Baby Aine fundraiser

Baby Aine fundraiser

All roads lead to Whitehall, Castlepollard next Friday night, February 27th, for the fundraising night for baby Aine Boyhan Galligan. Little Aine is just six months old, but has already undergone surgery on her eyes to correct the rare condition, called Congenital Bilateral Cataracts, which while rare in itself, is even rarer to be found in both eyes. Born last August, Aine’s parents Margaret and Ciaran have to travel regularly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, as well as attending appointments in other centres such as Mullingar, Athlone, Clane and Cavan. Baby Aine has had surgery to insert intraocular lenses in her eyes, which infortunately were not successful, and must also wear specially designed glasses, the frames for which come from Italy, and which must be changed regularly. Aine’s parents Margaret and Ciaran hope that the ongoing treatment will be successful in the long term, and that Aine will have some form of sight to enable her to have as normal a childhood as possible. She also suffers from an additional condition called Nystagmus, which leaves the eyes moving constantly, and complicates treatment of the primary condition. Margaret and Ciaran are hopeful that the treatment will enable Aine to have at least some measure of sight, so that she can interact with her sister Alannah (4), and brother Sean (2). A fundraising night takes place in Ringtown GAA Centre, Whitehall, Castlepollard, next Friday night, February 27th, where Liam Fagan and guests will be providing music and entertainment on the night, and there will be numerous spot prizes donated on the night. Admission fee is a donation on the door, and there are collection boxes and line cards around the North Westmeath area. Account details for direct donations are - Iban IE78BOFI90168527401402, BIC BOFIIE2D. Make a date in your diary for a great night of music and craic, and help a very worthy cause in the process.

Gardening Club

The first meeting of Castlepollard Gardening Club for 2015 will take place on Thursday next, February 26th, at 8pm in the Parish Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard. Kevin Kiernan will be guest speaker on the evening, and will give a talk on aspects of Spring gardening. He will have some plants/shrubs with him from his garden centre in Legan and will talk about them. The competition on the night will be for the nicest bunch of snowdrops. All are welcome.

50th birthday greetings

We extend congratulations and very best wishes to local man, John O’Reilly on celebrating his 50th birthday recently with a party for family and friends in Hotel Castlepollard.

Lambing season

With lambing season now upon us once again, dog owners are reminded to ensure that their pets are fully under control and accounted for at all times. The most friendly and well behaved family pet can revert to its most savage and primal form when part of a pack, and attack pregnant ewes and newborn lambs with horrific results. Farmers have the right and responsibility to take action when confronted with a pack or individual dog attacking sheep. Please make sure that all dogs are secured at all times to avoid the heartache of losing a pet.


Account holders are reminded to check their bank statements carefully and regularly when dealing with cash point transactions. If in doubt about the security of any cash point, perhaps if possible go to the bank directly and get your cash from there. Criminals have been using scanning devices in Midlands cashpoints to gain access to account details, and as soon these details are obtained, funds are removed from your account immediately. Please make a point of checking all the transactions on the bank printout, and query them immediately if in any doubt. There may bea way to be compensated through your bank if problems are identified quickly.