Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Francie Gorman, Barrack St, Granard Co. Longford who died on Wednesday, 30 July. Francie will be sadly missed by his loving family, sisters Kathleen (Kitty) Gorman, Josie Caroll, Aughafinn, Edgeworthstown; Monica Dempsey, Rush, Co. Dublin; brothers Felix and Johnny, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.  May he rest in peace.

Day trip to Dublin 

Day Trip to Dublin takes place on Thursday, 21 August, leaving Abbeylara at 9.00am. 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 2.00pm. This tour usually takes 2 and 1/2 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 breath taking, 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.

Summer Camps

County Longford Youth Services walk be holding a 5 day Summer Camp in Granard the week of Monday, 11 August from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. The cost is low at €15.00 per young person. This camp is open to young people aged 10 and over. A wonderful week of fun activities, laughter and learning for all concerned is promised. Activities can include soccer games, dodge ball, volleyball, unihoc, arts, drumming workshop, short games, basketball, team- building activities but these activities may vary. There are still places available. For further information or to book a place please contact County Longford Youth Services at 043 3340907.


An open information evening on the Rainbows Support Programme for children experiencing loss through bereavement or family separation will take place on September 16 at 7.30 pm in Lus na Greine. This is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and others to learn about the benefits of the programme. A Rainbows Programme for children will commence on 4 November and run for six consecutive Tuesdays from 6.00pm – 7.00pm concluding in January 2015. For further details contact Irene on 085 1159289.

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.


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 €16,700. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

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.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 7 September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30 pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Holy Mass will be celebrated at 3pm. Buses from the usual pickup places including Granard at 10.45am. For further details and to book your seat please contact Donnelly Buses at 043 6686540.

Marquee in Drumlish

The Marquee Festival in Drumlish, will takes place from August 15 to August 18. A great weekend is promised for all!!

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

Does your spouse have Dementia?

A new study in Trinity College Dublin is looking to gain an insight into the health and well being of those who care for their spouse/partner with Dementia. If you are a caregiver aged over 50 years and living with a partner who has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of Dementia you may be interested in taking part. For more information please contact Maria Pertl at or on 01 8968414. Recruitment is open until November of this year.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival

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

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 087 6213526.

Adult Badminton

Badminton takes place on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard, behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Honda Run

Blood Bikes North East Honda 50 Run takes place on Sunday, 10 August. Registration at 11.30am and leaving from Glan Bar at 1.00pm. €15 per bike, all bikes welcome. For further information please contact John Monaghan at 087 1202264.

‘Family Matters’

‘Family Matters’ with Dr. Brian McClean; An informative and enjoyable workshop/talk on positive family in 2014 will be delivered in Lus na Greine Resource Centre on September 10 at 7pm. This is a free event and opens to all.

Happy Hearts 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 are welcome, young and old.

Slimming World

Slimming World continues every Monday evening in the Hotel Castlepollard at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Great weight loss recorded each week in a fun and welcoming environment. For further details please contact Jacinta on 086 1056223.

Blood Transfusion

The Mobile Unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Lough Gowna on Monday, 11 August and Tuesday, 12 August from 5.00pm to 8.30pm each day. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

Country Markets

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