Funeral Mass

Funeral Mass

Mass will take place on Tuesday, 15 July in Abbeylara at 11.00am for Pee Galligan, Toneymore and Birmingham, England who died on Saturday, 28 June in Birmingham. This Mass will coincide with Pee’s Funeral Mass in Birmingham, on this day at this time.


Congratulations to Gary Flynn, Toneymore and Danielle Doherty, Ard Grange, Derry, who were married on Saturday, 5 July in Long Tower Church, Derry.

Best wishes

We extend our best wishes to all the students and their teachers and hope that their summer holidays will be very safe and enjoyable.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for Abbeylara takes place on Sunday, 27 July. Please ensure that this Cemetery is suitably prepared for such an important event.

Parish Draw

We hope to soon hold the first draw. Thus, those yet to join, please do so ASAP. Thanks very much to the 138 people who have joined so far. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish.

Tidy Towns Bonus Ball

The above 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 the main Lotto draw. 

Youth Festival in Medjugorje

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from July 30 to August 6. 7 night’s half-board in Guesthouse, close to St. James Church. Young people aged 16 – 35 are most welcome. Cost €659 in total. If interested please contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email

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. No appointment necessary.


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 €16,300. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Day Trip to Bundoran

Lus na Greine low cost annual family day out will take place on 5 August to Bundoran. This is open to families and bookings are now being accepted. For further information please contact the centre.

Pilgrimage to Knock

This year’s annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 20 July. A bus will leave Killadoon at 9.00am, Granard 9.15am and Ballinalee at 9.30am. Booking with Bridget Burns on 043 6686696.

Birthday greetings

To Nan Lord, Aughnagarron and Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford who celebrated her 96th birthday on Friday, 27 June. Congratulations Nan and wishing you continued Blessings from Our Lord.

Novena to St. Camillus

The above takes place from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 July in St. Camillus’, Killucan, Co. Westmeath. Each evening from the 10 to 12 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, there will be Veneration of the relics of the Saint, Confessions, and Prayers for the sick at 6.15pm. There will be Mass at 7.00pm (invited preachers).


Trócaire’s door to door fundraisers will be in your area for a couple of days during July / August 2014. The fundraisers are clearly identifiable as they will be wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket. Also, each fundraiser will be carrying photo ID. The purpose of their visit to your area is to raise awareness of the work Trócaire does and to ask people if they would like to support Trócaire with a monthly direct debit. Trócaire works with the poorest families and communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America helping to build better futures. Please support if you can. To find out more about Trócaire’s work, please visit our website, Susan Kirk / Louise Forrester, Trócaire, Maynooth. 01 6293333.

Credit Union

Special car and holiday loans are now available at very attractive rates.  Please call and collect a leaflet from the Credit Union office and gain entry into a free draw after returning completed form. Hours of business are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.

Community Games

The County Longford track and field finals took place recently in Ballymahon. We were well represented in all the races. The weekend started off with the field events and we only had 2 people involved. First up was Connor Leonard in the long puck who came away with the gold medal winning by 6 meters, next up was Aoife Leonard in the throw ball and this was a very tight competition but on her last throw and with 0.6m to spare took gold. On the Sunday was the track event. All the children done well in their heats but were not in the running for medals in the finals with the exception of Rachel Gillian won ran a great race in the U-16 100m and took gold in it and also our U-16 girls relay team of Rachel Gillian, Shannon O’Reilly, Shannon McEntire and Carmel McGivney  who were piped at the line and took silver, Well done to all the children who took part over the weekend and we wish Connor, Aoife and Rachel all the best in the all Ireland finals in August.

Women’s Network

Cavan Women’s Network Summer School “Fair Deal for Women”, takes place on Wednesday, 16 July 9.30am – 5.30pm and Thursday, 17 July 9.30am – 2.00pm. Something for the mind, body and spirit. Inspiring speakers, workshops, and discussion groups. Join us in Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre. Register at or call Veronica at 083 4351742 or Marion on 046 9245580 for further details.

Table Quiz

Lisryan Village & District Development Association is holding a Table Quiz in the Crossroads Inn, Lisryan on Friday, July 18 at 9pm. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Lough Derg

A series of one-day retreats will take place on the pilgrimage island in Lough Derg during the months of August and September. Contact 071 9861518 or e-mail website:

Family Fun Day

The Edgeworthstown Development Association will be holding their Family Fun Day in The Green on Sunday, 20 July at 2.00pm. Something for everyone, games, entertainment, bouncing castles and stalls. Anyone interested in taking a stall o sell their crafts or home baking etc. can book at 043 6671801 or email


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme: (VTOS): Are you aged 21 or over, and for 6 months, Either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments, Have been signing for credits or a lone parent, If so, you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. Interested? Contact the Adult Education Office, LWETB, Battery Road, Longford. Tel. 043 3345474 as soon as possible

Breffni 20K

The Annual Breffni 20K Challenge will take place this year on Saturday, 2 August with the proceeds going as usual to St. Luke’s Hospital for Cancer Cure, Care and Control, N.B.C.R.I. (National Breast Cancer Research Institute), and Cavan Cancer Homecare. Over the past years close to one million euro has been raised for these charities and the organisers are looking forward to another successful event. Get your sponsorship cards in the usual outlets and make a special effort to help these very worthy charities.

GAA Lotto

Results: 03/07/2014; winning numbers: 3, 13, 18, 29. €20 winners: Declan McGuire, Dalystown; Jane Lord, Castletown, Finea; Danny Ledwith, Ballinrud; Mary O’Connor, Carra; Paul and Maura Gilna, Carrickduff. Next draw will be held in The Mill on 10/07/2014. Jackpot is now €5,350.

GAA Meeting

A meeting will be held tomorrow, Thursday, 10 July in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. All officers and committee members please attend.

Rosie Run

Rosie Run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (Imnda) will take place in Loch Gowna on Sunday, 20 July at 1.00pm. Registration begins at 11.00am. Prizes to be won and refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards. Please support this worthy cause.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Drop in your cast offs, bric -a - brac to us at the Siopa or to the Centre, everything accepted and welcomed. New stock arriving weekly, ladies, gents and children’s clothes, and all sizes catered for. Huge bargains on our €1 children’s rail. Jewellery to finish off any outfit, also shoes and sandals. All Books 50c each.  Due to popular demand we are now open Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. All proceeds from the shop go directly to projects in the community.

Walking Club

Walking continues very Monday evening, meeting at Higginstown Sports Complex at 7.00pm. There are new and exciting routes every week. New members welcome, young and old.

Vintage Day

Streete Parish Park Annual Vintage Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 July.  The Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run will be held on Saturday, 12 July at 4.00pm and the Vintage Show is on Sunday, 13 July at Kilmore Streete, Rathowen, Co. Westmeath just 4 miles off the N4 at Rathowen Church. There will be Vintage Cars, Tractors, Motorcycles, Stationery Engines, Horse Drawn Equipment and much more. There will be a special prize for the oldest car and tractor with tax book.  There will be a state of the art venue with full catering facilities in our on site Sports Complex and Community Centre, annual dog show, outdoor bandstand with all day entertainment, many exhibitions and demonstrations throughout the day and also entertainment for children. .  There will be a raffle for cash prizes on the day and there is no charge for vintage exhibitors and a free meal.  All donations will go directly to the Irish Heart Foundation.  For further details contact Brian Nerney Chairman on 086 2596656 or email, or phone Pat Duffy Vice Chairman on 086 8433355, Martin Fagan Secretary 086 8100082, or John Parker 086 8301347.

Active retirement

Any members travelling to Knock on the 16 July, please contact Denis on 087 2510072 as soon as possible. Barbeque on the 27 July has been cancelled until further notice.

Day trip to Dublin 

Abbeylara Active Retirement is having a day trip to Dublin on 21 August. There are a limited number of seats left. Filling up fast, have you booked your seat? Contact Denis at 087 2510072.

Tidy Towns

The judging of tidiest village is now taking place, so we would be grateful if everyone would bring home their empty cartons after empting the contents in the bottle banks. Some people are still leaving these at the banks beside the Handball Alley.  We would also like to encourage everybody to pick up litter no matter what because the smallest sweet wrapper will lose us points. Thanking you for your help so far.

Motte Draw

The following are the winners of the Granard Motte Community Enterprise Draw which took place on Tuesday, 1st July: 1st Prize - €500 – Margo Masterson, Rincoola; 2nd Prize - €200 – Bella Coyle, Parnell Row; 3rd Prize – Francis Gray, Sacred Heart National School; €100, 4th Prize – Paddy and Kay McNamara - €100 and 5th Prize – Patrick and Claire Nannery - €100. Again thanks to everyone who has contributed so generously and your support is greatly appreciated.


The Parents’’ Association of St. Patrick’s Primary School, Killeen would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to everyone who attended their recent 5k fundraiser, and contributed to making the event such a wonderful success. A special word of gratitude to Maura and Mick McElvaney, who very generously sponsored the prizes, provided the use of their premises and gave of their time unselfishly, to assist in any way they could. To all the parents who provided refreshments – sandwiches, cakes, buns etc., they were very much welcomed and appreciated. Well done to all the competitors on the day, and congratulations to the overall winners – Ciaran Reilly, Liam Higgins, Miriam McElvaney and Aoife Dawson.

Summer Festival

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary will run from Thursday to Sunday, August 14 - 17. For young people aged 16 - 35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic Faith and meet new people. This Festival has been nick-named the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only. Free buses are available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online, phone 016753690 or visit

Tax Relief Scheme

In the past week, the certificates for the Tax Relief Scheme was sent out to all the people in our Parish who have contributed €250 or more to the Parish collections in 2013. From this year onwards, everyone (including self employed) is eligible to assist the parish in its claim from Revenue. Thus it would be appreciated if you could complete the CHY3 certificate and return it in the envelope provided by the 18 July, please.

Computer 4 Kids

Summer Camp Week 1: 14 July – 18 July or Week 2: 21 July - 25 July 2014 from 9.30am to 1.00pm daily. €65 per child per week. Primary School children aged 8 years and up. Make your own invitations, cards and posters. Learn how to use Word, Power Point, Publisher and E-mail. Touch-typing and safe Web Browsing. Plus fun time and lots more! Please bring a healthy nutritious snack for break time. For further information please contact Longford Women’s Link on 043 3341511 or 087 2058152.

Gun Club

The annual general meeting of the club will be held in the shooting grounds Derragh on this Friday night the 7 July at 9.00pm sharp. All members are asked to attend as membership cover and compensation cover is now due for the coming year. New members welcome.