Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


We welcome into the Christian Community, Peter James, son of William and Delia Stokes, 7 An Rath Béag, Abbeylara; Barry Michael, son of Padraig and Edel Kiernan, Cartronbore.


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Mary Walsh, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, London, England, formerly Mary Heary, Abbeylara, who died recently; Denis Reilly, South Shields, Newcastle on Tyme, England, Son of the late Denis, formerly of Toneymore and nephew of John Reilly, Renehan and Eamon Reilly, The Manor, Edgeworthstown; Pat Allard, Shandonagh, Ballinagh, Mullingar, who died on Saturday, 19 September, Brother in law of Margaret McHugh, Carra; Mary Lizzie Kilbride, Aughakilmore, Ballinalee, who died on Tuesday, 29 September. May they rest in peace.

ISPCC & Childline

The ISPCC and Childline are holding their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October. Please support. ISPCC is the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, who are always there for children.

Solemn Novena

The Annual Novena commences on Wednesday, 28 October at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard and continues for 9 Wednesday nights. Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part.


All Ireland 60 x 30 Senior, Intermediate and Minor Singles Finals takes place on Saturday 10 October, in the Handball Courts, Abbeylara, starting at 2.00pm. Please support.

Parish Draw

You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month - €300; €200; €100; €50 – provided enough join. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish only.

Table Quiz

In preparation for the Minor County Final on 11 October, Northern Gaels GFC is holding a table quiz next Friday night 2 October in Keogh’s Mullinalaghta at 9.00pm. All Proceeds in aid of Northern Gaels Minor Team. €40 for a Table of 4. There will be a Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Abbeylara N.S. Draw

Hamper winners: Diane Charles, Aughavas, Charlie Reilly, Kilnaleck, Kindly sponsored by P. J. and Mags Farrell, Abbeylara; P. J. Reilly, Ballinacross; Larry Boland, Garden Centre, Abbeylara; Sean and Anna Quinn, Bracklagh; McDaid’s Pharmacy, Granard; McEvoys Pharmacy, Granard; Lena Stokes, Discount Store, Granard; Sean Quinn, Butchers, Granard; Fresh Today, Granard; Super Valu, Granard; Panache Beauty Salon, Granard; Donies Discount, Granard: - Also a word of thanks to Granard Credit Union and Macken’s Filling Station who kindly sold tickets and held the draws.

Open Evening and Enrolment

Parents of sixth class students are invited to attend Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard Open evening on Thursday, 15 October 2015 from 7pm to 9pm. Pupils and parents can view the excellent school facilities, meet students and staff and see the achievements, work and the success of our students first hand. Parents/Guardians are invited to enrol their children in the school on the night.


Derragh is the place to be if you need a bit of time to yourself, the Bonahowna Walkway has recently been improved and it is now a lovely place for a walk along the banks of the River Inny. If only it was nearer to our village, but nowadays with all the motor transport, it’s down the road. Thank God for the lovely weather, now is the time to walk this lovely pathway before the weather breaks.

Monster Bingo

Granard Motte Enterprise Centre is having a Monster Bingo on Sunday, 18 October at 3.00pm in the Community Centre, Granard. Your support would be very much appreciated.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results 1/10 /2015; Winning numbers: 5, 10, 11, 30. Winners: Paddy Gilmartin, Abbeylara; Brian Heaney, Abbeylara; John and Michael McHugh, Springtown; Margaret Dennehy, Abbeylara; Gabriel Devine, Carra. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 8/10/2015. Jackpot is now €8,550.

Tidy Towns

Bonus Ball Winners; 01/08/2015; Kitty Mahon; 08/08/2015; Sean McElvaney; 15/08/2015; Lauren Kelly; 22/08/2015; Ali Martin; 29/08/2015; Katherine McGerr; 12/09/2015; P. J. Reilly; 19/19/2015; Killian O’Reilly; 26/09/2015; Lauren Kelly: Thank you very much for your support.

Tidy Towns Results

Like we said a few weeks back a lot done and a lot to do.  Congratulations to Abbeylara on improving their score by seven points, we are now on 257.  We thank our TUS and Community Employment workers for all their work during the year.  We would also like to thank the teachers and pupils of St. Bernard’s National School, they were acknowledged for their Green Flags etc. Also big thanks to the people of Abbeylara who kept their premises looking so well. Full results can be collected from PJ Farrell’s Shop or any committee member.

Active Age

Our next get together is on Thursday, 8 October at 2.30 pm. Why not come along and bring a friend.  We meet in the Handball Alley with lots to say and do, see you there!


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 now stands at €20,000 in 42 numbers; there is a second Jackpot of €2,800 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early to avoid the rush and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!


An Auction will be held on Saturday 7 November. For further information please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 to let us know of items you may have for the auction and for more details. All Proceeds are for our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Please support. One of the items to be auctioned on that day will be a valuable Tulkini Soap Stove, or it can be bought anytime from now onwards.