Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of May Crombie, Sidmonton Square, Bray who died on Sunday 10 November, Aunt of Veronica McGivney, Killina, Peggy Donovan, Surrey, England, who died on Thursday 14 November, Sister of Pat Smith, Dalystown, Larry Cunningham, Renehan, who died on Saturday 16 November, Oliver Casey, Edgeworthstown, who died on Sunday 17 November, Nephew of Brendan & Eileen McLoughlin, Cloonaghmore. May they rest in peace.

Senior Citizens Party

Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on 15 December 2013 in Crawford’s.  A Cake Sale was held on 23 and 24 November after all Masses to raise funds for this endeavour.  The Senior Citizens Committee have generously decided to give the proceeds of the Cake Sale to Syria and the Philippines Appeal, instead of giving it to the Senior Citizens Christmas Party.


We would like to thank everyone who supported our Mr and Mrs Competition in Crawford’s Bar on Saturday night last. The night was a great success. Thanks in no small way to all who took part in the competition. Josie and William Crawford for the use of their premises and for their sponsorship of the competition prize; Tomjoe Donohoe for the use and setting up of amplification equipment, to all who donated prizes for the raffle and all who made sandwiches and last by no means least to all who attended on the night. The proceeds on the night will go towards this year’s follow up of the Mock Wedding. Plans are well underway for another great performance. Details of which will be announced later.

Gun Club Draw and Party

The Gun Club are holding their Annual Christmas Draw and Party in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday the 21 December, music on the night is by Na Fianna. Tickets for their draw are now on sale by club members and in local shops, 1st prize €300, 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize €100 and 4th prize €50; tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5.

Citizens Information Service

County Longford Citizens Information Service is holding a “Pensions Clinic” every Monday from 10.00am to 1.00 pm, specifically for the purpose of assisting people with Social Insurance records, to establish their pension eligibility and entitlement. To make an appointment please contact Co. Longford CIS on 0761 07 5890.

Christmas Market

As part of our Community Festive Celebrations and Gathering 2013 the Christmas Lights committee are hosting a Christmas Market on Sunday 8 December on Upper Main Street Granard. All surrounding local businesses are invited to come together in these challenging times to promote their seasonal wares in traditional market style.  The Christmas Market is being incorporated with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town. There will be the unique live crib and stationary crib also. Local Carol singers will provide entertainment and Santa will arrive to kick off the festive celebrations.  Anyone wishing to take a stand is welcome to do so. For further information on this unique event please contact 087 3947376.

Sale of Work

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre is having a Sale of Work/Pop up Shop on Friday 6 December in the Community Centre Granard starting at 9.00am. There will be a large range of items for sale and we already have collected many new and unused quality products so this would be the ideal opportunity to get that present for a great price.  All proceeds from the sale will go to Rath Mhuire and Dolmen Services and we look forward to your support.

Granard Credit Union Ltd.

Special Christmas Loan now available. Borrow up to €2,000 at a very attractive rate. Why not let us worry about your financial needs this Christmas? Why not call in to our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Parish Pastoral Council

The following people have kindly agreed to serve on the new Pastoral Council. 1 Camagh, Coolcroft, Cooldoney. – Michael Brady. 2 Derragh, Renehan, Cloonaghmore – Gertie Sheridan. 3 Abbeylara, Ballyboy, Kilbride. – Vincent Quinn. 4 Kinkillew, Ballinacross. – P. J. Reilly. 5 Cartronbore, Toberphelim, Springtown, Killina. – To be finalised. 6 Ballywillian, Toneymore. – Mary Reilly. 7 Creevy – Yvonne Gregory. 8 Carra, Ballinrud. – Paddy Battrim. 9 Cloughernal, Aughnagarron, Trumra. – To be finalised. 10 Dalystown, Clough, Carrickduff. – Eamonn Drake. These people will form the new Abbeylara Parish Pastoral Council. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them.

Senior Citizens Party

The annual senior citizen’s party for the Granard/Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta areas will be held in Lus Na Greine on Sunday December 1st next at 1.00 pm and all our senior citizens are invited to attend. This promises to be a great party with plenty of music song and dance and a beautiful Christmas dinner for all. If anyone would like to be associated with the party by giving a prize for the free raffle or a cash donation to help with covering expenses you can do so by calling to the centre or by contacting any committee member. Please keep December 1st free.

Landscaping Course

Construction Landscaping Course, FETAC Level 4; A rare chance to avail of a place on this eight-week course run over 3 days per week at Lus Na Greine. This is a great course for people who are out of work from the construction sector. Learn how to build patios and do paving, barbeques etc. For full details contact the centre.

Offertory Envelopes

Your new box of envelopes for the Offertory and other collections are now available in both Churches. These new envelopes will come into use on Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December and continue until Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 November 2014. Your help in taking home your box of envelopes from the Church is greatly appreciated. Each box has a parishioners name and number on it. Please ensure you bring home your box by checking the name and number on it. Thank you very much for your co-operation with this matter. Thanks very much also for your ongoing generous financial support to the Offertory and other collections.


A collection will be taken up at Masses on Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December. The proceeds from this collection are to take young people with special needs on a Pilgrimage to Lourdes during Easter week Monday 21 to Friday 25 April 2014. Please support.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish draw held on Thursday 21 November. €300 – Fiona Reilly, Ballinacross; €200 – Kevin Galligan, Robinstown; €100 – Sheila and Tom Burke, Springtown; €100 – Paula and Alan Stronge, Ballywillian; €50 – Mel and Anne Marie Brady, Ballinacross; €50 – Seamus Lynch, Ballywillian. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to the collectors.

National School

Warmest congratulations to Abbeylara N. S. who were runners up at National level in the Cumann na mBunscol of the year award 2012/2013. Well done to all involved on this great achievement. The presentation took place on Saturday night 16 November in the Suite of the Hogan Stand, Croke Park. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable event that was a very good illustration of the wonderful work being done by Primary Schools to promote the Gaelic Games. The sponsors are Corn market.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 21/11/13; Winning numbers: 5, 6, 14, 16. Winners: Seamus Finnan, Rincoola; Dooley, C/o Fays; Eamon Carty, Streete; Conal O’Reilly, Creevy; Philomena McHugh, Springtown; Packie Lynch; Renehan. Our next draw will be held in The Mill on 28/11/13. Jackpot is now €3,200.

Tidy Towns

We welcome Eugene Brady, our new member on the Tus scheme. It is nice to see the C.E/Tus workers out and about keeping our village looking good especially at this time of year with so much to be done.  Lines for our Christmas Annual fundraiser are for sale at usual outlets and at Farrell’s shop, €2 per line.  Draw will be held at Crawford’s Lounge on 14 December, Music on the night by Mary O’ Connor.


The Mulligan Sisters will perform Operatic and Sacred Arias, Classical Songs and Musical Theatre favourites in concert at the Church of St Camillus, Killucan, Co. Westmeath on Saturday November 30 at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets 10 euro available at the door.

Open Night

Cnoc Mhuire Granard is holding its Open Night and Enrolment for September 2014 on Thursday the 28 November at 7pm. All parents and sixth class pupils are cordially invited to attend.

Musical Comedy

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School proudly presents “Honk” a Musical Comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling on 17, 18, and 19 December at 7.30pm in the Cnoc Mhuire Sports Hall. Tickets are on sale at €10. For further details log onto Tickets can be received by calling the following numbers 043 6686231 or 085 8409503.

Show Society

The annual church gate collection in aid of Granard Agricultural Show Society will be held on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 31 November at all Masses in Granard.  Your support would be very much appreciated.

Country Markets Move

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please take note that the market has moved from the Community Centre and will now be held in Gerry Kiernan’s premises on upper Main Street (beside Kiernan’s butchers). The Markets start at 8.30 am and continue until 11.00 am. They are delighted to announce that they now have beautiful handmade children and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves, cards, jewellery, bread, cakes, firewood, etc.

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 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.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

Computer Training

Free Benefit 4 Computer Training at EDI Centre Longford: this 8-hour programme is ongoing, and is due to finish on December 1st. It is designed to provide basic IT training to those who may have little or no experience of computers. It will provide confidence and develop skills in using the internet for a variety of activities. Basic use of the internet; How to send and receive emails; How to conduct simple on-line transactions; Understand some basic features of on-line banking; Utilising Government Services online; Accessing job opportunities and career options online. To register or further information please contact Bernie on 043 3347515.


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.

GAA Club Lotto

The second half of the yearly Lottery fee (€50) is now due. Those who have paid the first half are now kindly requested to pay the 2nd half (€50) to Patsy Lynch, Pat McHugh, Kevin Murphy or Loretta Lynch. Thank you for supporting our Lotto.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Jackpot is now at €13,100. It could be you winning this week, why not come along and join in the fun. Eyes down at 8.45pm. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on 15th December 2013 in Crawford’s. A cake sale is being held on 23rd and 24th November after all masses to raise funds for this endeavour. Any offers to make something for the cake sale would be greatly appreciated (Contact Patricia 087-2930483).