Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Vincent Charles, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, who died on Friday, 21 August, father of Fr. Nigel Charles, (adm Killashee) to be adm. Rathowen and Streete; Mary Kenny, Drumlish, who died on Friday, 21 August, mother of Fr. Merlyn Kenny, (C.C. Ck-on-Shannon) to be P. P. Newtowncashel; Patrick (Paddy) Higgins, Ballymore, Granard, who died on Sunday, 23 August. May they rest in peace.

First Friday

Friday, 4 September is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual. First Friday confessions will take place in Abbeylara Church at 7pm followed by First Friday Mass at 7.30pm.

Fatima First Saturday

Mass will be held on Saturday, 5 September in Carra at 11am with Confessions.

Church Security

Due to recent church robberies, the Gardai have requested parishioners to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Abbeylara NS

The Parents Association are holding a Fundraiser. There are Hampers for raffle in Granard Credit Union and Macken’s Filling Station, Granard. Tickets cost €2 per strip or 3 for €5. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation will hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 September. Please support.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 6 September. A Bus from Granard will depart at 10.15am.

Parish Draw

You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month - €300; €200; €100; €50 – provided enough join. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw.

GAA Lotto

Lotto results 27/08/2015; Winning numbers: 12, 15, 16, 19. Winners: John Pettit, Granard; James Smith, Mullahoran; Pauline Murphy, Lisryan; Barry Smyth, Beechview; O’Connor Family, Toneymore. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 03/09/2015. Jackpot is €8,300. It could be you!

Citizens Information

Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is back in action on Thursday, 3 September at Granard Area Action Group Office Main Street Granard from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

Volunteer Drivers

The Irish Cancer Society is currently seeking Volunteer Drivers to drive Cancer patients to treatments. Details from Gail Flinter, or Rebecca on 01 2316642, or National Cancer Helpline Freephone 1800 200 700.


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 €20,000 in 42 numbers, there is a second Jackpot of €2,300 in 46 numbers, come along early to avoid the rush. Seats are limited so come along early and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

Cake Sale

The Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who baked for our cake sale last weekend, which was a huge success.  We also thank those who made donations and helped in any way to make this possible.  We are now eager to see the results of the Tidy Towns in three weeks time.  In the past ten years we have been improving our marks every year.  Thanks to all who came out and helped during the summer and also the TUS and Community Employment Workers. Judges will be out one final time in the coming week, so please try and keep all our areas litter free.

Trip to Dublin

Thanks to all who travelled with us on Tuesday last, the sunshine was lovely all day.  You would need a day in Guinness and another in Croke Park.  It was great to get the feedback that everyone enjoyed themselves.


An Auction will be held at the end of October, probably on Halloween weekend. Contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 to let us know of items you may have for the auction and for more details. All Proceeds will go towards our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Please support.

5K Race

Streete Parish Park annual 5K Race/Walk takes place on September 4 at 7pm. For further information please contact Declan or Tracy on 087 9287129.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue in their new premises opposite Kearney’s every Friday morning from 8.30am until 11.00am.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

The above shop has relocated to Main Street, formerly Morrissey’s Shop premises and is opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Advice from EPA

Advice from EPA for Gardeners, Householders and Farmers: Products commonly used around the home and farm such as weed killers, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides should always be stored and used very carefully. Even the smallest amount of these getting poured down a drain or being allowed into a water course can have a serious effect on drinking water and animals which use that water course to drink from. Further information can be found on or by picking up a leaflet from the council offices. Longford County Council will be holding a Household Hazardous Waste collection and a Farmyard Hazardous Waste collection later on in the year and we advise people to bring your unused, unwanted or out of date household and farmyard chemicals to these collections for safe disposal. For further information you can contact Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer Longford County Council on 043-3343451.

Grow Personal Development Course

A four-week Personal Development Programme will start in Lus na Greine on Monday evenings starting 28 September and ending on October19. This is a great opportunity to become more mindful and self-aware and take time out to care for yourself. Bookings are now being taken at the centre. A Teenage Parenting Programme (Triple P) will also be delivered in the centre starting on September 15. This is a free evening programme that supports positive parenting, and enhances family life and communication within the family. Bookings can be made through the centre.