In June 1910, Fore Abbey, St. Feichin’s Church and the Anchorites Tower were all taken into State care as (Nati) ancient monuments. Three years later in 1913, the Inspector of Monuments in Ireland wrote a report on these buildings for their guardians, The Office of Public Works. To mark the Centenary of this report, local historian Bill Ryan is launching his booklet “Notes on Fore Abbey”, on Thursday night next, December 12th, at 8.00pm in Jane Reilly’s Coffee Shop in Fore. The launch will include a talk by Bill on the history of Fore and will be followed by tea and refreshments in the coffee shop. All are welcome.
The next meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club takes place on Tuesday next, December 10th, at 7.00pm in Tullynally Castle. The meeting will incorporate the annual Christmas gala flower arranging event and all arrangements will be raffled afterwards. Margaret Quinn from Dublin is coming to do the arranging, and a good evening’s entertainment is assured. The Supper will consist of Christmas Fare and there will be an admission fee of 10 euro. All are welome.
Castlepollard Community College are holding their Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 17th, at 7pm. The college’s Parents Association are appealing for volunteers to assist with auditions, stage design, advertising, tickets, curtain making, rehearsals etc., and anyone willing to help should contact Linda on 086-8811891.
Coole to be Green
An art exhibition of recycled products, which were made in Coole National School, will take place in Castlepollard Library from Monday, December 9th, to Friday, Deember 20th, in the upstairs level. The exhibition will be opened by artist Ruth Sweeney, and all are invited to view the artworks on display.
Carers Association 5k
The eagerly anticipated Coole/Whitehall Carers Association 5K will take place on Sunday, December 29th, at 2pm. The raun will start from the Castlepollard GAA Centre on Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard, and finish at Coole Hall, where ten and refreshments will be available, as well as medals for all the finishers. The event will be timed, and registration and numbers will be available from the GAA entre prior to the event. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the male and female categories. Registration is 15.00 euro, and all proceeds will go towards the development of services for the family carers and the excellent care they provide for their loved ones. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
With Christmas now nearly upon us, it makes sense to ensure that elderly or infirm neighbours, or those living in isolated areas are contacted and checked up on regularly. Please make sure that they have sufficient food, medication, fuel etc., and a friendly face and an offer of help can make a massive difference to someone too shy or indeed too proud to ask for themselves. Make note of any suspicious activity in the area, and the registration numbers of any vehicles which seem our of place. contact the Gardai immediately, as well as friends, neighbours etc.