Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Noreen Earley, (nee) Cronoghue, Toneymore, Abbeylara who died on Thursday, 30 January. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Bernard, sons, Brian, Alan and Jason. Deeply regretted by her father in-law Barney, brother John, and sister Jane, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours, and friends. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the souls of; John Lynch, Somerset, England, a native of Renehan, who died on Tuesday, 28 January, a brother of Packie Lynch, Renehan and Eugene Lynch, Toneymore. Fred Mulligan, Wembley, London, England and Longford, formerly Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, who died on Friday, 31 January, Uncle in Law of Mary Reilly, Toneymore. May they rest in peace.

St. Patrick’s Missionaries

Fr. Billy Fulton wishes to thank you for the welcome given to him last weekend and for your support by joining the “Mission Circle” as part of his Mission Awareness Programme appeal. He also wishes to thank our two National Schools for their welcome and support given to him.


We thank those people who serve us through this ministry. We welcome you to continue serving us in this way. New readers are also very welcome. Please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270.

Ministers of the Eucharist

We thank those people who serve us in this important ministry. We welcome you to continue serving us in this way. New ministers are also very welcome. Please contact Fr. Michael, 6686270.

Clothes collection

A Clothes collection will take place 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.

Gun Club

The club held its annual Club Clay Bird shoot on Sunday, 26 January. Congratulations to Michael Barber, Kilcogy on winning the Edward Donohue – Oliver Lynch Memorial cup, 2nd Michael Nicholson and 3rd Dean Molly. Thanks to Josie in Crawford’s Lounge for providing the refreshments on the day. A good day was held by all.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This Friendly Phone Call Service is a free service for older people, providing information on local activities and services as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is for you. The service can be reached at 043 3349678 on Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee Morning will be held in Lus Na Greine, Main Street, Granard on Friday, 14 February. Donations in aid of Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre. Refreshments will be served. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

GAA Club Membership

Membership for 2014 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.

GAA Club Lottery

Sellers are required to help with the sale of Club Lotto please. Contact Patsy Lynch on 087 9150478, Mary Ledwith 087 4187221 or Elenora Smith 086 8890543 or any Club officer or committee member.

Club Draw

Croke Park has organized this draw and is sponsoring all the prizes, which are good. Tickets €10 each, with the full €10 for each ticket sold going to our own local Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Draw takes place on Monday, 17 March. Contact Mary Ledwith, 087 4187221 or Elenora Smith, 086 8890543 for your ticket. Please support. See poster in Farrell’s shop or Crawford’s Lounge for full details.


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 is now €14,200. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early.


Lotto Results: 30/01/2013; Winning numbers: 7, 13, 20, 23. Syl Kiernan, Granard; Willie Daly, Granard; Kevin Kiernan, Dalystown; Fr. Seamus Fullam, Carra; Joe & Helen Donohoe, Creevy; Mark Sheridan, Ballywillan. Next draw in Crawford’s on 6 February. Jackpot €4,100. IT COULD BE YOU!

Credit Union

Planning on getting married? Buying a new car or perhaps thinking of some new home improvements, Special Spring Loans are now available at Granard Credit Union; Home Renovation Incentive Loan @ 8%, Wedding and Car Loans also @ 8%. So why not call into our office and chat to a member of staff for details. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Tidy Towns

A.G.M will now take place on Thursday, 20 February. The Bonus Ball is on sale at P. J. Farrell’s shop.  It could be you, only €2 per number. A sum of €50 is to be won every Saturday night on main Lotto draw. 

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.

Friday Club

A chair based Exercise and Mediation Programme will run for 4 weeks starting on Friday 7 February in Lus na Greine, Granard. This programme is suitable for everyone and all levels of fitness. Contact reception in Lus na Greine for more details or to book your place.

Active Retirement

Meeting on Thursday at 11am, new members welcome.

Pilgrimage to Fatima

29 May - 5 June, 4 nights in Fatima and 3 nights by the sea in Costa Da Caparica. €100 off if paid in full by 3 February (€759). For information contact; Sheila Fahey at 087 277 4774.

Free Education Courses

Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board; would you like to learn more about Gardening, Woodwork, Working with Childcare, Cookery Food and Nutrition, Turning on the computer, Using the computer for learning on line? If the answer is yes and you are a parent, grandparent, child carer, early school leaver or a long time out of education, call or text Grainne 086 8883413, also email Longford Courses are free and basic education skills.

Saint Vincent de Paul (S.V.P)

We now have our “New To U” shop on Market Street, opened every Friday from 10.00 am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. It will also be open on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is held in St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone is welcome.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library continues at 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 Fridays.

Blood Donor Clinic

Give blood on today Wednesday 5 , and Thursday 6 February at Longford Arms Hotel from 4.30 to 8.00 p.m. Donor line 1850731 137 Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. You get more than you give.

Aughnagarron N.S.

Congratulations to the following who enrolled for First Penance and First Holy Communion on Sunday, 2 February last in Carra Church: Enda Battrim; Gemma Columb; Niamh Cunningham; Niamh Grier; Aoibhinn Lynch; Jack Martin; Kathlyn McGuire; Michaela O’Reilly; Aisling Scanlon & Ryan Sheridan.


Badminton 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, four playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523.

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.


Cancer Support Centre is delighted to host an Arts and Wellbeing Midterm Camp for children & young people at their venue, Coole Road, Multyfarnham, This will be a professionally led group for children aged 6 – 12 years. Camps: Thursday 20 February. For children affected by a diagnosis. Friday 21 February. For children bereaved by cancer. Camp times each day 10.00 am. to 1 pm. No fee. Places limited. Contact Audrey on 044 9371971.

Community Diary

A 2014 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. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Pitch & Putt

A meeting of Granard Pitch & Putt will be held tonight Wednesday, 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 10.00 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.