Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of - Roseanne Kiernan, Springlawn, Granard, who died on Thursday, 29 May; Ena Scanlon, Plunkett Avenue, Boyle, Co Roscommon, who died on Thursday, 29 May, Mother of Aiden Scanlon, Carrickduff; Jessie Kilarney, Brentwood, Essex, England, who died on Friday, 30 May, Sister in law of Kitty Conaty, Cloncovid. May they rest in peace.


The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday the 6 June commencing at 10.00pm with the Holy Rosary and Confession. For further information please contact 086 0405621 or 086 1900640.

Rosary Outdoors

Many thanks to the people who came and prayed the Rosary at various outdoor venues in our parish during May. Any other outdoor venue that would like to have the Rosary, please contact Fr. Michael 6686270.

Congratulations to local outgoing Fianna Fáil County Councillor, P.J Reilly who was re-elected as a member of Longford County Council for another term, following the counting of votes which took place in Newtownforbes recently.  This is an excellent achievement for P.J and is great for our parish.  We wish P.J the best of luck with his duties in the new Council and congratulations also to all the other elected Councillors in the electoral area.

St. Patrick’s Primary School

Killeen Parents’ Association are holding a 5k ‘Fun’ - run/walk/jog fundraiser on Sunday, June 15 at 12pm - starting from McElvaney’s pub Coolarty. Registration will take place at McElvaney’s from 10.30am to 11.30am.  Cost - €10 per adult, €5 per child (U16) or €20 per family. Refreshments will be served afterwards.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Counselling Service

ACCORD also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting.

Pre-Marriage Courses

There are still some spaces available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for 12 and 13 June 2014. There will be no marriage preparation courses in July and August. For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line

Pony Show

This year’s annual Connemara Pony Show takes place in Ballinalee on Sunday 8 June. Full details on the event can be accessed by contacting Frances Forster at 


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 €15,900. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

FETAC Level 5

Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard are currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 Courses in Sports and Recreation, Childcare, Nursing Studies, Agriculture Business, Information Technology and Animal Care. 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. If you, or someone you know, is interested in enrolling for this course, please contact the school for more information on 043 6686209.

Adoration for Exam People

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament for Exam People: - Will take place each Thursday during June in Carra Church with Holy Mass at 7.30pm followed by Adoration from 8 to 8.30pm, and each Friday during June in Abbeylara Church from 3 to 4pm. You are very welcome to come and spend some time adoring the Blessed Sacrament in peace and quiet. This is one good way to support our young people who are sitting examinations.

First Friday

Friday, 6 June is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions in Abbeylara Church at 7.00pm followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.


Thanks very much too all the people who have returned their Trócaire contributions which to date has realised €2,828. Those yet to do so are kindly requested to return their Trócaire money now please.

Irish Cancer Society

Hold their annual collection at Masses this weekend, Saturday, 7 & Sunday, 8 June. Please support.

Youth Pilgrimage

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje takes place from 30 July to 6 August - 7 nights half - board in Guesthouse, close to St. James’ Church.  Young people aged 16-35 are most welcome. Cost €659 in total.  Contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email:

Knock Shine

Pilgrimage season continues until 12 October.  Sundays and Holy-days Masses; 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.30am and 12 noon.  Confessions continuously from 11.00am to 5.00pm, Anointing of the Sick 2.30pm, followed by con-celebrated Mass 3.00pm.  Weekdays (Mon - Sat) Masses: 9.00am, 11.00am (June- October) 12 noon, 3.00pm and 7.30pm.  Anointing of the Sick at 12 noon and 3.00pm Masses.  Confessions: Continuously from 11.00am to 5.00pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation.  Public Ceremonies: 2.00pm Stations of the Cross and Rosary Procession.  3.00pm Con-celebrated Mass with Anointing of the Sick.

Field Day

Abbeylara Field Day takes place on Sunday June 8 where there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults which include the following: Steam Trashing Demonstration, Tractor Pulling, Pony and Trap Rides, Car Boot Sales, Egg and Spoon Races, 3 Legged Race, Tug-of-War for ladies and gents, Midget Car Racing, Bouncing Castles which are free to all Children, Vintage Tractors, a Dog Show with different Categories, and Bumping Car Rides. There will be also be a trophie for the best dressed Lady and Gent. There will food stalls and stands on the day boasting an array of home baking so all palettes will be catered for. There will also be music on the day. There will be free parking on the day and disabled parking close to the enterance of the field (Permit Holders Only). Admission on the day is €10 and children are free. All proceeds are in aid of our Parish Funds, therefore your support would be very much appreciated. So with such a variety of live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Abbeylara Field Day! For further information please contact Pat Reilly on 086 8855189.

Set Dancing Classes

Set dancing classes continues on Friday evenings for children from 6pm – 7pm at Mariett Smith’s house.

Lough Derg

A series of one-day retreats will take place on the pilgrimage island in Lough Derg during the months of August and September. Contact 071 9861518 or e-mail website:

Parish Draw

Please if possible pay your renewal fee of €100 full year; €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector. Many thanks to those people who have paid their renewal fee. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw, which is of great benefit to our parish finances. Thanks also to our collectors. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish, as this is very necessary for banking regulations.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers takes place in The Green, Edgeworthstown, every Wednesday morning at 11.30am and every Thursday evening at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome.

Tidy Towns

Our village is now starting to look its best, if only we can keep it that way. There’s a lot done and a lot to do, with a litter pick up every week. It is most important to pick up that one small sweet wrapper. One wrapper and we lose points, so be on the alert. Also the bottle bin area, bin it or take it home.

GAA Club

No draw as the €100 tickets are still on sale which we hope to have returned by Thursday, 5 June. Then we will be in a position to hold the first draw for the New Year, at which we will also have the draw for five by €100 prizes for fully paid up members.


The yearly tickets for Abbeylara GAA Club Lotto are now on sale around our parish. To purchase your ticket contact any of the players please. Your yearly ticket fully paid gives you entry into 52 weekly Lotto draws, which mostly takes place on Thursday nights, alternating between Crawford’s and The Mill tavern. There will also be 5 x €100 prizes at the first Lotto draw. Thus it is very important to have tickets and money returned immediately please to Kevin Murphy or Patsy Lynch, phone 087 9150478. Thank you for your past support. We need your support once again please.

Public meeting

Public Meeting for People in North Longford, takes place tonight, Wednesday 4 June in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown at 8pm. This is a non political public meeting to discuss any issue you wish. It is your opportunity to exercise your freedom of speech. Anyone that wishes to attend this gathering is very welcome.

Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening at 7pm, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex. Great to see all the old faces back again, now we can get started on planning some new and exciting routes. See you all Monday!

Siopa Lus na Greine

Drop in your cast offs, bric -a - brac to us at the Siopa or to the Centre, everything accepted and welcomed.  New stock arriving weekly, ladies, gents and children’s clothes, and all sizes catered for. Huge bargains on our €1 children’s rail. Jewellery to finish off any outfit, also shoes and sandals. All Books 50c each.  Due to popular demand we are now open Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. All proceeds from the shop go directly to projects in the community.