On Tuesday night, 22nd February, at approximately 10.40pm, a house fire occured in a two storey dwelling at Freighmore, Castlepollard. The occupant of the house raised the alarm, and units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were quickly on the scene, aided by a unit from Oldcastle Fire & Rescue Service. Firefighters using breathing apparatus rapidly brought the fire under control, and made safe, and no injuries were reported.
The Annual Credit Union Schools Quiz was held recently in Hotel Castlepollard. Sixteen teams representing National Schools in the area took part. Whitehall National School won the U.13 competition. The Whitehall team was Eoin Commins, Charles Flynn, Adam Leonard and Alan Fagan. Collinstown National School won the U.11 competition. The Collinstown team consisted of Nicholas Isdell, Eoin Daly, Aaron Hill and Killian Hogan. The winning teams will represent Castlepollard Credit Union in the Regional Final which will be held in Moate on Friday next, March 4th.
Tickets for the Fore Motorcycle Racing Club’s Annual Draw, which takes place on the Bank Holiday Weekend, Sunday, May 1st, in the Anchor Bar, Castlepollard, are now in circulation. First Prize is 1000 euro. The Club’s main event once again will be the Race of the South, which will be held in Walderstown, Athlone, on the 9th and 10th of July. The Club are going to launch a Tractor Draw to coincide with the Race of the South meeting in July, and the launch will take place at the North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Castlepollard on Thursday, March 17th. The draw for the tractor will take place in July at the road race meeting.
The Sponsored Charity Swim in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17th, at 12.30pm, at The Cut, Lough Lene, Collinstown. The event was deferred for the second year in succession because of the icing over of Lough Lene due to the severe weather conditions in the run up to Christmas Day, the usual date for the event. The swim is being organised by Lough Lene Camogie Club and the Castlepollard based fundraising committee. The event will as ever be well signposted, and sponsorship cards are currently in circulation. Why not come along on the day and participate, or cheer on the hardy swimmers and support a very deserving charity.
Preparations are well underway locally for this year’s North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the theme for which is “Legends”. The theme was chosen by the organising committee, and opens up a huge variety of possibilities for entries, ranging from the local legend of the Children of Lir, other figures in Irish mythology, to sporting legends, local national and international, historical figures or events,or indeed whatever the imagination can dream up.
The next meeting of Castlepollard Book Club will take place in Castlepollard Library on Tuesday, March 8th, between 6.45pm and 7.45.pm. The book to be discussed at the meeting will be “Notwithstanding” by Louis de Bernieres. This book was previously discussed at the last meeting of Castlepollard Book Club, and it was felt by club members that it deserved greater discussion and examination. All are welcome to attend and new members are especially welcome. For further details on Castlepollard Book Club contact Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199.
MEET ‘N’ TRAIN
A Meet ‘n’ Train programme takes place every Thursday in Ringtown GAA Club grounds at 8.00pm. The initiative provides an opportunity for all age groups, male and female, to get out in the evening and do some exercise at a pace that is suited to their level of fitness. No previous experience is necessary, and the emphasis is on meeting with people of a similar ability, beginners or regular runners, on a regular basis to walk or run. Further information can be obtained by contacting Westmeath Sports Partnership on 044-9390208.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Next Thursday, March 3rd, sees Castlepollard Library holding its annual World Book Day. Every library member who borrows a book on Thursday mext will be entered into a draw to win a book token. There will be an adult and junior category for the draw. World Book Day was originated as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is celebrated in over 100 countries globally. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children explore the pleasure of bookreading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.