Croagh Patrick and then climb the famous reek. All proceeds go to Fr.Simon Cadam’s Lourdes Invalid Fund and all support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in all local shops or donations can be made at the Bank of Ireland Granard. Sort code 90-17-49. Account No 82748169. If you would like to join us on the day and climb the reek we would be delighted with your support.


Granard Credit Union continue to celebrate 30 years in business with their great give -aways. Every Tuesday and Saturday a draw is held for the 30th member in on the day. Last Tuesday’s winner was Joseph O’Neill Cnoc Na Greinne Granard. Our quiz is now set up on our website to be in with a chance to win log on to our website answer questions and submit. It’s that easy. All new members who join in the month of May will be entered in a draw at month end. All new baby accounts opened from now until 31December 2011 will receive €10 to their account. Our member’s draw will be held on Saturday 28 May in the office. Everyone welcome to attend as this is our open day and refreshments will be served. There will also be a special junior draw on the day for all active junior account holders. For further information call in and chat with our friendly staff on Loan rates etc. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5. Gowna office open each Saturday 6-7.30pm. The Gowna office is celebrating 25 years in business.


There was no outright winner. Numbers drawn were 3-12-19-21. Congratulations to the following each won €30. Eamon Glancy Carrick-on-Shannon. Patrick Quinn Edgeworthstown. Mary Moynagh and Cathy Fagan Kilcogy and James Smyth Lisryan.


Congratulations to Padraig Loughrey Longford and Natasha Clarke Ferriskill who were married in St. Mary’s Church Granard on Saturday 30 April. We wish them every happiness for the future. Congratulations to Lena Stokes Barrack St. Granard and Fergus English Tipperary who were married on Friday 6 May in St. Mary’s Church Granard followed by a reception for family and friends at the Hotel Kilmore Cavan. Lena is a popular member of staff at SuperValu Granard and will be missed when she moves to her new home in Tipperary. We wish them every blessing in their future life.


Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of the late Tommy Glancy formerly of Ferriskill who died on 29 April at St. Joseph’s Centre Longford. Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Chapel and burial was in Granardkille Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

The death of Breege Drake St. Anne’s House Rathbracken Granard occurred at Mullingar Regional Hospital on 6 May. Removal took place from her late residence to St. Mary’s Church Granard on Saturday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday at 11.30am followed by burial in Granardkille old cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her family relatives and friends.


Bingo takes place each Wednesday night at 9.00pm in the Community Centre Granard. The Jackpot is building up nicely. Proceeds from the night go to Abbeylara and Granard GAA clubs. Your continued support is appreciated.


Congratulations to the following winners of the monthly draw: €300 Mary Battrim Cloughernal Granard. €200 Jimmy Corcoran Ballyboy Abbeylara. €100 each to Jimmy Early Creevy Granard and P.J. and Mona Donohue Carragh Granard. €50 each to Brian and Lorraine O’Hara Carrickduff Granard and Peadar and Marie McKiernan Abbeylara. Thanks to all who support the draw and the promoters.


The news of the untimely passing of Pete Sheridan greatly saddened all in our golf society as it did so many in the wide community. In the days that followed all the memories came flooding to mind - his great exploits as a whole hearted St Mary’s footballer, his dedicated work as a club administrator, his capacity to celebrate achievement wholesomely and to accept defeat graciously. Though many his qualities, Pete’s greatest legacy to the countless who had the privilege of knowing him was his generosity of spirit to his fellow man. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Kathleen, sons, Peter, Cliff, Brian and Derek, daughters, Judy and Mary brothers and sisters, including Martin, our Handicap Secretary and Vice-Captain. Though never tempted to take up golf, many a witty remark was made by Pete to those of us who succumbed to the temptation. Our outing of April 16 to Mullingar Golf Club was postponed as a mark of respect to his memory.

Slán Pete a chara dhilis, we’re so glad you passed our way.

The Tom Walsh Memorial Outing takes place on Saturday May 14 at Longford Golf Club with a Tee-off time of 9.45. As this is one of the premier outings of the year a large turn out is expected.

The AGM was held on 28 Feb 2011 with a very good attendance in anticipation of a new golfing year. Chairman John Keegan opened the meeting with an account of the previous year’s golf. Noted among others were the ideal weather conditions on each outing, the fabulous courses we visited, a special thanks to our captain Hugh Duffy and praise for the impressive numbers that turned up. A recount of some of the year’s many memorable moments included our host in Rathcore Golf Club, the mighty Mick Lyons - All-Ireland winning captain 1988 the first annual County Bridge Shield v. Mullahoran, the Greville boys on song scoring a 35pt win in Longford and an awesome winning score of 44pts in the Tom Walshe Memorial in Longford. John thanked the committee who made the last three years so easy and bowed out. Secretary Paul Flood thanked John and Hugh for their commitment and welcomed new members to the club. The Joint Treasurers Report related the healthy condition of the club in recessionary times and all agreed to donate €500 to our local Hospice charity.

Officers for 2011 President: PJ Mulligan, Captain: Edward Ned Monaghan, Vice Captain: Martin Sheridan, Chairman: Seamus Finnan, Joint Treasurers: Michael Ford and Michael Murray, PRO: Michael Murray, Handicap Secretary: Martin Sheridan, Secretary: Paul Flood.

2011 Outings 19/3/11: Esker Hills GC Spring Trophy, 16/4/11: Mullingar GC Greville Cup, 14/5/11: Longford GC Tom Walshe Memorial, 11/6/11: Slieve Russell GC Captain’s Prize, 9/7/11: County Bridge Shield – Granard v Mullahoran – Co Cavan GC, 30/7/11:Knightsbrook GC Summer Shield, 14/10/11: Weekend of golf playing Castleknock GC & Luttrellstown GC (with an option to stay Friday night and play Hermitage GC)


The following are the results from Sunday 8 May: Top Score Annie Reilly. First Lady Una Dooney. Second Lady Mary Masterson. Third Lady Kathleen Rafferty. First Gent Phil Smith. Second Gent Edward McGivney. Third Gent James Reilly. First Half Lady Olive O’Reilly. Second Half Lady Annie Egginton. First half Gent Peter Gregg. Second Half Gent Dan Mel Reilly. The whist drive raised €500 for the “The Cross of Hope”. Thanks to all who supported the night. Next whist drive will be the last drive of the season. Proceeds will go to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Support will be appreciated. Thank You.