Charity car wash

Charity car wash

The annual charity car wash organised and carried out by Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service on Saturday, May 31st, was once again very generously supported, realizing 3,400 euros. Firefighters, helpers, volunteeers and collectors were on the Square from 10am until 4pm, washing vehicles and collecting funds. Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service would like to thank everyone who supported the event so generously, the volunteers, helpers, collectors, the public and local businesses who assisted and donated so enthusiastically to make the event such a success.

Good2talk 5k

Next Wednesday, June 11th, sees the eagerly awaited Good2Talk 5K Road Race and Walk taking part in Rathowen in aid of Good2Talk, which offers a counselling therapy clinic based in College Street, Mullingar, for those experiencing issues related to bereavement, trauma, addiction, stress etc. The event starts at 8pm, with registration at 6.30pm in St. Mary’s School, Rathowen. Entry fee is 10.00 euro for adults and 5.00 euro for children. Make a note in your diary to support a very worthy cause.

Luke Fagan weekend

Plans are now finalised and preparations well underway for the forthcoming Archbishop Luke Fagan 300th Anniversary Commemorative Weekend which takes place in Castlepollard next weekend, June 14th and 15th. The Saturday programme is as follows:- Visits to the three historical associated sites at Lockbla, Foyran and Rathgarve Cemeteries at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm respectively. Schoolchildren from Finea, Castletown and Castlepllard NS will read a historical commentary compiled by local historian Michael Conlon, assisted by their teachers. Prayers will be offered for all those interred there. Weather permitting, there will be picnic at the Parish Community Centre, liquid nourishment will be provided, and packed lunches are recommended. Only the carpark is available for the picnic, and parking will be under direction of stewards. After Mass at 6.30pm in St. Michael’s, Fr. Paul Connell, PhD, President, St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, will give a talk on Luke Fagan and hit times. This will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. Sunday’s events will begin with Mullingar Town Band playing in the Church grounds prior to the Mass at 11.30am. Parking in the carpark will be under direction of stewards. Celebrants of the Mass will vest in Room 1 of the Parish Centre, and the Procession will start from there. Stewarding will be in place in the church. Servers are asked to be in the Sacristy by 11.00am. Among the concelebrants of the Mass will be Most Rev Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meat, and the Papal Nuncio, His Excellency The Most Rev Charles John Brown. All are invited to attend the Mass, and are most welcome, especially the Fagan Gathering. Parishioners are asked to display the Papal Flag to welcome the Papal Nuncio. After Mass there will be refreshments in the Parish Centre between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. There will be a guided tour of Fore Monasteries. all are welcome.


Congratulations and very well done to the students from Castlepollard Community College on winning awards at Scifest 2014 in Athlone Institute of Techonology (AIT). The Castlepollard team of Denis Farrell, Rian Fullam and Eric Leonard were second in the Junior TechnologyGroup Category. Their project was “Weight propulsion and aerodynamics of flight”. Matthew Doyle, Eric Fitzpatrick and Ryan McLoughlin cam third with their project, “The Bright Light”. Jennifer Carroll and Jenny Kelly came third in the Bimeda Veterinary Awards with their project on how horses keep warm in wind. The event attracted 237 entries., with more than 460 second level students from 21 schools around the midlands taking part.


We extend best wishes to all the students locally and in the North Westmeath area currently doing their varous exams. We hope they achieve their desired results, and in the case of the Leaving Cert students, their chosen career path.


Householders and businesses in the North Westmeath area are advised to exercise caution when dealing with unsolicited telephone callers advising them that computer viruses have been detected on their computers, and offering to “fix” the problem for a fee, on receipt of their personal/banking details. Such calls are scams, and there is no way to remotely detect viruses on computers. Legitimate organisations will never cold call clients asking for personal details regarding their account.