Your prayers are requested for the happy repose of the soul of Margaret Sheridan (nee Small), Barrack Street, Granard who died on Thursday 12 September peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is sadly missed by her husband Pat, son Pat, daughters Martina, Carol and Edel, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. Your prayers are also requested for the happy repose of the soul of John (Jack) Leahy, Liscarton, Navan, formerly of Ballymaurice, Granard peacefully at his residence. He is sadly missed by his wife Martha, sons John, James & Joseph, daughter Maria, son-in-law Jim, daughters-in-law Mary, Sally & Sheila, grandchildren, great granddaughter Shannon, sister Mai, brother Jimmy Joe, nephews, nieces, friends and neighbours.

Congratulations to Aoife Murren, youngest daughter of Helen and the late John Murren, Carragh, Granard, and Daniel Willmett, son of Ginelle and Brian Willmett, Brisbane, Australia on their recent engagement. We wish them every happiness in their future together.

Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Hold their annual collection at all Masses on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. Please support.

Benefit/Fundraising Night

A Benefit/Fundraising night will be held in Crawford’s Bar, Abbeylara on Saturday, 28 September. A Raffle for a hamper, knitted nativity set and numerous other prizes will be held on the night. There will be Music on the night by Mary O’Connor. All proceeds from the night including the raffle are going directly to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Coffee morning

Abbeylara National School celebrate Holy Mass for the new School year on Thursday 19 September in Abbeylara Church at 9.30 a.m. followed by Coffee / Tea Morning for Longford Hospice in the School. Also Aughnagarron N.S celebrates Holy Mass for the new School year on Thursday 19 September in the School at 1.00 p.m. followed by Coffee / Tea Day for Longford Hospice, in the School. You are invited and welcome to attend.

Parish draw

Congratulations to the following winners in the Parish Draw held on Thursday last. €300 – Sean & Ruth Reilly, Cloughernal; €200 – Doreen Farrelly, Barrack St. Granard; €100 – Terry & Marie Drake, Kinkillew; €100 – Joe & Helen, Donohoe, Creevy; €50 – Michael & Breege Nicholson, Renehan; €50 – John Crudden, Cloonaghmore. Many thanks for your ongoing support of the Parish Draw. Also sincere thanks to the collectors.

Lough Derg

A bus will travel to Lough Derg on Saturday 21 September for a one day pilgrimage. The bus will leave from Carra Church at 7 a.m. The cost is €40 plus the bus fare. The €40 covers the boat fare, refreshments on the island after arrival, light lunch on the island and all the services on the island. To book your seat, please contact Fr. Michael, on 043 6686270 immediately.


A six week yoga course commences with your invaluable long term instructor Maureen Bracken in the Thomas Ashe Hall, Ballinalee tonight, Wednesday 18 September from 8.00pm to 9.30pm with enrolment on the night. Suitable for all age groups. For further details contact Maureen Bracken M.I.H.C.A on 043 3323196.

Blood Donor Unit

Takes place on Monday 23 September and Thursday 24 September in St. Brigid’s Community Centre from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly. It is important that we all remember that many patients in hospitals need our blood and this need never ceases. For further information, please contact Alan Sloane in 043 6683101.

Art Classes

Adult Art Classes in oils and acrylics. Beginners and intermediate, begins tonight, Wednesday 18 September at 7.30pm in the Temperance Hall, Longford. Tutor Loretto Cooney, MAFA. Phone/text 086 8478527 for further details.

An Garda Siochana Band

The band of An Garda Siochana is in Concert at Canon Kelly Hall Ard Scoil Phádraig Granard on Tuesday 24 September at 3.00pm. The concert is free of charge and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact Tracy Shanley Community Garda at Granard Garda Station on 043 6687660.

15km Challenge

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26 October 2013. The main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 262,000 euro for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.

Fundraising Night

Fiona and Johnny Macken are holding a fundraising night in the Boomerang on Saturday 28 September in association with the Breffni Challenge to raise much-needed funds for St. Luke’s Hospital, Cavan Oncology Unit and Breast Cancer Research. This is a follow up to the cycle that both Fiona and Johnny participated in August. They will donate all proceedings from the night and the cycle to the Breffni Challenge 2013. There will be music by Chuck and June on the night, and a raffle with lots of prizes. Food will also be served. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Pilgrimage to Lisieux 2013

Takes place from Thursday 26 September to Wednesday 2 October. Cost of the pilgrimage is €824. Cost of the trip includes the Feast Day celebrations such as the Torchlight Procession of St. Therese’s Relics. Leading the pilgrimage are Fr. Bernard O’Reilly; O’ Carm & Fr. David Weakliam O’ Carm. For further details contact Celine on 01 8387281; or email

Education and Training

General FETAC Level 2/3 small group courses starting in September 2013. Day and evening with class duration 2 hours per week. Also one to one help with reading/writing/spelling 1 hour per week. For further information please contact Frances Stephenson, Church Street, Longford or telephone 043 3345609.

Zumba Dancing

Zumba Dancing will resume in Streete Parish Park Complex tonight, Wednesday 18 September at 8pm. Everyone is welcome.

Rainbows Ireland

Begins on Thursday 3 October for 12 weeks in the Family Centre, Longford from 6 to 7 p.m. Booking is essential before Thursday 26 September, Contact 043 3346827. Support group programmes for children aged 5 + and teenagers who are grieving a death, separation or other painful loss. From hurt through healing to hope. It doesn’t need to hurt forever.

Episcopal Ordination

The Ordination of Fr. Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise takes place on Sunday 6 October in St. Mary’s Church, Athlone at 3p.m. Abbeylara has been allocated 4 tickets. Anyone intending to go to the Ordination please give your name to Fr. Michael as soon as possible. If there are more than four people interested, a draw can be held to select the four for the tickets available. The Ordination will be transmitted via the internet.


Granard Branch Library has moved from the town hall to Rath Mhuire Community Centre and will be opened every Friday from 10am to 5pm. This arrangement is due to the library building been refurbished.

Music Lessons

A Music teacher is available to teach all grades in piano, music theory and grinds in Junior and Leaving Cert. music. Phone: 086 0879682.

All Ireland Hurling Tickets

A Draw for two All Ireland Hurling Replay Tickets on Thursday 26 September in Crawford’s at 10 p.m. One line €3. Two lines €5. Full card €50. Lines and / or cards are available from Pat McHugh 087 6308152 or any Club Officer, Committee Member or Player.


Takes place every Wednesday night at 8.45pm in the Community Centre Granard. Proceeds go towards St. Mary’s Granard and Abbeylara GAA Clubs. Your continued support is very much appreciated. Jackpot is now €12,200.

GAA Club

Lotto Results: 12/09/2013; Winning Numbers 9-12-15-21; €20 Winners: Rory Fox, Tullamore; Eileen McLoughlin, Abbeylara; Niall Fitzpatrick, Oldcastle; Fergal Battrim, Ballinrud; Colm P Smyth, Abbeylara; Barney & Irene Lynch, Toneymore: Next Draw takes place on 19 September in Crawford’s. Jackpot €2,200.

Adult Learning Centre

Do you need help with reading, writing, spelling, maths or computers? If you do, please call into the centre or ring us at 043 6686211 and we will do all we can to help. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for new classes starting September 2013. The service is free and confidential. Contact Thérese Smyth.

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.

Community Diary

A Diary is 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.

Adult Badminton

The above takes place on Monday Nights from 8pm to 10pm in the Canon Kelly Community Hall, Granard behind Ardscoil Phádraig. Keep fit and have fun for only €3. Rackets and Shuttles are provided, 4 playing courts. For further details contact William on 086 8226523

Sports Tops

Sports Tops are now on sale. All sizes from children to adults available. Contact Gerry Gilligan 087 7794394, or any Club Officer, committee member or player.

Credit Union

Attention all 3rd level students: Students Loans are now available why not call in and discuss this with a member of staff. Hours of business are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5pm.

Clothes Collection

Any unused clothing or unwanted gifts are always welcome at Lus Na Greine and we very much appreciate the great support we get from our community. All proceeds raised help fund local activities.

The Country Dance

Featuring Patrick Feeney, Busy Fingers, Nite Fever, Anthony McBrien, The Davitt Showband, Andreas Durkin, Gary Gamble, Christy and Mono, Matt Leavy, Trevor Moyles plus a legendary special guest on the night takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva, County Cavan on Monday 14 October in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Master of Ceremonies on the night is Mr Brendan Farrell from Shannonside Northern Sound. For further details or tickets please contact 086 0753309. This promises to be a great night not to be missed so get your tickets because you will not be disappointed!!!

Line Dancing Classes

With the Breffni Kickers takes place every Tuesday night in the Orchard Function Room, Drumalee Cross Cavan with beginners class from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Advances class afterwards.

Brain Injury Ireland

Work4You set up by Acquired by Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and want support to return to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury, aged 16-65 and in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection. For further information please call 044 9338773.

Dyslexia Workshop

Longford Dyslexia Workshop provides individual and small group tuition to children experiencing learning difficulties. Classes are held in Longford town on Tuesday evenings. For further information please phone the co-coordinator Nuala on 086 3578827. Thank you so much for supporting our Church Gate Collection. Your contribution has meant that we can continue to meet expenses- rent, insurance, resources, thus giving children extra literacy/ maths skills outside school hours.

Warmer Homes Scheme

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; Owner occupied, Non Local Authorities Homes; Constructed before 2002; or The owner is in receipt of one of the following; Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Family Income Supplement or Jobseekers Allowance for over six months & with a child under 7 years of age. Therefore if you think you may be eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page before the winter rush sets in. , or simply call 043 3393255 for an application form.