Frankie Keena elected as new Mayor of Athlone

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

It was a case of pastures familiar at the monthly Municipal District Chamber meeting on Monday as Cllr. Frankie Keena returned to the mayoral seat he vacated at the end of his initial term in 2014.

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Excitement grows as Pope’s visit to Knock is confirmed

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Dear readers, we have such a glut of high news this last week. First up, of course, is the visit of the Pope to Ireland at the end of August. I never thought I would be excited about it but hearing about the details of the itinerary I can just imagine the wonderful furore that will be created when he arrives amongst us.

I am so glad that Pope Francis is going to the west of Ireland on his travels to Knock.

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South Westmeath Hospice overwhelmed with public response to Sunflower Day

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The South Westmeath Hospice have been overwhelmed by the response to their annual Sunflower Day which took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at shops and supermarkets all around Athlone.

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Local communities to benefit from RAPID programme

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

At the monthly Athlone Municipal District meeting, Councillors present were briefed in detail by Ms. Annette Barr-Jordan, Community Development, on the RAPID Programme Plan for 2018.

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Westmeath’s family carers to be recognised during events week

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The 12th National Carers Week, presently ongoing, recognises the contribution of Ireland’s 360,000 Family Carers, with events being held throughout Ireland from 11 to 17 June.

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Minister Moran welcomes grants for regional and rural roads

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Minister of State and Longford/Westmeath TD, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has welcomed news from Transport Minister Shane Ross of a two year Community Involvement Grant Programme for regional and local roads.

Westmeath County Council have been allocated €200,000 for 2018 and €236,000 in 2019, the full amount of grants applied for.

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Athlone Girl To Launch Magical Fairy Trail In Malahide Castle

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Athlone native, Hannah May Carroll, an incredible seven year old girl who has endured more in her short, painful and frustrating young life than many would experience in their lifetime is to launch an incredible new fairy trail on the West Lawn in Malahide Castle, County Dublin, on Saturday June 23, with all proceeds from the launch being donated to the Share a Dream foundation, which helps ill children realise their wildest dreams.

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Minister for Health publishes first findings of CervicalCheck Inquiry

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

The minister for health Simon Harris has published the first findings of the Scally Inquiry, an investigation into the CervicalCheck Screening programme scandals in Ireland.

The findings are contained in two reports provided by Dr Gabriel Scally which the minister has welcomed openly, pleased to accept any recommendations that may come from the reports.

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Westmeath Clubs Encouraged To Enter National Lottery Competition

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Clubs, projects and individuals in County Westmeath who have benefited from National Lottery Good Cause funding have been invited to enter an exciting new national competition with the chance of winning €35,000.

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A Tribute show fit for a ‘King’ at The Prince, Athlone.

Fri, Jun 08, 2018

On June 9th, it’s time to get ‘All Shook Up’ at The Prince Bar & Kitchen, Athlone. ‘The Elvis Experience Show’ featuring Tim Ryan will perform your favourite hits from this legendary music icon. Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, a great night of entertainment is promised. With no cover charge, pop down to The Prince early as the show will begin at 10pm.

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Educate Together welcomes ‘reconfiguration’ process in Athlone

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Educate Together has welcomed the announcement last week that the Department of Education and Skills has chosen Athlone as a candidate for the ‘reconfiguration’ of a local primary school.

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Controversial politics both home and abroad

Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Isn’t this May/June weather just glorious? Heavy, verdant growth everywhere, birds working overtime thrilling and singing to all and sundry as they wheel around the sky, young children out playing with their bicycles, balls and all the outdoor pursuits they can.

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