NEWS

New Mullingar initiative to tackle cocaine addiction

As the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland warned this week that cannabis is now the “gravest threat to the mental health” of young Irish people, Topic learned about a young local father-of-three who has set up a new group that aims to guide and support those wishing to recover from drug addiction, mainly cocaine, which has become a major problem drug in Mullingar area.

Lucy’s friendly face will be missed from Rochfort’s Superstore after 46 years

Last Friday was a special and emotional day for Lucy Harris, who has been working in Rochfort’s Superstore, Mullingar for over four decades and is now retiring from her post.

Ballynacargy NS teacher completes new book for pupils

A local National School teacher has just completed a new book for primary school pupils covering science, history and geography. Claire Taaffe, Deputy Principal and fifth and sixth class teacher at St. Brigid’s NS, Ballynacargy,...

Death of the late Nuala Holmes, two months after husband Packie

Mullingar people heard with great regret of the death on Saturday last, May 1 of Mrs. Nuala Holmes (nee Shaw), wife of the late Packie Holmes, who predeceased her by less than two months. A native of Raharney, she was aged 85 and the couple enjoyed more than 62 years of married life.

The Big Reveal – Jack & Jill Foundation Art Sale is a sell out...

This year's Jack & Jill Foundation Incognito Art Sale collection featured a who's who of the art world, with works from over 1,200 artists including Robert Ballagh, Peter Curling, Maser, Una Sealy, Helen Steele and Vincent Devine to name but a few. The collection also included celebrity names including U2's The Edge, rock star Bob Geldof, fashion designer Paul Costelloe and comedians Tommy Tiernan and Jason Byrne.

Mullingar to host Fleadh 2022

The Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Labhrás Ó Murchú has confirmed that the 2022 All-Ireland Fleadh will take place in Mullingar.

Summer reopening: key dates announced

The Cabinet has agreed on a reopening plan for Ireland over the coming weeks. The lifting of restrictions, which begins on Tuesday 4 May, arrives following some of the toughest lockdown measures of any society...

Success for Castlepollard student in European Youth Award

There was great excitement in Castlepollard and Fore on Friday, 16th of April when Patrick D’Arcy, a Leaving Cert student at Castlepollard Community College was announced as a winner of a European Youth Award at the Virtual YouthStart European Awards held in Vienna, Austria.

Sign up today for the Lions Club Paris2Nice Challenge

Starting this weekend, on Saturday, 1 May, Mullingar Lions Club invite all cyclists, runners and walkers to take part in the Paris2Nice Challenge.

People forced to ‘sleep on couches’ while Housing Department dithers

Some people in Westmeath have been left to sleep on couches because of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage’s delay in reviewing the threshold limit of income for people who need assistance to rent homes, Westmeath councillors were told this week.

Glorious sunshine attracts the crowds to Clonmellon Farmers Food Market

The village of Clonmellon was a hive of activity last Sunday morning for the bi-weekly Clonmellon Farmers Food Market (CFFM).

Former TD may contest Dublin Bay South seat

Former Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell, a native of Kilbeggan, is tipped to contest the upcoming by-election in Dublin Bay South, following Eoghan Murphy’s resignation announcement on Tuesday morning this week.

Design work begun on Thomastown to Killucan walkway link

Cllr. John Shaw (FF) enquired at the monthly Mullingar-Kinnegad  Municipal District Council meeting last week  if members could be updated in relation to progress with the Just Transition walkway project linking Thomastown to Killucan/Rathwire.

Bishop Deenihan calls for support of vocations

In his homily on last Sunday, Good Shepherd Sunday or Vocations Sunday, Bishop Tom Deenihan made a heartfelt appeal to everyone in the Diocese of Meath to pray for and to support and encourage priestly vocations, and those called to the religious life, saying that only if this happened would young people find it possible to respond to Christ’s calling for those needed to be good shepherds and to lead and protect His flock.

“Kinnegad sets the tone for the whole of Westmeath,” says Dollard

“Kinnegad is Westmeath’s ‘front cover’ and it’s important that the County Council works to ensure that it represents the county in the best possible way.”

“Diabetic children are left with no services” – Cllr. Smyth receives support from other...

Cllr. Hazel Smyth asked the Municipal District meeting of  the Mullingar-Kinnegad members that the district write to the HSE regarding allocation of additional resources to the endocrinology department (paediatrics) at Mullingar Hospital, which has recently been forced to cease provision of services due to lack of staff and resources.

Tears of joy as 11-year-old is brought home

There were scenes of joy, plenty of them tear-filled, outside Mullingar Regional Hospital on Monday evening of this week, 26 April, when an ambulance drove slowly in through the hospital front gates.

Resident hurt after Cathedral View floor collapses

A resident from Cathedral View, Mullingar was injured  on Tuesday afternoon of this week, 20 April, when he fell through the floor of his Council-owned home on Tuesday afternoon.

Joy for Darragh going for a spin with Inland Bikers!

Lynn Heights in Mullingar was filled with the roar of motorbikes on Sunday morning last and also with joy on a youthful face, as members of the local Inland Bikers club along with other motorcyclists from the Freewheelers biker club rocked up.

Hard decisions to be made about litter louts

Elected members of Westmeath County Council, fully aware of how much it is costing annually  to deal with littering abuse and  attendant problems, and intent on gaining a firm grip on the problem, are pushing for bigger fines and “naming and shaming” of those who are found littering.