We welcome into the Christian Community, Daithi Thomas, son of Stephen Waters and Rebeca Logan, An Rath Bhéag, Abbeylara.


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Fr. Thomas Flynn. C. C. Granard, a native of Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim, who died on Tuesday, 4 November. May he rest in peace.

Gun Club

The Club wishes to thank all who attended and took part in their recent Longest Pheasant competition on Monday night, 3 November. Congratulations to the following winners 1st prize, The Michael McCormack Perpetual Cup, Raymond Reilly Mullahoran with a bird of 40 ¾ inch, 2nd John Flynn, Abbeylara with a bird of 39 ¾ inch and 3rd place to Dean Molly Granard with a bird of 39 inches. The Club prize 1st Richard Flynn, Abbeylara with a bird of 38 ¾ inch, 2nd Tommy Ledwith with a bird of 38 inch, 3rd Troy Flynn with a bird of 37 ½ inches. Congratulations to Richard Flynn for winning the Vermin Control Frank Smith Perpetual Trophy for 2014. The Club also wishes to thank Josie and staff in Crawford’s Lounge for the use of the premises on the night. Thanks also to our adjudicators on the night, Seamus Denning, Street and Patsy Cooke Granard. A good night was had by all.


Congratulations to Mullahoran Parish on the celebration of the Centenary of their Church, Our Lady of Lourdes, Mullahoran on Sunday, 2 November.

Epilepsy Ireland

Hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November. Please support.

Race Night

Abbeylara GAA Club will hold their annual Race Night on Saturday, 27 December in Crawford’s Bar / Lounge. Lines are on sale at €10 per line. Please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan, 086 3998807, or the usual outlets around our parish to buy your lines.


Anyone with any scrap, please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152 or Padraig Kiernan, 086 3998807 before Saturday 25 October.

Altar Servers Clothes

Thanks very much to the people who have handed in servers clothes. Anyone still with serving clothes, please hand them in to Abbeylara N. S. or Fr. Michael, 043 66686270.

Walk to Remember

The Caring & Sharing Association (CASA), which supports people with disabilities, is staging a ‘Walk to Remember’ along the banks of the Royal Canal in Mullingar on Saturday, November 22. There is a choice of two waling routes, either side of Mullingar, 10km or 15km, which will follow the leafy banks of the canal to a finish point in the town, where mass will be celebrated. Participants are asked to have raised €50 to €100 before taking part, and the meeting point is at the Park Hotel at 10.30am. A cycle option is also available, as are walking group rated. For more details please contact 01 8725300 or email

Fireside Tales

Longford Historian and Author Jude Flynn is launching the 12th book in his ‘Fireside Tales ‘series in Longford at the end of this month. This is an excellent achievement for the local writer. Longford – born journalist Liam Collins, Opinion Editor, Irish Independent, will launch the book on Thursday, November 27 at 8.00pm in Longford Library.

Solemn Novena

The Solemn Novena to Our Blessed Lady takes place in St. Mary’s, Granard on Wednesday, 12 November at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday 17 December. This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. We invite you to be part of this great gift.

Credit Union

Getting ready for Christmas?  Granard Credit Union is launching our Christmas Special Loan Offer.  Borrow up to €2,000 at special rate of 7%.  Minimum Paperwork!  Speedy Approval! 

Pilgrimage to Fatima

The above takes place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 January 2015. Cost is €320. For further information please contact Tommy on 087 6851691 or 044 9371787.

Altar List of the Faithful Departed

Please take a list from your Church and write out the names of those who have died belonging to you and anyone else that you remember. Please return your list in the envelope provided and place it in the box in the Church. These people and all our dead will be prayed for at all Masses, especially during November, along with two Masses (1 in each Church) that will be offered each week during November for the faithful departed. The names of the dead will be placed on the altar and prayed for at all Masses during November.

Faithful Departed

Mass for all who have died in our Parish since November 2013 and for those who have died outside our Parish but with family living in our Parish and for former parishioners who died in the last year or so, will be offered on Friday, 28 November in Abbeylara Church at 7.30 pm or 8pm. All are welcome.

25 Card Drive

A 25 Card Drive is being held in Crawford’s Pubs, Abbeylara on 15 November in aid of the Senior Citizens Annual Christmas dinner. Cards are €5 each. Prizes on the night are as follows: 1st €150, 2nd €100 and 3rd €50. All is welcome. Card Sellers Mary McGurk 087 7518914 or Patricia Masterson 087 2930483.

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. No appointment necessary.

Table Quiz

Granard Area Action Group Ltd. is holding their annual Table Quiz in Fays Bar on Friday, 21 November at 9.00pm. Your support would be very much appreciated!

Tidy Towns

The Committee are holding a Cake Sale after all Masses on the weekend of 15 and 16 November.


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 €18,100. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Solemn Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, continues every Tuesday, until Tuesday, 2 December in The Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Rosary takes place at 7.30 pm with Novena Prayers at 7.45pm and Holy Mass at 8.00 pm.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card Game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm. New players are most welcome. There will also be live music here on Saturday night by Chuck and June. Refreshments will be served on the night.

Breffni Challenge

Johnny and Fiona Macken would like to thank everyone for their sponsorship and donations for the recent Breffni Challenge 2014. The amount raised was €6450 which has been presented to the Breffni Challenge. All the money raised goes to the Friends of St. Luke’s National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Cavan HomeCare.

Christmas Market

Would you like to display or sell your Christmas Wares this festive Season?? If so then come along to the Granard Christmas Market which takes place on Main Street on Sunday 7 December from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Exhibitors are required to setup their own stall with Outdoor Canopy and Own Insurance Cover. There will be a Unique Live Crib, the Christmas lights will be switched on and Santa will also arrive on the day. This promises to be a great festive family day out in the town so why not come along and enjoy the fun!

Open Day

A Pre Christmas Shop Open Day will take place at Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott on Sunday, 16 Novemebr followed by Divine Mercy Devotions from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. A wide range of Christmas and Religious Goods will be on sale. There will be discounts on many items. Raffle for Crib and Hamper. Special guest artist will be James Kilbane. Refreshments served. All welcome.

GAA Lotto

Results: 06/11/2014; Winning numbers: 6, 16, 18, 30. €20 Winners: Anthony and Cathal O’Reilly, Creevy; Seamus Smith, Mullahoran; Olive Kilbane, Toneymore; Brian D. Smyth, Toberphelim; Loretta Lynch, Toneymore. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 13/11/2014. Jackpot is now €6,250.

GAA Club Meeting

Abbeylara GAA will hold an important meeting on Thursday, 13 November in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. All officers and committee members are requested to attend please.

Active Retirement

Rescheduled meeting takes place on Thursday, 13 November in Sports Centre.  The Midland Region Christmas Party is been held on 7 December in The Court Hotel, Tullamore from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.  We need to know how many members are going in order to book bus etc.  €20 secures your seat. Contact Sheila at 087 2774774.

Table Quiz

Abbeylara / Carra Tidy Towns are holding a Table Quiz in Crawford’s on Saturday next, 22 November. Raffle, spot prizes and refreshments on the night; please support as this quiz is replacing our Christmas Draw that usually takes place in December.

Dancing Classes

The above takes place on Tuesdays in Lus Na Gréine, Granard from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Learn to jive, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, rock & roll, etc. €10 nightly.

Sign Language Course

A six week Sign Language course for beginners will start soon subject to sufficient interest in Lus Na Greine. If interested please contact the Centre on 043 6660977.

Visitor Centre Draw

Our draws for the September and October took place at the recent Monster Bingo which we held in Streete Sports Hall. The winners were as follows: September – 1st John White, Lisderry - €500; 2nd Brendan McGinn, c/o Fr Simon Cadam - €250, 3rd Teresa Feery, Devlin; 4th Kevin Dooner, Granard Auto Centre; 5th Boeringher Ltd, c/o Kiernan Milling - €100 each. October – 1st Laura Tynan, Castlenugent - €500; 2nd The Stake House Restaurant, Granard, - €250; 3rd Syl Kiernan (Jnr), Barrack St; 4th Mrs Ann O’Hara, Muckerstaff; 5th Caroline Kane, Tullygullion - €100 each. A special thanks to Eddie and Pat and all who helped at the bingo, which was a great success.