19 Aug 2022




Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Michael Salmon, Graffogue, Granard, who died on Sunday 18 August and Eddie O’Reilly, Cloncovid, Kilcogy who died on Tuesday 20 August. May they rest in peace.

Larcc Cancer Support Centre

Hold their annual collection at all Masses on Saturday 31 & Sunday 1st September. The Larcc Cancer Support Centre, Multyfarnham, provides full time counselling and support for people diagnosed with cancer and for their families. For more information please phone 044 9371971 or visit email or freephone 1850 719719.

Active Retirement

We are going to Knock on tomorrow, Thursday 29 August. Members travelling, please contact Denis to reserve your seat. Bus will be leaving the Sports Centre at 9.30am.

Good luck

Best of luck to Abbeylara v Mullinalaghta on Saturday 31 August in Pearse Park at 7 p.m. in the quarter-final of the Longford Senior Football Championship. Your support would be very much appreciated.

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. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. Students may be eligible for further education grants and be able to retain their social welfare benefits subject to usual conditions. For further details about the courses and grants available phone 043 6686209.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 1 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Mass will be celebrated at3.00pm. In this “The Year of Faith” we might use this opportunity to express our faith as a family on that date. Bus leaves Granard at 10.15 a.m. and other neighbouring parishes at various times. Contact Donnelly’s Buses at 043 6686540.

Reading Buzz

Children who have being doing 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 getting your certificate. All cards are being entered in a competition in Longford Library. So good luck to all.

5km Road Race

A 5km Road Race will take place on Sunday 1st September at 2pm at Street Parish Park. Any queries please contact 087 9287129.

Warmer Homes Scheme

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; Owner occupied, Non Local Authorities Homes; Constructed before 2002; or The owner is in receipt of one of the following; Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Family Income Supplement or Jobseekers Allowance for over six months & with a child under 7 years of age. Therefore if you think you may be eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page before the winter rush sets in. , or simply call 043 3393255 for an application form.

Rainbows support group

This is a group that supports children experiencing loss and trauma due to bereavement or family separation. The group will have an Open Evening on September 19 at 8pm in Lus Na Greine, Granard to give Parents/Guardians an outline of what they can expect from the support programme.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

A Monster Barn Dance will take place in Rawle’s, Ballinalee this Friday 30 August. €200 for Best Fancy Dress – Fancy Dress is Optional. Music by various artists. Special door prize: Flat Screen TV. Doors open at 9.00 pm. Tickets are €5. Your support for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated.

Further Education

An Information Session on Further Education will take place in Longford Women’s Link on Thursday 29 August 2013 from 10.30 to 12 noon. The main topics that will be covered on the day is; 2013 Training and Education in LWL and New Lone Parents Course. For more information or to book your place please contact Paula on 086 8265751.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 22/08/2013; Winning numbers: 20, 24, 25, 27. €20 Winners: Jimmy Garvey, Rinroe; Jason McNally, C/o Ballymacrolly; Kitty Small, Toneymore; Anthony Sheridan, Carra; Peter and Caroline O’Reilly, Renehan; Maeve O’Reilly, Abbeylara. Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 29/08/2013. Jackpot is now €1,900. IT COULD BE YOU.

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-coordinator Nuala on 086 3578827. Thank you so much for supporting our Church Gate Collection. Your contribution has meant that we can continue to meet expenses- rent, insurance, resources, thus giving children extra literacy/ maths skills outside school hours.


Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (formerly VEC) is now offering advanced certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). This course is provided free under BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) and is particularly suited to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following interview. For more information please contact Adult Education Guidance Service on 043 3348177.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

GAA Club

Sports Tops are now on sale. All sizes from children to adults available. Contact Gerry Gilligan 087 7794394, or any Club Officer, committee member or player.

Saint Vincent De Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.


Anyone still with unwanted scrap that they wish to dispose of, please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 or any Abbeylara GAA Club Officer or committee member or player. Please note that the Club’s website address is which will soon be active.


Work4You set up by Acquired by Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an 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.

Gardening Skills

Lus Na Greine is delighted to offer this fantastic Gardening Skills FETAC Level 3 course which is supported by Longford Westmeath Adult Education Board. It will run one morning a week over a 12 month period. It offers a great opportunity to learn a range of horticultural skills in practical hands on environment supported by a professional tutor. Booking commences week of 2nd September by calling the centre on 043 6660977.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Ecumenical Service of Remembrance and Hope on Tuesday 10 September in Christ the King, Cathedral, Mullingar at 7.30 p.m. More details in next week’s notes.

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