Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation

Are you interested in the history of art and discovering some of the greatest paintings in the world then join renowned art critic and historian, Ciaran MacGonigal for a series of talks in Granard Branch Library. The next lecture will take place on this Thursday, 9 October at 7pm. Granard I.C.A. guild in association with Granard Community Library are hosting the Course with Mr. MacGonigal Art Critic. This course is kindly funded by LWETB.


The John Dungan branch of Comhaltas will hold their annual general meeting on Thursday night at 9pm in Granard Area Action Group Office, Main Street, Granard. All are welcome. Thanks to everyone who attended our Cavan Man music session and presentation in Farrell’s Lounge, Ballinalee recently. Watch this space for further news of more sessions. As a new year has started on the 1st September it is time to renew membership fees. Further details later.


A variety concert will take place in the Longford Arms Ballroom on Thursday, 9 October in aid of Mental Health Association. A host of artists will be giving of their services including Mick Flavin. Tickets on the door. Your support will be appreciated.

Gun Club

The Club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Cronogue family, Longford Road on the recent passing of Johnny Cronogue who was a lifelong member of Granard Gun Club. May he rest in peace. There will be a general meeting for all club members on Monday 13 October at 9pm in the Shooting Grounds.

Pitch & Putt

Granard Pitch and Putt Club will hold a very important meeting on Monday, 13 October at 8.15pm in St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubhouse. All members please attend as there are some very important items are on the agenda for discussion.

Tidy Towns

Congratulations to Granard Tidy Towns committee who were instrumental in securing the assistance and grant aid from Longford Co. Co. in getting the paint project underway in the town. Many premises have been greatly improved and more are in the process of being completed. This project together with the new footpaths in certain areas of town is a wonderful improvement for the town and should certainly improve markings for the Tidy Towns next year. Well done to all concerned.

Breffni Challenge

A night remembering Jimmy Macken will take place in the Boomerang Bar Granard on Saturday, 18 October. All proceeds from the night go to St. Luke’s Hospital Dublin; NBCRI Galway (Breast Cancer Research) Cavan Cancer Homecare Association. Food; Spot Prizes and Raffle on the night. Music on the night by Chuck and June. Your support will be appreciated.


Granard guild held their monthly meeting last Thursday evening last Mr. Gary Brady the Environmental Officer with Longford Co. Co. gave a very informative talk on all aspects of the environment from water to energy saving; food wastage and recycling and composting. All present were very appreciative of the knowledge he imparted to us. Art Appreciation continues now for the next 4 weeks of October 9/16/23/30 at Granard Branch Library. Next meeting will take place on Thursday 6 November and the guild will host the Federation meeting and Cookery Cup Competition on 20 November so a busy time ahead for the guild.

Knit ‘n’ Stitch

Knit ‘n’ Stitch Show in the RDS: A bus is running on Saturday, 1 November departing Longford at 8am and returning 6pm approx.  ICA members: €5 return; non-members:€10. Book your seat with Helen: at 085-7101053.

Public Participation Network

All community and voluntary groups in Co. Longford are being invited to register with the County Public Participation Network (PPN) Email Contact Siobhan Cronogue PPN Development Officer on 087-2615583. Closing date for registration is Friday, 17 October.

Social Dancing

“Bop till you drop” at Social Dancing in the Park House Hotel every Thursday night from 9.00pm to 11.00pm. Refreshments served. Admission is €5.00.

SVP Shop

“New 2 U” Market Street Granard opening hours as follows: First Tuesday of each month 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fridays: 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further information contact 085-1503985.


A concert will be held in Crover House Mountnugent on 15 October commencing at 8.30pm with Brendan Shine and his Band. Tickets are €15each and a valuable door prize of €250. A bumper raffle on the night also. Proceeds toward the maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey Kilnacrott. Your support will be appreciated.


The Caring and Sharing Association has been active in Longford for thirty years and offers a social event each month to over thirty people with special needs who are from all areas of the county. Our helpers are one-to-one in a group setting offering each person quality friendship and support. Presently we are recruiting volunteers. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life from students of 16 upwards to those who gave retired and wish to share one day a month of their time with another person. We use the proverb in CASA that “A candle loses nothing in sharing it’s light”. Please contact Bernie at 086-1296305 or Majella at 055-7744159 or email

Citizens Information

An information officer from Co. Longford Citizens Information Service will attend Granard Area Action Group Information Office, Main Street, Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Solemn Novena

The annual Novena to our Blessed Lady in St. Mary’s Church, Granard will commence on Wednesday, 22 October at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday 17 December. The Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. All are invited to take part.

Moatsiders Active Age Group

Our next gathering is on this Thursday, 9 October when we will be travelling to Malahide Castle and Gardens. Bus will depart Rath Mhuire Centre at 10.00am.

Dolmen Centre, Aughnacliffe

All groups and activities have recommenced at the Dolmen Centre in Aughnacliffe: Dolmen Failte Active Age Club – Dolmen Day Care Services – North Longford Men’s Group For information on any of the activities at the Dolmen Centre contact Jackie or Lucy at 043-6686309. Transport is available for anyone wishing to attend any of the activities at either Rath Mhuire Centre or Dolmen Centre.

Rural Transport

Anyone wishing to travel on the Rural Transport buses please contact Seamus Lee at the transport office at LCRL on 043-3345555 or local provider John Maguire at 043-6686180 / Mobile 087-6213526. Single fares are €3.00 and return fare is €5.00. Free Travel Pass Holders travel free and the service is open to everyone.


Bingo every Wednesday night in the Community Centre Barrack Street Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Proceeds go to St. Mary’s GAA and Abbeylara GFC. Your continued support is much appreciated. Jackpot is now €17,600.

Country Markets

Granard Country Markets continue each Friday at Upper Main Street next door the Post Office. They now have local honey in stock as well as the usual supply of beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables; home baking; crafts; firewood etc.

Siopa Lus na Greine

A large selection of winter coats, jackets now in stock, also lovely boots. Come in and browse at your ease in our newly refurbished Siopa. Lots of beautiful men’s suits and shirts, children’s clothes for all ages, also toys books and a treasure trove of bric-a-brac. Please drop in your cast offs to An Siopa or the centre, everything welcome.  If you can not get in we can arrange to collect from you, simply phone the centre and we will do the rest. Our opening hours at the Siopa are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.

All monies earned in An Siopa go directly and totally to projects in the Community.

Music Lessons

Enrolment for music lessons on Tin Whistle; Piano Accordion and Keyboard with Philip Clarke will be held in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara on this Thursday, 25 September at 7pm. Price is €4 per class.

Christmas Lights

The Granard Christmas Lights committee is actively fundraising to buy and install new Christmas lighting this year. Each business is requested to sell a book of tickets amongst their customer’s friends and family. Let’s all come together to be proud and believe in our town and put Granard at the top of the list as the town to visit and shop in this Christmas.

Fancy Dress

In conjunction with the Christmas Lights fundraising the annual Fancy Dress will be held in the Boomerang Bar on Saturday, 25 October. Come along and join in the fun.