Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Christmas Lights committee annual general meeting will be held in John V.’s Lounge on this Thursday 29 August at 9pm, all are welcome.

Information Day

An information session on Further Education is taking place at Longford Women’s Link on this Thursday 29 August at 10.30am to 12 noon. Topics Covered 2013 Training and Education in LWL. New Lone Parents Course. General talk and questions and answer session. All are welcome.

Community Playgroup

Community Playgroup facility have a few places left in their Afterschool /Homework Club. For further information please contact Anne at 043-6686892.

Dyslexia Workshop

Longford Dyslexia Workshop provides individual and small group tuition to children experiencing learning difficulties. Classes are held in Longford town on Tuesday evenings. For further information please phone the co-ordinator Nuala at 086-3578827.

Work4 You

A group set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have acquired brain injury and want support to return to work training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury aged 16-65 and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection. For further information please call 044 9338773.

Motor Neurone

A fundraiser for Motor Neurone will take place in Rawle’s Ballinalee on this Friday 30 August. A monster Barn Dance with €200 for the best Fancy Dress – fancy dress is optional. Special Door prize of Flat Screen T.V. Doors open at 9.00pm Tickets are €5. Music by various artists.

School of Dancing

The O’Reilly Bransfield School of Irish Dancing classes are resuming after the summer break from Monday 2 September in all areas. All new pupils welcome for further information or any enquires please text Carole on 087 1191130.


Children who have being taking part in the Reading Buzz for the Summer – can you please return your Bee cards to Granard Branch Library.  Well done and thank you to all who took part and you will each be receiving your certificate.    All cards are being entered in a competition in Longford Library.  So good luck to you all.

FETAC Courses

Ardscoil Phádraig Granard is currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These FETAC Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. For further details about the courses and grants available please phone

043 6686209.

Retirement programme

This is a very popular course and is run over a six week period in the VEC College, Battery Road, Longford. The starting date is Wednesday 11 September 2013. Please register your interest by contacting the Citizens Information office giving your name and contact.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 1st September led by Bishop Colm O’Reilly for the final time as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.

Greville Golf Club

The cream rises to the top! after a frustrating couple of months Martin Sheridan wins a Major! A good turnout of Greville Golfers in the fabulous New Forest Golf Club Tyrellspass but the green was heavily sanded and a bit disappointing on the day. Winner- Martin Sheridan. Runner up-Barney Kiernan. Team-Edward Monaghan, Barney Kiernan, Jimmy Finnan.  Longest Drive-Paul Flood. Nearest the Pin-David Parson. Visitors prize-Jimmy Finnan. Greville’s next outing is this Saturday 31 August - County Bridge competition v. Mullahoran in the Radisson Golf Club Cavan at 12.30.


A new series of classes commence on Tuesday 9 September in Edgeworthstown Community Centre. For further information or to reserve a place please contact 086-1011343 or email

Longford Westmeath ETB

The above board formerly the VEC is now offering Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). Places on this course will be offered following interview. For further information contact Adult Educational Service 043-3348177.

Warmer Homes Scheme

People are reminded to check with Longford Warmer Homes Ltd to see if they are eligible for FREE attic and cavity insulation before the winter rush begins. Phone 043-3393255 for further information or visit website or Warmer Home Ltd.

Credit Union

Attention all 3rd Level students – Student Loans are now available so why not call in and discuss your needs with a member of staff. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.00pm.

Phones 4Life

Donate your unwanted mobile phone to the above charity - Heartsafety Solutions. Don’t dump it donate it! A collection box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street, Granard to help to buy a Defibrillator for the town. Sponsored by Kavanagh Environmental.

Coolamber I.C.A.

The monthly meeting of Coolamber I.C.A. guild will take place on Tuesday 3 September in Street Parish Park meeting room.


Granard I.C.A. guild will resume meetings after the summer break on Thursday 5 September in the Credit Union meeting room at 8pm. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be very welcome. The winners of the Flower and Vegetable Garden competitions which took place over the Summer months will be announced at the Federation meeting on 17 September hosted by Coolamber Guild. The following are the results of the Schools Garden competition: 1st St. Patrick’s N.S. Ballinamuck. 2nd Gaelscoil Longfoirt. 3rd St. John’s N.S. Edgeworthstown. Congratulations to all the worthy winners who will also receive their awards at the Federation meeting.


Adult badminton takes place on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm in Canon Kelly Community Hall Granard entrance at the rear of Ard Scoil Padraig. Keep fit and enjoy the fun and exercise for only €3. 4 Playing Courts with Rackets and Shuttles provided. For further information phone William on 086-8226523.

New 2 U

The Charity Shop in Market Street Granard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm and the first Tuesday of every month with something for everyone. SVP phone No. 0851503985.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. Sincere thanks to all who support this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C. This week’s Jackpot is €11,900.

Recent Birth

Congratulations to Mairead and Keith O’Farrell on the birth of their baby girl Charlotte May. Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Pat and Caroline O’Farrell Ferriskill and Pat and Margaret McHugh Carragh.


The death of Maureen Williams, late of Parnell Row, Granard, occurred recently in Manchester. Mass for the repose of her soul will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Sympathy is extended to family relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. The death of Michael Salmon, late of Graffogue, Granard occurred at Acorn House, Mullingar on 18 August. Removal took place from Our Lady’s Manor Edgeworthstown on Tuesday evening to St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon followed by burial to Granardkille old cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sister May Seers, England, nephew Basil, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of the late Edward O’Reilly, Cloncovid, Mullahoran who died recently. May he rest in peace.