Come and pray around the Cross each Thursday evening during Lent at 7.30p.m in St. Mary’s Church, Granard. Place your prayer needs and worries at the foot of the Cross during this special time.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the 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 at 087-6213526.

Thank You

The Parent’s Association of St. Bernard’s N.S. Abbeylara would like to thank all those who came to our recent information night on Cyber Bullying/Internet Safety. We also thank Paula O’Connor for her informative presentation, Paula certainly captured our attention. 

Community Playgroup

Registration night will be held on Thursday, 27 March at 8pm in the Playgroup. Early booking for free place ECCE year is essential. For further information contact the Playgroup at 043-6686892.

Cnoc Mhuire

Congratulations to the U-14 team and their mentors who won the Leinster C U-14 on Tuesday last in Stradbally Co. Laois, defeating Wexford CBS.

Longford U-21s

Best wishes to all the team and their mentors who play Dublin in the Leinster semi-final on Wednesday evening in O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Longford Race Day

At the recent launch of Longford GAA Race Day sponsored this year by Flynn & Lynch, Mr. Martin Skelly encouraged all Longford people to come on board again and support. This is the 12th Race Day and is due to take place on 30 April 2014. He reminded everyone present of the importance of this event both as a great social event as well as outlining the financial importance it is to Longford GAA. The price of the Race Day remains good value for money and is held at €100 per person or €1000 for a table of ten. Contact your local GAA club for further information.

Community Games

Granard Community games are holding Registration for Soccer U14 Boys and Girls will take place on 21 Friday at 5pm in Higginstown Sport Complex.

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre

Learning Sessions: Computer/Mobile Phone - Learning Sessions: Everybody is really enjoying these and the feedback from the various groups is wonderful. This is an excellent intergenerational activity- many thanks to the students, staff and all those concerned in Cnoc Mhuire for organising same. Next date is this Wednesday, 19 March at 11.30 am.

Social Evening

North Longford Men’s Group is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a social evening in Dolan’s, Aughnacliffe on Saturday, 29 March with music by Drifting Cowboy. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. A night not to be missed!


Everyone is looking forward to travelling to the Celebration Dinner in Newcastle House, Ballymahon on this Thursday, 20 March for the presentation of certificates by National President Liz Wall. Bus will depart from the Community Centre Barrack Street, Granard, time will be confirmed.


Tai Chi continues in the Credit Union meeting room on Thursday 27 March at 8.15pm.

Car Boot Sale

Every Saturday morning in Mullingar Business Park (Motor Auctions Site). Gates open at 10am. Money to be made and bargains to be had! De-clutter and sell all those unwanted extras. Special Offer – no charge on stalls for the month of March, thereafter the fee will be €15 per stand. All enquiries to 087-1208591.

Credit Union

Communion and Confirmation loans are now available. Call in and discuss with a member of staff. Hours of business in Granard Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00am daily. Closed Mondays. Gowna sub office open each Saturday 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

“Siopa” Lus na Greine

Our shop opens every Friday and Saturday and the first Tuesday of the month 10.00am to 5.00pm. We have a large stock of clothes of all sizes ranging from 8 – 24 - ladies gents and children. We also have a huge selection of books to suit all tastes 3 for €5. All monies raised in the shop go towards projects in the community.


A monster Bingo session will take place on Sunday, 23 March at 3pm. in Streete Parish Park with €4,000 in prizes. Proceeds to Granard Motte Community Enterprise Centre. Your support will be appreciated.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €14,800.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street, Granard is open every Friday 10am to 5pm. On Saturday from 11am to 5pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

Citizens Information

The outreach service continues at the offices of Granard Area Action Group each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you require information on any aspects of your rights and entitlements please call in and the information officer will deal confidentially with your query. The service is free to all.

Country Markets

The market continues every Friday, beside the Post Office from 8-30am to 11-00am. Usual supplies of home baked fare cards and crafts. Your on-going support is appreciated.

Longford Women’s Link

The Centre would like to say thanks for the amount of €275.19 from our Church gate collection in February. A total of €3,760 was collected from the Church going Community in Co. Longford.


A fundraising concert will take place in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent at 8.30pm with Mick Flavin and his Band. Proceeds toward the maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Your support will be appreciated.


The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27 May to 01 June (5 nights). Price €699 fully inclusive. For further information contact Joe Walsh Tours 143 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2 Phone 012410811.

Daffodil Day

The annual fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society takes place on 28 March 2014. Your support as always will be appreciated.

Charity Walk

The annual sponsored walk from Granard to Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, 13 April in aid of the Granard branch of St. Christopher’s Services.

Table Quiz

Longford Toastmasters are holding a Table Quiz in Longford Rugby Club on Thursday, 27 March at 9pm (team registration at 8.30pm). Table of four persons cost 40 euro.  Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All welcome.

Greville Golf Society

Greville Arms Golf Society first outing for 2014 is this Saturday, 22 March in Esker Hill. Tee off at 10:30am, new members and visitors very welcome.