Birthday greetings

Birthday greetings

We extend heartiest congratulations and very best wishes to Mrs. Carmel Fitzsimons (nee Reilly), Coole, who celebrated her 50th birthday recently, along with husband Martin, family and friends with a very enjoyable birthday party in the Lough Lene Inn, Collinstown.


The entire local Castlepollard, North Westmeath and wider community were saddened to learn of the enexpected and untimely death, which took place peacefully, at his home surrounded by his family and friends, on Thursday, October 23rd, of Mr. Ronnie Ball, Church Street, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at his home on Friday, October 24th, between 2.00pm and 7.00pm. Funeral Service took place on Saturday, October 25th, at 4.00pm in St. Michael’s Church of Ireland, The Square, and internment took place immediately afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Church Street, Castlepollard. The attendance at the removal, Service and funeral was very large wnd widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Ronnie, as he was universally known, was a member of an old, respected family. A psychiatric nurse by profession, Ronnie was soft-spoken, friendly and a true gentleman. A friendly and obliging neighour, he was actively interested in community affairs, Tidy Towns, the Killafree Church project, motor caravans etc., and was deeply devoted to his family. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. Ronnie is survived by his loving wife Judy, father of Alan, David, Ciara and Deirdre, grandchildren Daphne, Peter and Louis, other relatives and wide circle of friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Gardening Club

Castlepollard Gardening Club will hold their next meeting next Thursday, October 30th, in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard, at 8.00pm. Barry Kavanagh from Bailieboro will give a presentation on “Gardening at this time of Year”. The vompetition on the night is for the best pot plant not wider than eighteen inches. All are welcome, new members particularly.

50th Anniversary night

Castletown-Finea/Coole/Whitehall GAA Club are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the revirth of the club which took place in 1964 with a reunion night in Hotel Castlepollard next Saturday, November 1st. Surviving members of the three adult championship winning teams will be presented with certificates , as will representatives of deceased players on those teams. There will be music, song dance and refreshments on the night, and the opportunity to relive past glories and rekindle old friendships. Admission on the night will be 15.00 euro, and details may be had from any club member.

Ringtown GAA

Ringtown GAA Club are holding their Club AGM on Friday night, November 7th, at 8.00pm in Ringtown GAA Clubhouse. All club members and supporters are encouraged to attend. The Club are holding a Reunion Night in the Clubhouse on Saturday night, November 15th, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club’s 1974 victory in the Junior Championship. Music and refreshments will be available on the night, and details from any club member.

Coffee morning

A Coffee Morning and Cake sale in aid of the Parish Renovation Fund will take place in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, after 1.30am Mass on Sunday next, November 2nd. Donations of cakes, buns, jams and preserves, pies and other gifts will be most welcome. There will be an art exhibition on the day. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


House holders in the area are advised to exercise caution when dealing with telephone callers claiming to represent computer service providers and claiming to have “detected” a virus on your computer, which they will deal with on receipt of a payment from you, which also includes you giving them your personal and banking information. This is a scam. There is no way to remotely detect a virus on a computer. Other scams involve claiming to represent banks, building societies, telecoms providers, electricity. water and gas suppliers, and requiring you to “confirm” your details. Genuine providers and companies will never cold call requesting your details from you, as if you are registered with them, they will have such information already, and will not contact you for confirmation. If in receipt of any suspicious calls, hang up immediately, note the time and details of the caller, and contact the Gardai and relevant service providers immediately.