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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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36 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS Tools & mechanical equipment continue to be targeted The Gardai continue to be concerned about the number of incidents where valuable tools and mechanical equipment are being stolen from tradesmen, build - ers and the farming community. Unfortunately the criminals seem to have a ready mar ket to offload the sto len equipment through markets and other more sinister outlets. The thieves are opportunists and pounce when least expected, oftentimes leaving their victims with huge financial losses and the added expense of having to replace the equipment. The Garda advice is to keep everything securely locked away when not in use and to keep it in close proximity while working , don’t make life easy for the criminal as they will take full advantage of every opportunity. According to the Gardai everyone needs to be alert to this type of unwelcome activity and suggest that homeowners should arrange to have another key holder in the immediate vicinity to respond to any alarm call. We can minimise potential criminal activity in our area if we keep an eye out for each other and report any suspicious activity. Always give our Gardai the benefit of all information, it will be treated in the strictest confidence and the community will benefit through such positive cooperation. Andy Feery keeps it country at ‘The Well’, Moate One of the fastest rising stars on the midland’s country scene is Andy Feery and the talented entertainer invites you to the home of country music, ‘The Well’, Moate, for what promises to be a most enjoyable night. The night is a fundraising night to aid the Ballinagore National School Building Programme and it all takes place on Friday, 27th April, commencing at 9.30pm and tickets are €10. Your support for the fundraiser would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Firearms licences must be current Anyone who legally holds a firearm is requested by Gardai to ensure that they hold an up to date firearms licence. If not they should have their licence renewed immediately. Gardai are warning people that it is an offence to hold a firearm without having a current licence and if you wish to renew your licence you should call into your local Garda Station with a passport photo, an ID document and their licence form for processing. St Vincent de Paul Church Gate Collection The St Vincent de Paul Church Gate Collection is held on the first weekend of every month before all Masses throughout the Parish. All funds collected are used to assist people in the Kinnegad Parish area and thank you for your continued support. If you feel that you might like to avail of the services or assist in any way or find out more about the work, the Society can be contacted at 087 9705276. Kinnegad Juniors AFC Notes The Club’s weekly lotto draw was held in Scanlon’s Lounge on Tuesday, 3rd April, and the first four numbers drawn were; 12, 22, 25 & 27, there was no lucky winner of the €6,550 jackpot. Coming closest matching three numbers was Sally Ryan, winning the €100 cash prize. Congratulations Sally and best of luck to everyone in next week’s draw with the jackpot rising to €6,700. The Club wishes to thank everyone who supported the fundraising Table Quiz in the ‘Top-House’, Kinnegad, last Saturday night, your supported is greatly appreciated. Thanks to Mark and Laura for their hospitality on the night. Clonard News The Clonard weekly lotto draw was held on Tuesday, 3rd April and the first four numbers to drop from the drum were; 3, 5, 6 & 13, unfortunately nobody matched all four numbers to win the €7,000 jackpot. Coming closest matching three numbers and sharing the cash prize were; John Ennis and PAJK Donlon. Congratulations to this week’s cash prize winners and best of luck to everyone in next week’s draw when the jackpot reaches €7,200, a nice sum and it could be yours!! Thinking of something new? Why not try the Clonard Ladies Gaelic Football team and they are back in training every Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in the Clogherinkoe Astro Pitch. New members are always welcome so fee free to come along and join in the fun and games. Mary Joe Flynn – her very presence brought happiness The late Mary Joe Flynn. She was a lady of the highest integrity and dignity who possessed a beautiful aura of serenity, her very presence brought happiness and contentment to every occasion and to everyone privileged to know her. Mary Joe Flynn, Kneadsbridge, Coralstown, passed to her eternal reward on Wednesday, 28th March, in the wonderful and professional care of the medical team and staff of the Regional Hospital, Mull - ingar, surrounded by and in the loving embrace of her devoted family. In recent years, she retired to the St Camillus Centre, Killucan, where she very much enjoyed the professional and loving care of the Community and staff and the friendship of all the residents. Mary Joe was a member of the Murtagh family, Knockaville, one of the oldest and most respected families in the area, a family closely associated with farming and very successful at dog racing, having owned and some champion greyhounds down the years. She set up home with her beloved husband, Kevin at Kneadsbridge and it was here that the loving couple reared their family. It was a home where there was always strong sense of a loving security, a home of happiness and contentment, a home of mutual respect, a home where the very best in traditional Christian family and community values were very much to the fore. Mary Joe was at her very best at the heart of the home, she was indeed the true and loving matriarch and she loved that very important role. Her family was truly her world, she greatly enjoyed the company of her three daughters and the arrival of her grandchildren was very special to Mary Joe, she was a grandmother with a heart of gold and every moment shared with them was so very precious. She loved the regular visits of neighbours and friends to their beautiful home of welcomes, everyone was assured of a warm and genuine welcome and the kettle was always on the boil at the ready for the cup of tea. Mary Joe was an exceptionally warm and genuine friend, she delighted in the wellbeing of others and was always ready to reach out to assist those in times of personal darkness. Through her kindness and spirit of generosity she could lift the heaviest heart and brighten the darkest day and this she often did in her own inimitable way. She had a very deep devotion to her Church of St Agnes, Coralstown, the same Church where she received all the sacraments and those same sacraments were a great source of personal and spiritual strength to Mary Joe throughout her long life. She delighted and rejoiced in the recent and magnificent refurbishments to her beloved church. On Wednesday, 28th March, a heart of gold stopped beating and Mary Joe passed away at great peace with the world she was leaving and with unwavering faith in the new world opening up before. Large numbers, from all walks of life attended the reposing in the St Camillus Chapel of Repose, Killucan and so very many returned on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate Mary Joe’s fulfilled life in her beautiful Funeral Mass, the Easter Sunday Mass of the risen Christ, so meaningful and reflective of the lady and the life of Mary Joe Flynn. Following Mass Mary Joe was laid to rest alongside her beloved husband, Kevin. We extend our most sincere sympathy to Mary Joe’s daughters, Mary, Anne and Noeleen; brother Benny, sister-in-law Marie, grandchildren, sons-in-law, extended family and friends. Solas na bhFlaitheas ar anam uasal Máire Seosamh. THE LAMBS ARE BACK Passing along the country roads you can’t but have noticed the sheep are making their way back in the fields with their young lambs leaping and bouncing around in playful activity. Such a sight always reminds us that the days are growing longer and that spring has arrived and that, in itself, is enough to put a little bounce back into your own step. Yes, it’s a very welcome and pleasant sight, but for the farmer it can be a very worrying time, because at this time, every year, thousands of sheep and lambs are savaged and torn to shreds by marauding dogs those same dogs who hours earlier were sitting quietly or playing around in their homes, the perfect family pet!! Thanks from the ‘Russian Rescue for Liam’ committee The fundraising raffle for the ‘Russian Rescue for Liam was a great success with a substantial amount of money raised for the very worthy cause in aid of local man Liam Kellaghan. Congratulations to all the winners of the sumptuous Lily O’Brien Easter eggs, hope you all enjoyed eating the many fabulous flav - ours. With the Raffle concluded you are reminded that there are donation boxes in many outlets throughout the wider Kinnegad area to help boost the fundraising effort, please give what you can to this very worthy cause. The ‘Russian Rescue for Liam’ is a fundraising effort to assist Kinnegad man, Liam Kellaghan, travel to Russia to avail of treatment for his MS condition which he has had for seventeen years. The family need to raise €70,000 to fund Liam’s treatment, there is no government or private health insurance funding for this treatment. The treatment is intensive and involves harvesting Liam’s own stem cells from bone marrow or fat tissue and then chemo. When the chemo has killed the immune system they then transplant the harvested cells back into the body. Treatment takes in the region of six weeks and his immune system has to restart from scratch and a full recovery can take up to one year. Any donation, no matter how small, will go towards Liam’s hospital treatment fees and stay in Russia, every Euro makes a difference for Liam to avail of this treatment, which is not available in Ireland. With your help we can help Liam back to a quality of life where he can walk and play with his children, kick football, drop then to school and do all the things that Dads love to do with their families. This life changing treatment would mean so much to Liam and his family, with your help we could make their dream a wonderful reality, your support would be greatly appreciated. St. Camillus Bereavement Group Feeling lonely, depressed, are you finding it hard to come to terms with the loss of a loved one or friend? Do you feel that you have no one to talk to or confide in? Unfortunately, we all suffer bereavements in our lives and we know how hard it is to come to terms with our loss. The loss of a family member tears at our very hearts, the emptiness and pain can ease with time, but everyone is individual and their pain and loss is also individual. For some the void seems impossible to fill, the pain too lasting and intense. The Club’s weekly Lucky Numbers draw took place on Tuesday, 3rd April, and the first four numbers out of the big drum were; 14, 17, 18 & 22, there was no lucky winner of the €13,800 jackpot on offer. Coming closest to the jackpot with matchthree numbers and winning €40 each were; Patrick Coe, Every dog is a killer irrespective of size or breed, if it gets into the company of other dogs, or even on its own, once a dog is let loose among sheep your dog will savage and kill. It is one of the most sickening sights to see sheep and lambs following a dog attack and for any of us who have witnessed the savagery it is a sight that remains with you, the pain inflicted by the savagery is indescribable. The Gardai wish to advise all dog owners that it is an offence not to have your dog under proper control at all times, night and day. A land owner is perfectly within his/her rights to shoot and kill any dog found trespassing on their property and anyone whose dog is shot in this manner can have no complaint or redress. The St Camillus Bereavement Group is there for everyone suffering the pain and loss of bereavement or any other concern that is causing you distress and it meets on the last Thursday of each month at St Camillus Monastery around the time of the monthly ‘Healing Mass’. If you would like someone to talk to, you are most welcome to come along to the Monastery where you can talk to someone who will listen, share and help to ease the pain of your loss. Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA News Rose Cole, Adrienne Gillick, Diane Seale and Ger & Owen . Congratulations to Ger & Owen, Diane, Adrienne, Rose and Patrick and best of luck to everyone in next week’s draw, with the jackpot increasing by a further €200 to hit the fantastic €14,000 mark. The Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA Club hosts its regular ‘Monster Drive-Thru Bingo’ in the Club’s grounds this Sunday, 15th April, commencing at 3.00pm sharp. Always hugely popular with the enthusiasts of the game and it’s no wonder with up to €7,000 in prizes including a fabulous guaranteed jackpot of €2,000 for the first lucky person to check on the numbers. Best of luck to everyone on Sunday afternoon. Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA Club Shop has all the Club gear available in all adults and kid sizes the gear includes, halfzips, polo tops and skinny tracksuit bottoms.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 37 APRIL TROUT ON THE MOVE As we settle into the month of April some nice trout are being caught across the midlands. The first swallow type birds have eventually arrived and duck fly and olives will appear soon on the waterways. Owel anglers are in action this coming Sunday as they host the Ace Cup trout competition. We had great feedback Mullingar anglers on Lough Key - Barry and Jack Darby. Jack was Top Angler in the junior section. from last week’s report from Derravaragh, and we have included a few more pictures this week from the Abbott Trout competition. We also have news in from the Peadar Caffrey Cup on Lene. On the pike scene, there were great results from the Lough Key twoday pike festival, and quite a few midland anglers featured in the winning enclosure. Also this week we have some sea angling news, and contact details for the Wicklow Charter Boats. ACE CUP This Sunday, 15 April the Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association will host the Ace Cup. This flyfishing competition will be fished from 11am-6pm with entries taken at Mullally’s and Tullaghan shore. The club is open for membership and you can join on the morning of the competition. Boat hire is available from Jack Doolin on 044-9342085. PEADAR CAFFREY CUP Lough Lene anglers were in action last Sunday, 8th of April, and fished the Peadar Caffrey Memorial Cup. Barry Fox took top rod with a fine trout of 2.12kg, second was Karl Owens with 1.96kg, and third was Freddie Miller 1.80kg. Next week we will feature the presentation photographs from the Peadar Caffrey Cup. Lough Lene Angling Association is closed for membership now as there is a long waiting list, but day tickets are available at €15 from the shop in Collinstown. DERRAVARAGH We mentioned the Abbott Cup on Derravaragh last week, and the lake produced a few lovely wild trout on competition day. A lot of development work has being done on streams leading into Derravaragh, and it will fish quite well as the trout season progresses. The Abbott Cup was fished by only a few anglers, but five trout were caught weighed and released, as Derravaragh competitions are all ‘catch and release’. The club is open for membership and they will have quite a few competitions this season for both pike and trout. The permit issue has certainly a knock-on effect on how many anglers fish our midland lakes, and this eventually has to be addressed. LOUGH KEY FESTIVAL Boyle and District Anglers hosted their Gary Blake with a speciman Spurdog... Do you fancy a day on the high seas? Get more details in this week’s Angling Focus. Easter two-day pike festival on Lough Key. It proved a huge success and this permit free lake produced some cracking pike. Midland Pike Anglers Chairman, Joe McDermott of Longford, produced the heaviest pike weighing in at 25lbs 4oz. Mullingar angler young Jack Darby had a good time on Lough Key and fishing with dad, Barry, he boated a pike of 13lbs 12oz to take Top Rod in the junior section. ON THE HIGH SEAS We have quite a few sea anglers scattered across the midlands, and recently some reports of huge spurdogs are being boated by Kit Dunne of Wicklow Boat Charters. Kit is one of Ireland’s top charter skippers and we have met from time to time at media fishing competitions. Kit sent a few pictures of clients with specimen spurdogs, and they are a very impressive looking fish. Kit can be contacted on 087-6832179, if you fancy a day on the high seas. THAT’S IT We are all caught up with angling news, and have a huge array of fishy pictures to publish. Next week we will have the Peadar Caffrey Memorial Cup winning pictures, and also all going well, we will have all the action from Owel, as we fish the Ace Cup. ‘Tight Lines’ till next week. CONTACT Mick Flanagan Mobile: 087-2797270 E mail John McAllister on Lough Owel last week with a lovely trout. Christy Cox of Multyfarnham with the trout that won the Abbott Cup. Ciaran Newman returns his two Derravaragh trout caught during the Abbott Cup.

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