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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018


12 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS MULLINGAR FILM SOCIETY The society’s next film showing is ‘The Death of Stalin’, on Sunday, 15 April at Áras an Mhuilinn, Mount Street, Mullingar at 7:30pm. ‘The Death of Stalin’ is a comedy in English set against the internal political landscape of 1950s soviet Russia. It takes a darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated writer and director, Armando Iannucci, known for his work on Alan Partridge, and political satires, ‘The Thick of It’, ‘In the Loop’, and ‘Veep’. Over 18s welcome. RATHOWEN NOTES COMMUNITY CENTRE Children’s Irish dancing classes take place every Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Contact Ciara on 085 1117373. Stage school Saturday 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Contact Sarah- Anne on 085 2742306. To book community centre contact caretaker on 043 6676189. NOTES Anyone who has anything they would like to put in the notes, please send them to or contact 087 1943982. RATHOWEN LOTTO There was no winner of the €9,900 jackpot in last week’s draw. The numbers drawn were 06, 13, 15 and 23. The three prizewinners were Colette Doyle, Omar Whelan and Leona Irwin. The next draw is on Monday, 16 April in Connaughton’s bar, with the new jackpot of €10,000. GLEN AFTERCARE COMMITTEE Glen Aftercare Committee would like to thank everybody who helped to make the recent American Tea Party and Céilí a huge success. In particular, thank you to the Glenside Céilí Band for their very generous support and Ardagh Community Centre for their help and facilities. We would also like to thank all the hosts who took tables, those who provided spot prizes and donations and all who attended the night. A great night was had by all. FLEADH LONGFOIRT CHEOIL Fleadh Cheoil Longfoirt will take place in Newtownforbes on 27, 28 and 29 April. The main competitions take place on Sunday, 29 April in Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes. Competitions in the céilí bands, grúpaí cheoil, rince ar an sean nós, rince céilí and seit will be held on Saturday, 28 April, while the Comhrá Gaeilge, scéalaiocht and storytelling will start the weekend off on the Friday evening at 4.30pm. A detailed programme of events will be published in the Longford Leader in due course. Any further enquiries please contact Discover Islam cultural exhibition in Mullingar Farhana Sharif, Farida Rifai, Mary Hughes, Martin Marshall, Colm McHugh, Adam Sabbagh and Terry Toal. Rasheed Amin pictured with Muhammad Mansours pictured at the Greville Arms. BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN An exhibition showcasing different elements of the Islamic faith took place over the weekend at the Greville Arms Hotel. The event, which was called Discover Islam, aimed to give locals information of the Muslim faith, culture and values and dispel misconceptions and encourage more interfaith understanding. One of the volunteers, Dr Farhana Sharif, who came to Ireland 27 years ago and has lived in Mullingar for 15 years, works as a paediatrician at Mullingar Hospital. “Today is Discover Islam day and it is all about introducing the concepts of Islam to the community. Some of us have been here for decades now and we just wanted the wider community to know about what Islam is all about,” said Dr. Sharif. She said event, which is also fundraising for Temporary Emergency Accommodation in Mullingar, aimed to address some of the commonly held misconceptions about the Muslim Faith. “We want to dispel those misconceptions and let people know more about the religion and celebrate our similarities. A lot of us are working in the hospitals and out in the community and this is our home. We just wanted to let people know a bit about what gives us solace and what Islam is all about and mostly, to celebrate our similarities.” Dr Farida Rifai, Senior Clinical Psychologist with the HSE, has lived in Mullingar for the past 16 years. “When we first came to Ireland, not many people were aware of the details of this religion but now there are many other Muslim families living here and people have come to know about festive days such as Ramadan. We have made friends here and we have got to know each other’s interests. My children were born and raised here and they call it home and so do we.” “One of the purposes of this event is to let people know that we are just like them and just normal people. You have a tiny minority who live through violence. These people have no religion and are wrongly associated with Islam.” Locals set to clean up rubbish covered Captain’s Hill this Saturday More rubbish found strewn along the canal line on Monday morning. BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN Local musician Finbar Coady provoked a big reaction online when he posted a video showing the usually clean Captain’s Hill, located beside Lough Owel, covered in litter. In the 50 second video, which quickly racked up 3.4k views, Finbar asks his friends to join him in cleaning up the local beauty spot, and has already received quite a bit of feedback from conscientious locals. “Look around, there is just rubbish all over the place - bottles, cans by the tonne, plastic bottles, deck chairs, broken tents. Ten people would do a lot of work in a couple of hours,” Finbar said in the video. The footage once again highlights the chronic issue of dumping in North Westmeath, which has become a contentious issue among residents and public representatives alike. While a group were due to tackle the hill last weekend, the wet weather hampered their plans. However, there is now another chance for locals to get involved with the clean-up, which is rescheduled for 10am this Saturday, 14 April. Speaking to Topic, Finbar revealed he had since been contacted by Westmeath County Council who have offered to supply him, as well as the other volunteers, with cleaning materials and will also take all the rubbish away. “They said they feel that when it’s community organised, people appreciate the resource. They are delighted to facilitate us with cleaning materials.” Meanwhile, yet more rubbish was discovered along the canal line early on Monday morning, around 300 metres down Horan’s lane near Sanderson’s Bridge. “Rubbish was dumped yesterday at some stage that included used nappies, beer cans, plastic bottles, €5 scratch cards and food waste. It’s a regular dumping spot at which a hidden camera could really help identify culprits. “Proactive signs, I think, would work better than regular ‘dumping fine’ signs, such as ‘this month 3 people were caught dumping here; wanna be number 4?" a local suggested. Coláiste Mhuire TY Students’ A Few Good Men BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN Following the huge success of 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest last year, Coláiste Mhuire Transition Year students are back this year with the classic 'A Few Good Men' in conjunction with Mullingar Arts Centre. In this dramatic courtroom thriller, LT Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. Speaking to Topic on Monday, director Sean Lynch said the students have been rehearsing hard in the run up to show. “They first got their scripts sometime in October and we cast it before Christmas. We have really started working on it in earnest for the last few weeks and we have some of our drama Beautiful view of a clean Captain’s hill. teachers from the centre working here such as Conor Walsh and Daniel Egerton. It’s quite an ambitious programme for a class but the lads are rising to it. It’s a great play and everybody is familiar with the movie. Act one alone involves 26 different locations, which are all done using lights. We will have 27 actually because you can see Guantanamo Bay in the background.” Sean revealed that the Aaron Sorkin play has been performed at the centre twice before. “Keegan Theatre were here with it three years ago, from Washington. It is quite a daunting challenge for the boys, but they are rising to it.” ‘A Few Good Men’ will run at Mullingar Arts Centre on Wednesday, 11 April and Thursday, 12 April. You can book online or call the Box Office on 0449347777. At ease - the lads during dress rehearsals on Monday morning at Mullingar Arts Centre pictured with TY co-ordinator Georgina Hourican and Edel Holohan.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 13 There’s been ongoing moves on to try to bring the All-Ireland Fleadh back to Mullingar once again… in fact, it’s been 50 five years since the last All-Ireland was here, but there’s a huge lot of competition these years, and I’m told that Galway and Wexford are very well placed, so it would require a huge effort, and a lot of co-operation between the local Comhaltas people and all the business community…. perhaps all will be revealed at a special Fleadh meeting in the Greville Arms next Wednesday night, 18 April..I’m also asked to remind all Irish dancing fans that the regular Cullion Community Centre Ceilí takes place this Friday, 13 April with music by the one and only Glenside Ceilí Band, and with dancing starting at 9.30pm...all are welcome and admission is just €10.... and a reminder also that ‘A Few Good Men’ will be staged at Mullingar Arts Centre from this Wednesday, 11 April, to Friday 13 April by the St. Mary’s College Transition Year Students....its at 8pm nightly and the students’ interpretation of this famous courtroom drama is well worth seeing.....we hear that Flawless Beauty has moved with Br. Frank & Br. Fergus Looks like there’s a great weekend planned at Mullingar Harbour this weekend, brother. premises from Castle Street to St Loman’s Terrace, Mullingar and we wish them the very best of luck . . y’know, the bad weather must be nearing an end, after that really nasty winter-spring period that has hurt farmers, because the Kilbeggan Races are back again , starting in just a week in fact, on Friday, 20 April, with the first race at 5pm….hopefully, Paddy Dunican and his team have arranged for some nice warm sunshine to cheer us all up….. I noticed on Saturday last that County Westmeath had got into one Top Ten in a national newspaper... unfortunately, it was for the poor condition of some of its regional roads... it’s not at all as bad as Offaly, where 14% of the regional roads are in real trouble.... but 8% in Westmeath is not great, when counties like Longford and Donegal show only 2% and barely 1% of Meath’s regional roads are “in severe structural distress” and in need of upgrading…. If you are interested in watching one of the world’s most famous darts players, Phil Taylor in action, the place to be is down in Mullingar Arts Centre on Saturday next, Aye, I hope we get the weather for it. LOCAL SOLDIERS BACK HOME WITH FAMILY Sergeant John Fitzpatrick with his son Dylan at Dublin Airport after his return from Golan Heights where he spent six months on duty with UNDOF. John is from Mullingar, and is based in Custume Barracks, Athlone with 2 Artillery Regiment. 1 4 April, at 7pm or 8.30pm... Phil Taylor has won the world title an incredible 16 times...separately, there’s a group of Heritage barges coming to Mullingar this Saturday, 14 April, with the Inland Waterways Association encouraging more people to use the Royal Canal…the Heritage Boat owners association with their big 60ft barges are to hold a barbecue at Mullingar Harbour that we’re informed and then they’re going to walk out to Lough Owel, along the Canal Supply, with Seamus O’Brien, local author and historian filling the visitors in everyone on the history of the area, including the Famine Graveyard…. Now for a few birthday greetings, and on this Wednesday, 11 April, there’s special birthday greetings going to Mary Keegan from Dalystown, Mullingar, , and also to Jamie Fox from Bogtown, Kinnegad 153 On Monday of this week, 9 April, it was 153 years since the surrender by Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, ending the Civil War in the United States of America. The bitter and bloody conflict killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops over four years of fighting. 57 On Thursday of this week, 12 April, 2018 it will be exactly 56 years since Soviet astronaut, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the earth. 42 At least 42 people have died in the besieged city of Douma, the rebel held suburb of Damascus in from their relatives and friends...On this Thursday, 12 April, Michelle Duffy from Knockdrin, Mullingar will have a birthday and Jonathan Raleigh, The Downs, Mullingar also has a birthday the same day....and also, on 12 April, Fiona Fallon from Rathnamuddagh, Dysart, Mullingar is sent birthday wishes....birthday greetings this week to Adam O’Connor, Greenpark Meadows, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar, who will be fifteen-years-old on this Friday, 13 April ..... best wishes to Fiona Maher, Mullingar who celebrates her birthday on Friday, 13 April if you see her in Tesco wish her well...Shannon, Rhianna and Nevaeh send on their regards...and on the coming Saturday, 14 April, Joseph Nea from Water St., Castlepollard has a birthday to celebrate, and also the same day, Rachel Darby from Kinnegad will be fifteen-yearsold and her parents, family Syria, following a chemical strike on Saturday last, 7 April. Meanwhile, medics in Syria say that at least 300 people in the district were affected by the gas. 24 Irish actress and multiple Academy award nominee Saoirse Ronan celebrates her 24 birthday on Thursday of this week, 12 April. 15 Canada is in mourning this week following the tragic deaths of 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in a bus crash northeast of Saskatoon on Friday last, 6 April. The crash is one of the worst disasters ever to strike Canada’s sporting community. There were 29 people on the bus at the time and her friends send best wishes....and another birthday on April 14, is that of Cian Maloney from Hill of Down, Enfield, who is sent good wishes... On Sunday next, 15 April, there’s greetings for Ciara Murphy from Ballinderry, Mullingar...and also on 15 April, Louise Croash from Newtown Lawns, Mullingar has a birthday to celebrate, and also on the same day, there’s birthday greetings for Richard Tuite from Dysart, Mullingar, and Arlene Moran from Streamstown, Mullingar .... finally, on Tuesday next, 17 April, a special birthday wish for Caoimhe Dermody from Mayne, Coole ....The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is in Mullingar this week, and you can go along to Annebrook House from 4.30 to 8pm on Wednesday or Thursday, 11 and 12 April if you want to help...the monthly Seisiún out in Castletown-Geoghegan (Ned Claffey’s) is on The Week In Numbers Corporal Willy Archibold 2 Artillery Regiment and based in Custume Barracks, Athlone, is pictured with his mother Betty at Dublin Airport recently after his return from the Golan Heights after completing a six month tour of duty with the 56th Infantry Group, UNDOF. Willy's father Billy Archibold (RIP) was a member of the 4 Field Artillery Regiment based in Columb Barracks, Mullingar. and each player on the team is under 21-yearsold. 4 The first ever State Visit of a President of Ireland to the UK took place four years ago on, 8, 9, 10 and 11th April, 2014. The State Visit was a historic occasion for Irish/British relations, with President Michael D. Higgins being the guest of Queen Elizabeth, who visited Ireland in 2011. 1 Patrick Reed, a 27-yearsold Texan won the Masters golf tournament for the first time in Augusta, Georgia on Sunday last, 8 April. The competition ended in disappointment for Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for fifth place, six strokes behind Reed. Wednesday night 11 April at 9.30pm and for those who enjoy birdwatching...the AGM of Westmeath branch of Birdwatch Ireland is in Bloomfield House Hotel on this Thursday evening at 7pm...this weekend, the Newtown Lawns Residents have their big clean-up day on Saturday, 14 April from 10am to 12 noon and again from 2pm to 4pm....and there’s a History Walk in Mullingar led by Ruth Illingworth at 3pm on Sunday..and on Friday of next week, the big ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ event in aid of John McCauley’s Tanzanian Heavenly Homes project takes place in Mullingar Arts centre at 8pm on 20 April… the €10 tickets are available at the Arts Centre or from TEAM….there’s a big launch out in Castletown- Geoghegan GAA clubhouse, with news of their plans for a new set of dressing rooms, stand and a track, …it will take place this Thursday at 8.30pm... A couple of Action Draw results for you for the past two weeks...on Tuesday, 3 April, the big oprize of €1,000 was landed by Oliver Moran, with the promoter Patricia Bardon...€400 went to Jason Palmer, c/o Tommy Dunee, with the €200 prizes won by Kathleen Loughrey, c/o Tommy Dunne, Rose Mary Rice, c/o Keith Wykes, and Robhn Geoghegan, c/o Sean Matthews...on Monday, 9 April, the top prize of €1,000 was scooped by Detty Cornaly, c/o Joe Walsh, while the €400 prize went to M+P, c/o The Enterprise centre...the €200 prizes were won by ‘Jimmy the Jink’, c/o Maguire’s Butchers, Mullingar, James O’Dowd, c/o Anthony Gavin, and Tommy’s Girls, c/o Patricia Bardon...congrats to all...I see next Saturday is Aintree Grand National day and no I don’t have any special information as to the likely winner, but I see Annibale Fly and Total Recall are mentioned by our own Terry Mooney and may be worth an each way flutter, while the Gigginstown House Stud colours will be carried by the Mouse Morris trained by ALPHA DES OBEAUX and Tiger Roll...enjoy folks CONTEST NIGHT FOR MULLINGAR TOASTMASTERS Thursday, 22 March was contest night for the Mullingar Toastmasters, the first stage of the Toastmasters’ International Speech and Evaluation contest. This can be can be a stress filled evening where the nervous tension in the air is palpable, but not this time thanks to the wonderful warm up exercises by toastmaster Pauline McCabe. Mr Brian McLoughlin was first up with a speech entitled Two things to do to have a contented life. According to Brian, the two magic ingredients are rest and play, and said they are as natural as night and day, and advises that unless we can become like children, we will not enter the kingdom of happiness within. Mags Healy Donoghue spoke about life and health one step at a time, an insightful speech advocating the merits of exercise for the mind, body, and soul. She ended her speech with the wonderful quote, “It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk with you but no one can walk for you.” Finally, Donna Marie Woods shared a heart rending story regarding the dangers of assumptions. A contest where competitors evaluate a speech given by a toastmaster from an outside club followed, which was indeed a hotly contest competition this year, and was won by Joan Heduan. Thanks were extended to all who performed roles on the night, and to those brave enough to compete. but a very special thanks went out to Joseph O’Connor from Athlone Toastmasters who voluntarily put himself forward for evaluation. Congratulations to two winners on the night, Donna and Joan, and best of luck in the next stage of the competition. The toastmasters wished a happy birthday to fellow orator Jim O’Donnell. The club left with food for thought this month in a famous Japanese proverb: “Keep the feet warm, and the head cool, and the stomach at 80%.” Toastmaster’s next meeting takes place in the Greville Arms Hotel on Thursday, 12 April at 8:30pm. Guests are most welcome as always. For further information, visit the group’s Facebook page or

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