The community website of Delvin, County Westmeath

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Helping The Homeless This Winter

The homeless crisis is much worse than the media is reporting according to local people that have been up to see it for themselves. If you are able to contribute anything to help the homeless on our streets this winter, two of our local businesses will help you do just that.

David Smyth Catering
David and his team make regular trips to Dublin armed with large pots of hot food for the Hope For Homeless – H4H team. If you would like to help out in any way, please drop David a line via his Facebook Page here.

Purple Raven Art
Crowenstown – (044) 966 4723
The gallery is appealing for unwanted clothing – especially men’s clothing – to be distributed by Kim during her regular runs to the capital. She has advised that even a pair socks with holes can be used as gloves when you are sleeping on the street in the freezing cold. Your unwanted clothing items can be dropped off at the gallery.

Delvin Hospice Hands Over Cheque For €31,000

Congratulations to the committee and all those that have hosted or supported events in aid of Delvin Hospice over the past twelve months. All the hard work has paid off and a cheque for €31,000 was presented to John Shaw of North Westmeath Hospice at the Blue Hackle yesterday evening – Wednesday 15th November.

Another Eventful Night In Delvin!

Special Guest at Event in Crowenstown Last Saturday night was a busy one with a sold out performance at St Patrick’s Hall and an early Christmas themed event at the gallery in Crowenstown.

The Man In The Woman’s Shoes told the hilarious and touching story of Pat and the characters he met during a five mile walk from his cottage to town and back again. A clever and much enjoyed tale, written and performed by Mikel Murfi. It is hoped that Mikel will return to Delvin in 2018 – watch this space!

Meanwhile, the Purple Raven Gallery in Crowenstown was jammed to the rafters for Hazel’s annual Mulled Wine evening. Aside from the free flowing mulled wine, guests were treated to live music and a visit by two prickly friends – Leon and Ophelia – from Hedgehog Rescue Dublin. A great night was had by all!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Delvin's Community WebsiteThere will be plenty going on in and around Delvin this Halloween! Find out where to stock up on your tricks and treats and hide behind the sofa while you read some local ghost stories in the Delvin Village Halloween Guide HERE.

Fancy Dress Party
on Saturday 28th October at Bartley’s Bar, Drumcree
Head over to Bartley’s Bar, Drumcree for a night of music and divilment! Live music and games on the night. Fancy dress essential – prize for the best costume. Miss it or be dammed!

Fancy Dress Party
on Sunday 29th October at The Blue Hackle, Delvin
Delvin Vintage Club will host their annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party on Sunday 29th October. All welcome.

Zumba Kids Halloween Party
on Wednesday 1st November at St Patrick’s Hall, Delvin
spooky fun for boys and girls aged 4-11 years! Cost will be €15 per child, €25 for 2 siblings and €36 for 3. Places are limited and fee must be paid in advance. Please text 086 108 0913.

In Pictures: Visit By Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

The Delvin Hall Committee hosted a well supported evening in the company of legendary commentator, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, on Friday 20th October.

Photos by Willie Forde

An Evening With Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh

The Delvin Hall Committee is proud to present an evening with the legendary Irish Gaelic games commentator, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, on Friday 20th October from 8.30.

This promises to be an evening of stories and anecdotes gathered from a career that spanned six decades – one that GAA enthusiasts of all ages will not want to miss.

Admission on the night will be €10 per person (no concessions).

Preparing For Ophelia

A “status orange” weather warning will come in to effect on Monday at 9am as Ireland prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ophelia.

While the hurricane is expected to change form and have the effect of a tropical storm as it passes through, there is still a risk of power outages and some structural damage.

Forecasters predict that the midlands will experience the worst of the storm between 11am and 6pm with gusts of up to 140kph possible.

While we can hope that the impact of the storm is weaker than some forecasts suggest, it is still a good idea to prepare yourself and any vulnerable family members and neighbours for the worst – just in case.

The Basics

  • If you have elderly relatives or neighbours, make sure they have any medication they may need and ensure they have a working torch
  • Everyone should ensure that they have a reliable torch and that emergency telephone numbers are within easy reach
  • Forecasters recommend that you do not go out in the storm unless you have to, but if you are out and about, beware of flying debris and the potential for strong gusts
  • It should go without saying, but if you notice a damaged power line, DO NOT TOUCH IT! Please report it immediately to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999
  • If you come across fallen trees or heavy debris on local routes, please call Westmeath County Council for advice 044 933 2000 and / or the local garda patrol on 086 858 3049.

Power Outages

  • The emergency hotline number is 1850 372 999 and this is available 24/7
  • It is useful to have your 11 digit MPRN to hand when calling as this will help the operator pinpoint where the fault is. You can find this number on your bill.
  • Known outages will be shared on the ESB Power Check Website

Drive Safely

Wet and windy conditions can have a major impact on braking speeds. Please drive at a suitable speed, beware of debris on the road and allow additional distance between yourself and other vehicles.

Local Updates

Connection permitting, I will post any notified local updates on the Delvin Westmeath Facebook Page. Feel free to message me via that page if you come across hazards on local routes or you experience a power outage.

Stay calm and stay safe!