First Friday

First Friday

Friday, 6 February is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday Confessions in Abbeylara Church at 7.00pm followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fatima First Saturday

Mass will take place on Saturday, 7 February in Carra at 11.00am with Confessions. You are all welcome to attend.

Order of Malta, Longford

The above will hold a collection at Masses on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February. Please support.

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage

Takes place from Wednesday, 27 May to Monday 1 June. Any Assisted Pilgrims wishing to travel on this Pilgrimage please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270. Other people are also welcome to travel, please contact Joe Walsh Tours for booking forms and details.

Solemn Final Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott continues each Tuesday night until 31 March.

‘Done & Dusted NAN’

Our Drama Group Presents – ‘Done & Dusted NAN’ in Crover House Hotel on February 13, and 14 February 2015, members of the local drama society will perform to much applause the third part of what has turned out to be the hugely successful follow-on from ‘A Mock Wedding’ two years ago. Last year, it was ‘The Christening with a Twist’ and now, here in 2015, it’s the performance that everyone has been waiting for; ‘Done and Dusted Nan’, written and directed by Áine Drake. Guaranteed to make the audience laugh, this play has had the cast and members of the production crew working tirelessly for the past few weeks in preparation for the big opening night and if rumour is anything to go by, they certainly won’t disappoint the huge numbers of people who are expected to turn out to support the cause. The play itself is brilliantly written and directed by Áine, who is becoming somewhat famous in the locality these days. This time round the audience will be reacquainted with some memorable characters and there will also be some new standout ones to enjoy as well. Tickets are now €15 each and are available from any cast member, designated ticket sellers, Mary Ledwith or Mary O’Connor. All monies raised from the event will be given to the local football club who have recently invested in a new pitch at the GAA grounds. Please contact 087 4187221 for more details. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Cake Sale

A Cake Sale will take place after all Masses on 7 and 8 February. Funds are needed to cover the expenses for staging our Drama. We will be grateful for your support; such as baking, helping with sales and buying our products. Mary O’Connor and Mary Ledwith will accept items baked.

Gun Club

The annual club clay bird shoot for the Edward Donohue and Oliver Lynch Memorial Cup will be held Sunday next 8 February in the shooting grounds Derragh. Members are asked to be in the grounds at 12 noon, confined to club members only.

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2015 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 and €10 OAP. Thank you. Closing date for receipt of membership is Tuesday, 31 March. Your membership support for your local Abbeylara GAA Club would be greatly appreciated.

First Aid

Due to impressive demand this three day course will go ahead in Lus na Greine over the following dates – 17 February, 25 February and 26 February from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Booking is essential.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Friday 30 January in Abbeylara; €300 – Kathleen & Paddy Rafferty, Cartronbore; €200 – Larry & Susan Boland, Cloonaghmore; €100 – Eamonn & Mary Lynch, Aughnagarron; €50 – Fr. Michael, Abbeylara Parish. Thanks very much for your support of the Draw. Also sincere thanks to the collectors of the draw.

GAA lotto

Lotto Results: 29/01/2015; Winning numbers: 8, 10, 23, 27. €20 winners: Mark Plunkett, Aughawillian, Co. Leitrim; Eileen Charles, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim; Sabrina Reilly, Castlenugent; Liam & Marcella Flynn, Newtownforbes; Joe Flynn, Tromra. Our next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 05/02/2015. Jackpot is now €6,700.

Aughnagarron N. S

Enrolment for First Confession (Penance) and First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday, 8 February in Carra Church at the 9.30am mass. Prayerful good wishes to the pupils of second class.

Active Retirement

Our first meeting of 2015 will be on 5 February at 11.00am in Sports Centre, looking forward to seeing you all after the Christmas break.  We are hoping that new members will be present at this meeting as we look forward to the year ahead.  We are looking for new ideas and it is only new members who will bring this to the group. We will be planning day trips soon and our annual 5 day trip in June, see you at the meeting.

St. Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s Services is having a fundraising night in the Community Centre, Granard on Friday, 20 February commencing at 8.30pm. Padraig Potts Guide to Walking a play written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke and directed by Charlie McGuiness. A very enjoyable night is guaranteed.


The Carers Association will have QQI Level 5 Care Skills training in Longford on Tuesday, 10 February 2015.  One day each week over five weeks.  Contact the training unit on 057 93 70221 for more info.

Volunteers required

Volunteers are required to assist in supporting the residents form St. Peter’s Centre, Castlepollard, who are now living in the Castlepollard and Coole Areas, to integrate into the local communities. For further information please contact Lisa on 086 0235475, or Kathleen on 044 9661079.


We want to start Storytelling at Granard Community Library soon. We are looking for volunteers to come in on a Saturday morning for an hour once a month to do some reading to the children. Please contact the Library at 043 6686164 or

‘Check it Fits’ Service

The ‘Check it Fits’ Service is a full time, nationwide, free expert service which aims to put patents, grandparents and guardians mind at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car. The service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free and it will arrive in Longford where our experts will advise you on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. We will be visiting the following location in Longford – Supervalu, Main Street Edgeworthstown 5 February at 10.00am to 5.00pm.


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 now stands at €19,200. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!