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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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26 NEWS TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 DOWN MOATE WAY With The Rambler Fun cycle this Sunday The Midlands Amenity and Heritage Park at Dún na Sí, Moate, will be delighted to welcome families to the park this Sunday, 15 April for the annual Family Cycle. The cycle is open to adults and children and is one of the very popular activities of the spring. Come along and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the park and the area this Sunday at the annual cycle. All welcome PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA THIS SEPTEMBER There will be an exclusive pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal later this year from 10 to 17 September. Spiritual director is Rev Fr Tony Gavin, Tubber, Moate, and the event is organised by Anna Condron. Interested persons in this unique pilgrimage, not to be missed, should contact Anna Condron on 090-648- 2228 as early as possible. To secure a guaranteed place, a deposit of €100 is required by Friday, 4 May. Sadness for the late Karen Hart The Moate community was deeply saddened to learn that the death has occurred of Karen Hart, No 6 Mount Carmel Drive, Moate, Westmeath Karen, late of Bluebell Dublin 12), passed to her eternal reward on April 5th, 2018, peacefully at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Karen was the beloved partner of Mark and loving mother of her sons Darah and Thomas, and daughter Stacey. Karen will be sadly missed by her loving mother, father, brothers, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. Streamstown School Fundraiser Streamstown National School Parents Association have set a date for their 5km run/walk in aid of the school. The walk will take place on Sunday, 22 April and 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. Moate dairy farmer wins AgriLand Farm Free competition A Moate farmer had a massive win in this year's AgriLand Farm Free competition, bagging a substantial prize package worth €30,000. The competition - now in its third year - launched at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly last September and received more than 11,000 entries. Last week, Tommy Fagan, from outside Moate, his wife Marie, son Eoin and daughter Sinéad, were presented with a host of incredible prizes from generous sponsors, worth a whopping €30,000. The prizes include: A brand new HIT 6.61 Pottinger tedder; 10t of YaraBela Nutri Zincote fertiliser; €1,000 ruminant feed voucher from GAIN Animal Nutrition; Rubber matting from Huber Technik; Farm account software from AgriNet; €1,000 worth of Elanco products; €1,400 worth of Ecoysl silage additive; a Smaxtec bolus system worth over €5,000 from EFS; a Tru-Test EziWeigh7i Indicator from O'Donovan Engineering; A group calf hutch and fence from Agri-Plastics (via Creva International) valued at over €1,000; A weekend break for two in any of the FBD hotels. As he watched all his winnings drive up the long avenue and into his yard at his farm outside the town of Moate, Tommy could hardly believe his eyes. Happy birthday Birthday greetings come into us for Fiona Claffey who celebrates her birthday this week. A little birdie tells us that Fiona’s birthday occurs at this time and we have been asked to send The three generations of the Fagan family at their home. Victor and Noel Kelly presenting Tommy with his new Agri-Plastics calf hutch. “I've never won too much in my life before; and in this weather it's great to be coming out on top. The weather is so bad at the moment; but this is a great shot of delight for the entire family. I'm over the moon,” he said. Tommy, who has about 50 dairy cows and keeps all his calves - heifers for around 18 months and bullocks warmest greetings from all of Fiona’s family and friends. Lotto luck The numbers drawn at this week's Moate All Whites lotto were 13, 15, 16 and 25 but there was no jackpot winner. Well about two years - farms on approximately 120ac of his own land and rents an additional 40ac. He hopes his big win will be followed by a good spring season. "At the moment, the land is very wet. All the cattle should be out but there are very little cattle out around here. Silage is getting scarce, but hopefully in the next week or two, we will MOATE SHORTS done to the three people who matched three numbers. Congratulations to Malcolm Bracken c/o Auld Shebeen, Nora McCormack c/o Caroline Gorman and The Girls c/o Sean Heavin. Enjoy your winnings! Good luck to all players for next week and thanks to all who support the draw. Happy anniversary Congratulations to Tom and Mary Bradley, Bealnamudda, see some changes and things will improve.” Although he built a slatted shed a couple of years ago, Tommy said he has no major plans to expand on the dairy side just yet. "I'm just sailing along myself at the moment. You wouldn't want to be investing too much with price and the way things are going. Milk prices are hovering at about 33c/L right now, but it will probably drop back to 28c/L or 29c/L in the summer. You might just want to keep it tight," he said. But now, with the arrival of his new state-of-the-art machinery, equipment and products, Tommy anticipates that it's going to be a good year on the farm. 'The big prize was the hay tedder. It will be great to have it for the silage to row it up to put it in the pit. I never had one before so it's brilliant to have it. "I often thought of buying one, but I never did, probably because of the expense, so I can't believe it's mine now. "I got 10t of fertiliser as well - that's a huge addition - and I got calf hutches and weighing scales to weigh cattle, so I'm expecting a productive year. I'll be able to monitor the herd much more closely to see if they're thriving. "I won a holiday too; my wife has the eye on that one, so a break will be very welcome," he laughed. The three generations of the Fagan family were at their home when the prize was announced. Tommy’s family - including his mother Breda and father Jack (92) - are also thrilled with their son's winnings. "They are all very excited. My father has great interest. This will keep him going for a long time," said Tommy. "I would definitely encourage others to enter the competition. The buzz it gives you when you win is something else. I've never won anything at all in my life, so it's absolutely super and I'm very grateful. "All I need now is the grass so my new wheels don't get lost," he smiled. Diarmuid Claridge of Pottinger presented the winner with the company's HIT 6.61 grass tedder. “It means Tommy will have control. He will have independence; so when he is mowing down his silage he is not relying on someone else to come in and do it. When the weather is against him he can go out and do it himself,” said Diarmuid. Cormac Farelly, managing director of AgriLand, offered a special word of thanks to all the sponsors for supporting the popular competition. "The AgriLand Farm Free competition has gone from strength to strength every year - thanks in no small part to the generosity of our sponsors. `’The competition is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to give back to the farming community, and for us personally to give back to our loyal readers. Their support and interest in our leading farming news portal is paramount to the success of AgriLand. "We hope Tommy and his family truly enjoy the prizes and that it is a fruitful year for the farm here in Westmeath. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality," he said. Winner Tommy and his family pictured with sponsors, Pottinger, Agri Plastics (via Creva International), Huber Technik, Yara, EFS, O'Donovan Engineering, Volac, FBD, Glanbia and Elanco who are celebrating their wedding anniversary. Tom and Mary are wished continued health and happiness for the future. Adoration Adoration in St. Patrick's Church will resume each Friday. news@topic.ie Moate parade winners announced ON Wednesday night last, Moate’s excellent St. Patrick’s Day parade was recalled as the winning entrants were invited to a special presentation evening. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Moate were marked with a highlight event, the traditional parade, which this year was “an outstanding success”, said members of Moate Partnership Group who supported the organisation of the event. The success of the event was due in no small part to the tremendous support given to the parade by the local community, said organisers at last week’s prizegiving. The prizegiving was a most pleasant evening and took place in the Grand Hotel. acknowledging the contribution of the community to the parade. The winners are as follows - Best Overall Float - Dun na Si Best Musical Float - Sean Nós dancer, Thomas. Best Humourous Entry - Don's Bar Best Youth Entry - Moate Mini Wheels Association Best Sports Entry - Moate All Whites Best Original Entry - Juri Tsarkov Best Business - Niall Mackey Best Window - Kev’s Thrift Shop Committee Prize - Sub Aqua Club Moate greatly saddened by tragic death of local man THE death last week, in a tragic accident at his home of James Malynn, left the Moate community deeply saddened. James, who was a plumber, was widely known and respected throughout the area. His sudden death, following a fall at his home on Saturday, 31 March, left his neighbours and friends united in mourning with his family. "The community are in shock at the tragic and sudden passing of James. He was a hard working and well respected man in the area. My condolences to his partner, Mary, brothers, Josie, Padraig and all his extended family. May he rest in peace," said Cllr. Michael O’Brien.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 DELVIN DIARY Tractor Run and Benefit Night for Shane Ivory – 6 May A Tractor Run is being organised on Sunday, 6 May, starting from the grounds of the former Delvin Castle Golf Club. The fundraiser is in aid of Shane Ivory, who was recently diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, and is currently being treated in the Denis Burkitt Ward at St. James Hospital. Tickets are also currently on sale for a prize draw in the Camán Inn on Saturday, 12 May. But attention will first be focused on the Tractor Run organised by a number of Shane’s friends and which will take place at 12.30 pm. Later that evening, The Greyhound Bar is the place to be for a sponsored shave Poster Final Delvin Book Fair Collection Day in Mullingar on 22 April The Delvin ‘Garradrimna’ Book Fair takes place this year on Sunday, May 6 (the bank holiday weekend) and this year its theme will be the 100th anniversary of ‘The Valley of the Squinting Windows’. The first of two book collection days took place last weekend on Saturday outside the Handball Centre. But the Book Fair organisers are also holding another collection on 22 April at the car park entrance to Dunnes Stores in Mullingar from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Stepping it out with the Delvin line dancers. ‘Country Fever’ begins to get a grip of Delvin at Festival launch The countdown to the inaugural Delvin Country Music Festival is finally under way after a very successful delayed launch night in St. Patrick’s Hall last Thursday evening. Just after 8.15pm, Athboy-based Matt Leavy struck the first chords of the evening to get everyone in country music mode as the appropriatelybedecked hall began to fill. And it did not take long for the ambience to develop among the stetsons and star-spangled banner flags. Opening with ‘Blue Ridge Mountain’ - one of his trademark numbers from his vast repertoire as well as ‘Gypsy Joe and Me’ - Ray Lynam’s classic, Matt Leavy got the launch off to the perfect start as the line dancers also added to the occasion. Fellow Athboy country troubadours, Tom and Brian Mullen, then kept The Mullens the show on the road with their contribution before Loughnavalley’s Andy Feery also made his customary impact with the country music fans. The show was brought to an exhilarating conclusion by aspiring young female country star and keyboard player Olivia Douglas. The Ferbane recording star began with a Louise Morrissey - ‘Tipperary on my Mind’/Leaving Tipperary’ - one of her recent singles. It was therefore an encouraging start to the preparation for the real event on the first weekend of July. Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings will get the show on the road on Friday evening, 6 July, in the same venue. A full programme of events for the village for that weekend has yet to be finalised but on the evidence of last Thursday evening, Delvin can look forward to another memorable occasion. Drumcree building to receive €15,000 under the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund Drumcree House, Drumcree, Delvin, is one of three structures in Westmeath to be awarded funding by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund. The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced last Thursday that 76 heritage projects across the country will share in the €1.3m Structures at Risk Fund Delvin and North Westmeath Hospice Fundraisers Friday, 27 April - Social Dancing (dance partners not necessary) Social dancing poster. NEWS 27 news@topic.ie OTHER INLAND BIKERS/DELVIN VINTAGE CLUB KEY DATES Delvin Country Music Festival weekend Friday, 6 July - Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings - St. Patrick’s Hall Saturday, 7 July - 8th Annual Hospice Run Jim Devine and his band - St. Patrick’s Hall Sunday, 8 July - Delvin Tractor Run PAROCHIAL NOTICES Micheal O’Muircheartaigh’s Delvin evening video available A video of Micheal O’Muircheartaigh’s appearance in St. Patrick’s Hall last year is available in Michael Leonard’s shop. Price €10. 2018. Drumcree House will receive €15,000 from the Fund. The Structures at Risk Fund supports conservation works to historic structures, in both private and public ownership, which are at significant risk of deterioration. The fund encourages the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and helps to secure protected structures which might otherwise be lost. The two other Westmeath structures to receive funding from the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund are:- - Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, which will receive €9,000, and - Equine Barn, Rathcam House, Gaybrook, Mullingar, which will receive €19,000. The Structures at Risk Fund is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and administered by local authorities. Collinstown Hall - Music from 9.00pm by Alex Roe Sunday, 6 May - Brownstown Annual 5K Walk/Run The annual 5K walk/run takes place in Brownstown Community Centre on Sunday, 6th May at 12.30pm. The committee members are looking forward to meeting all our loyal supporters again! BBQ afterwards. 2017 Delvin Parish Annual now on sale The 2017 Delvin Parish Annual has been completed and pubished and is now on sale in Michael Leonard’s and Daybreak - Moyleroe. It is an excellent publication and well worth its €7 price. Poster Hold on to your hat! Rosie Leonard and Catherine Glennon enjoyed the launch evening for Delvin’s Country Music Festival last Thursday. Jiving-time Festival organiser Alan Fallon takes the floor at last Thursday’s successful Festival launch evening. Delvin Set Dancers 2018 Programme at St. Patrick’s Hall, Delvin April 27 - Brian Boru Céilí Band May 25 - Ken Kellegher Céilí Band June 22 - Brian Boru Céilí Band July - No Céil August - No Céilí

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