MIDLAND TRIATHLON - Next Saturday, May 14th, sees the first ever half-ironman, middle distance triathlon, to be staged in the picturesque setting of Lough Lene, Fore, Oldcastle, and Castlepollard. The event begins at 9.00am with a 1.90km swim in Lough Lene, following which the athletes will embark on a 90km bike ride which will follow a two lap course covering Fore, Oldcastle, Dromone and Castlepollard, and ending with a 21.1km half-marathon in and around Fore Village. So far, some 170 athletes have signed up, and the Midland Triathlon Club, Tri An Mhi, are hoping to make the event a regular fixture in the athletics calendar. The organisers have gone to great lengths to ensure the smooth running of the event, with early communication with the local community, the Gardai and local County Councils. The event is considered a middle distance race, and the experienced club athletes will be expected to cover the distance in 5-6 hours, with others taking up to 8-9 hours. The first athletes are expected to finish the course between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. The event will impact on the local road network between 9.00am and 4.00pm, and your co-operation and consideration will be greatly appreciated in making this inaugural event a resounding success. Come along on the day and cheer on the athletes and watch how the triathlon event evens out the advantages between the strong swimmers, the faster cyclists, and the marathon runners.
A two vehicle road traffic collision took place on the evening of Monday, April 25th, Easter Monday, at Whitehall, Castlepollard, The road was closed to traffic for a period of time while units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service, the Ambulance Service and Gardai attended the incident. Firefighters using specialist cutting equipment removed the single occupant from one of the vehicles prior to removal by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
In common with other parts of the county, and indeed nationally, Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were heavily involved in fighting bog and gorse fires during the recent extended dry spell. On Sunday afternoon, at approximately 1.30pm, May 1st, a heavy fire broke out at Corrylana, on the Coole/Lisryan Road, which was threatening the Streete Wildlife Club’s compound. Fire crews brought appliances into the compound to fight the blaze which was advancing rapidly due to the high winds on the day, and the Castlepollard fire crew was quickly supplemented by crews from Edgeworthstown, Granard and Oldcastle, who used a large capacity water tanker and portable pumps to supply water to the firefighters on the front line, who were forced to use breathing apparatus to cope with the intense heat and smoke. The blaze was quickly made up to a Level 3 Incident on the Fire Service Incident Command System, and a Command Post was set up outside Meehan’s Pub in Coole, which was also used as a staging post for appliances and crew refreshments etc. A second major fire was burning at the peat processing enterprise at Shrubbywood on the Coole/Multyfarnham road, and additional crews from as far afield as Virginia, Co. Cavan, and Trim, Co. Meath, were called in to deal with this firefront. The major blaze at the Streete Wildlife Club was brought under control around 10.00pm on Sunday night, and firefighters remained on firewatch through the night. In the early hours of Monday morning, May 2nd, the Bank Holday, Castlepollard firefighters were back in action on the fire on the Coole/Multyfarnham road, backed up by crews from Edgeworthstown, Granard and Oldcastle. Firefighters using portable pumps from the River Inny fought the blaze through the day until darkness began to fall. The high winds fanned the fire and made the task all the more difficult. The fire was again blazing on Tuesday afternoon, and was finally brought under control.
A representative from the Mullingar Citizen’s Information Service will attend the Civic Centre Offices at Castlepollard Library, Mullingar Road, Castlepollard, every Wednesday morning between 9.30am and 12.oo noon to give advice on entitlements, social welfare claims, financial problems and legal issues.
Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service would like to extend thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their generousity and assistance during the recent major fires which Castlepollard firefighters and their colleagues attended - Rose & Staf at Hotel Castlepollard, Donal Meehan, Streete Wildlife Club and D & A Moran’s Service Station, and anyone else who may have been omitted from this list.