St Peter’s Centre Clinics
There has been a degree of confusion concerning the status of ongoing Nurse, Dental and Welfare Officer Clinics in St. Peter’s Centre, Castlepollard, in recent months. All clinics are ongoing as normal without interruption on stated days and hours, and the entrance gates are not locked so as to facilitate easy access.
A fundraising night will take place in Ringtown GAA Community Centre on Friday night, February 27th, in aid of baby Aine Boyhan-Galligan who suffers from an extremely rare eye condition which needs regular intensive corrective treatment. Music on the night will be provided by Liam Fagan and guests. Dancing will take place from 9.00pm to 2.00am, with bar and food. Admission is donation at the door, or donations may be made to the following account - iban IE78BOFI90168527401402, BIC:BOFIIE2D.
Preparations are well in hand and excitement is mounting in anticipation of the forthcoming Easter Half Marathon and 10K organised by Ringtown GAA Club, with funds shared with TEAM (Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar). The route will bestarting from Whitehall Church, through Templanstown, Old Kiltoom, onto the Mullingar Road and back into Whitehall, with a second lap for the Half Marathon runners. The 10K event gets under way at 11.00am, and the Half Marathon gets under way at 11.15am. Entry fee for the 10K event is 15.00 euro, and 30.00 euro for the Half Marathon. Entries made prior to March 17th will guarantee a free t-shirt. Log on to www.precisiontiming.net. The event is AAI approved, and there will be refreshments and shower facilities available on the day.
St. Michael’s NS Castlepollard will be accepting enrolments for September 2015 from Monday, February 23rd, to Friday, February 27th inclusive. For further details contact 044-9661865. A Public Meeting will held on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 7.00pm in the school hall to discuss the upcoming 50th Anniversary of St. Michael’s NS school. All are welcome to attend.
The late Tommy Brady
The entire local, North Westmeath and wider community were saddend to learn of the death, following a short illness, in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, on Saturday, January 31st, of Mr. Thomas (Tommy) Brady, Freighmore, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at his residence from Sunday, February 1st, until removal to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, arriving for Mass at 11.00am on Monday, February 2nd. The funeral took place following concelebrated Requiem Mass, and internment took place 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. Tommy as a member of an old respected local family. He was employed by Westmeath County Council up until his retirement. A member of the farming community, Tommy was always to be found attending to tasks and jobs around the farm. He loved fishing, and more than that, he enjoyed dancing. Devoted to his family, he was keenly interested in GAA etc. 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 devoted wife Mary, sons Christy and Tossie, daughters Brigitte and Brenda, sons-in-law Adrian and Peter, daughters-in-law the two Aislings, brother and sisters, his loving grandchildren Emma, Jason, Shane and Luke, Aoife, Teegan and Angel Charlie, nephews, nieces, other relatives and wide circle of friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were called out to attend a single vehicle road traffic collision on Wednesday, February 11th, on Athboy Road, Delvin, near the entrance to St. Mary’s Hospital. Firefighters using specialist cutting equipment assisted in removing the casualty from the vehicle, who was subsequently removed to hospital. Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service were in attendance, as were members of the Gardai. Traffic flow was interrupted for a period of time.
A charity table quiz, hosted by local man, David Higgins, will take place in Hotel Castlepollard on Friday night next, February 20th. David is travelling to Somoto, North West Nicaragua. Education standards are very poor in Nicaragua, with 1 out of 10 Nicaraguans unable to read or write, and only 29% of children completing primary school. David is travelling with UCD Volunteers Overseas, and monies raised will go to both teaching resources and construction projects in the town of Somoto. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The first ever annual general of the North Westmeath Historical Society, which was due to have taken place on Thursday night, January 29th, but was postponed as a mark of respect on the death of local historian Michael Conlon, will now take place on Thursday evening, March 5th, at 8.00pm in Hotel Castlepollard. All are welcome.
A table quiz in aid of the recently formed branch of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Castlepollard, will take place in Hotel Cstlepollard, on Friday evening, March 6th, starting at 9.30pm. Entry fee per team is 30.00 per team of four. Your support will be greatly appreciated.