LOUGH LENE SWIM: The annual Christmas Day Swim in Lough Lene, which for the second time had to be postponed due to the severe weather, has been rescheduled for St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17th.
The event is being organised in aid of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, by the Castlepollard based fundraising committee. Sponsorship cards issued for the Christmas Day date are still valid, and fundraising will continue. The access to the event is from The Cut, on the Oldcastle/Collinstown road, and the event is due to start at 12.30pm.
A Cookery Demonstration will take place in the Sports Hall, Castlepollard Community College, on Wednesday, February 2nd. The event is being organised by the Parents association and all funds raised wil go towards supporting extra curricular activities in the school. Celebrity chef Frank Moynihan will be preparing the gastronomic extravaganza from fresh food, and the dishes will cater for both the serious cook and the novice over the two and a half hour demonstration. All dishes prepared will be raffled at the end of the night. Tickets will cost 10.00 euro each, and are available from the Community College or any member of the Parents Association. Your support for this event will be greatly appreciated.
Ballycamoyle GAA Club will hold their Dinner Dance in Crover House on Saturday, January 29th. Tickets cost 30.00 euro and are available from any committee member.
A number of houses in and around Castlepollard and surrounding areas have been subjected to the attentions of thieves and burglars, with cash, jewellery and electrical goods being stolen. The advice, as ever, is to remain vigilant and suspicious of callers or vehicles which seem out of place, and to take a note of descriptions of same. Do not give details of the movements of family or neighbours to anyone, however pleasant or plausible they may seem. Refuse access to anyone to your home, ask for proof of identity, as genuine callers will always have proof with them, and be happy to have it verified. If in doubt, say no and close your door, and immediately contact the Gardai, neighbours, family and friends. If in business, and approached by any suspicious caller, contact the Gardai first, then your colleagues in the business community. Forewarned is forearmed!