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Mullingar will soon be full of Christmas spirit with festive music and song. On December 6 there will be some essential Christmas shopping ideas as the Mullingar Chamber of Commerce, the Farmers’ Market, and the Westmeath County Council organise Christmas in Mullingar 2009. This will be the first large Christmas event ever to be held in the town.The event will take place from 12 midday until 4.30pm on Sunday December 6. The town centre will be pedestrianised for the event to accommodate all of you who are looking for that extra special Christmas gift this year. The town’s retailers will be open from midday so no matter what you are looking for from high fashion to traditional crafts, Christmas in Mullingar 2009 is your one-stop shop this Christmas.
Where? No 4 The Strand, Athlone, Co Westmeath
After the recent re-opening of the Austin Friars Hotel in the centre of Mullingar, its neighbour the Annebrook Hotel continues the positive trend by converting 121sqm of its premises on the first floor from an aparthotel into a fitness spa, after it was granted permission to do so by the county council this week.
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey was crowned Worldwide Whiskey of the Year when it collected the prestigious Brown Forman Trophy at the 2009 International Wine and Spirit Competition Awards banquet in London.
The Lols will celebrate their anniversary over the next couple of weeks in various venues around Ireland starting next weekend.
Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, Cllr Fintan Cooney, used the occasion of the official switching on of the Christmas tree lights and the lunchtime Christmas concert on Tuesday December 8, to urge support for the poor and needy at home and abroad.
In light of being hailed this week as the county with the lowest cost when it comes to processing third level grants, Westmeath County Council has revealed that new grant applications have increased by 40 per cent in the past year.
The European Recycling Platform (ERP), Ireland’s only pan-European compliance scheme for electrical and waste battery recycling, has announced that it will begin operating in Westmeath in the new year.
Businesses around Westmeath are waiting with bated breath for the first indication of the commercial health of the county on Monday (December 21), when the county council meets to agree on a budget for 2010 at the annual estimates meeting.
The number of planning permissions for new dwellings granted in Westmeath has more than halved in the past year, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office this week.