Granard notes



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All members and friends travelling on Thursday, 16 July to Athlone and Clonmacnois please meet bus at the Community Centre at 8.30am.

Contact Liz 043-6671182 or 0871351087.

Tidy Towns

Granard Tidy Towns are holding a public meeting on Monday night next, 20 July at 8.30pm in Fay’s Pub. It would be great to see some new faces as an encouragement to the few who are trying to keep Granard clean and tidy. This is our town and we should show that we are proud of it. Please come along.

Agricultural Show

The 63rd annual show will be held at Higginstown Park, Granard on this Saturday, 18th July. Promises to be a great family day out with many attractions for all ages.

Gun Club

Congratulations to the members of the Club who took part in the All Ireland shoot on Sunday last. On Sunday, 19 July the club are holding the annual Terry Sheridan Memorial Shoot at the Shooting Grounds in Abbeylara. There will be a presentation in the Boomerang on Sunday night with music by Seamus Farrell. All are welcome.


On Tuesday 21 July at 2pm Paint a Summer Picture with Nicolette for 8-12 year olds. Booking is essential so contact Rosemary at 0436686164 or

Fundraiser MND

Ann Corrigan from Drumlish is having a Tea Day at her home on Sunday, 19 July from 3.00pm to 6.00pm to raise much needed funds for Motor Neuron Disease. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Visitor Centre Project

Our next public meeting takes place on Tuesday night next, 21 July at 8.30pm in our new buildings at Rathcronan (opposite Kearney’s). We will also be having our monthly draws for June and July on the night. This is our first meeting in our new buildings and everyone is invited to attend. These will also be our first two draws in this year’s monthly member’s draw. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for purchasing our tickets. Without your support this project would not be happening. Now that we have completed the purchase of the property our next task is to design a layout of the visitor centre. We are now in the process of engaging designers to work with us in doing so. This is an exciting project for this area and we invite anyone interested to come on board. We are always looking for help and ideas.

School Reunion

St. Patrick’s N.S. Killeen will hold a 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday 27 September. A book is being compiled to commemorate this event. We are seeking old photos and stories that people wish to share and have published in this book. Photos and stories may be scanned and emailed to Alternatively these may be given to any committee, board or staff member or handed into McElvaney’s. Please put your name on the back of original photos so that these can be returned after they have been copied. In order to allow time for editing and publishing of the book we need all submissions by the 14 August and your support in helping make this event a success will be greatly appreciated.


Clonfin commemoration committee are holding a 5km walk/run on Sunday, 2 August next starting at McElvaney’s of Coolarty at 6pm.


I, Patricia Gorman, Denniston Park, Granard would like to thank the many people from near and far who sponsored me in the Dublin Mini Marathon in aid of Motor Neurone Disease. A total of €1,355 was collected. Again sincere thanks to everyone.

Craft Fair

The Longford I.C.A Annual Craft Fair and Flower Display takes place on Saturday, 25 July to coincide with the Cruthu Arts Festival in Longford. The event will be held in the Temperance Hall Longford. Any crafters who may be interested in having a stand at the air should please contact or

Breffni Challenge

This year’s Breffni 3 Province Challenge takes place on Saturday, 1st August. Maps available on

Cemetery Sunday

Mass will be celebrated in the New Cemetery at Granardkille on Sunday, 26 July at 1pm and in Granardkille on Sunday 2 August at 11.30am. Please help to have our Cemeteries looking well. There are many people laid to rest in Granardkille Cemetery who have no family members left to care for their graves. Perhaps people could give a helping hand to tidy and maintain these graves.

Please note that Cemetery Sunday takes place in Abbeylara on Sunday, 26 July with Mass (weather permitting) in the cemetery at 11.00am.

Big Breakfast

Abbeylara GAA Club are in the process of finalising arrangements for their annual “Big Breakfast” on Sunday 26 July in the new Parish Centre. Everyone welcome. Your support will be appreciated.

Citizen’s Information

The Citizens Information Outreach Service in Granard Area Action Group Information Office Granard on Thursday mornings is being withdrawn for the months of July and August. This decision is based on the CIS’s limited resources of trained staff to support holiday leave in the Key Centre in Longford. Clients can call into the Longford Office situated upstairs over Tesco at Longford Shopping Centre. Alternatively call the National Call Centre on 0761074000. The service will resume in Granard first week in September.


The annual Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Reek is on Sunday, 26 July 2015. Bus departing from the Granard at 5am. To book a seat ring 086 0405621 or 087 6613510.

Rural Transport

County Longford / Westmeath Community Transport have vacancies on their “Door to Door” services throughout the county. All age groups catered for. Single Fare €3; Return fare €5; Contact John Maguire local provider in the Granard Area on 043-6686180 or mobile 087-6213526. For further information on the project contact the co-ordinator Noel McCormack C/o Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar Co. Westmeath. Phone 044-9338970 / 9338971.

5K Walk

Christina Dempsey Abbeylara will be attempting to do a 5km walk on this Saturday, 18 July in Loch Key Forest Park, Boyle at 11a.m. for the Huntington Disease Association of Ireland. Bank details for sponsorship or donations: Bank of Ireland, Smithfield. Sort code: 90 – 00 – 92. Account no 54757711. Huntington’s Disease Assoc.

S.V.P. Shop

Vincent’s the SVP shop is open at lower Main Street Granard with plenty of bargains for everyone. Opening hours: Monday morning from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Fridays and Saturdays 10.00am to 5.00pm and first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting SVP locally. Helpline No. 085-1503985.


Congratulations to Pauraic and Nuala Quinn, Ballinacross, Granard on the recent birth of their baby girl Amy. A welcome sister to Niall and John.


Congratulations to Anita McNerney, Toneywarden, Granard and Padraig Brady, Ballinalee who were married in Corpus Christi Church, Mount Temple on Wednesday 1st July followed by a reception in Wine Port, Glasson, Athlone. We wish them every blessing for the future. Congratulations to Tracy Mallon, Longford Road, Granard and Mark Mahon, Newtownforbes who returned from Canada to be married in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Friday, 10 July. A reception for family and friends followed in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. We wish them every good wish for the future.


The death of John Flynn, Camlin View, Ballinalee and formerly of Colmcille Terrace, Granard occurred on Thursday, 9 July in St. Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford. Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Sunday at 2.00pm followed by burial in Carragh Cemetery. John was a well known and popular figure around town and will be missed by all who knew him. Sympathy is extended to his wife and son and extended family circle. May he rest in peace.

Edgeworth Guided Walk

There will be a guided walk on Sunday the 19 July at 3.00pm in Edgeworthstown, assembly at St. Mary’s Church. Visit the Edgeworth Ancestral Home and Walled Gardens; St. John’s Rectory birth place of “The Abbe Edgeworth” St John’s Church and Graveyard burial grounds of Isola Wilde and the Edgeworth family. See 18th and 19th century School Houses. Immerse yourself in the period and hear all their extraordinary stories.

Further details contact 043 6671801 or