Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all readers of these notes at home and away. Hope you all have a very enjoyable day.


Granard guild held their meeting on Thursday night last. Guest speaker was Ms Clerkin from the RSA who gave a very informative talk on Road Safety and provided us all with Hi Vis Jackets and stressed the importance of wearing these day and night when out walking or cycling. 6 members travelled to The Family Centre in Longford on Saturday evening 6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day. Each guild was given a country to research on women in Agri-business. Our guild researched Australia and had an impressive display. It was a most interesting project and Joy Burns gave a talk on the findings. Ms Sorcha Nic Mhathona from Oxfam gave a presentation on women in Sudan and other African countries and the challenges they face. Many of these women have set up successful businesses with the assistance of Oxfam and other charitable organisations.

The book Longford Women’s Voices published in 2007 by Granard Guild members Joy Burns Anne Donohoe Margot Gearty together with Gen Doherty Coolamber Guild and Stephanie Igoe Ennybegs Guild was launched as e book now available from Amazon. The evening finished with supper and a wonderful session of Traditional music provided by local lady musicians and special guest Noel Sweeney. Sympathy is extended to guild member Margot Gearty on the death of her brother Kevin Kiernan formerly of the Greville Arms Hotel Granard who died recently in Omagh. May he rest in peace.

St. Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services would like to thank all those who supported their recent fundraising event “Padraig Potts Guide to Walking” by Seamus O’Rourke in the Community Centre Granard. Thank you also to those who donated generous raffle prizes and to all who purchased tickets. After expenses a total of €1,926.00 was donated to St. Christopher’s Services.

Lenten Prayer

Lenten Prayer and Reflection takes place every Thursday evening during Lent from 7.30pm to 8pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Everyone welcome.

Slimming World

Brand new Slimming World Group commencing in Sacred Heart N.S. Granard on next Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm. Tel. Liz on 087-9534254 for further details.

Killasonna NS

Enrolment for September 2015 at Scoil Bhríde, Killasonna will take place on this Thursday, 12 March between 2pm and 3pm. We look forward to welcoming parents who wish to collect enrolment forms and shall be on hand to answer any questions they might have. Phone 0436685280. Email:

Historical Group

A musical evening in Granard Library will take place on this Thursday, 12 March at 7.30pm. The event is hosted by Granard Historical Group and presented by Mr Luke Baxter. This evening will commemorate a concert held on 6 January 1905 when the famous Count John McCormack performed in the Town Hall. Granard. Harpist and singers from Granard Choir will also perform. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. Cover charge of €5 for non-members.

Vintage Run

Will be held on this Sunday, 15 March at 12pm from Creegan’s, Bunlahy. Vintage and Modern Tractors, Cars, Motorbikes, Lorries, Ass & Carts are welcome. This fundraiser is in aid of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and Bunlahy Area Action Group. Entry fee is €20 per vehicle and registration time starts at 10:30am. The run will be followed by music by Rhythm & Sticks. Refreshments served throughout the day. Donations welcome and appreciated. (Strictly no Loaders, Implements, Passengers allowed on vehicles). Please contact Pauric 087-2571626 or David 087-7970464 with queries. Looking forward to a great day.

Poker Classic

St. Mary’s GAA are holding a Poker Classic in Granard Community Centre on Friday, 3 April. Buy in €30/rebuys/add-ons. First Prize €1,000. For further information text 087-2121509 or call after 6pm.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Wednesday 27 May to Monday 01 June 2015. Departing from Knock Airport. Assisted pilgrims wishing to travel should contact their local parish priest. Others wishing to travel please contact Joe Walsh Tours direct on 01-2410800 or email for booking forms and further details.

New 2 U –SVP

The shop is now open each Monday morning from 10am to 1.00pm. in addition to Friday and Saturdays and the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Something for everyone. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre, Granard. Start time 8.45pm. Jackpot this week is €19,600 in 42 calls or less. Proceeds to St. Mary’s and Abbeylara G.A.A. clubs. Your continued support is appreciated.

Reiki Workshop

Treat yourself to an enjoyable and very informative 2 day workshop in Granard on 21 and 22 March. Call Pauline on 086-2246019 for further information and to book a place.

Adult Badminton

Takes places each Monday night from 8 to 10pm in Cannon Kelly Community Hall, Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00 - Rackets and Shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact Willie on 086-8226523 for further information.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th April. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store for everyone. Historical walk on Saturday morning; a Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon. A not to be missed Novelty Race on Saturday night. Easter Parade on Sunday with Street Entertainment and Live Music. So put these dates in your diaries now.

Ladies Night

A fundraising night for the Easter Festival will take place on 20 March at 9pm in the Boomerang Lounge Bar. Fabiani Shoe Boutique Longford will have a display of fashion shoes and handbags. Refreshments will be served and cost is €10.00. Come along and enjoy.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place in Fay’s Bar, Granard on Friday, 27 March at 9.00pm. All proceeds to Granard’s Easter Festival. Your support will be appreciated.

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

On Saturday, 21 March a fundraising night will take place in John V. Donohoe’s Lounge, Granard at 10.00pm. Paula Harkin will have her hair cut off by Lorraine Farrell in aid of the Rapunzel Foundation who make wigs for children who have Leukaemia and Alopecia. Money raised will go to the Berevement Section, Coombe Hospital Dublin who gave the Paula and Pat Cullen great support and help when their daughter Ellen was stillborn in June.

Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday 31 March 10am-4pm. An Bhéaltriail (Oral Irish), Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665 or Trudy Uí Fhearghail 087-6475071.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Resource Services

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard. Phone – 043 – 6686309. Email Rath Mhuire Centre - Moatsider’s Active Retirement Group: Meeting Dates: Thursday 12th and 26th March. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Multyfarnham Cookery School and at our next meeting date in Rath Mhuire we will be joined by Cabrini, Community Physio. We always give a warm welcome to new members, so, if you would like to join us in any of our activities or events in the coming months, please get in touch.

Rath Mhuire Men’s Social Club: Meeting Dates: March: Friday 13th , in the Dolmen Centre, we will be joining with the North Longford Men’s Club and a speaker from the Marie Keating Foundation will be visiting to talk on Men’s Health. Next meeting in Rath Mhuire Centre will be Tuesday 31st at 12.30pm and the club will be commencing Carpentry & Woodwork. Good company and good food will also be provided!

Granard Writers: Meeting Date Monday 30th March at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. We will be travelling to Crover House Hotel. Our aim is to promote creative writing in an enjoyable and relaxed environment and new members are always welcome.

Dolmen Centre: There are a range of activities and social events happening in the coming months, including, Arts and Crafts, Yoga, Curling and an outing to the Backstage Theatre. New members are very welcome.

Dolmen Failte Active Retirement Group - Meeting Dates: Tuesday 24 March – 2.00 – 4.00pm. in the Dolmen Centre. Dolmen Daycare Services - Meeting Dates: Wednesday 18 March 12.00 – 3.00pm - North Longford Men’s Group

Meeting Dates: Friday 20 and 27 March – 12.00 – 3.00pm at the Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe. For any information on any of the above groups or activities – contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309. Transport is available.

Are You Assist Trained?

If so would you like to become part of a Community Volunteer Group who want to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention”. A meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 7.30pm at the EDI Centre Longford.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union is pleased to announce a Car Loan rate of 7.5%. Please call into the office for more details on the offer of free road tax with every 2015 car purchased with a loan from Granard Credit Union Ltd. Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.


A special Whist Drive will be held on St. Patrick’s night Tuesday 17 March in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. We would appreciate your support especially for this Whist Drive. The following are the results from the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 8 March: First Lady Eva Kirk; Second Lady Vera Leahy; Third Lady Anna McLoughlin. First Gent Bernie Nally. Second Gent Eddie Dooney. Third Gent James Reilly. Half Game Lady Maura Smyth. Half Game Gent Aidan Reilly. Raffle: Michael Browne: Eddie Brady and Michael Browne. Whist drive as usual next Sunday night.

Siopa Lus na Greine

We welcome your cast offs, bric-a-brac etc. you can drop them into the shop on Main Street any Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 10am and 5.00pm or to the Centre Monday to Friday. We have a lovely range of children’s clothes now in stock all sizes, also just arrived ladies trouser suits, suitable for the office at knock down prices. Lots of men’s clothing all sizes. Pop in and have a browse at your ease. All proceeds from the shop goes directly to The Family Resource Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Easter Camp

The annual Easter Camp which includes a Treasure Hunt will be held from Monday, March 30th to April 2nd. At Lus na Greine FRC Book through centre on043-6660977.