Dredging Shannon would not have prevented flooding last year - OPW

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Dredging the River Shannon may have provided “some relief” but would not have prevented the flooding event Athlone experienced at the end of last year, according to John Martyn, head of the Office of Public Works Flood Risk Assessment and Management Section.

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Councillors give the go-ahead to one-way system for Church Street

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Councillors unanimously ratified plans for the rejuvenation of Church Street at a special meeting of the Athlone Municipal District last Thursday, September 15, giving their blessing to the preferred option of a one-way system running from east to west.

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Talks scheduled regarding Railway Field purchase

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Representatives from Westmeath County Council will meet with CIE and Bus Éireann next week for crunch talks regarding the purchase of the Railway Field in Athlone.

Councillors were informed of the development at last Monday’s (September 12) meeting of the Athlone Municipal District.

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Ceremony honours courageous Battle of Jadotville soldiers

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

A ceremony took place in Custume Barracks last Saturday (September 17) to honour the actions of the men of ‘A’ Company, 35th Infantry Battalion and its attachments at the Battle of Jadotville.

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Lillies Boutique to open its doors this Friday

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

There is more good news on the retail front for Athlone with the new Lillies set to open its doors this coming Friday, September 23.

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Minister Humphreys announces €5m in funding for rural economic development

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced €5 million in funding for rural economic development.

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Veterans return to Athlone for annual convention

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Fresh from receiving the long-awaited Jadotville citation, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) will hold its annual convention and AGM in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, from September 23 to 25. ONE held its first ever annual convention in Athlone in 1952.

The weekend commences with a welcome reception on Friday evening. Throughout the three days there will be discussion on motions, workshops, and the adoption of a new five-year strategic plan for the charity.

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Incompetent Irish Water not fit for purpose - O’Rourke

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Aengus O’Rourke says trying to get Irish Water to do anything amounts to “pushing a boulder up a hill” and is calling for the utility’s responsibilities to be handed back to local authorities.

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Refurbishment works at Custume Barracks move a step closer

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has confirmed that a specification is being completed for the planned refurbishment of the kitchen and dining hall complex in Custume Barracks.

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Athlone Tidy Towns awards night at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Winners of the ‘Gardens and Estates’, ‘Schools and Businesses’ competitions will receive their prizes at the Annual Athlone Tidy Town awards ceremony, which will take place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel on Monday, October 10, from 7pm sharp.

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O’Brien calls for tough approach to illegal dumping

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Local Independent councillor, Michael O’Brien, has called on the council and Gardaí to get tough on illegal dumping in light of the latest spree in Moate, Moyvoughly, Drumraney, and Mount Temple during last weekend.

“I received numerous calls first thing on Saturday morning informing me of the horrendous illegal dumping that had being carried out across the area during the early hours of Saturday morning,” Cllr O’Brien said. “A similar dumping spree was carried out in this area a couple of weeks ago, the route and scale of the dumping is very similar.

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O’Rourke welcomes Baylough improvement scheme

Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Local Fianna Fáil councillor, Aengus O’Rourke, has welcomed news that measures to reduce speeding in the Baylough area and make the locality safer for all road users will soon be put in place.

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