14 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS Private Rented Property inspections more than double in year THERE were 874 inspections on 734 private rented accommodation properties in Westmeath last year according to figures presented at the March meeting of Mullingar Municipal District. Raising the matter was Cllr Sorca Clarke (SF) who asked for the details to be provided by officials to elected members. In response, Martin Murray, Director of Services said that the Housing Department of Westmeath County Council inspected 734 dwellings in 2017, more than double the number from the year before when there were 318 properties inspected. The total number of inspections carried out on these properties was 874 in 2017 and 433 the year before. Mr. Murray said that if a swelling is considered to be non compliant with the Housing Regulations, a letter is sent to the landlord, requesting that the matters be addressed and the council informed so that a follow up inspection can be arranged. The main reasons for non compliance are in the areas of Fire Safety, Window Trickle Vents and the fitting of child safety restrictors on windows. ‘Snow’ signs of illegal dymping! SNOW drifts and banks were an all too familiar sight in the past few weeks. Quite apart from the chaos to travel and services caused by Storm Emma and subsequent falls of snow, one Mullingar councillor has highlighted a side effect that has presented in the Churchtown Cross area some weeks ago. Speaking at the March meeting, Fine Gael’s Andrew Duncan asked that rubbish dumped on the local road at this location be cleared by the Municipal District. However, Martin Murray, Director of Services explained that an inspection of the area showed that the rubbish appeared to have been removed. Cllr. Duncan said that he would check again but it was difficult to know if locals had removed the offending discarded item or if the problem had been hidden by the snow. Cllr. Duncan said he would check out the situation. Darkness into Light launch to take place at Market Square It was a wet start to the launch but as the group released white doves, the sun broke through the clouds. Superstar Jennifer Lopez with Inglot Cosmetics Jane Swarbrigg turned heads at the recent first annual Inlgot Awards held in Dublin. Inglot Director and well-known social media figure Jane Swarbrigg and her team, are collaborating with megastar Jennifer Lopez, as in actual Jenny from the block, for a huge namesake collection with the brand it was revealed last week. Launching on 26 April, the extensive colour line will bring Jennifer’s and Inglot’s shared vision of strong femininity to life and offer women diverse ways to express themselves through beauty. Finally, everyone can now achieve his or her own authentic ‘JLo Glow’. “The capsule collection we created with Inglot is filled with all my go-to products in my favourite colours. We have everything from mascara, lipsticks, eyelashes, blush, eyeshadow and of course...bronzers,” said Lopez. “What I think is unique and exciting is our Freedom System Palette, which allows you to create your own personalised palette with the specific colours and products that you need. Now you no longer have to buy that 5-piece eye shadow kit to get the one colour you really want.” “It is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time,” Lopez said recently. “A make-up line seemed like a natural progression since people are always asking about the products I use and how I get the glow to my skin.” The collection will launch with over 70 pieces, including eyeshadows, bronzers, lipsticks, blushes, mascaras, and powders. According to WWD, the entire collection is done in shades of nude, gold, and shimmer to help us mortals achieve that classic JLO glow. “I really wanted to make it representative of what I would like, what I would use, from the color but also the quality,” Lopez said. “The price point was very important to me, which is why I chose to partner with Inglot. We can create great quality products that are affordable.” In recent years, Inglot has become a beacon for make-up lovers in Ireland and around the world. High-quality products and at low prices is always something we’re keeping an eye out for, however, usually, that wishlist is just too ambitious. However, Inglot has managed to nail it when it comes to making killer products for an affordable price, and for that, we will always come back for more. BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN It may have been a wet start to the launch of Mullingar’s Darkness into Light walk which will take place in May but as just as the committee released a batch of white doves to honour those lost to suicide, the clouds broke and the sunlight shone down on the town making for a truly remarkable and up - lifting sight. The event, which took place last Saturday at the Market Square, saw members of the committee read out inspiring poems about the deep loss experienced by those affected by suicide. “Each suicide victim and their precious soul, will battle the darkness that took a great toll. Suicide victims can’t utter a word but we are survivors and we can be heard. The stigma must end and awareness must rise, we carry this message with tears in our eyes. From all walks of life, we gather for them and shine in their honour with light from within.” Speaking to Topic, PRO, Rebecca O’Callaghan said the beautiful snow-white birds symbolised all those lost to suicide, “We re - leased the white doves in memory of the lives lost and the families suffering daily, due to suicide and self harm. We hope every business, school and community group will be joining us with families, friends and comrades lost and injured to suicide and self-harm, where support and respect is our focus for our community in Mullingar and the surrounding towns and villages.” There were incredible performances on the day by Chantelle Liana Devine, Maedhbh and Darragh Glennon as well as members of Mullingar Town Band ensuring the poig - nant event was suitably marked. The new Mullingar Darkness into Light committee are currently hard at work planning this year’s event which will begin at Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn at 4.15am on 12 May. Rebecca said the walk is set to take place outside Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, “It’s a brand new committee this year and we also have a youth committee so we’re taking it into the community. We are delighted to confirm our host for this year is Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn on the Ashe Road to the rear of Columb Barracks and we will be starting from there at 4.15am, 12 May,” she explained. INFORMATION You must register online by 4 May to receive a T- shirt, and you must bring proof of registration (either printed or on your phone). Please arrive by 3:45am. Please allow time for parking. Each participant must have a torch for health and safety reasons. There will be no storage for personal items during the event, so please come ready to walk/run. Please respect traffic wardens and event signage, and follow instructions on arrival. Help us keep our venues clean and place any litter in bins provided. For more information contact any of the committee at email@example.com or through the Facebook Page at ‘Darkness into Light Mullingar 2018’. Pauline McCabe, treasurer, Emma Keena, youth committee and Stephen Donnelly, music and volunteer.
TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 Tony Quinn, Mullingar, author of poem, Mary Henson, Moate, Fr Joseph Naikarakudy, Mullingar, Marie Carroll and Bríd Kenny pictured after the Dawn Mass. Mass at dawn on the shores of Lough Ennell A wonderful Dawn Mass was held recently for the celebration of Easter Sunday, 1 April at Lough Ennell. The day was celebrated by Fr Joseph Naikarakudy, and he was joined by many locals who turned out in the spring morning chill to enjoy the occasion by the lake. Following the ceremony, Moate attendee Mary Henson wrote the following in homage to a beautiful day of praise. “The air was crisp, the grass white with frost as Mass goers snaked their way along the path in from GAINSTOWN PROGRESSIVE 25 RESULTS Winners on 13 Games were Tom Earley and Noel Rowe. Second on 11 Games were Jack O’Dell and Enda Wynne, Molly Feery and Kevin Crummie, and Jerry Casey and Frank Seery. Table prizes went to Hilda McQuaid and PJ McCrum, Seamus McGowan and PJ McTeague, and Patsy Alford and Mary Manning. Last game winners were Rita Bentick and Fionnuala Kelly. Raffle prizes went to Jack Doolin, Frank Ryan, Larry Gavin, Mick Kavanagh, and Paddy Casey. Card players are always welcome to Gainstown Primary School on Wednesday nights. Doors open at 8:30pm and games start at 9pm. Streete Notes DEATH We extend sincere sympathy to Gretta Dunne, Lisryan, and the extended Gorman and Carroll families on the death of Josie Carroll, widow of Gerry Carroll, Aughafin, Edgeworthstown, whose funeral took place last week. May she rest in peace. MONTH’S MEMORY The 8pm Mass on Saturday next will be a month’s memory Mass for the late Luke Kiernan, Boherquill. TEA MORNING What a great success and most enjoyable event took place in Fiddlers Green pub, Streete, on Wednesday morning of last week, compliments of Jim Phelan, owner of the pub, helped by Marie Keary, who saw that everybody was made welcome and looked after. Jim got the idea to have a drop in morning on the first Wednesday morning of each month, to give an opportunity to members of the community and surrounds who are free to call for a cuppa and a chat in comfort. Many areas have men’s sheds etc. but a parish like ours is short in numbers, so this idea means all who are retired or just free at this time are most welcome to keep up to date, by coming along on the first Wednesday of each month. Watch this space for updates! SOCIAL DANCE Our next social dance is scheduled for Friday, 20 April. We have the legendary country music star, Noel Briody from Oldcastle, who made it to the final three contestants of Glór Tire. If you haven’t been to our social dance, please try and come along on Friday night, 20 April at 10pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a great night out. Admission is only €10 including tea and a light snack. Free draw also takes place after the break. VINTAGE As previously mentioned, our annual Streete Parish Park Vintage day has moved date to the last weekend in June, taking place on Sunday, 24 June. Also by popular request, it has been agreed to move our Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run to Saturday, 20 May, starting from the Park at 2pm. Monies from this event will as always be donated to two charities, which this year is the Irish Heart Foundation and also the Motor Neuron Foundation, to help with their unbelievable voluntary work. This year I ask any of our ladies who can, if they might consider forming a group to take part in the run and support these two worthy charities. As always, at the end of the Tractor Run, we will have a BBQ and an auction. In previous years, many supporters said if they knew in advance, they would like to donate a prize or gift to be auctioned. Should you be in a position to help us, please contact myself, Brian the car park for Mass at dawn on the shore of Lough Ennell. On that glorious morn of Resurrection before sun dance, the only light much to adorn the celebration was two flickering candles on the tiny white altar set close to the water’s edge. “As the crowd gathered and the swans gently paddled on the lake, everything was the essence of peace and contentment, Fr. Joseph preparing to celebrate the feast of the Risen Saviour. “During the Mass as the smell of incense whiffed through the air, birds flapped their wings and everyone joined in the hymn, ‘This is the day the Lord has made’ – man and nature in harmony with Heaven praising God!” Rev. Fr Joseph Naikarakudy, Mullingar, who celebrated the Dawn Mass at 6.30am Nerney 086 2596656, John Parker 086 830 1347, James Parker 086 31 25876 or Chairman Declan Carthy on 086 8123514. As stated, all monies from this run and auction will be donated to these two charities. TABLE QUIZ Linda Butler reminds us that a great night will be had in the Fiddlers Green, Streete, on Friday, 27 April in aid of the restoration work to our Church of Ireland in Streete village. This iconic building was built, as records show, as far back as 1612, with a straw thatched roof at the time. In 1810 it was rebuilt as the building we see today. It has served our community very well, but like all things, this place of kindred worship is now in need of some major life saving repair work. We ask all in our community to come out and support this worthy cause. Table quiz kicks off at 8.30pm sharp with a table of four costing €40 and junior tables €20. Great prizes to be won on the night, with raffle and light refreshments served. Please come and support. Donations gratefully received. Spot prizes for raffle can be left in the pub in Streete or contact Linda on 089 4486332. PARTY There was a fantastic turnout for this year’s Golden Years party in Streete Parish Park on Sunday, 24 March. Almost 80 senior citizens attended this gala event for what was a great afternoon of beautiful food and entertainment. The Golden Years party was again organised by the hard working committee of Streete Parish Park community centre. Monsignor Earley said after dinner thanks and reminded us with a moment’s silence in reflection of those who have passed to their eternal reward. Our Chairman Declan Carthy thanked all for attending and for supporting the Parish Park over the years. The Committee would like to thank all who gave so generously by cash donations and raffle prizes and who offered their time to help out. We would also like to thank Seamus Farrell from Longford who played some soft music for us to enjoy during the meal. We would also like to express great praise to the very talented Erin and Grace Ross for providing us with a great mix of music and song, and to our very own Johnny Keary, who never fails to let us down with some old time favourites. Finally, thanks to John Feerick and his hard working staff from Rathowen who provided the food which everyone agreed was simply beautiful. NOTES All notes for inclusion any week must be with Brian on or before Friday night or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . PLANNING NOTICES WESTMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL: I, Aeilish McGovern, intend to apply for planning permission to construct a granny flat extension to the front of my existing house to include a sitting room and bedroom and to retain and convert existing garage to include a dining room, kitchen, w.c. and stove and to extend at rear of existing house to include a dining, kitchen and utility with patio and wall, and to install two Velux windows at front and to decommission existing septic tank and to install a treatment system with percolation area with all ancillary site works at Strand Cross, Walshestown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority, Mullingar Municipal District, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, Westmeath County Council on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: M.F. Kelly & Associates. Tel: 085 7255182. WESTMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL: I, Laura Lawlor, am applying to Westmeath County Council for full planning permission to retain existing porch at the front of my house at Tullystown, Finea, Co.Westmeath. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority at Mullingar Municipal District Offices, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. OFFALY COUNTY COUN- CIL: I, Martin Egan, intend to apply for permission and retention permission for development at Killaderry, NEWS 15 Daingean, County Offaly. The development will consist of the change of use of the first floor areas of the previously approved garage, under planning permission reference PL2/17/167, from storage to gym and model-making workshop with kitchenette and washroom ancillary to these proposed uses and all of which, are incidental to the enjoyment of the existing dwelling house. Permission is also sought to retain and permanently restrict the three existing roof lights with external guarding and to install opaque glazing in order to permanently eliminate the ability to view the outdoors from the first floor of the previously approved garage. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. OFFALY COUNTY COUN- CIL: We, Gary Malone and Amy Malone, intend to apply to Offaly County Council for full planning permission for a two storey extension to the side of the existing house at 30, The Sycamores, Edenderry, Co. Offaly. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. OFFALY COUNTY COUN- CIL: Karl and Emma Mollen, intend to apply for permission for development at Bracklin Big, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The development will consist of two storey house, garage & effluent treatment system and all ancillary works and services. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the Offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee , €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.