Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The late George Bell, Knockatee – a local legend and a true gentleman

People over a very wide area learned with great regret on Monday of this week, 13 September of the unexpected death on Monday morning of George Bell Snr., of Knockatee, Monilea, Mullingar, one of Westmeath’s sporting legends and a true gentleman who contributed so much to so many elements of the local community over many decades.

Siobhán’s Health challenges led to her first book launch last weekend

Siobhán Dunleavy, who hails from outside Mullingar, launched her first book titled “Accepting and Connecting with Muscular Dystrophy” last Saturday, 11 September in Mullingar Rugby Club.

Woman (20s) dies in Ballinagore collision

A woman in her 20s had died following a single-vehicle collision in Ballinagore this evening.

The Carey Bridge named long before it was even planned!

The Carey Bridge situated at the Fair Green area of Mullingar, has been an important Pedestrian crossing over the Royal Canal since 1953.

Local swimmer’s concerns over Lough Owel water quality

Over the past half dozen years, whenever the water quality in the highly popular Mullingar lakes came under scrutiny, legendary Lough Owel, just north west of the town, has always been the lake to receive the national accolades.

Shock and sadness at untimely loss of Claire Bardon Maher

There has been profound shock and sadness at the untimely passing of Claire Bardon Maher, Grand Parade Mullingar. Claire, wife of Damien Maher, Westmeath Topic Sports Editor, was herself an avid GAA supporter. It was known,...

Just the ticket! Big-hearted GAA footballer makes dream come true for young fan

It all started with an 11-year- old Mullingar boy – a big Mayo (and Westmeath) football fan – whose dream was seeing Mayo footballers getting the better of Dublin.

Female driver terrorised by assailant with knife

A woman in her 60s was held up at knifepoint by a young man during a frightening car robbery in broad daylight late on Sunday afternoon last, 8 August, in the carpark of a local supermarket at Austin Friars Street, Mullingar.

‘We want our peace restored’ – Residents’ fury at development

Residents in the Grange Mews and Grange Village area of Mullingar say that recent developments to the rear of a local business has seriously interfered with their living situations.

30-month jail term for man who robbed €50k from Mullingar bank

A man who was convicted of stealing a cash-box containing almost €50,000 from a Mullingar bank two years ago has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Freedom day as restaurants and pubs re-open their doors

Monday of this week was to be freedom day for the hospitality sector with the reopening of indoor dining, but the new laws are making it impossible for some businesses to operate.

Cost of Covid: children’s dental service in crisis

Children’s dental health in Mullingar and nationally has deteriorated to such an extent during the Covid-19 pandemic that some have had to be referred to a facility where they can be treated under general anaesthetic.
Ennell court

Ennell court residents without water for six days

This is the sixth day residents of Ennell Court have been left without water and there is no indication of when this issue will be repaired.

Calls for road traffic lights near St Colman’s N.S.

“Local residents can't get in or out if their driveways with cars permanently blocking up their driveways. There is a big national school there and a creche and the junction from the Delvin Road out to Robinstown. That has increased the traffic flow dramatically in the last number of years.”

Wood you believe it: Vincent Bateman produces wood carving for Ringtown Hurling Club

“I am indebted to Ringtown Hurling Club. I wanted to give something back to them,” said Vincent Bateman as he unveiled the wonderful large wood carving of a hurler which he produced for Ringtown Hurling Club.

Sunshine celebrations for Clonmellon Farmers Market’s first anniversary

Last weekend at Clonmellon Farmers Market (CFM) was extra special for the organisers, Clonmellon Community Council (CCC), because it marked the first anniversary of the event which has proved to be one of the real local successes of the pandemic. CCC also organised a free raffle and published a memento recipe book to mark the occasion.

Great community spirit present as Killafree Renewal Group is revitalised

By Paul O’Donovan A meeting to restart the Killafree Renewal Group in Castlepollard was held on Friday night last, 18 July, in Castlepollard Parish Centre, with all social distancing regulations being observed. Killafree Church and graveyard...

Drugs dealers wait outside Mullingar Post Offices and demand payment from victims – Topic...

The town of Mullingar has an ongoing and serious drugs problem, and an appeal has been made this week to local people, some of whom are “living in fear” because of family members involved in use of drugs, or through fear of retaliation by those selling and distributing drugs, to go to the Gardai in the town in confidence, and provide the information that would stop what is happening at present.

Coach firms warn of job losses as group bookings are outlawed

Demands for “leadership” and “letting people use their common sense” made by local businesses are putting Westmeath TDs and Government ministers under increasing pressure as resentment to Covid-19 restrictions mounts.

Narrow escape for Mullingar walkers but Council rebuilds boundary in just ONE day

“It was a miracle nobody was walking by and was injured,” said one woman who was out walking her dog, when she saw the wall at the end of Marlinstown Lawns, Mullingar had collapsed.