Congratulations to Michael Donohoe, Springtown and Cleona Collins, Castleblaney, who were married on Friday, 7 March in Magheracloone Church, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Elisha Emma, daughter of Laura McEntire and Gerry Reilly, Springtown.


Forms for enrolment for September 2014 are now available at Abbeylara N. S. 043 6686806 and Aughnagarron N. S. 043 6686805.

Floral Arranging

Granard Garden 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.

Work4You – Information Stand

‘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 9.00am – 11.00am. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Learn to Jive

Learn to jive with Eamonn Cunniss five times all Ireland champion, on Tuesday evenings in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna and on Sunday evenings in Farrell’s Lounge, Ballinalee from 8pm to 10pm. Just turn up on the night. Everyone is welcome, fee €10.


Later this month St. Vincent de Paul in Granard will celebrate its first anniversary. To mark the occasion, a very special sale will take place at the organisation’s shop on the town’s Market Street – New2U – on Saturday 29 march from 11.00am. More details about the anniversary celebrations will be available shortly. The “New To U” shop on Market Street, is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Men on the Move

Funded by Longford Sports Partnership & HSE part time over twelve weeks. Open to unemployed men, includes health and fitness, nutrition, and job hunting skills. Starts early April. For further information or to book a place contact Elaine on 085 7042909.

Fr. Seamus Connell

Congratulations and prayerful good wishes to Fr. Seamus who is Administrator of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Mulhuddart / Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15, Diocese of Dublin.


The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place on Saturday, 29 March in Abbeylara Church at 12 noon, for Abbeylara N. S. and Aughnagarron N. S. Prayerful good wishes to the following girls and boys who are to be confirmed. Abbeylara: Niamh Burke, Lauren Kelly, Katie Kiernan, Bryan Masterson, James McCormack, Cian O’Reilly, Cíaráin O’Reilly, Domhnall O’Reilly, Matthew Quinn, Caoimhe Reilly & Frank Sheehy. Aughnagarron: Tommie Cunningham, Ava Donohoe, Conor Fagan, Edel Gettings, Cathal Gilligan, Gráinne Grier, Ella Kane, Shane Kelly, Sophie Kiernan-Molloy, Michael Lynch, Jordan Martin, Aibhín Masterson, Chloe Matthews, Logan O’Reilly, Patrick Reilly, Ciarán Scanlon & Muireann Smith. We warmly welcome our Bishop Francis Duffy to our Parish, who will confirm the above Confirmation pupils.

Drama Group

DVD’s of a Christening with a Twist is now for sale. Price €10. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221, Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 or Mary O’Connor, 086 3272417.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 13/03/2014, Winning numbers: 9, 16, 18, 25. Shane Gallagher, Abbeylara; Fionn & Caoilin O’Reilly, Renehan; Seamus Connolly, Kilcogy; Finola Fagan, Aughnagarron; Francie Brady, Springtown; Helena and Bernard Smyth, New York. Lotto Results: 20/03/2014; Winning numbers: 9, 17, 24, 30. Maureen Smyth, Abbeylara; Ned McGahern, Cloncovid; John Joe and Jane Reilly, Creevy; Mark Smyth, Carra; Colm P. Smyth, Abbeylara; Dan & Mary Smyth, Toberpheilim. Next draw will take place in The Mill on 27/03/2014. Jackpot is now €4,750.

Thank You

Abbeylara GAA Club would like to thank all those who volunteered their time for the bag packing recently. All proceeds go to the day to day running of the Club.

Friendly 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.

Active Retirement

Held their A.G.M. in the Sports Centre on Thursday last. New Committee: Chairperson: Geraldine Malone, Secretary: Sheila Fahey, Treasurer: Maureen Galligan, Activities Organiser and PRO: Denis Fahey.  Next meeting is on 3 April. New members are welcome.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer 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. Daffodil Day collections will take place at Super Valu, Granard and Granard Country Market on Friday next 28 March and all support is much appreciated.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Thursday 20 March in Carra. €300 – P. J. Farrell, Abbeylara; €200 – Dolores Masterson, Rincoola; €100 – Rosemary Reilly, Ballinacross; €100 – Bernard Brady, Derragh; €50 – Sean Donohoe, Granard; €50 – Tommy & Eileen Connolly, Toneen. Thanks very much for your support of our Parish Draw. Also thanks to all our collectors for the Parish Draw. Anyone who wishes to renew their membership of the draw for 2014/ 2015 can do so by paying €100 full year, €50 half year, €25 quarter year to your collector. Thank you.

Longford Race Day

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

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes for children (5+yrs) starting Friday, 4 April between 6 and 7.00pm at Marrett Smyth’s house, Ballinacross. Contact Kathleen Kelly for further details on 087 6754705.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €14,900. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!