Sponsored walk

Sponsored walk

Next Sunday, May 25th, will see the annual Sponsored Walk in aid of North Westmeath Hospice taking place in Castlepollard. The walk will get underway at 4.00pm from The Anchor Bar, Castlepollard, and there will be refreshments etc. there following the completion of the walk. Sponsorship cards are in circulation, and your support for this very worthy cause will be greatly appreciated.

An Post Ras

A large number of locals, both cyclists and non-cyclists, lined the Square and the Collinstown and Pakenhamhall Roads for the opportunity to view the spectacle of the An Post Ras passing through Castlepollard on Sunday afternoon, May 18th. Gardai were in place to control traffic movements, and there were numerous outriders and photographers travelling ahead of the race. The leading group of ten to twelve cyclists were enthusiastically greeted, as was the main group which followed shortly afterwards. The same enthusiasm was directed to the few backmarkers, and no less, so to the very last competitor who was preceded by the “Broom” support vehicle. Many locals were the lucky recipients of free commemorative An Post Ras t-shirts distributed by An Post personnel ahead of the event.

JFK 50 mile challenge

Avid walkers and ramblers will have noted the date for the 2014 Moylagh JFK Challenge, which is a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society and LARCC. Registration is now open online at,, and the event is open to all fitness levels. There is no requirement to do the entire 50 mile distance, and there will be stewards present on the route to help participants, or get them back to the nearest rest stop. The minimum sponsorship amount is 50 euro, and participants are encouraged to be on site at the start by 5.00am to 5.30am, when registration will be available for those who haven’t registered online, and the start time is 6am. A safety briefing will take place prior to the event start, and also a warm-up session. For further information contact info@50milechallenge, or

Water meeting

Next Wednesday, May 21st, at 8.30pm, a public meeting will take place in Castlepollard GAA Centre, Pakenhamhall Road, Castlepollard, to discuss the intended installation of water meters throughout the country, and issues arising from the the use of smart meters, privacy, cost, and health and safety. Guest speaker on the night will be Dr. Finbar Markey from Louth Environmental Group, and anybody with questions or concerns regarding the installation of water meters is invited to come along.