North Westmeath Rose
Congratulations and very best wishes to the newly crowned North Westmeath Rose, Miss Shannon Fahy, representing Murray’s Bar, Crookedwood, who was crowned at the finale of the North Westmeath Rose competition in Hotel Castlepollard on Saturday night last, March 7th, in front of a capacity audience. Second place on the night was Aoife Flynn representing Hotel Castlepollard, and in third place was Faye Montgomery, also representing Hotel Castlepollard. There were sixteen competitors representing clubs, businesses and organisations across North Westmeath. The other competitors on the night were:- Aisling Brennan, Davitt & Davitt, Castlepollard; Breann O’Reilly, John O’Reilly Painting & Decorating; Catriona Murphy, Brownstown Community Centre; Ciara Walsh, Farrelly’s Bar, Castlepollard; Niamh Lynch, North Westmeath Community Network; Niamh Smyth, McCormack’s Bar, Castlepollard; Shauna Briody, Town & Country, Castlepollard; Louise Nea, Ringtown Hurling Club; Laura Tierney, Castlepollard Celtic; Hilary Gaffney, Kutz Hair Salon, Collinstown; Fiona Lawlor, Xtreme Hair & Beauty, Castlepollard; Orlan Beegan, Gemini Beauty, Collinstown; Megan O’Neill, Southern Cross Photography. Newly crowned North Westmeath Rose Shannon Fahy was presented with the last ever tiara made by Newbridge Silverware, and which was sponsored by Southern Cross Photography. Interviews took place on the night, with eight contestants being interviewed onstage in each half of the show, and private interviews off stage. Among the many duties for the North Westmeath Rose in the coming year will be acting as Grand Marshall of the North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th next. Very well done to all concerned, the contestants, sponsors, local businesses, clubs and organisations, the hardworking members of the North Westmeath Community Network, Hotel Castlepollard, and all those who work tirelessly behind the scene to make the event such an outstanding success. Winner Shannon Fahy, and second place Aoife Flynn will now go forward to represent North Westmeath in the Westmeath Rose contest to select Westmeath’s representative in the Rose of Tralee Contest. There was a total prize fund on the night of 2000 euro.
The late Joseph Gill
The entire local community were saddened to learn of the death, which took place peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Rose Lodge Nursing Home, Killucan, on Sunday, March 1st, of Mr. Joseph (Joe) Gill, Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at Amanda Casserly’s home, Castlegrove, Castlepollard, on Tuesday, March 3rd, from 4.30pm, with night prayers and Rosary at 10.00pm. Removal took place on Wednesday morning, March 4th, to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, and the funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 11am to St. Michael’s Cemetery. The attendance at the Rosary, removal, Mass and funeral was large widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Joe, as the deceased was universally known, was member of an old respected family. A lifelong resident of Pakenhamhall Road, until his health required him to relocate to Rose Lodge, Joe always liked to refer to his address as Tullynally Road. A quiet and reserved individual, he was nontheless a friendly and obliging neighbour, and deeply religious. He was at one time a barman, and in times past was actively involved in the Town Street Leagues. Joe was employed for many years in Sean and Josie Murphy’s shop and hardware store on the Square, where he alternated duties between the shop, yard and deliveries. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Joe is survived by his daughter Samantha, relatives and wide circle of friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
All roads lead to Castlepollard on Tuesday next, March 17th, for the annual North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which commences this year at 5.00pm. Staging point for the start of the parade will be at St. Michael’s National School on Water Street. The route will follow the usual arrangement around the Square, with the normal detour for the walking groups. The theme for this year’s parade is National Resources. As many as thirty floats are expected, with entries from local schools, businesses, clubs, organisations etc. Mullingar Town Band will be in attendance once again, as will other bands, and there will ‘’special guests’’ accompanying the parade, and attractions forthe kiddies and music on the Square befpre the parade sets off.