Easter Half Marathon

Easter Half Marathon

Preparations are going well for both experienced and novice athletes alike in the build up to the Easter Half Marathon being held in Ringtown on Easter Monday, April 21st. The route will start from Ringtown GAA Centre at Whitehall, Castlepollard, head up through Templanstown, around Old Kiltoom, back onto the main Mullingar Road and return to Whitehall, with this being the route for the 10K event, and two laps for the half marathon. The event has an AAI permit, and showers and refreshments will be available afterwards in Ringtown GAA Centre. The 10K event starts at 11am, and the half marathon at 11.15am. Entry fees are 15 euro for the 10K and 30 euro for the half marathon. Online entry is available through, which will guarantee a free t-shirt. The event is a joint fundraiser for Ringtown GAA and TEAM (Temporary Emergency Accommodation Mullingar). For further information contact 087-9156981, 087-2311551, or 087-6622251.

Postcard winners

Castlepollard Library once again held a very successful St. Patrick’s Day Postcard competition, which attracted a tremendous entry from National Schools in the area. The winners were as follows:- Coole NS - Aoife O’Keeffe and Sinead Nolan; Castlepollard Parochial School - Zeta Gordon, Leon Doyle and Cy Geary; Finea NS - Shanae McGovern, Lorraine Moore and Ava Browne. Congratulations and very well done to all concerned.


Ringtown GAA Club are holding a fundraising auction in Ringtown GAA Centre on Sunday, April 13th, starting at 2.30pm. Anyone with items they might like to donate, household, farming, mechanical etc., should contact any committee member prior to the event. Viewing of items will be open to the public on the day from 2.00pm. Details to follow.

Community Network

The next meeting of the North Westmeath Community Network takes place in Hotel Castlepollard on Wednesday, April 9th. Start time is 8pm.


The entire local and wider North Westmeath community were saddened to learn of the death, which took place peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, March 18th of Mrs. Mary Bruton, (nee Craig), Dunwiley, Stranorlar, County Donegal, and formerly of Trumroe, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, until removal on Wednesday, March 19th, to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard, arriving at 7.30pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass in St. Michael’s Church on Thursday, March 20th, at 12 noon, and internment took place afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Mrs. Bruton had been predeceased by her husband John, and son Anthony. She was of a quiet and friendly disposition, and was a friendly and obliging neighbour. she will be sadly missed not alone by her immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She is survived by her daughter Mary, sons Seamus, Ian, Gerard and Thady, other relative and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.