Rathowen April 1

Rathowen lotto - Draw Monday 7th March results: No winner of the lotto for €15,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 18, 28. The numbers drawn for the second jackpot of €4200 were 17, 19, 22, 28.

Rathowen lotto - Draw Monday 7th March results: No winner of the lotto for €15,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 18, 28. The numbers drawn for the second jackpot of €4200 were 17, 19, 22, 28.

There was no winner of the jackpot. The six drawn winners are Ned Maher, Paddy Rea, Kieran Dunning, Sarah Tierney, Trish Clinton and T White. The next draw is 4th April 2011 and this draw will have two jackpots one for €15,000 and the next for €4350. The results of that draw will be printed next week. Tickets can be brought in Sexton’s Shop, Rathowen Post Office, Connaughtons Pub and Feericks Hotel, along with several people selling. If you would like to sell envelopes please contact Peter or Liz on 6676189.


A farm Accounts and Taxation course will be held in the Old School house Ballymahon Road, Edgeworthstown in the coming weeks. The course is aimed at helping farmers prepare computerized farm records and an understanding of Basic Farm Taxation. The main objective of the course is to help farmers plan their business and tax more efficiently. The course will be run over 4 nights with the initial two nights in March and the remainder in November. For further details contact:087-2478835


Rathowen Gun Club would like to congratulate Dervilla and Joe Gilchrist on the birth of there son Cian.


The club would like to congratulate Dervilla and Joe Gilchrist on the birth of there son. The next meeting of the vintage club is on Wed 30th of April in Connaughtons pub Rathowen at 9 o clock all members are welcome.


A new committee and members for tidy towns was organise in November, with John Feerick as Chairman, Ita Tighe as Secretary, Denise Fulham as PRO and Peter Fulham & Joan Tormey as Treasurers. The group meets up every Saturday morning and carries out tasks around the Village. These tasks include cleaning litter along the main road and side roads and sweeping the footpaths. The plan for 2011 is new flower boxes and hanging baskets, along with new village signs and painting of derelict houses and cutting hedgerows and trees.



This year’s enrolment for children starting school in September will be held in the school on Wednesday 13th April at 2.10pm. The parents/guardians and children who are being enrolled should attend. The meeting will take approximately 30 mins.



Stepping Stones Parent and Toddler Group recommenced some weeks ago and it is proving to be a great success. It’s a very relaxed and welcoming environment where Parents and Children alike can meet up, chat, have a cuppa while their children get a chance to socialise and mingle. There are different activities every week. Last week, the children enjoyed painting, playing games and lots of fun in the playground. Why not come and join us on Tuesday mornings between the hours of 10.30 and 12.30 in St. Mary’s Community Centre, Rathowen. All Mums, Dads and Carers from local and neighbouring communities are very welcome!


Stepping Stones Committee and Staff wish Patricia Kelly a very happy and fulfilling retirement. Patricia has been a tremendous asset to Stepping Stones for the past eight years. She was always kind, patient and sensitive to the children, parents and staff and can retire knowing that she has made a remarkable contribution to the lives of the children she has cared for and nurtured together with every one she worked with. Stepping Stones Committee and staff are very grateful for all the hard work and dedication she has given to the service. We would like to thank Patricia for touching our lives in such a positive and meaningful way. Pat- You will be greatly missed!


Rathowen ICA is holding a raffle before Easter. 1st prize is a hamper and more details to follow with list of other prizes. The ICA meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and new members are always welcome.



Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 25th may to 1st June cost from € 460 price includes flight , bus ,bed breakfast dinner , there is a few places left , contact Tommy 0436685912/0876851691.


Training will be at 7pm to 8 pm this Friday 1st April outside on the pitch weather permitting (please bring football boots). Any parent / guardian wishing to register their child / children can contact any member of the committee to do so

Chancin Irish


On Friday the 1st April a momentous competition will occur, bigger than the elections. Our local publican Mr. Cyrian Connaughton will be “Chancin Irish Dancing” all in aid of LARCC Ballinalack. Well known local faces dance to raise money for LARCC and they will be judged by Guest Judges: Colm O’Se, ex-Riverdance & world Champion Dancer, Sinead Mulvey, who with Black Daisy represented Ireland in the EuroVision. Charmaine Kenny, 2009 Rose of Tralee and Mark McMahon, Champion Irish Dancer. Tickets for this display of talent are €10 and are on sale from LARCC or the Greville Arms Hotel. Cyrian is dancing along side Gemma Gorman, from Dalystowns. Gemma is a student of Kevin Lester School of Dancing, Rochfortbridge. Cyrian and Gemma will be up against 8 other dancers. Sponsorship cards are in Rathowen Post Office and Connaughtons Pub, so please give generously to sponsor Cyrian in this competition of competitions, the champion’s league of Irish Dancing, The Sam Maguire of all events!



On March 30th at 8.30pm the AGM of Rathowen Community Development will be held in Rathowen Community Centre. All members of the community are very welcome to attend along with local groups.



Since our General Election we are very lucky to have 3 TD’s in our area, living in a radius of 5 miles of one another. As we all know living in a rural part of the midlands this is a great achievement. Congratulations to James Bannon Fine Gael TD, who lives over in Legan, Co. Longford. Next to congratulate in his new role as Minister is Willie Penrose our Labour TD who lives in Ballinacargy, Co.Westmeath. Willie is our Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community & Local Government with responsibility for Housing & Planning. We wish Willie well in his new role and know that this is a huge task with all the ghost estates throughout the country and derelict sites. Next is our local Councillor now TD Robert Troy, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath. This is Robert’s first time as a TD, but he is no stranger to politics, as he was the youngest member of Westmeath Co. Council when he was elected in 2004. Robert is involved in many local groups & committees, and has been a good County Councillor to Rathowen, but his shoes are to be filled by local girl Niamh Kiernan, who was co-opted on to the Council to fill Robert’s seat. Niamh is the owner of Waddlers & Toddlers Crèche and pre-school in Winetown. Niamh lives in Edgeworthstown and she is looking forward to her new role as County Councillor. Niamh has very big shoes to fill and we wish her well in her new role.


Any one who would like to put in notes please contact Vincent Maguire on 087 2603364 or drop in notes to Lorraine at the post office or e-mail lorraine.tormey@gmail.com Notes need to be in by Sunday morning at the latest to make it in time with the papers.