The guild will hold their next meeting on Thursday, 6 February at 8pm in the Credit Union meeting room. Entrance at rear of building. All members are requested to attend and new ones will be most welcome. Kathleen Kelly Liaison Officer with Longford Federation I.C.A. will be guest speaker at this meeting.

Historical Talk

The North Longford Flying Column is the title of the first talk of 2014 by Co. Longford Historical Society. The talk will be given by Martin Morris, Archivist with Longford Co Council on this Wednesday, 5 February at 8pm in the Thomas Ashe Hall, Ballinalee.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will take place in J.V.’s Lounge on this Friday, 7 February, commencing at 8.30pm. Valuable spot prizes on the night. Proceeds to Granard Community Childcare Facility. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Pitch & Putt

A meeting of Granard Pitch and Putt Club will be held on this Wednesday night, 5 February at 8.30pm in St. Mary’s GAA Clubhouse. All members please attend as some important items have to be discussed. Registration days will be held on Saturday, 8 February between 12.00 and 3.00pm and on Sunday, 9 February between 10.00am and 12.30pm. Details of membership can be had by contacting Raymond Fay on 087-7747848 or follow us on Facebook at Granard Pitch and Putt.

Cnoc Mhuire

Congratulations to everyone involved in the live broadcast of Mass from the RTE Studios on Sunday morning last. It was a very positive end to Catholic Schools Week and a great honour for the school to be chosen for this production. Celebrant was Fr. Simon Cadam.

Mission Appeal

A member of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society better known as the Kiltegan Fathers will visit the parish this weekend 8/9 February and speak on their various missionary works.

St Mary’s Parish Park

The AGM of St Mary’s Parish Park Society will be held on Wednesday evening next, 12 February at 8pm in the GAA Clubhouse. All parishioners are welcome to attend. 

Walking Club

Granard Happy Heart Walking Club wish to thank Brendan Doyle who joined them on Friday morning last and gave a pep talk on his walking experiences. Brendan will begin with us on Friday morning, 7 February at 10am at Higginstown Complex and put us through our paces for the next six weeks. Cost is €10 in total. Join us, you don’t have to be a member of the Walking Club – all welcome.

Longford Rural Transport

In conjunction with Longford Community Resources Ltd. “Door to Door” Collection. All age groups welcome. Free Travel Pass Holders Travel FREE. Every Friday to Granard drop off point Granard Area Action Group Office. Contact Driver John at 087-6213526(mobile) or 043-6686180 or Seamus Lee at 043-3345555.


The newly refurbished Department of Social Protection Local Office in Granard has reopened to the public again. Staff attend there on Monday mornings. Hours of opening are from 10am to 12 noon.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre, Barrack Street, Granard at 8.45pm. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €14,200.


The Library continues to operate each Friday at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre, Barrack Street, Granard from 10am to 5pm. For further information please phone 087 6151028 on Fridays.

Clothes collection

There will be a clothes collection on Thursday, 13 February, to help raise funds for Abbeylara National School. Unwanted Men’s, Ladies, Children Clothes, Shoes, Belts, Bags, Ties; Stuffed Toys, Linen; Mobile Phones etc. Bags to be left at School gates before 9.30am. Anyone with bags to be collected please contact Marcella Kelly or any member of Abbeylara Parents Association.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street, Granard is open every Friday 10am to 5pm. On Saturday from 11am to 5pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

Legion of Mary

Meetings are now held in the Community Centre every Thursday night at 8.30pm. This is a special time of prayer to Our Lady. If you wish to join the Legion you are welcome to come to any of the meetings.

Community Diary

A Community Diary for 2014 is now available at Granard Area Action Group Information Office Main Street, Granard. It is hoped that groups or individuals in the area can log events so as to avoid duplication. If unable to get into office please phone 043-6686922 or and the staff there will assist in registering events.

Citizens Information

The service has resumed for 2014 at the offices of Granard Area Action Group each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you require information on any aspects of your rights please call in and the information officer will deal confidentially with your query. The service is free to all.

Senior Helpline

Is Ireland’s only confidential listening service for older people provided by older volunteers is open 365 days of the year. The helpline is open every day from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Don’t be alone. Call Senior Helpline LoCall 1850 440 444. No call costs more than 30cent.

Easter Festival

Plans are well under way for this year’s Granard Easter Festival which will be held on 19 and 20 April. More details later!


The next First Friday/Saturday 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 Friday the 7 February commencing at 10 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain special graces and to make reparation. Also, one has the opportunity to experience the healing and strength of the Sacrament of Confession and Holy Mass and lots more. All are welcome. For further information contact 086 0405621 or 0861900640.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage 

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje for 7 days half board from the 12 May to the 19 May 2014. Cost is from €520. Contact Tommy at 0876851691/ 044 9371787 for further details.

Whist results

The following are the results from the Community Centre, Granard on Sunday night, 2 February. First Lady Una Dooney. Second Lady Olive O’Reilly. Third Lady S. Coyle. First Gent Gerry Leavy. Second Gent Edward McGivney. Half Game Lady Anne Byrne. Half Game Gent Martin Smyth. Raffle Mary Masterson; Annie Egginton and Mary Masterson.

Recent death

The untimely death of Noreen Earley, (nee Cronogue), Toneymore, Abbeylara, occurred at Laurel Lodge, Longford on 30 January following a long illness bravely borne. Sympathy is extended to her husband Bernard, sons Brian, Alan and Jason, brother John, sister Jane and extended family circle. Removal took place from her late residence to St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeylara on Saturday evening and funeral Mass was celebrated on Sunday morning followed by burial in Abbeylara Cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.