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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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6 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS Sixteen laptops stolen A total of sixteen laptops were stolen from a training centre on the Dublin Road, Mullingar. The theft occurred on Sunday night last, 8 April. A rear door of the premises was used to gain entry between 8pm and 8.20pm and it is understood the criminals used the same door to exit with the laptops. It was reported that a man was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the theft and Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the theft to come forward and help them with their enquiries. Man questioned after items stolen from car A wallet, a sum of cash, cards, and a driver’s licence as well as an iPad, two iphones and a chainsaw were amongst the items stolen from a car parked in Raharney on Tuesday last, April 3rd. The theft from the white Toyota Hy Luxe car occurred between 10.30am and 11.30am. Soon after the theft may have occurred Gardaí stopped a man who was travelling at a speed of 135kmph in a 100kmph zone on the N4 near Curraghmore School. In a follow up to this Gardaí in Trim, Co. Meath, then stopped the same man and brought him for questioning in relation to a couple of thefts that had occurred in the north Westmeath and Meath areas. Siginificant damage caused during attempted break-in Nothing was reported stolen but significant damage was caused to the door at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Rochfortbridge during an attempted break-in last week. The attempted break in occurred between 4.25pm on Wednesday, 4 April and 8.30am on Thursday, 5 April. Tyres slashed in Grange A man reported that the four tyres on his car were slashed when it was parked outside a house in Grange Village, Mullingar. The incident is believed to have occurred between 8.40pm on Saturday, 7 April and 11.30pm on Sunday, 8 April. Boat engine stolen A silver coloured Honda outboard engine and an orange coloured Husqvarna chainsaw were stolen from a boat house in Killua Castle, Clonmellon. The theft of the items occurred between 5pm on Tuesday, 3 April and 8.45am on Wednesday, 4 April. Report of cash stolen from car A man reported that a four figure sum of money had been stolen from his car after the window of his car had been forcibly pushed down. The motorist claims his car was broken into between 6.30am and 9.40am on Thursday, 5 April, when it was parked outside his parents house in Raharney. Driver brought injured pedestrian to hospital The driver of a vehicle that apparently drove over the foot of a pedestrian at the exit from a premises in Clonmore is believed to have brought the injured party to the Mullingar Hospital. The incident occurred at 10.30am on Wednesday, 4 April when the vehicle was exiting the premises and apparently collided with the pedestrian that he had not seen. The pedestrian who was in his late 40s was brought to the hospital by the driver to have, what were described as, minor injuries checked out. Coin box stolen from Multy Friary A poor box and its contents were stolen from Multy Friary in Multyfarnham between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday, 4 April. Fifteen vehicles seized Gardaí confirmed that they seized a total of 15 vehicles in the past week for having either no tax certificates, no NCT certificates or no insurance for their vehicles. Gardaí also arrested two motorists on suspicion of drink driving and arrested two people for public order offences in the past week. Mullingar to make bid for All-Ireland Fleadh Roisin Negowan, Katie Baird and Ciara Molloy from Ballynacarrigy pictured at the Westmeath Fleadh in Moate last year. Could Mullingar host the national event in years to come? Mullingar, the spiritual home of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, is to make a strong bid for the hosting of the All- Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, which could potentially generate up to €50m for the local economy. A major public meeting will take place in The Greville Arms Hotel on Wednesday, 18 April at 8pm. at which details will be revealed on the plan to secure the biggest cultural event in Ireland for either 2021 or 2023. Both dates carry significance for Mullingar, in which Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann officially founded in 1951. The town also hosted the All-Ireland Fleadh in 1963. (2021 will therefore represent the 70th anniversary of the founding of CCÉ, while 2023 will be the 60th anniversary the ILLEGAL DUMPING IS GETTING WORSE IN WESTMEATH IT’S the problem that simply will not go away and illegal dumping and fly tipping was highlighted by local councillors who expressed annoyance and frustration at the April meeting of Mullingar Municipal District, which took place on Monday of this week, 9 April. “Illegal dumping is growing everywhere. It’s horrendous to see. It is a huge issue,” stressed Councillor Ken Glynn (FF) at the meeting. Although Westmeath is seeking €56,000 from the government’s Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative to help tackle the matter, there is little sign so far that the instances are reducing. COLLECTIONS COSTS Cllr. Glynn’s Fianna Fáil party colleague Cllr. Paddy Hill agreed that the problem, far from improving famous ’63 fleadh). Westmeath County Council is fully behind the bid and a senior executive will be part of the steering committee, which will work diligently at trying to secure the event. Already they have made an initial €20,000 available towards the cost of the bid. It will be no mean feat to win the bid as both Galway and Wexford are also believed to be aiming for similar dates, while Mullingar would have to win over the hearts and minds of the various county committees in Leinster, before embarking taking the process to the national stage. Willie Penrose, Vice- Chairman of the Westmeath County Board and Joe Connaire, Chairman, both told Topic that it’s a major undertaking, but one they are fully focused on. seems to be getting worse. “Great efforts are being made but the problem has returned once again. I wonder if it could be anything to do with the costs of bin collection. I understand it’s gone very high,” he said. Martin Murray, Director of Services concurred that the matter of illegal dumping and fly tipping is multi -faceted and difficult to police. Relating to collection costs, he disputed that an increase is the cause of problems for consumers. “The government has established a watchdog to oversee charges and so far, there has been no direct increase for kerbside collection,” he said. “I don’t accept that,” said Cllr. Hill. “As someone who puts out a bin, I do not accept that.” That the problem is not “We realise we have to prepare the best plan possible to secure this and we will be pushing everything that is positive about Westmeath in terms of its rich music history, massive tourism potential and ideal location in the heart of Ireland,” they said. The process has to be conducted by Westmeath County Board and both officers are keen to secure all the support they can from all sections of the Westmeath and Mullingar community, including sporting and cultural organisations and the business sector. “Next week’s meeting is a very important one and from that we will be able to gauge public opinion and the level of support there is in Westmeath. We are looking for as many people to get involved as possible. We appreciate that this is a simply going to reverse itself was a matter of unanimous agreement. NO SIMPLE ANSWER Cllr. Andrew Duncan (FG), who Chaired the meeting echoed Mr. Murray’s point that a simple answer will not be found. “We could consider opening a centre where people can drop in rubbish. We are dealing with people who are not going to change. We might not like it but a centre might be cheaper in the long run,” he suggested. With Cllr. Liam McDaniel (FF) describing the situation as getting to “crisis” levels, Sinn Féin councillor Una D’Arcy took stock of the budget devoted to public bin collection in the Mullingar Municipal District. “The cost is a real extravagance. We must reduce single use plastics at major undertaking, but if we are lucky enough to secure the All-Ireland Fleadh, we would have it for two years and it would be worth in the region of €90m to the local economy,” said the leading officers. “We expect all local businesses to row in behind the move.” With a great infrastructure in place and unrivalled tourist attractions, Westmeath is perfectly positioned to make a strong bid for this huge event, but the level of volunteerism needed is huge, with 1,500 volunteers required. There would be a major spin-off for the tourist industry all around the county and hotels and B&Bs would certainly benefit from this massive event. The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil attracts around 450,000 people over the course of the week and there is major television exposure also as RTE run a special follow-up series on each of the national events. When it was run in Clare, there was a spin-off for counties like Galway and Limerick, such is the level of interest in the event. There is a rich history and proud tradition of traditional music and dance in Westmeath, dating back to the aonach in Tristernagh and the founding of CCÉ by the Moynihans back in 1951 in Mullingar. All of which make the meeting on Wednesday, 18 April, hugely significant. source and we should be asking the public to bring home their rubbish (from public facilities). I feel we must pursue and punish those who abuse our amenity areas.” FUNDING SOUGHT Mr. Murray said that the local authority makes every effort to deal with reported incidents of fly tipping and dumping. He said that Westmeath County Council has applied for €56,000 under the government’s 2018 Anti-Illegal Dumping Initiative, which was announced in February by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD. The scheme has a €2 million budget nationally and Westmeath has sought funding for three locations in the county. Special 40 hours adoration for protection of life This weekend, there will be a special Meath Diocesan 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration in a designated church in seven of the larger parishes in the diocese, including Mullingar, where it will commence in St. Paul’s Church at 6pm on Friday of this week, 13 April, with Mass and continue through both Friday and Saturday nights until it concludes with the 10.30am Mass in St. Paul’s on Sunday morning next, 15 April. The continuous periods of Eucharistic Adoration have been arranged with the blessing of Bishop Michael Smith and the priests and the intention is praying for the protection of all human life and retention of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution - the only remaining protection the unborn have - following the Supreme Court ruling recently. All those who attend the daily adoration in Mullingar Cathedral are asked to noted that during the 40 Hours Adoration, the normal adoration in the Cathedral will be suspended. All are invited to give some time in praying before the Eucharist for the unborn, who are totally dependent on adults to preserve their existing protection in the womb. During the 40 hours, all parishioners can give some time in adoration, but a commitment will be needed from at least 60 people during the Mullingar parish’s allotted time. This is the period from 11pm on Saturday night next, 14 April, until 10am on Sunday morning. The times for the Adoration groups from other parishes include: Friday, 13 April - Moyvore 6 to 8pm; Milltown 8pm to 10pm; Multyfarnham 10pm to 12 midnight and on Saturday, from midnight to 2am; Rochfortbridge parish, Saturday, from 2am to4am and 4am to 7am; Dysart 7am to 9am; Tubberclair 9am to 11am; Drumraney 11am to 1pm; Tang 1pm to 3pm; Ballymore 3pm to 5pm; Loughnavalley 5pm to 7pm; Ballynacargy 7pm to 9pm; Sonna 9pm to 11pm - with Mullingar parish allocated the remaining segments, from 11pm to 1am on Sunday, and 1am to 3am; 3am to 5am; 5am to 7am and 7am to 10am. In a statement this week, the Diocesan Adoration Committee asks: “Let your prayers secure the Right to Life of the Unborn in Ireland. From the moment of conception, the baby in it’s mother womb is an unique individual made in the image of God with an immortal soul, with all the human rights of any person. Let 2018 be the year abortion is condemned in Ireland. Help keep the constitutional rights of the unborn baby.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 NEWS 7 ON THE ROPES BUT FIGHTING ON... Rural club snubbed while private golf club gets €150,000 Despite being snubbed by the Sports Capital Programme, the Ballynacargy Boxing Club continues to thrive and is producing some very talented young female boxers at present. Two Ballynacargy boxers, Robyn Kelly and Siofra O’Halloran, have won Leinster titles at the recent Leinster Boxing Championships in Kildare. The pair captured their Leinster titles after producing great displays and it’s a welcome boost for the Ballynacargy Boxing Club after their recent efforts to secure state funding fell on deaf ears. Club Secretary Frances Lyons is delighted with how the young boxers in the club are progressing, but is frustrated at the decision to overlook the small rural club for much-needed funding to carry out badly needed renovations on a leaking roof at the club. It would cost an estimated €49,000. At the same time, the private Malahide Golf Club, which charges over €8,000 in annual membership fees, is getting a €150,000 taxpayer grant. Having taken a lease from the local community centre, the boxing club ran into problems with a leaking roof which will need to be repaired. The cost of such works is an estimated €49,000, and support from the Sports Capital Funding is crucial to the club’s future. There are changing room and shower facilities also TRIBUTES were paid at the March monthly meeting of Westmeath County Council to former Chairperson, the late Michael Ryan, who passed away on 18 March, 2018. The present Chairman, Cllr. John Shaw led the tributes at the monthly meeting, extending his own sympathies and those of the chamber to the Ryan family on their loss. “A man of wisdom and an absolute gentleman,” recalled Cllr. Ken Glynn, Fianna Fáil. He pointed out that Michael, who died in his 91st year, was a fantastic public representative for the Kilbeggan Electoral area and that he remained active in his support for Fianna Fáil many years after his own career in politics. Michael Ryan was remembered for the great pride he took in being Mayor and for his Ballynacargy Boxing Club members Robyn Kelly and Siofra O’Halloran, with coaches Camillus Kelly and Gordon Ward, display their Leinster titles. required for female members and the Ballynacargy Boxing club applied for a grant of €47,000. To boost things, members got involved in local fundraising initiatives, including 5K runs, cake sales, Easter draws, raising €2000. A complicated and extensive online application process was undertaken, with documents such as bank statements, quotes from builders and lease agreements having to be provided. Very detailed statements must also be provided, explaining matters like what the club would do with the money, what improvements are dedication and commitment to his community. “He was a very witty man and it always gave you a lift,” said Cllr. Paddy Hill (FF). Michael was also remembered as a man of great honour and integrity, a man who was as devoted to his family as he was to public life. “He was a pure gentleman. No matter what you asked, he’d help you out. He was very fair as a Chairman needed, what other local community groups could use the venue. “The reason that our application didn’t go through, we were told, was that we don’t have a folio number on our application,” said Frances, who explained that the club also had to get legal advice for the process. The club was advised that the property was registered in the registry of deeds. They re-entered the Sports Capital Programme with all the relevant information but were disappointed to learn that the refusal stood. The club was told to re-apply next year. and he is a huge loss to his family,” said Cllr. Johnny Penrose (Labour). Independent Alliance councillor Michael O’Brien knew Michael Ryan as a personal friend and recalled his love of farming and rural living and his happiness in his home in Ballymore. “I always enjoyed his character. He always had a smile on his face. I used to love to be in his company. He kept a great farm The magazine for all the family “We’re a small club in a rural area. We are achieving huge success: we have a female boxer who is an All- Ireland champion. We feel like we’re not getting the support from the Sports Capital Programme. We feel quite dejected by the decision,” said Frances. “Disappointed, totally frustrated” “We’re very disappointed, totally frustrated, because we have a leaking roof and the future plans of our building are put on hold. We really thought that the Sports Capital Programme would help a club like ours with really strong people behind it that could OUT NOW! lift it off,” she added. LEINSTER GLORY The successful female boxers took part over two days, on Saturday 31 March and Sunday, 1 April, with the impressive Robyn Kelly securing her second Leinster title. She did so by claiming victory over an Offaly opponent in the semi-final and then receiving a walkover in the decider. Robyn’s Clara opponent was strong and the standard three rounds were played out, but when the decision was announced, the Ballynacargy boxer was a clear cup winner by unanimous decision. Robyn is of course the reigning All-Ireland champion and this was her second Leinster title in succession. It was even more significant for Siofra O’Halloran, who claimed her first Leinster title with victory over a good opponent from the Olympic Boxing Club in Mullingar. The final went the conventional three rounds and Siofra got the unanimous decision. Both girls boxed for Leinster last Sunday and were very impressive. Robyn and Siofra are also through to the All-Ireland finals at the end of May at the National Stadium, Dublin, which is sure to be another great occasion. Elsewhere, another rising female boxing star Gemma McCaughey reached the semi-final of her Leinster championship having competed very well. Outpouring of fond tributes to former Council Chairman the late Michael Ryan in Ballymore. His devoted family is as testament to his character,” said Cllr. O’Brien. “He served this county with distinction and he was a great community man,” said Cllr Tom Farrell (FG) in extending his condolences to Michael’s family and friends. Cllr. Michael Dollard remembered a man who was clever and who loved the GAA as well as being a fantastic elected representative. The votes of sympathy from all parties and elected members were joined with those of the Executive, expressed by Mr. Pat Gallagher. “I first met Michael in 1999 and he represented what was then the largest electoral area. He made a very significant contribution and I want to recognise his service to this Council,” he said. IARMHÍ ABÚ: Father and daughter, Cris and Mary Mangan, pictured at the Westmeath New York Dinner Dance in Yonkers, NY, last Saturday night. POP UP GAELTACHT THIS FRIDAY Following a postponement due to snowy weather conditions in early March, Mullingar’s first Pop Up Gealtacht is back on track for this Friday, 13 April at Canton Casey’s from 8pm, and all are invited to join for a friendly exchange ‘as Gaeilge’. The Facebook page - Pop Up Gaeltacht an Mhuilinn gCearr/Chearr (Facebook rules have led to some difficulties with the page name) - was created with posts detailing the movement with articles and videos, and since then has garnered great interest. The event page itself has also become very active with more than 600 views, and the night is expected to be quite popular with locals. Pop Up Gealtacht was created by two friends, Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh and Osgur Ó Ciardha, in Dublin a few years ago, but it is two local ladies, Áine Mills and Ruth Judge, who have decided to bring the concept to Mullingar this weekend. Áine and Ruth have said that the original creators have been very helpful, designating Pop Up Gaeltacht as open source, making it available for anyone to use, including logos and any information needed to get further events off the ground. If you or anyone you know wants to converse in Ireland’s mother tongue, would like to brush up on skills forgotten since school, or perhaps to just listen in, if Gaeilge is completely foreign to you, be sure to pop into Canton Casey’s this Friday, 13 April from 8pm. For more information visit the group or event Facebook page by visiting @puganmuileanngcearr.

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