St Kieran’s Community Centre vandal gets two years detention

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

A youth co-responsible for the vandalising of St Kieran’s Community Centre last month, as well as the robbery of a dozen laptops from the Gaelscoil, was jailed for a total of two years without remission this week (July 16).

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Moate Agricultural Show launched this week

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Moate Agricultural Show will embark on its 173rd show this August.

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Destination Athlone launches campaign to support local tourism drive

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Victoria Whelan, Athlone Springs Hotel; Tanya Flynn, Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone; Carmel Duffy, Athlone Arts and Tourism; Kathleen Shine, Shamrock Lodge Hotel; and Grainne Cornally, Sheraton Athlone Hotel celebrate the launch of the Destination Athlone campaign to support local tourism in Athlone and lakelands.

Destination Athlone has launched a new creative advertising campaign to encourage visitors to consider Athlone, Lough Ree, and the surrounding area for their summer break. Supported by local hotels, Westmeath County Council, and Fáilte Ireland, the campaign focuses on Athlone being at the very heart of Ireland and offering a wealth of quality experiences for both domestic and international visitors.

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Garda attackers pay €600 each to avoid conviction

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Two men who punched and headbutted gardaí following a drunken night out in Athlone were both given the benefit of the Probation Act after they each paid €600 in compensation.

“I take considerable pleasure in taking €600 off them - especially because they’re Cavan men,” said Judge Seamus Hughes to Shane Fitzsimons (21), and Darren Maguire (21), both from Virginia, Co Cavan.

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Lifeboat sees action again last weekend

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

On Saturday evening (July 12) a shout went out at 6.57pm for two craft aground on the east shore of Inch McDermott. The RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 7.06pm. At the scene it was found that a 30ft cruiser had had engine problems and drifted ashore. A passing 80ft barge went to give assistance and went aground herself.

The lifeboat eased the cruiser off the rocks and gave her into the care of a passing cruiser that had stopped to give assistance. The lifeboat then towed the barge back into deeper water. She had not suffered any damage and was able to tow the cruiser to Ballyleague. There were four adults on the barge and two on the cruiser.

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Judge announced for Best Dressed at Kilbeggan Races

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Winner of the 2013 Ladies Day Best Dressed competition at Kilbeggan Races was Marie Therese Nally, pictured here with Ray Byrne of Wineport Lodge

With the largest race meet of the year at Kilbeggan Racecourse tonight, head judge of the event, sponsored by Dundrum Town Centre and Wineport Lodge, has been announced as Marietta Doran.

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Could a curvy Westmeath lady become the face of Simply Be 2015?

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Simplybe.ie, Ireland’s online fashion house for curvy ladies, has launched its nationwide search to find the new cover girl for Simply Be 2015. The competition, in its eighth year, will team up with TV3’s Xpose to produce a two day boot camp, with a host of experts from the Irish fashion industry to identify the company’s 2015’s cover girl. Simply Be are calling on all curvy Westmeath ladies who always dreamed of becoming a model to enter the competition!

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Westmeath to host week-long FAI footy fest

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

The county will become the centre of Irish football next week when the Football Association of Ireland hosts a festival of football and its AGM in the county.

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Local artist’s work added to Luan Gallery exhibition

Fri, Jul 18, 2014

To accompany PASSAGE: Selected Works from the Niland Collection which is currently showing at Luan Gallery, local artist Aoife Doolan’s work is on display in the Boardwalk Gallery.

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One-way traffic system still hangs on railway field purchase

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

Any decision on introducing a one-way system in the centre of Athlone town will have to wait until the council purchase the railway field.

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Athlone speakers club wins international award

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

The Athlone branch has won the Toastmasters Distinguished Club Award for the first time in its 30-year history.

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Brother charged with Athlone student’s murder

Fri, Jul 11, 2014

The brother of the AIT student Adrian Folan (41) - whose body was found under rocks near the Cliffs of Moher on Monday - has been charged with his murder.

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