St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Greetings to the readers of these local notes at home and away for a very happy and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day.


Come and pray around the Cross each Thursday evening during Lent at 7.30p.m. Place your prayer needs and worries at the foot of the Cross during this special time.

Tidy Towns

Granard Tidy Towns are having a meeting on 14 March at 8.30p.m. in Fay’s Bar. New members would be very welcome.

Rath Mhuire Resource Centre

Learning Sessions: Computer/Mobile Phone - Learning Sessions: Everybody is really enjoying these and the feedback from the various groups is wonderful. This is an excellent intergenerational activity- many thanks to the students, staff and all those concerned in Cnoc Mhuire, for organising same. Next date is this Wednesday 12 March at 11.30 am. Moatsiders Active Age: Our next meeting will be on Thursday 13 March and we will be travelling to the Galilee Centre in Boyle, pick up at Rath Mhuire at 10.30am. Granard Men’s Social Club: The club is getting very busy with a range of activities being organised for the coming year. Our next meeting date is Tuesday 19 March and we will be joining up with our friends in Colmcille and the Dolmen Centre for dinner and an afternoon at the movies in the Haggard in Dromard.

Dolmen Centre: All Dolmen groups are well underway for 2014 (Dolmen Daycare- Dolmen Failte Active Age & North Longford Men’s Club) and for any information on the range of activities and services which take place in the Dolmen Centre, or for any of the above activities at Rath Mhuire Centre, please contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for all groups.

Table Quiz

A quiz will be held in Keogh’s Bar, Mullinalaghta on Saturday, 15 March at 8.30pm in aid of Northern Gaels Club. Tables of four €40 or €10 per person. Valuable raffle prizes. Your support will be appreciated. Supper will be served.

Tractor Run.

On Sunday, 16 March, a Tractor run will leave from Creegan’s in Bunlahy and proceed to Granard, Abbeylara, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee and returning to Bunlahy. Registration which will cost 20 euro, will start at 10am and continue until 11.30 am and the run will leave at Midday. All proceeds from the run will be shared between Suicide Awareness and Ballymore Football Club and all support will be greatly appreciated. For further information contact Noel on 0851743279.


Granard Guild at their recent meeting had Ms Breda Dunne from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Longford Branch give a very informative talk on all stages of the disease and the help and support that is available through the Society. Tai Chi continues in the Credit Union meeting room on this Thursday evening 13 March at 8.15pm. Everyone is looking forward to travelling to the Celebration Dinner in Newcastle House Ballymahon on Thursday 20 March for the presentation of certificates by National President Liz Wall. Bus will depart from the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard time to be confirmed.

Community Playgroup

Registration night will be held on Thursday, 27 March at 8pm in the Playgroup. Early booking for free place ECCE year is essential. For further information contact the Playgroup at 043-6686892.

St. Mary’s Lotto

There was no outright winner of the most recent draw. Congratulations to the following winners of €25 each - Claire Gettings, Lisryan; Sinead Finnegan, Coolarty; Emma Kenny, Lanesboro; Philip Smith, Carragh. Next Jackpot is €7,150. Thanks for your continued support and stay in to win.

Easter Festival

Plans are in place for the Easter Festival on Saturday 19 April and Sunday 20 April. The festival kicks off on Saturday morning at 11am with a historical walk of Granard led by local historian Jimmy Donohoe. Jimmy’s tour is both very enjoyable and informative as he holds a wealth of knowledge about Granard’s history. On Saturday afternoon at 3pm the gruelling 5K Walk/Jog/Run will start at Kiernan Milling! Entry is €10 per adult and €5 for U16 participants. Prizes are as follows Men 1st €100, 2nd €50, 3rd €25, 1st U-16 Ladies 1st €100, 2nd €50, 3rd €25, 1st U16 . Registration will take place from 2pm at Kiernan Milling. All walkers, joggers and elite runners are welcome. For more information call Patrick on 043 6687935. Later in the evening, the Novelty Tug-O-War will take place on Main Street. All businesses in the area are invited to enter a team of 7 people. The cost is €20 per team. If your business or organisation would like to enter a team please contact Barry on 087 7625698. On Easter Sunday commencing at 2pm there will be fabulous entertainment for children and adults including fire eating, stilt walking and unicyclist from Corvenieos Entertainment. There will also be face painting and balloon modelling. The parade is expected to pass through Main Street at 2.30pm. Many floats have entered, but there is still time to join up if you wish to do so call Patrick on 043 6687935. The Madagascar circus will be in Granard after the parade with appearances by Marty the dancing Zebra, Alex the friendly Lion and Melman the hypochondriac Giraffe! Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun! With such a variety of free, live entertainment there is something for everyone at the Easter Festival in Granard!

Car Boot Sale

Every Saturday morning in Mullingar Business Park, (Motor Auctions Site). Gates open at 10am. Bag a Bargain or de-clutter and sell all those unwanted extras. Special Offer – no charge on stalls for the month of March. All enquiries to 087-1208591.

Credit Union

Communion and Confirmation loans are now available. Call in and discuss with a member of staff. Hours of business in Granard Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00am daily. Closed Mondays. Gowna sub office open each Saturday 6.00pm to 7.30pm.


Bingo continues each Wednesday night in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard at 8.45pm. This week there are extra prizes to celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the Bingo sessions in the Centre. Proceeds to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot this week is €14,600. A Bingo session will take place on Sunday 23 March at 3.00pm. in Streete Parish Park with €4,000 in prizes. Proceeds to Granard Motte Community Enterprise Centre. Your support will be appreciated.

SVP Shop

“New 2U” shop at Market Street Granard is open every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm. On Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and the first Tuesday of every month from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Contact No. 085-1503985.

Citizens Information

The outreach service continues at the offices of Granard Area Action Group each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you require information on any aspects of your rights and entitlements please call in and the information officer will deal confidentially with your query. The service is free to all.

Country Markets

The market continues every Friday beside the Post Office from 8-30am to 11am. Usual supplies of home baked fare cards and crafts. Your on-going support is appreciated.

Adult Leaning Centre

Computers for Beginners continues each Wednesday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Adult Learning Centre Main Street, Granard. Phone Therese at 043 6686211 for further information.


Classes in Granard Credit Union each Thursday evening from 6pm to 7pm. For further information call Karen on: 087 3244996.


Badminton continues each Monday evening at Canon Kelly Sport Hall, Granard at 8pm. Sports Hall is situated at rear of Ard Scoil Padraigh. 

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the local service in the area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 single and €5 return. – Free Travel Pass holders Travel Free. All enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555. or provider John at 087-6213526.

Recent Death

Frank Brad, Barragmore, Drumlish, late of Springtown and Tromra Road, Granard, died following a long illness at Mullingar hospital on Saturday, 8 March. Removal took place from Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Monday evening to St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeylara. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at noon followed by burial in Carragh Cemetery. May he rest in peace. Reunited with his beloved twin brother, Brendan. Sympathy is extended to all the family circle and many friends.


The following are the results from Sunday 9 March at the Community Centre Granard: First Lady: Breege Cauldwell. Second Lady Kathleen Kerr and Third Lady M. Clyne. First Gent Seamus Coyle. Second Gent Seamus Keoghan. Third Gent Gerry Leavy. Half Game Lady Kathleen Rafferty. Half Game Gent. Jimmy Cahill. Raffle: Anne Leonard. Edward McGivney and Kathleen Kerr.