End of an era

End of an era

Following many months of speculation and subsequent extensions, St. Peter’s Centre, Castlepollard, is to close completely next Sunday, December 14th, when the final residents are relocated and the last Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Chapel at 1pm for the Parents & Friends of the St. Peter’s Residents, bringing to a close the hospital and care facilities which have been in existence there since the 1930s. The hospital was built to a design by T.J. Cullen and was funded by monies from the Irish Hospital’s Sweepstakes as part of a major building programme during the initial decades of the Irish Free State, and was operated by the Sacred Heart Sisters, who added the Chapel wing in approximately 1935. The hospital was taken over by the Midland Health Board in 1971, and has been a major feature in the Castlepollard community, not to say also a significant local employer, ever since. The gates will be closed to the public for the last time after the the 1.00pm Mass, and a security firm will oversee the care and access to the hospital and manor buildings from that time forward. A Mass will be celebrated in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, at 9.30am from Sunday morning, December 21st, and mass goers are requested to use the adjacent car park.

Community College

Castlepollard Community are hosting their eagerly anticipated staging of the smash hit ABBA musical, Mamma Mia, next weekend, December 12th and Saturday 13th, at 8pm. There will also be a matinee show on Thursday, December 11th, at 12pm. Each show will be staged in Coole Hall. Tickets cost 10 euro per person, and 5 euro for primary school children, and are available from the Community College.

St Vincent de Paul

Approximately three weeks ago, the St. John Paul 11 Conference of St. Vincent De Paul was established in Castlepollard, with the aim of ensuring that very needy people in the area will receive much needed assistance. Local members are presently undertaking training for their work with St. Vincent De Paul, and will work with various local groups and organisations, undertaking fundraising etc.

Christmas concert

The annual Christmas Concert and draw for the parish of Castlepollard, Castletown and Finea will take place in the Parish Community Centre on Wednesday, December 17th, from 8pm until 10pm. Draw cards are in circulation and cost 1 euro per line, or 10 euro for the complete book. Various artists will perform on the night, and there are some great prizes on offer. There will also be a mini-auction on the night. Make a note in your diary for a night of entertainment and the chance to win very attractive prizes.

Library event

Castlepollard Book Club will host a Poetry Reading in Castlepollard Library next Tuesday, December 29th, when poet Peter D. Lyons will read from his new book of poetry - Myths of Multiplicity. Peter D. Lyons is originally from the USA,and has been living in Ireland for the past ten years. He is a Matatuck College Award winner for outstanding achievement in poetry. The reading will take place between 6.30pm and 8.00pm, and tea and coffee will be served. Also on the night, Castlepollard Book Club will also hold their monthly meeting on the night when they will review the books “A History of Loneliness” by John Boyne, and “Friendship Bread” by Darien Lee. All are welcome.

Blessing of Crib

The annual Blessing of the Crib will take place at Coole Hall will take place on Wednesday next, December 10th. The event is multi-generational and includes very young children up to and including the members of the Coole Older Peoples Group. All are welcome.


Local clubs, organisations or individuals with items, notes or reports for the Castlepollard, Coole, Whitehall and surrounding areas are asked to have them with the writer by 6.00pm on Saturday evenings. Contact 044-9661530, 086-8800051, or email