Come and pray around the Cross each Thursday evening during Lent at 7.30p.m in St. Mary’s Church Granard. Place your prayer needs and worries at the foot of the Cross during this special time.

Community Playgroup

Registration night will be held on this Thursday, 27 March 2013 at 8pm in the Community Childcare Facility, The Hill, Granard. Early booking for free place ECCE year is essential i.e. any child born between 20/02/2010 and 30/06/2011 is entitled to their free year. If any parent or guardian cannot attend on the night please contact Anne for further information at 043-6686892.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 single and €5 return. – Free Travel Pass holders Travel Free. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555 or provider John at 087-6213526.

Garden Club

The club will hold their Easter flower arranging night in Lus na Greine on Monday 31 March at 8pm. All arrangements will be raffled on the night and everyone welcome.

Step Into Spring

Ladies come along and view “Fabiani Boutique” amazing show and handbag collection in the Boomerang Lounge, Granard on Friday, 4 April at 9pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some finger food. Lots of Spot prizes on the night. All proceeds to Granard Easter Festival. A great ladies night out not to be missed.

Alzheimer Society

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold their annual general meeting on Wednesday, 26 March in the Longford Arms Hotel at 8.00pm. All are welcome.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day fundraiser takes place on this Friday, 28 March. Please support the fight against cancer. The Society provides a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. Collections will take place at Super Valu, Granard and Granard Country Market on Friday and all support is much appreciated.

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for the Easter Festival on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April. The festival kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a historical walk of Granard led by local historian Jimmy Donohoe. Jimmy’s tour is both very enjoyable and informative as he holds a wealth of knowledge about Granard’s history! On Saturday afternoon at 3pm the gruelling 5K Walk/Jog/Run will start at Kiernan Milling! Entry is €10 per adult and €5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows Men 1st €100, 2nd €50 3rd €25 1st u16. Ladies 1st €100, 2nd €50 3rd €25 1st u16 . Registration will take place from 2pm at Kiernan Milling. All walkers, joggers and elite runners are welcome. For more information call Patrick on 043 6687935. Later in the evening, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of 7 people. The cost is €20 per team. On Easter Sunday at 2pm and onwards there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. There will also be face painting and balloon modelling. The parade is expected to pass through Main Street at 2.30pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. The Madagascar circus will be in Granard after the parade with appearances by Marty the dancing Zebra, Alex the friendly Lion and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday 2 April 2014 between 9am – 11am. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Credit Union

Communion and Confirmation loans are now available e.g. €1000 loan repayments are €20.28 per week. Car / Wedding loans at 8%. Call in and discuss with a member of staff. Hours of business in Granard Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00am daily. Closed Mondays. Gowna sub office open each Saturday 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

Men’s Social Club

The next meeting date for the Granard Men which is Tuesday 1st April at 12.30. For our last get together we joined up with our friends in Colmcille and the Dolmen Centre for a fantastic afternoon with dinner and movie as well as great music and song. Many thanks to Michael Masterson for hosting us and everybody was very impressed with the restoration of the cottage and old dance hall that he has carried out. Many thanks also to the O’Callaghan family Sean, Laura and Ronan for leading us in music and song.

Dolmen Centre

All groups at the Dolmen Centre -Dolmen Daycare- Dolmen Failte Active Age & North Longford Men’s Club are very busy and active with lots of activities and plans for 2014. For any information on the range of activities and services which take place in the Dolmen Centre or for any of the above activities at Rath Mhuire Centre please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for all groups.

Friendly Phone Call Service

The Rural Resource Worker made a presentation to the nurses in the new Primary Care Centre, located in Flancare Business Park, Longford. The Rural Resource Worker will be promoting the Friendly Phone Call Service to older people in the Granard Area. Any local groups in the Granard area are welcome to request a presentation on the service. Please contact Mary Mulvey at 043-3345555. The aim of this free confidential service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The Friendly Call Service can be reached at 043-3349678 from Monday–Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Table Quiz

A quiz in aid of St. Mary’s GAA will take place in Fay’s Bar, Granard on this Friday, 28 March at 9.30pm. Your support will be appreciated.

Glotto results

There was no outright winner of the most recent draw. Numbers drawn 9-17-18-23. Congratulations to the winners of €25 each – Tricia Gettings, Lisryan; Daniel Smith, Mullahoran; John Joe Grier, Tullygullion, Kilcogy and Edel Quinn, Killoe. Next Jackpot is €7,250.

Happy Heart Walking Club

With the arrival of Spring and long bright evenings we are resuming our evening walking on Monday 31 March at 7.00pm meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex. This is an id3eal way to relax unwind and get in touch with nature and have some ME TIME. Our emphasis is on strolling rambling and chatting. Old and new members welcome. See you on Monday!

Local Writer’s success

Congratulations to Robert Higgins Castlenugent Granard who has been nominated for a prestigious Hennessy Literary Award. In a recent interview Robert said his fiction book “Caldene 1993” was greatly influenced by his childhood in Granard. Robert is son of Jim and Catherine Higgins and grandson of the late Pat (The Baker) and Rita Higgins Moxham Street Granard. We wish Robert every success for the future.

Fundraiser success

On Sunday 16 March last a very successful fundraiser was held in this area when members of the Ballymore football club and representatives from LCRL drop in Centre in  Longford led by Josephine Stroker got together and organised a tractor, cycle, motor cycle, lorry and vintage car run to raise much needed funds for Suicide Awareness and for the Ballymore club development fund. See Bunlahy notes for more details.

Longford Race Day

At the recent launch of Longford GAA Race Day sponsored this year by Flynn & Lynch everyone is encouraged to come on board again and support. This is the 12th Race Day and is due to take place on 30 April 2014. Martin Skelly reminded everyone present at the launch of the importance of this event both as a great social day out as well as outlining the financial importance it is to Longford GAA. The price of the Race Day remains at €100 per person or €1000 for a table of ten. Contact your local GAA club for further information.


Members taking part in Tai Chi are reminded that instruction continues in the Credit Union meeting room on this Thursday 27 March at 8.15pm. Next guild meeting which is the AGM takes place on Thursday 3 April at 8.00pm in the Credit Union meeting room. All members are requested to attend. Many members and friends from the guild attended the Celebration Dinner in Newcastle House Ballymahon on Thursday last 20 March for the presentation of certificates by ICA National President Liz Wall. Congratulations to all concerned and especially those members with 50 years membership Joy Burns and Bridie McMahon who were both presented with a suitable piece of crystal and certificates. Others to receive certificates ranging from 20 to 40 years membership were Nancy Carr; Rosemary Reilly; Doris Looker; Liz Brady; Ann Donohoe; Frances Monohan; Margot Gearty; May Fanning; Peggy Dempsey; Patty Fitzgerald and Maura Sheridan.

Coolamber I.C.A.

Congratulations to the members of Coolamber guild who received 50 year ICA membership awards in Newcastle House Ballymahon on Thursday night- Anne O’Hara, Muckerstaff, Granard was among the recipients. Anne is also a popular supplier to Granard County Markets weekly market every Friday morning. We wish her many more happy times with both organizations.


Congratulations to James Hynes, Ballymaurice, Granard and Trisha McCormack, Ennybegs who were married recently. A reception followed in Hotel Kilmore, Cavan. We wish the young couple many happy years of wedded bliss.


The following are the results from Sunday, 23 March at the Community Centre Granard: First Lady Kathleen Kerr. Second lady Anne Leonard. Third Lady Annie Egginton. First Gent Edward McGivney. Second Gent Seamus Coyle. Third Gent Edward Brady. Half Game Lady Mary Cahill. Half Game Gent Jimmy Cahill. Raffle 1. Anne McLoughlin. 2. Annie Egginton and 3 Peter Gregg.

Pitch & Putt

The sympathy of the club is extended to our secretary Linda Higgins and family and the Brady family on the death of Linda’s father, Frank Brady. May he rest in peace. On 7 March the club held a Table Quiz in Fay’s Pub Granard. The club would like to thank all who came and supported the event; those who bought tickets; those who were unable to attend and gave donations; all who donated prizes for the raffle – Cllrs. Frank Kilbride; P.J. Reilly and Micheal Carrigy; Sean Quinn Butcher; Looking Glass Hairdressers; Sinead Fay; Linda Higgins; McBrien’s Londis; Pat Sheridan and Kearney’s Filling Station. Congratulations to the quiz winners: Ann and Joanne Creamer; Jimmy Croke and Noel Kelly. The club would like to thank Sinead and Paul Fay for the use of their premises; Bernie Burke for the sandwiches and Paddy Dowd who was an excellent Quiz Master on the night. Thanks again to all concerned. For more information about Granard Pitch and Putt you can follow us on FaceBook at Granard Pitch and Putt. Anyone wishing to become a member can contact Raymond Fay on 087-774788.

Lus na Greine

Lus na Greine news appear on page 46.