St. Mary’s GFC

St. Mary’s GFC

The Clubs Dinner Dance takes place in the Piker’s Lodge, Loch Gowna on this Saturday, 22 February 2014. Music by Paschal Liz and Davy. Dinner will be served at 8.30pm. Tickets €30.

Employability Midlands

Are you a person with a disability/illness looking for work? An Employment Officer from EmployAbility Midlands Will be available in Granard Area Action Group on Monday 24 February 2014 from 2.30 – 4.30pm. EmployAbility Midlands is a service which enables people with disabilities to access mainstream employment. For further information or to make an appointment please use any of the contact details: Tel: Brenda 086 3872 855 or Email:

Show AGM

Granard Agricultural Show AGM takes place on Thursday, 6 March in John V’s Lounge at 9pm. All members are requested to attend and new members are very welcome.


The Library continues to operate each Friday at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre Barrack Street, Granard from 10am to 5pm. For further information please phone 087 6151028 on Fridays.

Book Club

Granard Library Book Club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel, Granard at 11am. Next meeting is on Wednesday, 26 February. This arrangement is in place while Library is under renovation.

Walking Club

Granard Happy Heart Walking Club continues each Friday morning with instruction from Brendan Doyle at 10am at Higginstown Complex. This course is in association with Longford Sports Partnership and Brendan is a professional coach. Come and join us and enjoy a great walk. All paces catered to.

“Siopa” Lus na Greine

A big Thank You to all who supported and donated to our coffee morning on Friday last. It was much appreciated. Congratulations to the winner of the beautiful hamper – Josephine McManus Moyne Co. Longford. Our shop opens every Friday Saturday and the first Tuesday of the month 10.00am to 5.00pm. We have a large stock of clothes of all sizes ranging from 8 – 24 - ladies gents and children. Books to suit all tastes 3 for €5. All monies earned in the shop go back into the community.

Granard Pitch and Putt

Membership for the coming year is now due and can be paid at Granard Pitch and Putt Clubhouse at Granard GAA Sports Complex on Sunday next, the 23 February between (11.00am-2.00pm) or to Club Treasurer Raymond Fay. Membership for this coming year is Adult €60; Family €120; Senior Citizen €25; Juvenile €20; student €25 and Associated €30.There is a special offer going on at the moment of a 15% discount on all memberships. This offer expires on Monday 24 February as registrations will be sent away to the PPUI on Tuesday 25 February. We also would urge all members, be they current or new to pay as soon as possible as to avoid the disappointment of not being registered to play in particular competitions. For further information contact Raymond Fay on 087-7747848.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €14,400.

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.

Legion of Mary

Meetings are now held in the Community Centre every Thursday night at 8.30pm. This is a special time of prayer to Our Lady. If you wish to join the Legion you are welcome to come to any of the meetings.

Senior Helpline

Is Ireland’s only confidential listening service for older people provided by older volunteers is open 365 days of the year. The helpline is open every day from 10am to 10pm. Don’t be alone. Call Senior Helpline LoCall 1850 440 444. No call costs more than 30cent.

Rural Transport

In conjunction with Longford Community Resources Ltd. “Door to Door” Collection continues. All age groups welcome. Free Travel Pass Holders Travel FREE. Every Friday to Granard drop off point Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard. Contact Driver John at 087-6213526 (mobile) or 043-6686180 or phone Seamus Lee at 043-3345555 for further information.

Citizens Information

The outreach service continues at the offices of Granard Area Action Group each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you require information on any aspects of your rights and entitlements please call in and the information officer will deal confidentially with your query. The service is free to all.


The following were the winners of the spot prizes at the Granard Country Markets on Valentine’s Day - Rose Carthy, Abbeylara and Jessica Gillard, Mostrim. Congratulations and enjoy the Hampers. The market continues every Friday beside the Post Office from 8-30am to 11-00am.

Adult Leaning Centre

Computers for Beginners commences on Wednesday, 26 February. Phone Therese at 043 6686211 for further information.


Badminton continues each Monday evening at Canon Kelly Sport Hall, Granard at 8pm. Sports Hall is situated at rear of Ard Scoil Padraigh. Four Playing Courses – Raquets and shuttles provided. For further information contact William 0868226523.

Glotto Draw

Numbers drawn 22-25-28-30. There was no outright winner. Congratulations to the four €25 winners. Seamus Flynn, Ballymacrowley; Betty Masterson, Ballymorris; John Macken, Granard and Enda and Michelle Macken. Next Jackpot draw is €7,000. Stay in to win.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27 May to 01 June (5 nights). Price €699 fully inclusive. For further information contact Joe Walsh Tours 143 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2 Phone 012410811. Pilgrimage Director Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate Co. Westmeath. Phone No. 0906-481180 or Director of Special Section for the sick V. Rev. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan Co. Offaly 0906-457112.


Abbeylara Drama group would like to thank everyone who supported their recent production of “A Christening with a Twist” which was an outstanding success. Thanks to all who attended the event on both nights; To our generous sponsors; The Management and staff of Crover House Hotel Mountnugent and to the ticket sellers. Congratulations to the production team script writers and wonderful cast who provided two wonderful night’s entertainment.


Sympathy is extended to Frances Monahan, Ballinagall, Granard on the death of her sister, Sr. Mary Connaughton, Convent of Mercy, Rochestown Ave. Dun Laoghaire who died on 7 February 2014. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to the relatives and many friends of the late Very Rev. Canon Gerry McCauley, retired parish priest of Lanesborough who died at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown were he resided for many years since his retirement. Burial took place in his native Co. Offaly. May he rest in peace.


The following are the results from the weekly Whist Drive at the Community Centre, Granard: First Lady Breege Cauldwell; Second Lady Teresa Keoghan; Third Lady Una Dooney. First Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick; second Gent Sean Flood; Third Gent Seamus Coyle. Half Game Lady Anne Leonard. Half Game Gent Edward Dooney. Raffle: Peter Gregg, Jimmy Cahill and Breege Cauldwell.