Mock Wedding: Due to popular demand Abbeylara GFC in association with St. Christopher’s Services, Longford are hosting a Mock Wedding on Saturday 9 March, at 8:30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.  A great night’s entertainment and laughter is promised.  
Tickets €15 each or 2 for €25.  Music by MK1.  Tickets are available in Wysteria Boutique, The Gift Shop, Looking Glass, cast or committee members. Mary 086-3272417; Maura 087-6639448; Mary 087-4187221; Marian 087-8508374, Kevin 087-2808509.

Mock Wedding: Due to popular demand Abbeylara GFC in association with St. Christopher’s Services, Longford are hosting a Mock Wedding on Saturday 9 March, at 8:30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel.  A great night’s entertainment and laughter is promised.  
Tickets €15 each or 2 for €25.  Music by MK1.  Tickets are available in Wysteria Boutique, The Gift Shop, Looking Glass, cast or committee members. Mary 086-3272417; Maura 087-6639448; Mary 087-4187221; Marian 087-8508374, Kevin 087-2808509.

Active Retirement: We have decided to travel to Youghal for our four-day break on the 11 June staying at the Quality Hotel, Youghal, Redbarn Beach, Youghal, Co. Cork. For dinner, b/b, package only €249 per person, including a luxury coach to pick us up and take us on daily excursions and bring us back to Abbeylara. We are now taking bookings for this trip, contact Denis 087 2510072. Membership fees must be paid up immediately for anybody travelling with us.

Community Games: Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta Community Games have entered teams in the following team events: Mixed basketball U11, Boys Basketball U13, Girls Basketball U13, Boys Futsal U13 and Girls Futsal U13 and U10 mixed Gaelic football. The boys Futsal games will be played on Saturday 23 March in Kenagh Centre and girl’s Futsal will be played on Sunday 24 March at 6pm in Kenagh also. The basketball matches will take place over the next few weeks with the finals being held at Kenagh Centre on 28 April. Basketball and Futsal training will be arranged over the coming weeks so watch out on the local notices for that. Mixed Cross Country running will take place in Ballymahon on 2 March at 11am and anyone interested can turn up on the day and take part in 700m and 500m races.

The Virginia Gospel Choir: Will perform in St. Michael’s Church, Castletown/Finea on Friday 15 March @ 8pm. Tickets available from St. Michael’s N.S. Contact 043 6681382. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Parish Draw: Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw: €300 - Bernard & Louise Reilly, Toneymore, €200 - Philomena & John McHugh, Springtown, €100 - Gabriel & Patricia Devine, Carra, €100 - Sean Donohoe, Granard, €50 - Mary McBrien, Cartronfree, €50 - Louie Heaney, Cloughernal. That completes the draws for 2012. Thanks very much for your support of the Parish Draw and also sincere thanks to the collectors. The draws for 2013 will begin in March. Please give your membership fee of €100 full year, €50 half year or €25 quarter year to your collector when it is convenient for you to do so. Collectors please begin collecting these membership fees when it is convenient for you. Thank you all for your support which greatly helps the finances of the parish.

Slimming World: Slimming World Group is held in Edgeworthstown every Thursday night at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Mostrim Arms.  Phone: Jenny on 086 1094773 for further information. Everybody is welcome.

MABS: An adviser from MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) is in attendance at Granard Area Action Group office each Monday morning from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Nappy Appeal: Melissa Martin is doing a ‘Nappy Appeal’ on behalf of Vesnova Orphanage for Mentally ill Children Belarus, any donations of nappies, wipes or nappy creams would be much appreciated and can be left in Panache Beauty Salon or Granard Library for collection by 5 March. Please help us to help the children.

DeafHear: Services for deaf and hard of hearing people/Longford Clinic. Longford Outreach Clinic is now being held in the citizens Information Centre, Level 2 Longford Shopping Centre, on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 10am to 1pm. Services provided include; minor hearing aid repair (Health Service Aids only) hearing aid batteries for sale €2 a packet, information on Deaftech Equipment, information on deafness, hard of hearing and tinnitus. For more details please contact Church Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Tel/Minicom 057 9351606 Fax; 057 9326425 Videophone 057 9326421 Text 057 9326421

Granard’s Easter Festival: On Easter weekend – Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March, all roads will lead to Granard for the Easter Festival! An exciting schedule of events is planned for the weekend including a 5K Run, Novelty Tug-O-War, Easter Egg Hunt, Parade, Artisan Food Fare, live music and lots of children’s entertainment! All are welcome. Watch this space in the coming weeks for more details on events!

Table Quiz: A table quiz to help defray costs of running the above festival will take place in Fay’s Bar on Friday 1st March.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.

BodySculpt Pilates: Takes place in Edgeworthstown Community Centre on Tuesday 12 March. 6 weeks Beginners Class starting at 7.30pm and Intermediate Class starting at 8.30pm, Cost €65. Use of Foam Rollers, Fitness Circles and Toning Balls to maximise results. There are limited class sizes to maximise the benefits for all participants. For further information or to reserve a place contact: 086 1011343 or email:

Country Markets: Granard Country Market held their annual general meeting on Friday morning last and the following officers were elected for the coming year. Chairperson, Alan Harrison, Vice-chair, Maggie Norton, Secretary, Angela Durkin, Treasurer, Pat Wilson, Assistant Treasurer, Evelyn Stafford, P.R.O. Eileen Kilbride, Controller, Ann O Hara. The market is open from 8.30 am to 11.00 am every Friday morning in the town Hall and watch out for Mother’s day, St.Patrick’s Day and Easter goodies over the coming weeks.

Credit Union LTD: Hours of business Tuesday–Saturday 10–5pm. Granard Credit Union is pleased to announce our new Spring Loan @ 7.5% and Secured Loans @ 3.5%. Offer only available until 30 March. Why not call in and ask a member of staff for details.

Agricultural Show: A 15 card drive in aid of Granard Agricultural Show will take place in John V. Donohoe’s Granard on Friday night 8 March 2013 at 9pm.  Tickets are on sale at €2 each or 3 for €5.  Please support.  The 61st show is on Saturday 20 July at Higginstown.

Why not Study theology?: The Dominicans are offering affordable distance learning programmes in theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home, with occasional study days at weekends, and with the support of on-line academic tutors. Hundreds of people have completed some or all of the programme. Perhaps you would like to know more? Contact us at: The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Tel. 01 4048124

Granard Tourism Project: The next public meeting of the group working on this project will be held on Thursday March 7th at 8pm in the Community Centre, Barrack. Much work has been done to date, but much remains to be done. Our monthly draw will also take place on the night. We welcome everyone to attend and as our feasibility study is still on-going we welcome ideas for the project. So please come along. This project is for the community and by the community.

Community Diary: A 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.

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.

Rural Transport Programme: We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to ALL AGE GROUPS, with FTP holders travelling Free. Single Fare is €3 and Return is €5, for under 65 years. For our local region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are 2 Friday services into Granard = via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy/Cloughernal and in the Afternoon = via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. Our STOP and DEPARTURE Point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. The Rural Transport office is based in LCRL Longford, Phone 043 3345555. All information is on the website, under the Rural Transport Programme. Information can also be accessed from the GAAG office, Main Street, Granard.

New Adult Karate Class: Due to the huge success of the Children’s Karate Class at the Canon Kelly Memorial Hall, Granard, a new Adult class has started due to popular demand on Wednesday from 6 -7pm. Come along and try this activity out, which will help boost your confidence and improve your fitness. First class is free. For more information please contact: 086 7353940

Senior Scor: Takes place on Friday 1st March in Ballinamuck at 8pm. We have a number of competitors taking part to which we wish good luck. Please support them. 

Baptism: We welcome into the Christian Community, Caoilin Theresa, daughter of Caroline & Peter O’Reilly, Abbeylara.

A/G Bingo: Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Mary Agnes Reilly, Toome, Mullinalaghta, who died on Thursday 14 February, mother of Martin Reilly, bus driver for Abbeylara N.S.; Peter Kiernan Culray, Aughnacliffe, who died on Friday 15 February, brother of Bridie Kiernan, Dalystown & Bess Lynch, Creevy, Maura Griffin, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, who died on Sunday 17 February, sister of Bishop Colm O’Reilly and Larry Crudden, Derbyshire, England a native of Cloonaghmore, who died recently. May they rest in peace.   

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €10,200 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.

Altar Society: A well attended meeting took place on Monday night last. The important matters relating to Altar Society members were shared. A new rota will shortly be published and distributed to all members. New members are needed and are most welcome. Please contact any of the existing members or Fr. Michael 6686270. Sincere thanks was expressed at the meeting to all past members for their work over the years.

GAA Club: Lotto Results 12/02/13. Numbers drawn: 8, 10, 14, 24. €20 winners: Mark Keogh, Rathbracken; Ruth, Lara & Lily Barden, Carra; Charelette Galligan, Toneymore; Maura & Gerry Flynn, Toneymore; Anthony Sheridan, Carra; Glen McGrath, Lisryan. Next draw in Crawford’s Lounge on 26/02/13. Jackpot €10,200 it could be you.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to 
Lourdes: Takes place from Monday 27 May to Saturday 1 June. Cost €699. For further details please contact JWT 01 2410811, 01 2410812.