Wednesday, February 21, 2024


Three wins out of three…but some improvement needed

There was a large contingent of Westmeath supporters in the scenic setting of Echelon Park, Aughrim, last Sunday afternoon to witness Westmeath record a six-point victory over Wicklow in their third Allianz League game this year.

Jason Keelan: Two days, two contrasts, one stepping stone

"It was a quick-fire tally of 1-2 without reply in the final quarter that gave the 4-in-a-row All-Ireland Champions Limerick the jolt they needed to go on and take the victory.”

O’Toole continues to be the key for Dolan

Last week, Off the Ball correspondent, Tommy Rooney, chatted with former All-Ireland winners, Paddy Andrews of Dublin and James O’Donoghue of Kerry on their weekly Football Pod.

‘Westmeath hurlers can bridge the gap’ says Kiely

Limerick hurling manager John Kiely has seen it all and done it all. His Limerick senior hurling team are on the brink of creating history and becoming the first ever team to win five All-Ireland senior hurling titles in a row. Yet Kiely believes that hurling counties like Westmeath can bridge the gap between themselves and the bigger hurling counties in the country.

Jason Keelan: Serving up some aces with Simon

I do remember back mid-1990s when my cousin, Liam Keelan, came over from Australia to work in Mullingar for a few months as a teenager.

Dolan delights in football win as Fortune calls for player backing

Dessie Dolan and Westmeath found a last-gasp victory over Clare in TEG Cusack Park thanks to Ronan O’Toole’s point, moments after the visitors had a goal chalked-off in controversial circumstances.

Superb celebrations for Mullingar Athletic AFC on 40th anniversary

Last Saturday, 27 January 2024, was a memorable night for everyone associated with Mullingar Athletic as the club celebrated its 40th Anniversary with an excellent Dinner Dance in the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar.

Jason Keelan: Cementing in the new bricks with the shackles off, perhaps?

It is never easy when you must face off against a team that has plenty of experience in winning the All-Ireland.

Jason Keelan: ‘No permission needed to build for Dessie but room to improve’

A lot has been made in the past weeks about the planning permission issues regarding Dermot Bannon and his Room to Improve show on RTÉ. Essentially, it seems that things were designed and put in place without fully dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

The late Jim Moore was a larger than life character

There was a deep sense of sadness and a feeling of great loss when news broke of the death of Jim Moore from Tudenham, Mullingar on Sunday, 3 December, 2023.

‘Work to be done before Offaly game’ says Dolan

Westmeath senior football manager Dessie Dolan admitted there was still a lot of work to do before they begin their Allainz National Football League Division 3 campaign with a match away to Offaly in Glenisk O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday week, 28 January.

Second half goals see Coláiste Mhuire advance in schools local derby

Second half goals by Jonah Hassett and Shane Canning saw Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar overcome St Joseph’s Secondary School Rochfortbridge by 2-0 in this FAI Schools Leinster First Year Cup game played in Gainstown, home of Mullingar Athletic FC, on Tuesday morning of last week, 9 January.

Impressive Coláiste Mhuire advance to Leinster final with comfortable win

Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar eased to a very comfortable 22-point victory over St Benildus College from Dublin in this Leinster Colleges Second Year Football ‘A’ Championship semi final, played in Dunganny GAA grounds, Meath, on Tuesday afternoon of last week, 9 January.

Late, late try dashes Wilson’s hopes of a famous victory

There was absolute heartbreak for Wilson’s Hospital School Multyfarnham, when they lost this Vinny Murray Senior Rugby Cup game to Skerries Community College with the very last kick of the game, on Wednesday of last week, 10 January.

Defeat but historic day for Coláiste Mhuire in Vinny Murray Cup debut

Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar may have lost this rugby game played in Terenure RFC grounds, Dublin, last Wednesday, but the occasion itself - the first time the Mullingar school have ever played in the Vinny Murray Senior Cup - was a massive step forward for rugby in the school and the Mullingar area.

Experimental Westmeath sides lose in football and hurling

The Westmeath senior footballers and hurlers both lost their opening games of 2024 in their respective O’Byrne Cup and Walsh Cup competitions, but it must be stated that both teams were very experimental.

Bunbrosna woman hopes to compete in prestigious running series

Over the past two years local runner Catherine Lundon from Kilpatrick, Bunbrosna, has successfully completed four of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a significant accomplishment. She told Patrick Muldoon about her love for running and her hopes to complete the most prestigious distance running series in the world.

St Munna’s crowned All-Ireland champions after historic victory over Crossmaglen Rangers

When the final whistle went in Abbotstown last Saturday afternoon there were scenes of great joy and jubilation as the St Munna’s players, management and supporters all celebrated a famous and historic All-Ireland Club title for the Westmeath Camogie club.

Mullingar Town bounce back with emphatic win over Park Celtic

By Paul O’Donovan Following one of their heaviest defeats - an 8-2 loss to Birr Town - Mullingar Town bounced back seven days later with...

Coláiste Mhuire hold off strong St Pat’s comeback to claim Second Year football title

Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar held off a late rally by St Pat’s Navan to win the North Leinster Colleges 2nd Year Football ‘A’ title on the 3G pitch in Dunganny GAA grounds, Trim, Co. Meath on Friday of last week, 8 December.