Granard guild will hold their monthly meeting on this Thursday, 5 February at 8pm in the Credit Union meeting room (entrance at rear of building through car park). We are honoured to have Mary Henry as our guest speaker at 9pm. Mary is always very positive and encouraging with her talks. Prospective members are welcome to attend two meetings before deciding to pay membership. So the guild would encourage anyone interested to come along to this meeting and informative talk. Irish T.V. Longford Matters showed a programme that was filmed last November at the Federation Meeting in the Community Centre Granard. Lots of local crafts were on display.

Sr. Maeve Brady

On Sunday evening last a very special occasion occurred in St. Mary’s Church, Granard when the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Browne presented Sr. Maeve Brady with the Benemerenti Medal for her sterling work for church and community.

The evening prayer service was conducted by Bishop Frances Duffy together with Bishop Colm O’Reilly and Fr. Simon Cadam together with priests from the adjoining parishes was in attendance. The church choir with guests under the direction of Sr. Maeve were in fine tune for the occasion. Congratulations Sr. Maeve and we wish you many more happy and healthy years in the parish.


Congratulations to Sara Walsh, Ballinacross, Granard, daughter of Angela and the late Benny, formerly of Main Street and Kevin O’Dwyer, Dublin who were married in the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey Co. Dublin on Monda,y 26 January 2015 followed by a celebration meal with their families and friends in the famous Fallon and Byrne Restaurant. We wish Sara and Kevin every happiness for the future.

Done and Dusted Nan

Abbeylara GAA Drama group are presenting their annual drama in Crover House Mountnugent on Friday and Saturday 13 and 14 February. This year’s production promises to be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are €15 incl. supper are available from any of the club officials or cast members.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot this week is €19,200 in 42 calls or less. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds from the session on 11 February go towards the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

Tidy Towns

The group would like to thank those who supported our recent Table Quiz by either entering a team or donating a spot prize. This was a very good night. However, given the great work that this small voluntary group do for Granard town, the turnout was very disappointing. We all gain by their efforts and should show our support. Maybe those who did not get to the quiz, which is their only fund raising event, might help out in some other way. Contact any of the volunteers if you wish to do so - it would be appreciated.


A meeting of Granard Buttermarket Committee will take place on Tuesday, 17 February at 7.00pm in the offices of Granard Area Action, Main Street, Granard.  A full attendance is requested and new members always welcome.

Country Markets

Granard Country Market continues each Friday morning beside Granard Post Office commencing at 8.30am to 11.00am. The usual supplies of home baking; crafts; firewood and local honey are available.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union is pleased to announce a Car Loan rate of 7.5%. Please call into the office for more details and the offer of free road tax with every 2015 car purchased with a loan from Granard Credit Union Ltd. Office hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Ardscoil Phadraig

Assessment/entry tests will take place on this Saturday, 7 February from 10.00am to 12.00pm.

Cnoc Mhuire

Enrolment forms for incoming First year students in September 2015 should be returned to the school as soon as possible. Assessment Date: Saturday 28 February 2015.

Irish T.V.

Longford Matters on Irish T.V. 191 Channel featured many items of local interest on their broadcast last week. The Adult Learning Centre featured interviews with Frances Stephenson and Therese Smyth together with clients from the centre. Presenter Carina Charles also interviewed John Maguire Chairperson of Granard Area Action Group sponsors of the local Community Employment Project which is funded by DSP together with Joe Murphy C.E. Supervisor and Maura Sheridan at the Information Office.


A friendly introduction to Basic Computer Classes in Granard Library. Starting on Thursday evening, 5th February from 7 - 8pm and on Wednesday morning, 11th February from 10.- 11.00am. For More Information contact 043.6686164 or

Art Classes

A six week Acrylic and Water-colour painting course will be held in Granard Library commencing on Tuesday, 3 February from 10 am to 11.30am. Price for course will be €50. For further details call Mary on 087-0606276. A very enjoyable morning guaranteed.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office, Main Street, Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Community Diary

A diary is available at the Information Office of Granard Area Action Group, Main Street, Granard where groups and organisations can log their events so as to avoid duplication. Phone 043-6686922 to log events where a member of staff will gladly assist.


The following are the results from the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday, 1 February. First Gent Edward McGivney. Second Gent Jimmy Cahill. First Lady James Reilly. Second Lady Anna McLoughlin. Half Game Lady Una Dooney. Half Game Gent Gerry Leavy. Raffle: Mary Cahill, Gerry Leavy and Sean Flood.


The death of Eileen Smith (nee Macken), Kilbride, Abbeylara occurred on Sunday, 1 February. Her body reposed at the family home until Wednesday morning with removal to St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeylara for funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace. Sympathy is extended to her sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother and sisters, son and daughters in-laws, relatives, friends and neighbours.


The next Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor Edgeworthstown on this Friday, 6 February at 10pm. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 086 1900640.