Longford Social Services

Longford Social Services

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December. They deliver meals on wheels in our area and provide transport services to and from hospitals, clinics & St. Joseph’s Day Care Centre. To provide these facilities, it is necessary for them to hold a collection. Please support.


Takes place tonight, Wednesday 18 December in Abbeylara Church at 8pm with a Penitential Service. A number of visiting priests will be available for individual Confessions. Please avail of this helpful grace to prepare for Christmas.

Christmas Giving Tree

A Giving Tree is now placed in Abbeylara Church. If you wish you may place a gift under the tree and these gifts will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. “In giving you receive”.

Thank you

I Emma Regan from Ballymorris Granard would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made contributions to my fundraising efforts for my recent trip to South Africa in September. Global Vision International are a worldwide charitable organisation who do fantastic work in third world countries and their mission in The Stellenbosch Orphanage in Capetown is where I was based for my 17 days. My trip would not have been possible but for the wonderful generosity shown to me during my fundraising campaign and the sponsorship received. I also received wonderful support from my friends, work colleagues, local media and my family who without their support and encouragement the trip would not have been possible. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually I hope that this notice will be regarded as a token of my appreciation and to assure everyone that their contributions have helped to make a real and lasting difference to these severely disadvantaged children. I wish you all a happy holy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year.

Fireside Tales

The launch of Jude Flynn’s “Fireside Tales” has taken place. This is the 11th book in a collection of 12 which Jude has written on the social history of the county of Longford. They make an excellent gift for friends and family, particularly those living away from their Home County, and are a testament to the great love Jude has for Longford and its people. The book can be purchased at Jimmy Donoghue’s, Main Street, Granard.

Chorus Angelorum

This book, which celebrates the sacred music tradition of the Cathedral, Longford will be available at the Cathedral Centre over the next few weekends, and at the Presbytery, Coffee House, Fuchsia Home, Easons and Fabiana. Cost €10.

Musical Comedy

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School proudly presents “Honk” a Musical Comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling tonight Wednesday 18, and tomorrow, Thursday 19 December at 7.30pm in the Cnoc Mhuire Sports Hall. Tickets are on sale at €10. For further details log onto Tickets can be received by calling the following numbers 043 6686231 or 085 8409503.

Gun Club Christmas Draw

The Gun Club are holding their Annual Christmas Draw and Party in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday the 21 December, music on the night is by Na Fianna. Tickets for their draw are now on sale by club members and in local shops, 1st prize €300, 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize €100 and 4th prize €50; tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. All are welcome.

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.


Bingo on Wednesday night in Community Centre Granard.  This week’s Jackpot is €13,500. It could be you. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early, eyes down 8.45pm.  This could be your chance to have a great Christmas.

Christmas Giving Box

A Gift Giving Box is available in Carra Church. Those who wish can place a gift in the box during this week. These gifts will be given to St. Vincent de Paul before Christmas who will give the gifts to people who need them.

Charity Event

Takes place on Thursday 26 December starting at the Handball Sports Complex at 1pm. You can walk, run or cycle. Proceeds in aid of Longford Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society. Please be seen and be safe.

Parish Draw

The next Parish Draw takes place on Thursday 19 December in Carra at 8.30 pm after Holy Mass and Adoration. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw please hand in before the draw.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information call 087 6151028 on any Friday.

Race Night

Hold their annual Race Night on Thursday 26 December in Crawford’s. Lines for horses are on sale presently all around the parish at €10 per line. Your support is much appreciated. Thank you for your past support for the Race Night and for the Club. As this is the main fundraiser for the Club during the year, we really need your support, please. People are requested to help with the selling of lines please. Contact Pat McHugh 087 6308152 or T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736.

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

Cake Sale, Arts/Crafts, money collected for Syrian / Philippines appeal last weekend by Active Retirement members raised €644.  A special thanks to everyone who donated, baked, bought, or contributed in any way towards this appeal.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 12/12/13, winning numbers: 5, 14, 20, 23. Winners, Sean Blessington, Glasscarrick; Noel Connell, Killasonna; Willie Stokes, c/o O’Hara’s; Bridgie Lynch, Creevy; Bernard and Maureen Smyth, Beech View, Abbeylara; Tadhg & Sean Fagan, Aughnagarron. Next draw in Crawford’s on 19 December. Jackpot is now €3,500.

Dog owners

Dog owners please be aware, when walking your dog, it is your responsibility to clean up after your dog has done his business. The village footpaths and parks are a disgrace. Longford Co. Council is putting up notices re same and offenders will be fined 150 euro.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union is pleased to inform all its members that its Annual General meeting will take place on Monday 16 January 2014 at 8.30pm sharp in the Credit Union building. All members are welcomed to attend. CU there! Our Christmas Opening Hours are as follows.....Monday 23 December – 10.00am - 2.00pm, Tuesday Christmas Eve –Closed, Office re-opens on Tuesday 31 December, Wednesday 1 January 2014 – Closed and Thursday 2 Business as usual 10.00am – 5.00pm. Our Mega Christmas Members Draw will take place on Saturday 21 December remember if you are not in you can’t win. Fantastic cash prizes to be won with a first prize of €10,000 for the luck winner. Special Christmas Loan are now available. Borrow up to €2,000 at a very attractive rate. Why not let us worry about your financial needs this Christmas? Why not call in to our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Country Markets

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please take note that the market has moved from the Community Centre and will now be held in Gerry Kiernan’s premises on upper Main Street (beside Kiernan’s butchers). The Markets start at 8.30 am and continue until 11.00 am. They are delighted to announce that they now have beautiful handmade children and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves, cards, jewellery, bread, cakes, firewood, etc.

Longford Rural Transport

Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) manage and administer the Rural Transport Programme, which covers the rural regions of County Longford. Many thanks to all the passengers and stakeholders, who have supported, and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the year. Spaces are still available for this “door to door” service in your area, please contact your Local Provider or to Seamus (Co-ordinator) at 043-3345555. All Age-Groups are welcome! Timetable: ALL routes for 2013 will be completed by Tuesday the 31st December. Services for 2014 will resume on Thursday 2nd January. Longford Community Resources would like to wish All Passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme, “A very happy and Peaceful Christmas and good wishes for the New Year”.