House fire

House fire

In the early house of Saturday morning, November 23rd, units from Castlepollard Fire & Rescue Service were alerted to assist colleagues from Oldcastle Fire and Rescue Service in dealing with a house fire at Lurganboy, between Glenidan, Collinstown, and Dromone, Oldcastle. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly brought the situation under control, ventilated the building and made safe. No injuries were reported.

Gardening club

The last meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club was a presentation by Britta Stewart Dolan on “Aromatherapy and Relaxation”. She gave a very interesting talk and spoke about therapeutic properties of the various oils that came from plants. She advised on not using them in their concentrated state without proper advice. Castlepollard Gardening Club is holding the annual Christmas gala flower arranging night on Tuesday, 10th December, at 7.00pm in Tullynally Castlepollard. Margaret Quinn from Dublin is coming this year to do the demonstration and a good evening’s entertainment is guaranteed. All flower arrangements will be raffled afterwards. The supper will consist of Christmas Fare and there will be an admission fee of 10.00 euro. All are welcome.


The launch party for the first ever Tribfest Music Festival to be held in Tullynally Castle in Summer 2014 will take place in Hotel Castlepollard on Saturday evening next, November 7th, doors opening at 7.00pm. Music on the night will be provided by U2 tribute band The Joshua tree, supported by Cronin. Tickets for the launch party are vailabe from Hotel Castlepollard, Walsh’s Jewellers, Mullingar, and The Seven Wonders Bar, Fore, at a cost of 10.00 euro each.

Coole Yule

A Coole Yule Christmas Market will take place in Hotel Castlepollard on Sunday, December 8th, from 10.00am to 6.00pm. There will be a wide range of stalls and exhibitors on the day, with musical entertainment and a visit by Santa Claus mid-day. For further information contact

Christmas market

A Christmas Market will take place in the courtyard of Tullynally Castle on Saturday and Sunday next, November 30th, and December 1st, with all proceeds in aid of St.Michael’s Church of Ireland Restoration Fund. The market opens each day at 11.00am and there will be a large range of stalls and home produced foods, cakes, etc. to cater for all tastes. Santa Claus will make a visit each day. For further information contact Shirley on 087-0925740. Email, or

Office closure

We note with sadness and a degree of nostalgia the recent closure of the branch office of N.J. Downes & Co., Solicitors, Kirk View, Dublin Road, Castlepollard, following more than one hundred years of service to the Castlepollard and North Westmeath community. The office was visited for many years by the late Mr. Kevin Wallace until his retirement, and by other solicitors, including Mr. Andrew Fay until the recent closure. The office was for many years situated on the Square beside D & P Murphy Hardware, until relocating to Dublin Road, Castlepollard.


The next meeting of the newly formed North Westmeath Historical Society will take place in Hotel Castlepollard on Thursday next, November 28th, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.


A gathering event for past and present staff members of St. Peter’s Centre, Castlepollard, will take place on Friday evening, December 6th. The evening will start with Massin St. Michael’s Church at 6.30pm, followed by music, entertainment and refreshments in Hotel Castlepollard. For further information contact 087-6258225.


With the onset of Winter and progressively bad weather, please spare a thought for elderly or infirm neighbours living in isolated or inaccessible areas. A phone call, or better still a call in person to someone who may be reluctant to ask for assistance could literally be a lifesaver. The offer of transport or help with necessities such as firewood, fuel, food, medication etc., and a little human contact could make a huge diferrence to someone.