Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Margaret Fanning, Clondalkin, Dublin and formerly of Mullahoran, Co. Cavan who died on Sunday 29 September, Sister in law of Collette McGahern, Glan Bar, Mullahoran. She is sadly missed by her beloved husband and best friend Thomas and cherished mother of Ciaran, Chanelle and Charlene, Brothers John, Patrick, Edward, Thomas, Brian, Matthew and Francis, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

ISPCC and Childline

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) and Childline hold their annual collection at Masses next weekend Saturday 12 / Sunday 13 October. ISPCC always here for children. Please support.

Rosary Rally

A Rosary Rally will take place on Sunday 13 October in Emmett Park, Killoe at 3 p.m. Speakers include Fr. Coleman Carrigy, Killoe; Mickey Harte, Tyrone GAA Manager and others. You are very welcome to attend.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

A very big thank you to all who turned out in Abbeylara Saturday Night the 28 September to support Temple Street Children’s Hospital & Team Feely as they prepare for the 2013 Temple Street 4x4 Challenge. A great night was had by all. Hamper won by Jimmy Garvey, Nativity Set won by Catherine Burke, Bottle Whiskey won by Lorna Barber. Your Support was really appreciated. A special word of thanks to Crawford’s for facilitating this event, Mary O’Connor for the wonderful music & Mary Brady for all her hard work in selling lines for the Raffle, making the night a big success Remember there is still time to support Temple Street and Team Feely.

Pastoral Council

Thanks very much too all the people who have returned their completed voting papers, for the purpose of electing a new Pastoral Council. Those people yet to vote are kindly requested to do so as outlined in the letter, return your vote and thus have your say in forming a new Pastoral Council. Thank you very much.

Drama Group

Would you be interested in getting involved with a Drama Group in Abbeylara? If so, please attend a meeting in Crawfords Bar on Tuesday 15 October at 9.00pm. If enough people are interested we would hope to stage a performance in early 2014.

New T.V. Show

Best wishes to Frank Kilbride who launched his new T.V. Show on Sky Channel 191 on Thursday 3 October last. The show is repeated on Sunday evenings at 6.00pm and Monday afternoons at 2.00pm. Frank will feature many local and international artists on his show. For further information phone 043-6684782 or 087-2553897. Email:

Information Evening

Is your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias? If so please join us for a FREE Information Evening for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The Information Evening will cover how to; Understand Behavioural Changes; Encourage Engagement and Care for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One. The Information Evening will take place on Monday 14 October at 8pm in the Longford Arms Hotel by Joanne Flood, Dementia Nurse Specialist.

Walk in Derrycasson Wood

A guided walk with Mr Pat Brady from Coillte will take place in Derrycasson Wood on Thursday 10 October (weather permitting) at 2.30pm. This will be a very interesting event and everyone is welcome to come along and hear of the history of the area; the trees; flowers and fauna. Please remember to wear suitable footwear.

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.

Community Diary

A Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible.

Active Retirement

Our next meeting is on Thursday 10 October at 11am in Sports Centre.  Our guest speaker will be Maureen McCormack, Regional Development Officer.  All members are requested to attend as Maureen comes with an abundance of knowledge on the A/R scene. Hope to see you there!

Tidy Towns 

Winners of the Bonus Ball for the month of September were: 07/09/13; Denis Fahey, 14/09/2013; Ciara Kelly, 21/09/2013; Tony Anderson, 28/09/2013; Tony Anderson.  We urgently require helpers for the ongoing work in order to keep Abbeylara clean and tidy.  We would like the people who are bringing bags with empties to the bottle banks, to place the cans, bottles etc. in the appropriate bins and bring their plastic bags and boxes home.  We will be calling an AGM at the end of October. All present members are stepping down and new members are required in order to keep the Tidy Towns going. Looking forward to seeing lots of new faces at the AGM without Tidy Towns our village wouldn’t look the same.

Community Garden

Help is needed with this project in Lus Na Greine, Resource Centre, Granard. We would welcome volunteers to give us an hour or two to help develop the garden, herbaceous border, annuals, seed sowing etc. Contact the centre on 043 6660977.


In an effort to raise finance and in order to ensure that Granard will have Christmas lights for the streets of the town during the festive season a Fundraising night will be held in the Bay Horse on Saturday 26 October. There will be music and a fancy dress on the night with prizes of €500, €300 and €200. There will also be other various Spot prizes on the night. Tickets are on sale at €5 each or a book of 20 for €100 in various shops and from committee members. A great night’s entertainment and laughter is guaranteed!!

Training Options Programme

Training opportunities for People in receipt of any Disability/illness payment commences in the EDI Centre Longford. This 8 week part time programme includes FETAC accredited modules with work experience included. To register for this programme please contact the EDI Centre on 043 3347515.


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. Jackpot is now €12,500.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 03/10/2013; Winning numbers; 2, 3, 15, 16. €20 winners: Dan Maguire, Loughduff; Cyril Kiernan, Loughduff; Gabriel Creamer, Rincoola; Kevin & Rita Kiernan, Dalystown; Margaret Dennehy, Abbeylara; Kevin Kiernan, Jnr, Dalystown: Next draw in Crawford’s on 10/10/2013. Jackpot is now €2,500.

Blood Clinic

Donate blood on Wednesday 9, and Thursday 10 October in the Longford Arms Hotel from 4.30 to 8.00 p.m. Please support this urgent appeal.

Book Launch

Streete and its People is the title of Streete Parish History: -which will be launched on Sunday 13 October in Boherquill Church at 4.00p.m. by Bishop Francis Duffy. The book is a photographical and anecdotal celebration of over 1,000 years of the story of Streete. All are welcome.

“On Eagles Wings”

Ballymachugh Parish Presents: On Eagles Wings with Eileen Coyle, Suprano and Owen C Lynch Baritone / violin on Friday 11 October in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick, Finea at 8.00 p.m. Subscription €10. All profits go to Carrick and Ballinarry Church Funds. A glorious evening of inspirational music not to be missed. Please support.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for free attic and cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 or visit,

Saint Vincent de Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Pre-Employment Course

Are you unemployed and trying to get back to work then this course could be of interest to you. It will commence on 4 November for a period of 6 weeks in Lus Na Greine, Granard. It will start at 9.30 am and finish at 1.30 pm. It will be practical hands on course with modules such as upholstery, stone craft, and horticulture etc. information, C.V preparation and interview skills. Places are available so if interested contact the centre on 043 6660977.

15km Challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. The main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 262,000 euro for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.