Thursday, August 18, 2022


18-times All-Ireland champion Ademar warms up for Fleadh concert in St Paul’s

A young man from just over the Westmeath border in Kildare, Ademar O’Connor, is an 18-times All-Ireland Champion and is all set to play at this year’s Fleadh.

Speakers put the spotlight on organising committee

Among the speeches on the Gig Rig at the opening ceremony of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022 were some big names.

Local concern over fire safety in some Celtic Tiger-era apartments

Local apartment owner Micheál O’Reilly spoke with presenter Matt Cooper on Today FM last Thursday to outline safety concerns in his 32-unit apartment building, built during the Celtic Tiger era

Roz’s holiday heart pointing to the Midlands

Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, a tourism strategy run by Fáilte Ireland, is using social media ‘influencers’ to increase tourist footfall in Westmeath.

Fleadh ’22: Eyes and ears of the world will be on Mullingar

A range of media outlets are expected to ascend on Mullingar for the duration of the Fleadh to document the ongoings of the country’s largest musical gathering.

Fleadh ’22: Restaurants get ready for busiest business week in the town’s history

Kitchens around Mullingar are heating up as the town’s restaurants are bracing themselves for what may be the busiest week in their history. Business owners...

Sláinte! Ceol agus craic in some of the town’s taverns for Fleadh ’22

Clarke’s Bar is offers a comfortable bar, great food, a spacious outdoor seating area, a live music venue as well as a party or events venue. There’s something for everyone at Clarke’s!

Michael Jackson’s former Westmeath driver and friend passes away

Ray O’Hara from Moate, who was famous for chauffeuring Michael Jackson while in Ireland for six months, passed away on Monday, July 18.

700 Ukrainians accommodated in county as Council responds

There are more than 700 Ukrainian Refugees accommodated in Westmeath at present, with the majority located between Athlone, Mullingar and Castlepollard.

Farm Safety Week – 18th-22nd July

Every week is farm safety week on a busy working farm but once a year, usually in July, farming associations and organisations across Ireland and the UK zone in and highlight different aspects of farm safety that every farm resident should be aware of.

Searing honesty of Westmeath GAA star Luke appreciated nationwide

RTÉ’s Six One news featured a familiar face last week as Luke Loughlin, one of the stars in the Westmeath Football’s Tailteann Cup victory, opened up on his addiction issues.

New studios could generate hundreds of jobs for locals

Director of Development at Hammerlake Studios, Tom Dowling, has told Westmeath Topic this week that hundreds of acting roles as extras will become available to locals in the years ahead – that is, if the studio comes to fruition.

Retail meets music: Wilfs retail store begins stage construction to facilitate on-site trad

Wilfs Clothing Store on Castle Street, Mullingar is thinking outside the box for Fleadh week as construction has begun in-store on a stage for musicians to play on during the Festival.

Mullingar man annoyed there is no space to park his bicycle

A Mullingar man is annoyed that the new Mobi Bike for Hire scheme in Mullingar, in conjunction with Westmeath County Council, has left him with no room to park his own bike.

Locals outraged at water outages in Coole and Castlepollard

For quite some time now water outages in the north Westmeath area have been a problem for many residents.

Australian band with Mullingar roots planning homecoming

Mollimór are set to play multiple gigs during the Fleadh in a few weeks’ time travelling all the way from Victoria, Australia to wow festivalgoers with their unique take on an ancient music tradition.

Council chamber set to vote on Robinstown studio project

The planning application for a proposed 250,000 sq.ft film studio in Robinstown has made strides this week having received approval from Westmeath County Councils planning department.

Back better than ever at the Mullingar Show

The sun made a grand appearance on Sunday, July 10 in the Showgrounds in Cullion and attracted a large crowd to the annual Mullingar Agricultural Show, which has returned better than ever after the three year Covid gap.

Longford Westmeath Argentina Society Summer Gathering is all set to go!

The annual Longford Westmeath Argentina Society ASADO is back again after skipping two years due to Covid19.

Open your doors for Fleadh

As Mullingar braces itself for the return of Fleadh Cheoil after 60 years, organisers say accommodation is in short supply and are appealing to locals around the county to open their doors and make room for performers and visitors.