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Footballers face Meath in Croke Park on Saturday

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

In the giddy aftermath of Westmeath’s blistering finish - which saw off Wexford in last week’s Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter final - manager Tom Cribbin classed this Sunday’s trip to Croke Park “as nearly being like an All Ireland final” for his young panel.

So Westmeath will be accompanied by hope and quiet expectation when facing neighbours Meath at GAA headquarters. Playing the Royals is always a daunting challenge for the Midlanders, but wins over Louth and Wexford have generated momentum while also providing much needed encouragement too.

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Navigating today’s corporate landscape

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Speakers at the Russell Brennan Keane business event  were L to R: Fiona Murphy, Taxation Director, Russell Brennan Keane; Cathal Melia, Audit Partner, Russell Brennan Keane; Michael Lauhoff, Head of Business Banking Growth, Bank of Ireland and Catherine Sweeney, Corporate Compliance Manager, Russell Brennan Keane.
Photo:  Harrison Media

Russell Brennan Keane and Bank of Ireland Business Banking came together last Wednesday to update senior executives in the Midlands business community on significant changes happening in the legal and banking landscape which will impact on all businesses.

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Are you ready for career coaching?

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Whether you are seeking to change career or want clarity on the career options available to you, successful coaching only takes place when a good working relationship is formed between the coach and client. 

In general, successful coaching has taken place if you have been helped to identify the changes you need to make in order to achieve your goals, together with the formation of an action plan and a commitment to see it through. 

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Impressive range of activities at Baysports water adventure centre

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Baysports is a water adventure centre on the shores of the majestic Lough Ree. Located only five minutes from Athlone on the N61, the purpose-built centre is an ideal location for all types of outdoor fun activity this summer.

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Athlone graduate helps to announce Springboard courses

Fri, May 22, 2015

Athlone graduate Ciaran Lynch helped to announce 9,000 one-year Springboard+ part-time and full-time courses now available free across the country.

Ciaran was unemployed for months before applying for a Higher Diploma in Computing in Athlone Institute of Technology, as part of the ICT skills conversion Springboard courses.

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International Triple P Practice Excellence Award 2015

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Professor Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P Programme presenting Triple P Practice Excellence Award to Karen Heavey

Karen Heavey, Triple P co-ordinator for Midland Area Parenting Partnership (MAPP) is the 2015 recipient of the Triple P Practice Award which was judged by an international panel

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Shining success for Westmeath SuperValu stores at Quality Awards

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, Caroline Cashen and Eoin Kennedy from Buckley’s SuperValu, Moate and Irene Collins, managing director of EIQA pictured at the SuperValu Quality Awards.

Four SuperValu stores in Westmeath were awarded the highest accolade of food quality, The Supreme National Hygiene and Food Safety Award, at the recent 2015 SuperValu Quality Awards in Killarney. The awards are accredited by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) and identify retailers throughout the country who have gone above and beyond in maintaining the highest quality standards for more than a three year period.

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Stay-at-home parents are worth €40k

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

In recent years, in the face of soaring childcare costs, the role of the stay-at-home parent, be it the mum or dad, is appreciated more than ever.

Michelle Murphy, Royal London representative in Westmeath said, “There’s no doubt that it is hard work staying at home to raise your family and looking after all of the household chores and requirements. “Thankfully nowadays, there is a much greater appreciation of the role fulfilled by and the challenges faced by, the stay-at-home mum or dad. And of course, though the care they provide their children is something they would consider priceless, in reality the cost of having to potentially employ someone to carry out these jobs is quite considerable.

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Be conscious of your social media image

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

It’s a simple mistake to make and one to which many have fallen victim. You create a winning CV that accurately matches your skills and talents to a particular job advertisement. You are called for interview.

You present at interview as a well-groomed individual, confident and articulate, and you perform well. You answer every question by showing how you can meet the employer’s needs. Your references will validate your excellent career history and attitude to work. You thank your interviewers before you leave and generally have that good feeling that “things went well”.

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Westmeath hurlers continue to prepare for League campaign

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Goal scorer Brendan Murtagh. Photo: Sportsfile

Though Westmeath were eventually beaten 2-15 to 1-13 by Offaly in last Sunday’s Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup opener, new manager Michael Ryan was encouraged by the midlanders' second half performance.

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Survey finds salary expectations are on the up for 2015

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

A national survey carried out by one of Ireland’s leading recruitment agencies found that salary expectations among employees are getting higher, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they expect an increase in salary in 2015, up from 42 per cent in 2014. Matrix Recruitment Group, founded in Ireland in 1998, with offices in Athlone, Dublin, Galway, Waterford, and Carlow, surveyed 600 employees across a wide range of position types and industries.

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I just want something to pay the bills - where do I start to look?

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Q: I run a small shop but, alas, it’s fading. I will have to close it very soon before it eats into my savings. I’m at a stage in my life - both age-wise and in terms of personal priorities - where I am not pushed about finding ‘my dream career’. Really, I just want a job to pay the bills so I can indulge my hobbies. I am prepare to do some training, but would need to know the prospects. How do I find out which sectors might prove worthwhile?

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