Gardening Club

Gardening Club

The last Club meeting was a visit to Paddy McCusker’s garden outside Ballinagh. Paddy specializes in vegetables and it was very interesting to see how he produces such fine show winners in different categories I.e. carrots, parsnips, cabbage, potatoes etc. He also has a fish pond with various species of fish. Thanks to Paddy for an enjoyable evening. The next meeting is on Thursday next, September 25th at 8.00pm in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street. Peter Donegan from Donegan Landscaping will give a presentation on all aspects of landscaping. All are welcome.


The local Castlepollard, and wider North Westmeath community and beyond, were saddened to learn of the death which took place peacefully, following a short illness, at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, on Saturday, September 13th, of Mr. Patrick Ginnell, Church Street, Castlepollard. The remains reposed at the home of his sister Ann, Mullinakill, Finea Road, Castlepollard, until removal on Tuesday, September 16th, to St. Michael’s Church, Castlepollard. The funeral took place following Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Patrick Donnelly, PP, Collinstown/Fore, at 11.00am on Tuesday, September 16th, with burial afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery. The attendance at the removal, Mass and funeral was very large and widely representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Patrick was only son of the late Oliver and Agnes Ginnell, and brother of the late Una Plunkett. He will be sadly missed not alone by his immediate family, but by all who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his loving sisters Ann, Irene, Olive and Orla, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and wide circle of friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

Tidy Towns

Congratulations and very well done to all involved in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Castlepollard gained an extra four marks this year, with a total of 272 marks out of a possible 450. This represents a marked improvement since the 2010 total of 253 marks. Marks in the individual categories were as follows:- Community Involvement & Planning - 38 out of 60; Built Environment & Streetscape - 40 out of 50; Landscaping & Open Spaces - 39 out of 50; Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities - 30 out of 50; Sustainable Waste & Resource Management; 9 out of 50; Tidiness & Litter Control - 56 out of 90; Residential Street & Housing Areas - 23 out of 50; Approach Roads, Street & Lanes - 37 out of 50. Areas of particular praise were the Innova Business Park, local housing estates, Tesco Express, both local Churches, Fire Station, local pubs and businesses, approach roads, Castlepollard Community College etc. Some areas still need attention, and the Tidy Towns Committee were praised for their efforts and attention to detail. The committee are actively planning for next year’s competition, and new members and volunteers are welcome.

Music Classes

Irish music classes organised by the local Clann Lir CCE Branch are restarting for the Winter. Classes are available for whistle, fiddle, flute, banjo, traditional singin and guitar. All age groups are catered for, and further details may be had by contacting branch secretary Doreen Farrelly on 087-9372361.


With Autumn now upon us and the evenings drawing in markedly, please make sure that outbuildings, sheds, caravans, and any equipment which cannot be stored indoors is properly secured. Exercise caution when dealing with individuals claiming to be water meter inspectors etc., and demand proof of identity. Take the time to check that identity for authenticity, ring to confirm with headquarters etc. If in any doubt, keep your door firmly closed and alert the Gardai immediately, followed by family, friends, neighbours etc.