Castlepollard March 18

CHARITY CAR WASH - Next Saturday, March 19th, sees a Charity Car Wash in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation taking place on The Square, Castlepollard, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

CHARITY CAR WASH - Next Saturday, March 19th, sees a Charity Car Wash in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation taking place on The Square, Castlepollard, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

The event is being organised by Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service, and firefighters and volunteers will have fire appliances, hoses and brushes on the Square from mid-morning when anything from a bicycle, tractor, Ford Model T to an articulated truck will be hosed, lathered and rinsed in aid if a very good cause. All the while, volunteer collectors will be shaking buckets to collect donations at all the major junctions around The Square. To quote from the organisation’s website - “The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding to families of children with brain damage who suffer intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care. The Foundation gives these families the Gift of Time, time to do the things that we so often take for granted like shopping, taking their children to the park, a night’s sleep etc.”. The Foundation is facing a serious shortfall in its funding due to a drop in public donations and failure to secure the full 1.35 million euro HSE grant required to maintain its level of services for 2011. Those services enable children to be cared for in their own homes rather than in hospital, with all the attendant costs to the HSE. The Jack & Jill Foundation was forced to write to parents of children in its care to inform them of a 20% cut in their hours funded by the Foundation from January 2011. Make a note of the day and the event, and whether you’re local or just passing through, support the Charity Car Wash with whatever you can spare, and bring your vehicle through where the firefighters and volunteers will give it a thorough clean and share the craic in the process in aid of a very deserving cause.


A Spring Clean Event, with 50% of the funds raised going to North Westmeath Hospice and various local charities, will take place in Hotel Castlepollard on Friday, March 25th, between 7.00pm and 10.00pm. Among the range of items in good condition being sought for the event are jewellery, cosmetics (unopened), books, computer games, cd’s and dvd’s (boxed), designer label clothing for men, women, children and toddlers (as new), shoes, bags etc. All donations are to be left in the following locations by Monday, March 21st - Hotel Castlepollard, Lakestore Homestore, Castlepollard, Collinstown Filling Station, Marion Crone, Collinstown. There will also be raffle on the night in Hotel Castlepollard. For further information contact Marion on 044-9666189 or 086-8516115, or Kathyrn on 044-9661133 or 087-2077816.


With the disturbing news in recent weeks that thieves and con artists have been calling on households in varous parts of the country pretending to be members of the Gardai, householders, especially the elderly and those living in isolated areas are urged to exercise extreme caution when dealing with door to door callers. Genuine callers, whether they be from the Gardai, ESB, Eircom etc., will always have photo ID with them, and will have no problem whatever in having that identification throughly checked out. When dealing with any unfamiliar caller, ask for their ID while keeping your door firmly secured or even closed, and contact the relevant headquarters using the numbers provided in the telephone directory or directory enquiries. If you’re not satisfied, close your door and contact the Gardai directly via the 911/112 emergency numbers, and also family, friends and neighbours. Similarly be wary of anyone offering goods or services which appear to be extremely or unrealistically priced. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.


Castlepollard Library will be closed all day on Thursday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, and will re-open as usual on Friday, March 18th, at 10.30am. There was a very enthusiastic response to the St. Patrick’s Day Postcard Competition, which received a total of 534 entries from National Schools in North Westmeath. The winners from the various schools were as follows:-St. Michael’s N.S., Castlepollard - Ava Fagan, Julia Kiviatkowska and Nathan Quinn, Whitehall N.S. - Owen Harper, Maria Leonard and Emma Moran, St. Mary’s N.S., Collinstown - Sarah Bardon, Katie Jennings and Niamh Carter, St. Michael’s N.S., Castletown - Finian Cahill, Sean Dermody and Danielle Gurren, Castlepollard Parochial School - Isabel Fleeson-Wheeler, Megan McClean, St. Mary’s N.S., Finea - Conor Harten, Aine Hasty, St. Cremin’s N.S., Multyfarnham - Rebecca Daly, Aimee Guilfoyle and Eva Coughlan, St. Earnan’s N.S., Delvin - Adah-Nicole Gargan, Blathnaid Daly and Natalie Kelly, St. Feichin’s N.S., Fore - Kayleigh Fagan, Cian Cheevers and Caolan McLaverty. Congratulations and very well done to all concerned.


The first meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club for 2011 took place in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, on Thursday, February 24th, at 8.00pm. The guest speaker for the night was Jim Donohoe from the Midland Beekeepers Association. He gave a very informative and interesting talk on honey bees. He explained how important bees are worldwide for pollination of plants and where the bees failed there was subsequent failure in plants and trees to produce fruit. In the past 15 - 20 years bees have been attacked by the varroa mite and so many of the swarms in old houses and tress have disappeared. The next meeting will take place in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, on Friday night, March 25th, at 8.00pm. the guest sepaker on the night will be John Smyth from Belvedere House and Garden. The competition on the night will be for the best bunch of six daffodils. The Annual General Meeting will take place after the supper and membership fee will be collected. Membership fee is 15 euro per individual member or 20 euro per family membership. All are welcome.


The Sponsored Charity Swim in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, organised by Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club and the Castlepollard based fundraising committee, will take place on Thursday next, March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day, at 12.30pm. The event will take place at The Cut, Lough Lene, Collinstown, and will be very well signposted. Sponsorship cards are currently in circulation, and cards issued and filled for the original date, Christmas Day, 2010, are still valid., and anyone holding cards and/or monies are asked to contact any officer of Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club or any member of the Castlepollard fundraising committee. Further details may be had by contacting Richard Carroll on 087-9648418 or Paddy Tierney on 087-6534685. Make a note of the date and time and turnout on the day, either as a participant, or to cheer on the hardy swimmers as vocally as possible, and in doing so support a very worthy charity.


Next Thursday, March 17th - St. Patrick’s Day, sees the culmination of weeks of preparation and hard work on the part of the organising committe and various businesses, clubs, organisations and community groups in organising their floats and walking entries. Following 11.30am Mass in St. Michael’s Church, there will a short traditional concert in the Parish Community Centre, church Street, where all are cordially invited to attend. Weather permitting, there will be entertainment on the Square prior to the Parade, which is scheduled to start at 5.30pm. The marshalling area will as usual be outside St. Michael’s National School on Water Street, and the parade will follow the traditional route around the Square, with the usual arrangements for bands and walking groups. The theme for this year’s parade is “Legends”, and allows for enormous scope with regards to local myths and legends, The Children of Lir being one, and national and local heroes from sport, politics, literature, science, music, entertainment, television, film etc., as well as individuals, teams and organisatons from the world stage. Motorists and spectators are asked to abide by the parking restrictions in place around the Square for St. Patrick’s Day, and to heed the requests of the Stewarding Group.


The very popular Coole Drop-In Centre continues every Wednesday morning in Coole Hall between 10.30am and 12.30pm. all are welcome.


Congratulations and very well done to Aisling O’Grady, Kiltoom, Castlepollard, who was conferred with her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree at a ceremony in University College, Dublin, recently. Aisling is daughter of Austin and Rose O’Grady, Kiltoom. We wish her every success in the future.