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Mission Sunday

‘Cake and Bake-off’ sale after all Masses in Granard next week-end to support Missionaries working with EBOLA victims and their families in West Africa. Your support greatly appreciated. All funds go direct.

Granard Expo

Granard has been chosen as an Enterprise Town for 2014 by Bank of Ireland. To celebrate Granard Traders Association and Bank of Ireland are holding a business and sporting Expo in Granard on October 24 & 25.

Business Expo will be held at the rear of “Fresh Today” Store Rathcronan on Friday, October 24. This will include exhibitions by local businesses and services also Arts & Crafts and our local schools. There will be a number of guest speakers.

The Sporting Expo will be held at St Mary’s GAA Complex in Higginstown on Saturday, October 25 this will include all local sporting clubs: GAA; Soccer; Pitch & Putt; Hurling; Gun Club; Badminton; Walking Club; Keep Fit Clubs. There will be exhibition games and guest speakers to include a number of sport stars and much more to be announced later. We are looking for people to participate in both the Business and Sporting Expos. There is no entry free to exhibit. For further information and entry contact: Paschal Masterson Chairman Phone: 086-8249698. Marie Scanlon Secretary Phone: 087 9487673; Teresa Donohoe Manager Bank of Ireland Granard Phone: 087 7578347 or any committee member.

Street Lights

While new lights were installed on the Main Street last week there is a significant improvement but still a far cry from what was originally in place. Thankfully the lights in Parnell Row and Cavan Road will not be replaced for the foreseeable future.

Ulster Bank

The town and surrounding areas are still at a loss to know why the bank ceased business on Friday last October 10 after trading for almost 145 years in Granard. A steady flow of well-wishers visited the establishment prior to the closure when staff both past and present met with customers and shared some light refreshments served by Frances McCormack employee with the company for the past 30 years. We wish all the staff every success in their new roles at the various branches – Sandra Edgeworthstown; Concepta – Ballyconnell; Laura and Ann to Longford while Manager Yvonne who is taking a career break. We wish Amy Farrell another very popular member of the staff a speedy recovery to good health.

Art Appreciation

Are you interested in the history of art and discovering some of the greatest paintings in the world then join renowned art critic and historian Ciaran MacGonigal for a series of talks in Granard Branch Library. The next lecture will take place on this Thursday, October 16 at 7pm. Granard ICA guild in association with Granard Community Library are hosting the Course with Mr MacGonigal Art Critic. This course is kindly funded by LWETB.

Knit ‘n’ Stitch

Knit ‘n’ Stitch Show in the RDS: A bus is running on Saturday, November 1 departing

Longford at 8am and returning 6pm approx. ICA members: €5 return; non-members:€10. Book your seat with Helen: at 085-7101053.

Ard Scoil Phadraig

An Open Night will take place on this Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 9pm. Fifth and Sixth Class students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend. Enrolment is now open for 2015.

Garden Club

Granard Garden Club will meet on Monday next October 20 at 8pm in Lús na Gréine and all members are asked to please note the change of date as the last Monday in October is a bank holiday. New members welcome.


The chairperson and committee of the Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s wish to sincerely thank all who supported their recently held fundraiser in Creegan’s in Bunlahy.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union would like to invite you to celebrate Credit Union day on this Thursday, October. 16 Complimentary tea/coffee on the day. Everybody welcome.

Hours of business Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

Monster Bingo

A Monster Bingo at which €4,000 must be won takes place this Sunday, October 19 at 3pm in Streete Parish Park Hall. Proceeds in aid Granard Motte Visitor Centre Project.

Breffni Challenge

A night remembering Jimmy Macken will take place in the Boomerang Bar Granard on Saturday, October 18. All proceeds from the night go to St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin; NBCRI Galway (Breast Cancer Research) Cavan Cancer Homecare Association. Food; Spot Prizes and Raffle on the night. Music on the night by Chuck and June. Your support will be appreciated.

Greville Golf Society

Captain Jimmy takes honours on Count Back in glorious September sunshine on the very mature and immaculate Parkland Tullamore Golf Club. Overall Winner Jimmy Leavy 37pts .Runner up Colm Fagan 19 plus. Sean Flood. Longest Drive Patrick Flood.

Nearest the Pin Mick Murray. Team John O’Hara, Jimmy Leavy, Colm Fagan. Visitors Prize Austin Hanley. Twenty two Greville Golfers tee off in Tullamore and twenty two stayed for the presentation and lunch that’s what you call Society Golf! well done all.

Bags are packed and ready to go. All roads lead to Greenore and Ballymascanlon Hotel and Golf Resort in Co Louth this weekend for our end of year outing. Well done to our member Noel Kelly on winning the last major competition in Longford Golf Club

Social Dancing

“Bop till you drop” at Social Dancing in the Park House Hotel every Thursday night from

9 to 11pm. Refreshments served. Admission is €5.

Christmas Lights

The Granard Christmas Lights committee is actively fundraising to buy and install new Christmas lighting this year. Each business is requested to sell a book of tickets amongst their customer’s friends and family. First Prize €500; Second Prize €300 and Third Prize €200. Let’s all come together to be proud and believe in our town and put Granard at the top of the list as the town to visit and shop in this Christmas.

Fancy Dress

In conjunction with the Christmas Lights fundraising the annual Halloween Fancy Dress will be held in the Boomerang Bar on Saturday 25 October. Prizes: Best dressed man €100; Best dressed lady €100; Best dressed Couple €100. Plus lots of spot prizes to be won including Dinner for Two in award winning restaurant Viewmount House Longford. Come along and join in the fun.

Tractor Run

There will be a Tractor Run on Sunday, October 19 starting at 11am at St Mary’s G.A.A. Complex Higginstown Granard. All proceeds go to Granard Christmas Lights Project.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street Granard opening hours as follows: First Tuesday of each month 10am to 5pm. Fridays: 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.

Solemn Novena

The annual Novena to our Blessed Lady in St Mary’s Church Granard will commence on Wednesday, October 22 at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday, December 17. The Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. All are invited to take part.

Rural Transport

Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport buses please contact Seamus Lee at the transport office at LCRL on 043-3345555 or local provider John Maguire at 043-6686180 / Mobile 087-6213526. Single fares are €3 and return fare is €5. Free travel pass holders travel free and the service is open to everyone.


Bingo every Wednesday night in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot is now €17,700.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue each Friday at Upper Main Street next door to the Post Office. Local honey in stock as well as the usual supply of beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables; home baking; crafts; firewood etc.

Siopa Lús na Gréine

A large selection of winter coats, jackets now in stock, also lovely boots. Come in and browse at your ease in our newly refurbished Siopa. Lots of beautiful men’s suits and shirts, children’s clothes for all ages, also toys books and a treasure trove of bric-a-brac.

Please drop in your cast offs to An Siopa or the centre, everything welcome. If you can not get in we can arrange to collect from you, simply phone the centre at 0436660977 and we will do the rest. Our opening hours at the Siopa are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

All monies earned in An Siopa go directly and totally to projects in the Community.


The death of Paddy (The County) Reilly Cloughernal, Granard occurred peacefully on Saturday, October 11 at his residence. Paddy was in his 90th year and was out and about until only a few months ago. His body reposed at the family home until removal to St Mary’s Church Carragh for funeral Mass at 12 noon on Monday followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Annie, sons Sean and Barry, daughters Mary, Angela and Cathriona, grandchildren, brother, sisters in-law and extended family, circle of friends and neighbours.

The death of Eileen O’Reilly, Reneghan and 6 Masterson’s Close, Abbeylara occurred at the family residence on Sunday, October 12 following an illness bravely borne. Her body reposed at the family home from Monday evening until removal to St Bernard’s Church Abbeylara for funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon followed by burial in Abbeylara cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her sons Enda, Peter and Dermot, daughter Maeve, her brothers Pat and Tom (Sonny), sister Maeve, grandchildren, daughters in laws, relatives, friends and neighbours.