NEWS

“Mullingar must be fully involved about future use of Barracks,” says Restoration Committee

This week, it was announced that the Land Development Agency (LDA) is set to be given ownership by the Department of Defence of Columb Barracks, which is at present home to 23 local community groups.

‘Desecration of Donore’- “People’s trees being chopped down,” say residents

Westmeath County Council has come under fire once again this week, for the cutting down of trees from the Donore shore of Lough Derravaragh, a noted visitor attraction and beauty spot.

Mullingar CU to become North Midlands Credit Union

The Mullingar Credit Union Annual Report 2019-2020 has been circulated to all members and when the AGM takes place, online, next Wednesday, 3 March, at 7pm one of the new departures will be a name change - it will be soon titled the North Midlands Credit Union.

Pettiswood Close man calls on council to repair damage

A man from Pettitwood Close has called on the council to repair damages to the road verge outside his home after it was ruined by men driving heavy machinery to install cables, employed Westmeath County Council.

Gaybrook lady wins Frontline Hero Award

Gaybrook lady Dawn Wallace has been chosen for the Irish Independent ‘Frontline Hero Special Merit Award’ in conjunction with the Croke Park Hotel – something she made clear she was accepting on behalf of frontline staff and their families everywhere.

1,000 people on housing list, and another 1,000 on the transfer list

At the present time, Westmeath County Council has 1,000 people on their housing lists, people who don’t have any suitable accommodation at present.

New N4 dual carriageway won’t be built until 2029

For the second time in two decades, people living in the busy villages of Rathowen and Ballinalack face the prospect of being fully bypassed by the new N4 motorway from Mullingar to Rooskey.

Petal Café opens in Castlepollard

In this very strange and difficult time of lockdowns, government restrictions and a pandemic, it is great to see something positive that brings a smile to our faces.

Medical neglect by HSE puts young lives at risk

Outrageous! Disgra­ceful! Heartbreaking! Call it what you like, but you won’t be exaggerating if you’re describing the situation in which several hundred parents of children across Westmeath and a wider part of the midlands now find themselves, having young family members with Type 1 Diabetes.

Extensive damage caused to road after attempted theft

Gardaí are continuing their investigations into an attempted theft of machinery which resulted in extensive damage of up to €10,000 being caused to a road outside Milltownpass.

Mullingar company wins overall title at Enterprise awards

There was great excitement in Mullingar last Thursday night when Mullingar business Bevcraft Group, were announced as the overall winners of this year’s National Enterprise Awards.

Granddaughter’s alertness saved granddad (95) from inferno

One of Westmeath’s oldest residents had a miraculous escape from a deadly inferno last Tuesday night, 9 February.

Naming and shaming could be the answer to illegal dumping issue

If those engaging in illegal dumping are named and shamed it could be a major deterrent, a meeting of the Westmeath County Council’s Environment, Climate Action, Water and Emergency Services committee heard last Friday.

Cllr. Hill alarmed at ban on turf and timber

Banning the use of turf and timber for heating homes is a major change and considerable time will be needed for people to adjust, according to Cllr Paddy Hill.

Future of Columb Barracks discussed at District meeting

There’s been considerable controversy and concern for the past eight years over what is to become of the Columb Barracks, Mullingar property since it was closed by the Department of Defence, and left to deteriorate, and the issue was discussed again, at last week’s meeting of Council members attending the Mullingar-Kinnegad Municipal District meeting.

Online talk on Westmeath Bronze Age burials

Archaeologist Colm Flynn will give an online talk on an important excavation that took place during the ongoing realignment of the N52 between Mullingar and Devlin. Colm is a professional archaeologist with over 50...

“Light at the end of the tunnel,” says local immunology Professor

Trinity College Immunology Professor Kingston Mills spoke positively this week regarding his belief that the country will be in a much better position come June.

Welcome return of Clonmellon’s Farmers Food Market

For those of you in north Westmeath at a loose end for ideas on how to get this year’s St Valentine’s Day underway why not head for Clonmellon for the resumption of the very popular Farmers Market this Sunday morning.

A life dedicated to his community – John McGrath

There’s a small number of people in every town and every county who make a real impression on other people’s lives. Often, they’re local men or women who take far more than what might be considered usual interest levels in the town or district where they’ve ‘bred and buttered’ as someone might say.

Fitness and coach and speaker stresses the importance on living an authentic life

"I do miss hugging people and it made me realise what a hugger I am and when I bump into people, it's hard not to leap at them," fitness coach, speaker and creator of the Joy Project Hannah-Lilly said when she spoke to Topic this week.