Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Chris Lee, (retired Garda), Rincoola, Abbeylara who died on Wednesday, 16 October, peacefully at his home in the presence of his loving family. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Nora, his son David and daughter Sinéad. Deeply regretted by his aunt, uncle, cousins, sister, brother, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, neighbours, friends and former colleagues. Your prayers are also requested for Edward O’Reilly, Bawn, Kilcogy who died peacefully at the General Hospital, Cavan on Wednesday, 16 October, and Michael Reynolds, Oldcastle, who died on Saturday 12 October and Molly Cooke, Castletown, Finea, who died on Tuesday 15 October. They will be sadly missed by their loving families, relatives, neighbours and friends. May they rest in peace.

Cake Sale

Takes place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October after Masses. Bakers, helpers and supporters needed. Please contact Mary Ledwith 087 4187221; Mary O’Connor 086 3272417; Elenora Smith 086 8890543. Proceeds are for Abbeylara GAA Club. Please support.

Mass for the Dead

On Friday 8 November in Abbeylara at 7.30pm for all who died in our Parish since this time last year. And also those including former parishioners who died outside our parish but with family members and / or relations living in our parish.

Servers Clothes

Any server who has finished serving and no longer requires their serving clothes (black and white) are kindly requested to consider leaving them into either Abbeylara Church or School for new servers to wear. Thank you very much.

Pastoral Council

Thanks very much too all the people who have returned their completed voting papers, for the purpose of electing a new Pastoral Council. Those people yet to vote are kindly requested to do so as outlined in the letter, return your vote and thus have your say in forming a new Pastoral Council. This week is the final opportunity to return your vote please. Thank you very much.


A fundraising night will be held in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara on Saturday 26 October in aid of the Street Children of India Fund.  There will be a raffle held on the night with a number of valuable prizes up for grabs.  Music will be by Mary O’Connor.  Your support would be very much appreciated.

Gallant 15km Challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. The main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 262,000 euro for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.

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.

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.


Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack Street, Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Fancy Dress

In an effort to raise finance and in order to ensure that Granard will have Christmas lights for the streets of the town during the festive season a Fundraising night will be held in the Bay Horse on Saturday 26 October. There will be music and a fancy dress on the night with prizes of €500, €300 and €200. There will also be other various Spot prizes on the night. Tickets are on sale at €5 each or a book of 20 for €100 in various shops and from committee members. A great night’s entertainment and laughter is guaranteed!!

Iralco Reunion

Former employees of Iralco Ltd who reside in the Granard, Abbeylara, Killashee and Longford town areas, should note that a reunion of past employees takes place in the Hotel Castlepollard on Saturday night, 26 October. There will be music on the night, which will be followed by a disco. Finger food will also be served. Tickets are €10 each and can be sourced locally.

Novena to Our Lady

The Annual Novena to prepare for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Wednesday, 23 October at 7.30p.m. The Novena will run for 9 Wednesday nights in preparation for the Birth of Christ.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw. €300 – John Joe and Kathleen Reilly, Creevy; €200 – Tommy and Eileen Connell, Toneen; €100 – Kitty Hughes, N.T. Aughnagarron; €100 – Willie Crawford, Abbeylara; €50 – Mel and Ann Marie Brady, Ballinacross; €50 – Anne & Joe Creamer, Robinstown. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to all the collectors.

Northern Gaels

Congratulations to our U16 Juveniles who were gallant losers to Longford Slashers on Sunday, 13 October in Pearse Park in the County Longford U16 Juvenile Football Final Replay. Well done to all the panel of players, Management, Club and all others involved. Sincere thanks to the Northern Gaels Club for the outstanding work being done by the Club in promoting the Gaelic Games at such high standards. Titles won in 2013. Under 14, Juvenile and Minor.

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.

Slimming World

Slimming World Edgeworthstown is getting ready for the party season.  Is there a dress or a suit that you would love to wear this year? Would you love to be one or even two stone lighter unwrapping those pressies? If so, come along to St. Mary’s Community Centre, Granard Road every Wednesday at 5.30pm & 7.30pm. Every week in the run up to Christmas the group will be packed with fun, festivities, ideas and lots of love and support. Contact Jenny (0861094773) for further details. 

Drama Group

Following our meeting on October 15, it was decided to stage a follow up on the Mock Wedding. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 October at 9.00pm in Crawfords Bar. The cast will be chosen at this meeting so if you are interested in taking part or becoming involved in any way please come along.

The Quare Land

Bunlahy Area Action Group will host a play “The Quare Land” in the Community Centre in Granard on Friday night November 8 and full details will be announced later. Tickets are now on sale from committee members.


Training opportunities for People in receipt of any Disability/illness payment commences in the EDI Centre Longford. This 8-week part time programme includes FETAC accredited modules with work experience included. To register for this programme, please contact the EDI Centre on 043 3347515.


On Sunday evening November 3, Longford County Choir will perform a special concert in St. Mary’s Church in Granard and they will be joined by the ever-popular Mulligan Sisters and also by many talented youngsters from the local schools in the parish of Granard. Tickets for this concert are on sale and all proceeds go to Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre. All support will be greatly appreciated.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results: 17/10/13; Winning numbers; 6, 15, 20, 28. €20 winners: Lauren, Ciara, M.J. & Aaron Kelly, Abbeylara; Kevin Brady, Coolnagun; Frank McEnerney, C/o Sheridans; Denis Flynn, Abbeylara; Pat McHugh, Carra; Niall Sheridan. Lisryan. Next draw takes place in Crawford’s on 24/10/13 Jackpot €2,700.

Longford Toastmasters

Would you like to be more confident at speaking in public and to learn how to improve your communication skills? Longford Toastmasters are looking for new members to join our club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Longford Arms Hotel from 8.20pm until 10.30pm. All are welcome to our enjoyable and sociable meetings and no experience is required. For further information please contact Mary on 086 1219281 or Terrie on 086 1706367.

Active Retirement

Our next meeting takes place on Thursday 24 October at 11.00am in Handball Alley. Art Classes are starting this Monday from 11.00am to 1.00pm, all members are welcome to come along and participate, and it is usually a very enjoyable experience.


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. Jackpot is now €12,700.

Pre-Employment Course

Are you unemployed and trying to get back to work then this course could be of interest to you. It will commence on 4 November for a period of 6 weeks in Lus Na Greine, Granard. It will start at 9.30 am and finish at 1.30 pm. It will be practical hands on course with modules such as upholstery, stone craft, and horticulture etc. information, C.V preparation and interview skills. Places are available so if interested contact the centre on 043 6660977

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue every Friday morning in the community centre in Barrack Street and they are delighted to announce that they now have beautiful handmade children and baby wear along with the usual stock of scarves, cards, jewellery, bread, cakes, firewood, etc. The market is open from 8.30am to 11.00am. Please note that tea and coffee is also available.


Planning on getting in 2014? There are still some spaces available on the ACCORD Pre-Marriage Course: 2 and 5 December 2013.  This course runs over 2 evenings from 6pm – 10.30pm.  For further information contact ACCORD 043 3347222 or book any of the 2014 courses on-line at 

Saint Vincent De Paul

The Granard branch have their shop “New To U” on Market Street, opened every Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and on the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Contact No. 085 1503985.

Tidy Towns

We would like to thank the C.E and Tus members already here and welcome the new member of C.E to our village, already there is a sign of their presence all over the place at this busy time of year, with grass still growing and leaves falling etc.  There is so much to be done, we would welcome a little support from the local residents, whereby each of us should clean the pathway and gather up leaves outside their homes and leave the village nice and tidy.

Pilgrimage to Fatima

The above Pilgrimage will take place on 29 May 2014.  4 nights in Fatima- 3 nights on the coast.  €759 fully inclusive, early booking offer if paid in full by December 12 2013 of €150 off. Accompanied by Spiritual Director.  Contact Sheila Fahey on 043 66 87512, Mobile: 087 277 4774.


Congratulations to St. Mary’s GAA Club, Granard who celebrated their 125 years on Sunday, 20 October in Higginstown. Warmest congratulations to the people past and present of St. Mary’s GAA on this special milestone in the history of this great Club.