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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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34 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS CASTLEPOLLARD COMMENT tullynally Castle to receive funding under the 2018 structures at risk fund Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard, 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 Gael - tacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced last Thursday that 76 heritage projects across the country will share in the €1.3m Structures at Risk Fund 2018. Tullynally Castle is to receive €9,000 from the Fund. CONSERVATION WORKS 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. TWO OTHERS The two other Westmeath structures to receive funding from the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund are: Drumcree House, Drumcree, which will receive €15,000, 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. Light requested for Treeveagh A new bulb is all that is needed to restore a light at Treeveagh, Castlepollard, according to Cllr. Una D’Arcy who called at the March meeting for the matter to be addressed by Mullingar Municipal District. Cllr. D’Arcy (SF) asked that the Municipal District considers the lamp post at Treeveagh in the upgrade of streetlights. Cllr. D’Arcy assured the Executive that all the hardware is already in place and a bulb is all that is required to remedy the matter. Martin Murray Director of Services responded that should money become available to upgrade lights in this area, a design will follow in line with the Council’s Public Lighting Policy. He agreed that an assessment by Westmeath County Council’s transportation section will take place at this location. Scoil Mhuire, Coole. SCOIL MHUIRE COOLE TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY THIS SATURDAY Scoil Mhuire Coole celebrates 50 years in its current building this year and, to mark this important occasion there will be a number of activities organised within the community over the coming months. On this Saturday 14th April, Hotel Castlepollard will come alive as the past pupils, parents and staff of Scoil Mhuire travel from near and far to meet once more with the current parents, staff and families of Scoil Mhuire. All members of Coole Whitehall Parish, as well as our neighbouring parishes, are most welcome to attend. We want as many people as possible to join in the celebrations with us! It promises to be a great night with hot buffet food being served while the much in-demand band, White Diamond, entertains the crowd. For the energetic and enthusiastic, there will be no need to go home early as all this will be followed by a DJ to take the celebrations and dance into the early hours. There will also be a truly wonderful photographic display of the many classes to have passed through the school. Scoil Mhuire have already began the celebrations with their release of a cookbook compiled by the pupils and their families and with many a coveted secret family recipe revealed too, it seems! Before the school breaks for the summer holidays there will be an in-school celebration for the present pupils in the school and again, all members of the parish are most welcome to attend. Details will be posted on the parish Facebook page. Tickets are now on sale locally as well as door-todoor however, you may also purchase a ticket at the door on the night. Please keep up-to-date with all activities in our Parish through our Facebook page 'Coole-Mayne Whitehall Community & Parish'. Castlepollard woman bereaved Local Castlepollard woman Orla Gallagher was bereaved when her father James (Jimmy) Kenny passed away recently in Roscommon. Sympathy is extended to Orla and all her family at this sad time. Mr Kenny of Oldtown Post Office, Clonfad, Athlone, Roscommon, died on Wednesday, 21 March. James, who was a wellknown retired postmaster, died peacefully at his residence after a long illness bravely borne, sourounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his sister Kathleen (Stallwood, U.K.). James’ death is deeply regretted by his heartbroken wife Mary (nee Grehan), his adored sons, Oliver (Ollie) and Mark; daughters, Orla Gallagher (Castlepollard) and Fiona (O'Connell); daughters-inlaw, Diane and Joanne, sons-in-law Darragh and Danny, his 11 cherished grandchildren; brother Frank; sister Teresa (Kenny); brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and his many friends. James’ remains reposed at his home on Thursday 22nd of March prior to removal on Friday, 23rd March to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Clonfad for Mass of the resurrection followed by burial in Moore New Cemetery, Roscommon. Donations, if desired, to Mayo Roscommon Hospice Palliative Care service. May he Rest In Peace. Road markings to be refreshed Councillor Una D’Arcy has welcomed the good news that road markings outside of Castlepollard Community College are to be replaced under the 2018 Plant native to protect Westmeath’s wildlife - D’Arcy Going native is the next best step for Castlepollard and Cllr. Una D’Arcy has led the calls for sowing the right seeds this spring season in a motion brought before Mullingar Municipal District. Cllr. D’Arcy made an appeal at the March meeting for a planting scheme to replace the cherry trees opposite Castlepollard Com munity College. The Sinn Féin councillor The late Pat Finglas The death occurred of Patrick (Pat) Finglas of Templanstown, Castlepollard. Pat died peacefully, on Saturday, 24 March, surrounded by his loving family, at Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital, after a long illness. Pat was predeceased by his wife, Alice. He is survived by his sons Pat and Brendan; stepson John, brothers Peter and Brendan; sisters Kathleen Earl and Veronica Matthews; daughters-inlaw, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, extended family and a wide circle of Castlepollard Tidy Towns Spring Clean Castlepollard Tidy Towns in conjunction with An Taisce will hold a Spring Estimates. Cllr. D’Arcy raised the matter in a question at the March meeting of Mullingar Municipal District. The Sinn Féin councillor asked for the work to be carried out as the turn left section from Mullingar has become faded. Cllr. D’Arcy welcomed the response from the Director of Services that the work will be included in the estimates. stressed the need for planting native species, which is the recommendation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. “Beech is not native and I would like an undertaking that money is being invested in native plants,” said Cllr. D’Arcy. Martin Murray, the Director of Services replied that the local authority will be in contact with Castlepollard Tidy Towns group to discuss the matter in the coming weeks. “The Pollinator Plan is there to inform people how to protect wildlife and native species do not include beech trees or plants like daffodils,” Cllr. D’Arcy stated in presenting the motion. The motion was supported by Cllr. Sorca Clarke. friends. Pat’s remains reposed at his son Pat's residence on Saturday, 24th March and on Sunday, 25th March, before removal to St. John The Baptist Church, Whitehall, where his funeral Mass was offered on Monday, 26th March, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Portiuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham, for their ex - ceptional care, kindness and support throughout Pat's illness and would also like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Mullingar Midlands Re - gion al Hospital. May he Rest In Peace. Clean, Community Clean- Up on Saturday, 14 April. The clean up around Castlepollard will take place between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. All support is welcome. Those interested in helping out can meet at the Town Hall. Refreshments will be served after the clean-up. Confirmation in north westmeath Confirmation for the young people of Castlepollard, Collinstown and Coole Parishes will be held in St Michael’s Church, Castlepollard on Thursday, 12 April at 11.00am.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 35 news@topic.ie Declan Moran, Pat Nea, Patrick Murtagh and Paul Scally pictured before the start of the Tractor Run at Ringtown recently. Niall Moran, Ciaran Moran, Ryan McLoughlin and Keith Reynolds pictured relaxing after the Tractor Run around Ringtown. TRACTOR RUN IN WHITEHALL IN AID OF NORTH WESTMEATH HOSPICE Ringtown Hurling Club, in association with Townspark Vintage Club, held a Tractor Run recently from Whitehall Community Centre. Despite the bad weather there was a great crowd of people and many tractors, new and old. After the tractor run finished there was a draw for spot prizes and refreshments were served to the drivers who certainly deserved them and earned them. All proceeds from the Tractor Run will go towards the North Westmeath Hospice. There will be a tractor driver draw for prizes and refreshments will be served afterwards. Michael McDonnell, Declan Damien and Jimmy Moran and Dermott McLoughlin were all set for the start of the Tractor Run at Ringtown recently. Ronan and Emmett Devine, and Charlie Crone with Michael Crone at the Tractor Run in Ringtown. Sean Fagan and Mary Kate were among the young people at the Tractor Run fundraiser for the North Westmeath Hospice from Ringtown GAA grounds. Noel and Rían Reilly pictured at the Tractor Run in Ringtown. MJ Corrigan and Rosemary Coffey were pictured at the Tractor Run fundraiser for the North Westmeath Hospice at Ringtown recently. Andy Boyhan and Tony Dalton pictured before setting off on the Tractor Run which commenced from Ringtown GAA grounds. James Ledwith, Eamon Fox and Raymond Nea took part in the Tractor Run fundraiser for the North Westmeath Hospice. Noel Murtagh, Dermot McLoughlin and Linda Davis pictured before the Tractor Run in Ringtown.

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