Thanks from GAA

Thanks from GAA

Abbeylara G.F.C wish to sincerely thank everybody who helped to make our fun day on Sunday 28 last such an outstanding success. To the two football teams who treated us to an outstanding and entertaining game, to the refereeing Ned Monaghan who did an excellent job on the day, to all the young and not so young who participated in the various races and events, to the children who entered the fancy dress competition and to our judge on the day, to the people who organised and ran the various side shows, to T.J Donohoe for the use of his sound equipment and for acting M.C on the day, to Barney and Irene for the great food, to our very kind and generous sponsors, to everyone else involved in such a great display of Community Spirit. Lastly but not least to everyone who came along and supported us on the day.

Temple Street & 4x4 Challenge

David Feely would like to thank the local community for their support and to the many people that came to their fundraising night in Crawford’s Bar on 13 September last. Between the Raffle and the night in Crawford’s we came home with €1800 which was a great return on our night. The crowd were fantastic and the support was something else. A big thank you has to go to Mary Brady, Cooldoney for her outstanding efforts. Mary sold raffle lines everywhere and only for her that amount would be €600 less. Our Raffle went as follows; Hamper, Brendan Tully, Bottle of Whiskey, Mrs Fitzsgibbons, Carra, Bottle of Wine, Donie Reilly, Tool Hire, Bottle of wine, Francis Brady, Springtown. Thankfully all prizes went locally & I think Mary Brady sold them all. Sincere thanks to the following you gave us spot prizes, Kiernan Milling, ROR, Crawfords, and P.J. Reilly to name a few. Also we received sponsorship from Pat The Baker.  However if it were not for the support of the people of Granard, Abbeylara and surrounding areas the event would not have been a success. To date we have sent almost €3500 to Temple Street and maybe finishing at closer to €4000. This €3500 also includes money raised last May in Lisryan. We are still amazed at the support we had. Everyone has been so generous this year and once again sincere thanks to you all!

Best wishes

We send our best wishes to Colm Dalton, Dalystown who hit off to England to start new employment there. Best of luck Colm!!

Altar Servers Clothes

The above are needed for new servers please. Contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 or Abbeylara N.S 043 6686806 if you have servers clothes or know where there is one.


Are you or anyone close to you experiencing bullying at school, in the workplace or any other environment? Further information from Mary Lillis on 087–9625890 or visit

Solemn Novena

In honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, our Solemn Novena continues each Tuesday until Tuesday, 2 December in The Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Rosary begins at 7.30pm followed by Novena Prayers at 7.45pm and Holy Mass at 8.00pm.


The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October. Please support.

Children’s voices

St. Mel’s Cathedral is delighted to announce a new initiative called ‘Cantate’. The Latin word meaning ‘Sing’, ‘Cantate’ brings together two new ventures; a School’s Singing Programme and a Young Chorister Programme. Currently, we would like to invite Boys and Girls in Third, Fourth and Fifth Class to get involved. Parents can log onto to register their child’s interest or alternatively, contact Derek Mahady on 086 3052204 or email 

Line Dancing

The Breffni Kickers Line Dancing classes continue each Thursday in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva with classes for beginners at 8.30pm and for the more advanced at 9.30pm. Come along and enjoy a good night of dancing and fun.

25 Card Game

A 25 Card game takes place every Friday night in the Bay Horse, Granard at 9.30pm for a bottle of whiskey. Everyone is welcome.

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. No appointment necessary.

Community Diary

A 2015 Diary is now 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. If you are unable to get into the office please phone 043 6686922 or email

Fundraising night

Remembering Jimmy Macken and in Association with the Breffni Challenge 2014 a Fundraising Night in aid of St. Luke’s Hospital, N.B.C.R.I. Galway (Breast Cancer Research) and Cavan Cancer Homecare Association will be held in the Boomerang Bar, Granard on Saturday, 18 October 2014. There will be Food, Spot Prizes and a Raffle on the night. Music will also be held on the night by Chuck and June. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Free blood pressure check

People can avail of free blood pressure checks, as part of an Irish Heart Foundation and Covidien road show, on Friday, 10 October from 10am to 1.00pm in Lus na Greine, Family Resource Centre, Granard. In Ireland about 10,000 strokes happen annually and in Longford, 22 people died from a stroke last year. For further information visit

Social Dancing

Social Dancing will take place in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown every Thursday night from 9.00pm to 11.00pm. Admission is €5 on the night. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

The Draft Register of Electors

The Draft Register of Electors 2015/2016 is now being prepared. If you live in County Longford and wish to vote you should check that you are registered correctly to vote. If you have any family member resident in County Longford who will be 18 years or over by the 15 February 2015 they may also be registered to vote. You can check by logging onto or by contacting Longford County Council at if you have any queries to the Register of Electors.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Jackpot is now €17,600. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!

Active Retirement

Our next get-together is on Thursday, 9 October at 11.00am in Handball Alley. This will be a Coffee Morning, so please bring a friend.

Brendan Shine

Brendan Shine and his band will perform on Wednesday, 15 October in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent at 8.30pm. Door prize €250 and a bumper raffle on the night. Tickets are on sale at €15 each. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey, Kilnacrott. Tickets are available at the Abbey Office, Crover House Hotel and Multisound, Cavan. Please support.

Gallant 15K

The Gallant 15K challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice, Cavan takes place on Saturday 25 October 2014. Sponsorship cards are available from St. Christopher’s Hospice 049 4332999, Ciaran Weir 086 0753309 or William Hughes on 086 3584700.

Slimming World

Slimming World continues every Monday evening in the Hotel Castlepollard at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Great weight loss recorded each week in a fun and welcoming environment. For further details please contact Jacinta on 086 1056223.

Christmas lights

We are once again putting a plan in place to bring Granard to its festive glory this December. A Fundraising Draw will be held in the Boomerang Bar, Granard on Saturday 25 October 2014. Music and Fancy Dress on the night with spot prizes galore! Tickets are currently on sale at €5 each. 1st prize is €500, 2nd prize €300 and 3rd prize €200. Please support.

GAA Club Lotto

Results: 02/10/2014; Winning numbers: 3, 19, 25, 29. €20 Winners: Declan Kiernan, Ferriskill; P. J. & Mags Farrell, Abbeylara; Ms. Smith, C/o Elenora; Louise Reilly, Toneymore; Joe Flynn, Trumra. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 09/10/2014. Jackpot is now €6,000.

GAA Club meeting

Abbeylara GAA will hold an important meeting on Thursday, 9 October in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 8.30pm. All officers & committee members are requested to attend please.

Clothes collection

Please support the used clothing collection to aid Fr. Nicholas Maanzo and his parish of St. Patrick’s, Kitui, Kenya. The collection will take place on Thursday, 9 October between 9.00am and12 midday at St. Bernard’s and St. Mary’s Church car parks.


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

Adult Educational Guidance Service

Are you Unemployed?? If so we can help you with your options. Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service drop in mornings take place in the (Old Army Barracks), Battery Road, Longford on Tuesdays from 10.00 am to 12 pm. For further information please phone 043 33 48177.

Solemn Novena

The opening of St. Mary’s, Granard Novena will begin on Wednesday, 22 October at 7.30pm and will continue until Wednesday, 17 December. This Novena is a time of reflection, petition, praise and thanksgiving. We invite you to be part of this great gift.