THE LATE MRS. T. CLOGHER: The entire North Westmeath community were saddened to learn of the death, which took place on Monday, December 10th, 2012, of Mrs. Teresa (Tess) Clogher (nee O’ Rourke), Slieveboy, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at her home until removal to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, on Tuesday evening at 7pm.
The funeral took place following concelebrated Mass by Rev. Fr. P. Moore, PP, Castlepollard, and Rev. Fr. Oliver Skelly, PP, Coole, on Wednesday, December 12th at 11.00am, and internment took place to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Castlepollard. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Tess, as the deceased was known locally, had been a nurse by profession, and was predeceased by her husband Richard (Dick) some years ago. Devoted to her family, she was particularly skilled in both knitting and sewing, and turned out high quality garments for family and close fiends. Her other interests were many and varied, and she was a friendly and obliging neighbour. She will be sadly missed not alone by her immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is survived by her sons Billy, Richard and Dermot, daughters Carol, Moya and Deirdre, sister Bridgie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.
NEIGHBOURS: With Christmas now nearly upon us, it is important to remember elderly or isolated neighbours at this time of year. Please make a point of calling round in person to check on the elderly, infirm or isolated with the offer of transport to collect medication, groceries, winter fuel etc., or just to pop in for a chat and a cup of tea, and to ensure that no one feels forgotten or left out while we continue with our own preparations for the Christmas season.
MULLAGHMEEN CHARITY WALK: The annual Mullaghmeen Charity Walk take place on St. Stephen’s Day, Wednesday, December 26th, starting at 11.00am and following a pre-determined route through Mullaghmeen Forest Park. There will be refreshments available following the event, and all are welcome. The Walk this year is in aid of Debra Ireland, which was established in 1988 to provide patient services and fund research into the currently incurable skin condition known as EB (epidermolysis bullosa). The condition leaves the sufferers skin as fragile and delicate as a butterflys wings. It causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at even the slightest touch - such as a simple hug. Fundraising and donations are vital so that Debra Ireland can fund services for patients and families including an EB Nurse Liason Service, support to the EB clinics, an EB Support Worker to provide information and advice, equipment and respite holidays. The head of Corporate Relations at Debra Ireland, Mr. Hood, will also be in attendance on the day. For further information please contact Margaret Smyth on 049-8541456. Please come along on the day and support this very worthy cause.
SPONSORED CYCLE: A Charity Sponsored Cycle in aid of the Chernobyl Childrens Trust will take place on Wednesday, December 26th, St. Stephen’s Day, starting from Ringtown GAA Centre, Whitehall, Castlepollard. There will be two seperate routes on theday, one of 20km, and the other of 50km. The 50km route will have regisration in Ringtown Centre at 10.00am, with the event starting at 10.30am, and the 20km event which will have registration at 10.30am,and starting at 11.00am. For further details contact M.J. Corrigan on 086-12199766, or Tom Davitt on 087-2659586. Sponsorship cards are available, or entry on the at 20.00 euro per person. Refreshments available in Ringtown Centre after the event.
CHRISTMAS SEASON MASSES AND CONFESSIONS: The calendar for Masses and Confessions over the Christmas Season in Castlepollard Parish is as follows: Thursday, December 20th, Confessions 3pm to 3.30pm, Parish Social and Raw at 8pm; Friday, December 21st, Confessions ceremony with four priests from 8pm to 9pm; Saturday, December 22nd, Confessions after 10am Mass and at 3.00pm and before and after Vigil Mass; Sunday, December 23rd, Mass in St. Peter’s at 9.30am, 10.30am in Castletown, 11.30am in St. Michael’s, Carol Service in St. Michael’s at 7.30pm with refreshments in Parish Centre aftewards; Monday, December 24th, Confessions 3pm to 3.30pm Fr. Iosif, and 7.15pm to 7.45pm, Vigil Mass of Christmas at 8pm St. Michael’s, Castletown at 7.30pm; Christmas Day, Mass at 8.30am and 11.30am in St. Michael’s, 9.30am in St.Peter’s and 10.30am in Finea; Mass at 11.00am each day after Christmas Day.
RINGTOWN GAA CENTRE CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT: Ringtown GAA Club are holding a Family Evening in the Complex, Whitehall, Castlepollard, on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th, at 6.30pm. There will be music, song and dance, and refreshments available on the day. All are welcome. On New Year’s Eve, December 31st, Ringtown GAA Club are holding a New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Disco and Bar to see in 2013 in the Complex. Details available from committee members.
LIBRARY OPENING HOURS: Castlepollard Library will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday, December 21st, until re-opening on Monday, December 31st, from 10.30am until 5.30pm. The Library will be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, and will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd, at 10.30am.
WALKATHON: The Coole Poc Fada Committee are holding their inaugural bi-annual Walkathon in aid of the Carers association on Sunday, december 30th. The event will start from Castlepollard GAA Centre on Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard,at 2.00pm,and will finish at Coole Hall. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
GREETINGS: We would like to extend Season’s Greetings for Christmas and the New Year to the Editor & Staff, and to all those who contributed items and reports for Castlepollard Notes throughout 2012, and look forward to your continued support and assistance in the New Year. Wishing everyone the very best of health, happiness and prosperity for 2013 and beyond.