Castlepollard March 11

COLLISION - A road traffic collision involving a single 4x4 pick-up/trailer combination took place at Billistown, Delvin, on the main Mullingar/Delvin road at approximately 7.30am on Sunday morning last, March 6th.

COLLISION - A road traffic collision involving a single 4x4 pick-up/trailer combination took place at Billistown, Delvin, on the main Mullingar/Delvin road at approximately 7.30am on Sunday morning last, March 6th.

Units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were rapidly on the scene, and firefighters using specialist cutting equipment removed one occupant from the vehicle, which left the road and demolished a section of fencing. Gardai and Ambulance Service personnel were in attendance, and one casualty was removed by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Traffic flow on the Mullingar/Delvin road was interrupted for a period of time.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

The next Baptism Preparation Course for Parents takes place in Room 1, Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, on Wednesday, March 16th, at 8.00pm. The course is being organised by the Castlepollard Group. Parents who do not have a babysitter may bring baby with them to the meeting.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Anticipation is building locally and throughout North Westmeath in the run-up to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Local businesses, clubs, community groups, schools and other organisations are making plans for their entries based on the theme for this year, which is “Legends”. The theme of legends was chosen by the organising committee for the enormous scope it allows entrants in choosing from local and national mythology, sporting greats, historical figures and events, to current and past stars of television and the silver screen, literature, politics, military heroes etc. The parade will start at 5.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day, and the entrants will assemble on Water Street out side the National School, from where the parade will follow the traditional route around the Square. Traditional Irish music and displays of Irish Dancing will feature on the Square prior to the parade where local musicians and dancers will showcase their talents. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and remain fine and dry for the day’s events.

CHARITY SWIM

Thursday, March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day - sees the annual Sponsored Charity Swim in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, being staged at The Cut, Lough Lene, Collinstown. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation, and cards issued for the original date, Christmas Day 2010, are still valid. The event is one of the most eagerly anticipated and generously supported in the fundraising calendar, and attracts large numbers of hardy participants and vocal supporters each year. The swim gets underway at 12.30pm and will be well signposted. Come along on the day, participate in the swim, or give your support and encouragement for swimmers and help a very deserving cause in the process.

MEET ‘N’ TRAIN

The Meet ‘n’ Train programme continues every Thursday evening in Ringtown GAA Club grounds at 8.00pm, and is proving very popular. The programme provides an opportunity for beginners and regular runners and walkers to meet with and train alongside people of similar abilities. The initiative is being organised through Westmeath Sports Partnership and further information and details can be had by contacting them on 044-9390208.

ITEMS/REPORTS

Local clubs, organisations and community groups with items or reports concerning activities in Castlepollard and the surrounding catchment areas are asked to have them with the writer by 6.00pm on Sunday evenings. Contact 044-9661530 or 086-8301005, or alternatively email localnotes@eircom.net.

DROP-IN CENTRE

Coole Drop-In Centre continues every Wednesday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm in Coole Hall. All are welcome.

ALCOHOLICS

ANONYMOUS

A meeting of Alcohlics Anonymous takes place every Tuesday evening in Room One, Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, at 8.30pm. For further details contact Bill on 087-6282646, or Jim on 044-9661887.