17 Aug 2022




Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Joseph P. Gregory, Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, formerly Leixlip, Co. Kildare and Springtown, Granard, Co. Longford who died on 20 September 2013, Predeceased by his wife, Alice. Joe is deeply regretted by his sons, Joseph and Paul, daughter, Yvonne, daughters-in-law, Rosa and Bernie, grandchildren, Ross, Camille and Stephanie, brothers-in- law, Willie and Michael, relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbours in New York, England and Springtown, Granard. Your prayers are also requested for Veronica Burke, Strokestown, who died suddenly on holiday in Portugal on Saturday 21 September, She will be very sadly missed by her sorrowing family, and much loved sister Helen Kelly, Ballymorris, Granard. May they rest in peace.


Congratulations to Denis and Shelia Fahey, who are celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary (40 years) this week. We wish them the best of happiness and health during the next forty.


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland – Longford Branch will hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October. Please support.

Gun Club

A meeting of Abbeylara Gun Club will be held on this Friday night the 4 October in the shooting ground Derragh at 9pm sharp. All members please attend.

Community Games

Congratulations to Liam Fagan and Rachel Gilligan who represented Abbeylara/Mullinalaughta in the Community Games National Athletics Finals weekend held in Athlone recently. Rachel competed in the u14 100m sprint event and did extremely well winning her heat and only narrowly missing out on a final spot. Liam competed in the u10 Hurdles and put in a great performance but unfortunately missed out on a final spot.  Well done to both Rachel and Liam who were fantastic competitors and represented their area extremely well and no doubt we will be hearing more about these athletes in the future.


The Annual General Meeting of the Abbeylara/Mullinalaughta Community Games will be held on Sunday October 13 at 9pm in Abbeylara Handball Alley. We urgently need parents to come on board this year to help with the organisation of the games and keep our community games movement active going forward. We hope to see a good attendance on the night.

Parish Pastoral Council

Each family in our parish should have received a letter during the past week with instructions and a voting paper for the purpose of electing a new Pastoral Council. Please have your say in forming this new Pastoral Council by voting as outlined in the letter and returning your vote. Thank you very much.

Coffee morning

Abbeylara N. S. wish to say a sincere word of thanks to all the people who supported their Coffee /Tea Morning held on Thursday 19 September in the School, which realized €312. Thanks very much to one and all for your support of this worthy cause.

Tickets Draw

The winners of the All Ireland Hurling Replay Tickets Draw which was held on Thursday 26 September in Crawford’s were: Raffle Draw: Garry Smith, Latt, Cavan; Bernard Smyth, Beechview, Abbeylara. Members Draw: Winners: Imelda Gilligan, Ballywillian; Paddy Battrim, Ballinrud. Thanks very much for supporting this draw.

Northern Gaels

Congratulations to the Minor team on reaching the Longford County Final. Best of good luck to the panel of players, management and the club in the final against Killoe on Sunday 6 October in Pearse Park at 1.30 p.m. Your support would be appreciated.

Walking Club

Granard Happy Hearts Walking Club is now walking Saturday mornings at 10.15am, same weekly venue, – Higginstown Complex. Our members have now found their pace, some like to stroll, some like to trot, all speed and distance catered for. New members always welcome. See you all Saturday!

Free Play Day

Longford Co. Childcare Committee Tus Nua project are holding a FREE Play Day for families with young children in the Granard Area tomorrow, Thursday 3 October from 10.00am to 1.00pm in Lus Na Greine, Main Street Granard. Activities on the day include Painting; Colouring; Arts and Crafts; Building Blocks and Face Painting. There will be information and advice for parents on childcare and a free workbook will be provided for all children. For further information contact Laura at 087-9283621; or visit

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue in the Community Centre every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am and as winter approaches the firewood is back in stock along with the usual Breads, Jams, Eggs and Crafts.


In an effort to raise finance and in order to ensure that Granard will have Christmas lights for the streets of the town during the festive season a Fundraising night will be held in the Bay Horse on Saturday 26 October. There will be music and a fancy dress on the night with prizes of €500, €300 and €200. There will also be other various Spot prizes on the night. Tickets are on sale at €5 each or a book of 20 for €100 in various shops and from committee members. A great night’s entertainment and laughter is guaranteed!!

Pre-Employment Course

Are you unemployed and trying to get back to work then this course could be of interest to you. It will commence on 4 November for a period of 6 weeks in Lus Na Greine, Granard. It will start at 9.30 am and finish at 1.30 pm. It will be practical hands on course with modules such as upholstery, stone craft, and horticulture etc. information, C.V preparation and interview skills. Places are available so if interested contact the centre on 043 6660977

Pilates Classes

Get into shape this autumn with Pilates Classes starting on Monday 7 October from 7.45pm to 8.30pm upstairs in the Granard Credit Union. Cost is €45 for 6 weeks. To book your place phone Mary Denneny on 086 0707619. All are welcome.

15km Challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.


There are still a small number of places available on the Animal Care and Nursing Studies courses in Ardscoil Phádraig. Please contact the school immediately on 043 6686209 if you are interested.

Adult Learning Centre

Do you need help with reading, writing, spelling, maths or computers? If you do, please call into the centre or ring us at 043 6686211 and we will do all we can to help. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for new classes starting September 2013. The service is free and confidential. Contact Thérese Smyth.

The Country Dance

Featuring Patrick Feeney, Busy Fingers, Nite Fever, Anthony McBrien, The Davitt Showband, Andreas Durkin, Gary Gamble, Christy and Mono, Matt Leavy, Trevor Moyles plus a legendary special guest on the night takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva, County Cavan on Monday 14 October in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan.

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.

Abbeylara GAA Club

Lotto Results: 26/09/2013 Winning numbers: 3, 9, 20, 28. Mary Smyth, Toberphelim; John Joe and Jane Reilly, Creevy; John Pettit, Granard; Jimmy Croke, Ballinacross; Lorna Smith, Ballinacross; Edel Biggins, Granard: Next draw takes place in The Mill Tavern, on 03/10/2013. Jackpot is now €2,400.


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. Jackpot is now €12,400.


The Parish Cell System of Evangelization National Seminar 2013 takes place on Friday 4, Saturday 5, & Sunday 6 October in St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre, Longford & St. Oliver’s, Cullyfad, Killoe, Longford. Guest Speaker is Mr. John Waters, Writer & Journalist, who will speak on “The value of small faith groups in this crazy world.” For more details please contact Mary/ Martina on 086/8067814. Fan into flame, the gift God has given you.

Social Dance Class

Social Dance Classes have started in Tubber Primary School. The class will run as follows: 8.00 - 9.00 pm for Beginners, 9.00 – 10.00 pm for Improvers and 10.00 - 11.00 pm dancing for a little fun and practice.   The cost of the class is 10 euro.  For further enquiries phone Padraig 087 1812248.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Episcopal Ordination

The Ordination of Fr. Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone at 3p.m.

Brain Injury Ireland

Work4You set up by Acquired by Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and want support to return to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury, aged 16-65 and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection. For further information please call 044 9338773.

Dyslexia Workshop

Longford Dyslexia Workshop provides individual and small group tuition to children experiencing learning difficulties. Classes are held in Longford town on Tuesday evenings. For further information please phone the co-coordinator Nuala on 086 3578827.

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