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The 16th Man: After all the house parties it’s time for some games don’t...

You know, I often heard it in the past but thought I was hearing things. And I was making allowances for some kind of confusion on the part of NPHET (National Public Health Emergency team).

Shortage of referees will place fixtures programme in jeopardy

Covid restrictions are nearing an end and a return to GAA activity is imminent, but for Westmeath GAA, planning a busy schedule of games this summer might well prove difficult for a different reason.

Paddy Flanagan: The late Ned Flynn – a legend and a loss!

“I love the GAA, I love the hurling and football games and I love the local community here in Castlepollard.”

Ned Flynn – a lifetime dedicated to the GAA and his local community

It was with great sadness on Friday last that I learned of the death of Ned Flynn from Castlepollard. Ned was a tremendous ambassador and a great servant of the GAA. He lived for the GAA and for his local community.

Ballinagore’s Cathal Ennis is breeder of Aintree Grand National winning horse

“Growing up I dreamed of breeding a winner or owning a winner at Kilbeggan Races, so you can imagine what it means to have bred a horse that has just won the Aintree Grand National”, beamed Cathal Ennis from Ballinagore after Minella Times had won the Grand National last Saturday with Rachael Blackmore on board.

Goodwill factor shines in remarkable Movathon success

The Westmeath GAA Movathon has raised over €127,000 following a remarkable final push over the Easter weekend.

Keena looking forward to Celtic clash

Mullingar’s Aidan Keena is looking forward to this Saturday’s Scottish FA Cup game against Celtic. Keena, who has been playing as striker for Falkirk FC, in Scottish League One is hoping to lead the line against the Glasgow Giants in the Third Round of the Scottish Cup, at Celtic Park, this Saturday evening with kick off at 7.30pm.

The glory days: Seán Cleary recalls his great GAA playing career

There aren’t many All-Ireland senior football medal winners living in Westmeath, even fewer are living in Mullingar, but this week Topic caught up with one man who has been living in Mullingar for many years and has three All-Ireland senior football medals.

Major drive underway in Westmeath Movathon challenge

A renewed drive is being made with Westmeath GAA’s novel fundraising event, the Westmeath Movathon Challenge, which will run until Easter Monday, 5 April.

Report reveals Westmeath GAA’s coaching structures are outdated

A detailed report on the strength of clubs in Westmeath has revealed that the current coaching structures are not fit for purpose and the county will need to recruit more coaches if they are to close the gap with the bigger counties in Leinster.

Increase in Westmeath Movathon Lake County Challenge expected this week

Two weeks into the Westmeath Movathon Lake County Challenge there has been a good participation to date, but it is expected that there will be an increase in participation and in fundraising in the coming weeks.

‘I enjoyed every minute as Westmeath hurling manager,’ says Michael Ryan

“I didn’t have any intention of managing Westmeath. My first reaction was sure Westmeath is on the other side of the planet”, former Westmeath hurling manager Michael Ryan reveals in his new autobiography entitled ‘Michael Ryan - The Road from Ballymac’, which is currently on sale in all good book shops.

Larry Giles – Memories of a sporting career devoted to playing for Westmeath, Kinnegad...

“When you mention ‘the border’ in Ireland most people are talking about the border between Northern Ireland and The Republic, but for us here in Kinnegad the border has always been between Westmeath and Meath,” said Larry Giles with a wide grin.

Concern about player injury when GAA returns

There has to be a considered app­roach to the full return of GAA activity and players will need adequate time to prepare for matches, according to Westmeath senior footballer, Kieran Martin.

Positive news as TEG sponsorship of Cusack Park continues

There was an enthusiastic welcome for the confirmation that TEG have renewed their sponsorship of Cusack Park for the next five years.

Westmeath refuse to support move to tackle cynicism in hurling

Westmeath has sensationally shot down a move to tackle cynicism in hurling, calling for greater consideration and more time to be given before rule changes are made.

Playing for Ireland was the pinnacle of a great sporting career for Michael ‘Spike’...

This week Topic met up with Michael ‘Spike’ Fagan and spoke to him about his memorable sporting career, at the height of which he was playing for his country against Australia, alongside one of the greatest midfielders in the game in Kerry’s Jack O’Shea.

Major fundraiser planned by Westmeath GAA

Westmeath are hoping to emulate Leitrim and raise over €100,000 by mobilising all supporters through the 47 clubs in the county for a series of 5k events during March.

Caroline Carton receives Volunteer of the Year award from Camogie Association

Congratulations to Caroline Carton from St Oliver Plunkett’s Camogie Club and a member of the Westmeath Camogie Executive, who received a Volunteer of the Year award at the Camogie Association Awards, which were held last Saturday evening.

“Leinster Football Championship a write off,” says Connellan

Westmeath footballer Ray Connellan thinks that Dublin’s dominance of the Leinster football championship has rendered the competition a ‘write off’ for the next five or ten years.