Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Eddie Fitzsimmons, who died on Monday, 8 December in New York, formerly of Springtown; John Reynolds, No. 5 Kennedy Drive, Longford Town, Co. Longford and formerly of Ennybegs, Killoe, Co. Longford, who died on Monday, 8 December, brother of Mary Ledwith, Ballinrud and Paddy Gill, N. T. Lavagh, Killnaleck, who died on Tuesday, 9 December. May they rest in peace.


Congratulations to John Brady, Derragh and Tracey Byrne, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath who were married on Saturday, 13 December in Castlepollard Church. Congratulations also to John Walsh, Ballinacross and Breege Kelly, Williamstown, Co. Galway who were married on Saturday, 13 December in Williamstown Church.

Charity Cycle

A 20k and 50k Charity Cycle in aid of Palliative Care Longford will take place on St. Stephens Day, Friday, 26 in Granard, starting at JV Donohoe’s Corner House. Registration takes place at 9.00am. 50k starts at 10.00am, 20k starts at 11.00am. Refreshments served midway and afterwards. The Cycle is in memory of Breege Gallagher, Granard. Please support. 

Family Learning

Are you an early school leaver? Are you a long time out of education? Would you like to learn a new skill? Meet new people? Have fun while learning? If so, the following programmes for 2015 start in January for parents, grandparents and carers. Courses include Child Development, Family Learning, Growing your own Vegetables, Parenting, Food Nutrition, Communications, Family Budgeting, Family Digital Photography and Supported Learning on line. Programmes are at QQI Level 1, 2 and 3. Most of the courses are for six weeks, courses are free with basic education skills given. For further information please contact Grainne on 086 8883413, telephone 043 3345609, or e-mail

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Thank you very much to our Senior Citizens who came for their Christmas Party on Sunday, 7 December in Crawford’s. Thanks very much to the people who organized the event, those who provided the food and those who served it, those who provided the entertainment, especially Mary O’Connor, to Josie Crawford and William for the use of their fine facilities, to those who supported the Christmas Party financially by contributing to the two fund raisers namely the Table Quiz and collection, both held recently and to all others who helped in any way. A great evening was enjoyed by all present. The Party began with Holy Mass.

Offertory Boxes of Envelopes

They Offertory Boxes are available now at the front of both Abbeylara and Carra Church. Once again thank you very much for your ongoing generous financial support to the offertory and other collections. It is very much appreciated.

GAA Club Lotto

Results: 11/12/14. The Lotto was cancelled as a mark of respect to John Reynolds, brother of Mary Ledwith. Our next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 18/12/2014. Jackpot is now €6,500.

10k & 5k run/walk

Coole’s Christmas Challenge in aid of the Carers Association takes place on Sunday, 28 December, from Castlepollard to Coole Hall starting at 2.00pm. Whether you want a fun day out or to set yourself a challenge you are invited to come along and help raise much needed funds for the family carers in Longford and Westmeath. Entry fees for the 10 at €15 or 5k at €10 or €5. Family rate costs €20. Refreshments and music after in Pat’s Bar. This is a timed event and is AAI improved.

Credit Union

We now have a new facility EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) System in place so if you request cash before 3.00pm it can be transferred to your bank account and you can avail of cash the following day. Hours of business are Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Special Christmas Loans are now available up to €2000 at special rate of 7%.

Pop Up Shop

St. Christopher’s Services have opened up a ‘Pop Up Shop’ in Longford Shopping Centre Car Park. The Christmas Craft shop will be opened until Saturday 20 December and will stock Christmas gifts all made in Longford and it is an ideal way to continue your support for St. Christopher’s which means so much to so many people.

Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady

The Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady takes place in St. Mary’s, Granard tonight Wednesday 17 December. This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. We invite you to be part of this great gift.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

The above will hold a collection at Masses on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 December. The Granard Branch supports Abbeylara, Mullinalaghta and Granard. Your support would be very much appreciated. The above shop has relocated to Main Street formerly Morrissey’s Shop premises and is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club will hold their annual Race Night on Saturday 27 December in Crawford’s Bar / Lounge. Lines are on sale at €10 per line. Please contact Pat McHugh on 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan on 086 3998807, or the usual outlets around our parish to buy your lines. Also sponsorship for the races would be welcome please.

Gun Club Christmas Draw

The Gun Club are holding their annual Christmas Draw and Party in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 20 December, music on the night is by Na Fianna. Tickets for their draw are now on sale by club members and in local shops, 1st prize €300, 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize €100 and 4th prize €50; tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. Your support will be appreciated.

Guide Dogs

The above will hold a collection at Masses on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 December. Please support.

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.


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 now stands at €18,600. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

GAA Club

Abbeylara GAA is holding an important meeting on Thursday, 18 December in Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. All officers and committee members are requested to attend please. This meeting was scheduled for Thursday 11 December but was cancelled as a mark of respect to John Reynolds, brother of Mary Ledwith.

Occupational First Aid Course

A Certified Fetac Level 5 First Aid Course will commencing in late January/February in Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard. If you would like to find out more or to book a place please call to the centre or telephone 043 6660977.

Sign Language Course

There are some places left on this basic skills course which is starting on the week of the 19 January 2015 in Lus na Greine. If interested please contact the Centre immediately on 043 6660977.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm. This Friday night we will see all players playing for a Christmas Turkey/Ham of their choice. New players are most welcome. There is also live music here every Saturday Night with refreshments served on the night.

Country Markets

Patrons of Granard Country Markets are reminded that the last market before Christmas is on Friday 19 December from 8.30am to 11.00am. All at the market wish their customers and friends a very happy Christmas and thank them for their support in 2014. The market will reopen on Friday 16 January 2015 and look forward to continued support.

Longford County Choir

Longford County Choir will perform a Christmas Celebration Concert in St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre on Sunday, 21 December at 7.00pm. Special guests on the night will include St.Chrstopher’s Choir and the well known local soprano Emer Barry. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to local charities and St. Christopher’s Services. Tickets cost €10 and are available at 087 6854876.


Congratulations to our U 21 Football team who won the Longford U21 Football Championship on Sunday, 7 December in Glennon Brothers, Pearse Park, Longford. Well done to all the panel of players, to the management team, to all others involved and to Abbeylara GAA Club. A great finish to this year and also a great start with hope for next year, please God.

Blood Donor Clinic

A Blood Donor Clinic will be held on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 December in the Longford Arms from 4.30pm to 8pm. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. It is important that we all remember that many patients in hospitals need our blood and this need never ceases. For further information please contact the Donor Line on 1850 731137 or email You get more than you give.

Parish Draw

Our Parish Draw will be held on Friday, 19 December in Abbeylara after Holy Mass. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw, please hand in before the draw.