The March meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club had Aine O’Meara from O’Meara’s Gardening Pavilion, Mullingar, as guest speaker. She gave a very interesting presentation on various aspects of Spring gardening and answered many questions afterwards. The club wishes to extend sympathy to John Kennedy, Lake Road, Collinstown, on the recent death of his mother RIP.
The next meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club will take place on Thursday, April 24th, at 9.00pm in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street. There will be a fun garden quiz and a bring and buy plant sale. The competition on the night is for the best three tulips. All are welcome.
The late Eoin Fagan
The entire local North Westmeath community, and further afield, were shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of 14 year old Eoin Fagan, son of Eugene and Margaret (Maggie) Fagan, Trumroe, Castlepollard, which took place on Saturday, April 12th, at Crumlin Hospital, Dublin, following a short illness. The remains reposed at his home from Sunday evening, April 13th, until removal to St.Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, on Wednesday, April 16th. The funeral took place following concelebrated Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon, and internment took place immediately afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Eoin was a third year pupil at Castlepollard Comunity College, and was an exemplary student. A multi-talented athlete across various disciplines and at intercounty level, guards of honour were in attendance from the various clubs in which Eoin was involved, and his coffin was draped in his club jerseys, and that of his beloved Liverpool FC. St. Michael’s Church was packed to capacity for the funeral, and in an emotionally charged address, Rev. Fr. P. Moore, PP, Castlepollard, paid tribute to Eoin’s sense of humour, his love of poetry, his dedication and prowess in many sports, his love of his family, and care and responsibility for those around him. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him.
Eoin is survived by his parents Eugene and Maggie, brothers Ciaran, Charles and Shane, grandmother Anne, uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
Castlepollard Library is hosting the Bealtaine Exhibition during the month of May, and the closing date for entries is between Thursday, April 24th, and Friday, April 25th, at 5.00pm. The exhibition launches on Wednesday, April 30th, and will be on display in the Library for the entire month of May. This year’s theme is “Ag Obair le Cheile” - “Busy Hands, Strong Hearts”, and will be facilitated by Grainne Ui Chonlain. The exhibition will showcase the crafts and skills of older people in the community, emphasising busy hands and strong hearts. The exhibtion will encompass sewing, painting, sculture, home made produce such as jams, marmalades, preserves etc. Entrants (men and women) must be over 50 years old, and may enter only one major item of two smaller items, full name and address with all entries, and strictly no perishables. Further details may be had by contacting Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199, or by calling into the Library in person.