CAUTION: As part of the Community Text Alert system, residents in and around Castlepollard and the greater North Westmeath area are urged to be aware of two females visiting houses posing as Child welfare Officers. Do not grant anybody access to your home, refuse to give any information of a personal nature about yourself, family or neighbours. If in any doubt regarding any suspicious callers, secure your door and alert the Gardai immediately. Similarly be wary of unsolicited telephone callers claiming to represent financial instutions, insurance companies etc., and asking you to confirm personal details so they can update their records. If they have your details on record, and if genuine they will contact you via the information you have already provided through your previous contact with them.
TWINS 50TH BIRTHDAY: Congratulations and very best wishes from all their friends in and around Castlepollard and further afield to twins Liam Fagan, Castlepollard, and Breda Brennan, Crookedwood who celebrated their 50th birthday on Wednesday, May 22nd, with a party for family and friends in Caffrey’s Lounge, Mount Street, Mullingar.
ABBEYLARA FIELD DAY: The annual Abbeylara Field Day takes place on Sunday next, June 9th, with activities and attractions for all the family. There will be tractor pulling, midget card racing, truck pulling, donkey derbies, dog shows, novelty stalls etc, to cater for all ages. All proceeds are in aid of Abbeylara parish funds, and admission is 10.00 euro.
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulation and very well done to Collinstown Macra na Feirme member Cian Farrelly on winning the Solo Instrumental Music title in the National Final of Macra na Feirme’s National Talent Competition. The event took place on Saturday night, May 18th, in the Helix Theatre, Dublin. The night marked the 29th staging of the event, with categories as diverse as Disco Dancing, Solo Instrumental Music, Solo Singing, Novelty Act, Set Dancing, and Pop/Folk/Ballad Group. Cian, playing flute, demonstrated his expertise with two pieces, “The Wounded Huzzar”, and “The Caucus Reel”. Following announcement of his success, Cian was presented with an engraved Dublin Crystal Trophy by Macra National President, Kieran O’Dowd.
FORE FOOTBALL CLUB RE-UNION: A reunion of Fore Football Club or 1972 will take place in Fore Village on Saturday, June 22nd, to raise funds for Fore National School Building Fund. Among events on the night will be a pig roast and BBQ, and music on the night will be provided by Greg McCabe.
EXAMS: We extend best wishes and every success to all the students from Castlepollard and North Westmeath who are undertaking Junior and Leaving Cert Exams. We hope that they will realise all their dreams and ambitions, and achieve the results they desire.
TIDY TOWNS: The Tidy Towns Committee and teams of volunteers are working hard, with the asistance of Westmeath County Council and FAS workers, to increase Castlepollard’s tally of points in all categories this year. Window boxes and hanging baskets are in evidence around the town and in dwellings on the approach roads, which are looking very attractive with hedges well trimmed and grass margins neatly maintained. Now is the time to carry out that painting job, fix that pathway, or plant those shrubs that have been put off because of the unsettled weather.
MOYLAGH JFK 50 MILE WALK: Next Saturday, June 8th, sees the second annual staging of the Moylagh JFK 50 Mile Walk. The event is in aid of The Irish Cancer Society and LARCC. Last year a total of over 47,000 euro was raised. The Challenge covers a spectacular area of North Meath and Westmeath, and start from Dromone, near Oldcastle, Co. Meath, at 6.00am. The event was inaugurated by President of The United States, John F. Kennedy, in 1963as part of his push to bring the United States back to physical fitness. There will be a first aid station or ambulance along the way to deal with any incident which may arise, and there will be a physiotherapist in attendance to deal with aching muscles. The main food and drink stops will be located at Caffreys, Oldcastle (13.75 miles), McEvoys, Dromone (18 miles), Mullaghmeen (26 miles), Halpins, Fore (39 miles), Doynes, Glenidan (43 miles). Water, fruit and toilet stops will located at regular intervals along the route.