Festival organisers urged to apply for 2015 funding

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Festival organisers across the county are being encouraged to apply for a new fund being provided by the council for festivals and events.

Community groups and festival planners are to receive a welcome boost in 2015, as Westmeath County Council has set aside €113,000 specifically to help fund local festivals.

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Poetry in the Park are featured in Imeall tonight

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Members of Poetry in the Park with their new chapnook

Athlone’s award-winning poetry group, Poetry in the Park, will feature in TG4’s arts programme, Imeall tonight at 10.30pm.

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Garda appeal after Glasson death

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a young woman died after being struck by a car in Glasson last week.

A female pedestrian, who has been named as 24-year-old Sandra Kiernan from Kilglass, Co Roscommon, was knocked down while crossing the road in Glasson on Wednesday December 10.

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Ireland’s first 9D cinema opening in Athlone Towncentre

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

From the comfort of your “active motion” luxury seat, your senses will be overwhelmed by the stimulating and exciting 3D animated movies with surround sound and dramatic effects such as rain, fog, lightning, wind, snow, touch, feel, and more. This genuine action ride visual experience is like nothing you have ever encountered before.

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Make a Dark Day Brighter for people with sight loss in Westmeath

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

NCBI, the national sight loss organisation, is asking for your support to help Make a Dark Day Brighter for the 4,300 people living with sight loss in Westmeath on the shortest day of the year. From its base in Athlone, NCBI provides practical and emotional support, rehabilitation services, and other training designed to help people with sight loss to live independently.

Sustained funding cuts have meant that the charity must raise €4 out of every €10 spent on vital services. On Sunday December 21 NCBI will hold a national flag day, selling gift packs of scented candles in Tesco stores throughout the country, including in Fairgreen, Mullingar and Golden Island Shopping Centre, Athlone.

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All sewn up as The Zip Yard raises over €10,000 for Irish Cancer Society

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Staff of The Zip Yard are pictured presenting a cheque to Mark Mellett, head of fundraising Irish Cancer Society

The Zip Yard, Ireland’s leading clothing and alterations boutique is delighted to have raised over €10,000 in support of this year’s Paint it Pink campaign in association with the Irish Cancer Society.

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Council seeks submissions on Portlick

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Westmeath County Council is seeking input from the public on how the lands in council ownership at Portlick, Glasson, Athlone should be managed, both in the short and the longer term. The council needs your help to get the best use out of this site for locals and visitors alike, developing it on a phased basis.

The high quality of the entire land holding of Westmeath County Council is reflected in its conservation designations, including the habitats directive. The council has recently undertaken a preliminary habitat assessment exercise and has prepared the first phase of a plan in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Greenway project on track for summer opening

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

The railway station is being refurbished

Local councillors had a chance to check on the progress of the Greenway cycleway project as works reached Moate last week.

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Petrol stretching double since October - Naughten

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Independent TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim, Denis Naughten, has confirmed that complaints made by motorists across the country regarding petrol stretching havw doubled since mid-October.

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Business incentive scheme to take the bare look off our towns

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Westmeath County Council’s new Business Incentive Scheme will improve the vitality of towns and villages by bringing unused properties back into use and helping to generate economic activity.

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€27,320 in National Lottery grants for Westmeath

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Young people in Westmeath are set to benefit from €27,320 in National Lottery grants which have been awarded to a number of groups and organisations.

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Sixty stalls confirmed for Moate Christmas Market

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Sixty stalls have been confirmed for the inaugural Moate Christmas Market, which takes place on Main Street, Moate this Sunday December 14. Westmeath County Council confirmed this week that they have allocated €2,000 towards the cost of running the market.

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