CREDIT UNION AGM: The 2012 AGM of Castlepollard Credit Union took place in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, on Monday, December 10th. The Chairman, Paddy Murray, delivered his address in front of a large attendance of members. He spoke about the work of the Credit Union over the last year and advised members about the changes that may affect them in the future. He thanked Elaine Leahy, P.J. Morrissey and Kevin O’Reilly, three directors who retired this year for the work they put in with the Credit Union.
He went on to add that P.J. and Kevin between them had over ninty years of dedicated service to Castlepollard Credit Union. He wished them all a happy retirement. The Secretary Tess Gannon gave the minutes of the last AGM and it was followed by the Tresurer’s Report. Declan Brennan advised the gathering that 2012 was a very good year mainly due to investment return. Loans advanced to members increased this year which is always a good sign. He went on to encourage membes to make use of the facilities in the Credit Union. He proposed the payment of a dividend of 1% which was approved. Reports followed from the other committes and the auditor. The election to fill places on the board andand the appointment of the auditor took place. Under any other business a number of questions were asked from the floor in relationto the collection of debts and John Higgins, Credit Control, outlined how the Credit Union deals with the issue. By a large majority those in attendance decided not ot have a car as the main prize in future draws. Most of the previous winners of a car opted for cash. It was felt that the Credit Union would be in a better position to give out more prizes in cash if the car was no longer an issue. The Car Draw followed and was won by Darren Quamar, E3000 went to Margaret O’Donnell, E2000 went to Yvonne O’Keeffe and E1000 each was won by Brenda Daly and Dermot Bruton, E500 each was won by Violet McClean and Liam Creggy. Further prizes of E200 each went to Darren Quamar, Marie Gaffney, Helen Marie Dobson, John Thompson, Thomas Mulvey, Donal and Marie Kate Fitzsimons and Christopher Nugent. This was followed by a draw for E50 for those attending the AGM. The lucky winners were Oliver Boylan, Paddy Murray, Eileen Isdell, Annie Fagan and Jude Davitt. Following the closure of the meeting a very nice selection of seasonal refreshments was provided by Ms. Grace. On 19th December 2012, a Members Draw took place at the Office of Castlepollard Credit Union. Lorna Campbell was the lucky winner of a Christmas Hamper, Angela ward won a meat voucher and Kelly Brown a bottle of brandy. The new opening hours for Castlepollard Credit Union for 2013 are as follows:- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Thursday 10.00am to 1.00pm, Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 6.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm.
THE LATE MR. M.J. BOYHAN: The entire local and North Westmeath community were deeply saddened to learn of the death which took place on Sunday, December 16th, 2012, at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, following an illness bravely borne, of Mr. Michael John Boyhan, Hill-Side View, Bigwood, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. The remains reposed at his residence on Tuesday, December 18th, between 4.30pm until removal at 7.30pm to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Whitehall, Castlepollard, arriving at 8.00pm. Funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon on Wednesday, December 19th, with internment afterwards to 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. Michael John was a member of the farming community, and also a truck driver. He was a devoted family man, and among his varied interests were a love of Irish culture, music, song and dance, and he was a lifelong supporter of Ringtown Hurling Club. A friendly and obliging neighbour, he 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 wife Bridget, sons Andrew and John, daughters Margaret, Anna, Bridget and Katherine, brother, sisters, grandchildren Alannah, Sean and Thady Joe, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
MULLAGHMEEN ACTIVITY WEEKEND: Mullaghmeen Forest Park, the largest beech forest in Western Europe, will be the location for an Activity Weekend on the weekend of April 6th and 7th, 2013. The event on Saturday, April 6th, will be an orienteering event organised by Setanta Orienteering, Dublin, who are leaders in this type of event. Sunday, April 7th, will see a Hill Run under the rules of Athletics Ireland. Mullaghmeen Forest Park attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year, ranging from solo tourists and walkers to clubs with interests ranging from botany to photography.
ITEMS/REPORTS: Individuals, clubs or organisations with items or reports from the Castlepollard, Coole/Whitehall and surrounding areas are asked to have them with the writer, Martin Farrell, by 6.00pm on Sunday evenings. Telephone 044-9661530, or alternatively email email@example.com.
NEW YEAR GREETINGS: A very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to everyone for 2013 and beyond.