Granard Honda 50 Club: Granard Honda 50 Club anyone interested in joining the Honda 50 Club please contact 087 1375222 or 086 2632102.

Granard Honda 50 Club: Granard Honda 50 Club anyone interested in joining the Honda 50 Club please contact 087 1375222 or 086 2632102.

Abbeylara Field Day: Abbeylara Field Day takes place this Sunday June 9. 
The day kicks off at 9.30 am sharp with the weigh in for any farm tractors wishing to enter for the competition & prizes. The Vintage Parade & display of cars, tractors & motor bikes will pass through the village at 12 noon. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Pat on 086 8855189 or T.J on 086 8848736. On Sunday from 1pm onwards, there will be lots of fabulous entertainment for children and adults including a Funfair, Donkey Derby, Bouncing Castles, Go Karts, Bumping Cars/rides, Face Painting, Wellie Throwing, a Dog Show and also Midget Car Racing. There will be also be a prize for the best dressed lady. There will food stalls and stands on the day boasting an array of home baking so all palettes will be catered for. There will be free parking on the day and disabled parking close to the enterance of the field (Permit holders only). All exhibitiors will receive a momento and a meal voucher. Admission on the day is €10 and children are free. All proceeds are in aid of our Parish Funds, therefore your support would be very much appreciated. So with such a variety of live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Abbeylara Field Day!

Spring Clean – Scrap: We can help your get rid of any scrap you may gather up during your spring clean up and convert it to use for Abbeylara GAA Club funds. Please contact Pat McHugh 0876308152, Pauric Kiernan 086 3998807, Kevin Murphy or any Club officer. Thank you.

Active Retirement: The Midland Region is holding the Summer Gathering this Friday 7 June, in the Bloomfield Hotel from 12am to 4pm. Any members wishing to travel, contact Breda on 087 1191 131, or 043 66 87756.

Tax Rebate: Thanks very much to all those who have returned their CHY2 Certs. The people who are wholly PAYE contributors are eligible and are kindly requested to fill in their CHY2 Certs and return in the envelope provided either at Mass or by post if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Parish Pastoral Council: Thanks very much to those people who have returned their nominations. Those people yet to return their nominations of your chosen nominees please do so as soon as possible in the envelope provided either at Mass or by post. Thank You.

Vigil for Life: On Saturday 8 June there will be a Vigil for Life in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3pm to 4pm. For further details, please telephone 01 2668702.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Grand Prize: Every month for a year we are giving away one weeks free apartment accommodation for up to 4 people. Text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone us and we can enter you into the draw for free 048 82241888.

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.

Slimming World: Slimming World Edgeworthstown has moved to St. Mary’s Community Centre (behind the school), Granard Road and changed nights to every Wednesday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. For further details please contact Jenny on 086 1094773. Everyone Welcome

World Youth Day 2013: Bright Lights 2013 will take place over the World Youth Day weekend in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory, Faversham, Kent, home to the very welcoming Carmelite Community, with large screen link-up with World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, live bands, catechesis, guest speakers and more; this carnival atmosphere will be the next best thing to being in Rio this summer! It is a great opportunity for young people in our parish to experience youth ministry at such an amazing event. It is offered to young people form 17-30 years. Dates are form Friday 26 July to Tuesday 30 July at a cost of €600 approximately. This includes transport to and from the airport, transport while in the UK, flights, registration, accommodation (indoor camping), meals throughout the Bright Lights weekend, also one night stay in a 4* Hotel, theatre tickets and travel insurance. For further information please contact Anita or Olivia on 090 6473358.

Exams: Our prayers and thoughts are with all the young people who begin their exams this week. We join their families and friends in wishing them every success in the upcoming Junior and Leaving Certificate exams and assure them of our prayers.

Country Markets: Granard Country Markets are delighted to announce that they now have Slimming World Meals available as well as their usual Bread, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and Firewood. The Market is open every Friday morning from 8-30 am to 11.00 am in the Market house.

Community Diary: A 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.

Rural Transport Programme: We would always welcome new passengers on board the services; it is open to ALL AGE GROUPS, with FTP holders travelling Free. Single Fare is €3 and Return is €5, for under 65 years. For our local region of Granard/Abbeylara, there are 2 Friday services into Granard = via Robinstown – Abbeylara – Creevy/Cloughernal and in the Afternoon = via Derragh – Killasonna – Lisryan to Granard. Our STOP and DEPARTURE Point is from the Granard Area Action Group Office on Main Street. The Rural Transport office is based in LCRL Longford, Phone 043 3345555. All information is on the website, under the Rural Transport Programme. Information can also be accessed from the GAAG office, Main Street, Granard.

Gala Concert: “United we Stand” Gala Concert in Aid of Suicide Awareness across Ireland in Association with Pieta House, in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Wednesday 19 June. Many Top Country Music Acts including Declan Nerney, John McNicholl, Dominic Kirwan, Crystal Swing, Simon Casey and Conal Gallen. The founder of Pieta House, Joan Freeman will attend. Tickets are €25, contact 09064 42000 for further details.

“Bethany B & B” - Knock: Are you planning a pilgrimage to knock? ‘We are happy to announce the opening of our new, very modern, tastefully decorated “Bethany B & B” in Knock Shrine’. Please take a moment to see our super accommodation at Contact Colm & Tracy Banks at 087 3945577 for further details.

Wanted Unused Clothing/Unwanted Gifts: Any unused clothing or unwanted gifts are always welcome at Lus Na Greine and we very much appreciate the great support we get from our community. All proceeds raised help fund local activities.

Courses: Triple “P” Parenting Course: If you are a parent/grandparent/carer of young children this course is highly recommended and will commence shortly in Lus Na Greine, Granard subject to numbers. Woodwork classes are also starting on Thursday evenings. Enrolment is essential for the above courses. Swimming Classes: By popular demand the centre is also hoping to organise a bus to Cavan Swimming Pool one evening per week. These will suit beginners. If interested in any of the above please drop into the centre or phone 043 6660977.

Titanic Experience and Stormont Parliament: This proposed day trip leaving Longford on Tuesday 25 June at 8am for the above, approximate cost bus and entrance €35, subject to numbers. All welcome, children must be accompanied by adult. For further details, (evening only) contact Rosemary 087 7589287.

Adult Badminton: The above 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, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523

Primary Schools Competition: A reminder to all Primary Schools to please send their entry forms only back to Granard Branch Library for the Primary Schools Competition with Granard Agricultural Show. Any queries to Rosemary Gaynor 0436686164 or

Community Games Sports Day: Longford Community Games Sports Day is on the 9th of June in Ballymahon. All kids will get a text just to confirm they are going. Our U-11 basketball team are training away for their next match which is against Meath no date but all players will also get a text.

The Granada Festival Granard: Great to see the Line up for the Marquee taking shape: Friday 5 July Jimmy Buckley and His Band preceded 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!

A/G Bingo: Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. 

Tuesday Night: Is plotto night with the jackpot now at €11,600 for a €2 stake. Pick four numbers from 1 to 30. Envelopes are available at P.J. & Maggie Farrell, John Pettit, the Credit Union and from all members. It could be you.