Lough Ree RNLI the busiest station in Ireland for 2014

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Lough Ree RNLI was the busiest lifeboat station in Ireland last year. According to figures released by the lifeboat charity the crew at Lough Ree launched 69 times in 2014 bringing some 142 people to safety.

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No plans to reduce library services - council

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

CEO of Westmeath County Council Pat Gallagher has dismissed speculation that local library services are to be amalgamated or reduced as “scaremongering”.

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Carmelita Jeter confirmed for AIT International Arena Grand Prix

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Three-time Olympic medalist and former World Champion Carmelita Jeter will compete in the AIT International Arena Grand Prix on February 18. The American sprinter will run in the 60m event.

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Biodiversity plan to enhance Westmeath’s unique habitats

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Councillors have adopted a biodiversity plan to protect and develop the county’s unique plant and animal life up to 2020. The Westmeath Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020 identifies the unique natural heritage that exists in the county, and sets out an ambitious framework to protect and enhance the wide range of habitats, plants, and animals in Westmeath.

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Council to sponsor composer in residence for Moate choir

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Nicholas Hamm and Ronan Murphy from Moate Community School Choir pictured with cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council Cllr Paddy Hill at the civic reception on Monday. Photo: Thomas Gibbons

Westmeath County Council is to sponsor a composer in residence programme for Moate Community School, to build on the achievements of the school’s choir in winning the recent All-Island School Choir competition.

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Learn how to draw with Abbey Road Artist’s Studios

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Athlone Arts and Tourism are delighted to announce a new drawing course led by visual artist Lesley Wingfield. The four-week long course will begin on Saturday February 8 in Abbey Road Artists’ Studios.

During this programme participants will receive expert tuition on drawing techniques - eraser drawing, texture drawing, negative/positive drawing, and much more.

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Engineers Week set to inspire next generation in Westmeath and Offaly

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Engineers Week, the annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer, is taking place in Westmeath and Offaly from Sunday February 8-14.

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True Life in God - a prophetic call

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

A talk will be given in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Church Street, Athlone this Saturday by Yorkshire native Kathryn Coakley on the message of True Life in God, the signs and prophecies of the end of times, and Christian unity.

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Athlone to feature on RTÉ’s travel show

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Athlone, including the popular castle visitor centre will be one of the highlights on tonight’s RTÉ 1 travel show - Getaways.

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Athlone worker recognised as unsung hero

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Nora Stapleton, member of the Irish ladies rugby team giving Breda McElroy her award.

Breda McElroy from Athlone, was among 100 workers honoured for their dedication in the 2015 GEM Awards, (Going the Extra Mile), presented late last week by ISS, a major provider of outsourced business services.

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PCI relaunches counselling service in Athlone

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Dr Harry Barry; Eoin Stephens, PCI college president, and Louise Brennan-Moroni, PCI counselling service coordinator.

PCI counselling service, a nationwide, low-cost counselling service which was recently relaunched is inviting GPs and community and voluntary services in Athlone to form new partnerships in the area. PCI already provides low-cost counselling in a number of venues around Athlone, in conjunction with community centres, health centres and local counselling services and the number of people accessing the service in Westmeath increased by 25 per cent in 2014.

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Passionate about science? FameLab needs you!

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Held annually in over 20 countries across the globe, FameLab is the world’s largest science communication competition. FameLab is coming to Ireland again in 2015, and for the very first time, a regional heat is being held in the Midlands.

The event is being managed in partnership between the British Council, Atlantic Corridor, and Athlone Institute of Technology.

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