Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Patrick (Packie) Kenny, Halifax, Yorkshire, England and formerly of Kilbride, Abbeylara, who died on April 22 in Halifax, Yorkshire. Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Peter Hynes, Ballyboy, Abbeylara and formerly of Killeen, Granard who died on Sunday, 6 July. Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Marcella (Sally) Brady, (née Corcoran), Lisrhatigan, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown who died on Monday, 7 July. They will be sadly missed by their lovely family, friends and neighbours. May they rest in peace.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, 27 July. Please ensure that this Cemetery is suitably prepared for such an important event.

Bonus Ball

The above is on sale at PJ Farrell’s shop.  It could be you, only €2 per number. A sum of €50 is to be won every Saturday night on the main Lotto draw. 

Day trip to Dublin 

Day Trip to Dublin takes place on Thursday, 21 August, leaving Abbeylara at 9am.  Stopping at the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park, here we will learn all about the Phoenix Park and surrounding areas. We will have our mid morning break here of Tea/Scones.  In the afternoon we will be visiting the Guinness Store House at 2pm. This tour usually takes two and half hours, and on the sixth floor we will have our complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar.  The view of Dublin City from this point is breathtaking, where you can look over Dublin City from any angle.  On our way home, we will be stopping for our evening meal at the Hamlet Court Hotel, Enfield.  Cost €65 includes coach, admissions and meals. Contact Denis at 087 251 0072.

Pilgrimage to Knock

This year’s annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 20 July. A bus will leave Killadoon at 9.00am, Granard 9.15am and Ballinalee at 9.30am. Booking with Bridget Burns on 043 6686696.

C.E vacancy

Granard Area Action Group Ltd. sponsors of the local Community Employment Project will have one vacancy for the following position in September: Driver/Caretaker (Job Ref. No. 847444) Based at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre, Granard. If interested please contact your local DSP Employment Services/ Intreo Office to check your eligibility to apply for the vacancy. Job Reference Number will be required. Eligibility to participate on C.E. is generally linked to those who are 25 years of age or over and in receipt of an Irish Social Welfare Payment for 1year or more.

Tractor Run

Philip Sorohan Memorial Tractor Run takes place on Sunday, 20 July 2014. All Proceeds to Patient Care Fund St Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford and Arus Carolan Nursing Unit Mohill. For more information please contact 086 3847482 or 086 8724458.

Social Evening

A social evening will be held in Michael Dolan’s Lounge in Aughnacliffe in aid of St. Thomas’ Church Restoration Fund and the Dialysis Unit in Cavan General Hospital on Saturday, 19 July.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continues every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am beside the Post Office. Fresh Vegetables are now in stock along with the usual cakes, bread, buns, eggs, crafts and firewood.

Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, Reek Sunday, July 27, 2014 Bus departing from Granard at 5am. To Book a seat, ring 086 0405621 or 087 6613510.


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 is now €16,400. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

25 Card Game

A 25 card game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.


Trócaire’s door to door fundraisers will be in your area for a couple of days during July / August 2014. Please support if you can. To find out more about Trócaire’s work, please visit our website, Susan Kirk / Louise Forrester, Trócaire, Maynooth. 01 6293333.

Granard Library

Just a reminder that there are still some places available for the “Creative Writing Workshop” with Frank Galligan.  This event takes place in the Library at 3.00pm on Tuesday, 29 July.  Come and enjoy some fun writing.

Women’s Network

Cavan Women’s Network Summer School “Fair Deal for Women”, takes place tomorrow, Thursday, 17 July 9.30am – 2.00pm. Something for the mind, body and spirit. Inspiring speakers, workshops, and discussion groups. Join us in Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre. Register at or call Veronica at 083 4351742 or Marion on 046 9245580 for further details.

Table Quiz

Lisryan Village & District Development Association is holding a Table Quiz in the Crossroads Inn, Lisryan on Friday, July 18 at 9.00pm. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Work4You – Information Stand

Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education.  It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection.  If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Edgeworthstown Library on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 between 11.00am – 1.00pm and Granard Library on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  All are welcome.  For further information please call 044 9338773.

Tax Relief Scheme

From this year onwards, everyone (including self employed) is eligible to assist the parish in its claim from Revenue. Thus it would be appreciated if those people who have received certificates for the Parish Tax Relief Scheme could complete the CHY3 certificate and return it in the envelope provided by the 18 July, please.

Parish draw

We hope to soon hold the first draw. Thus, those yet to join please do so ASAP. Thanks very much to the 141 people who have joined so far. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish.

GAA Lotto

Results: 10/07/2014, winning numbers: 14, 24, 28, 29. €20 winners: Turlough McGovern, Granard; Ciaran Brady, Mullahoran; Liam McNicholls, C/o Devines; Kevin and Teresa Murphy, Carra; and Patsy Lynch, Ballywillian. The Next draw will take place in Crawford’s on 17/07/2014. Jackpot is now €5,400.

GAA Club meeting

Hold an important meeting on Thursday, 17 July in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30 pm to arrange the Family Fun Day which is taking place on Sunday, 3 August. Anyone interested in helping please attend this meeting.

Race Night

Belmont GAA Club, Ferbane, Co. Offaly are holding their annual Race Night on Saturday, 2 August. Lines now on sale. Contact Fr. Michael on 043 6686270. Ferbane Parish are great supporters of Abbeylara Parish fund raising.

Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7.00pm. There are new and exciting routes every week. New members welcome young and old.

Day Trip

Lus Na Greine low cost annual family day out will take place on 5 August to Bundoran. This is open to families and bookings are now being accepted. For further information please contact the centre.

Youth Festival

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from July 30 to August 6. If interested please contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email

Breffni 20K

The Annual Breffni 20K challenge will take place this year on Saturday, 2 August with the proceeds going as usual to St. Luke’s Hospital for Cancer Cure, Care and Control, N.B.C.R.I. (National Breast Cancer Research Institute), and Cavan Cancer Homecare.

Cemetery Sunday

Mass will be celebrated in the New Cemetery in Granard on July 27 at 1.00pm. Mass will be celebrated in Granardkille Cemetery on Sunday 3 August at 11.30am.

Rosie Run

Rosie Run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (Imnda) will take place in Loch Gowna on Sunday, 20 July at 1.00pm.

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. No appointment necessary.

Community Diary

A 2014 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. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Pitch and Putt

Competitions continue on Wednesday evenings for all members at Granard Pitch & Putt – adults and juveniles and new beginners at 7pm.  Those competitions will continue for the rest of the Summer months weather permitting.  Anybody who is not a member must pay green fees €5 per day for adults and €2 for Juveniles. For membership details contact Raymond on 087-7747848, Benny at 087-7504522 or Roy at 087-66936838 or any committee member. You can also follow us on Facebook.

County Longford Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local Town or Village. To maintain the Local service in your area, including “link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 Single and €5 Return. – FREE TRAVEL PASS holders travel FREE. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555. Or Provider John Maguire: at 086-2608046.

Youth Festival

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary will run from Thursday to Sunday, August 14 - 17. For more information and to book online, phone 016753690 or visit