Student march highlights lack of mental health support services

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The rightful entitlement to democratic freedom of expression was reflected on the streets of Athlone on Wednesday afternoon when students from Athlone Institute of Technology marched, in peaceful protest mode, from the education establishment to Burgess Park in the centre of town, expressing their immense dissatisfaction at the lack of funding allocated to third level institution mental health counselling services.

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Bright future for Connacht rugby as May wins the day in UK

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

So much to talk about, so little space.

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Charity cycle raises vital funds for Irish Cancer Society

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The inaugural Pat McDonnell Paints cycle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society created a positive spin with over €4,500 successfully raised charity.

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Upgrade of Custume Barracks facility a vote of confidence

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The €4.1m refurbishment and upgrading of the dining hall and cookhouse in Custume Barracks, Athlone, is a major vote of confidence in the barracks, Longford/Westmeath TD and Minister of State, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said this week.

Minister Moran confirmed that tender submissions have been reviewed, a ‘letter of intent’ has issued to the preferred tenderer and it is expected that the contract signing will take place later this month.

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Good fortune favours Athlone native on Winning Streak show

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

An Athlone native, who almost missed out on the opportunity to appear on Winning Streak won €23,000 during the televised National Lottery game show on Saturday night.

Unaware that his uncle had inscribed his name on the back of a three star Winning Streak lottery ticket, Oliver Flanagan, Moydrum, enjoyed a financially fruitful trip to the RTE studios.

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Presidential aspirant Liadh Ni Riada makes Athlone visit

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

As part of her national campaign tour, MEP Liadh Ní Riada paid a visit to Athlone on Monday of this week. Owing to the nature of the national tour, her stopover in Athlone, albeit brief, was a positive one.

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Town Mayor praises Defence Forces response capabilities

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Athlone Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, has thanked the Custume Barracks based Defence Forces for conducting a capability display which highlighted to local elected representatives how they could best assist local communities in major weather events or emergencies.

The display was led by the 6th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col Johnny Whittaker the Commanding Officer with assistance from every unit in the barracks including the Air Corps led air ambulance. The barracks, which is the oldest occupied military barracks in europe, hosts nine Defence Forces units.

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Inaugural National Community Day

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The Minister Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, has announced the launch of a National Community Day, to be held for the first time on May Bank Holiday weekend 2019, urging local communities to come up with ideas for events in their areas.

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NISO host health and safety course presentation night

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

NISO Midland branch held their presentation of certificates for the ‘Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety’ course in the Prince of Wales hotel in Athlone. Hosted by Athlone Institute of Technology from February to June, 16 participants successfully completed the course.

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Orange Loop system close to its full implementation

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

As Church Street enhancement project works progress on schedule, it is envisaged that the first vehicles will complete the Orange Loop traffic flow system in its entirety within the next month.

Presently, the main focus of works is between Lloyds Lane and Custume Place with full completion of the transformative €4 million project expected in early December.

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Left bank loop trail to add to west side amenity options

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

A 5km looped walk on the west side of Athlone would add to the amenity that already exists for locals and would provide an additional product to sell to tourists, according to Senator Gabrielle McFadden.

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Athlone resident attains an international literary award

Thu, Oct 04, 2018

A recognised literary award winner has made Athlone her home. Swathi Sasidharan, who is of Indian origin, attained the noted FOKANA (Federation of Kerala Associations in North America) literary award in recent times, moved to the heart of Ireland in 2005 after her husband commenced work with the computer software engineering company, Ericsson.

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