Carol Singing: Christmas Carols with St. Mary’s Church Choir Granard will be on Saturday 22 December at 8.00pm in the Church grounds. Please contribute generously. All proceeds raised will go to local charities.

Carol Singing: Christmas Carols with St. Mary’s Church Choir Granard will be on Saturday 22 December at 8.00pm in the Church grounds. Please contribute generously. All proceeds raised will go to local charities.

Christmas Greetings: To all the readers of these notes at home and away a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful and Healthy New Year.

Minor Club: The club is holding their Christmas Draw in Fay’s Bar on Sunday night 23 December. Please return all outstanding tickets or before 23 December to any club member. We look forward to your support on the night. Congratulations to our Set Dancers who won through to the Leinster Finals last weekend.

Library: The Library will be closing on Friday 21 December at 5.00pm and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2013 at 10.00am  Wishing all our members here a Happy and Holy Christmas and all the very best in 2013. Many thanks for all your kind support during the year.

Dance Classes: Social Dance classes continue every Thursday night in the Longford Arms Hotel Longford. Beginners 8pm – 9pm; Improvers 9pm-10pm and dancing 10 -11pm jive, foxtrot, waltz and quickstep. €10 per class and all welcome no partners needed. For further information contact Padraig on 0871812248.

County Markets: On Friday last Granard country market celebrated it’s 33rd birthday and held a raffle to mark the occasion. Winners were Denise Cassidy, Ann Columb and Marie O’Rourke. This Friday 21st December is the last market before Christmas and puddings, cakes, mince pies, cards and other goodies for the festive season will be on offer. Many thanks to all our customers and friends who supported the market over the years and best wishes to all for a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. The market returns after the Christmas break on Friday January 18th from 8-30 to 11-am and in Lus Na Greine on Saturday. Jan.19th from 11-00 am to 1-00pm. We look forward to seeing all our customers in 2013.

Credit Union: Congratulations to winners in the recent Christmas draw 2012 - €10,000 Kevin Lord, Aughnagarron, Granard. €5,000 St Bernard’s N.S, Abbeylara. €3,000 Seamus Comiskey, Tullygullion, Kilcogy. €2.000 Maeve Cadam, Clooneen. €1,000 Karen Comaskey, Tullygullion. €500 winners: Sinead Brady, Corfree, Gowna. Debbie Mc Ardle, Kilcogy. Sean Hughes, Gowna. Jim Plunkett, Finea. Jimmy Dempsey, Coolarty and Mary Flynn, Colmcille Tce. €100 winners - J .J. Reilly, Kilbride, Abbeylara. John Lee, Barrack Street, Granard. Paul Burke, Rathbracken. Henry Poyntz, Coolarty. Sean McDermott, Kilcogy. Stephen Warrilow, Cartronbore. Joseph Sheridan, Granard. Pauline McNerney, Dring. Mary McGahern, Kilcogy. Maurice Fitzgibbon. 3rd level student Bursary winners - €1,000 Aoife O’Reilly, Gowna. €500 to each of the following - Regina Tully, Granardkille. Aishling Tully, Granardkille. Darragh Brady, Granard. Gerard Heaney, Carrick, Finea.

St. Mary’ Glotto Results: Numbers drawn 2 18 17 25. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following winners of €30 each - Rian Scanlon, Higginstown Wood, Granard. Aoibhe Murphy, c/o David Carragh, Granard and Ciaran Walsh, Rathcronan. Next week’s jackpot. €4,050.

Pitch & Putt: Granard Pitch and Putt club held their A.G.M. in St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubhouse on Saturday evening, 15 December at 6pm. The Chairman Benny Fay welcomed the large attendance and said it was great to see the interest shown as the Club is a community based facility. Benny paid a special thank you to the Supervisor and C.E. workers of Granard Area Action Group for the dedication and detail they have shown over the past year in keeping the course looking so well. He also thanked all supporters and everyone who helped out in any way to keep it going. The following Officers were elected for 2013. Chairman: Thomas O’Flaherty. Vice Chairman Benny Fay. Secretary Linda Higgins. Assistant Patrick Maguire. Treasurer Raymond Fay. P.R.O. J. O’Rourke. Assistant Mark Tully. Juvenile Officer Francie Kelly. Assistant Eoin Higgins. The annual Church gate collection will be held on Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 January at all Masses. Please support. Next  meeting of the club on Monday night 4 February at 8.30pm.

Walk or Run a Mile for Charity!: St Mary’s GFC will hold its annual “Walk or Run a Mile for Charity”, on St. Stephen’s Day, in Higginstown Sports Complex, at 12 noon. This year, the event will be in aid of maintaining Special Needs teaching for all children in Granard Community Childcare facility -”The Hill”. This is a very worthy cause and very important for all children who avail of this assistance. So, what better way to support this worthwhile cause than to come out and stretch the legs on St Stephen’s Day! Afterwards, there will be light refreshments in St Marys GFC Clubhouse. All welcome and your support is greatly appreciated.

County Longford Rural Transport: Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) manage and administer the Rural Transport Programme, which covers the rural regions of County Longford. Many thanks to all the passengers and stakeholders who have supported and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the year. Spaces are still available for this “door to door” service in your area, please contact your Local Provider or to Seamus (co-ordinator) at 043-3345555. All Age-Groups welcome. Timetable: ALL routes for 2012 will be completed by Saturday 29 December. Services for 2013 will resume on Wednesday 2 January. Longford Community Resources would like to wish All Passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme.

Comedy in the Corn Mill: A comedy play for all the family “A Matter of Practice” takes place in The Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen over the Christmas period. Forget the budget and just relax and enjoy this traditional comedy set in a chaotic 1960’s doctor’s surgery. A mixture of murder, mystery, love and delusion make for a hilarious and chaotic nights entertainment. Preview show on Saturday December 22nd, full shows on Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29 December 2012. Thursday 3 January to Saturday 5 January. Booking on 0494339612.

Whist Results: The following are the results from the Whist at the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 16 December: First Lady: Theresa Keoghan. Second Lady: Mary Gregg and third lady: Anne Byrne. First Gent: Seamus Coyle. Second Gent: Cathal Fitzpatrick and third gent: Bernard Nally. Half Game Lady: Olive O’Reilly. Half Game Gent: Michael Browne. Raffle: Annie Egginton, Mary Masterson and Anna M. McLoughlin.