Public meeting

Public meeting

An important meeting of Granard Motte Community Enterprise (GMCE Ltd) will take place on Tuesday next 27 August at 8.30pm in the Community Centre Granard. Our project is now at a vital stage and some very important decisions must now be made. We would encourage all those with an interest in the future prosperity of our town and the surrounding area to please attend.

FETAC Courses

Ardscoil Phádraig Granard is currently enrolling for FETAC Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These FETAC Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points.  Students may be eligible for further education grants and be able to retain their social welfare benefits subject to usual conditions. For further details about the courses and grants available phone 043 6686209.


The ordination of Father Francis Duffy to the Episcopate takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Athlone at 3 p.m. More details in the coming weeks.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 1st September led by Bishop Colm O’Reilly for his final time as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise. Ceremonies begin at 2.30p.m.


A new series of classes commence on Tuesday 9 September in Edgeworthstown Community Centre. Beginners and Intermediate at 7.30pm. Intermediate and Advanced class at 8.30pm. Cost €65 for 6 week programme.

Longford Westmeath ETB

The above formerly board the VEC is now offering Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). This course is provided FREE under BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) and is particularly suitable to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following interview. For further information contact Adult Educational Service 043-3348177.


This year’s Longford Marathon event takes place over the weekend and on Sunday 25 August the marathon itself will take place once again it is sponsored by local business Pat the Baker. For further information phone 0433349682 email: Many local charities especially St. Christopher’s Longford have benefited greatly since it’s inception in 2002.

Exam results

Congratulations to all the students from the local schools who obtained their results last week. It is important that all students remember that life does not begin and end with the points systems.

Business Success

Congratulations to the Smyth Brothers, Barrack Street, Granard, trading as Airsynergy at Church Quarters, Granard who have secured a licensing deal with a US energy company to manufacture and market their wind turbine products. The brothers have been working on their new enhanced wind turbine over the past 5 years. We wish them every success for the future.

Warmer Homes Scheme

People are reminded to check with Longford Warmer Homes Ltd to see if they are eligible for FREE attic and cavity insulation before the winter rush begins. Phone 043-3393255 for further information or visit website or Warmer Home Ltd.

Holiday draw

The recent draw organised by Abbeylara GAA in conjunction with Kane’s Travel Longford for holiday vouchers was a great success and thanks to everyone who supported the fundraiser. Congratulations to the following lucky winners: €1000 voucher – Mary O’Connor Carragh Granard; €600 voucher Marie Dalton Dalystown Granard. €200 vouchers to the following: Freya O’Connor Edgeworthstown; Audrey McBrien Toneymore Abbeylara; Dan Rooney Longford; Senan Dermody Mullinalaghta; Pauric Battrim Ballinrud Granard and Michael McHugh Springtown Granard.

Credit Union

Results of draw held recently: €10,000 Ronan Fitzsimmons, Cloncovid, Kilcogy; €500 to each of the following: Dymphna Brady, Middletown, Lougduff; Ian Perry, Leitrim Cross, Newtownforbes; Bronagh Kiernan-Lynch, Aughnagarron, Granard and Adam Cunningham, Barrack Street, Granard. Congratulations to all the winners.

Student loans

Attention all 3rd Level students – Student loans are now available so why not call in and discuss your needs with a member of staff. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.


Adult Badminton takes place on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm in Canon Kelly, Community Hall, Granard entrance at the rear of Ard Scoil Padraig. Keep fit and enjoy the fun and exercise for only €3. 4 Playing Courts with Rackets and Shuttles provided. For further information phone William on 086-8226523.

New 2 U

The Charity Shop in Market Street Granard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm and the first Tuesday of every month with something for everyone. SVP phone No. 0851503985.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. Sincere thanks to all who support this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.

Country Markets

Country Markets continue in their new venue the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard each Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am with the usual supply of fresh home made baking and organic vegetables.


Spartak soccer team Granard are now under new management. New players welcome. Contact Kevin Small on 086-1077647 for further details.

New T.V. Show

Best wishes to Frank Kilbride who launches his new T.V. Show on Sky Channel 191 on Thursday 3 October at 7pm. The show is repeated on Sunday evenings at 6pm and Monday afternoons at 2pm Frank will feature many local and international artists on his show. For further information phone 043-6684782 or 087-2553897. Email:

Motor Neurone

A fundraiser for Motor Neurone will take place in Rawle’s Ballinalee on Friday 30 August. A monster Barn Dance with €200 for the best Fancy Dress – fancy dress is optional. Special Door prize of Flat Screen T.V. Doors open at 9pm Tickets are €5. Music by various artists.


Sympathy is extended to Richard and Mary Monahan, Muckerstaff, Granard on the death of their son-in-law, Bennie McGahern, Kilcogy who died recently. Bennie is survived by his loving wife Pauline, daughters Rachael, Rebecca and Ciara, his son Darragh; mother, brothers, sisters and extended family circle. May he rest in peace.


The unexpected death of Frank Smith, affectionately known as Bunty occurred at his residence at St. Joseph’s Tce, The Hill, Granard on Thursday 14 August. Removal took place from Finnegan’s Funeral Home, Cavan on Saturday morning to St. Mary’s Church, Granard for funeral Mass at 11am, followed by burial in Granardkille old cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and all the family circle.

The untimely death of Jonathan McCarthy, former member of the teaching staff at Cnoc Mhuire, Granard and native of High Street, Headford, Co. Galway occurred last week. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday 15 August. A large number of staff and pupils from the school travelled to Headford for the obsequies. Sympathy is extended to his family and many friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace.

The death of Bertie Kiernan, Toome, Dring occurred at Midland Hospital Tullamore on 15 August. Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Columba’s Church, Mullinalaghta on Sunday followed by burial in local cemetery. Sympathy is extended by his daughters Aisling, Ruth, Yvonne and Siobhan, brother Noel, sisters Ita and Agnes, granddaughter, sons-in-law, relatives and a wide circle of friends and nursing colleagues. May he rest in peace.