Setting the pace as a positive mindset overcomes health adversity

Thu, Mar 14, 2019

An inspiration to her Moate Athlone Running Group (MARG) colleagues, Athlone native, Emma Canning’s return to good health following her cancer experience is a continuing source of immense pride for the Brawny resident.

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European Movement Ireland’s ‘Can Vote Will Vote’ campaign for the European Elections 2019, comes to Athlone.

Wed, Mar 06, 2019

On Thursday, 7 March 2019, European Movement Ireland will be in the Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone for a voter registration drive for the European Elections 2019. EMI staff will be on hand to share information about the 2019 Elections and voter registration. Across the EU, people are committing to taking part in the European Parliament elections by signing up to the This Time I’m Voting movement.

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Wed, Mar 06, 2019

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Proposed housing development to complement regional growth centre status

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

A landmark day for Athlone as a large scale housing development, to incorporate a mix of private and social homes, has been proposed for the Lissywollen South/Brawny area of the town.

This housing development, subject to planning, encompasses an infrastructural scale, which complements Athlone’s designation as a regional growth centre under the National Framework Plan 2040.

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Close matters of the heart as quandary reigns pertaining to issues Irish rugby

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Well I’m only coming together now after a very packed weekend. On Saturday, I had been invited to speak at the 30th Colmcille Winter School. The man in charge of it, Martin Egan, had emailed me in early December asking would I speak, and I agreed long before I knew the date of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis which was also last Saturday. Anyway, I had given my confirmation that I would be there, so of course I couldn’t break that.

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Risk to hospital patients as high cost to replace medical equipment

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, who is a member of the Dublin Mid Leinster Hospital Group, has expressed his shock with a response to his question raised at a recent meeting of the regional health forum.

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Housing Bill initiated by local Minister receives Government approval

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

A Housing Bill originally initiated by Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran when a backbench TD has received full approval from his political colleagues at Cabinet level.

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Landmark day for local Minister as Criminal Law Bill formally passed

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

A momentous day in the ministerial life of Deputy Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran as the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2018, originally initiated by the Athlone politician, passed all stages in the Oireachtas last week.

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Motorway junction lighting a priority to ensure safety of motorists

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Local Independent Councillor, Michael O’Brien, has noted the urgent need to switch on the lights along the junctions of the M6 motorway.

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Local Minister confirms essential works to walls of Athlone Castle

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Speaking this week, Deputy Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, welcomed the commencement of these essential works.

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Viability of enhanced sports centre swimming pool facilities proposed

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

The viability of a second swimming pool at Athlone Regional Sports Centre has been broached my members of the Municipal District, with elected representatives pressing upon the local authority to complete a feasibility study to determine if the addition of such a facility would be of benefit to the local community and enhance the growth town’s tourism product.

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A time for personal memories as provincial rugby teams all achieve victories

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Well, what do we make of the weather? Last week it was completely spring-like, mild temperatures, lots of sunshine, and one would really think that spring had arrived. In contrast, this week started off with cold, showery, shivery type of weather and low temperatures. So it is the old story; we think spring has come but really it hasn’t. And yet, the daffodils are out, not quite in abundance yet but they are out with their yellow blooms. In my back garden I have a small magnolia tree. Now, it is called a dwarf magnolia, but because of political correctness you are not allowed any more to say that word with regard to anything, and so it is a small magnolia. The buds are already on all of the branches of that magnolia tree, which would indicate that it is soon going to flower. But somehow I don’t think so if this weather continues. Be that as it may, well at least so far we’ve been spared the snow and wild winds which were very much the climate of 12 months ago. So let’s hope the benign days continue – and more daffodils please, and more buds turning to flower please, in everyone’s garden!

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