Councillors voice concerns over cost of fire brigade call outs to households

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Members of Westmeath County Council raised concerns over the cost of fire brigade call outs while passing a motion to continue the long-standing agreement that the former Athlone Town Council had with Roscommon County Council (as fire authorities).

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Bower boarding school goes up for sale

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Our Lady’s Bower convent and boarding school, which sites on seven acres, has gone up for sale.

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Judge claims €40k in expenses

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Athlone’s District Court judge has claimed expenses in excess of €40,000 in 2012, that’s according to figures released by the Courts Service last week.

Judge Seamus Hughes incurred travel expenses of €8,970.62, subsistence payments of €31,981.44, and €1,265 for ‘judicial attire and incidental expenses’.

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Shannon Academy thank local businesses

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

The Italian students pictured with Alan McCaul, manager of the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

A group of young Italian students spent two weeks working in local businesses in Athlone recently, as part of a programme organised by Shannon Academy of English.

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Peter Mark launch charity fundraiser for Temple Street

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Peter Mark salons all over Ireland, including Athlone, will once again grab their ghds, plug in their hairdryers, and turn the fun-o-meter to high as the team goes that extra mile to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this October 24-27.

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Art, physiology, and film feature in two new exhibitions in Luan Gallery

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Luan Gallery is delighted to present two new solo exhibitions this Friday, October 24 - a collection of works by UK video and performance artist Mel Brimfield and a collection by Roscommon sculptor Siobhan McGibbon.

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AIT staff and students sleep out for Simon and raise €3,000

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Just as the tail end of the yellow weather warning died down, 37 staff and students from AIT Slept Out for Midlands Simon Community on Tuesday night, raising some €3,000 for the local homeless charity.

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Growing grant for Battery Heights

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Residents of Battery Heights will be embracing the great outdoors and planting a community garden thanks to the help of a Grow It Yourself (GIY) initiative.

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Cllr Keogh welcomes dog litter bins in the Monksland area

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Local councillor John Keogh has welcomed new dog litter bins in the Monksland/Bealnamullia areas of Athlone. “I’m pleased to see that dog litter bins have been put up. I have been a long time trying to prevail on Roscommon County Council to put these up, thankfully it has now happened. Dog foul is extremely dangerous to young children and can cause a host of medical complaints... I hope that the erection of the dog litter bins will now encourage owners to clean up after their dogs,” he said.

There is currently a fine system in place of €150 for owners who do not clean up after their dogs.

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Athlone A Cappella hit the high note

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Conor Carrig, Athlone Springs Hotel, and David Farmer, musical director, pictured with the Athlone Trophy during recent celebrations in the hotel to mark the group’s gold medal at the annual Barbershop Harmony Convention. Photo: molloyphotography

Athlone A Cappella are still celebrating after winning gold at the annual Barbershop Harmony Convention which took place in Ennis recently.

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Fire damage to Moate Boxing Club as decision due next week on extension

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

A fire has caused extensive damage at Moate Boxing Club, just days before a decision was due on a planning application to extend the premises.

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Councillor proposes new name for bypass bridge

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Councillor Frankie Keena has suggested that the bypass bridge over the Shannon be renamed in honour of Cumann na mBan.

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