Granard notes



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Solemn Novena

The annual Novena commences on this Wednesday evening 28th October at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church, Granard and continues for 9 Wednesday nights. Everyone is invited and encouraged to take part in this well established event.

Fancy Dress

Granard Christmas Lights Committee are hosting a Halloween Fancy Dress on this Saturday, 31st October (Halloween Night) in Fay’s Bar, Granard. Prize for best costume. Lots of Halloween novelty games with live DJ and finger food. A great night not to be missed. Annual Christmas Lights draw will also take place same night. Tickets are currently on sale in all outlets in town at €5 each. First Prize €500; Second Prize €300 and Third €200.


As discussed at October meeting will all members who expressed interest in making calico dolls for the National Children’s Hospital project and other children’s hospitals please meet at Rath Mhuire Resource Centre on this Thursday, 29th October at 8.00pm. The next guild meeting will be held on Thursday 5th November at the Credit Union Seminar Room. Guest speaker for the meeting will be from Citizens Information Services Longford. Everyone very welcome to come along to this informative talk.

Supper Dance

A Supper Dance will take place in the Park House Edgeworthstown on Friday 6th November 2015 with music by Vince Carr and Anne McCrory. Proceeds in aid of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Granard Restoration Fund. Tickets €15.00. Doors open at 9.30pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Human Trafficking

Diablo is a powerful play on Human Trafficking will be staged in the Temperance Hall on Monday, 9th November at 8.00pm. It is presented by Spanner in the Works Theatre Co. Belfast. They leave no stone unturned as they unpack the complex crime in a riveting performance that is sure to move the hardest of hearts. Tickets are available locally from Sr. Maeve at 043-6687624 €10.00 each Concession €5. Adults only.

Community Meeting

We are pleased to announce that Longford will host one of Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise Towns for 2015. Through this initiative Bank of Ireland and the Longford business community are working together to support local business. In addition we will involve the wider community and our local schools through a range of different activities. To hear more about the plans for your Enterprise Town and/or to get involved – Please join us in

Longford Arms Hotel this Thursday 29th October at 6.30pm.

Drug and Alcohol Forum

County Longford Drug and Alcohol Forum cordially invites those with an interest to the Launch of new Service Information Poster and Information Sharing event for local Service Providers in the Park House Hotel Edgeworthstown on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at 10.00am to 1.00pm. Registration takes place from 9.30am. Speakers on the day include Garda Siochana Drug Unit; Suzi Lyons from the Health Research Board; MQI (Merchants Quay Ireland); GP/Pharmacy Liaison Nurse Ms Marion Mulvanny and other speakers to be confirmed.

Draft Register

The Draft Register of Electors 2016/2017 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 members resident in County Longford who will be 18 years or over by 15th February 2016 they may also be registered to vote. You can check by logging onto or by contacting Longford County Council on 043 3343311. You may also email Longford County Council at

Waste Collection

Longford Co. Co. are holding a Waste Collection at Granard Farmers Mart on Saturday, 31st October between 1.00pm to 3.00pm. For further information contact Gary Brady at Longford Co. Co.

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, 16th November 2015. Tickets cost €10 each.

Church Concert

The Garda Siochana Male Voice Choir will be performing in St. Mary’s Church Granard on Sunday, 15th November at 5pm. Supported by the local Schools choir. Tickets can be purchased in local shops priced at €10. Proceeds go to local St. Vincent de Paul. Your support is greatly appreciated.


The St. Vincent de Paul Shop Main Street Granard opens each Monday morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Every Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm as well as the first Tuesday of each month. Come along and bag a bargain while supporting a very worthy local cause.

Citizens Information

An information officer from Citizens Information Outreach Service attends at Granard Area Action Group Information Office each Thursday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No appointment necessary.

AG Bingo

Bingo continues each Wednesday night at the Community Centre Granard commencing at 8.45pm. Jackpot stands at €20,000 in 42 calls or less. The second Jackpot is €3,100 in 49 calls or less. Your continued support is appreciated. Proceeds go to Abbeylara and St. Mary’s G.A.A. Clubs.


Are you a person with a disability/illness looking for work? An Employment Officer from EmployAbility Midlands will be available in Granard Area Action Group office on Monday, 9th November 2015 from 2.30 – 4.30pm EmployAbility Midlands is a service which enables people with disabilities to access mainstream employment. For further information or to make an appointment please use any of these contact: Tel: Brenda 086 3872 855 Email:

Training Courses

The following is a list of training courses that we hope to run locally (Granard area) for unemployed people during November and December. Child Health & Well Being; Fetac Level 5; Warehousing & Logistics - Fetac Level 5; Domestic White Goods Repair. For further details contact Michael Lynch, Network Manager, MBE Skillnet on 087 3594 116.

Siopa Lus na Greine

Our Siopa is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Thank you for your continued support. We welcome your cast offs, bric –a – brac etc. these can be dropped into An Siopa. All proceeds from An Siopa go directly to the Centre to fund projects in the Community.


TÍR NA NÓG Macra Longford in collaboration with Lus na Greine FRC are currently conducting a fundraiser based on when the first try will be scored in the Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday 31st October. Scratch cards €2 each or 3 for €5 will predict what second the first try may take place.


Sympathy is extended to the brothers, sister, relatives and friends of the late Sean Kiernan, Aughnacliff and formerly of Cartronmarkey, Granard who died at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore on 15th October following a brief illness. His body reposed at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday, 16th October followed by removal to St. Joseph’s Church, Purth. Funeral Mass was celebrated on the Saturday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Halloween events

A mini not so scary event for Babies, Toddlers & Wobblers in the Community Centre on Friday, 30th October from 1.00pm -2.30pm. Fancy Dress, Storytime and Puppet Show (suitable for children under 3yrs).

Halloween Disco

For bigger boys and girls! Venue: Granard Community Centre, October 30th from 6.00pm - 8:30pm includes games, treats and lots of scary surprises!

Defibrillator Course

Morning or Evening course available subject to sufficient interest. Professional Facilitator running course. Certificate on completion. Please enquire for further details. Limited to 8 places.