Castlepollard notes



Corr: Martin Farrell Tel: 044 966 1530 / 086 8301005. e-mail:

The late Michael Fivey

The entire North Westmeath community, and further afield, were shocked and saddened to learn of the death which took place on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, of Mr Michael Fivey, Mullingar Road, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at his home on Mullingar Road, Castlepollard, from Saturday, May 16, until Rosary at 9.00pm. The remains were removed on Sunday morning, May 17, to St Michael’s Church, Castlepollard. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 11.30am on Sunday, May 17, 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. Michael was a native of Mullingar Road, Castlepollard, and a member of an old respected local family. He originally resided in the family home of one of the ex-servicemen’s cottages at lower Mullingar Road, and returned to Castlepollard with his wife Mary in the mid-1970’s. A devoted family man, Michael was also deeply religious, and undertook many pilgrimages while his health permitted, with Medjugorje being one of many places visited, and he and wife Mary were regular pilgrims to Lourdes with the Meath Pilgrimage. Michael was a tireless supporter and enthusiast of the GAA, and Castlepollard Hurling Club, and played for Castlepollard in his youth. His knowledge of local history, family trees etc., was encyclopaedic, and was sought after and greatly appreciated by those seeking information on relatives etc. Michael had undertaken many jobs and careers over his lifetime, which included truck driver, readymix operator, and builder, and was noted for his meticulous attention to detail. He was deeply interested in and supportive of all aspects of Irish culture, and was a driving force in Comhaltas in Castlepollard for many years. He was involved in the formation of the CCÉ Youth Band in Castlepollard, also the setting up of Féile na nÓg, and enjoyed participating in music sessions in his home and elsewhere playing bodhran. Michael was noted for his good humour, wisdom,and philosophical outlook on life. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure and priviledge of knowing him. Michael is survived by his beloved wife Mary, sons Michael, Ian and Alphonsus, daughters Mary, Julie, Deirdre and Hannah, sisters Maura and Nellie, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Fore 5K & 10K

The annual Fore 5K & 10K road race, walk and fun run, organised by Ballycamoyle GFC, will take place on Wednesday, June 24, with registration at 5.30pm, and the events starting at 7.30pm. The 5K event will follow the usual route and the 10K route will take in The Cut at Collinstown, returning to Fore via Ankerland. For further details contact Cathal Fagan on 087-6400326.

Tractor run

A vintage tractor run in memory of the late Feichin Nolan will take place on Sunday next, June 21, starting in Collinstown village. The run will be in aid of Pieta House, and all tractors are welcome.

Clothes collection

A clothes collection will take place in the car park of the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, next Tuesday, June 16, from 9am to 12.00 noon.