Wednesday, December 8, 2021


Call for 100% rates reduction for town improvements

The Mullingar Chamber of Commerce has made submissions as part of public consultations on the Draft Development Contribution Scheme for the county, with the Council planning for €50m of infrastructure in the coming five years, partially funded by Development levies.

Mullingar Tidy Towns emerge with €7,400 in prizes for 2021

With no National Tidy Towns competition in 2020 due to the Covid shutdowns, it became clear when the 2021 results were announced last Friday that the effects of the pandemic are still being felt, with a big fall-off in the number of entries, down by more than 20% on the 2019 Westmeath entry.

Mullingar set for Christmas lights switch-on

This year’s Mullingar Christmas lights will be formally switched on next Friday evening, 19 November and for the first time the entire town will be lit up for the Festive season.

President Higgins leads tributes to “Topic” on 50th anniversary

President Michael D. Higgins has led tributes to Topic Newspapers, as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this week.

Half a century of headlines: “Topic” celebrates fifty years of respected journalism

Half a century ago this week, on Thursday, 11 November, 1971, the first copies of Topic appeared in newsagents’ shops in Mullingar and surrounding areas of Westmeath.

Mullingar man rescues child from burning house

A Mullingar man has become a local hero after saving a young child’s life by rescuing it from a burning house on Friday last, 5 November.

The late Martha McCabe loved art, painting and the country of Ireland

There was deep sadness in Castlepollard when news broke of the death of Martha Furley McCabe from Hilltown, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath, and formerly of Kilskyre, Kells, Co. Meath.

New €1.4m state-of-the-art building opens at Coláiste Mhuire

Students and staff at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar, are celebrating the completion of a number of new high-tech classrooms at their school.

Castletown Geoghegan community benefits from new walkway

A new walkway was unveiled at the Castletown Geoghegan GAA grounds, Páirc Mhic Eochagain, last Friday, officially recognising a fine addition to the facilities which will benefit the entire community of Castletown Geoghegan.

Ryan’s Pharmacy, Edenderry – Serving the community since 1996

Many of our readers will have visited a Ryan’s Pharmacy at some stage without realising that the Ryan pharmacies are run by a very passionate, hands on, young, active working pharmacist named Shane Ryan.

Help Johnny climb Ben Nevis for a great cause!

Mullingar man Johnny Keegan is set to take on the biggest mountain in Ireland and the UK, Ben Nevis in Scotland, in order to support his friend and cousin Gareth Hayes who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year.

Top recognition for Ballinagore’s Shane King

In mid-April of this year, Topic highlighted the efforts of young Shane King, from Ballinagore,  who is now a third year student in Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan. Shane en­tered the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) 2021 competition in which he had to produce and edit a three minute video report based on an environment topic, and send it to local audiences through different media outlets.

Mullingar’s new bus service will not go through estates

The proposed new local bus service for the town of Mullingar caused a lively discussion at Monday’s Municipal District Council meeting, with assurances sought that the proposed bus service will not involve buses through housing estates, and no definite indication as yet of when the service might begin.

Mullingar students and teachers set to sleep out in aid of Focus Ireland

On this Friday, 15 October, a group of 20 TY Students and 4 teachers from Mullingar Community College will spend the night sleeping out in the school grounds to ‘Shine A Light’ for Focus Ireland and in doing so, raise awareness of homelessness in Ireland. 

Mullingar is Garda headquarters for new Meath-Westmeath Division

At Monday’s Joint Policing Committee which was attended by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, the fact was clarified that Mullingar Garda Station will be the headquarters for the new amalgamation of the Meath and Westmeath divisions.

Much regretted death of Mona Caffrey

Mullingar people learned with great regret of the death on Thursday last, 7 October, at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin of Mrs. Mona Caffrey (née Farrelly) of Caffrey’s Bar, Mount Street, Mullingar.

Johnny and Margaret look back after 48 years in local Post Office

Last week, we recorded how, that after serving the community in the Killucan/Rathwire area for almost half a century, the Mulligans were retiring and Margaret Mulligan’s final day as Postmistress in Killucan Post office was on Friday, 1 October.

The Last Post: Popular Killucan Post Mistress bows out

For the past 150 years and longer, the people of Killucan and Rathwire have enjoyed the benefits of a local Post Office and Friday last, 1 October, was an emotional one for many locals with the local Post Mistress, Margaret Mulligan retiring after so many years of dedicated service.

Mullingar fly The Purple Flag for the third time

Mullingar has, for the third time, received news that they have been awarded the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE).

‘Remembering Maura’: 5km Walk or Run takes place on 30 October

A 5k walk in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Pancreatic Cancer Research is set to take place in Castletown Geoghegan on 30 October.