Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Very Rev. Canon Jerry Macaulay, Retired Parish Priest of Lanesborough, who died on Sunday, 9 February at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown.  May he rest in peace.

Bereavement Course

A six week bereavement course for adults who have experienced the death of a relative or friend begins in the Family Centre Longford on Wednesday, March 5 at 8pm. This course will be presented by two trained, caring and experienced facilitators. Over the years many people have found this course very helpful. For further information and booking please contact 043 3346827 or 087 2843034.


Thanks very much to the Readers and Ministers who attended the meeting for them on Monday, 10 February in Abbeylara Church. It was a helpful meeting for all present. Our sincere thanks to Mary McKenna, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan for her very practical input in helping and training the Readers and Ministers in these very important Ministries. New rotas should be available soon for both Readers and Ministers.

Prayers and Reflections

Anyone wishing to receive a copy of this booklet at €1 each, please contact Bridget Lynch, 087 2487883 or Bernadette Heaney, 087 3501500.

“A Christening with a Twist”

Following our recent “Christening with a Twist” which was an outstanding success, we would like to thank everyone who supported us, the wonderful audience on both nights, our very generous sponsors, management and staff of Crover House Hotel who were very accommodating, to our ticket sellers and last but by no means least our script writers, director and wonderful cast who provided two great nights entertainment.

Tidy Towns

We are holding our AGM on Thursday, the 20 February in the Sports Centre at 8.30 p.m. We are hoping to see a good turn out on the night as we need to form a new committee in order to keep the Tidy Towns going. There is a lot going on for us this year with the return of two Cistercian Monks. So why not come along and join and maybe surprise yourself. The Bonus Ball is on sale at P. J. Farrell’s shop. It could be you, only €2 per number. A sum of €50 is to be won every Saturday night on main Lotto draw

Active Retirement 

Our next meeting takes place tomorrow, Thursday 20 February at 11am. We are looking for new members at the moment, so if you are 50 plus why not come along and join our group.  We have lots for you to do: chat, debate, play bingo, skittles, curling, arts/crafts, pass the bottle, all types of exercises, play cards, go for walks and most of all the daily outings. Membership fees are now due, so please bring along to next meeting. We are going on our five day trip to Kerry from 22 to 26 June, staying at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, four nights B/B and four evening meals plus free show in hotel every night.  Coach from Abbeylara to Kerry and back, including day trips around Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. One free day to browse around Killarney or a trip in the jaunting cars etc., at your own expense. Price €300 includes Tea/Scones on way down and evening meal on way back. €50 deposit secures seat. Contact Denis at 087 251 0072


An adviser from MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) is in attendance at Granard Area Action Group office on Monday, 24 February from 2.30pm to 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 will take place on Thursday, 6 March in John V’s Lounge at 9.00pm all members to attend and new members are very welcome.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. For further information call 087 6151028 on any Friday.

The Library Book Club

The club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel Granard at 11.00am.  Next meeting is on 26 February.


There are still some spaces available on ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for March and April 2014: – 10 & 13 March 2014 and 4 & 5 April 2014.  For further information contact ACCORD 043 3347222 or book on-line 

Speaking with Confidence

Tips to get you smoothly through that key event and build your confidence speaking in groups or in public. This four-week course is starting soon in Lus Na Greine, Granard. If interested please get your name in by calling 043 6660977.

Breffni Kickers

Line Dancing has resumed with the Breffni Kickers in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva every Thursday; Beginners at 8.30pm and advanced afterwards. Hope to see you all there!!

Department of Social Protection

Please note that the Department of Social Protection is now open in Granard every Monday morning from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

Longford Toastmasters

Would you like to be more confident at speaking in public and to learn how to improve your communication skills? Longford Toastmasters are looking for new members to join our club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from September to May in Kelleher’s from 8.20pm until 10.30pm. Admission is €5 with free admission to first time visitors. All are welcome to our enjoyable and sociable meetings and no experience is required. For further information please contact Mary on 086 1219281 or Terrie on 085 1163565.

Walking Club

Granard Walking Club in conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership have organised an Operation Transformation Walk guided by a professional coach on Friday mornings starting at 10.00am from St. Mary’s Sports Complex, Granard. New members welcome.

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.

Community Diary

A 2014 Diary is available at Granard Area Action Group office to enable local voluntary groups and fundraising events to log their forthcoming activities for the year so as to help co-ordinate events successfully and to avoid duplication where possible. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Free Training Opportunities

Would you be interested in an introduction to digital photography, sending/receiving emails, using social media, using apps, buying tickets and on-line banking? Longford EDI Centre is running an 8 hour basic computer course which can be delivered mornings, afternoons or evenings. To avail of this great opportunity contact Bernie or Amanda at 043 3347515 or email

Social Dancing

Social dancing will start from Sunday night, February 23 in the Stags Head. No cover charge and take your pick on the night. Music by Misty. Great night guaranteed so come and dance the night away.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This Friendly Phone Call Service is a free service for older people, providing information on local activities and services as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is for you. The service can be reached at 043 3349678 on Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

GAA Club Lotto

Lotto Results: 13/2/14; winning numbers: 10, 19, 20, 24. Margo Masterson, Rincoola; Mel Sheridan, Toneymore; Kathleen Reilly, Creevy; James Savage, Abbeylara; Peter Brady, Rincoola; Jimmy Croke, Ballinacross, Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 20/02/2014. Jackpot is now €4,300. IT COULD BE YOU.

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2014 can now be paid to Kevin Murphy, Carra, at your convenience please as follows: €50 adult players, includes membership and insurance; €35 student players include membership and insurance; €25 adults; €40 per couple, €10 non playing students. Nil OAP. Thank you.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €14,400. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!!

Country Market Winners

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 8.30 am to 11.00am.

Community Games

Pride of place this week goes to our u13 boys basketball team who beat Killoe in the final on Sunday. The game was very tight all the way through and at half time it was 8 points each. But the Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta boys dug deep and defended well in the 3rd quarter and began to pull away. The game ended on a score of 22-12 in favour of us. The team on the day was Bryan Masterson, Cathal Gillian, Ciaron Scanlon, Cian O Reilly, Connor Leonard and Cailon Lynch. This is the second goal that the community games have won this year having already won the u12 draughts. We would like to see more kids get involved with the community games and parents are always welcomed. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for all information of upcoming events. We have an u13 boys and girls fustal team entered and that will be getting under way in the next week. Best of luck to the two teams. 

Granard Pitch and Putt

Memberships 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 and 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.