Tuesday, December 6, 2022

NEWS

Frequency and routes in Westmeath slammed as just ‘not good enough’

Some 100,000 people who live in Westmeath are “without proper a bus service. They live in rural areas poorly served by any type of bus service and if we’re not lobbying for that bus service to be increased, then who is?”

Stay Local – Shop Local in Mullingar this Christmas!

As Christmas approaches, now more than ever before, we’re all counting our euros and budgeting for presents and gifts for family and friends.

Mullingar man Alfie Byrne wins €500 worth of home heating oil from Klass Oil

Topic and Klass Oil are pleased to announce that Mullingar man Alfie Byrne is the winner of our competition to win €500 worth of home heating oil.

Clonmellon Market welcomes legendary chef Darina Allen

Ahead of the start of its two Christmas Markets in under two weeks time on Sunday, November 20, Clonmellon Market was delighted to welcome Darina Allen last weekend.

Grandad forced to sleep by the Royal Canal

The extent of Westmeath’s homeless crisis was brought into sharp focus for one local TD lately when she learned of a man who was forced to pitch up and sleep alongside the Royal Canal, and another man who set up in a tent on grounds near Mulingar Regional Hospital.

Mullingar family grateful at response to fundraiser for girl (4)

The parents of a four-year-old Mullingar girl with a rare genetic disease say they are “overwhelmed” at the response to their fund-raising campaign to adapt their home for their little girl.

Westmeath gardaí say they are ‘pro-arrest’ in domestic violence cases

Westmeath gardaí have a “pro-arrest and pro-charge” policy in cases where individuals breach domestic violence orders.

Rose Rachel takes some time out to visit Mullingar Hospital

The 2022 Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy made an appearance at Midland Regional Hospital, Mull­ingar last Wednesday.

Ash hurleys may be no more, say craftsmen

The tree used to produce hurley sticks is under threat due to a disease which is on track to wipe out the island’s ash tree population.

Father praises swift action of officials and paramedics

A GAA referee acted swiftly to help save the life of a young player who collapsed in a Westmeath U15 game in Kinnegad GAA grounds on Saturday afternoon last.

Thieves calling online sellers asking for bank details

The latest scam in the Midlands area is someone pretending to be from a professional courier service calling in order to extract bank details to cover the cost of transporting items from people who are selling them on an Irish online marketplace.

Niall Horan documentary to air next Sunday

Following his sensational visit to Mullingar for August’s Fleadh, Niall Horan’s homecoming is set to air in a special documentary next Sunday.

Councillors unite to reject proposed 10% property tax hike

Westmeath Councillors have turned down a proposal to increase the Local Property Tax (LPT) by 10%, citing the cost-of-living burden on households.

Budget 2023

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath are set to address the Dáil this afternoon.

Lorries hitting building at Blackhall roundabout weekly

This issue of vehicles coming in contact with a building at Blackhall roundabout has been raised ad nauseam, Cllr Michael Dollard said at a recent District Council meeting, during which he asked that the District put in place a technical measure at the side of ‘Joli’, Blackhall which would ensure that the wall would not be damaged.

‘Cycle-by’ dumping the latest problem in Mullingar

By Claire Corrigan Community wardens need to patrol Lades­town to stop people lighting fires and damaging the area which is a Special Area of Conservation...

Niamh Algar stars in new Netflix film

Mullingar actress Niamh Algar will star in The Wonder, a new film set in the Irish Midlands during the 1800s, which is due to hit Netflix in November.

Word spreading about local advocate for better mental health services

A young man says that being bullied in school and “suffering with depression and anxiety and losing friends through suicide” made him want to become a mental health advocate.

Council votes to approve Hammerlake Studios

Westmeath County Council voted on Monday (September 19) to approve the development of Hammerlake Studios in Mullingar, a decision which could potentially bring more than 1,000 jobs to the town by 2025.

Soaring energy bills hitting even middle-income families

We’re all feeling the pinch and when Topic asked local charity worker Brian Fagan how people are coping with soaring energy costs and inflation, his response was simple: “They’re not.”