The Rathowen Gathering was held on Saturday the 31st August and to say it was a success is an understatement. With over 200 visitors (who signed the visitor’s book) some from America and some from England the Committee of the Gathering were very pleased with the event. The Gathering Museum which was held in the Community Centre was full of memories for the many visitors and childhood friends who have not seen each other for decades. They all got to enjoy the hundreds of photos which has been collected for the last 4 months by the Gathering Committee and digitally restored with the help of Anthony Tighe Photography; all pictures were on display along with the role books from the schools and it documented the history of Rathowen and some of its famous occupants down through the years. The ladies of the local ICA were on hand to cater for all the visitors with complimentary tea/ coffee and lovely treats donated by the community. Anyone interested in the photos can go to the Facebook page of Rathowen Gathering and find them on there. Gabriel Maguire has all photos on the page and you can contact him with any queries of photos on the page. Musical Artist came from as far as Cork to play on the Gig Rig and in Connaughton’s Pub and they were very entertaining and thank you to all who came. Also the pop up cinema was a great success with various residents giving interviews and all was edited and put up as a seven minute movie. Thanks to Jimmy Keary for his reading of his plays and to Dermot Healy. Local dance groups from Edgeworthstown, Legan and Ballinacargy were on hand to entertain and local musicians as well. The Gathering committee would like to thank Padraig Flynn and the Board of Management for the loan of their role books also the local ICA and the local Gun Club and Legan Vintage Club for their help with traffic. Thanks also to Anthony Tighe for his skill with the photographs. A special word of thanks to Peter Duffy who along with his family Gavin, Ray and Brendan made the Gathering the success it was. The Committee organised a presentation to Peter to acknowledge all his work and also to Peter’s wife Chris. Gabriel Maguire also got acknowledge for his role in the Gathering and his gathering of the photos and history

Baby Alfie

We would like to send our congratulations and warmest welcome to baby Alfie, the first child of Susan and Tom Lambden and first grandson for Mary and Tommy Lambden, (Ballygarren) and Colette and Ken Eades, (Mullingar). Alfie was born last Monday 26th, congrats Sue and Tom.

Park now open

The Play Ground is now open to the public and so is the new Community Park. As you all know this new park has been reseeded and the very young grass needs time to grow and be prepared to be played on. Bikes, Go Karts and Dogs are not allowed in the new community park or walk way. There is CCTV in the new park 24/7.

Lotto €10,300

Next draw is Monday September 2nd. Results of last draw held 19th August was no winner. The winning numbers were 3,8,24 and 28 and the drawn winners were Omar Whelan, Ingnatius Tighe and John Farrar. The results of Monday’s draw will be in next week’s notes. Tickets can be brought in Rathowen Post Office, Connaughton’s Pub, along with several people selling. If you would like to sell a book please contact Peter or Liz on 6676189. It’s worth buying a ticket and remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!!!!

Back to school

Tuesday sees the return of homework, lunches and uniforms for the parents and children of St Mary’s National school. Welcome back!!

Legan Vintage Club

The Legan Vintage Club tractor fundraising draw is in aid of the Disabled People of Longford the Phoenix Centre. Draw will take place on the 5th October 2013 in the Village House Rathowen, Tickets are €5 each or a book of 5 for €20.

Westmeath Rural Arts

We represent the communities in the area of Westmeath which includes Streete, Rathowen, Bunbrosna, Ballinlack, Rathconrath, Emper, Ballynacargy, Sonna, Lismacaffrey, Multyfarnaham, Ballinafid, Milltown and surrounding areas. Our training programme is aimed at all these communities who are taking part in the initiative Ireland Reaching Out which aims to contact with our Diaspora all over the world.


David Smith will be taking over the notes from October so please continue to e-mail anything into Lorraine on lorraine.tormey@gmail.com until the weekend of the 28th September after that all emails go to David.