New stores open as Athlone Towncentre is granted planning permission for new anchor

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In addition to Athlone Towncentre welcoming four new stores this month, it has also been granted planning permission by Westmeath County Council to accommodate a new anchor tenant.

The four new stores include the Calendar Club; Off the Rails, a ladies and gents fashion store; Shoe Lace, specialising in shoes and bags; and Papolion, a shop selling everything from teddies to gifts, and handbags to accessories. The additional new stores have also created employment, with over 10 new full and part-time staff being hired between the four stores.

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Sign up for Athlone Polar Plunge

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Garda Brian Keane, Aisling Brady, and Andrew Haran at the launch of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge that takes place in the icy waters of the Shannon at The Strand, Athlone on Saturday December 13. Photo: Sean Curtin

A charity drive for Special Olympics Ireland will see members of the public plunge into the icy depths of the Shannon this December.

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All-Island School Choir winners to sing at Samaritans Christmas Concert

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

The winners of this year’s All-Island Schools Choir Competition, Moate Community School, will be taking part in the annual Samaritan Christmas Concert.

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Battery Heights scoops Pride of Place award

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Battery Heights community and voluntary groups were the proud winners of the housing estate category at the recent IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards which took place last weekend.

In their citation, the judges said, “Battery Heights community and voluntary groups are tackling a range of significant challenges in their area. Undaunted they have generated great pride and energy in the community in the past 16 months. That pride is manifested in a beautiful community garden, the extensive painting of walls, the establishment of a men’s shed group, the Battery Belles Women’s group, and a range of events and programmes in the Monsignor McCarthy Community Centre. The key priority for the residents is to reverse the negative perception of Battery Heights through self-help and improving the area. That goal is being achieved: the tide has turned.”

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New dog fouling awareness campaign piloted in Monksland

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

A new dog fouling awareness campaign was recently launched in Monksland.

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Repair Café comes to Athlone

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

The first Repair Café in the Midlands is taking place on Saturday November 22 in St.Kieran’s Community Centre, Tormey Villas, Athlone from 2-5pm.

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Naughten concerned over supposed hospital merger plans

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Local TD Denis Naughten has described plans to amalgamate Roscommon and Portiuncula hospitals into a single hospital as “worrying”.

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Council prepares for winter weather extremes

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Westmeath County Council has revealed the measures it has in place to deal with any extreme weather conditions this winter.

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Ericsson Ireland awards bursary to local student

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Paul Madden, senior manager Ericsson Ireland; Ciarán Connolly, bursary winner; Tony Colgan, Marist College principal.

An Athlone student was the recent recipient of an Ericsson bursary worth €2,750.

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Local schools gear up for Young Scientist expo

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Local schools are getting ready to show off their projects at the 51st BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition taking place this January in Dublin’s RDS.

Students from Athlone Community College, Our Lady’s Bower, Moate Community School, St Aloysius College, Marist College, and Athlone Community College all attend the exhibition which will run from January 7-10.

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HSE to review St Hilda’s following cuts announcement

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

The HSE is to undertake a three-month review of St Hilda’s services in Athlone, following last week’s news that funding to the service is to be cut by €75,000 in the coming year.

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Business leaders invited to Midlands Gateway Chamber event

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Next Thursday, November 20, business leaders from across the Midlands will attend the Midlands Gateway Chamber autumn breakfast briefing in Wineport Lodge, Glasson.

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