Castlepollard

Tullynally Terror Trails

Tullynally Terror Trails

Following the success of last year’s Tullynally Terror Trails, Bartle D’Arcy once again acts as host at Tullynally Castle next weekend, Halloween Weekend, from Friday, October 25th, to Sunday, October 27th. Terror Trails start each evening at 6.00pm, and there are different time slots to suit family groups etc. The Trails are suitable for children 8 years and upwards, clothing and footwear for an evening in October, plus a small torch is recommended. The Terror Trails will take in the Troll Bridge, the Ghastly Grotto, the Abandoned Railway Station, the Witching Pool, as well as the the challenges of the Castle Kitchens and the Victorian Laundries, and finally the fabled Hound of the Pakenhams. Prices, online booking and details are available from www.directingtourism.ie.

The late Mr J Thornton

The local Castlepollard and wider North Westmeath community and beyond were saddened to learn of the death which took on Thursday, October 9th, peacefully, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar of Mr. James (Jimmy) Thornton, Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at the Hospital Mortuary on Saturday, October 11th, with removal to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, arriving at 5.45pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. P. Donnelly, PP, Collinstown/Fore, on Sunday, October 12th, at 12.30pm, with internment to St. Michael’s Cemetery immediately afterwards. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Jimmy, was he was universally known, was a member of an old respected local family. A plasterer by trade, Jimmy was a building contractor for many years until the time of his death. He spent some time in Canada, and was a former member of Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service. Jimmy was a long time member and suppporter of Castlepollard Hurling Club. He captained the club’s first ever Minor Championship winning team in 1956, and played on the County Minor team the following year. His interests were many and varied, from community affairs, Irish music, song and dance, to classic cars, GAA etc. A guard of honour comprising current and former members of Castlepollard Hurling Club attended the remains on arrival at St. Michael’s Church on Saturday evening, while a uniformed honour guard comprising members of Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service escorted the hearse to St. Michael’s Cemetery. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. Jimmy is survived by his brother Eddie (Toronto, Canada), sisters Tessie (Castlepollard), Ita (Toronto), and Julia (Florida, USA), brother-in-law Brian, sister-in-law Kathy, nephews, nieces, other relatives and wide circle of friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

GAA reunion night

Ringtown GAA Club will hold a Reunion night in Ringtown GAA Centre, Whitehall, Castlepollard, on Saturday, November 15th, to celebrate the 40th aniversary of the clubs Junior Championship victory of 1974. Music and refreshments will be available on the night. The club are holding an Underage AGM in Ringtown clubhouse next Friday evening, October 24th, at 8pm. Hopefully, one parent from each family involved will be able to atttend. The Club AGM will take place in Ringtown GAA clubhouse on Friday evening, november 7th, at 8.00pm. All are invited to attend.

Social Knitwork

Interested in knitting or crochet? If the answer is yes, then there are a group of people who have formed the Social Knitwork - Charity knitters and Crocheters. All items produced are donated to charities which include - Feieacain - donating memory boxes to families affected by stillbirth, Special Baby Care Unit in Mullingar Hospital, Team Hope - the Christmas Show Box Appeal, the Women’s Refugee Centre. The group meet every Tuesday morning in Castlepollard Library between 10.30am and 12.30am, and in the Parish Community Centre, Mullingar, on monday evenings between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. New members are always welcome, and all you have to brin are your needles and hook. The wool, tea and coffee are supplied. Donations of wool are greatly appreciated. For further information contact 087-2798257, or email michelle@volunteerwestmeath.ie.

The late Mrs R Reilly

The local Coole, Castlepollard and wider North Westmeath community were saddened to learn of the death which took place, peacefully, on Wednesday, October 8th, at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, of Mrs. Rose Reilly, (nee Brady), Coole, Co. Westmeath. The remains reposed at her home in Coole on Friday, October 10th, between 4pm and 7pm. The funeral took place on Saturday, October 11th, following Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon in St. Mary’s Church, Botherquill, with internment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. the attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Rose was a member of an old respected family. Devoted to her family, she will be sadly missed not alone by her immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is survived by her loving husband Ben, daughters Carol, Sheila, Lisa and Caitriona, grand-daughter Aoife, sons-in-law James and Martin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.