Castlepollard April 1

TAKE ME OUT - Following on the from the very successful “Big Fight Night” which took place last October, the Castletown-Finea/Coole/Whitehall GAA Club are organiser another fundraising night out under the title of “Take Me Out”.

TAKE ME OUT - Following on the from the very successful “Big Fight Night” which took place last October, the Castletown-Finea/Coole/Whitehall GAA Club are organiser another fundraising night out under the title of “Take Me Out”.

The format for the fun event borrows directly from the television programme of the same name on TV3, and will be hosted on the night by Olga Aughey and Gary Nolan. The club organisers are looking for 22 single men and 22 single women to participate in the event which take place in the Hotel Castlepollard on Friday night next, April 1st. Anyone interested in taking part in the event on the night should contact Derek Sheridan on 087-9714734, Ryan Plunkett on 086-3018613, Alan Brady on 086-2425101, Wes Farrell on 087-9143941 or Mickey Moran on 086-1559295. Following the main event on the evening, there will be a “Traffic Light Disco” at the same venue. The principal of the Traffic Light disco is as follows:- On entering the hotel, everyone will receive a sticker in one of three colours - red, amber, green. Those with a red sticker will be readily identified as being in a relationship, so don’t chat them up at the disco, those with a green sticker are single, footloose and fancy free, and those with an amber sticker are somewhat more complicated, and may or may not be worth chatting up. Tickets cost 10.00 euro and are available from club members and on the door. All funds raised will got towards the Castletown-Finea/Coole/Whitehall GAA club, so why not come along on the night for plenty of fun and laughter, and who knows what else?


The next meeting of Castlepollard Book club will take place in Castlepollard Library on Tuesday, April 12th, between 6.45pm and 7.45pm. The book for discussion will be “My Last Duchess” by Daisy Goodwin. The book deals with the story of Cora Nash, an American heiress who marries an English Duke at the end of the nineteenth century. The setting of the story is in the 1890’s when Britain was undergoing an agricultural depression and high taxes were being enforced at the same time as fortunes were being made in the United States. New members are always welcome, and those seeking further information should contact Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199.


Confirmation for the Castlepollard, Castletown-Finea, Coole, Whitehall and Collinstown areas will take place in St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, on Thursday, April 7th, at 11.00am. Hopefully the weather will remain fine and dry and make this momentous occasion in the lives of the young people involved and their families all the more enjoyable and memorable.


The annual North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Castlepollard on Thursday, March 17th, was blessed with bright sunshine which added to the carnival atmosphere. There were amusements, a bouncy castle and stalls on the Square from early on, and during the day there were displays of Irish dancing, and local musicians entertained the crowds. Following 11.30am Mass in St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, there was a short traditional concert in the Parish Community Centre, with refreshments. The Parade got underway at 5.30pm, with the large number of walking groups being led off by St. Patrick himself (Tom Lynch) and Mullingar Town Band, followed by the considerable number of motorised floats and entries. The theme of this year’s parade was “Legends”, and this offered enormous scope for those entering. Many local businesses, clubs and organisations entered floats, and the high standard reflected the time and effort put into their entries. Among those on the reviewing stand were Ned Flynn, MC, and Cllr. Frank McDermott, Cllr. Paddy Hill, Cllr. Dan McCarthy, Chairman, Coole Area Committee, Rev. Fr. Patrick Moore, PP, Castlepollard, Fr. Oliver Skelly, PP, Coole, Rev. Damien O’Cathain, Castlepollard, and Mary Coyle, Principal, Castlepollard Community College. The parade entrants were enthusiastically received by the great number of spectators around the Square, as were the novelty characters accompanying the parade. Results of the various categories were:- Most Topical Float - Moran’s, School Prize - St. Feichin’s N.S., Fore, Best Club - Lough Lene Gaels, Funniest Legend - Belvedere’s Yeti, Funniest Overall - Finea Road Tyres, Best Costume - Aoife from St. Mary’s, Southhill, Highly Commended - Castlepollard Celtic, The Loy Association, Streete Farmers Market, Very Highly Commended - Colaiste Cionn Torc, Special Prize to Mullingar Town Band, Best Shop Front - Barry’s Pharmacy, Highly Commended - Aura Hair Salon. Well done to the organising committee, stewards, the Gardai, musicians, dancers, businesses, groups, and spectators who all contributed to making the parade such a success.


Next Wednesday, March 30th, sees Pollard Players eagerly awaited 2011 show “Rockin’ Monsters/Castlepollard Capers” kicking off in Coole Hall at 8.00pm, with further performances on Friday, April 1st, and Saturday, April 2nd, also at 8.00pm, and Sunday, April 3rd at 6.30pm. The younger players are presenting “Rockin’ Monsters” which is a modern twist on an old story with musical surprises. The adult cast are presenting “Castlepollard Capers”, which features humour and music. Admission is 10.00 euro for adults, 7.00 euro for children, and special family discount on Sunday with 2 adults and 2 children costing 20.00 euro. The ensemble cast is from in and around the Castlepollard/Coole/Whitehall area, and has been rehearsing enthusiastically for this year’s performance. For further details contact Deborah on 085-1138966, Doreen on 087-9372361, or Fran on 087-1383558.


Units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service, backed up by a unit from Oldcastle Fire & Rescue Service, were in attendance at a shed fire at Loughpark, Castlepollard, at approximately midday on Thursday, March 24th. Firefighters using breathing apparatus brought the blaze under control, dampened down and made safe. Gardai were also in attendance.


Sadly. once again it becomes necessary to remind householders, particularly those living alone and in isolated areas, and businesses in the area to exercise caution when dealing with unannounced callers offering goods or services at suspiciously low prices. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Similarly locals are urged to make a note of any suspicious vehicles in their area, and to alert the Gardai, family, friends and neighbours immediately.



A meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous takes place every Tuesday in Room One, Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, at 8.30pm. For further information contact Bill on 087-6282646, or Bill on 044-9661887.