Prepartions are well in hand, and excitement is mounting locally in the build up to the second annual Easter Half Marathon and 10K event organised by Ringtown Hurling Club. Starting point for both the Half Marathon and the 10k will be close to Whitehall church and the events will follow the same route as last year, through Templanstown, through Kiltoom, around Old Kiltoom, and onto the main Mullingar Road back to Ringtown GAA Centre. There will be shower facilities and refreshments avilable at the end of the events, as well as raffles and prize giving. Ringtown GAA Club are sharing proceeds from the events with TEAM (Temporary Emergency Accomodation Mullingar). TEAM was established in 2009 and provides a range of support services such as accomodation, advocacy etc., links with HSE, Westmeath County Council Housing etc., for women and children who find themselves homeless in the Mullingar area. Online booking is available with www.precisiontiming.net, and the event is AAI approved. entry fee is 15.00 euro for the 10K event, and 30 euro for the Half Marathon. The event takes place on Easter Monday, april 6th, with the starting time for the 10K at 11am, and the Half Marathon getting underway at 11.15am. All finishers will receive a medal, and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both events. For further details contact 087-9156981, or 0857735231.
The late Teresa Burns
The local North Westmeath community, and wider afield, were saddened to learn of the death which took place, peacefully, in the loving care of her family and staff of Portiuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham, on Wednesday, March 18th of Mrs. Teresa Burns, Castlepollard, and formerly of Tullycrine, Co. Clare. The remains reposed at Portiuncula Nursing Home on Thursday, March 19th from 7pm, with Rosary at 8.30pm. Removal took place on Friday morning, March 20th, to arrive at St. Michael’s Church, Kilmihil, Ennis, Co. Clare, at 7pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Saturday, March 21st, with internment afterwards to the local cemetery. The attendance at the removal, mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The deceased was in her 89th year, and had been predeceased by her husband, Joseph (Joe). She will be sadly missed not alone by her immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. The deceased is survived by her loving son Sean and daughter Maureen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, son-in-law Sean, nephew, niece, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
Soccer legen to visit
Former Irish soccer international and Manchester United legend Paul McGrath will visit Hotel Castlepollard on Saturday evening, April 4th where he will chat about his career and soccer in general. The night, organised by Castlepollard Celtic soccer club, and sponsored by Mergon, will get the opportunity to meet the man in person, have autographs signed, photo stake, and also have the opportunity to hold the Champions League Trophy, won recently by clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. There will also be an auction of sports and football memorabilia. Doors open at 7.30pm, the meet and greet will take place between 8pm and 9pm, and that will be followed by a question and answer session. Tickets for the night cost 20 euro. For further details contact John O’Reilly on 0879682428.
Blood Transfusion clinic
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service are holding a mobile clinic next week in the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar, from Monday afternoon, March 23rd to Thursday afternoon, March 26th, between 4.30pm and 8pm. Anyone aged between 18 and 60 year (69 years if you re a regular donor), over 7st 12lbs (50kg) and in good health and not having donated within the last 90 days, is asked to make a special effort to attend the clinic. For further details contact LoCall Donor Line 1850 731137, or John Healy, area Organiser, on 041-6859994, or www.giveblood.ie.
The late Julia Brady
The entire North Westmeath community were saddened to learn of the death which took place on Sunday, March 1st in the loving care of the staff of Maple Court Nursing Home, Castlepollard, of Julia Brady, (nee McDermott), Castletown-Finea, Co. Westmeath. The remains reposed at Shaw’s Funeral Home, Bishopsgate Street, Mullingar, on Monday evening, March 2nd, until removal at 6.45pm to arrive at St. Michael’s Church, Castletown-Finea at 7.30pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 11am, with internment afterwards in Finea Cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Julia was in her 91st year, and had been predeceased by her husband Peter. She will be sadly missed not alone by her immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. The deceased is survived by her sons Philip, Willie, Hughie, Peter, Tony, and John, daughters Brid, Mary and Pauline, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.