On Monday last, July 7th, shortly after 9am. units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were alerted to a shed fire in stone farm buildings across from Castlepollard Community College, accessed from Kinturk Avenue. Firefighters using breathing apparatus and using CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) immediately set about tackling the blaze and preventing the fire from spreading into other parts of the structure, and also a garage structure in close proximity to the fire beside a residence on Kinturk Avenue. Firefighters sprayed CAFS onto the garage which protected it from fire damage. Castlepollard were assisted by a unit from Mullingar Fire & Rescue Service, in addition to a water tanker. The shed was cleared out using a tractor and front loader when the roof had collapsed inward, and firefighters continued cooling down the hay bales and making safe.
Castlepollard Tidy Towns committee are holding their AGM on Monday, July 28th, at 9pm in Hotel Castlepollard. It is hoped that there will be a large attendance. Work continues every evening in and around the Square in Castlepollard and on the approach roads, collecting litter, painting, weeding flower beds, and generally adding to the quality of the local environment. New volunteers are always welcome.
Tullynally Challenge 5k
The annual Tullynally Challenge 5k Road Race takes place on Wednesday, August 13th, starting at 8pm. Prior to the main event, there will be underage races around the Square, starting at 7pm, and some traffic disruption is to be expected. The main event caters not alone for elite and serious athletes, but also for recreational runners and walkers. There is a prize fund this year of 2,500 euro, and there will be prizes for the first 6 seniors, 6 master categories, U-20â€™s (Juniors), Walkers, 3 team prizes, and local category prizes. Shower facilities will be available, as well as refreshments and Spot Prizes following the event. The Tullynally Challenge is one of the premier events in the athletics calendar since its inception in 2002, and attracts entries from all over Ireland. The event requires a large amount of organisation and forward planning, and the assistance of the Gardai, Civil Defence, local motor cycle clubs for marshalling, Order of Malta, St. Johnâ€™s Ambulance and Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service for medical cover, and great credit must go the organising committee for their hard work and dedication.
Athletics Club AGM
The Castlepollard based North Westmeath Athletics Club held their AGM recently, and the following were elected as officers:- Chairperson - Paddy Tierney, Secretary - Orlan Gallagher, Treasurer - Andy MacEoin, PRO - Cathal Fagan, Assistant Secretary/PRO - Peter Collins, Committee members - Russell and Mairead Mellett. The club hold runs every Monday and Thursday, meeting at 7.00pm at Castlepollard Town Hall, which cater for more experienced runners, and cater for beginners on Wednesdays until they are ready to join the main groups on Monday and Thursday. For further details contact Paddy on 087-6534685, or Andy on 087-2061081.
Residents and businesses in and around Castlepollard and North Westmeath in general are urged to exercise caution when dealing with callers claiming to be Water Meter Installers or Septic Tank Inspectors. Ask for identification, donâ€™t be afraid to keep your door firmly closed, and ring Westmeath County Council using the numbers listed in the phone book to check any identification. Genuine callers will have no problem in co-operating. If in doubt for any reason, call the Gardai, friends, family and neighbours, and refuse to give any personal information concerning yourself or others. Another scam which has resurfaced are callers claiming to have diagnosed a fault remotely on your computer, and requiring bank/credit card details for the fee to fix the â€œproblemâ€. There is no way to remotely diagnose a computer problem or virus. Refuse to give any personal information over the phone to anyone requesting you to do so. Any genuine caller representing a major organisation will not request such information.