Enjoy the many benefits of Pilates this September with Pilates classes starting back on Tueday, 10th September in Edgeworthstown community Centre, 7.30pm for Beginners/Intermediate and 8.30pm Intermediate/ advanced. Cost is 65 euro for six weeks and new members welcome.

Wedding bells

On Saturday August 10th last, The Holy Trinity Church in Baliinalee was the setting for a beautiful wedding when Marie Bransfield, daughter of Gerry and Susan, Aughakilmore and Declan Reilly, son of Hughie and Helen, Ballymore were united in holy marriage by Fr.Simon Cadam PP, Granard, assisted by Fr. Brian Brennan PP, Clonbroney. Marie had her sister Ciara as her chief bridesmaid and Shannon Bransfield, Jennifer Maguire and Rachel Masterson were her bridesmaids and Declan had Francis Murphy as his bestman while John Murphy, Colm Reilly and Christopher Brown were his groomsmen. Readers were Damien Brady and Fiona Kelleher and the prayers of the faithful were by Leanne Gallagher, Gerard Farley, Mary Cadden, Zoe Sevenants and Breege Kilkenny.The lovely music in the church was by Louise Reilly, Elaine Reilly, Sarah Jane Farley, Rachel Masterson, Aisling Reynolds and Sinead Farley. Following the ceremony the bridal party and their families and guests traveled to the Park Hotel in Mullingar where they were treated to a lovely meal and were entertained for the evening and well into the early hours of Sunday morning. We join with the Bransfield and Reilly families in wishing Declan and Marie a long and happy life together.

New baby

Congratulations to Eimear and Enda O’Hara on the birth of their first child, -a girl recently. The new arrival is to be named Aoibheann and she is a welcome granddaughter for John and Ann O’Hara, Muckerstaff.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the brothers and sisters of the late Frank (Bunty) Smith, Granard who passed to his eternal reward last week. Many in this area will have fond memories of Bunty when he worked with the late Sean Maguire on the milk round many years ago. May he rest in peace.

Exam results

Congratulations to all the students from the area who received their Leaving Cert results last week and we wish them the very best as they move on to third level.


The annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock led by Bishop Colm will be held on Sunday Sept.1st with ceremonies starting at 2-30 pm.


A six week course for people who are challenged by arthritis will start on September 3rd next in Lus Na Greine at 7-00 pm and for booking please call 0871404200 or 086 8160080.


An inaugural meeting to set up a Foroige club in Granard will be held in Lus na Greine on Wednesday, September 25th at 7-30 pm and all parents, volunteers and young people are invited to attend.


Rainbows is a group that supports children who are experiencing loss and trauma due to bereavement or family separation and an open evening will be held in Lus na Greine on September 19th at 8pm to give parents/guardians an outline of what they can expect from the programme.

Public Meeting

An important meeting of Granard Motte Community Enterprise (GMCE Ltd) will take place on Tuesday next, August 27th, at8.30pm 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.