The monthly meeting of Granard Guild will take place on this Thursday, 7 November at 8pm in the Credit Union meeting room. All members intending to travel to the Christmas outing please bring payment to this meeting. Steegan Cup: Competition will take place at this meeting for the best decorated picture frame measuring 7” x 5” – no personal photographs please. All members are requested to attend and new ones are most welcome.

Country Markets

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please take note that the Market has moved from the Community Centre as and from this Friday 8 November. The market will now be held in Gerry Kiernan’s premises on Upper Main Street between the Post Office and Kiernan’s Butchers from this Friday. The market starts at 8.30am and continues until 11.00 am. We look forward to your continued support.

Bravery Awards

Congratulations to Granard based Gardai James Rowan and Padraic McWeeney who were presented with Bronze medals for saving a woman from the river Shannon at Tarmonbarry in August 2010. Mr Sean Barrett the Cean Comhairle presented the awards at the Deeds of Bravery Awards ceremony on Friday 1st November in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park Dublin.

Gun Club

Tickets are now available for our annual Christmas draw to be held on Friday 20 December in J.V. Donoghoe’s Bar. Your support will be appreciated. The club wishes a speedy recovery to fellow member Christopher (Christo) Connell who is in Tullamore Hospital at present following major surgery.

Launch of Feasibility Study

Recently retired Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Bishop Colm O’Reilly will officially launch the feasibility study recently completed on the project to purchase the NAMA owned property at Rathcronan and create a Visitor Centre for the area. The event will take place on Tuesday evening next 12 November at 8pm in the Community Centre, Barrack St. Granard. Other speakers will include RTE correspondent for the Midlands, Ciaran Mullooly. This will be an interesting and informative event and everyone is invited to attend.  

Solemn Novena

The annual novena to prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception continues each Wednesday evening in St. Mary’s Church Granard at 7.30pm. This solemn novena is well established now and everyone is encouraged to make an effort to attend for as many nights as possible.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizen’s Information Service will be in attendance at Granard Area Action Information Office Main Street every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


The Mulligan Sisters will perform Operatic and Sacred Arias along with Musical Theatre favourites in concert at the Church of St. Camillus, Killucan Co. Westmeath on Saturday 30 November at 8p.m. Tickets €10 available at the door.

Local History Group

There has been a very good response regarding interest in setting up a local history group and a meeting will be arranged in mid November having confirmed what time and dates are most suitable to people. Confirmation re time and date will be in the up coming notes. For further information contact Jackie – 043.6686309.

Dolmen Centre Aughnacliffe

The Dolmen Centre in Aughnacliffe is busy with its Autumn and Winter programme. Groups include Dolmen Failte Club Active Age Group – Dolmen Day Care Services – North Longford Men’s Group. If you or a family member live in the Colmcille, Mullinalaghta or the North Longford region and would like to take part in any of the above or require any information on the activities at the Dolmen Centre please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available on request.


The new season of Whist commenced in the Community Centre Barrack Street, Granard on Sunday, 3 November and continues each Sunday night at 8.30pm. The following are the results from Sunday night – First Lady Maura Smith. Second Lady Kathleen Kerr. Third Lady Anne Byrne. First Gent Michael Browne. Second Gent Gerry Leavy. Third Gent James Reilly. Half Game Lady Teresa Reilly. Half Game Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. 13 Tricks Johnny Brady, Annie Egginton and Sean Flood. Raffle Michael Browne, Edward McGivney and Jimmy Cahill. Your support as usual will be appreciated. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Centre.

Pre-Employment Course

If you are currently unemployed, trying to get back to work, in receipt of a social welfare payment then this is the course for you. We welcome participants to our six week programme which will take place over half days from 11 November. Developed collaboratively with other agencies it incorporates a variety of employment supports. Phone 043 6660977 for further information.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing with Bill continues at Lus na Greine FRC, Main Street, Granard on Monday nights, starting at 7.30pm each night for 2 hours. Everyone welcome.


Rainbows programme support children experiencing loss and trauma due to bereavement or family separation.  It is a 12 week programme for one evening per week.  Enrollment night is Tuesday next 5 November 2013 in Lus na Greine at 6pm.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. This week’s Jackpot is €12,800. Sincere thanks to everyone who supports this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.

Christmas Market

As part of our Community Festive Celebrations and Gathering 2013 the Christmas Lights committee are hosting a Christmas Market on Sunday 8 December on Upper Main Street Granard. All surrounding local businesses are invited to come together in these challenging times to promote their seasonal wares in traditional market style. The Christmas Market is being incorporated with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town. There will be the unique live crib and stationary crib also. Local Carol singers will provide entertainment and Santa will arrive to kick off the festive celebrations. For further information on this unique event please contact 0873947376.

The Quare Land

Acclaimed play by John McManus directed by and starring the award-winning Seamus O’Rourke with Shane Carroll will be hosted by Bunlahy Area Action Group on Friday 8

November at 8.30pm in Granard Community Centre. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment - €10 each. Free refreshments will be served. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. For tickets please call David on 087 7970464 or Mary on 087 99964366.


Adult Badminton takes place each Monday night commencing at 8pm in the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall at Ardscoil Phadraig Granard. There are 4 Playing Courts and

Rackets and Shuttles are provided. For further information contact William at 086-8226523.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday and Saturday 11.00am to 6.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 to 6.00pm.

Large goods collection

Longford County Council will hold a large goods collection on this Friday, 8 November at Granard Farmers Mart from 11am to 2pm. Beds; mattresses; furniture, carpets, toys bicycles and household scrap metal. No electrical items. Costs: €10.00 per car; €20 car and single axel trailer. €40 per car and double axel trailer or large van. No tractors or trailers will be permitted. For further information contact Gary Brady, Environment Officer, Longford County Council, Phone 043-3343451 or check out the web site on

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union Ltd. are now lending for Christmas. Hours of opening are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Phone 04386711 for all details or check out website on

Street Children of India

Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the recent fundraiser for the Street Children of India fund in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara. Thanks to Josie for accommodating the event to Mary O’Connor for supplying the music and to everyone who donated prizes for the draw and raffle on the night. A total of €1555 was raised for this very worthy cause.

Advent Retreat

At St. John’s Rest and Care Centre, Knock Shrine, Knock Co. Mayo on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, Feast of Christ the King. Alliance of the Two Hearts 
Family Advent Retreat. The retreat will be led by Fr. Edgardo Arellano (Fr. Bing). For further details contact 0861900640; 0868068259 or 0860405621.

Walking Club

At a recent meeting of the Granard Happy Heart Walking Club it was agreed to continue to meet at Higginstown Sports Complex at 10.15am on Saturday mornings. Walks will be kept local - no travelling involved and the duration is 1 hour approx. Again it was stressed that all paces are catered to, set your own stride. This is an enjoyable outing not a competitive one and not a race. New members male and female and all ages are welcome. See you.