Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Frank Smith, Granard who died on Wednesday 14 August. May he rest in peace.

Lisryan Soccer Club

Lisryan Soccer Club is having their AGM tonight, Wednesday 21 August in Murphy’s Pub, Lisryan at 9pm. Any person willing to coach, please attend the meeting. All welcome.

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.

Honda 50 Run

The event was a great success and the committee in Lus Na Greine are indebted to all who gave freely of their time to organise and take part in the run and to those who provided health and safety back up, breakdown services, those who contributed spot prizes, catering services and who helped in a number of other ways. Thanks also to our Garda for their support.

Knock Pilgrimage

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 1 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30pm. Bus leaves Granard at 10.15 a.m. and other neighbouring parishes at various times. Contact Donnelly’s Buses at 043 6686540.

Warmer Homes Scheme

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; Owner occupied, Non Local Authorities Homes; Constructed before 2002; or The owner is in receipt of one of the following; Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Family Income Supplement or Jobseekers Allowance for over six months & with a child under 7 years of age. Therefore if you think you may be eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page before the winter rush sets in. , or simply call 043 3393255 for an application form.

Public Meeting

An important meeting of Granard Motte Community Enterprise (GMCE Ltd) will take place on Tuesday next, August 27, 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 & the surrounding area to please attend.

Further Education

An Information Session on Further Education will take place in Longford Women’s Link on Thursday 29 August 2013 from 10.30 to 12 noon. The main topics that will be covered on the day is; 2013 Training and Education in LWL and New Lone Parents Course. For more information or to book your place please contact Paula on 086 8265751.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

A Monster Barn Dance will take place in Rawle’s, Ballinalee on Friday 30 August. €200 for Best Fancy Dress – Fancy Dress is Optional. Music by various artists. Special door prize: Flat Screen TV. Doors open at 9.00 pm. Tickets are €5. Your support for this worthy cause would be very much appreciated.

Active Retirement

Next meeting will take place on Thursday next at 11am in Sports Centre. All members please attend.

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.

Foroige Youth Club

An inaugural meeting to set up a Foroige Club in Granard area will be held in Lus Na Greine on Wednesday, 25 September at 7.30 pm. We welcome volunteers, parents and all young people interested in this to come along. It is envisaged that this club will run alongside all our other youth services and youth groups as normal.


Pregnancy Support Services where you can talk on a confidential basis 1850 622626 or or

Bringing Theology Home

Study theology by Distance Learning and seriously engage with the Christian faith. Why not become qualified to serve in a pastoral care setting? The Church needs you. Phone 01 404 8124 for further details or Email: WEB:

Arthritis Ireland

An arthritis Ireland course designed to help you enjoy the everyday life starts on Tuesday 3 September for 6 weeks, in Lus Na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard from 7p.m. to 9p.m. To register for the course please call 1890252846 or register online or call Loretta on 086 8160080. Email; Web.


Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (formerly 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 suited to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following interview. For more information please contact Adult Education Guidance Service on 043 3348177.


Bingo takes place every Wednesday night in Granard. Jackpot is now €11,700,   eyes down at 8.45p.m. IT COULD BE YOU.

GAA Club

Sports Tops are now on sale. All sizes from children to adults available. Contact Gerry Gilligan 087 7794394, or any Club Officer, committee member or player.


Lotto Results: 15/08/13 Winning numbers: 14, 16, 19, 25. €20 winners: Phyliss Lynch, Toneymore; Tony Boyce, Lismacaffrey; J. K. Carty, Ringowney; Bob & Babs Dempsey, Cooldoney; Barry McKiernan, Abbeylara; Joe Flynn, Trumra: Next draw in The Mill Tavern on 22/08/13 Jackpot €1,800.

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.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown has moved to St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road and changed nights to every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is welcome.


Anyone still with unwanted scrap that they wish to dispose of, please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 or any Abbeylara GAA Club Officer or committee member or player. Please note that the Club’s website address is which will soon be active.

Gardening skills

Lus Na Greine is delighted to offer this fantastic Gardening Skills FETAC Level 3 course which is supported by Longford Westmeath Adult Education Board. It will run one morning a week over a 12 month period. It offers a great opportunity to learn a range of horticultural skills in practical hands on environment supported by a professional tutor. Booking commences week of 2nd September by calling the centre on 043 6660977.