While notes are forwarded each Monday morning for publication there is no guarantee that this will happen, sometimes due to lack of space perhaps. Apologies to those groups/people whose notes did not appear last week.


The monthly meeting of Granard I.C.A. will take place on this Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8.00pm in the Credit Union meeting room. A “Bring and Buy” will be held on the night so don’t forget to bring the goods. New members are always very welcome.

Walk in Derrycasson

A guided walk with Mr Pat Brady from Coillte will take place in Derrycasson Wood on Thursday 10 October (weather permitting) at 2.30pm. This will be a very interesting event and everyone is welcome to come along and hear of the history of the area; the trees; flowers and fauna. Please remember to wear suitable footwear.

Table Quiz

As part of the 125th celebrations of St. Mary’s GAA the club is holding a Table Quiz on this Friday 4 October, in Fay’s Bar. Tables of 4 - €40 euro. Throw in at 9.00pm. Come along and enjoy a good night’s entertainment.

Greville Golf Society

New kid on the block! well done to Bernard McElvaney on winning the ‘Autumn Vase ‘ in Mount Temple Golf Club recently. Runner up Colm Fagan. Nearest the Pin Joe McElvaney. Longest Drive Leo Fagan. Team winners Colm Fagan, Ian Cambell, Jimmy Leavy. Visitors Prize Ian Campbell. Our End of Year trip away is booked for 5/6 October in Bundoran staying in the Great Northern Hotel and Golf Resort. There are limited rooms available - places filling up fast. Sign up now if you intend to travel. Anyone who has already signed up but cannot travel please contact Colm immediately or the Society will lose deposits.

Collins 21 Society

On 18 October at 8.00pm a special event will take place in The Greville Arms Hotel Granard when various guest speakers of note will deliver lectures on the life of Michael Collins and the Kiernan / Granard connection. There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia and letters written by Collins. Further details next week.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11am. As Winter now approaches the fire wood is back in stock along with the usual supply of Breads; Cakes; Jams; Free Range Eggs and Crafts.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizen’s Information Service will be in attendance at Granard Area Action Information Office Main Street every Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


The Library due to refurbishment of the building has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard and is open every Friday from 10am to 5pm.

Glotto Draw

The draw was held in clubhouse. Numbers drawn 5-8-9-21. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the €30 winners: Grace Gannon Kilcogy. Tommy Keoghan Kilcogy and Jerry Connolly Rathcronan. Next weeks jackpot €6000.

Pitch & Putt

Granard Pitch & Putt club will hold a meeting on Monday 7 October at 8.30pm in St. Mary’s G.A.A. meeting room. All members requested to attend and new ones welcome.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing with Bill has resumed at Lus Na Greine FRC Main Street Granard on Monday nights starting at 7.30pm to 9.30pm each night. Everyone welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday and Saturday 10am to 6.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10 to 6pm.

Temple Street Hospital

A very Big Thank You to all who turned out in Abbeylara on Saturday Night to support Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Team Feely as they prepare for the 2013 Temple Street 4 x 4 Challenge. A great night was had by all. Hamper won by Jimmy Garvey, Nativity Set won by Catriona Burke, Bottle Whiskey won by Lorna Barber. Your Support was really appreciated. A special word of thanks to Crawford’s for facilitating this event, Mary O’Connor for the wonderful music & Mary Brady for all her hard work in selling lines for the Raffle, making the night a big success Remember there is still time to support Temple Street and Team Feely.

Ceoltas Concert

A bus will travel to Ceoltas Headquarters Culturlann na hEireann Monkstown Dublin on Sunday evening at 5.30pm for a farewell concert for the group travelling to America on tour. The group includes Elaine Reilly from Ballymore Granard. We wish Elaine and all her compatriots a safe journey. Anyone wishing to travel to this concert please contact phone no.0868119444 immediately.

New Bishop

On this Friday 4 October the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi the insignia of the new Bishop, ring, mitre, pectoral cross and crosier will be blessed during the 7.30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral Centre at St. Mel’s College. Anyone who wishes to attend this Mass will be most welcome. The Ordination of Fr. Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone at 3p.m.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is getting ready for the party season.  Is there a dress or a suit that you would love to wear this year? Would you love to be one or even two stone lighter unwrapping those pressies? If so, come along to St. Mary’s Community Centre, Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Every week in the run up to Christmas group will be packed with fun, festivities, ideas and lots of love and support. Contact Jenny (0861094773) for further details. 

Tus Nua

Longford Co. Childcare Committee Tus Nua project are holding a FREE Play Day for families with young children in the Granard Area on this Thursday 3 October 2013 in Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre Main Street Granard. There will be information and advice for parents on quality childcare and on the Government programmes. Activities on the day include Painting; Colouring; Arts and Crafts; Building Blocks and Face Painting. For further information contact Laura at 087-9283621; Longford Community Childcare Committee: or phone 0433342505.

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services Ltd

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard. Phone – 043 – 6686309. Moatsiders Active Age - The group departed for our outing to Ennis, Co. Clare for a 3 night stay on Tuesday 1 October – Thursday 3 October. We hope everybody has an enjoyable time. Our next meeting date in Rath Mhuire Centre will be 17 October at 2.30pm. We always give a warm welcome to new members so if you would like to join us in any of our outings or activities, you can get in touch with Jackie at 043-6686309. Granard Men’s Social Club: Our first date for September coincided with the Garda Band performance in the Canon Kelly Sports Hall and all had a most enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to Garda Tracey Shanley for organising this wonderful event. The next meeting date at Rath Mhuire Centre will be on Tuesday 8 October at 12 noon. Our club provides members with a forum to avail of a range of relevant informational topics, as well as the opportunity to engage in many community and social activities, with the added bonus of good company and good food. New members are very welcome – contact Lucy at 043-6686309.

Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe

All groups an activities have recommenced or will be recommencing shortly at the Dolmen Centre in Aughnacliffe (Dolmen Failte Club – Dolmen Day Care Services – North Longford Men’s Group ) as well as other activities, For any information on any of the activities at the Dolmen Centre contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309.

Library Service

The Library is based at our Centre during the refurbishment period. Opening time is every Friday 10am – 5pm in the O’Carolan Room.

Information Workshop on Volunteering

The Volunteer Centre in Longford will be hold a Volunteer Information Outreach Service in Rath Mhuire Centre over the next couple of weeks, commencing on Monday 7 October at 11am. This is a good opportunity for non profit organisations to discuss their volunteering needs with a staff member from Longford Volunteer Centre and use their free placement and advertising service to recruit new volunteers.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. This week’s Jackpot is €12,400. Sincere thanks to everyone who supports this fundraising activity. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.F.C.

Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to Catriona Kelly Shannon Park Edgeworthstown Co. Longford daughter of Francis and Bernadette Granard who celebrated her 21st Birthday recently with a party for family and friends.


Sympathy is extended to Helen Kelly and family Ballymaurice Granard on the untimely death of her sister Veronica Burke Cloonfree Strokestown who died unexpectedly on 21 September. Veronica is also survived by her husband Pat son Michael daughter Jackie grandchildren and extended family. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday last followed by burial. May she rest in peace.

Pilates classes

Pilates classes starting on Monday 7th Oct upstairs in Granard Credit Union. Class starts at 7.45 – 8.30pm. 6 weeks for 45 euro. To book your place phone Mary Denneny on 086 0707619.