Charity car wash
Next Saturday, May 31st, sees firefighters and helpers from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service carrying out their annual charity car wash on The Square, Castlepollard. Operations will begin at 10am and run through until 4pm, and firefighters will wash anything from a skate board to a combine harvester, or a bicycle to a big rig truck, while collectors will be strategically placed around the approach roads onto the Square shaking buckets in aid of a good cause.
The April meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club was fun garden quiz and a bring and buy sale. Thanks to John Higgins who was question master and to Peter Earley and Muire Courtney-Earley who gave the music questions in song. Sheila Kennedy judged the competition for the three best tulips and was very impressed with the high standard of entry. The next club meeting is a visit to Robert and Sidney Boaden’s Garden outside Kilcogy on Thursday next, May 29th. Members will meet in the Parish Community Centre car park at 7pm and travel from there by car.
Archbishop Luke Fagan weekend
Preparations are well in hand for the forthcoming Archbishop Luke Fagan 300th Aniversary Commemorative weekend which takes place on the weekend of June 14th and 15th. The programme for Saturday, June 14th, is as follows:- Visits to the three associated historical sites Lickbla, Foyran and Rathgarve Cemeteries respectively at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. A commentary on the history of each, compiled by local historian Miceal Conlon, will be read by schoolchildren from Finea, Castletown and Castlepollard NS, assisted by their teachers. Prayers will be offered for all those whose remains are interred there. At approximately 1.30pm, weather permitting, there will be a picnic at the Parish Community Centre. Packed lunches are recommended, and liquid nourishmnent will be provided. Only the carpark is available for the picnic, and parking will be under direction of stewards. Following Mass in St. Michael’s at 6.30pm, there will be a talk on Luke Fagan and his times by Fr. Paul Connell, PhD, President, St. Finian’s College, Mullingar. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre. Luke Fagan was born in the Lickbla area of Castlepollard Parish in 1656, became Bishop of Meath in 1713, and was consecrated in 1714. He died as Archbishop of Dublin in 1734. All are invited to attend the weekend’s events.
The annual Church of Ireland Field Day will take place in the Rectory Field, Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard, on Saturday, June 7th, starting at 2.00pm. There will be a number of events, stall and attractions, so come along on the day and hopefully enjoy the weather and, the fun.
Local businesses and householders are advised to exercise caution when dealing with opportunistic callers offering goods or services at unrealistically low prices, or indeed attempting to glean information regarding businesses or households, such as work patterns, hours of occupancy, numbers of people in any house etc. Make a note of such callers, their descriptions, vehicles etc., and contact the Gardai without delay. If in any doubt regarding any callers on your doorstep, keep the door closed and contact neighbours, family and the Gardai without delay.