Corr: Martin Farrell Tel: 044 966 1530 / 086 8301005. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is great satisfaction and pride locally at the increase in points for the Tidy Towns Competition this year, with the total increasing from 272 points overall in 2014, to 279 this year, an increase of 7 points. The town improved in six of the eight categories, and maintained position in the remaining two categories. The categories in which points increased were:- Community Involvement and Planing; Built Environment and Planning; Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities; Sustainable Waste and Resource Management; Tidiness and Litter Control; Residential Streets and Housing Areas. Points were maintained in the categories of Landscaping and Open Spaces, and Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes. Slight downsides this year were the Town Hall on the Square, and the old Vocational School building on Water Street. This year a walk was developed on the Old Road from Finea Road to Water Street and is approximately 3km in length. It is being developed as the Old Road Nature Trail, and there are two oak trees along the way donated by Thomas Pakenham. These were planted by the local Scout troop, the 7th Westmeath Castlepollard Scout Group. Funding was received from Westmeath County Council under the Local 21 Agenda and Environment Partnership Funding, and Castlepollard Tidy Towns paid the remainder of the costs. The walk is notable for the access to local wildlife which it offers, and access has been developed over the Summer, also there is a plant and wildlife information board at the entrance to the Old Road. Great work was done by local residents and businesses, Bat Conservation Ireland, local Scouts and Cubs, the CE workers, Westmeath County Council, Castlepollard National School, Castlepollard Community College, Castlepollard Parochial School, all those who helped are assisted in any way, not least of all the hardworking volunteers who turned out throughout the year. Thanks must also go to Russell Mellett, Proprietor, Hotel Castlepollard, who presented Castlepollard Tidy Towns Committee with a voucher for Murphy’s Topline Hardware, Castlepollard, to enable the committee to buy necessary equipment. Well done to all concerned.
On Sunday, October 11th, at approximately 11.20am, multiple units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were called to assist Mullingar Fire & Rescue Service in dealing with a large hay shed fire at Slanemore, Mullingar. Mullingar Fire & Rescue Service had already deployed a pump unit, portable pump and water tanker when firefighters from Castlepollard arrived on the scene. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked to bring the fire under control, and were assisted by local farmers using tractors and slurry tankers to deliver water to the scene. Local Gardai were in attendance.
Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Castlepollard National School took place on Friday last, October 9th. Celebrations started with Mass in St. Michael’s Church at 11.00am, followed by a special celebration at the school which included a tree planting ceremony to mark the occasion, and the unveiling of a special mural. Past pupils, past staff members, and the local and wider community attended on the day to reminisce and renew old acquaintances. Of particular interest were the old attendance records dating back to the school’s opening in 1965. St. Michael’s National School was also open to the public on Saturday, October 10, between 12 noon and 3pm, for anyone who wanted to visit and relive at least part of their school days.