5K RUN: The first 5K Run to take place in 2013 will take place next Sunday, January 13th, starting at 1.00pm from Collinstown, with registration in the Lough Lene Inn at 12.00noon. The event is being organised by Lough Lene Gaels in aid of pitch and ground developments and fees are Adults 10.00euro, Juveniles 5.00 euro and Walkers 5.00 euro, with family discounts available on request. Refreshments will be available afterwards.
THE LATE MR. J. WALSH: The entire local community were saddened to learn of the death, which took place peacefully, on Wednesday, December 19th, at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, of Mr. James (Jimmy) Walsh, Whitehall, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at Gilsenan’a Funeral Home, Mullingar, on Thursday, December 20th, from 5.30pm until removal to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Whitehall, Castlepollard, arriving on Thursday evening at 7.00pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Friday, December 21st, and internment took pace to the adjoining cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Jimmy, as the deceased was known locally, was a friendly and obliging neighbour, and was a lifelong supporter of Ringtown Hurling Club. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his brothers Thomas, John and Vincent, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and wide circle of friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
THE LATE MR. GEORGE GAVAN DUFFY: The local North Westmeath community, and that of the wider art world, was saddened to learn of the death on Thursday, December 13th, of Mr. George Gavan Duffy, Templefanum, Castlepollard. The remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, Collinstown, and the funeral took place following concelebrated Requiem Mass by Rev. Fr. Walsh, PP, Collinstown, assisted by Rev. Fr. Moore, PP, Castlepollard, on Saturday, December 15th, with internment to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Collinstown. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. George was a native of Dublin, and ealy on dedicated himself to the pursuit of art. He was widely travelled, and spent more than fifteen years in Africa - South Africa and Namibia, and his art was influenced by the worlds of opera, ballet and drama both in Ireland and abroad. George’s works were exhibited nationally and internationally, and form part of many collections in Ireland and further afield. He was deeply religious, and enjoyed frequent pilgrimages to Compostella. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his siter, brother-in-law, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.