Tullynally Castle challenge

Tullynally Castle challenge

Next Wednesday, August 14th, sees the eagerly awaited staging of the Tullynally Castle 5K Challenge, which also caters for joggers and walkers. The main event begins at 8.00pm, with registration at Castlepollard GAA Centre on the Pakenhamhall Road at 6.00pm. Entries for the short Juvenile races around the Square starting at 7.30pm will be taken at the start of each race, with age groups ranging from U.7 to U.13., and drinks, bars and medals will be provided for each competitor. Refreshments, showers and parking will be available at Castlepollard GAA Centre, and additional parking will be available at the Parochial Hall on Pakenhamhall Road, and Castlepollard Community College on Mullingar Road. Entry for the main event is available online with The Tullynally Castle Challenge is one of the premier events in the athletics calendar, and has atracted top class athletes, such as Pauline Curley, international and Olympic competitor, Mary Hanley, Emma Cooper, and Lorraine Manning (Garda A.C. Dublin). Last year’s winner of the top prize was Thomas Moran from Dunshaughlin, and other notable winners over the years were Martin Fagan, Mullingar, Damien Bateman, Whitehall, Gary Ryan, Galway, Andrew Ledwith, Athboy, Gerard Heery, Ballincree, and Jake Byrne, Mullingar. The route this year follows previous years with the start at the Square, then out to Tullynally Castle, through the Castle grounds, and returning to Castlepollard once again on the R395. For further information contact Andy on 087-2061081.


The death occured at the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, of Mr. Thomas (Brugha) Meehan, Clonave, Coole, Co. Westmeath. The remains reposed at his residence until removalon Monday, August 5th, to St. Nocholas’ Church, Multyfarnham, and the funeral took place following Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 6th, and the remains were interred immediately afterwards at the Rock Cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. The deceased was a member of an old respected family. He had been predeceased by his brother Anthony, sisters Peggy and Maura. He will be sadly missed no alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He is survived by his loving wife Cellie, sons Seamus and Fergal, daughters Doreen and Ruth, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother Fechin, sisters Sr. Lena and Sr. Kathleen, Bernie and Theresa, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.


Householders and businesses in the area are urged to remain cautious when dealing with door to door callers offering goods, such as power tools, televisions, computers etc, or services such as gardening, painting, tarmac laying etc., and unrealistically low prices. The old adage that if something seems too good to be true, it generally is, applies. Similarly do not give any personal details to telephone callers claiming to represent major companies such as telecoms or internet/satellite providers, and asking you to confirm your details over to the telephone to “update” their record. Genuine companies will have your details already, and will not contact you by telephone. They will always contact you using the internet or mailing details you have already provided when registering with them initially. Refuse to answer any questions, and alert the Gardai and your service provider.