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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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24 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS District Notes - Nótaí na gCeantar CASTLETOWN-GEOGHEGAN BAILE CHAISLEÁIN MHIC EOGHAGÁIN CASTLETOWN-GEOGHE- GAN MENS SHED INAU- GURAL MEETING The inaugural meeting of the Castletown Men’s Shed will take place on Tuesday evening, 10 April at 8pm in the Community Hall, Castletown-Geoghegan. Men’s Sheds are primarily aimed at men of advanced years but all are very welcome. So don’t just sit at home. Come and join us and make ‘your shed’ a friendly place to meet, have some fun and do some good for your community. Contact John Mangan, Monaghanstown, Castletown-Geoghegan. Telephone 085 220991. Email: castletownmensshed@hotmail.com. CASTLETOWN-GEOGHE- GAN GAA LUCKY NUM- BERS DRAW There was no jackpot winner in last week’s draw. The winning numbers were 04, 18, 21 and 27. There was no three numbers winners either. A special draw was held and the winner was Marese Bell. The promoter’s prize was won by Noel Jackson. Next week’s draw takes place in Brennan’s Bar and the jackpot will be €7,900. CAMOGIE There was no luck for our Camogie team who played in the Division 4 Final against Harps, Laois in Abbotstown, County Dublin. PITCH DEVELOPMENT MEETING A meeting will be held on Thursday, 12 April at 8.30pm. in the clubhouse to launch plans for new dressing rooms, meeting room, stand and for an update on walking track. This meeting will be open to all as the new developments will be of benefit to the whole community. Please come along and support. CASTLETOWN-GEOGHE- GAN COMHALTAS - NEXT CCE MONTHLY SEISIUN Our next ‘Seisiun’ takes place on Wednesday, 11 April in Ned Claffey’s from 9.30pm. NEW BALLINAGORE TIDY TOWNS COMMIT- TEE Following recent meetings, a new volunteer Ballinagore Tidy Towns Committee has been elected. They will be hard at work over the next few weeks and they would appreciate your support. ST. PATRICK’S NATIONAL SCHOOL, BALLINAGORE - BUILDING FUNDRAISER Date for your diary – Friday, 27 April Ballinagore National School Building Fundraiser will take place on Friday, 27 April, from 9.30pm in ‘The Well’. A great night of music with Andy Feery. Tickets are €10 and are available from any Mary Fulham and Colm Oxley pictured with Jackie Kincaid on the night of Jackie’s 50th birthday party celebrations in the Annebrook House Hotel. member of the school committee. Do come along and enjoy the night. BALLINAGORE MACRA Ballinagore Macra will be hosting the Annual Tractor and Vintage Car Run on the May Bank Holiday Sunday at 10.30am in Ballinagore GAA Grounds. This is a great community event for all ages and there will be a BBQ and refreshments on the day. All proceeds will be donated to North Westmeath Hospice. BCDL FRIENDSHIP CLUB The club continues each Monday in St. Michael’s Hall, Castletown-Geoghegan, from 10.30am. New members would be very welcome. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS SYMPATHY Birthday greetings to Bernadette Garvin O’Leary who celebrates a very special birthday on Tuesday, 10 April and to Ger Gannon, Ballinagore who celebrated a very special birthday last week. BIRTH CONGRATULA- TIONS Many congratulations to Sandra and Michael Garvin, Castletown- Geoghegan on the recent birth of their little girl, Dearbhla; a little sister for Micheal and Orla. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Christy Hickey, Hopestown, Ballinea on the recent death of his nephew, Mr. David Finn, Mullingar and to the Sheerin Family, Jamestown, Castletown- Geoghegan on the recent death of their brother, J.J. and to Mr. Michael Maguire, Tyrrellspass on the death of his brother, Davy and to the family of the late Mrs May Fitzgibbon, Castle Green, Tyrrellspass. May they all rest in peace. COLLINSTOWN/FORE/ DRUMCREE BAILE NA GCAILLEACH/BAILE FHOB- HAIR/DROIM CRIA COLLINSTOWN AND PUTT CLUB PITCH Collinstown Pitch and Putt Club membership fees for 2018, are as stated thus: Adult - €100, Family - €150, Student - €50, Juvenile - €20. An individual who has never previously held a membership of a pitch and putt club that is affiliated to the Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland - €50 Those concerned who have yet to pay 2018 membership fees, are asked to please do so as soon as possible. LOTTO Last Sunday night, April 8th, a lotto draw for a jackpot of €4100 took place at the Seven Wonders (Haplins), Fore. The result of this lotto draw will be stated in the next C/F/D news column that is published in this newspaper. LOUGH LENE ANGLING ASSOCIATION Lough Lene Angling Association has scheduled its next competitions to take place on Lough Lene on Sunday, May 13th. The competitions in question are the Wardell Cup competition and Bob Berry Shield competition, both pike angling competitions. Hours of competition are from 11a.m. to 6p.m. The competition rules of the Lough Lene Angling Association will apply to both of these competitions. COLLINSTOWN ACTION GROUP Collinstown Action Group has scheduled a meeting to take place at Collinstown Hall on Thursday evening of this week, April 12th, commencing at 7 p.m. All are welcome. BALLYNACARGY BAILE NA CARRAIGE 50/50 DRAW WINNER Congratulations to this week’s winner of the Cara Phort FRC 50/50 draw, Linda Wallace, who won €61. Our next draw will be on Thursday, 12 April. Tickets are €2 each. This is a fundraising initiative for Cara Phort Family Resource Centre. LIVING WELL WITH DIA- BETES A talk on how to live well with diabetes will take place in Cara Phort FRC, from 7pm to 9pm on 11 April. Come along and learn some simple management strategies. All welcome. Cost €5. Contact Cara Phort FRC on 044 9373060 for more details. DEALING WITH DEMEN- TIA Learn more about managing the signs and symptoms of dementia. This talk takes place in Cara Phort FRC on Wednesday, 18 April from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is €5. Contact Cara Phort FRC on 044 9373060 for more details. LOUGHNAVALLEY LOCHÁN AN BHEALAIGH WEEKLY DRAW - LOUGH- NAVALLEY The weekly draw was held on 03 April. Numbers drawn were 08, 11, 15 and 21. There was no jackpot winner. Three match three winners each receives €70. The next draw takes place on Tuesday, 10 April with a jackpot of €3,700. WEEKLY DRAW - MILL- TOWN In the draw held on Monday, 02 April, the numbers 02, 11, 19 and 20. Winners of €40 were Shane Walsh, Geraldine Mulvey, John Quinn, Florrie Glynn and John Jackson. The next draw will be held on Monday, 09 April March with a jackpot €2,400. VACANCIES Kilbeggan Community Group CLG, urgently seeks women and men who are eligible to be employed on a community employment scheme. Vacancies exist in the Loughnavalley, Castletown and Ballinagore and the general Kilbeggan areas. Please contact Jennifer at 057 9332711 or call to St. Vincent de Paul House, Main Street, Kilbeggan, or email kcgltd@gmail.com . As highlighted by Cllr. Robert Troy recently, community employment schemes are suffering at the expense of other schemes. This will result in communities being left without a worker as has happened in one local village already. At present, when an employee has fulfilled the usual three year term on a scheme, there is no one to replace him or her. For example, Loughnavalley now has only one community employee with very little hope of replacing Eugene, who left last month. If this situation continues, where it is virtually impossible to fill vacancies then communities such as Loughnavalley will suffer, particularly in relation to Tidy Towns work. As has often been mentioned before in this column, very few realise the amount of work carried out by these men and women. In Loughnavalley, mowing, strimming, hedges, spraying, litter control, the list is endless. Who is going to carry out this work if we have no community employees? Please do lobby local representatives. The death of community employment schemes will be to the detriment of small communities like Loughnavalley. USED CLOTHES COLLEC- TION Take the opportunity the declutter your wardrobe as you spring-clean and drop off your used clothes at Loughnavalley Gaelic Football Field on Monday and Thursday from 7pm and Tuesday and Fridays from 7.30pm. Please contact a club member or Sinead at 086 0411740. GO RAIBH MAITH AGAT MAREE On the subject of community employment schemes, well known and highly respected co-founder of Ballinagore Tidy Towns and BCDL Community Group Limited, Ms. Maree Baker has tendered her resignation. Maree, has not only been active in her own community of Ballinagore but set up the hugely successful BCDL Community Group Limited (now known as Kilbeggan Community Group CLG) which she and Dermot Garvin presided over for about 20 years, managing a large and varied workforce. It was thanks to Maree that Loughnavalley became involved in tidy towns 18 years ago and we have enjoyed her continuous support and encouragement over the many years, deeply appreciated by all. Maree was also instrumental in the setting up of BCDL Friendship Club 14 yrs ago. Maree’s name became synonymous with volunteerism and community spirit personified. Undoubtedly, we have not hear the last of such a vibrant and inspirational woman, who has devoted so much of her time to voluntary, community work, but for the moment, Maree, enjoy your ‘retirement’ and from all of us at LTT... Go n’eiri an tadh agus go raibh mile, mile maith agat. BCDL FRIENDSHIP CLUB The BCDL club meets again next Monday after the bank holiday from 10am at the hall in Castletown Geoghegan. New members welcome. AFTERNOON TEA AT UIS- NEACH Courtesy of the Clarke Family, afternoon tea will be held Saturday, 21 April from 12noon to 4pm. Admission is €10 euro. All proceeds in aid of the parish. MEN’S SHED The inaugural meeting will take place in the hall, Castletown Geoghegan on Tuesday, 10 April at 8pm. All welcome. BEST WISHES To all in our community and beyond who are in hospital or unwell at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. KILLUCAN/RAHARNEY CILL LIÚCAINNE/ RÁTHAIRNE HAPPY 21ST CIARA Wishing Ciara Swords a very happy birthday. Ciara celebrated her 21st birthday at a party in her honour with her family and all her friends at her home in Rathwire on Saturday night last. Ciara we hope you had a really great party and a wonderful night many happy returns from all your neighbours and friends. KILLUCAN/RATHWIRE TIDY TOWNS Killucan/Rathwire Tidy Towns are taking part in An Taisce’s National Spring Clean on Saturday next, 14 April. If you could give one hour of your time it would be really great. Come to St. Etchen’s Church at 11am and the clean-up will take place from 11am to 12noon . All volunteers will be very welcome and all equipment for the work will be provided but please bring a pair of gloves with you. If you can come along as well as doing some work you can chat and have a good laugh while you do it. SYMPATHY It is with the deepest regret and sadness we extend sympathy to the Dowdall family on the death of Melissa who died suddenly at the weekend. To Melissa’s broken hearted family her three young children, her Dad Phil, sisters Arlene, Clarissa, Audrey, brothers Philip, Tom and Glen, family, relations friends and neighbours we extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy may she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time and we pray that God will give them the strength and courage they will need to deal with the terrible loss of Melissa. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the Mulkerns family on the death of their brother Johney, who died at the weekend. To Johney’s brother Pete and his family who live in Raharney, his sisters family relations neighbours and friends we extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace. CAIRDE CLUB/KILLUCAN Our over 50s club serves the community within approximately a seven mile radius of Rathwire Hall where all our activities take place. Tuesday nights at 8pm is Bowles night. Wednesday nights is Contd. page 25

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 District Notes - Nótaí na gCeantar NEWS 25 Contd. from page 24 Bridge Night at 7.30pm and Thursday nights is Line Dancing at 8pm. We hold monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. We hold social mornings from 11am to 12.30 when you can enjoy pickleball, knit, play cards or you can simply sit and chat with a lovely cup of tea or coffee. Everybody is welcome to come along and join in and if you would like any further information please call Ann on 044 9374725. LOLLIPOP TOTS Parent and Baby Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday in Rathwire Workmen’s Club from 10am to 11.30am. Parents, Carers, Grandparents, etc are all very welcome to come along and have a coffee a chat and a healthy snack. It is really great for the toddlers to mix and have lots of fun. RAHARNEY HURLING CLUB/MEMBERSHIP 2018 Membership must be paid by 31 March. For players over 18, the cost is €30, Juvenile fees are €20 and family (includes parents and all players under the age of 18yrs) membership is €50, Ordinary membership costs €20, and the walking track/social is €20. KILLUCAN COMMUNITY SPORTS CENTRE Killucan Community Sports Hall is available to hire for Children’s birthday parties, dance/fitness classes, etc. For all the information on this please call Marc on 086 8189540. ST. PIO PILGRIMAGE A pilgrimage will take place from 01 to 10 October next, celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Pio receiving the stigmata and the 50th Anniversary of his death. Visits to Benevento, Pietrelcina, San Giovanni and to Rome will be conducted with Fr. Michael Kilmartin, P.P. Longwood, as spiritual director. For full itinerary, please contact Mary Briody on 087 6336513. FEDERATION FOR VIC- TIM ASSISTANCE The Federation for Victim Assistance have a free and confidential service for all victims of crime please call on the free phone number 1800 277477. KILLUCAN LIBRARY/OPENING HOURS Killucan Library will be closed on Good Friday, 30 March and Wednesday, 04 April for the Easter break and it will re-open on Friday, 06 April at 10.30am. The general opening times for the library are as follows: Wednesday 1.30pm to 5.30pm and again from 6pm to 8pm. Every Friday from 10.30am to 1.30pm and again from 2pm to 5pm. You can contact the library on 044 9374260. Books can be re renewed by telephoning Library Head Quarters on 044 9332162, or Mullingar Library on 044 9332161, or you can email: library@westmeathcoco.ie or online with your pin. LEGION OF MARY The Legion of Mary have a meeting every Tuesday evening in St. Joseph’s church, Rathwire. New members are encouraged and very welcome to attend. HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE If you are interested in taking part in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 04 to 12 June organised by Navan Travel, Fr. Mark English, P.P. of Killucan parish will be the Spiritual Director. If you would like any more information please see www.travalue.ie or you can contact by email info@travalue.ie or you can call 046 9068600 or 1890 289255. VIGIL MASS The vigil Mass will take place in St. Brigid’s church in Raharney, every Saturday evening for the month of April, at 6pm. MILLTOWNPASS NOTES CAG - AGM The Community Action Group AGM takes place on Tuesday, 24 April at 7.30 pm in the centre. All are welcome to attend and new members always welcome. MILLTOWNPASS Congratulations to last week Competition winner: VIL- Jessica Donoghue LAGE ACTION PLAN Our third meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 April next at 7pm in the centre. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated. SOCIAL MORNING/ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP The next meet takes place on Wednesday, 11 April at the Community Centre. ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK The Eucharistic Adoration annual pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 29 April. Bus available. Contact Rose on 086 2515828. PRAYERS Forty hours of adoration. There will be a special weekend of adoration in St. Paul’s church, Mullingar, starting with Mass at 6pm on Friday, 13 April with adoration and silent prayer through the nights, concluding with Sunday Mass at 10.30am. GET WELL Get Well wishes to all in the community who are currently sick or in hospital. YOGA CLASS F amily WORD SEARCH Yoga is now finished on Tuesdays evenings in the centre. Slots currently available for classes, activities please contact 086 2502571 if you are interested in running a class (must have insurance). BOOKING OF COMMU- NITY CENTRE If you would like to use the facilities of our community centre for private functions, parties, meetings, etc, please contact the community centre to book, or email the centre at milltownpasscag@gmail.com or telephone 044 9220980. HORSELEAP NOTES GET WELL Get well wishes are extended to all from the community who are either sick at home or in hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this special time. THANK YOU Sheila, JJ, Carmel Looram and Family would like to say a special word of thanks to all who sponsored them for the recent “Run a Muck” in aid of Saplings Special School in Mullingar. To family, neighbours, friends, card players and all from the community for their generosity. CARDS The following are the results from the game held on Monday night, 02 April where raffle winners were; €20 Monica Sheerin, €10 Carmel Looram and €10 Aidan Mc Cormack. The winners on nine games were Willie Fitzgerald and Carmel Looram, Mick Lennon and Anne Keegan, Mick Feeney and Tom Nally. Each couple received €30. Table prize winners were Aidan and Tommie Mc Cormack, Tim Buckley and Eilish Mc Donnell and couples received €20. On the night we had a minute silence for J.J. Sheerin. All were in shock on J.J.’s sudden passing. He had been a regular attendee at our weekly games. The night finished with a cuppa and goodies. Well done to all of the winners. FUNDRAISING CONCERT Our parish fundraising concert was held on Thursday night last 05 April, in Horseleap Church. We will have a full detailed report next week. STREAMSTOWN SCHOOL FUNDRAISER Streamstown National School Parents Association have set a date for their 5km run/walk for Sunday, 22 April. Registration will take place in the Horseleap/Streamstown Community Centre from 10am to 11am. The run/walk will commence at 11am. All are welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards. All support greatly appreciated. Funland CPR / DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING The Horseleap Streamstown Community Association Defibrillator Scheme are hoping to run a CPR/Defibrillator Course in the next few weeks. If you are interested in doing the course please forward your name and mobile number to a member of the Horseleap Streamstown community association committee, Mags Mc Cormack or Declan Fitzgerald. As places may be limited get your name in as soon as possible. SYMPATHY We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of J.J. Sheerin, Jamestown, Castletown- Geo at his home on Sunday, 01 April last. J.J. reposed at the Midlands regional hospital funeral home, Mullingar on Thursday last, 05 April, prior to removal to St. Michael’s Church in Castletown- Geo. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday morning and burial took place to the adjoining cemetery. Predeceased by his brother James, we extend our deepest sympathy to his brothers Tom, Frank and Colm and to sisters Theresa and Mary Rose, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and wide circle of friends. Deepest sympathy to all of his relations and family living in our wider community and to all of his card playing friends. COMMUNITY ASSOCIA- TION The Community Association are currently trying to draw up a programme of events for the coming weeks and months. We lost some time with the weather and clashing with other ventures. A new date for the AGM has been set for Thursday, 24 May. Also we are looking at having our ‘Annual Fundraising Auction’ on Sunday, 06 May at 2pm. Time is running on for our auction but dates we had anticipated were clashing and were too close to other fundraisers in the locality. We hope that everyone will start looking and gathering up items for the auction. More details as they become available. DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES Sunday, 22 April - Streamstown National School Fundraising Walk/Run Sunday, 06 May at 2pm - Horseleap Streamstown Community Association Fundraising Auction Sunday, 13 May at 11.30am - First Holy Communion in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Horseleap Thursday, 24 May - Horseleap Streamstown Community Association AGM COLOURING COMPETITION We’re giving one of our young readers the chance to win a voucher to a local business each week. This weeks prize is a €20 Voucher for Annebrook. €20 Voucher for Annebrook House Hotel For your chance to win, just cut out the picture above and colour it in as best you can. Fill in the form and drop it in to our office located on Dominick Street or post it to us at Topic newspapers, 6 Dominick Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath no later than Tuesday 17th of April. We will contact the winner during the following week. ENTRY FORM Name: ................................................................................ Age: .................. Address: ........................................................................................................ Contact Number: ..........................................................................................

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