After 32 years service in St Mary’s N.S, Padraig Flynn is retiring. We are having a retirement party on Sunday, 22nd June to celebrate Padraig work and dedication to the school. The committee members are calling to all the houses in the parish to hand out invitations for the event, from the 19th May, they will also give a envelope to each household and if people wish to make a donation towards the funding of the event they can do so at this time. It would be greatly appreciated. If there are people outside the parish who would like to make a donation they can send it into the school or give it to any committee member. The committee members are Betty Whitney, Geraldine Connnaughton, Margaret Beirne, Catherine Kelly, Sarah McNamara, Michael Manning, Sheila Lambden, Jennifer Gilmartin and Jennifer Evans. We are gathering photographs and stories about Padraig’s time in St Marys NS. If people have any old photos or stories they can drop them into the school or to any committee member. We are trying to contact as many people as possible who would have been connected with the school during Padraig;s time as Master. We are setting up a facebook group to try to help us let as many people as possible know about Padraig retirement.


Are having a 5k road race in Rathowen on Wedensday, June 11 at 8pm. Registration will take place in St Mary’s Hall at 6.30pm. Please support. Adults 10 euro, children 5 euro.

Cathaoirleach Awards

Friday the 9th May, the Cathaoirleachs Awards 2014 were held in Belvedere House and gardens, Cllr Peter Burke welcomed the community groups of Westmeath to say thank you for all their hard work in their communities and to Acknowledge the great achievements by many of the working groups and individuals. Rathowen entered five of the categories and won awards in three of them. St Thomas School won runner up for the 2014 Pride of Place Community and Eco Schools awards, and this is well deserved by the pupils, teachers, parents of the school. Second award won was Person of the Year award which Vincent Maguire won last year for his work with the RCD and youth and sport development, this year our winner was Tommy Lambden for his work in the community involvement which was also a well deserved award, Tommy has given many years to the community and organised and overseen many functions and projects in the community for groups. Tommy’s mother, Maggie Lambden was also a winner in the environmental and heritage award for her work with Westmeath Archaeological and historical society. The third award and biggest win to date is that Rathowen Community Development are the county winners for the Pride of Place 2014, which means that the community goes on to represent Westmeath in the All Ireland competition in Clare in November. This is also well deserved award to the groups active in Rathowen, especially in the last 20 years when the RCD was created in 1994, the group along with other community groups helped rejuvenate the village. The plague will be placed in the Community Centre and all groups can be proud to know they played their part in the community of Rathowen winning such an accolade.

Cemetery Sunday

Russagh, 1st June at 3pm. Rathaspic, 8th June at 3pm.

Table quiz

Their will be a table quiz in Connaughton’s Pub on Friday, 30th May, starting at 9.30pm. It’s in aid of the Johns Amani Orphanage. If you want to know more check out the web site johnsamaniorphanage.ie its for a great cause, local girl, Olive Connaughton is very much involved in this, she is heading out this year with other volunteers to help all those children in need. So please support .


There was no winner of the jackpot of 3,000 euro. The winning numbers were 13, 17, 19, 28. The draw winners of 30 euro each were Gerry McGovern, Colette Doyle and Irene Kiernan. Sellers prize to Johnny Farrar. Next draw will take place on 26/05/2014 in Connaughton’s Pub. Please support your local lotto. Jackpot will be 3,100 euro

Gun Club

Are looking for new members, anyone interested, please contact Cyrian Connaughton for membership form or any committee member.

St Mary’s NS

Congratulations to our 2nd class pupils who made there First Holy Communion on Saturday, 10th May. Congratulations to Alex Thomsen, Dara Keaveney, Louis Greene, Ciara Baird, Rachel Kelly, Brianna Clancy, Rebecca Reilly and Nicole McKeon. Thanks you to our choir, servers and to Monsignor Earley and Mrs Lambden for preparing the children. Also many thanks to the parents association for doing teas and coffees and looking after everyone so well. Congratulations to Tommy Lambden on receiving the Community Involvement award from Westmeath county council. Also to his mother, Margaret Lambden for her award “Active Elderly Award”. Well done to them both from Padraig and staff.


Ballinalack Tidy Towns are running a BBQ on May 31st. Music on the night starts at 8pm. Tickets 5 euro.

Inny Shamrocks

Our under 12 team had a terrific game against Clonmellon on Wedensday last. Both sides were evenly matched and the goals and points were flying in all directions. It ended in a draw and thanks to Clonmellon for their hospitality. Training continues every Friday in Streete Park for under 12,14 and 16 and the under 6, 8 and 10 in Bunbrosna. The committee and players of Inny Shamrocks would like to congratulate St Fintan’s National School, Lismacaffery on reaching their final and wish them the best of luck this Thursday.