First Friday

First Friday

Friday 6 March is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions will take place in Abbeylara Church at 7.00pm followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fatima First Saturday

Mass will take place on Saturday, 3 March in Carra at 11.00am with Confessions.

Parish Banner

Bishop Francis has requested as part of the Rededication ceremony of St. Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday, 17 May that each parish have a banner. The banner made from fabric would be held aloft on a pole. The fabric can have the name of the parish, a relevant local symbol and have whatever colours the parish chooses.

Parish Draw

Our Parish Draw will take place on Thursday, 5 March in Carra at 8.30pm after the 7.30pm Mass and Adoration. You are welcome to attend. Any monies due to the draw, please hand in before then.

Drama Group

We would like to say thanks to all who supported our Drama on 13, and 14 February 2015 in Crover House Hotel. We would like to say a special thank you to the author and director, Áine Drake, to the cast who performed superbly, also our back room staff and ticket sellers. We would also like to say a special word of thanks to all our sponsors and to those who supported our Table Quiz and Cake Sale, a special thank you.

GAA Presentation

Presentation of medals to U21 Championship winners and Division 3 League winners takes place on Saturday, 14 March 2015 in Crawford’s. A Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 5 March in the Handball Sports Complex, to discuss arrangements for this presentation.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 26/02/2015; Winning numbers; 12, 18, 22, 23. €20 winners: Kitty Small, Toneymore; Carmel Sheridan, Kilcogy; Maura & Mags, C/o Farrell’s; Brian Smyth, Abbeylara; Fr. Michael, Abbeylara Parish. Our next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 05/03/. Jackpot is now €7,000.


On Monday 9 March the proceeds of Bingo at Streete Parish Park will go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. This Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating their loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland. Bingo starts at 8.30pm and your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause.

Novena of Hope

A bus will go to the above Novena in Graan, Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh on Saturday 7 March. To book your seat contact Seamus on 086 3901060. Remember there is always Hope!


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 €19,500. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Free Couch to 5km

Want to get fit and shake off the winter blues. Why not join an active group every Wednesday at Lus na Greine, Granard from 12 noon to 1.00pm. We welcome everyone including those who might be interested in taking part in the forth coming Ladies Mini Marathon 2015 to raise funds for our centre.

Meditation Workshop

Wash away your stress with a relaxing meditation session. This workshop promotes wellness, improved sleep patterns, emotional healing and stress release. It will be facilitated by a professional Sound Therapist & Spiritual Healer on Friday evening the 6 March from 7.30 pm to 8.30pm. To book and for further details please contact Michelle on 087 2210997. Confidential Counselling Supports available by appointment.

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.

Community Diary

A 2015 Diary is now 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

Youth 2000 Ireland

Invites all young adults aged 16-35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from 6 to 8 March at Galway Community College, Moneenageisha, Galway City. This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 100 young people from all over the country. 

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland urgently requires volunteers in the Longford Area to help with our charity Collection Day on Friday, 24 April. Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area. Special Olympics Ireland is looking for volunteers across the day, so if you can commit to the full day or even just an hour, please contact Michael Carty on 085 1678768 or email

Visitor Centre

Granard Visitor Project will hold their next public meeting on Tuesday night next, March 10 at 8.30pm in the Community Centre, Barrack St. Granard. Our monthly draw for February will also be held at the meeting. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Door to door fund raisers will be in our Parish for a couple of days during March and April. They will be wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket and carrying a photo I.D for identification. The purpose of their visit is to raise awareness of the work of Trócaire and to request if you would like to support Trócaire on an ongoing basis. To find out more about Trócaire’s work, please visit Details also from Susan Kirk, Trócaire, Maynooth 01 6293333.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday April 4 and 5. A fun filled, action packed weekend is in store. Our Historical walk will take place on Saturday Morning. Our Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon. A not to be missed Novelty Race will take place on Saturday night. On Sunday we will have our Easter Parade with Street Entertainment and Live Music. More details in the coming weeks!

Veterans of World War 1

We are trying to compile a list of all people from our parish who served in World War One. Later on this year Holy Mass will be offered for all these people. Their names could be placed on a stand with other relevant information about their service. During the Mass for these Veterans they could be acknowledged and thanked. Please contact us with any relevant information that you may have about our Veterans. Volunteers requested to do this survey – perhaps one from Abbeylara and one from Carra.

Active Retirement

Active Retirement held their first get together of 2015 on Thursday 26 last.  There was a good turn out and all our members were looking and feeling fine after the harsh weather of January/February. Our AGM will be held on Thursday 12 March and we hope to have all our members present on this occasion.  There will be a special welcome for new members as this is the start of our year.  In order to travel on our outings you have to be enrolled as a member and membership fees are been taking at the next get together.

Table Quiz

“Tir na nOg Macra is hosting The Ultimate Table Quiz this Friday the 6 March at 9 o’clock in Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy. This quiz is in aid of club promotion and to encourage new members to our ever growing society. There will be a raffle on the night with prizes such as a trailer of timber along with hampers of goodies. €10 per person, refreshments and music on the night. All welcome, it’s a night not to be missed”.

2015 Irish Vintage Society

Streete Parish Park will host the 2015 Irish Vintage Society All-Ireland on Sunday, July 12. An all-out effort will be made to make this an outstanding event which will not only benefit the parish of Streete but also the counties of Westmeath and Longford. For further information on this event please contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656, Pat Duffy on 086 8433355, John Parker on 086 8301347 or email

Cycle and Climb

The 5th annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and climb will take place on Sunday, May 31st. This unique event is challenging and most rewarding, with 147km cycle and a 3-3.5 hour climb on Croagh Patrick. So there is plenty of time to train and we will look forward to another very successful day on May 31st. Details on Registration will be available in the coming weeks.

The Carers Association

The Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 26/03/2015. This will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  We are also providing a one day workshop on Challenging Behaviour,  The Carers Association are also providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Care of the older person training on the 07/04/2015, this will be run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm  provided with this is a one day programme on elder abuse.  For more info please contact the training unit on 057 9370221 or email: Web: