Shortly after 3pm on Friday last, August 16th, Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were called to attend a house fire in a two storey dwelling near Finea, Co. Westmeath. Firefighters arrived to find the dwelling fully ablaze, and backed up by colleagues from Oldcastle Fire & Rescue Service, set about bringing the fire under control. The dwelling was extensively damaged, and firefighters were in attendance for some time dampening down and making safe. Gardai and Electricity Ireland were attendance.
Best of luck to the six local men undertaking the Malin to Mizen Duathlon over five days starting on Saturday next, August 24th. The six men from the Coole/Castlepollard area are Paddy Tierney, Martin Murphy, Dennis Heaney, Joe Cheevers, Derek Cheevers and Paddy Cheevers. The route will cover a total of 627kms, with the first 25km of each stage being covered on foot and the remainder by bike. Day One will see the group starting from Malin Head to Bundoran (149kms), Day Two - Bundoran to Tuam (125kms), Day Three - Tuam to Limerick (115kms), Day Four - Limerick to Cork (100kms), and Day Five will see the group leaving Cork for their final destination at Mizen Head (125kms). The event is being done to raise funds for the Marie Keating Foundation and Pieta House. A fund raising 60K cycle was held Saturday, August 10th, around Castlepollard, and a sponsored Spin Cycle at the Tesco Shopping Centre, Castlepollard, on Saturday last, August 17th, which was also very well supported. Well done to the lads and all the support services, drivers etc., for undertaking such an ambitious fundraising venture, and hopefully the weather will co-operate.
We extend very best wishes and congratulations to Very Rev. Fr. Philip Gaffney, PP, Rathoath, who celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood with a special Mass attended by family and friends in his home parish of Castletown-Finea recently. Fr. Philip spent the first fifteen years as a priest as Dean of Discipline in St. Finian’s College boarding school, Mullingar, and later as a teacher. He then moved to Rathoath as Parish Priest nearly seven years ago. Following the Mass in Castletown-Finea, there was a function and refreshments in the Parish Community Centre, Castlepollard. We join with his many friends, parishioners and family in wishing Fr. Philip continued success and joy in his ministry.