Granard notes



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Cemetery Sunday

Mass will be celebrated in the new Cemetery at Granardkille on this Sunday, 26 July at 1.00pm and in Granardkille old cemetery on Sunday, 2 August at 11.30am. Please help to have our Cemeteries looking well. There are many people laid to rest in Granardkille Cemetery who have no family members left to care for their graves. Perhaps people could give a helping hand to tidy and maintain these graves.

Cemetery Sunday takes place in Abbeylara on this Sunday, 26 July with Mass (weather permitting) in the cemetery at 11.00am. Everyone encouraged to tidy up their graves.


The Co. Longford Senior Championship kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors commenced last week end with all the local clubs being successful: Abbeylara, St. Mary’s Granard and St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta. The draw for the second rounds took place on Sunday evening and the big local derby sees St. Mary’s play Abbeylara on Friday evening in Devine Park Edgeworthstown at 7.45pm. St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta play Carrickedmond in their second round. Wishing all teams the best of luck.


A special Whist Drive will be held on this Sunday night at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. One of our regular players Mrs Ann Byrne from Ardagh is celebrating her 100th Birthday and we congratulate her. All proceeds from the night will go to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Please support this very special occasion.

Greville Golf Society

The Greville Arms Golf Society played their fourth outing of the year in Moate Golf Club. 22 players played on the day. The course was in good condition and there was good weather. The results are as follows: Nearest to pin - Sean Flood. Longest drive - Martin Murray. Team - Martin Murray, Joe McElvaney and Tom Smyth. Visitors prize - Frank Tighe. Category B winner - Sean Flood. 2nd overall - Kevin Tighe. 1st overall - Martin Murray. Congratulations to Kevin Tighe on winning the County Longford Golf Club captain’s prize.

Credit Union

Hours of business Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm. Credit card and EFT facilities available in office. Reminder to all 3rd level students that attractive rates are now available for student Loans. Call in and speak to a member of staff for details.

School Reunion

St. Patrick’s N.S. Killeen will hold a 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday 27 September. A book is being compiled to commemorate this event. We are seeking old photos and stories that people wish to share and have published in this book. Photos and stories may be scanned and emailed to Alternatively these may be given to any committee, board or staff member or handed into McElvaney’s. Please put your name on the back of original photos so that these can be returned after they have been copied. In order to allow time for editing and publishing of the book we need all submissions by the 14 August and your support in helping make this event a success will be greatly appreciated.

5km Walk/Run

Clonfin Commemoration committee are holding a 5km walk/run on Sunday 2 August next starting at McElvaney’s of Coolarty at 6.00pm. Registration will be from 5.00pm and when the walk is complete there will be a BBQ in McElvaney’s followed by an evening of Irish music song and dance. Registration is €10 per adult and €5 for children and all proceeds will go towards the Clonfin project which is ongoing at the present time. The committee will greatly appreciate your support.

Craft Fair

The Longford I.C.A annual Craft Fair and Flower display takes place on Saturday, 25 July to coincide with the Cruthu Arts Festival in Longford. The event will be held in the Temperance Hall Longford. Any crafters who may be interested in having a stand at the air should please contact or

Breffni Challenge

This year’s Breffni 3 Province Challenge takes place on Saturday, 1st August. All routes will take the cycle through the 3 Provinces of Ulster, Connaught and Leinster. Start / Finish in Arva Co. Cavan. Online registration @ Prices: Half Marathon €30; 10K: €25. 5K: €25.00 adults. €10 child U-12. Local man Johnny Macken is once again taking part and would appreciate your support. Maps available on


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Granard at 8.45pm. Main Jackpot is €20K in 42 calls or less. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and Granard G.A.A. Clubs. Your continued support is much appreciated.

Big Breakfast

Abbeylara GAA Club are in the process of finalising arrangements for their annual “Big Breakfast” on Sunday 26 July in the new Parish Centre. Everyone welcome. Your support will be appreciated.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped into the Centre or to An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.

Ardscoil Padraig

The school are currently enrolling for Further Education Courses in September 2015. New courses this year are Furniture Design and Making; Interior Design as well as the regular courses in Animal Care; Nursing Studies; Computer and Agri Business; Sport and Recreation and Childcare. Susi Grants available subject to usual conditions. Back to Education allowance available to social welfare recipients subject to usual conditions. Suitable for all ages. Please contact the school at 043-6686209 for application forms and further details. Email:

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information Outreach Service in Granard Area Action Group Information Office on Thursday mornings is withdrawn for the months of July and August. Clients can call into the Longford Office situated upstairs over Tesco at Longford Shopping Centre. Alternatively call the National Call Centre on 0761074000. The service will resume in Granard first week in September.

Rural Transport

County Longford/Westmeath Community Transport have vacancies on their “Door to Door” services throughout the county. All age groups catered for. Single Fare €3; Return fare €5; Contact John Maguire local provider in the Granard Area on 043-6686180 or mobile 087-6213526. For further information on the project contact the co-ordinator Noel McCormack C/o Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar Co. Westmeath. Phone 044-9338970 / 9338971.

S.V.P. Shop

Vincent’s the SVP shop is open at lower Main Street Granard with plenty of bargains for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Fridays and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally. Helpline No. 085-1503985.


The death of John Murphy, formerly of Market Street, Granard occurred at Mullingar Regional Hospital recently. Removal took place to St. Mary’s Church for funeral Mass on Wednesday 15 July at 12 noon followed by burial in Granardkille cemetery. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to his friends and neighbours.