Easter Greetings

Easter Greetings

To all readers of these notes a very Happy and Peaceful Easter. To all those visiting their families and friends for the holiday season hope you have a lovely time and enjoy the Easter season.

Church Services

Holy Thursday: Mass of Chrism in St. Mel’s Cathedral at 11.00.

St. Mary’s Granard: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm followed by Adoration at the Altar of Repose and concluding at Midnight with Prayer and Reflection.

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon. Assemble at Johnny Macken’s and walk in procession to St. Mary’s Church. Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross at 3.00pm. Evening Prayer and Reflection at 8.00pm. Holy Saturday: Blessing of Food with the Polish Community at 12 noon. Easter Vigil at 8.30pm. Easter Sunday: Dawn Mass at Granardkille Cemetery at 5.15am. St. Mary’s Church: 9.00am and 11.30am.

Poker Classic

St. Mary’s GAA are holding a Poker Classic in Granard Community Centre on this Friday 3 April. Buy in €30/rebuys/add-ons. 25% additional “Early Bird” chips for ticketholders or anyone who turns up before 7:30pm on the night. First prize €1,000. For further information text 087-2121509 or call after 6.00pm.

Country Markets

As Friday is Good Friday the market will be held on Saturday from 9-00am to 12 midday at Upper Main Street. We will celebrate Easter with a free raffle for all customers and Easter greetings are extended to all our patrons.

Easter Festival

Granard Easter Festival takes place on this Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 April. A fun filled action packed weekend is in store for everyone. Historical walk on Saturday Morning at 11.00am with local historian Jimmy Donoghue starting at the Credit Union building and finishing at the Motte; a Grueling 5k run on Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm sponsored by Durkin Podiatry Granard commencing at Kiernan Milling Ballinalee Road with the Finish Line on Main Street there will be €500 in prizes. At 9.30pm on Saturday night a not to be missed Novelty “Granard’s Grand National” kindly sponsored by Paul Fay Bookmakers. Easter Parade on Sunday staring from Granard Mart Car Park at 2.30pm followed by Street Entertainment for children and Live Music with Pascal Liz and Davy. Follow us on


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard commencing at 8.45pm. The Jackpot is now €12,900 in 42 calls or less. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubs.


The Co. Longford branch of MS will be holding their annual church gate collection throughout the county on this weekend Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April. Your support will be much appreciated.


The next meeting of Granard I.C.A. guild will take place on Thursday, 9 April owing to the first Thursday of the month being Holy Thursday. This is the AGM of the guild and we look forward to seeing many new members for the coming year.

New2U Shop

The SVP shop is open at lower Main Street Granard with plenty of bargains for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Friday and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally.

Killeen Players

The Killeen players will present “The Real McCoy” on Easter Monday at 8:30pm in Thomas Ashe Hall, Proceeds of the play goes to “Longford Palliative Care” The play will be supported by the John Dungan branch of CCE.

Longford Fleadh

The County Fleadh Cheoil will be ran in Edgeworthstown by the Joe Callaghan branch of CCE on the 2nd weekend in May. If you are interested in taking part and have not yet entered you need to do so within the next few days. Contact

Dancing Reunion

A reunion of the Kitty Carberry School of Irish Dancing Granard and adjoining areas will take place in Crawford’s Pub, Abbeylara on Saturday, 11 April at 6pm. For further enquiries contact (087) 6339490.

Tractor Run

Martin Cadden’s monster Tractor Run takes place on Saturday, 18 April from Mullahoran GFC grounds starting at 1pm. Refreshments served before & after the tractor run. A passenger will be allowed on a tractor if the tractor has a factory fitted seat.  All tractors welcome. For more information contact Mary on 0860781525 or James on 0868396318.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union Ltd would like to remind all our valued members of the services available to them at Granard Credit Union Ltd. EFT Electronic fund transfer. Laser facility. 

Wedding / car loans. Communion/confirmation loans. 2nd level IPad loans.

For information on all of the above contact a member of staff on 043-6686711 Tuesday- Saturday 10am – 5pm. You can also email Our next Member draw will be held on Easter Saturday. 1st prize €10,000.


Sympathy is extended to Anna McArdle, Kilcogy, popular member of staff at Granard Credit Union on the death of her mother, Molly Reilly, Lisnadarra, Finea. May she rest in peace.

Adult Badminton

Takes places each Monday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in Cannon Kelly Community Sports Hall Granard at the rear of Ardscoil Phadraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3.00 - Rackets and Shuttles provided. 4 Playing Courts. Contact Willie on 086-8226523 for further information.

Library News

Art and Craft classes for children age 9 to 12 year old will be held in Granard Library on 8 April 2015 commencing at 2.30pm. Contact Rosemary at 043-6626164 for further information.

Tour De Folly 

Tour De Folly in association with Ballinagh juveniles and Autistic unit Ballinagh National School 80K Cycle and 7K Folly Walk on Saturday 4 April starting at Ballinagh Community Centre.  Volunteers to help on the day would be greatly appreciated.  For more information contact Raymond on 0872649904 or Paddy on 0872695276.

Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons for beginners continue this Saturday and every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am in Streete Parish Hall. For further details please contact Thomas on 085 7788539 after 6pm.

Recent birth

Congratulations to Michael and Karine (Murray) O’Connor, Carragh, Granard on the birth of their first baby - a girl - Chloe Catherine on Friday last at the maternity unit in Cavan Hospital.

Rural Transport

Longford Westmeath Community Transport Ltd. Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. For this region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are Friday services into Granard via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy / Cloughernal and in the afternoon via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. The stop and departure point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. All enquiries to transport provider John Maguire at 087-6213526.

Parent and Toddler Grant

Applications should be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised by parents in the community. Those wishing to get further information should contact Longford County Childcare Committee Ltd Office 043 334 2505/Mob 087 878 3054 or email


The following are the results from Sunday, 29 March at the Community Centre, Granard: First Gent Cathal Fitzpatrick. Second Gent Jimmy Cahill. Third Gent Aiden Reilly. First Lady Mary Cahill. Second Lady Kathleen Kerr. Third Lady Anna McLoughlin. Half Game Lady Eva Kerr. Half Game Gent Edward McGivney. Raffle Olive O’Reilly. Lily Garvey and Edward McGivney.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Have your name in the hat for a free draw on Saturday for a beautiful hamper.

Just arrived, good as new, wicker 3 piece suite, immaculate condition.

We now have a rail of exclusive out size ladies clothes, jackets, tops & dresses, sizes 16 - 22. We have a large selection of bric-a-brac in stock, plus always new arrival of ladies, gents and children’s clothes and shoes, all sizes. Come and browse at your ease. Drop in your cast offs, any Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 10 - 5 pm, or to the Centre Monday to Friday, Everything welcome. Total proceeds raised goes directly to The Centre for projects in the area.


Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of the late Jody McGowan, Creevy, Granard who died on 25 March at St. Joseph’s Care Centre Longford. Removal took place from St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Friday, 26 March. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday followed by burial in adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.