Rural protocol needed to avoid closure of services

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Proper steps need to be followed and alternatives sought before rural services are cut, that’s according to James Claffey, policy and communication officer at Irish Rural Link.

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New emergency stroke service for Portiuncula - Naughten

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, is about to get a new 24/7 emergency stroke service which will save local lives, according to Deputy Denis Naughten.

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Uisneach still on tentative World Heritage list

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The Hill of Uisneach in Loughnavalley remains on a tentative list for World Heritage status.

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Nominations open for Cathaoirleach Awards and grants

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Community groups are being urged to apply for this year’s Cathaoirleach Awards and Community Grants scheme. The application process is now open for the 2015 awards, with the council providing €172,000 in its budget to facilitate this very successful annual initiative.

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Wait continues for Athlone Garda station refurbishment

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The wait continues for Athlone Garda Station to be upgraded; however hope was renewed last week that plans were moving forward after a visit to the station by Minister for State with responsibilities for the Office of Public Works, Simon Harris.

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Councillors will have no say in library amalgamation with Longford

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

In spite of widely held reservations among councillors, it now looks certain that Westmeath’s library services are to be amalgamated with their counterpart in Longford.

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Baylin school speed survey

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Local councillor John Dolan has welcomed the commitment by Westmeath County Council to conduct a speed survey at Baylin National School.

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Information evening for Tidy Towns groups

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Billy Flynn, ecologist and adjudicator for Tidy Towns, is the guest speaker at an information evening in the Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone on Thursday March 5 starting at 7pm.

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New spring exhibition announced for Luan Gallery

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Lockes Distillery by Terence O Connell

Athlone Arts and Tourism are delighted to announce that a selection of art works drawn from the Westmeath County Art Collections, showcasing art in Westmeath, will be shown in Luan Gallery during March/April 2015.

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Fifth Muck It! challenge announced for Ballinlough Castle

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

The fifth Muck It! challenge at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath will take place on Sunday March 29.

One of the country’s muckiest physical endurance challenge will be held in a privately owned hidden gem in the north of the county. Its stunning grounds and woodlands make it the ideal location for Ireland’s muckiest 5 and 10k challenge.

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Vote now for your favourite Junk Kouture finalists

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

There is just one more day left to get your votes in for your favourite Westmeath finalist in this year’s Junk Kouture competition.

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Input sought on Westmeath 1916 centenary celebrations

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Westmeath County Council is seeking input from the public on how best to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in the county, with public meetings being planned for March to engage with the local community.

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