Road traffic collision

Road traffic collision

Units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were called out to deal with a single vehicle road traffic collision on Thursday evening, March 12th, shortly after 6.15pm. The collision took place on the Collinstown/Mullingar Road, next to the turn off for the C & F/Iralco facility. Local Gardai and Paramedics from the Irish Ambulance Service were in attendance, and the casualty was removed to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Traffic flow was interrupted for a period of time.

Charity run

The local Honda 50 enthusiasts club, Club 50, are holding their annual Charity Run on Easter Sunday, April 5th. The route will cover fifty kilometres, and refreshments and raffle will take place after the event. Route details and charity to be supported will follow later.

Shop fire

Units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service, assisted by units from Oldcastle Fire & Rescue Service, were called out on Saturday afternoon last, March 14th, to deal with a fire in the takeaway premises adjacent to the filling station in Collinstown village. Despite prompt action from the emergency services, the building was extensively damaged. No injuries were reported. Local Gardai were in attendance, and traffic flow was interrupted for a period of time. Once the fire was brought under control, fire fighters remained on scene for a period of time damping down and making safe.

The late Thomas Doyle

The entire local community were saddened to learn of the death, which took place peacefully in the loving care of the staff of the Portiuncula Nursing home, Multyfarnham, on Wednesday, March 4th of Mr. Thomas (Tom) Doyle, Benison, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at Portiuncula Nursing Home on Thursday, March 5th, from 3pm until removal at 6.30pm to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Whitehall, Castlepollard, arriving at 7pm. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass on Friday, March 6th, at 1pm, and internment took place afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Tom, as the deceased was known locally, was in his 93rd year, and was a member of an old respected family. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The deceased is survived by his loving wife Betty, sons Tom and Eamon, Tom’s partner John, daughter-in-law Pauline, sister Rita, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

Easter half marathon

Preparations are well in hand, and the excitement is mounting in the lead up to the second annual Easter Half Marathon and 10K organised by Ringtown Hurling Club. The event is AAI approved, and chip timing will be done on the day by The event will cover the same route as last year. Starting from near Whitehall Church, and heading up through Templanstown, taking the long route around Old Kiltoom, and returning to Whitehall along the main Mullingar road. The 10K event will start at 11.00am, and the entry fee is 15.00 euro. The main event, the Half Marathon, will start at 11.15am, and entry fee is 30.00 euro. Shower facilities and refreshments will be available on the day. Proceeds on the day will be shared with the TEAM Project (Temporary Emergency Accomodation Mullingar). For further details contact 087-9156981, or 085-7735231.


Next Sunday, March 22nd, will see the first ever Bingo event in Granard’s new Canon Kelly Hall. Proceeds are in aid of the Granard Visitor Centre Project and 4000 euros in prize money must be won. Bingo starts at 3.00pm and all are welcome.


Clubs, organisations or individuals with items or reports for the Castlepollard, Coole, Whitehall and surrounding areas are requested to have them with the writer by 6pm on Saturday evenings. Contact Martin on 086-8800051, 044-9661530, or email