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Thanks to ev­ery­one who at­tended the launch night for Rath­drum’s en­try to Na­tional En­ter­prise Town Awards. It was great to see such a large at­ten­dance from both the busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups.

De­nis Carter was MC for the evening which started with Me­abh Lit­ton, bank of Ire­land, ex­plain­ing what the NETA are and plans for Rath­drum’s en­try, fol­lowed by Claire Law­less from Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District giv­ing an over view of why Rath­drum was nom­i­nated. Guest speaker was John Ho­ran from Bless­ing­ton, who spoke about what Bless­ing­ton did and the ben­e­fits and new be­gin­nings win­ning Le­in­ster in 2017 brough.

Cllr Pat Kennedy spoke of the huge in­vest­ment in Rath­drum in the past few years from tourism, hous­ing, public realm and pri­vate and how be­ing nom­i­nated is an ac­knowl­edg­ment of how Rath­drum is de­vel­op­ing.

It was a lovely evening of net­work­ing along with many peo­ple pledg­ing their sup­port to en­sure that Rath­drum’s en­try is a suc­cess. Spe­cial note of thanks to De­nis Carter and his fam­ily who hosted this event in Avon Mo­tors.


Forty walk­ers turned up on Thurs­day last for the cir­cuit of the Jubliee Loop in Rath­drum. On one of the balmi­est evenings of the sum­mer ev­ery­one agreed on how en­joy­able it had been, par­tic­u­larly the stretch by the river.

Sadly this week is the last walk of the sea­son. Af­ter 21 dif­fer­ent walks we fin­ish with the tra­di­tional Wha­ley Abbey Cir­cuit. Start­ing point for the walk is in Bal­li­na­clash. Start time for the walk is the ear­lier time of 6.45. For any­one who doesn’t know the way please wait be­side Phe­lans Pub and you will be di­rected to the start. As is also tra­di­tional we will fin­ish with tea and buns at walks end to sign off for the sea­son.

As there has never been a charge for the walks, a col­lec­tion box will be left for walk­ers to con­trib­ute to a lo­cal char­ity in­stead. Once again this year the nom­i­nated char­ity is Rath­drum Can­cer Sup­port Group. If any walk­ers can’t make the start but would like to join the group for the cuppa at the end please feel free to come along. Hope to see you all there.

Sinead Hef­fer­nan, El­lie Far­relly, Keelin Price, Ni­amh, Ruby and Alyssa McGau­ran en­joy­ing the fire­works dis­play in Rath­drum.

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