GARDENING CLUB”: The September meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club took place in the Parish Centre on Friday, September 27th. At the start of the meeting all present stood for a minutes silence in memoray of the late Bill Hulme from Lismacaffrey. Bill was a very loyal member of the Club from its formation and he regularly gave talks and demonstrations on different aspects of gardening. The Club extends deepest sympathy to his wife Elizabeth on her great loss. Danny Dunne from Mullingar Gardening Club gave a very interesting presentation on developments in his own garden. He put up a new in the past two years and finds this a great help as he can be out gardening in all kinds of weather. He judged the competition for “The Last Rose of Summer”, the winners of which were Betty Brady, Ena Courtney-Earley and Nancy Higgins. The next meeting will take place on Thursday night next, October 25th, at 8.00pm in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard. There will be two guest speakers on the night, Brendan Farrell from Ardagh who will speak on Winter gardening, and Caroline Pilkington from Coole who will give a demonstration on a method of water conservation. The competition on the night will be for the best indoor plant. All are welcome.
THE LATE MR. V. FAGAN: The entire local community were saddened to learn of the death which occurred peacefully, following a short illness, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, on Thursday, October4th, of Mr. Vincent Fagan, Church Street, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at his daughter, Breda Brennan’s residence, Martinstown, Crookedwood, Mullingar, from Friday, October 5th at 3.00pm, until removal at 7.00pm on Saturday, October 6th, to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, arriving at 7.30pm. Funeral took place following Requiem Mass on Sunday, October 7th, at 11.30am, and internment took place in St.Michael’s Cemetery, Castlepollard. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Vincent had been predeceased by his wife some years ago. He was a noted traditional musician on violin, and was a member of the original line-up of the legendary Fore Ceili Band which entertained audiences throughout the Midlands for many decades. Vincent was a lifelong Honda 50 rider, and a regular sight on his Honda 50 throughout the area up until very recently. To mark this, the local Honda 50 Club provided a guard of honour for Vincent’s remains on the way into Castlepollard for the removal on Saturday evening. Vincent took a keen interest in community and church affairs, and never lost his love form and interest in traditional music. He was devoted to his family, and will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his sons Paddy and Liam, daughters Margaret, Mary and Breda, brothers, sister, sister-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS DISCO: Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club are organising a Juvenile Halloween Fancy Dress Disco in Lough Lene Hall on Friday night next, October 26th, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Cost per person is 3.00 euro. All proceeds from the event will go towards Collinstown Playground Project.
HALLOWEEN PARTY: Ringtown GAA Club are hosting a Halloween Party on Halloween Night starting at 7.00pm in Ringtown GAA Centre, Whitehall, Castlepollard. Among the attractions on the night, weather permitting, will be a bonfire, Spooky Walk, and fun and games for all the family. Make a note of the date in your diary and come along on the night. All are welcome.