Park now open

Park now open

The Playground is now open to the public and so is the new Community Park. As you all know this new park has been reseeded and the very young grass needs time to grow and be prepared to be played on. Bikes, Go Karts and Dogs are not allowed in the new community park or walk way. There is CCTV in the new park 24/7. The new Car Park will be opened for Saturday 31st. There will be new bins put around the green area but for the present time please use the bins supplied in the Playground.

Lotto €10,300

Next draw is Monday September 2nd. Results of last draw held 19th August was no winner. Tickets can be brought in Rathowen Post Office, Connaughton’s Pub, along with several people selling. If you would like to sell a book please contact Peter or Liz on 6676189. It’s worth buying a ticket and remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!!!!


Saturday 31st August - A Gathering party like no other… The Rathowen Gathering is YOUR party. It is a Gathering Ireland event open to everyone; and will celebrate Irish culture and music as well as the people of Rathowen, Co. Westmeath past and present. The Rathowen Gathering Museum will exhibit photos and footage from Rathowen’s history; and celebrate the town’s links to famous Irish descendants such as Bruce Springsteen - who was “over the moon” when he learned of his Rathowen connections recently. All aspects of Irish culture will be relished with authentic Irish Trad music on the outdoor street stage, seanchais and sean-nós singing in the town’s bars, and even a stage for famous local Irish playwrights. Two-time Hennessy Award-winner Dermot Healy will appear, and nationally renowned local playwright Jimmy Keary will read extracts from his works. Music will include contemporary Irish Folk & Blues acts in addition to authentic Irish Trad, with rising star Larss Vincent (The Wilde) being listed as one of the top Irish artists to watch out for in 2013 by Midlands Radio 3 as well as numerous tastemaker blogs. There will be additional entertainment with multi award-winning sean-nós singer Nell Ní Chróinín performing (Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, An tOireachtas) and traditional Irish dancers also taking to the stage. A Pop-up Cinema will offer a small area to enjoy Irish classics such as the Oscar-winning short film ‘Six Shooter’ and Oscar-nominated short ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. You can also expect a special Rathowen Gathering film presentation towards the end of the night. The Rathowen Gathering is a free event, taking place from 2pm until late on Saturday 31st August. Come and enjoy Rathowen as you wander from one festivity to the next; enjoying the vast array of Irish music, art, history, film and culture on offer. www.facebook.com/TheRathowenGathering2013

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Thanks to all who supported our church gate collection last Sunday, as you know this is a free event to the community but all events have cost and we have placed buckets in Feericks, the shop and Post Office and Connaughton’s, any donations will be a help. Thank you and roll on the gig rig and nostalgia!!!!

Where to stay

We are very lucky in our little village to have fantastic B&Bs in the area, firstly we have River view Country House which is run by Margaret Keogh and you can contact her on 086-0767811, next we have a B&B run by the Fitzgerald family and proprietor Ann can be contacted on 086-8310857 or 044-9373259, then the newest B&B is Glebe House Guesthouse which is run by Jim & Martina and you can look them up on their Facebook page or call 087-9879186 or email glebehouserathowen@gmail.com, then you have Feerick’s Hotel and you can call 043-6676025. Accommodation sorted!!

Vintage Club

The Legan Vintage Club tractor fundraising draw is in aid of the Disabled People of Longford the Phoenix Centre. Draw will take place on the 5th October 2013 in the Village House Rathowen, Tickets are €5 each or a book of 5 for €20. 1st Prize: Ferguson 20 TVO; 2nd Prize: LCD Colour TV 3rd Prize: Weekend away for two.

Active retirement

If you are fifty plus and would like to take part in interesting, entertaining and educational activities B.M.B Active retirement is the place for you. Activities include: art, computers, Go-for-life, Spanish Singing, Pickleball, day trips, Theatre outings and holidays. Come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd September at 11am in Ballinafid Community Centre (beside the covert) where you can get more information and enrol for classes. Please phone Deirdre 087-1723256 or Marian 086-3739663 for more information.

Wefare services

Closure of Streete Clinic, from 12th August 2013, Community Welfare Service will no longer be provided in Streete Health Centre. Persons wishing to access the Community Welfare Service should attend Edgeworthstown Health Centre on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 3pm. In case of an emergency or for further information contact head office on 043-3350150.

5k run

Streete are hosting their 5k run next Sunday the 1st September at 2pm. All proceeds are going to the upkeep of the new walkway. All Please support.