Support group: Longford Mother to Mother Breastfeeding Support Group will meet next Wednesday 7th November in Ballinalee Health Centre from 1030am to 1230pm. All Mums & Mums to be welcome to come along for a chat & a cuppa. Contact Michelle 087 7805873 for more details.

Support group: Longford Mother to Mother Breastfeeding Support Group will meet next Wednesday 7th November in Ballinalee Health Centre from 1030am to 1230pm. All Mums & Mums to be welcome to come along for a chat & a cuppa. Contact Michelle 087 7805873 for more details.

Novena: The opening of the Solemn Novena to our Blessed Lady commences this Wednesday 24 October at 7.30pm to 8.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard.

Crochet for Charity: Crochet classes are commencing on this Wednesday 24 October from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at The Wool Barn Coolarty. The cost per class is €5.00 and classes will run for four weeks. All money raised from these classes will be donated to a local charity. For further information or to book contact Sandra 086 8205177 or email

Area Action Group: A Safe Pass course is being organised in conjunction with 121 Safety next month. If enough people are interested the course will take place in Granard. Please call into the Information Office Main Street Granard or phone 0436686922 before Friday 26 October.

Country Markets: The Friday Market will be held as usual on this Friday 26 October in the Market House Granard with the annual free raffle for Halloween. A wonderful array of bracks and home-baking will be available as always. Spooky Saturday Market at Lus na Gréine Saturday 27 October 11am-1pm. Colouring competition, face painting, pumpkin carving demonstration. Colouring sheets available from Post Office, Library and Lus na Gréine.  Entries to be received at Lus na Gréine before 11.30am on morning of competition.

Christmas Lights: Granard Christmas Lights fundraising draw. Tickets are currently on sale in all premises around town at €5.00 each towards the project. The draw will now take place in Kane’s Bar Granard on Saturday 3 November plus Fancy Dress on the night. Please note change of date. N.B. Due to the lack of interest and attendance of the business people at the meetings it is posing a threat to the survival of the Christmas lights in our town.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services: Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard. Phone – 043 – 6686309. Email: Rath Mhuire Resource Centre - Many thanks to all those who contributed to our Church Gate collection in Abbeylara & Carragh, it is much appreciated and will be put to good use supporting all our groups and services.

Moatsiders Active Age Club: Next meeting will be held on Thursday 25 October in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at 2.30pm. We were very active the last couple of weeks with yoga and bowling. Many thanks to Patricia McCormack for a wonderful yoga session. New members are always made very welcome. Contact Jackie at 043-6686309.

Men’s Social Club: Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 23 October at 12 noon in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre We had a very busy time at our last meeting, Shane Crossan who is working with ‘The Gathering’ project in Longford did a short video with the group about attracting visitors to Longford. We also had the students from Ard Scoil Phadraig visit with us to look at doing an intergenerational project together. Our club provides members with a forum for socialising, acquiring information, and a range of interesting activities. If you are interest in lively company, good food and lots of chat –contact Lucy at 0436686309. Transport can be arranged. Dolmen Centre – Aughnacliffe Dolmen Failte Club (Active Age Group) Next meeting–Tuesday 30 October – 2pm. Dolmen Daycare Services. Next Meeting – Wednesday 31 October-12 noon. North Longford Men’s Group. New members and participants are always made very welcome to any of the clubs or activities – contact Jackie or Lucy @ 043-6686309.

Glotto Results: Draw took place in clubhouse. Numbers drawn 3,5,23,25. there was no outright winner. Congratulations to the €30 winners. Seamus Carrigy Robinstown Granard. Pat and Carmel Sheridan Kilcogy and Jenny c/o Tommy Gallagher Killasonna.

Motte Community Enterprise Ltd. (GMCE): GMCE are delighted to announce, the first major success, in meeting of the target set and selling 500 tickets for the project. This should generate an annual income of almost €50,000 which is a great achievement for all involved. We extend a big ‘Thank You’ to the whole community and in particular to those who supported the project by purchasing the tickets and to everyone who helped in selling the tickets.
In parallel we have received Tenders from specialist consultant firm’s to carry out the Feasibility Study and the group is currently in the process of appointing the emerging preferred company. The main work of the study will involve research on the project as a Tourism and Heritage destination; consultation with relevant local, regional and national stakeholders; the preparation of a Business Case Analysis; recommendations on optimisation of site and local area; and funding and financial model projections.

Draw at Public Meeting: Monday 29 October 2012 at 7:00pm in the Community Centre Granard. There will be a public meeting, all welcome, where the first two monthly draws will take place. Over €2,100 in Prize money will be given away on the night to some lucky people! Again a big thank you to all the people involved at local, county, national and internationally levels.

Pitch & Putt: A meeting of the Club will be held on Monday 29 October at 8.00pm in the meeting room at the Sports Complex. All interested in the future of the Club are requested to attend please. An open competition takes place on Sunday morning 10.45am.

Employability: Are you a person with a disability looking for employment? Brenda Tallon a representative from Employability will attend Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street on Tuesday 30 October at 2.30 pm to 4.30pm For further information on this service please phone Brenda at 0863872855.

G.A.A.: Best wishes to St. Mary’s Longford Intermediate Champions who play the Dublin Champions on this Sunday 28 October in Parnell Park Dublin. Congratulations to Killoe Young Emmets who defeated Longford Slashers in the replay of the Co. Final on Sunday The game went to extra time with final score Killoe 0-15 L. Slashers 0-12. Killoe are out in the first round of the Leinster Championship against the St. Anne’s Rathangan this Sunday in Pearse Park Longford we wish them well.

Credit Union: Winners of International Credit Union Day member draw €50 Michelle Ledwith Abbeylara. €20 each to Lorraine Farrell, Looking Glass Granard and Sean Kavanagh Killasonna. €10 Helen Lynch Bracklagh Finea. Next monster draw takes place in December.

Church Gate Collection: The annual Senior Citizens Christmas party will be held in Lus Na Greine on Sunday 9 December. The organizers will take up a church gate collection at all masses in Granard next weekend 27 and 28 October. The voluntary management committee and staff of Lus Na Greine provide a great party for the Senior Citizens of Granard, Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta areas every year and they will appreciate whatever help you can give in defraying the cost of this. If anyone wishes to make a donation to this they can do so by calling into the centre at anytime.

Minor GAA: Scór na Nóg 2012 / 2013 We would like to encourage all our young talent to consider taking part in Scór this year. The competition offers young people the opportunity to meet up, make friends, have fun and represent their club. There are 8 different events which covers all aspects of Irish culture. Competitors must be 17 years of age or younger on 31 December 2012. For more information please contact Anne (087 0558481) or Johanna (086 6018967).

Handball: Congratulations to Paul Brady Mullahoran who won his 4th World Handball Championship last week at City West Dublin. Well done to the players from Abbeylara Club Niall and Darren Flynn Fintan Creamer and Colm Devine who put up a good performance in the respective games.

15km Challenge: The Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 27 October. Main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacy. People can either walk run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cavan.Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice, any of the MacManus pharmacies, Ciaran Weir, Padraig Cosgrove, Willie Hughes, or Crossdoney Foodstore.

Give Blood: Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold clinics in St. Brigid’s Community Centre Loch Gowna on Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November from 5.00pm to 8.30pm. Please help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

AG Bingo: Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GFC and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €8500.

Table Quiz: The annual table quiz in aid of Bunlahy Area Project Group will take place in Creegan’s on Friday 26 October at 8.30pm. Tables of 4 - €40 or €10 per person. A great night is guaranteed. Your support would be greatly appreciated. N.B. Bonus Ball competition continues to run weekly at Creegan’s at €2 per square. Please ask Bar Staff for details.

Halloween Party: St. Guasacht’s Parent Association Bunlahy are hosting a Halloween Party in Creegan’s Bunlahy on Saturday 27 October commencing at 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Prizes for best Fancy Dress. Come along and join in the fun.

LCRL Networking Event: The group are hosting an event and seminar in the Longford Arms Hotel Main Street Longford on Wednesday 31 October from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Find out what the Rural Development Programme (RDP) has to offer for your business, local community or voluntary organisation at this event. Hear from individuals and groups that have already received grants and network with like-minded people. The key note speaker on the day is the inspirational Mark Pollock. Mark went blind at the age of 22 and has since competed in ultra-endurance races across deserts and mountains and the polar ice caps including an epic two month adventure to the South Pole an incredible individual. To book your place email or phone 043-335555.

Thanks: The Granard Branch of St Christopher’s held a very successful karaoke evening in September and raised €3,222.The winners on the night were: Marie McGauran, Louise Morgan, Mairead O’Hara, and Brian O’Hara. Theresa McGovern won the hamper, Doris Looker won the door prize and David Murphy was the successful bidder for the Boxing Glove. The best dressed cowgirl was Teresa Grant, and the best dressed cowboy was Joe Gorman. Thank you to everybody who came and made the evening such a success. Also a big thank you to all the sponsors and particularly to the staff at McElvaney’s at Coolarty who made us so welcome.

Recent Deaths: The death of Anne Morrissey (nee Maher) Main St. Granard occurred peacefully at her residence on 18 October. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday in St. Mary’s Church followed by burial in Granardkille Cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her sons Tony and Pauraic daughters Mary Jean Ann Sheila and Vera grandchildren her sister Breda and extended family circle.

Brendan Reilly: The death of Brendan Reilly Rathcor Granard occurred on 18 October. Removal took place from The Manor Edgeworthstown to St. Mary’s Church Granard on Friday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday followed by burial in Granardkille Cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his sister Bridie Gilligan Abbeylara and her family.

Frank Dolan: The death of Frank Dolan Killeen Granard occurred on 29 October. Removal took place to St. Mary’s Church Granard on Sunday evening. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday followed by burial in Granardkille Cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family.