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).
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.
“I love the GAA, I love the hurling and football games and I love the local community here in Castlepollard.”
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.
“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.
The Westmeath GAA Movathon has raised over €127,000 following a remarkable final push over the Easter weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
There was an enthusiastic welcome for the confirmation that TEG have renewed their sponsorship of Cusack Park for the next five years.
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.
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.
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.
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.