A special Christmas edition of the Westmeath Independent is out today (Monday) and is packed with news, photos and special features for the festive season.
Our stories include:
* €180k boost for charities thanks to solicitor's fundraising triumph
* A special 4-page feature on local people who will be spending Christmas in Australia, South Africa and America
* Boost for Athlone businesses as rates to be cut by 2%
* Shock at tragic passing of Ballymore's Aisling Maguire
* See Moate baker Tanya Ross's amazing cake version of Croke Park!
* We publish Christmas cards from children at St Paul's NS, Athlone
* Support for Flanagan's 'dirty' water challenge to Minister
* Newcomers to Athlone tell us about the Christmas traditions in their native country
* Tackle the Westmeath Independent 'Quiz of the Year'
* Athlone Town to start 2014 season with a Rovers double bill
* We look back on 13 sporting highlights from 2013
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