Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Breda Arthurton, Strattford, London, England, who died on Sunday, 30 March, sister of Anne Brady, Springtown, a native of Castlepollard. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of Frank (Francie) Coyle, Ballinacross, Granard, Co. Longford who died on 10 April. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Cellie, daughters Margaret, Josephine and Terrie, son Noel, sister Philomena, grandchildren David, Paul, Lucy, and Conor, relatives, many friends and neighbours. May they rest in peace.


Confessions for Holy week and Easter will be celebrated tonight, Wednesday 16 April in Abbeylara Church at 8pm. A number of visiting priests will be present to hear your Confessions individually. Please come and avail of this special grace for Holy Week and Easter.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of these local notes a very happy and peaceful Easter.

Table Quiz

Abbeylara Field Day is holding a Table Quiz on Saturday, 26 April in Crawford’s Lounge. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Trip to Balmoral Show

Anyone interested in travelling to the Balmoral Show via bus on the 14 – 16 May via bus please contact Sean Kiernan on 087 9945909.

County Fleadh

This year’s County Fleadh will take place in Edgeworthstown on 8, 9 and 10 May. The festival will include a line up of music, song, dance and language competitions. For further information on the Longford County Fleadh Contact: Martin Murphy (086) 8119444 / Patricia Masterson (087) 2970731 or Email

Longford Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport - Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday, 17 April, with the same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. ! Wishing a very “Happy Easter” to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters!

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.

Thank you

To Aughnagarron School who raised €580.61 for Trócaire from their annual Jumble Sale held in the School on Thursday, 10 April and from the class rooms and staff room Trócaire Boxes. Well done to all the pupils, parents, staff and all who supported this worthy cause.

Parish Draw

Anyone who wishes to renew their membership for the 2014/2015 draw can do so by paying €100 full year, €50 half year, €25 quarter year to your collector. Thank you.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 10/04/2014; winning numbers: 14, 19, 20, 30. Dan Gilligan, Ballywillan; Joanne Creamer, Robinstown; Mary & Eamonn Lynch, Aughnagarron; Robert Smyth, Abbeylara; P. Galligan, Toneymore: Next draw will be held in Crawford’s on 17/04/2014. Jackpot is now €4,900. IT COULD BE YOU.


Would like to thank all who supported our Table Quiz on Saturday, 5 April. Also those who made sandwiches and those who donated spot prizes, to Josie and William for their hospitality. Thanks to the quizmaster Terry Drake, to Tom Joe for his amplification and Barry who set the questions.

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


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 €15,200. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Tidy Towns

Abbeylara Tidy Towns Committee is holding their next meeting on 24 April in Sports Centre.  We are hoping for a big turnout of local residents because we are only one month away from this year’s judging, which begins on 1st June.  Looking at the Village this week, we have lots to do and so I would ask each resident to make that special effort and keep the front of their premises looking their best. See you at the next meeting.

Country Markets

Patrons of the Country Markets in Granard are asked to please note that the Market will be held on this Saturday morning from 9.30am to Midday and not on Good Friday. This arrangement is for this week only. Happy and Holy Easter to all.


To Thomas Gilligan on his well deserved award from the Longford People’s Association in Dublin which he won recently.


Easter is near, so a reminder to all children that their help is needed to decorate a Resurrection Garden in St. Mary’s Church, Carragh. Flowers or small decorative objects are most welcome.

Club Membership

Abbeylara Club 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 includes membership and insurance; €25 adults. €40 per couple, €10 non-playing students and €10 OAP. Thank you

Distance Learning

Do you need to re-train to re-enter the workforce? Are you out of work? Information Technology by Distance Learning is a blended learning programme, combining home and in-centre training. Please telephone Mary at National Learning Network on 049 4377038 or email

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for Granard’s Easter Festival on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April. See Granard notes for full details

Grow your own Fruit & Veg

Free professional classes open to all in the community starts Thursday, 24 April at 7pm in Lus na Greine Community Garden.

The Library Book Club

The club continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Greville Arms Hotel, Granard at 11am.