Here's a look at some of the events taking place in Athlone, South Westmeath and South Roscommon over the coming days...
FRIDAY, APRIL 25
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The 10th Athlone People of the Year Awards will be held at the Radisson Hotel. Compere for the evening is Dave O’Connell.
JOIN OUR BOYS
Auction fundraiser at 9pm in O’Connells, Brideswell, for Join Our Boys. All musicians are welcome on the night. Donations and auction prizes welcome. Please contact Brid O’Connell on 090 6488140.
A reunion of former staff from Ballymahon Glothing Factory, Claffey’s, Dubtex, Balman, and Manford & Manford Direct takes place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule at 9pm. All former staff welcome to attend.
Ballinasloe indoor country market takes place every Friday morning from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Contact 087 6454206
Cards in the Club takes place every Friday night at 8.30pm. All are welcome and for further information contact 086 8266270.
BRIDGE IN GLASSON
Bridge has resumed on Fridays in The Fatted Calf, Glasson, at 10.30am.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
SOPHIE SWEENEY FUNDRAISER
A benefit night for Sophie Sweeney will be held at Biddy’s Steak House at 8pm. Local band 'The Blaggards’ will provide the entertainment and the bar has organised for the house DJ to play also. Tickets are €5.
A 10k run in conjunction with Buccaneers Rugby and supporting Special Olympics takes place from the Bounty at 11am. Prizes for both Men’s and Women’s Top 3 competitiors. Register online for €20 at www.runireland.ie. Late application on race day €25.
COUCH TO 10K CYCLE
Lecarrow Lazers Cycling Club is running a couch to 10km cycle for anyone interested in taking up cycling from 14 years of age upwards. Meet in canal car park Lecarrow at 10.30am every Saturday morning. Contact Dermot at 086 3552969 for more.
ASK THE ARTIST
The latest session of 'Ask the Artist’ takes place in Luan Gallery from 1pm to 2pm with Tom Climent.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
The annual Clonown 5k/10k runs take place in Clonown. Online entry: www.facebook.com/Athlone10krun
Athlone Little Theatre presents Martin McDonagh’s 'The Cripple of Inishmaan’ from Sunday, April 20, to Sunday, April 27. Curtain: 8.30pm. Booking: 090 6474324.
Moate Vintage Society hosts their annual Family Cycle Rally at 2pm from Dun na Si, Moate.
Lough Ree Yacht Club holds its annual Sail Spree and Junior Open Day at Lough Ree Yacht Club from 11am. Adults and children from age seven are welcome to try out different types of sailboats and have a fun day on the water. Juniors can also register for the Junior Summer Sailing Camp on the day. Any questions about Junior Sailing call 087 2590660.
DO WITHOUT AND GET OUT
Do Without and Get Out in aid of Roscommon Palliative Care Unit. Come and join us on Sundays at 5pm, meeting at Cornafulla NS for a walk around the block. We ask you to donate €2 for this worthy cause.
MONDAY, APRIL 28
Monksland Walking Club meets on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Supervalu carpark. For more information, call Deirdre 087 7706609.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29
SIX NATIONS CUP IN ATHLONE
Line out on Tuesday April 29 at the O2 Store, Athlone, from 4-6pm to lift the longed for RBS Six Nations silverware and have your picture taken.
Zumba fitness classes are underway on Tuesday mornings at 10am in Tubberclair Hall. Get in shape the FUN way! Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class so it is a workout while partying! Suitable for all fitness levels.
For more information check www.facebook.com/zumbawithcaro or call 087 2311205.
CASTLEDALY FTNESS CLUB
Castledaly Fitness Club has commenced every Tuesday and Friday at 6.45pm for anyone who wants to get active or enjoy the outdoors with a goal of getting as many people as possible ready to run or walk a 5K or 10K in July.
Art classes continue for beginners at Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30 at Dean Egan Bridgeways Resource Centre, Ballymahon. Improvers classes on Wednesday 7pm to 9pm at Sisters Mercy House, Main Street, Ballymahon beside the Country Shop. Fifth and sixth classes on Tuesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm at Ballymahon primary school. Contact Frances at 090 64 32203 or email email@example.com
A new chess club has been formed in Tubberclair. Anyone interested should attend Tubberclair GAA clubhouse on Tuesday evenings at 8pm. Bring a board if you can. For more information, freetext 'CHESS’ followed by your name to 50123.
LINE DANCING CLASSES
Line dancing classes in Athlone GAA Club, Pair Ciarain, Ballymahon Road, Athlone, on Tuesdays. Beginners 7-8pm, intermediate and advanced 8-11pm. Admission €8. Fun night guaranteed. No partner required.
ROSCOMMON LAMB FESTIVAL
Roscommon Lamb Festival kicks off Wednesday, April 30 until Monday, May 5 Plans are currently underway for family fun filled weekend.
ALL IRELAND DRAMA FESTIVAL
The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival sees the nine top amateur drama groups in Ireland compete for the honour of being crowned All Ireland champions. It takes place in Athlone’s Dean Crowe Theatre from May 1–10.
Due to popular demand after two sell-out shows in Athlone, Keith Barry’s tour 'Brain Hacker’ will return to The Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone on Friday, May 23 next for one extra night. Tickets from Hotel Reception and Ticketmaster.ie priced €30.
Moate Golf Club will be holding its annual Fashion Show in conjunction with South Westmeath Hospice in the Grand Hotel, Moate.