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A city councillor and former mayor has this week called on the Friends of Merlin Woods group not to appeal the decision by Galway City Council to grant planning for a new Galway Hospice building to An Bord Pleanala.
In less than ten days, the river Shannon in the heart of Athlone will come alive with the Athlone Shannon Feastival. It takes place on September 8 and 9 and promises to be a feast for foodies and families alike with an action packed and busy programme of events planned for the whole weekend.
It is "delusional" to believe the rail line from Athenry to Sligo will ever return according to Tuam area councillor Peter Roche, who made the statement after a public meeting took place in Athenry on Tuesday night to discuss proposals for a greenway.
Golden Island Shopping Centre was a hive of activity on Friday morning last as the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) rolled out their 'Back in 5' campaign. Aimed at bringing awareness to those who pay scant regard to wheelchair parking bays on a daily basis, the event was attended by Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran TD, Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, Westmeath County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Dolan, Athlone access awareness and NCBI personnel, along with staff and service Users from IWA and IWA Sunshine Club.
A feasibility study pertaining to the possible reopening of the Athlone canal for navigation purposes was proposed at the Municipal District meeting recently.
Plans are already in full motion for Athlone's 2019 St Patrick’s Day parade. To kick off the event there will be a half way to Paddy’s Day American style BBQ on Friday August 10 at 6pm in the Bounty Rugby Club. Tickets are €10.
On Saturday last in Dublin, Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena laid a wreath at the National Memorial in Merrion Square, during the annual changing of the guard ceremony.
On a recent tour of the Longford/Westmeath constituency, Sinn Fein leader, Mary Lou McDonald allowed for a number of hours in Athlone where she met with a number of local community groups and organisations.
Cllr. Paul Hogan has resigned from Sinn Fein with immediate effect. In a prepared statement, the councillor acknowledged that he "pursued every avenue internally" before opting to quit the political party he initially joined in 1998.
A group of individuals from Athlone, Moate and north Westmeath are presently representing Ireland at the European People’s Festival in Lithuania from Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 July.