We extend congratulations and very best wishes to Mrs. May Haugh, Simonstown, Coole, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, May 25th, with a party for family and friends in Mullingar.


Castlepollard Gardening club are holding their next meeting on Thursday evening next, June 2nd, when club members will meet in the carpark of the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, at 7.00pm, prior to their visit to Ballygillen Gardens, Delvin. All are welcome.


The Castlepollard and Oldcastle Church of Ireland Union of Parishes are holding their annual Summer Fete in the Rectory Field, Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard, on Saturday next, June 4th, starting at 2.00pm. There will be fun and games for all the family, barbeque, raffle, novelty events, dog show, bric-a-brac and novelty stalls, white elephant, cakes and confectionery stalls, side shows etc.


Next Sunday, June 5th, sees the sixth annual Poc Fada taking place in Coole. Events on the day will include a dog show and various other novelty and family oriented attractions, which will be based at Meehan’s, Coole. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Congratulations and very well done to Peter McGuigan, Collinstown, who has been selected once again to represent Ireland on the Ireland Youth Angling Team, which will compete in an international competition in Scotland on July 26th, 2011. Due to the fact that the ITFFA, the Irish Trout and Fly Fishing Association, the governing body, cannot meet the travel costs of the individual participants, there will be a fundraising table quiz in the Lough Lene Inn, Collinstown, on Friday night, June 10th, starting at 9.00pm. Entry fee per team of four will be 20.00 euro, and there will also be a raffle on the night. Peter’s mother, Ursula, is a native of Castlepollard. Come along on the night for some craic and quizzing in aid of a very worthy cause.


At a recent meeting of Castlepollard Tidy Towns Committee, much discussion and great praise was given to all who are making special efforts in preparing for this years competition. Special thanks are extended to the very active FAS and Westmeath County Council outdoor staff who have been making special efforts to present Castlepollard in a positive light which will in turn generate more business as people stop and shop. The new street lighting around The Square, in addition to the new seating with accompanying litterbins, has been complimented by many. The control, and consequent absence of, litter is very encouraging, as this has been an issue in the past. Thanks must go to all in the local community for their efforts with many residences and business premises being freshly painted which should be reflected in this years markings as judging will take place in the coming weeks. Hopefully any improvements that can be made to enhance the appearance of the town and improve the living and working environments will be done, and very well done to all concerned, and keep up the good work.


Congratulations and very well done to the Coole Drop-In Group who celebrated their tenth anniversary recently. The Drop-In Group have been active in Coole since 2001, and meet every Wednesday morning in Coole Hall where the activities range from crafts, painting, photography, knitting, cooking and baking. The Wednesday morning meeting is a high point in the local social calendar, where the opportunity to meet and greet old friends, make new ones, and have a cup of tea and a chat is very welcome.


A Table Quiz in aid of Coole Tidy towns will take place in Meehan’s Lounge, Coole, on Friday, June 10th, starting at 9.30pm. A big Summer draw plenty of prizes will take place on the night.


Castlepollard book will have their next meeting in Castlepollard Library on Tuesday, June 14th, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. The book for discussion on the night will be “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks”, by author Rebecca Sckloot. New members are also ways welcome, and further information may be obtained by contacting Castlepollard Library on 044-9332199.


Castlepollard Library will be closed for the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday, June 4th, and will re-open on Tuesday, June 7th, at 12.00 noon.


Congratulations and very well done to all concerned in Castlepollard Community College which was awarded “Best New School” award at a function in Aura Hall, UCD, on Wednesday, May 11th. The award marks Castlepollard Community College’s re-entry into the field of debating by competing in the Concern Debating Competition, for which the College won their award. Castlepollard Community College hope to encourage other young students to participate in regular in-school debates to build confidence and gain valuable experience for inter-school and regional and national debating competitions.


The annual Parish Barbecue in aid of church funds will take place on Sunday next, June 5th, in Watty’s Rock Bar, Finea, starting at 6.00pm. An evening of music, song and craic is assured, and all in aid of a very worthy cause. Your support will be greatly appreciated.