News http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:40:14 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Man who died in road collision outside Claremorris is named http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40287-man-who-died-in-road-collision-outside-claremorris-is-named http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40287-man-who-died-in-road-collision-outside-claremorris-is-named

The man who died in a road collision at Logatemple, Claremorris in the early hours of this morning has been named.

He was James Casey of Castlecarra, Carnacon and was in his 80’s.

Mr Casey died after he was struck by a car on the N60 at Logatemple, Claremorris at 1am this morning. 

driver and the two passengers in the car were uninjured.

Mr Casey’s body has been taken to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:45:06 +0100
National Youth Council of Ireland highlights concerns over number of young people in Mayo unemployed for six months or more http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40286-national-youth-council-of-ireland-highlights-concerns-over-number-of-young-people-in-mayo-unemployed-for-six-months-or-more http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40286-national-youth-council-of-ireland-highlights-concerns-over-number-of-young-people-in-mayo-unemployed-for-six-months-or-more

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - whose members work with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has highlighted concerns at the number of young people in County Mayo who are unemployed for 6 months or more. New data from the Department of Social Protection show that the number of young people under 26 in Mayo in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit for 6 months or more is 608.

Commenting on the figures James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “We are concerned at the number of young people who are unemployed in Mayo, particularly those unemployed for six months or more. This disappointing figure is mirrored at the national level, where we have over 11,711 young people long-term unemployed.

“The EU Youth Guarantee Programme guarantees a work, education or training opportunity to any young person unemployed for four months or more. In 2013, the Government committed to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Ireland. Yet four years on, despite the improving economy and labour market, we still have too many young people out of work,” explained Mr Doorley.

The NYCI is calling on Government to develop an action plan under this scheme in order to reduce the number of young long term unemployed to 5,000 - more than halving long term youth unemployment by the end of 2018. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:42:44 +0100
Roscommon Senator disappointed Foroige have failed to secure contract for youth services in Roscommon and Galway http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40281-roscommon-senator-disappointed-foroige-have-failed-to-secure-contract-for-youth-services-in-roscommon-and-galway http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40281-roscommon-senator-disappointed-foroige-have-failed-to-secure-contract-for-youth-services-in-roscommon-and-galway

A Roscommon Senator says she is disappointed that Foroige have failed to secure the contract for youth services in the Roscommon and Galway areas.

Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins says while she is not questioning the tender process and how it was carried out, the Foroige group had been running the service for the past 6 months.

Funding was withdrawn from Youth Work Ireland Roscommon/Galway over 6 months ago due to administrative issues.

Foroige were then put in as a replacement to run the services until the tender process was complete for a period of six months.

Foroige tendered for the contract, which includes running the Phoenix Youth Centre in Ballaghaderreen, but were unsuccessful.

The contract has been awarded to Midland Youth Service.

Senator Hopkins says while she is not questioning the tender process, she feels continuity should have been taken into account and there have now been three service providers in the past number of months. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:45:56 +0100
Green Flag raised at Turlough Park House in Castlebar http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40279-green-flag-raised-at-turlough-park-house-in-castlebar http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40279-green-flag-raised-at-turlough-park-house-in-castlebar

The prestigious Green Flag was raised yesterday at the grounds of Turlough Park House, Castlebar, by the Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District Michael Klcoyne.

Turlough Park were among 22 parks that were given “Green Flag”status at an inaugural awards ceremony by An Taisce last year. 

Turlough Park is home to the national Folklife collections of the National Museum of Ireland.

The awards are given to those public parks and green spaces that exemplify excellence in such standards as management and sustainability as well as providing beautiful settings for leisure, according to An Taisce’s Green Flag Award manager Robert Moss.

Mayo County Council nominated Turlough Park House and Gardens to represent County Mayo.

Cllr. Kilcoyne has been telling Michael D. McAndrew that this is a huge achievement for all involved and everyone should go and see the park at first hand for themselves.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:33:09 +0100
Man in his 80's dies after he was struck by a car on the N60 at Logatemple, Claremorris http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40278-man-in-his-80-s-dies-after-he-was-struck-by-a-car-on-the-n60-at-logatemple-claremorris http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40278-man-in-his-80-s-dies-after-he-was-struck-by-a-car-on-the-n60-at-logatemple-claremorris

A man in his 80’s has died after he was struck by a car on the N60 at Logatemple, Claremorris at 1am this morning.

The pedestrian died after being hit by the car, while the driver and the two passengers in the car were uninjured.

The body of the deceased man has been taken to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination will be carried out.


The road at the scene is closed to facilitate an examination of the crash site by Garda Forensic Collision investigators. Diversions are in place between Claremorris and Balla.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station on 094 9372080.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:22:38 +0100
Funding of over €1m confirmed today for Ireland West Airport Knock http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40266-funding-of-over-1m-confirmed-today-for-ireland-west-airport-knock http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40266-funding-of-over-1m-confirmed-today-for-ireland-west-airport-knock

Funding of over €1m has been confirmed today for Ireland West Airport Knock.

The funding totalling €1,109,430 has been allocated under the Regional Airports Programme which is administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring has welcomed the funding this afternoon, saying it represents the first allocation of support this year for regional airports and the grants will go towards safety and security related projects at the airports that have been approved to date.

The funding for Ireland West Airport Knock announced today is the highest amount for any regional airport, with Kerry receiving over €700,000 and smaller grants for Waterford and Donegal Airports. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:27 +0100
Taylor Architects in Castlebar win prestigious RIAI Irish Architecture Public Choice Award http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40261-taylor-architects-in-castlebar-win-prestigious-riai-irish-architecture-public-choice-award http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40261-taylor-architects-in-castlebar-win-prestigious-riai-irish-architecture-public-choice-award

Taylor Architects Castlebar has won the prestigious RIAI Irish Architecture Public Choice Award for 2017.

The Castlebar based company scooped the public vote for their design of the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway.

The RIAI Awards are the premier architectural awards in Ireland. The Awards recognise excellence in design and the contribution made by architecture to society for everyone’s benefit. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:32:07 +0100
Minister Ring says Deputy O'Cuiv should look at his own record before talking about moving Departments to Charlestown http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40259-minister-ring-says-deputy-o-cuiv-should-look-at-his-own-record-before-talking-about-moving-departments-to-charlestown http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40259-minister-ring-says-deputy-o-cuiv-should-look-at-his-own-record-before-talking-about-moving-departments-to-charlestown

Minister for Rural Affairs and Community Development Michael Ring says Galway Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv should talk to his Ballina colleague Deputy Dara Calleary before suggesting the Minister should take jobs out of the North Mayo town.

Minister Ring was reacting to Deputy O’Cuiv’s call yesterday to consider locating his new Department in Charlestown, on the piece of land that was purchased while Deputy O’Cuiv was in that Department under the Fianna Fail Government.

Minister Ring says Deputy O’Cuiv was 13 years in Government and failed to locate the Department office there. He also says a presence is needed in Dublin by a Secretary General of any Government Department.

Minister Ring told Midwest News this morning that Deputy O’Cuiv should look at the entire picture before making such calls

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:26:48 +0100
Waterford based charity advises people in Castlebar that there is a bogus collection happening today in the area - purporting to be for their benefit http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40256-waterford-based-charity-advises-people-in-castlebar-that-there-is-a-bogus-collection-happening-today-in-the-area-purporting-to-be-for-their-benefit http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40256-waterford-based-charity-advises-people-in-castlebar-that-there-is-a-bogus-collection-happening-today-in-the-area-purporting-to-be-for-their-benefit

A Waterford based charity has advised people in Castlebar that there is a bogus collection happening in the area today – purporting to be for their benefit.

Chernobyl Aid Ireland’s Head Co-Ordinator David Grimes told Midwest News that he has been made aware of a clothes collection that is being taken up in the county town today.

The people carrying out the collection have put the name of the charity on labels, which have been put through doors, for collection today.

The Gardai are aware of the collection and are asking people who see anyone collection clothes in their area today to contact them in Castlebar.

David Grimes told Midwest News that the collection is not legit. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:52:57 +0100
O'Malleys from around the world gather for annual clan rally this weekend in Galway http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40254-o-malleys-from-around-the-world-gather-for-annual-clan-rally-this-weekend-in-galway http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40254-o-malleys-from-around-the-world-gather-for-annual-clan-rally-this-weekend-in-galway

O’Malleys from all over Ireland and farther afield will gather in Galway this weekend, for the annual O’Malley rally.

This is the 63rd year of the event, and up to 500 people are expected to take part in events in Galway city and Claregalway from Friday through to Sunday.

The weekend includes walking tours of Galway City, exploring Hidden Heritage of East Galway, and a Medieval Banquet in the restored medieval Claregalway Castle on Saturday night, while the annual Clan Day Out takes place in Claregalway on Sunday.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:23:44 +0100
Mayo Senator proposes children under 12 be allowed free admission to all OPW heritage sites http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40253-mayo-senator-proposes-children-under-12-be-allowed-free-admission-to-all-opw-heritage-sites http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40253-mayo-senator-proposes-children-under-12-be-allowed-free-admission-to-all-opw-heritage-sites

Children under 12 will be allowed free admission into all OPW heritage sites across the country, following a proposal made by Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick.

With millions of tourists visiting OPW sites across Ireland each year, the Belmullet-based Senator felt it’s important to encourage more young people to enjoy our history and culture.

Senator Swanick made a suggestion yesterday to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran yesterday that children under 12 should be allowed free admission to heritage sites, and told Midwest News that he’s delighted the Minister has agreed to go ahead with the initiative- although it may not be in place for this Summer….

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:21:09 +0100
Bus Eireann's Expressway Route 21 to cease operating from Sunday with extended Route 440 being introduced http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40249-bus-eireann-s-expressway-route-21-to-cease-operating-from-sunday-with-extended-route-440-being-introduced http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40249-bus-eireann-s-expressway-route-21-to-cease-operating-from-sunday-with-extended-route-440-being-introduced

Bus Eireann’s Expressway Route 21 from Athlone to Westport will cease to operate from this Sunday.

Customers who wish to travel on that route can avail of an enhanced Route 440 from Sunday.

As a result of the planned cancellation of Route 21, the National Transport Authority undertook a review of bus services in the affected areas.

As a result, an enhanced and extended Route 440 will be introduced from Sunday.

The Westport, Castlebar, Ireland West Airport Knock, Athlone service will see weekday timetables providing 4 return services linking Westport and Athlone, Sunday and Public Holiday timetables including increased frequency with earlier and later departures, improved connectivity with additional services to Ireland West Airport Knock and improved local connectivity throughout the day. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:54 +0100
Cancer Fund for Children plan 'Daisy Lodge' for Mayo http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40243-cancer-fund-for-children-plan-daisy-lodge-for-mayo http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40243-cancer-fund-for-children-plan-daisy-lodge-for-mayo

The Cancer Fund for Children has confirmed its intention to build a new ‘Daisy Lodge’ in Co Mayo.

The fund already operates a short-break centre in County Down and has announced today that it is seeking planning permission for a new lodge in Lisloughrey, close to Cong.

The centre will provide an opportunity for sick children and their families to avail of a break but is still located close enough to a major hospital, should any medical needs arise.

The Fund’s CEO Gillian Creevy told Midwest News this afternoon that they are hoping, if all goes well with planning permission and the tender process, that they will welcome the first children and their families to the centre in Lisloughrey by Christmas 2019. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:50:56 +0100
Fianna Fail TD calls on Minister Ring to set up his new office in Charlestown http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40242-fianna-fail-td-calls-on-minister-ring-to-set-up-his-new-office-in-charlestown http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40242-fianna-fail-td-calls-on-minister-ring-to-set-up-his-new-office-in-charlestown

A Fianna Fail TD has suggested that the newly appointed Minister for Rural Affairs and Community Development should set up his office in Charlestown.

Galway Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv says Minister Ring told the Dail on Tuesday that he doesn’t have a Department, Secretary General, staff or a location for his new Department as of yet.

The Fianna Fail TD says he should use the opportunity to base the office in Charlestown and work from a rural area to look after the needs of the rural Ireland.

Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest News that a move like this would show the people that this Government is serious about looking after the needs of rural communities. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:47:57 +0100
Galway Senator describes shortage of Youth Mental Health Staff in the west as shocking http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40241-galway-senator-describes-shortage-of-youth-mental-health-staff-in-the-west-as-shocking http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40241-galway-senator-describes-shortage-of-youth-mental-health-staff-in-the-west-as-shocking

A Galway Senator has described the shortage of Youth Mental Health Staff in the west as shocking.

Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh was reacting to figures released to Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly.

The figures show that the HSE Region of Galway/Mayo/Roscommon only has 57% of the staff it should have according to its own policy.

Under recommendations made in the Vision for Change strategy for mental health, staffing across the mental health services nationwide should have been at 12,760 for 2016 and 12,778 for 2017. The current level of staff is only 9.815, which is 2,985 or a quarter short of what is needed.

Senator O’Clochartaigh says the shortages in the CAMHS services in the West are equally shocking – where they are only 56 delivering the services at present where there should be 106.

He told Midwest News this is an issue that the Health Minister Simon Harris must deal with urgently. 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:46:41 +0100
Mayo husband and wife celebrating €500,000 Lotto win http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40232-mayo-husband-and-wife-celebrating-500-000-lotto-win http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40232-mayo-husband-and-wife-celebrating-500-000-lotto-win

A Mayo husband and wife who struggled through the recession are today celebrating a life-changing €500,000 Lotto win.

And the elated couple revealed they were blissfully unaware of their new found fortune for several hours as the winning ticket was buried in the bottom of the wife’s handbag!

The lucky husband and wife syndicate today collected a cheque for €500,000 after winning the Lotto Plus 1 top prize in last Saturday’s draw. They purchased their winning Quick Pick ticket at the Harbour Store at the Quay in Westport on the day of the draw.

The elated pair described their win as “life-changing” following a difficult number of years for their family.

As the Mayo family lovingly gave their undivided attention to their Dad on Father’s Day last Sunday, the winning wife remained blissfully unaware to the fact that she had a half million euro Lotto ticket in her handbag.  

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website@midwestradio.ie (Midwest Radio News) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:19:58 +0100
Kerry man to run 24 marathons in 24 days, and will run from Ballina to Castlebar on Friday http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40229-kerry-man-to-run-24-marathons-in-24-days-and-will-run-from-ballina-to-castlebar-on-friday http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40229-kerry-man-to-run-24-marathons-in-24-days-and-will-run-from-ballina-to-castlebar-on-friday

24 marathons in 24 days- that’s the challenge which gets underway in Donegal Town tomorrow, and sees Kerry man Shane Finn running 24 marathons in 24 consecutive days in a bid to raise 100,000 euro for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.

With around 40 babies born with Spina Bifida in Ireland each year, we have one of the highest incidence rates in the world, and Shane’s 35-year old cousin Mary Evans who lives in Co Kildare is one of thousands of people in Ireland with the condition.

Shane Finn and his support team will be staying in the Twin Trees and Downhill Hotels in Ballina tomorrow night to be ready for his second marathon on Friday, starting from outside Dunnes Stores in Ballina on Friday morning, and finishing outside Tesco in Castlebar.

Bucket collections will be carried out in Ballina and Castlebar on Friday, and a fundraising function will also take place in An Sportlann in Castlebar on Friday night, and tickets will be available at the door.

Legendary Irish goalkeeper Packie Bonner will send Shane off on his first marathon tomorrow morning from Donegal Town to Mullaghmore in Sligo, before he travels to Ballina for Friday’s marathon.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:58:35 +0100
Actors Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson support fundraising campaign to save Quiet Man train station in Ballyglunin http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40228-actors-gabriel-byrne-and-liam-neeson-support-fundraising-campaign-to-save-quiet-man-train-station-in-ballyglunin http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40228-actors-gabriel-byrne-and-liam-neeson-support-fundraising-campaign-to-save-quiet-man-train-station-in-ballyglunin

Actors Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson are supporting a crowd funding campaign to save the Quiet Man train station in Ballyglunin, near Tuam.

Efforts are underway to raise 30,000 euro to restore the roof on the building.

The Ballyglunin Railway Station (more popularly known as Castletown) was the film location for John Ford’s classic film ‘The Quiet Man’.

The Ballyglunin Railway Restoration Project, established by the local community with the aim of preserving the station, has been told by conservation architects that the building will collapse if immediate restoration works are not completed.

An international crowdfunding campaign was launched last month to raise the 30,000 euro needed to repair the roof, and the fund is currently at almost 20,000 euro.

Supporting the campaign, actor Gabriel Byrne said he’s long been an admirer of The Quiet Man, and the image of Ballyglunin station is known to millions all over the world and is part of film archaeology.

He’s urging people to donate to www.ballyglunin.com to help restore the iconic building for future generations.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:56:39 +0100
Almost 2,500 children in Galway & Roscommon waiting for assessment and speech & language therapy http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40226-almost-2-500-children-in-galway-roscommon-waiting-for-assessment-and-speech-language-therapy http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40226-almost-2-500-children-in-galway-roscommon-waiting-for-assessment-and-speech-language-therapy

The waiting lists for speech and language therapy in counties Roscommon and Galway are ‘unacceptable’, according to a local Fianna Fail TD, with almost 2,500 children waiting for an initial assessment and therapy.

The latest figures obtained by Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy through a parliamentary question show that there are 1,719 children on the waiting list for speech and language therapy in Counties Roscommon and Galway up to May 2017.

200 of these children are in Roscommon and 1,519 in Galway, while there are 763 waiting for an initial assessment  - 186 in Roscommon and 577 in Co Galway.

The Fianna Fail TD says these waiting lists are unacceptable, as early intervention is critical for children.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:44:17 +0100
7 people have lost their lives on Mayo roads in the first half of 2017 http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40224-7-people-have-lost-their-lives-on-mayo-roads-in-the-first-half-of-2017 http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40224-7-people-have-lost-their-lives-on-mayo-roads-in-the-first-half-of-2017

Road users across Co Mayo are being warned that we’re entering the worst time of year for road deaths and injuries on our roads.

More people are killed every July on Irish roads, compared to other months of the year, due to increased numbers of tourists, and more people out cycling, running and walking in the evenings.

New figures from the Gardai also show that the number of drivers arrested in Mayo in the month of April for driving under the influence was the highest number of any month in the past 5 years.

The statistics were discussed this week at a meeting of the Mayo Road Safety Working Together Group – which includes members of Mayo Co Co, the Gardai, the HSE, TIFF, Road Safety Authority and green schools representatives.

Gardai also outlined that, in the first half of this year, 7 people have lost their lives on Mayo roads – compared to 4 for the entire year last year.

Paul Dolan is Head of Roads with Mayo County Council and Chairman of the Road Safety Working Group – he told Midwest News that the figures are very disappointing and all road users have a part to play in making the county’s roads safer…

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:39:09 +0100
West of Ireland is second-favourite region for domestic visitors taking a break http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40223-west-of-ireland-is-second-favourite-region-for-domestic-visitors-taking-a-break http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40223-west-of-ireland-is-second-favourite-region-for-domestic-visitors-taking-a-break

A new tourism report shows the West of Ireland is the second-favourite region for domestic visitors taking a break in Ireland.

The same report shows that, for the first time ever, Ireland broke the 1 million mark last year for holidaymakers from North America.

The Fáilte Ireland report confirms that 2016 was a record year for tourism.

Britain remains our largest market for overseas visitors -  representing 41%.

Mainland Europe accounts for 36% , with North America at 17%.

The study shows over 3.6 million visitors to Ireland last year from Britain, which was up 8.5% on the previous year, with 3.1 million from Mainland Europe – up 7.7%, over 1.4 million from North America- up by over 14% - and 531,000 from Australia and New Zealand.

1.3 million people from Northern Ireland visited the Republic last year, while there were 9.2 million domestic trips.

The report looks at where the visitors went during the trip to Ireland, and it shows that the second-highest number of domestic visitors – over 1.5 million – visited the western counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Only the South West region of the country attracted a higher number of domestic visitors.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:37:10 +0100
Father of two dies following kayaking accident off West Sligo http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40214-father-of-two-dies-following-kayaking-accident-off-west-sligo http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40214-father-of-two-dies-following-kayaking-accident-off-west-sligo

The community of West Sligo is saddened by the death of a 65-year old man, who was airlifted to hospital yesterday evening after a kayaking accident off Aughris Head.

Malin Head Coastguard was alerted shortly after 8pm yesterday evening, after a group of  kayakers who had gone out earlier in the evening from Aughris Pier got into difficulty.

The man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital where he passed away later.

He’s been named locally as Paddy McCarrick, a father of two from Garavogue Villas in Sligo.

The other kayakers were escorted safely back to shore by the RNLI and Coastguard.

West Sligo Independent Councillor Michael Clarke  says people in the area are distraught after hearing of Mr McCarrick's death…

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:24:52 +0100
Councillor Michael Holmes elected Cathaoirleach of West Mayo Municipal District http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40213-councillor-michael-holmes-elected-cathaoirleach-of-west-mayo-municipal-district http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40213-councillor-michael-holmes-elected-cathaoirleach-of-west-mayo-municipal-district

Mulranny-based Councillor Michael Holmes has been elected the new Cathaoirleach of the West Mayo Municipal District, where he succeeds Councillor Brendan Mulroy.

Following the 2014 local elections, the Fianna Fail and Independent councillors in West Mayo formed a pact to allow them a voting majority.

With three of them having served as Cathaoirligh – Councillors Brendan Mulroy, Christy Hyland and Michael Holmes – it was assumed the remaining member of the alliance, Fianna Fail councillor Paul McNamara from Achill would take the role of Cathaoirleach this year.

However, he instead nominated Councillor Michael Holmes, and this was seconded by Councillor Christy Hyland.

Councillor Hyland was elected leas-Cathaoirleach of the municipal district.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:20:51 +0100
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon appointed Junior Minister http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40212-galway-east-td-ciaran-cannon-appointed-junior-minister http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40212-galway-east-td-ciaran-cannon-appointed-junior-minister

Galway has a new Junior Minister, as Taoiseach Leo Varadker has confirmed his line-up of Ministers of State.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon has been appointed Minister of State at the Dept of Foreign Affairs, with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development.

He was dropped as a junior minister in 2014, and is delighted to be included in the new line-up.

Galway West TD Seán Kyne is set to remain on as a junior minister – but no longer at the Department of the Gaeltacht – instead, he’s been appointed to Minister Michael Ring’s Department of Rural & Community Development and the Dept of Communications with responsibility for natural resources and will take on community affairs and digital development.

In total - five new Junior Ministers are being appointed, while two existing junior ministers are being demoted  -Dara Murphy and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy being dropped from their roles.

The five new Ministers appointed are Michael D’Arcy, Jim Daly, Brendan Griffin, John Paul Phelan and, as previously stated, Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon.

Retaining their positions as Junior Ministers are Caatherine Byrne, Pat Breen, John Halligan Andrew Doyle, Damien English, David Staunton and Athlone’s Kevin Boxer Moran who retains responsibility for the OPW and Flood Relief.

There are also four super-juniors who were appointed last week and will attend Cabinet meetings – Joe McHugh, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, Paul Keogh and Finian McGrath.

 

 

 

 

 

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Man involved in Kayaking incident in West Sligo dies in hospital http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40208-man-involved-in-kayaking-incident-in-west-sligo-dies-in-hospital http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40208-man-involved-in-kayaking-incident-in-west-sligo-dies-in-hospital

A 65 year old man who was airlifted to Sligo University hospital yesterday evening after a kayaking incident off Aughris Pier in west Sligo has died in hospital.

The Malin Head Coastguard confirmed to Midwest News this morning that they received the call shortly after 8pm.

The Rescue helicopter, Coastguard, RNLI and ambulance service were on the scene promptly.

A group of five kayakers went out earlier in the evening from Aughris Pier.

When the air ambulance arrived at the scene, the casualty had been lifted on to rocks and had CPR administered.

The man passed away earlier this morning in hospital.

Local publican of the beach bar Darren McDermott told Midwest News the entire area is shocked and saddened by the news.

Local Independent Councillor Michael Clarke has been telling Midwest this lunchtime that everyone in the area is distraught after hearing this sad news.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:45:01 +0100
Mayo Fianna Fail TD travelling to Brussels today where funding for Ireland West Airport Knock will be on the agenda http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40202-mayo-fianna-fail-td-travelling-to-brussels-today-where-funding-for-ireland-west-airport-knock-will-be-on-the-agenda http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40202-mayo-fianna-fail-td-travelling-to-brussels-today-where-funding-for-ireland-west-airport-knock-will-be-on-the-agenda

Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary and the party’s spokesperson on transport Robert Troy are travelling to Brussels today to meet with staff from the European Transport Commissioner’s office.

Funding for Ireland West Airport Knock will be one of the items on the agenda at today’s meetings, according to Deputy Calleary.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:06:20 +0100
Inquest told of 74 year old woman who died aboard a private air ambulance which was bringing her home to Sweden via Knock http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40201-inquest-told-of-74-year-old-woman-who-died-aboard-a-private-air-ambulance-which-was-bringing-her-home-to-sweden-via-knock http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40201-inquest-told-of-74-year-old-woman-who-died-aboard-a-private-air-ambulance-which-was-bringing-her-home-to-sweden-via-knock

An inquest was told yesterday that a 74 year-old woman with heart problems died aboard a private air ambulance, which was bringing her home to Sweden from the Canary Islands via Knock Airport.

The deceased, Marianne Edith Rossby Ahlstrom from Osterskar, Sweden, died 20 minutes into the mercy flight, while the Tyrol Air Ambulance was off the west coast of Africa on February 18 last.

The air ambulance was flying first to Knock as there was a second patient, an Irishman, aboard.

At an inquest in Castlebar, the Coroner for Mayo Patrick O'Connor returned a verdict of death from natural cases, after hearing from a pathologist that Ms Ahlstrom died from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack).

A post mortem examination was carried out at Mayo University Hospital before the woman’s cremated remains were transferred onward by air to Sweden.

The coroner explained that an airline captain with just a deceased passenger on board is normally obliged to land at the nearest airport, but due to the fact he was carrying a second patient he continued to Knock in order to ensure the safety of that patient.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:03:22 +0100
65 year old man airlifted to Sligo University Hospital yesterday evening following Kayak incident off Aughris Head http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40200-65-year-old-man-airlifted-to-sligo-university-hospital-yesterday-evening-following-kayak-incident-off-aughris-head http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40200-65-year-old-man-airlifted-to-sligo-university-hospital-yesterday-evening-following-kayak-incident-off-aughris-head

A 65 year old man was airlifted to Sligo University hospital yesterday evening after a kayaking incident off Aughris Pier in west Sligo.

The Malin Head Coastguard confirmed to Midwest News this morning that they received the call shortly after 8pm.

The Rescue helicopter, Coastguard, RNLI and ambulance service were on the scene promptly.

A group of five kayakers went out earlier in the evening from Aughris Pier.

When the air ambulance arrived at the scene, the casualty had been lifted on to rocks and had CPR administered.

The man is currently in a serious condition in hospital.

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:41:38 +0100
Sligo man dies in hospital following quad accident over two weeks ago http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40195-sligo-man-dies-in-hospital-following-quad-accident-over-two-weeks-ago http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40195-sligo-man-dies-in-hospital-following-quad-accident-over-two-weeks-ago

An 85-year old Co Sligo man died in hospital over the weekend following an accident over two weeks ago.

Nicholas Murtagh from Doocastle and formerly of Carrigans, Ballymote was injured when the quad he was driving was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the Charlestown to Ballymote road near Doocastle on the 2nd June.

He was taken to Sligo University Hospital where he passed away on Saturday.

His remains will repose at Coen’s Funeral Home, Tubbercurry tomorrow evening from 5.30 to 7pm, arriving at to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Ballymote at 8pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in St Columba’s Cemetery, Ballymote.

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:40:37 +0100
AIMS awards for Claremorris & Castlerea Musical Societies http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40194-aims-awards-for-claremorris-castlerea-musical-societies http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/40194-aims-awards-for-claremorris-castlerea-musical-societies

Claremorris and Castlerea Musical Societies were among the winners at the annual AIMS awards, which were held in Killarney over the weekend.

Hundreds of members of musical societies from across the country gathered on Saturday night for the annual awards ceremony, organised by the Association of Irish Musical Societies.

John Byrne won best Comedian award for his role as Bill Snibson in Claremorris Musical Society’s production of “Me and My Girl”.

Castlerea Musical Society won the Best House Management award, which was received by Claire Kelly on behalf of her team working front of house during this year’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

 

 

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website@midwestradio.ie (Administrator) Latest Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:39:20 +0100