Charity Car Wash
Next Saturday, August 31st, firefighters from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service wil be on the Square in Castlepollard washing everything from cars, trucks, bikes, and skateboards to wheelbarrows in aid of North Westmeath Hospice and Coole Active Age Group. Firefighters and friends will be on the Square from approximately 10.00am to 4.00pm, and collectors will be at all the major junctions around the town. Coole Active Age Group organise various events and activities throughout the year involving music song, art, dance etc. for older citizens in and around the area, and North Westmeath Hospice is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to provide palliative care services for the people of Westmeath. Come along on the day and have your car washed with proceeds in aid of two very worthy local causes.
Shortly after 7.15pm on Thursday evening last, August 22nd, Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service responded to a major incident at the Allied Waste recycling plant in Clonmellon Industrial Estate, Co. Westmeath. Units from Kells Fire & Rescue Service were already on scene, and additonal units from Oldcastle Fire & Rescue Service, plus a water tanker and hydraulic platform from Mullingar Fire & Rescue Service were also mobilised and quickly arrived on scene. Gardai, ESB and Westmeath County Council Water Services were also in attendance. A total of four pump appliances were in attendance plus the water tanker and hydraulic platform. Firefighters were on scene until the early hours of Friday morning, August 23rd, bringing the fire under control, and Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service subsequently attended the scene again on Friday afernoon to facilitate damping down burning material while a tracked excavator cleared out part of the building, and twice more to further dampen down.
Congratulations and very well done to all the Leaving Cert students from Castlepollard and surrounding areas on their results in this year’s exam. Hopefully they will realise their ambitions with the courses or apprenticeships of their choice.
Malin to Mizen Duathlon
A large crowd of well wishers and supporters gathered on the Square, Castlepollard, last Saturday morning, August 24th, to see off the six local men, Derek Cheevers, Paddy Tierney, Martin Murphy, Denis Heeney, Paddy Cheevers and Joe Cheevers, on their way to Donegal to start their gruelling Malin to Mizen Duathlon in aid of Pieta House and the Marie Keating Foundation. The event started on Sunday and will cover more than 600 kilometres in total, with 25km being run, and the remainder covered by bike. The group will arrive back in Castlepollard next Friday, August 30th.