Granard notes



Tel: 043 66 86922. e-mail:

Longford Minors

Good luck to the minor team with local lads captain, Conor Berry; Cian and Russel Brady; Cathal Lynch and Jason Matthews, all Northern Gaels players and their mentors who play Derry on Saturday in Brewster Park, Enniskillen at 2pm in the all-Ireland qualifiers.

Golden Jubilee

Congratulations to Sr. Roberta Kilbride who celebrates the Golden Jubilee of her profession on Saturday, 1st August at Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Granard at 8.30pm. followed by refreshments in the Community Centre Barrack Street. Sr. Roberta has spent the past 50 years working in Pakistan and we wish her many more happy years.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday takes place in Granardkille old cemetery on Sunday, 2nd August when Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am. It is always a very special occasion when we remember out dead. Please help to have cemetery looking well. There are many people buried in Granardkille who have no family members left to care for their graves so it would be nice if people could lend a helping hand to tidy and maintain these plots.


The Irish Wheelchair Association Church Gate Collection will take place on Saturday and Sunday next 1st and 2nd August. With your support IWA can continue to maintain vital services to people with disabilities in Co Longford.

Breffni Challenge

The Breffni 3 Province Challenge takes place on this Saturday 1st August. Local man Johnny Macken is once again taking part and would appreciate your support. Maps available on

5km Walk/Run

Clonfin Commemoration Committee are holding a 5km walk/run on Sunday 2 August next starting at McElvaney’s of Coolarty at 6pm.Registration will be from 5pm and when the walk is complete there will be a BBQ in McElvaney’s followed by an evening of Irish music song and dance. Registration is €10 per adult and €5 for children and all proceeds will go towards the Clonfin project which is ongoing at the present time. The committee will greatly appreciate your support.

Colmcille Ploughing Association

The association are holding their annual ploughing and field day on Sunday 30 August on the lands of the Bleakley Family Smear Aughnacliffe.

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer Drivers are needed in County Longford to drive Cancer patients to treatments. Details from Gail Flinter, who is Transport Services Manager with the Irish Cancer Society and manages a programme called Care to Drive, which is a volunteer delivered transport service. or Rebecca on 01 2316642, or National Cancer Helpline Freephone 1800 200 700.

Credit Union 

Hours of business Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm. Credit card and EFT facilities available in office. Reminder to all 3rd level students that attractive rates are now available for student Loans. Call in and speak to a member of staff for details.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Granard at 8.45pm. Main Jackpot is €20K in 42 calls or less. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and Granard G.A.A. Clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped into the Centre or to An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Ardscoil Padraig

The school are currently enrolling for Further Education Courses in September 2015. New courses this year are Furniture Design and Making; Interior Design as well as the regular courses in Animal Care; Nursing Studies; Computer and Agri Business; Sport and Recreation and Childcare. Susi Grants available subject to usual conditions. Back to Education allowance available to social welfare recipients subject to usual conditions. Suitable for all ages. Please contact the school at 043-6686209 for application forms and further details. Email:

Rural Transport

County Longford / Westmeath Community Transport have vacancies on their “Door to Door” services throughout the county. All age groups catered for. Single Fare €3; Return fare €5; Contact John Maguire local provider in the Granard Area on 043-6686180 or mobile 087-6213526. For further information on the project contact Longford Westmeath co-ordinator Noel McCormack C/o Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar Co. Westmeath. Phone 044-9338970 / 9338971.

S.V.P. Shop

SVP are having a €1 sale on this Friday 31 July and Saturday 1st August and finishing on Tuesday 4 August. Everything must go. So come along and get a once off bargain. Something for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Fridays and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally. Helpline No. 085-1503985.


Granard Gun Club would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of their recent shoot which was very much appreciated: Pauraic McNamara; John Macken; Kevin McLoughlin; Peggy McLoughlin; Masterson Electrical; Brian Sheridan; McEvoy’s Chemist; Gerry Walsh Coaches; Martina Harton; Mel Burns; John Martin; Tyre Warehouse; Mullaghmore Bakery Sligo; Hunt’s Bakery; Dr. Niall Donohoe; Outdoor Sports Mullingar; Joe Gettings; Jack Fitzsimmons; Sean Donohoe; Granard Inn; Seamus Kane; Kane’ s Newline Motors; B.S Tool Hire; ;Pat Sheridan; Luke Reilly; Charlie Lynch; P.J. Reilly; John Pettit; Paul Flood; Willie Monaghan and Nicky’s Restaurant.

Ballymore Ladies GFA


Congratulations to Pauric and Edel (Biggins) Kiernan, Ballinacross, Granard on the birth of their first baby - Conor. We wish them every blessing for the future.


The death of Maura McGowan, nee Burke, Grange, Ballynacargy and late of Killeen, Granard occurred peacefully on 24 July at Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar. Removal took place to Ballynacargy Church on Sunday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday followed by burial in Sonna Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her husband Pat, sons Kevin and Brian, daughter Annmarie, her grandchildren, daughters-in law and son-in-law and extended family circle.


Sympathy is extended to Maura McBrien and family, Londis Supermarket, Granard on the death of her brother, Brendan Madden, Ballymacelligiot, Tralee, Co. Kerry who died recently. May he rest in peace.


The following are the results from the special whist drive held in the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 26 July: First Lady Kathleen Kerr. Second Lady Kathleen Finnegan and Third Lady Maura Smyth. First Gent Seamus Keoghan. Second Gent John Maguire and Third Gent Mary Masterson. Half time Lady Una Dooney and Half time Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick.