Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the souls of Michael McCabe, Carrigan, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan, who died on Friday, 22 August, Father in law of Tomás Smith, Barrack Street, Granard; Richard Monaghan, Muckerstaff, Granard, who died on Friday, 29 August, 1st cousin of Kieran McGivney, Killina; Tommy Reilly, Finea, Co. Westmeath, who died on Sunday, 31 August, brother of Stephen (Reilly), Finea and Cooldoney; Mary Catherine Duffy, Port, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan, who died on Sunday, 31 August, Mother of our Bishop Francis Duffy; Margaret McLoughlin, Longford, who died on Monday 1st September, Sister of Fr. Peter Brady, PP Legan. May they rest in peace.

Parish Draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Tuesday, 2 September in Carra. €300 – Donal and Eileen Drake, Edgeworthstown; €200 – Mary McBrien, Cartronfree; €100 – Anne Brady, Rincoola; €50 – Carmel Reilly and family, Carra. Thank you all the people who have joined the 2014/2015 draw, for your ongoing support of our Parish Draw. Also thanks to all the Parish Draw collectors. Your support and collecting is very much appreciated.

Can You Help?

Does anyone know anything about Francis and Mary Smyth, Abbeylara? Mary was Mary Lennon, Sawmills, Longford. Francis was born in 1873, Mary was born in 1872, and they married in 1909. Mary died in 1917 and Francis died in 1938. Contact Gerry Fogarty at 085 2298577 with any information you may have or to get more details.


A Benefit/Fundraising night will take place in Crawford’s Lounge on Saturday, 13 September in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. There will be a raffle on the night for a hamper and numerous other prizes. All proceeds will go directly to the Hospital. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Art Appreciation

An Art Appreciation Programme with Art Critic and Historian, Ciaran Mac Gonigal, hosted by Granard ICA, will begin in Granard Community Library on Thursday, 11 September at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Granard/Abbeylara Bingo

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 €17,200. Seats are limited with this big Jackpot so come along early. IT COULD BE YOU!.

GAA Lotto

Results: 04/09/2014; winning numbers: 3, 8, 17, 28. €20 winners: Kathy & Mary Fagan, Moynagh; Jim Reilly, Kilcogy; Conal O’Reilly, Creevy; Peadar McKiernan, Abbeylara; Anthony McBrien, Toneymore: Next draw takes place in The Mill on 11/09/2014. Jackpot is now €5,800.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

The above will hold their annual collection at Masses on Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 September. Please support.

All Ireland tickets

The following were winners of all Ireland Hurling and Football tickets in the draw held on Thursday, 4 September in Crawford’s: Hurling Ticket 1 - Bernard Smyth, Hurling 2 - Eddie McHugh, Longford; Football 1 - Tommy Stokes, Jnr., Football 2 - Carmel Reilly, Carra: Abbeylara GAA Club Members Draw: Hurling 1 - James McEntire; Hurling 2 - Arthur O’Connor; Football 1 - Brian Smyth; Football 2 - Peter McEntire.

Parent and Toddler (P&T) Childminers Grants

The Parent and Toddler Group Initiative is a nationally available fund from POBAL/Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Parent and Toddler groups (P&T’s) are organised on a not for profit basis and encourage parent participation in childhood development and support, a kind of peer support. Grants will range from €100 to €800 for existing P&Ts, with up to €1000 for new start-ups. Funding is available for Equipment, Training, Materials for Activities, and Minor Refurbishments. The new Child-minder Grant criteria apply if you are minding or intend to mind 2 children, minimum 1 full time and 1 part time. You must voluntarily notify with HSE and you must not have received a grant previously. You must give undertaking to attend training and network with other minders. You must provide a service for 2 years after receiving the funding. It is recommended that only 1/3 of funding is spent on consumables like paint, sand, and materials for crafts. Further Information and application forms from the LCC office, or   087 7873054.


A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday, 20 September from Carra Church for a one day pilgrimage on the Island. Cost for bus, meals and Lough Derg facilities and services are €50. To book your seat contact Fr. Michael, 043 6686270. For more details see poster on Church notice board or

Social Dancing

Social Dancing commences in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown on this Thursday, 11 September from 9.00pm to 11.00pm.  Come along for a night of fun and great exercise. Admission is €5.00.  All are welcome.

Credit Union

Granard Credit Union launches Talent Contest CU Factor - Have you got the CU Factor, if yes you could be on your way to winning the top prize of €500 courtesy of Granard Credit Union. Ten to nineteen year olds in Granard area are being invited to share their talents as part of a new talent competition in the area organised by Granard Credit Union. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, comedy acts etc. The closing date for applications is 25 September 2014. Auditions are scheduled to take place on Saturday 27 September and the local final will take place in Granard Community Centre on Saturday 4 October. The top two acts will go forward to represent Granard Credit Union in the regional final on Saturday the 18 October in Ballinasloe with a top prize of €1000. Application forms are available from the counter in Granard Credit Union.

BBQ and Family Fun Day

Abbeylara BBQ and Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, 28 September. Ideas/ suggestions/helpers are very welcome. Please contact Mary Ledwith – 087 4187221; Mary O’Connor - 086 3274217; Elenora Smith – 086 8890543 or any Club Officer or Committee member.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “Door to Door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town of Granard on Friday for shopping, Post Office/Banking or indeed socially. To maintain the local service in your area, including “link” services, more service users are required and all age groups are very welcome to travel. Fares are €3 Single and €5 return. – Free travel pass holders travel free. If you have any enquires please contact Seamus at 043-3345555 or Provider: John Maguire on 087-6213526/043-6686180.

Speed ramps

We the residents of Abbeylara Village and surrounding areas would be grateful if you would consider signing our petition which will be forwarded to Longford County Council and its members for due consideration. Petitions for signing are at the back of our Church. Thanking you in advance.

World Suicide Prevention Day

An ‘Ecumenical Service of Remembrance and Hope’ will be held in Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar, today Wednesday, 10 September at 7.30 pm with the aim of creating awareness of suicide prevention, supporting those bereaved by suicide and giving a message of hope for the future. All are welcome to attend and to stay for refreshments afterwards.

Education loan

How about a “LIFT OFF” Interest Free Education Loan? The cost of gaining a Third Level Education is very high yet so beneficial for the future career prospects of an individual. Getting the money together to go to college is an enormous problem for a lot of low income households. The immediate costs of deposit for accommodation and registration fees make it an impossible dream for many especially those from welfare dependent families. Longford Community Resources Ltd. the County LEADER and Partnership Company, in conjunction with the Department of Social Protection are very aware of the difficulties and have made available a 3rd Level Education Loan Scheme to assist students from welfare dependent families access third level education. The idea behind the loan is that students can get the money to pay the deposit on a house or apartment and pay registration fees as soon as they get their place in college. The money can be paid back out of their maintenance grant when it comes through or by affordable weekly repayments. This, together with maintenance grants will give those most in need a lift off. In this way the fund revolves and will be available annually. This is an ideal opportunity for you or your children to look at 3rd Level Education as an affordable opportunity and to improve their career prospects and life choices. This education loan will allow for students from welfare dependent families to get funding in September to secure accommodation and other immediate expenses so that struggling families will not be even more pressurised. The loan is being administered by Longford Community Resources Ltd. and a criteria for eligible applications exists. The main criteria is that the applicant must be 1st year student in 3rd Level and qualify for Full Maintenance Grant with Top Up. To find out more about this scheme please contact Frances Kennedy at (043) 3345555 or for further details and an application form.

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.

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.

Local Honey

Granard Country Markets continue every Friday morning from 8.30am to 11.00am at upper Main Street and they now have local honey in stock along with beautiful fresh fruit and veg. and crafts, baking and firewood etc.

LARCC 5K run

A fundraising 5k Run/Jog/Walk in aid of the LARCC (Lakelands Area Retreat and Cancer Centre) facility in Multyfarnham will take place on Sunday, September 14, starting at 12 noon in Multyfarnham. The Start/Finish line will be at the LARCC Carpark, Coole Road, Multyfarnham, and registration will be available online from, or register on the day. Entry fees are Adults €15, Under 18s €5, and 2 Adults and 2 Under 18s €30. There will be a free t-shirt for the first 100 registrations, and further information can be obtained by contacting 044 9371971. Chip timing will be available, and sponsorship cards are in circulation. Please support this very worthy cause.

Bonus Ball

The above is on sale at PJ Farrell’s shop. It could be you, only €2 per number. A sum of €50 is to be won every Saturday night on the main Lotto draw. 

Charity Cycle

A Charity Cycle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be held on Sunday, 21 September starting at 9.30am from McElvaney’s, Coolarty. For further information please contact Brendan on 087 9263433.

Visitor Centre Project

Our re-scheduled public meeting will take place on Monday night next, September 15, in the Community Centre, Barrack St. at 9pm. Our monthly draw for August will also take place on the night. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We have recently received contracts for the purchase of the property, so we hope to complete this phase of the project shortly.