OLDER MEN’S ORGANISATION: O.M.O. (Older Mens Organisation) trip to Liverpool Sunday June 2nd to Thursday June 6th 2013. 
Going by Ferry Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead. Bus leaves St Felims Hospital Cavan Sunday morning 10am. Cost is 485 euro per person sharing. Contact Maisie phone no 049 4360433.

OLDER MEN’S ORGANISATION: O.M.O. (Older Mens Organisation) trip to Liverpool Sunday June 2nd to Thursday June 6th 2013. 
Going by Ferry Dunlaoghaire to Holyhead. Bus leaves St Felims Hospital Cavan Sunday morning 10am. Cost is 485 euro per person sharing. Contact Maisie phone no 049 4360433.

Convent Donated: The Sisters of Mercy have donated to the Sue Ryder Foundation the Convent in Granard which was once home to 26 sisters at any given time. The keys of the Convent were handed over to the organization on May 3, 2013. The Sue Ryder Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping older people live safely, securely and independently-with a choice of services to suit all needs. Founded in 1982 the Foundation now provides housing and support to the elderly and disabled in six locations throughout the State: Ballyroan, Dalkey, Holy Cross, Kilminchy, Nenagh and Carlow. The Sisters of Mercy wish all those who work and volunteer with the Sue Ryder Foundation the very best with their future plans.

Agricultural Show: A meeting of Granard Agricultural Show Society will take place in J.V. Donohoe’s on this Thursday night at 9.30pm. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be most welcome.

Month’s Memory: A Month’s memory Mass for the late John Murren, Carragh, Granard will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Saturday evening 18 May at 6pm.

2013 An Post Ras: The annual Ras commences on Sunday 19 May in Dunboyne Co. Meath and will pass through Granard and Ballinalee en route to Longford where the cyclists have an overnight stay before they set off on the second leg to Nenagh Co. Tipperary.

Concert: Longford County Choir with orchestra will perform in concert “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins along with some other choral pieces in St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre St. Mel’s College, Longford on Sunday, 26 May at 7pm. Tickets are €10 each are available at 087-6854876.

Thanks: St Guasacht’s Parents Association, Bunlahy would sincerely like to thank everyone who supported the recent Table Quiz which was a great success. A special word of thanks to everyone who sponsored raffle prizes: Helen and Gerard Reynolds; Aiden Reynolds; Supervalu Granard; Creegan’s Pub; Cllrs. Micheal Carrigy and PJ OReilly; Seamus Flynn Flynnair; Greville Arms Hotel Granard and Francis Foster. Thanks to everyone who helped on the night and to those who sold tickets. A special word of thanks to Johnny Creegan for providing the venue for the night.

Longford Federation ICA: Our sponsored walk for Breast Cancer Research will be on Sunday 19 May starting at the Market Sq Longford at 3 p.m. We hope to see as many members and friends as possible out on this day supporting this worthy cause. All roads will lead to the Rugby Club Longford on Wednesday 29 May where Jill Kerby will give a Ladies Personal Finance Seminar to the women of Longford on how to gain control over their personal finances and know how to deal with significant life changing financial decisions including inheritance tax, the importance of writing a will and how to plan for the rising cost of child/senior care. The seminars also cover how to preserve and grow wealth, how to balance the family budget, how to get the best deals on health and home Insurance, Pensions, Mortgages, Personal Finances etc. The seminar will be relaxed, jargon free and user friendly and Jill encourages plenty of interaction with her audience. If you wish to travel to Bloom in the Park on Friday 31 May please contact Helen on 085 7101053. The cost of the bus is 10 euro.

Craggy Island/Ted Festival: This unique festival comes to Coolarty on Saturday 25 May at 6pm in McElvaney’s. 5K Nuns on the Run; Lovely Girls Competition; Wellie Throwing; Eurovision song contest. BBQ, DJ and prizes. Fancy Dress essential. Ah come on....come on....come on! Proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s Services Longford.

The Gathering: Cemetery Sunday on 4 August in Granardkille. The Parish is taking this opportunity to avail of this day as a Gathering for all who are visiting the Community remembering the ones who have gone before us. This is an opportunity to Remember to Celebrate and to Welcome. It is planned to have a Gathering Event for the community with a family field day in St. Mary’s GAA ground following the religious ceremonies. There will be family entertainment organized on the day and this day will be an ideal opportunity for friends and family from far and wide to meet up.

Country Markets: The Market is open every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11am in the Market House Granard. Granard Country Markets are delighted to announce that they have Slimming World Meals available as well as their usual supplies of Breads; Cakes; Jams; Crafts and Firewood.

Granard C.C.E.: The annual Co. Longford Feadh Ceoil took place in Ballinalee last weekend. Well done to the members of the John Dungan Granard branch of C.C.E. who took part in the events. Granard will be due to host the County Fleadh in 3 years.

Tidy Towns: The group are organizing a Spring Clean on All approach roads to the town on this Saturday 18 May at 10am. We would ask all who are able to help by picking the litter on their own roads. Bags Gloves and Pickers will be provided at assembly point: The Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard. This will only work if you all come out and help.

Library: Bealtaine Festival is here for the month of May for Age and Opportunity. Free library membership to all senior citizens throughout May. Also check out the Programme of Events taking place in conjunction with Rath Mhuire Resource Centre and Lus na Greine. For more information please contact or 0436686164.

Pilgrimage: St Padre Pio’s Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles Co. Tipperary Sunday 26 May. Free Bus leaving. Granard 8am. Edgeworthstown 8.20 am. Ballinalee 8.45 am, Killoe park 9am. Cathedral Car Park 9.15am. Ballymahon, St. Matthews Church 9.45 am (via Kenagh). Contact: 087 6613510 /  086 0405621.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services Ltd: Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard. Phone – 043 – 6686309.

Titanic Trip: Our trip to the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast on Friday 24 May is fully booked and we are all looking forward to a great day.

Moatsider’s Active Age: We all enjoyed a great day at the Backstage Theatre for the launch of the Bealtaine Festival, many thanks to all the organisers and performers for such a good afternoon. Our next big day is this Wednesday 15 May at 2pm. on which we will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary. We will be joined by Sr. Maeve and the students from Cnoc Mhuire with some music as well as the Dolmen Club, Library staff and many others. Refreshments will be served.

Men’s Social Club: The group met on Tuesday 13 May in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre Barrack Street Granard. We were continuing our work in the garden and preparing for our Bealtaine celebrations. As always there was good food and good company. New members are very welcome. Transport available if required. Contact Lucy at 043-6686309.

Monitored Personal Alarms: If you or a family member require information or would like to get an alarm, please contact us at the centre at any time. Contact Jackie/ Lucy 043-6686309.

World Youth Day 2013: Takes place in Rio de Janeiro from Friday 26 July to Tuesday 30 July. Because of distance and cost to go to Rio de Janeiro an alternative is now available. A link up with the World Youth Day event takes place in Faversham in Kent. It is called Brightlights 2013 and will be held in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory, home to the very welcoming Carmelite Community. With large screen link up with World Youth Day in Rio, live bands catechesis, guest speakers and more. This includes transport to and from the airport transport while in England; flights registration accommodation (indoor camping) meals throughout the Brightlights Festival with one night at A4* hotel; theatre tickets and travel insurance. This carnival atmosphere will be the next best thing to being in Rio this Summer. It is a great opportunity for young people to experience youth ministry at such an amazing event. It is offered for young people 17-30 years. The cost is €600 approx. For further information contact Anita or Olivia on 090-6473358. Don’t dump it - Donate it. A box is available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street Granard to collect old mobile phones with a view to getting a Defibrillator for the Community.

New 2 U: The Charity Shop in Market Street Granard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm and the first Tuesday of every month with something for everyone. SVP phone no. 0851503985.

Credit Union: Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Special offer on Wedding and Car loans now available. Call in and ask a member of staff for details. Laser machine facilities are also available. Phone: 043-6686711.

Cycle to Croagh Patrick: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund will take place on Saturday 1st June 2013. Last year was a very successful and enjoyable day as over 40 cyclists completed the event while many more people participated in the climb. We hope this year will be equally successful, and there is

plenty of time for any aspiring cyclists to fit in the training.

Whist Results: The following are the results from Sunday 12 May at the Community Centre Granard: First Lady Mary Cahill; Second Lady Anne Egginton and third Lady Mary Masterson. First Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick; Second Gent Barnie Nally and Third Gent Martin Clyne. Half Game Lady Kathleen Maguire. Half Gent Edward Dooney. Raffle Kathleen Maguire; Mary Cahill and Mary Masterson. A Special Whist Drive will be held on this Thursday evening 16 May in aid of “The Cross of Hope” a South African Charity to buy blankets for the poorest of the poor. Support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.