Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of John Healy, Oxfordshire, London, brother in law of the late Pat Kilbane, Toneymore, who died recently, for Theresa Hopkins, Ballyfermot, Dublin, grandmother of Ben Hopkins, Kilbride who died on Monday 6 May, and for Pat Devine Delvin an uncle of Irene Lynch Toneymore who died on Friday 10 May. 
May they rest in peace.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of John Healy, Oxfordshire, London, brother in law of the late Pat Kilbane, Toneymore, who died recently, for Theresa Hopkins, Ballyfermot, Dublin, grandmother of Ben Hopkins, Kilbride who died on Monday 6 May, and for Pat Devine Delvin an uncle of Irene Lynch Toneymore who died on Friday 10 May. 
May they rest in peace.

Tidy Towns: With the weather very unsettled, it’s hard to get grass cut and strimming done, the weeds are taking over. It would be nice to see more help out when we do get a fine day, and maybe we might get on top of things with painting and lots of other ideas to attend to. We had new faces out this week and this is good to see. There are lots of locals from around the Village that we would like to come along and help us. Voting starts in three weeks time.

Spring Clean – Scrap: We can help your get rid of any scrap you may gather up during your spring clean up and convert it to use for Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Please contact Pat McHugh 0876308152, Pauric Kiernan 086 3998807, Kevin Murphy or any Club officer. Thank you.

Tax Rebate: Letters and ChY2 Certs for this scheme have been sent out. Those who are only wholly PAYE contributors are eligible and are kindly requested to fill in their CHY2 Certs and return in the envelope provided either at Mass or by post please. Anyone else who is eligible but may not have received their letter and CHY2 Certs please contact Fr. Michael 043 6686270.

Carra - Cemetery Sunday: Takes place on Sunday 2nd June. Please clean and tidy this Cemetery before then.

Exam Mass: Student exam Mass will take place on Monday June 3rd in St. Bernard’s Church. Any student/students wishing to take part in the Mass i.e. Reading, Choir, Prayers or Offertory please contact 087 6368460. All welcome.

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to the girls and boys of 2nd Class in Abbeylara N.S who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 18 May last in Abbeylara Church.

Blood Donor Clinic: Takes place on Tuesday 28 May, Wednesday 29 May and Thursday 30 May in the Longford Arms Hotel from 4.30 to 8pm. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. Donor Line 1850 731137 or email You get more than you give.

Longford County Choir: Longford County Choir with orchestra will perform in concert ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins, along with some other choral pieces in St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre, Longford this Sunday 26 May at 7.00pm. Tickets are €10 and are available at 087 6854876.

Local Property Tax: Anyone finding it difficult in registering on the Local Property Tax, please contact Cllr. P.J. Reilly on 086 2464576. Closing date is May 28 for online registration.

Gun Club: Abbeylara Gun Club wishes to thank all those who sponsored their annual Clay Shoot in Derragh on Sunday May 5 2013. Lite Pac Ltd Granard for their Perpetual Cup, P.J. and Margaret Farrell – Grocery and Newsagent Abbeylara, Larry and Susan Boland – Garden Centre Abbeylara, Michael and Carmel Reilly – Motor Car Auction Mullingar-Carragh, Granard Farmers Mart, Des Cummins – Hardware Granard, Pat the Bakers Granard, Gerry and Margaret Gannon Property Developers Dublin, Donie Reilly Granard Discount Store Granard, Martin Mc Myer Wood Products Coole and Anthony Clarke Tyre Centre Granard.

The secret life of the Shannon: Two part documentary exploring the wildlife of Ireland’s greatest river the Shannon. Colin Stafford Johnson examines Butterflies, Dragonflies, Kingfisher on the hunt and Daubenten’s Bats. The feature on the Kingfisher bird was filmed on the river Inny at Derragh Bridge. This program is going out on RTE One at 6.30pm on Sunday evening next the 26 May. The second edition goes out on June 2nd.

Annual Pilgrimage: St Padre Pio’s Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles Co. Tipperary Sunday 26 May. Free Bus leaving Granard 8.00 am, Edgeworthstown 8.20 am, Ballinalee 8.45 am, Killoe Park 9.00 am, Cathedral Car Park 9.15 am, Ballymahon, St Matthews Church 9.45 am (via Kenagh). For further information Contact: 087 6613510 or 086 0405621.

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.

Active Retirement: The Midland Region is holding the Summer Gathering on Friday 7 June, in the Bloomfield Hotel from 12am to 4pm. Any members wishing to travel, contact Breda on 087 1191 131, or 043 66 87756.

Craggy Island/Ted Festival: Craggy Island/Ted Festival comes to Coolarty this Saturday, 25 May at 6pm in McElvaney’s, 5K nuns on the run, lovely girls competition, wellie throwing, Eurovision song contest, BBQ, DJ and prizes, fancy dress essential!! ...Ah come on....come on....come on. Proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s Services.

C.E Vacancies: There will be vacancies on the Community Employment Project sponsored by Granard Area Action Group in September.  These vacancies will be at Granard Community Childcare Facility, The Hill Granard.  In order to gain Garda Vetting in time for September applicants are requested to check out their eligibility with Department of Social Protection, Longford and then forward their C.V. to the Supervisor Joe Murphy, The Information Office, G.A.A.G. Main Street, Granard Co. Longford by 31 May 2013.

“Bethany B & B” - Knock: Are you planning a pilgrimage to knock? ‘We are happy to announce the opening of our new, very modern, tastefully decorated “Bethany B & B” in Knock Shrine’. Please take a moment to see our super accommodation at Contact Colm and Tracy Banks at 087 3945577 for further details.

Parish Pastoral Council Nomination: The Parish Pastoral Council began in our parish in 1984. Since then many people have served on the Council. We thank each and every one of them for their commitment, dedication and service. The time has now come to elect a new Council. To ensure that all areas of the parish are represented, our parish townslands are grouped into regions similar to Station Mass areas, as follows: Region 1 - Camagh, Cooldoney, Coolcroft, Region 2 – Derragh, Renehan, Cloonaghmore, Region 3 – Abbeylara, Ballyboy, Kilbride, Region 4 – Kinkillew, Toberphelim, Ballinacross, Region 5 – Cartronbore, Springtown, Region 6 – Ballywillian, Toneymore, Region 7 – Creevy, Region 8 - Carra, Ballinrud, Region 9 – Cloughernal, Aughnagarron, Trumra, and Region 10 – Dalystown, Carrickduff, Clough. The Nomination papers to start the process of electing the new Pastoral Council was sent out to each home last week. Each household is requested to nominate two people from your region, one female and one male ensuring that you have obtained their consent to be nominated. When you have nominated the above to serve on the Pastoral Council please return your form on or before Sunday 26 May. (Later you will be requested to vote for the election to the Council of those nominated). Training will be provided for the new Council. Again we sincerely thank the outgoing members: Mel Brady, Patsy Fox, Maureen Kelly, Brian Lynch RIP, Bridget Lynch, Patricia Mahon, Peter McIntyre, Maura Newman, Marett Smith, Mary Smith, Peter O’Reilly, Michael Reilly and Fr. Michael Campbell and all members of the Council since 1984. Anyone who may not have received their nomination paper please contact Fr. Michael 043 6686270

Honda - Charity Run: Any Honda 50 enthusiasts interested in doing a charity event please contact Kevin at 087 1375222.

Meeting: Midland Retired Secondary Teachers Association final meeting before summer will take place in Longford Library on Thursday 23 May at 10:30am. We hope to have a short presentation on “Safety when using technology”, and other computer related topics. Please share your tips/best websites/shortcuts etc. with us on the day. We will also show a short DVD on recent Camino walk to Santiago de Compostela. As ever retired friends also welcome. See you then. Contact Rosemary on 087 7589287.

Field Day: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Abbeylara Field Day which takes place on Sunday June 9. The day kicks off at 9.30 am sharp with the weigh in for any farm tractors wishing to enter for the competition & prizes. The Vintage Parade & display of cars, tractors & motor bikes will pass through the village at 12 noon. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Pat on 086 8855189 or T.J on 086 8848736. On Sunday from 1pm onwards, there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including a Funfair, Donkey Derby, Bouncing Castles, Go Karts, Bumping Cars/rides, Face Painting, Wellie Throwing, a Dog Show and also Midget Car Racing. There will also be a prize for the best dressed lady. There will food stalls and stands on the day boasting an array of home baking so all palettes will be catered for. There will be free parking on the day and disabled parking close to the enterance of the field (Permit Holders Only). All exhibitiors will receive a momento and a meal voucher. 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!

Medjugorje Irish Centre Grand Prize: Every month for a year we are giving away one weeks free apartment accommodation for up to 4 people. Text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone us and we can enter you into the draw for free 048 82241888.

Wanted Unused Clothing/Unwanted Gifts: Any unused clothing or unwanted gifts are always welcome at Lus Na Greine and we very much appreciate the great support we get from our community. All proceeds raised help fund local activities.

Courses: Triple “P” Parenting Course: If you are a parent/grandparent/carer of young children this course is highly recommended and will commence shortly in Lus Na Greine, Granard subject to numbers. Woodwork classes are also starting on Thursday evenings. Enrolment is essential for the above courses. Swimming Classes: By popular demand the centre is also hoping to organise a bus to Cavan Swimming Pool one evening per week. These will suit beginners. If interested in any of the above please drop into the centre or phone 043 6660977.

A/G Bingo: Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. 

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €11,400 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes are available at P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, the Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.