Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Frank Reilly, Creevy, who died on Sunday 10 March, Mary Reilly, Granard who died on Sunday 17 March and for Fr. Gerry Cusack O. Praem, Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott, who died on Monday, 18 March and for Paddy Hackett, Ontario Canada and formerly Cloughernal, who also died recently. 
May they rest in peace.

Deaths: Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of; Frank Reilly, Creevy, who died on Sunday 10 March, Mary Reilly, Granard who died on Sunday 17 March and for Fr. Gerry Cusack O. Praem, Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott, who died on Monday, 18 March and for Paddy Hackett, Ontario Canada and formerly Cloughernal, who also died recently. 
May they rest in peace.

Engagement: Congratulations to Vanessa Kelly, Kinkillue and Malachy Rushe, Kilkerrin, Co. Galway who announced their engagement recently.

Marriage: Congratulations to Niamh Sheridan, Cloonaghmore and William McDermott, Trillick, Longford who were married on Saturday 16 March in Abbeylara Church.

Active Retirement: Next meeting takes place on Thursday next at the usual time 11am. A Raffle for an Easter Egg and other prizes will take place. Tickets are on sale from members at €2 each or 3 for €5. New members welcome. We will be having a very interesting guest speaker on the day, not to be missed.  Deposits for our trip to Youghal Co. Cork on 10 June are being taken at the moment, deposit secures a seat. There are only a few seats left as this promises to be a very enjoyable break with day trips to the Titanic Centre in Cobh, Jameson Distillery in Middleton, day trip to Cork City, Mount Melleray Abbey and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Nightly Entertainment, including live music, bingo, cards and much more, there is also a three mile beach/strand for a lovely stroll or sunbathing if weather permits, long evenings it being the month of June. Contact Denis 087 251 0072.

First Penance: Congratulations to the following pupils of Abbeylara N.S. who celebrated their First Penance in Abbeylara Church recently: Maria Earley, Shane Leavy, Ceidi Massey, Shauna Quinn, Adam Reilly, Daniel Rooney and also to the following pupils of Aughnagarron N.S. who celebrated their First Penance in Carra Church: James Browne, Zoe Columb, Aideen Donohoe, Cormac Donohoe, Shane Donohoe, Liam Fagan, Eric Hopkins, Maria Ledwith, Dearbhaila Lynch, Rosa Lynch, Cian O’Hara, James Quinn, Aoife Reilly, Eimear Scanlon.

Enrolment for Abbeylara/Aughnagarron National School: Application forms are now available for the above Schools. For further details please contact Abbeylara N.S on 043 6686806 or Aughnagarron N.S on 043 6686805.

Aughnagarron N.S: Pupils raised €560.33 for Trocaire in their annual Jumble Sale. Our thanks to pupils, parents, teachers and all who supported this worthy cause.

County Longford Rural Transport: Please note that all Rural Transport - Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday 28 March, with the same collection and departure times.

Chrism Mass: Will be celebrated on Thursday 28 March in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone at 11am by Bishop Colm O’Reilly. Our Bishop Colm kindly invites you to attend and celebrate the Chrism Mass.

Resurrection Garden: At Easter time a Resurrection Garden will be arranged in St. Mary’s Church Carra. Children are asked to please bring a flower or small plant, a small toy or a handmade picture to decorate this special space.

Granard County Markets: The winners of our free draw which was held on Friday 8 March were Jessica Walsh, Elizabeth Brady and Josephine Cullivan, so congratulations to all. Our Easter Market will be held on Holy Saturday March 30 from 10-00am to 12-00 noon and not on Good Friday. Patrons are asked to please note that this change of day and time is for the Easter Market only. Easter Cards, Cakes and Goodies are now available at the Market.

Granard’s Easter Festival: Plans are now at an advanced stage for the Easter Festival on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. See Granard notes for full details.

Fundraising Night: The Park House Hotel presents its 2nd Annual Fundraising Night in aid of M.W.B. Autism Support Group on Friday 5 April 2013. Dancing on the night to King of Country Music, Mick Flavin. There will also be Special Guests on the night and various spot prizes. Admission is €10. The doors open at 9 pm and dancing is from 10 pm to 1am.

Granard Credit Union LTD: Next Member Draw will be held on Easter Saturday for valuable prizes. To be eligible members must have €50 plus in account as per draw rules. Special Spring loan offer’s available until end of March. Call to office for details. Opening hours Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm

Tidy Towns: Our next meeting takes place on Friday 5 April 8.30pm.  We welcome Mel Fagan on board, Mel started with us some few weeks back under the TUS Scheme and already there are signs of his great interest in keeping the Village looking its best. With Easter around the corner why not all the locals getting together and lending a hand, new members are welcome.  We are having our Spring Fundraiser on weekend of Sat/Sun 5 April with a cake sale after all masses, ladies and gents it is that time again to get on the aprons and bake something nice, tarts, sponge cakes, boxty, brown bread, fruit cakes and buns. Thanking you in advance and wishing all a Happy Easter.

Mindfulness & Positive Living: A one-evening-per-week course starts in Lus Na Greine on 10 April from 7 – 9 pm and runs for six weeks. Some places remain available. Booking advised. For further information please call to the Centre or tel: 043 6660977.

Paediatric First Aid: Takes place on Thursday 28 March in Lus Na Greine, Main Street, Granard. This is an excellent programme for anyone working with or taking care of children. Booking is essential. For further information please call to the Centre or tel: 043 6660977.

Community Games: Hard luck to our u13 Basketball team who was knocked out on Tuesday night last. The team on the night was Reece Reilly, Diarmuid Brady, Thomas Kiernan Molloy, Cathal Gillian and Logan O Reilly. Our U11 mixed team are training away on Wednesday nights 7 till 8 in Fr. Cannon Kelly Hall. They will meet Legan in their 1st match. Thanks to Irene Lynch for giving her time to train both of these teams. Our U13 Futsal team were on Saturday last in Kenagh. The team on the day was Tomas Kiernan Molloy, Reece Reilly, Conor Fagan, Diarmuid Brady, Ciarion Scalon, Cathal Gillian, Mark McNerney and Connor Leonard. This is the 1st time we have entered this game and the 1st time these boys played. They came up against a very strong Edgeworthstown team and only lost 6 goals to 5 goals. Again thanks goes to Aiden Scalon for looking after the boys. Our U13 girls were playing in the final on Sunday evening and no results are known. Please check out our facebook page for updates as to what is happening in the Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta Community Games. We would like to see more kids get involved with the community games there is something for everyone within community games so please help get your child get involved. Thank you to all that gave at the church gate collection in Mullinalaghta on Saturday evening last, the other churches will hold theirs in the coming week.

Saint Vincent De Paul: Thanks to everybody who contributed to our ‘bucket collection’ and the volunteers who made it all possible! The SVP shop will be open on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €10,600 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes at Crawford’s, P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.

Senior Scor: Thank you to all the competitors who took part in Senior Scor in Ballinamuck recently: Solo Singing- Lorna Smith accompanied by Melanie Smith on guitar. Quiz Team: Shane Gallagher, Martin Gallagher, Gerard Gallagher. Ballad Group: Patsy Lynch, Annette Drake, Lorna Smith, Melanie Smith Gillian Reilly. Set Dancers: Marett Smith, Annette Drake, Lorna Smith, Melanie Smith, Sean McCormack, Seamus Reilly, Sean Murphy, Shane Smith. Thank you to all the competitors for their time and effort representing our Parish. Thank you also to all the people who contributed so generously to the collection for Scor.

GAA Club Lotto Results: Numbers drawn: 10, 16, 17, 21. €20 Winners: Margaret Tynan, Toneen, Charlie Lynch, Granard, John Brady, Derragh, Mary Lynch, Aughnagarron, Brendan Leslie, Lisryan, Kevin Lord, Aughnagarron. Next draw 26/03/13 in Crawfords. Jackpot €10,600.

The Granada Festival Granard: Great to see the Line up for the Marquee taking shape: Friday 5 July Jimmy Buckley and His Band proceeded by Chuck and June, Saturday 6 July Audiopilot, Sunday 7 July Festival Queen Selection followed by Gina Dale Haze and the Champions. It is hoped to have a display of Granada memorabilia during the weekend, so if anybody has any photos, programs, tickets, posters, plans, outfits etc., it would be minded and returned. Promises to be a great weekend of Music and Entertainment!