Retired Secondary Teachers: Midland Retired Secondary Teachers Association will hold AGM on Tuesday 9 April at 11:30am in Longford Library. 
Please join us for some or all of the above and new members always welcome. Rosemary 0877589287

Retired Secondary Teachers: Midland Retired Secondary Teachers Association will hold AGM on Tuesday 9 April at 11:30am in Longford Library. 
Please join us for some or all of the above and new members always welcome. Rosemary 0877589287

Tidy Towns: Our next meeting takes place on Friday 5 April 8.30pm. We are having our Spring Fundraiser on weekend of Sat/Sun 5 April with a cake sale after all masses, ladies and gents it is that time again to get on the aprons and bake something nice, tarts, sponge cakes, boxty, brown bread, fruit cakes and buns.

Dinner dance: The 59th Longford -Dublin Association Annual Gala Dinner takes place in the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin on Sat 13th April commencing at 8pm sharp. Award recipients this year are Abbeyshrule community and Killoe man, Frank Kiernan. Music by singer Noel Cassidy and his band. A most enjoyable night is guarantee to all. Patrons may overnight in the hotel at a special rate of 79 euro per couple, which includes breakfast. Tickets at a reduced rate of 45 euro can be ordered from Liam Cauldwell at 087 2595963 or Seamus Connell at 087 7025120. We look forward to greeting and meeting many Longfordians there.

Active Retirement: Abbeylara Active Retirement is going to Youghal Co. Cork on 10 June. Monday to Friday, 4/5 day trip all inclusive €249 for members and €261 for non members. There are only a few seats left as this promises to be a very enjoyable break with day trips to the Titanic Centre in Cobh, Jameson Distillery in Middleton, day trip to Cork City, Mount Mellery Abbey and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Nightly Entertainment, including live music, bingo, cards and much more, there is also a three mile beach/strand for a lovely stroll or sunbathing if weather permits, long evenings it being the month of June. Contact Denis 087 251 0072, deposit secures a seat.

Bunlahy Area Action Group: Bunlahy Area Action Group are hosting the renowned play “For Club and County, the making of a sporting hero” Written and directed by Seamus O’Rourke. Thursday 11th April at 8.30 in Granard Community Centre. A great nights entertainment guaranteed. For tickets 10 euro each phone David or Mary on 087 7970464 or 087 9964366 support greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Night: The Park House Hotel presents its 2nd Annual Fundraising Night in aid of M.W.B. Autism Support Group on Friday 5 April 2013. Dancing on the night to King of Country Music, Mick Flavin. There will also be Special Guests on the night and various spot prizes. Admission is €10. The doors open at 9 pm and dancing is from 10 pm to 1am. A great night’s entertainment is promised.

Enrolment for Abbeylara/Aughnagarron National School: Application forms are now available for the above Schools. For further details please contact Abbeylara N.S on 043 6686806 or Aughnagarron N.S on 043 6686805.

The Granada Festival Granard: Great to see the Line up for the Marquee taking shape: Friday 5 July Jimmy Buckley and His Band preceded by Chuck and June, Saturday 6 July Audiopilot, Sunday July Festival Queen Selection followed by Gina Dale Haze And the Champions. It is hoped to have a display of Granada memorabilia during the weekend, so if anybody has any photos, programs, tickets, posters, plans, outfits etc., it would be minded and returned. Promises to be a great weekend of Music and Entertainment!

Cemetery Sunday & Field Day: On Sunday 4 August it is planned to have a Gathering Event for the community with a family field day in the St. Mary’s GAA grounds following the religious ceremonies. There will be loads of family entertainment organised on the day and an ideal opportunity for friends and family from far and wide to meet up.

1798 Commemoration Weekend: Friday 6 September Granard Opening Event, walking tour of battle sites and followed by entertainment. Saturday 7 September Ballinamuck Unveiling of new signs, tour of battle site, mass and music. Sunday 8 September Ardagh Walk to leader’s grave, historical talks and followed by entertainment.

Feasibility Study: Bill Thorne from Exodea Consulting a specialist consultant firm is carrying out the Feasibility Study and any submissions would be appreciated on or 01—6373951 or to any GMCE member.

Spring Clean – Scrap: We can help you get rid of any scrap you may gather up during your spring clean up and convert it to good use for Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Please contact Pat McHugh 087 6308152, Pauric Kiernan 086 3998807, Kevin Murphy or any Club officer. Thank you.

Mindfulness & Positive Living: A one-evening-per-week course starts in Lus Na Greine on 10 April from 7 – 9 pm and runs for six weeks. Some places remain available. Booking advised. For further information please call to the Centre or tel: 043 6660977.

Women’s Mini Marathon: Lus Na Greine is asking people to consider taking part in this event on behalf of the Centre. They will provide a bus on the day & training will take place weekly under professional guidance. You can register on line at www.florawomens

Slimming World: Slimming World Group is held in Edgeworthstown every Thursday night at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Mostrim Arms.  Phone: Jenny on 086 1094773 for further information. Everybody is welcome.

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €10,700 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.

A/G Bingo: Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. 

Community Diary: A Diary is 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.

MABS: An adviser from MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) is in attendance at Granard Area Action Group office each Monday morning from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

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.

Rural Transport Programme: We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to ALL AGE GROUPS, with FTP holders travelling Free. Single Fare is €3 and Return is €5, for under 65 years. For our local region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are 2 Friday services into Granard = via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy/Cloughernal and in the Afternoon = via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. Our STOP and DEPARTURE Point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. The Rural Transport office is based in LCRL Longford, Phone 043 3345555. All information is on the website, under the Rural Transport Programme. Information can also be accessed from the GAAG office, Main Street, Granard. With the present restriction of funding for Programmes, we encourage passengers to “use the service OR lose it”.