Welcome to Abbeylara

The village of Abbeylara is three miles from Granard town on the bus route to Dublin, 18 miles from Longford, 16 miles from Cavan and 25 miles from Mullingar. On approaching the village, the first thing that comes into sight is the ruin of a monastery. It is from this monastery that Abbeylara gets its name "Mainister Leathratha", which means Abbey of the half rath or little rath.

Abbeylara, the land of lakes and legend is an historical rural village with meandering streets leading to the surrounding fields and forest walks. It has great lakes nearby at Lough Kinale and Lough Derragh where locals and visitors can enjoy excellent fishing. Trout, tench, bream and pike are in plentiful supply. Each year the local angling clubs hold competitions on the lakes. Both the river and lake are navigable for small boats.

The village has a population of approximately 830 inhabitants. They are living in the 24 townlands, which make up the parish of Abbeylara. Due to government policy in 1967 many of the areas small schools were closed and a new central school, "St Bernards", was established near the church in the village.