North Westmeath Rose
All roads lead to Hotel Castlepollard on Friday night next, January 17th, for the launching of the North Westmeath Rose of Tralee competition which is being organised by the North Westmeath Community Network Group. Singer Brendan Keeley will be performing on stage during the night. For all the aspiring contestants there will be heats held locally, and details may be had by contacting Hotel Castlepollard on 044-9661194. The winning entrant from the final in March will go forward to represent North Westmeath in the finals for the Westmeath Rose of Tralee competition later in the year.
Tour of Force
Next Sunday, January 19th, sees a free Tout of Fore to celebrate the Feast day of St. Feichin of Fore, and which will explore the magic and myths associated with the the Seven Wonders of Fore. The tour is being organised by Directing Tourism, and tour Guide Bartle D’Arcy will lead the group from the Abbey Car Park at 2pm and the route will incorporate details of the Holy Wells of Tobernacongay and Doafeighin, the 15th century Anchorites Cell, the water which runs uphill, and the Benedictine Monastery built on a shaking sod. The event is suitable fo all ages, and children over 5 accompanied by an adult, and will last approximately 2 hours, finishing in Fore Abbey Coffee Shop. Suitable footwear and clothing is recommended, as the tour incoporates some steps and some steep grass banks.
With the recent high winds which resulted in power cuts, road closures etc., please spare a thought for those who are elderly or infirm living in isolated areas who may be too proud or independent to ask for assistance in getting to shops, doctors, pharmacies etc., and who may be running short on essentials such as food, fuel, medication or heating oil.
Cyclists and pedestrians are urged to ensure that they are visible and using appropriate lighting when out and about in these (still) dark winter days. High visibility waistcoats and bibs are cheap and readily available, and could be a lifesaver.