16 NEWS TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 In brief Zero tolerance in Westmeath for use of disabled parking spaces without permit Geraldine Leonard and Mary Perry pictured at the Little Shop of Horrors Laura Irwin and Jenna Henry pictured at the show on Thursday night THERE is a zero tolerance policy in Westmeath of parking in disabled zone without the appropriate permit but despite this, there were 98 fines issued to offenders in 2017. It might seem like a high number, showing that last year, there were 98 illegal uses of disabled parking bays sanctioned by the local authority’s wardens. This is two up from 2016 and an increase of 43 in the past four years. However, Sinn Féin councillor Sorca Clake raised the matter at the March meeting of Mullingar Municipal District and said that she felt the number of fines for 2017 is “exceptionally low” as offences seem to exceed this considerably. The councillor asked if there is a fifteen minute ‘grace period’ for anyone parking in disabled bays without a ticket or permit and was informed that this is not the case for those who illegally use these spaces. “There is zero tolerance for parking in these spaces without a permit,” said Martin Murray, Director of Services with Westmeath County Council. Mr. Murray explained that offences were difficult to sanction on Sundays, as the local authority’s wardens do not operate on this day but he said the fines issued have amounted to a €5,500 total for 2017. ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ sixnight run a huge success Frankie Moffatt and Aoife Burke pictured at the show last Wednesday Danny Dunne and Síghle Fitzgerald pictured at Little Shop of Horrors last week Ailbhe Mulvihill pictured backstage during the show at Mullingar Arts Centre BY: CLAIRE CORRIGAN There was a good attendance for the sixnight run of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by the Mullingar Student Players at Mullingar Arts Centre, with many locals making their way to the centre for the colourful show which featured incredible performances by the seasoned cast, as well as very impressive costumes and stage props. Mullingar Arts Centre director Sean Lynch said the team were extremely proud of the production. “It turned out to be a fabulous production. The vast majority of the cast have gone through training here at the centre and my job as a director is becoming easier every year because they are trained and you can see the improvements in them. Eimhin Fitzgerald Doherty (Seymour) and Chloe Purcell (Audrey), as the two leads, really encapsulated the essence of their parts. The singing was brilliant too. The plant (played by Cian O’Farrell) went down quite a treat.” This is the third time that the centre has taken on the surreal, sci-fi horror musical. “We put it on in the County Hall in 1995 with Lakeland Productions and in 2007. Those who weren’t at it, missed out on a fantastic night. The reception and standing ovations it got at the end were amazing.” Angela Condell and Catherine McLoughlin took in the show last week. Catherine and Cliodhna Denieffe pictured at the Arts Centre last week for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Eimear Tuohy, Óisín Tuohy, Matthew McBride, Aaron McBride and Joe McBride were at the show. Run off water a problem for resident A Westmeath councillor has called on the Mullingar Municipal District to remedy a situation where run off water from the road is causing problems for a resident. Simon, Lucas and Sam Rainsbury pictured during the interval at the Arts Centre. Tom Allen and Anna Allen pictured at the Arts Centre last Thursday evening. Laura and Catherine Conroy pictured during the interval at Mullingar Arts Centre. Eva Goodall, Ruth Goodall and Aileen Murphy pictured at the show. Cllr. Brian Crum (FF) asked that the matter be addressed along the L5807. He said that water is running off from the road when it rains heavily and into a property, where it pools at the front door. In reply, Martin Murray, Director of Services, said that there is no positive drainage system in that locality and so, it is a matter for the householder to deal with. Kate Donlon, Helen Conlan and Sarah-Jane O’Farrell pictured at the Arts Centre last week. Claire Byrne and Riain Byrne pictured at ‘Little Shop of Horror’ last Thursday night. Mary Kelly, Gerry Kelly, Martha Kelly and Sarah Kelly picured at the show in the Arts Centre.
TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 GERRY GRIMES CELEBRATES 50th BIRTHDAY Well-known Mullingar resident and Manchester United fan Gerry Grimes had a wonderful 50th birthday party night in Murrays’ Lounge on Dominick Street. Our Out & About snapper Mick Flanagan was out on the night and got some great photographs of Gerry on the night with friends and family members. If you have a special party night planned and would like Mick to drop in, call 087-2797270 and if at all possible, he will make it. NEWS SITUATIONS VACANT PRACTICE NURSE Required for a GP Practice in Edenderry, Co. Offaly FULLY COMPUTERISED & MODERN SURGERY. If interested please email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org 17 MEDICAL SECRETARY Required for a GP Practice in Edenderry, Co. Offaly Ideal candIdate to have excellent communIcatIon & organIsatIonal skIlls If interested please email CV to email@example.com Billy Robinson, Andrew Robinson, Lorcan Kilmurray, and Darren Murray pictured with Gerry on his birthday night. Due to continual expansion in our business we are now hiring for the following positions: SKIP LORRY DRIVER WASTE SEGREGATION OPERATIVE/ MACHINE DRIVER Experience required but not essential. Full licences and tickets will be requested at interview Fluent English essential. CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org APPRENTICE FLOOR LAYER REQUIRED Must have own transport. No experience necessary but a willingness to learn essential. Safe Pass and Manual Handling required. Midlands area. Replies to: email@example.com Ref. 17320 Donal Kilmurray and Damian Kilmurray pictured with Gerry Grimes at his 50th birthday. Gerry Grimes and Caroline O’ Mahoney pictured in Murray’s recently for the birthday celebrations. Iveta Mangulsone, Michelle McArdle, Gerry O’Brien, and Dusty Rushe pictured with Gerry at Murray’s for the birthday festivities. Holistic & Psychic Health Fair Sunday 15th April Mullingar Park Hotel 11am-6pm Over 40 Exhibitors Holistic Healers-Psychic Reading Angels shops - Crystals & More Free Admission www.holisticfairsireland.com Matt Tobin, Sharon Darby, Jar Gegan, and Caroline O’Mahoney pictured with Gerry in Murray’s for the birthday celebrations. W H A T A R E Y O U L O O K I N G A T ? E Y E C A T C H I N G ‘ T O P I C ’ A D S