Abbeylara notes



Corr: Michelle Ledwith Tel: 087-7568525


Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Sean Kiernan, Cartronmarkey, Granard, who died on Thursday, 15 October, brother of Seamus Kiernan, Clough. May he rest in peace.


We welcome into the Christian Community, Rián Patrick and Eoghan James, sons of Dermot and Bronagh Lynch, Aughnagarron; Erin Rose and Evie Louise Murray, twin daughters of Mikie Murray and Micha Jennings, Clooneen, Granard.

CD Launch

Mary O’Connor launches her new CD in the Park House on Bank Holiday Monday night, 26 October. Guests appearing on the night include Matt Leavy & his band, Chuck & June, Na Fianna with Olive Kilbane & Noel Sweeney, Seamus Farrell, Noel Cassidy and Sean Brennan plus others. Doors will open at 9pm, Admission €10. A good night’s entertainment assured!

National Coin Week

National Coin Week takes place from Monday, 2 to Sunday, 8 November. Please bring your jar; bottle or bag of coins, put them into one of the receptacles, conveniently located all around the country including branches of Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland. Money raised goes towards 5 key Irish charities together – The Irish Heart Foundation, St. Francis Hospice, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Gaisce – the Presidents Awards and Irish Autism Action, smaller charities, community projects and youth groups. Please support.

Parish Draw

You are invited to renew your membership of the Parish Draw; €100 full year; €50 half year; €25 quarter year. Prizes each month - €300; €200; €100; €50 – provided enough join. New members are also most welcome. Please give your membership to your collector. Thanks very much for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to our collectors of the Parish Draw. The 2015/2016 draw will begin as soon as you join in the draw. Thanks very much to those people who have renewed their membership. Please make cheques payable to Abbeylara Parish only.

GAA Meeting

A very important meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 October in the Handball Sports Complex, Abbeylara at 9.00pm sharp to organise the running of a Big White Collar Boxing night on Sunday, 27 December. All interested persons are requested to attend.

GAA Lotto

Lotto Results 15/10 /2015; Winning numbers: 4, 12, 17, 21. Winners: Kevin Heaney, Abbeylara; Stephen Farrell, Abbeylara; Joe Flynn, Trumra; Larry and Susan Boland, Abbeylara; Catriona and Craig O’Connor, Abbeylara. Our next draw is in Crawford’s on 22/10/2015. Jackpot is now €8,650. It could be you!

Visitor Centre

Results of our draws for August and September which took place at our recent public meeting were as follows: August Prize-winners – 1st. Shiela Noble, Cartron - €500; 2nd Jody & Catherine Sheridan, Carra - €250. 3rd. McDaid’s Pharmacy - €100; 4th John & Pauline Keegan, Clooneen - €100; 5th Edel Biggins Kiernan, Cartronbore - €100. July Prize-winners – 1st Patrick, Sara, Aoibhe & Orlith Murphy, Carra - €500; 2nd Mattie & Vera Reilly, Aughakilmore - €250; 3rd Margaret McGahern, Rincoola - €100; 4th Mrs Anna Lynch, Barrack St. - €100; 5th Neil Lovett, Main St. - €100. Congratulations to all our winners. Our monthly draw for October will be held on Tuesday evening next, October 27. The draw will take place in our new buildings, opposite Kearney’s, at 8pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Junk Kouture

The TYs in Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School are currently busy planning their outfits for the annual Junk Kouture Competition. They are currently trying to collect old guitars, guitar strings and picks, old phones, chargers and SIM cards as well as large brown envelopes and bubble wrap. Any assistance in collecting these items would be very much appreciated.

Irish TV

Irish TV (Sky 191) is hoping to come to a venue in your community in the coming weeks to film for our weekly programme. Longford County Matters & we’re looking for people to take part. Please call 085 1030569 or email karinacharles2@gmail by October 28 to be included.

The 50s Club

Our next get-together is on Thursday 22nd October at 2.30 pm.  We are looking forward to meeting new members.  We will have a guest speaker from the Bank of Ireland.

Tidy Towns

We had a very enjoyable meeting on Monday night last. Thanks to Susan for the tea/cakes.  We discussed this year’s marks which were up 7 on last year.  The one important matter which came up in conversation was how we are going to improve our marks in the future. We need the backing of the local community and the way for this is to ask locals to come to our meetings. All of us have a different idea of how to progress, so why not come along to our next meeting.

Garda Siochana Choir

Garda Siochana Male Voice Choir will be performing in St. Mary’s Church Granard on Sunday 15 November at 5.00pm. Tickets can be purchased in local shops priced at €10. Proceeds go to local St. Vincent de Paul. Your support is very much appreciated.


An Auction will be held on Saturday 7 November. For further information please contact Pat McHugh, 087 6308152; T. J. Donohoe, 086 8848736 or Fr. Michael, 043 6686270 to let us know of items you may have for the auction and for more details. All Proceeds are for our New Parish Centre, Abbeylara. Please support. One of the items to be auctioned on that day will be a valuable Tulkini Soap Stove, or it can be bought anytime from now onwards. Contact any of the above for details.


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 waiting to be won is now €20,000 and if not won there is a second Jackpot this week for €3,000 in 49 numbers, a lot of shopping could be done with Christmas around the corner even if you never played bingo. Seats are limited so come along early to avoid the rush and enjoy the fun. IT COULD BE YOU!

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.

Monster Auction

Mullahoran GFC is holding a Monster Auction on Sunday, October 25 at 12pm. There will be a Bake Sale and BBQ on the day! There are no outside lots! Donations are welcome. For further information please contact Gabriel 087 6481960, Seamus 087 9776371, Aidan 087 1912156, Padraig 087 9909987 or John 087 7651516.

The Carers Association

The above is providing training on Palliative Care Support on the 11 November. For more information please contact the training unit on 05793 70221.

Benefit Dance

A Benefit Dance for the family of the late Sean Mulligan, Ballinamuck will take place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Monday 16 November 2015