CREDIT UNION: Congratulations and very well done to Collinstown National School on finishing in second place in the Chapter 15 final of the schools quiz sponsored by the Irish League of Credit Unions. The team of Niamh Dermody, Killian Hogan, Nicholas Isdell and James McKeon will now go on to contest the All Ireland Final which will be held in the RDS on Sunday, April 7th. We wish them all the best in the final. Credit Union members are reminded of the new opening hours which are as follows:- Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00am to 1.00pm. Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm. Members are also reminded that the Credit Union has funds available to loan to suitable customers.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: This years North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade is shaping up to be spectacular. Celebrations of our patron saint begin with the lighting of both St.Michael’s Church and the Church of Ireland illuminating green for the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Entertainment on the day kicks off at approximately 4.15pm with music and dance on stage. There will be loads on offer on the Town Square to keep both young and old entertained, with a petting farm area, an exotic pet corner, and funfair and games for all the family. For the more creative there will be a woodcraft/carving demonstration also. The Parade kicks off this year at the earlier time of 5.00pm. All schools in the area are at present working hard on their entries. There will be 50.00 euro for each participating school providing they have a minimum of 10 participants while the overall winner of the schools category will receive 100.00 euro for their school. It is important that each entry have their details and information written down and pass them on to a steward/committee member on the day so that you hard work can be acknowledged shen passing the reviewing stand. This applies to all entries/floats. There will be super heroes, fire eaters and stilt walkers to name but a few parading their way through Castlepollard. As this is the year of the Gathering let’s all gather together and enjoy what promises to be a great celebration. The Committee would like to thank Farrelly’s Bar and McCormack’s for raising some much needed funds for the Parade Committee last week. As the North Westmeath St. Patrick’s Day Parade grows larger each year so too do the running costs and all funds raised and donated to date are very much appreciated.
CHARITY HONDA 50 RUN: The local Honda 50 Club, Club 50 Castlepollard, are holding a Charity Run on Easter Sunday, March 31st, in aid of the Midlands banch of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Referred to as MDI, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland is a voluntary organisation founded by a small group of people in the West of Ireland to support the families of people affected by muscular dystrophy. The organisation now boasts some 600 members and families and a national network of branches with the headquarters in a purpose built premises in Dublin. The premises, located at 75 Lucan Road, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, also encompasses a three bedroom fully wheelchair accessible home from home apartment which provides short respite breaks for members. MDI provides national support services such as Family Support, Information, Respite & Home Support, Transport and Youth Services, plus counselling services.
MULLAGHMEEN EVENT: Enthusiasts of outdoor events will be looking forward to the eagerly awaited Mullaghmeen Event which takes place in Mullaghmeen Forest Park on the weekend of April 6th and 7th. On Saturday, April 6th, an orienteering event organised by Setanta Orienteering, leading organisers of such events, will take place. On Sunday, April 7th, the Hill Run takes place under the rules of Athletics Ireland. Mullaghmeen Forest Park is notable for being the largest beech forest in Europe, covering 1000 acres. The Forest Park encompasses the highest point in Westmeath at 258 metres and attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year.
GOSPEL CHOIR: Next Friday, March 15th, sees the eagerly awaited performance of the Virginia Gospel Choir in St. Michael’s Church, Castletown-Finea, starting at 8.00pm. The Choir were recent competitors in the All Ireland Talen show, and the performance on the night will include songs and music from schoolchildren. All proceeds on the night are in aid of St. Michael’s NS, Castletown. Admission on the night will be 10.00 euro. For further information contact 044-6681382.
CAUTION:- Houeholders in and around the area are advised to exercise caution when dealing with callers claiming to represent the County Council or other authorities and seeking information or payment relating to septic tank charges, household tax etc. There are no such representatives authorised to make personal calls, and any such callers should be refused information and sent on their way, and the Gardai notified immediately, as well as family and neighbours. On no account allow such callers access to you home, and refuse all requests for personal information.