The Solemn Novena to our Lady continues on this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church Granard. This the second last session of the Novena and all are encouraged to make an effort for the last couple of evenings.

Christmas Market

On Sunday last there was a great buzz of excitement around town with the outdoor Christmas Market. This event was hosted by the Christmas Lights Committee and great credit is due to the organizing committee. The unique live crib was a real treat for everyone and St. Mary’s Church choir sang some Christmas carols. There were all kinds of everything on sale including live turkeys. Santa arrived in town and was based at Lus na Greine FRC for the day where hundreds of children parents and grandparents visited Santa and his helpers in his Grotto. The town Christmas lights were switched on at 4.30pm by Mayor of Granard Town Council Maura Kilbride Harkin and everyone departed from the area with a feel good factor.

Country Markets

The winners of our 35th Birthday Raffle on Friday last were Jessie Gillard, Rose Gallagher, Mary Burns and Una Drake. Congratulations to all and thanks for your continued support. The Market continues every Friday morning beside the Post Office and Christmas orders are still been taken.


Granard guild held their final meeting of 2013 on 5 December in the Credit Union meeting room. Guild members held a Funky Shoes / Mismatched shoes event where some members came up with novel ideas and donated the proceeds to Support Mental Health Services for Young Adults. Newest member Peggy Dempsey brought along some beautiful Christmas arrangements /decorations from recycled items she makes for the charity Goal Shop in Edgeworthstown (Ina’s). There was a Lucky Dip on the night where all members brought in a small item and everyone had a nice gift going home. Supper was served and a most enjoyable evening came to a closure with carol singing under the guidance of St. Mary’s Church Choir member Frances Monahan. The next meeting will take place on 9 January 2014. Happy Christmas and good wishes for 2014 to all I.C.A. members and their families.

Musical Comedy

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School proudly presents HONK a musical comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling on 17 to 19 December in Cnoc Mhuire Sports Hall commencing at 7.30pm. For further information visit Tickets: €10.00 for bookings phone 0436686231 or 0858409506.

Credit Union Ltd.

Granard Credit Union is pleased to inform all it’s members that the Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 16 December 2013 at 8.30pm sharp in the Credit Union building. All members are welcomed to attend. CU there! Our Christmas Opening Hours are as follows: Monday 23 December - 10am-2pm, Tuesday Christmas Eve –Closed, Office re-opens on Tuesday 31 December. Wednesday 1st January 2014 – Closed and Thursday 2nd Business as usual 10am – 5pm. Our Mega Christmas Members Draw will take place on Saturday 21 December remember if you are not in you can’t win. Fantastic cash prizes to be won with a first prize of €10,000 for the luck winner.

Fireside Tales

Congratulations to Jude Flynn who had the launch of Fireside Tales No. 11 in Longford Library on 28 November. Ciaran Mullooly RTE’s Midland correspondent performed the launch which was attended by a large number of family and friends. The book contains interviews with people from all over Co. Longford and is available locally in Donoghue’s Hardware Store Main Street Granard. This book makes an ideal Christmas gift.


The launch of Teathbha the publication of Co. Longford Historical Society took place on Monday 9 December hosted by Mary Carlton Reynolds at Longford Library. Well known journalist and reporter Fran McNulty performed the launch. Congratulations to Editor James MacNerney and all who contributed to this very worthwhile publication.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard at 8.45pm. The Jackpot this week is €13,400. There will be Bingo on Wednesday 25 December Christmas Night please note that this session is commencing at 7.00pm.

Glotto Results

Numbers drawn 4-15-16-28. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the following €25 winners. David Hynes Granard. Mai Ward Granardkille. Michelle Maguire Dalystown and Robert Pakenham Lisryan. Next Jackpot €6,500.

Walking Club

Granard Happy Heart Walking club continue to meet every Saturday morning meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 10.15am. New members welcome. Application forms available from Lus na Greine reception or from any member. See you Saturday!

Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre – Barrack St. Granard.

Phone – 043 – 6686309.

Sale of Work: Sincere thanks to all those who supported our Sale of Work/Jumble Sale last Friday and to all our volunteers for their great work. All proceeds from the sale will go to Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services who support Moatsider’s Active Age Group, Granard Men’s Social Club, Dolmen Active Age, Dolmen Daycare Services, North Longford Men’s Group, Granard Writer’s Group and other community projects.

Moatsiders Active Age: We all really enjoyed our Christmas outing to the Black Olive and the Backstage Theatre. Our last meeting of the year, our Christmas Party will be on Wednesday 11 December at 2.30pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. Please note the date change from our usual Thursday to a Wednesday. Sr. Maeve and members of Granard Choir will be joining us, for Christmas Carols and we are looking forward to a great afternoon. Granard Men’s Social Club: For our Christmas gathering we are joining with groups from the Dolmen Centre for a Christmas Party in the Breffni Arms Hotel Arva for good food music and dancing. Bus departs from Rath Mhuire Centre at 1.15 pm.


The Library is operating from the Centre every Friday from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

GAA Success

Congratulations to neighbours Mullinalaghta who defeated Clonguish in the U-21 13-a-side Championship on Saturday evening last in Killoe. Final score 1-9 to 1-6.


Adult Badminton takes place each Monday night commencing at 8pm in the Canon Kelly Community Sports Hall at Ardscoil Phadraig Granard. There are 4 Playing Courts and

Rackets and Shuttles are provided for a fee of €3 per night. For further information contact William at 086-8226523.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm On Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

The Santa Train

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway in Dromod Co. Leitrim present the Santa Train on Sunday 15th and 22nd December. Children €10 and accompanying adults are FREE. Phone 071 9638599 for further information or visit

The Triumph

A powerful new documentary investigating one of the greatest mysteries of the modern world, The Apparitions of Medugorje. Showing in the Cineplex in Carrick-On-Shannon Thursday the 12 December at 8.30 p.m. for one night only. Normal admission apply. 


Results from Sunday 8 December at the Community Centre Granard. First Lady Lily Garvey. Second Lady Mary Cahill. Third Lady Marti Clyne. First Gent Gerry Leavy. Second Gent Seamus Keoghan. Third Gent Edward McGivney. Half Game Lady Mary Masterson. Half Game Gent Bernard Nally. 13 Tricks Eddie Brady. Raffle 1.Theresa Keoghan. 2. Lily Garvey and 3. Cathal Fitzpatrick.

Garden Club

Will host their annual Christmas Floral Demonstration on Monday 16 December at Lus na Greine FRC. All arrangements will be raffled on the night. Refreshments’ will be served and everyone is invited to come along to this wonderful occasion.

Christmas Workshops

In Baking / Cooking and Sewing are ongoing for two weeks. Cookery on Wednesdays 8.30pm – 10.00pm and Sewing on Thursdays 7.30 – 9.30 pm. All welcome.

Charity Shop

Thanks to all in our community our annual sale of clothing and bric a brac is doing very well in its new location on upper Main Street. Your support is much appreciated.