Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Peter Watters, Curryline, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford, who died on Wednesday, 6 May; Maureen Clarke, The Shop, Finea, Co. Westmeath, who died on Thursday, 7 May. May they rest in peace.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Bella Maria, daughter of Kevin Smyth and Deborah Bonani, Rathowen.

Re-Dedication of St. Mel’s

Those people interested in going to the re-dedication of St. Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday, 17 May, please put your name into the box in either Abbeylara or Carra Church no later than Wednesday,13 May. The draw for the 6 seats allocated to our Parish will take place on Wednesday, 13 May in Abbeylara Church after the 7.30pm. Mass. You are welcome to attend this draw.

First Holy Communion

Prayerful good wishes to the following pupils of 2nd class Abbeylara NS who will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 16 May in Abbeylara Church at 12 noon; Padraig Brady, James Briody, M. J. Kelly and Paul Lynch.


An outdoor Rosary will take place at the following locations at 7pm on Thursday 14 Cloughernal, - at Druids Circle in field opposite Louie and Bernadette Heaney and on Friday 15 – Kilbride, - at St. Brigid’s Holy Well beside Christina Lynches’.

Parish draw

Our Parish draw will be held on Thursday, 14 May in Carra at 8.30pm, after Mass and Adoration. You are welcome to attend the draw. Any monies due to the draw, please hand in before then.

Abbeylara NS

Enrolment forms are now available for pupils enroling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686806.

Aughnagarron NS

Enrolment forms are now available for pupils enroling in the School in September 2015. For further details please telephone 043 6686805.

Gun Club

The Club wish to thank all who attended their open shoot on Sunday 3 May. Congratulations to the following winners: High Gun winner – Lite Pac Perpetual Cup and €200 Mr Richard O’Rawe, Cavan. Down the Line; 1st Whestley Farrell, Finea; 2nd David McCloughery, Newtownforbes and 3rd Brian Higgins, Cavan; High Pheasant; 1st Thomas Lynch, Tullagillan, 2nd John Quinn, Cavan and 3rd David McCloughery, Newtownforbes; Spring and Teal winners 1st John Quinn, Cavan, 2nd Thomas Lynch, Tulligilllan and 3rd to David McCloughery, Newtownforbes.

Family Field Day

Abbeylara Field Day takes place this year on Sunday, 14 June. This years Field Day promises to be the best yet. More details in the coming weeks.

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 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

New Parish Centre

The open evening for the people of our parish will take place on Friday, 29 May in our new Parish Centre. Our Proposed Format is as follows - welcome, viewing, Holy Mass and Blessing of our new Parish Centre followed by refreshments. Abbeylara is the place to be on Friday, June 12, as the Community will celebrate the opening of the new Abbeylara Parish Centre. To mark the opening o f the new centre, Ireland Top Country Artist, Derek Ryan and his Band will take to the stage for a night of music and dancing. Derek has taken the country world by storm since his debut song ‘God’s Plan’, which was a massive hit. Known for his energetic and entertaining live shows, Derek’s visit to Abbeylara is an extremely exciting event for the local village and tickets, which are no doubt in, demand. You can avail of the tickets from the following venues; the Music Centre in Longford, P.J Farrell’s in Abbeylara, Lynch’s Gala, Loughduff, Supervalu in Edgeworthstown and Images Hair Salon, Granard. Tickets cost just €15 each. Dancing takes place from 11pm to 1am.

Host Families

A group of Spanish Studies are hoping to attend a summer camp in Cnoc Mhuire, Granard from 4 July to 24 July. This is the first year for the camp in the Granard area and is an extension of the successful Moyne Community summer camp which has been running since 2011. The students (boys/girls) aged 12/13 years are currently looking for host families. For further information please contact Angela on 085 8391939 or Good rates apply.

Ladies Mini Marathon

Sponsorship cards are now available from Lus na Greine and are urging as many in the community as possible to walk for the Centre. The Centre which is managed by community volunteers is a key resource within the area and needs your support. Sincere thanks to all the volunteers and all who helped in so many ways.

Poker Classic

On Sunday, 31 May next a Poker Classic will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva starting at 6.00pm. Buy in cost 30 euro with Rebuys, Top up available, Early Bird Bonus. This Classic is organised by friends of the late Martin Cadden and all proceeds go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Dring Festival

The annual Dring Festival will take place this year on 31 May on the shores of Lough Gowna in Dring car park. It is a day not to be missed! All proceeds on the day will go to St. Christopher’s in Longford.

Agricultural Show

The committee are hosting a major fundraising night at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday, 15 May next. First Race will be starting at 8.00pm. Tickets are priced at €10 and will be available from any committee member and also at various locations around the town. Raffle on the night with some excellent prizes. This is expected to be a big social gathering of all members and supporters of Granard Agri-Show and promises to be a great night with a few surprises in store so why not come along and join in the fun.


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 €20,000. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Sports Day

Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in our sports day on Sunday evening in Mullinalaghta. We were lucky that the rain held off for an hour or so to get it ran off. Thanks to all who helped out both on the day and the day leading up to it and to Dan and Harry for marking the lanes. Also thanks to St Columba’s GAA for the use of their clubhouse and pitch. Results are as follows; U8 60m, Boys, 1st Cian O Donnell, 2nd JJ Reilly, 3rd Tomas Scanlon; Girls, 1st Ailbhne Kelly , 2nd Aoibhe Lynch , 3rd Sara Murphy; U8 80m, Boys 1st   Cian O Donnell, 2nd JJ Reilly/Tomas Scalon, 3rd Brody Corcoran;  Girls, 1st Ailbhne Kelly, 2nd Aoibhe Lynch , 3rd Robin Mulligan; U10 100m, Boys, 1st James Brown, 2nd Patrick Murphy, 3rd  Jack O Hara; Girls, 1st Aoibhinn Lynch, 2nd Aisling Scalon, 3rd Alanna Brown; U10 200m, Boys, 1st James Brown, 2nd Patrick Murphy, 3rd  Jack O Hara; Girls, 1st Aoibhinn Lynch, 2nd Aisling Scanlon, 3rd Alanna Brown; U12 100m, Boys, 1st Tommy Corcoran, 2nd Liam Fagan, 3rd Sean Donohoe; Girls, 1stLeah Hanlon, 2nd Aoife Leonard, 3rd Rosa Lynch; U12 600m, Boys, 1st Tommy Corcoran, 2nd Liam Fagan, 3rd Sean Donohoe; Girl, 1st Aoife Leonard , 2nd  Rosa Lynch , 3rd Dearbhaila Lynch; U14 100m ,Boys, 1st Raymond McGivney, 2nd  Mark McNerney, 3rd Cathal Gillian; Girls,1st Kaithlyn Corcoran, 2nd Caoimhe Lynch, 3rd Sophie Kiernan Molloy; U14 200m, Boys, 1st Ciarion Scanlon, 2nd Mark McNerney, 3rd Cathal Gillian, Girls, 1st  Caoimhe Lynch, 2nd Kaithlyn Corcoran, 3rd Sophie Kiernan Molloy; U16100m, Girls, 1st Rachel Gillian, 2nd Caroline McGivney; U16 1500m, 1st Caroline McGivney, 2nd Rachel McGivney. Well do to all.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the pupils of 2nd Class, Aughnagarron NS who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 9 May in Abbeylara Church.

Football Schools Final

Congratulations to Abbeylara NS who won the Longford Mixed Football Schools Final (Cumann na mBunscol) on Tuesday, 5 May in Pearse Park, Longford. Well done to all involved.

“Duck Racing” Fundraiser

Northern Gaels GFC are holding a “Duck Racing” fundraising event on Sunday 31 May at 5.00pm at Derragh River, Abbeylara. Lines are on sale at €5 per Duck. Your support would be very much appreciated.


To Aughnagarron N.S. who won the Longford Mixed Football Schools Final (Cumann Na mBunscol) on Tuesday, 5 May in Pearse Park, Longford and who also won the Longford Girls Football Schools Final (Cumann Na mBunscol) on Thursday, 7 May in Pearse Park, Longford. Well done to all involved.

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing Classes continue each Thursday night in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. Beginners at 8.30pm followed by the more advanced at 9.30pm. So get those dancing shows ready for nights of fun and craic in a friendly atmosphere.

Entrepreneur Competition

Some children in Abbeylara N.S. have flapjacks for sale in some local shops. Please support this venture.

Photography competition

Longford photographers are invited to enter a Portrait Photography competition with a prize of €500 and an exhibition alongside the Cruthu Arts Festival which will be held in July 2015. The competition is for art photography and judges will be looking for portraits of a technical standard that are creative and that express an identity. Closing date for entries is May 15. For further information visit

GAA Club

Lotto results: 07/05/2015, Winning numbers: 2, 18, 22, 26. €20 winners; Kathy Donohoe, Ballytrust; Edmond Kelly, Parnell Row; Martin McArdle, Kilcogy; Fergal Battrim, Ballinrud; Padraig Battrim, Ballinrud. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 14/05/2015. Jackpot is now €7,500.

The Carers Association

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Communications module on 28 May one day a week for five weeks in Tullamore, Co Offaly.  This is one of the mandatory modules towards the full healthcare award.   For more information please contact the training unit on 057 93 70221.

Active Retirement

Bealtaine Sunday, afternoon tea party in St. Bernard’s National School from 2.30pm to 5.30pm., music, sing along, recitations, etc. why not come along and enjoy the craic,  raffle and spot prizes, it’s all happening next Sunday 17 May. Musicians are welcome to come and do their party piece. Our day trip to Lissadell House Country Fair will take place on Monday, 13 July also calling to Glencar Waterfall and the Grave of W.B. Yeats. Tea/scones will be provided on the way down and evening meal on way home.  Cost for this outing is €65. Seats are limited, a deposit secures a seat. For further details please contact Denis at 087 2510072; a 3 day trip to Killarney on 18 May all inclusive €299 staying at Gleneagle Hotel (087 2510072) there are only 10seats left. Also a Day trip to Dublin Castle and Guinness Brewery costs €65 all inclusive (087 2510072).