Leaving Cert results

Leaving Cert results

Congratulations and very well done to all the second level students who have recently received the results of their Leaving Certificate examination. Locally twenty-two students from Castlepollard Community College completed their exams and were extremely pleased with the overall results, gaining high marks in the traditonal practical subjects such as Geography, Home Economics etc., and excelling in Engineering subjects. The top two students, Andrew Murray and Fiona Kane, will be honoured at a ceremony organised by Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board, to take place later in the year. Hopefully all this year’s Leaving Cert students will gain their preferred places in Third Level, and achieve their desired career path.

LARCC 5K run

A fundraising 5K Run/Jog/Walk in aid of the LARCC (Lakelands Area Retreat and Cancer Centre) facility in Multyfarnham will take place on Sunday, September 14th, starting at 12 noon in Multyfarnham. The Start/Finish line will be at the LARCC carpark, Coole Road, Multyfarnham, and registration will be available online from, or register on the day. Entry fees are Adults 15.00 euro, Under 18s 5.00, and 2 Adults and 2 Under 18s 30.00. There will be a free t-shirt for the first 100 registrations, and further information can be obtained by contacting 044-9371971. Chip timing will be available, and sponsorship cards are in circulation. Please support this very worthy cause.

Jack & Jill fundraiser

Next Friday night, August 29th,there will be fundraising night in the Anchor Bar, The Square, Castlepollard, in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation. The event will start at 9.00pm, and music on the night will be provided by Breege & The Startracks. There will befood and a raffle on the night, and the event will aid local man Mick Fagan who is running in the Dublin City Marathon next October in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation, which provides direct funding to families of brain damaged children up to age 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay. The funding allows the families to purchase respite homecare. The Jack & Jill Foundation also provides end of life care to all children up to the age of 4 years. Please come along and support this very cause.

Heritage week

As part of the ongoing activities for Heritage Week, there will be an Historical Walking Tour of Fore Valley on Thursday, August 28th, starting from St. Feichin’s NS, and running between 7pm and 9pm. The route for the tour is approximately 4 kilometres in length. For further details contact Bartle D’Arcy on 087-3463119. On Friday night, August 29th, in Fore Coffee Shop starting at 8.00pm, there will be a talk on “RIC and Related Police Forces” which will be given by author and historian Jim Herlihy (Garda Siochana retired), who has published numerous works on this and related subjects. Admission is 5.00 euro, and refreshments will be available. For details contact Fore Coffee Shop on 044-96661780. Saturday, August 30th, sees three guided tours of Tullynally Castle, at 2.00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm. Tullynally Castle has been the ancestral home of the Pakenham family for over 350 years, and has the distinction of being the oldest continously occupiedhouse in Ireland, and the largest house in private hands in Ireland. There are 12 acres of gardens surrounding the main building, which is 1.5 kilometres from Castlepollard. The tours must be pre-booked, and details may be had by contact Bartle D’Arcy on 087-3463119. Minimum age 10 years and over. Cost per person is 10.00 euro for adults and 5.00 euro for children. Castlepollard Library is hosting an exhibition “Tracing Patterns of Life in Westmeath”, Monday to Friday, times vary.


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