News Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:00 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Minister says "No room for complacency but high progress rate on Action Plan for Rural Development"

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring has described the findings of the first six-monthly Progress Report on the Government's Action Plan for Rural Development as “extremely encouraging” but cautioned that there is “no room for complacency” in ensuring that the commitments in the Action Plan are delivered on.

In addition he says he is working closely with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland in delivering jobs in rural areas. 

The Action Plan was launched in January of this year (2017), and contains 276 actions for delivery across Government, State agencies and other bodies over the next three years to support the economic and social progress of rural Ireland.

Today’s  report outlines the progress in relation to all the actions due for implementation in the first six-months of the Action Plan and, according to government,  shows that delivery is on track. Of the 276 Actions in the Action Plan, 202 were either due for delivery in the first half of 2017, or highlighted activity taking place in the first half of 2017. Exactly 195 of these 202 actions were either completed on schedule or are in progress. A further seven actions due for delivery in the first half of 2017 were delayed.

Speaking to Midwest News the Minister cited a number of the targets delivered on

 ·         The Outdoor Recreation Scheme, which is providing €11.4 million to 219 projects to enhance outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas

·         Advance buildings in Sligo, Tralee and Castlebar have been completed by the IDA future technology or life sciences projects

·         The CLÁR Programme, which in 2017 is providing €7 million for 231 projects to support disadvantaged rural communities

·         The development of the Royal Canal Blueway and the completion of the Lough Allen boardwalk, both with funding from my Department

·         The Towns and Village Renewal Scheme, in 2016 the scheme delivered €9.88 million to 172 projects.

·         €9 million has been provided to 56 arts and culture centres around Ireland

·         23 new localised transport links have been established this year to help people in remote areas access their local towns and villages

He admitted however, that no jobs have yet been created at any of the three IDA Advance buildings listed. He also conceded that areas of rural Ireland remain blackspots for mobile phone coverage, but said he had spoken to the providers and they say they cannot secure sites for additional masts. He called on anyone in a blackspot that has a site available to contact him.

The Minister also insists extensive work is underway in delivering broadband to all rural areas.

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41 patients waiting for a bed today at University Hospital Galway

The HSE is looking for extra resources for the Winter from the Department of Health, after new figures showed the highest-ever level of trolley overcrowding for the month of August.

Yesterday, Galway University Hospital was the most overcrowded in the country with 44 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

Today, the number on trolleys at UHG is 41 –the second highest in the country.

There are 432 patients waiting on trolleys or in wards today, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation .

The figure is particularly high for a Summer month, and the HSE has pointed to a 2% rise in emergency attendances nationally so far this year, and a 3% rise in admissions.

Among patients aged 75 and over, attendances are up 12% and admissions have increased by 11%.




]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:34:14 +0100
Michael Fitzmaurice TD has not ruled out contesting Presidential election

Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has not ruled out contesting the next Presidential election.

President Michael D Higgins was elected President of Ireland in October 2011 and indicated at that time that he would serve just one term, which will end late next year.

However, it’s understood Mr Higgins may now be considering a second term, and it’s believed many of the political parties would be willing to allow him stand unopposed, which would mean no election contest taking place.

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, who openly admits he’s not a supporter of Michael D Higgins, says it’s important in a democracy that there would be a contest for the Presidency.

Speaking to Midwest News today, he refused to rule himself out of the race….

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4 More Sligo Gardai Hailed as Heroes

For the second time this month, gardaí in Sligo have prevented a tragedy from taking place in the Garavogue river in the town.
Four gardai climbed into the fast-flowing river at around 1.30am yesterday morning to rescue a woman in her twenties. reports that conditions were dangerous at the time because of the heavy rainfall that fell the day before.
Given the strength of the currents, it took the efforts of the four officers - Sandra Deery, Dermot O’Connor, Louis Moran and Jonathan Tighe - to rescue the woman.
The high tide meant the water was chest-high when the officers entered the water.
Ray Wims of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) for Sligo/Leitrim says weather conditions were atrocious, with very heavy rainfall in a short period of time the day before. The river flow at the time could only be described as the most dangerous and unforgiving. The four gardai, he said, were at the scene in a matter of seconds.
This is the second time in a matter of days that gardaí have been involved in a rescue effort at this particular spot.
Over the August Bank holiday weekend, Claremorris native Garda Stephen Fahy based in Sligo and a member of the public Adam McGoldrick were hailed as heroes after they dived into the river to save a man who was fully clothed from drowning.


]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:10:48 +0100
Gardai seek information on trailer stolen in Swinford overnight

Gardai are seeking information on a builder’s trailer which was stolen in Swinford overnight.

The Ivor Williams 12ft by 6 ft 6 trailer with ladder rack was taken from Swinford town, sometime between 10pm last night and 8am this morning.

A number of tools were also taken.

The owner is offering a reward for the return of the trailer, and anyone with information is asked to contact Claremorris Gardai at 094 – 93 72080.



]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:20:19 +0100
St Nathy's Cathedral in Ballaghadereen to close for 6 months for extensive refurbishment

St Nathy’s Cathedral in Ballaghereen is to close next month for six months, to facilitate an extensive refurbishment programme.

Built in the 1850’s, the Cathedral for the Diocese of Achonry now requires up to 1 million euro in refurbishment works, and the project is being planned for over a decade.

Despite the Cathedral being a listed building, there’s little State funding available for such works, so a fundraising campaign has been undertaken in parishes across the Diocese.

The work will get underway in late September, and the Cathedral is expected to reopen in March.

In the meantime, Masses will be held in St Nathy’s College Chapel, while funerals will be accommodated in other churches in the parish.

However, the Cathedral is expected to open for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.

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Armed Gardai patrol Sligo Hospital following stabbing incident

Up to six armed gardaí are on permanent patrol at Sligo University Hospital amid fears of reprisals, after a 42-year-old man was stabbed 11 times by an associate.

A 40-year-old woman was also knifed in the incident, and the 39-year-old suspected of stabbing the other man also suffered stab wounds.

The Irish Independent reports that the incident occurred in a house at Crozon Park in Sligo town shortly after midnight on Sunday. The 42-year-old who suffered multiple stab wounds was knifed in the back, neck and right arm. His alleged attacker was arrested at the scene and brought to Ballymote Garda Station, but was then released from custody when it became apparent that he had suffered stab injuries as well.

He was brought to Sligo University Hospital by armed gardaí, where he and his alleged victim were still being treated last night.

The two injured men are believed to be members of the local Traveller community, and are expected to be questioned on their release from hospital.

Gardaí are believed to be concerned about an ongoing feud between Traveller gangs in the North West and have been forced to attend a number of incidents in recent months.


]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:54:39 +0100
2017 Rose of Tralee is a doctor at UHG and played soccer for Castlebar Celtic

Jennifer Byrne from Co Offaly has been crowned  the 2017 International Rose of Tralee.

The 24 year old is working as a junior doctor works in the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway, after studying medicine at NUI Galway.

Jennifer, who’s the first Offaly Rose to ever win the title, impressed in Tralee with her Irish dancing skills, and is also a high achiever in both soccer and Gaelic football.

She represented Ireland in soccer at U17 and U19 level and in the World University Games and was a former Castlebar Celtic player.

She also won an All Ireland football medal for her mother's home county of Westmeath.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:52:58 +0100
Prince William pays tribute to crew of Rescue 116 which crashed off Mayo

Britain’s Prince William has paid a special tribute to the four Irish Coast Guard air crew who died when the Rescue 116 helicopter crashed off north Mayo last March.

The prince, who is a trained search and rescue pilot, said the loss is “a tragedy that reaches far beyond the community” in which the four “so gallantly served”, and they “will never be forgotten”.

His tribute has been written for a memorial concert for the four crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith – which is being held in Cootehill, Co Cavan on Friday.

The prince’s tribute, which has been translated into Irish by the concert organisers, says that “the selfless actions of those who put their lives on the line, for the safety of others, will always draw admiration from an incredibly wide audience”.

“Consequently Ciarán, Dara, Mark and Paul will be mourned far beyond these shores and the lives they led will be an inspiration to many,” he said.

Prince William describes lifeboat crews as “another group of selfless emergency responders”.

Friday’s sold-out concert is part of the Cootehill Arts Festival, and will feature musicians including Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, Declan O’Rourke, Martin Tourish, Janice Igoe, the Clew Bay Pipe Band and the Roscommon Solstice Choir.

Families of the four crew will be represented at the event, as will Irish Coast Guard crew and RNLI volunteers. President Michael D Higgins has also contributed to the programme.



]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:49:50 +0100
Power outages in parts of Co Roscommon

Efforts are underway to restore power to hundreds of homes around the country.

The ESB says lightening strikes knocked out supply to around 2,000 properties last night.

Homes in Athlone, Rooskey, Strokestown and Carrick-on-Shannon are among those affected.


]]> (Administrator) Latest Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:43:14 +0100
Additional social housing needed to tackle homelessness crisis in Galway, says local organisation

An organisation which assists homeless people in Galway is highlighting the need for additional social housing, and for vacant houses in the city to be brought back into use.

The latest rental report from property website shows a 10% increase in rent levels in Galway City over the past year, with average rent in the city now over 1,000 euro per month.

COPE Galway says they’re struggling to address the unprecedented homelessness crisis in the city, which is evident in the increasing numbers of people sleeping rough in recent months, and is resulting in a growing number of families and individuals remaining in emergency accommodation.

There are currently 46 families, 4 couples and 42 individuals in emergency accommodation in Galway, while a further 15 people, who were sleeping rough, sought assistance yesterday alone.

COPE Galway says the private rental market does not offer a solution to this crisis, as families and individuals often cannot afford the rents being asked for.

They say additional social housing needs to be provided urgently to address the problem, while there’s now the added pressure of new and returning students looking for accommodation in Galway for September.

Today’s report from shows rents nationally rose by 11.8% over the past year, while in Dublin, rents increased by 12% to an average of 1700 euro per month.

Homeowners and students are being urged to consider digs, as an alternative to private rental accommodation.

With fewer properties available for rent than ever before, and prices continuing to rise, homeowners are being reminded that they can earn up to 14 thousand euro tax free by renting out a room.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:41:55 +0100
Irish Rail attempts to Close Railway Crossing without Local Consultation outside Ballyvary



Protesters have gathered at Loughtvarry Railway crossing in Ballyvary outside Castlebar today to stage their opposition to Irish rail’s decision to close the crossing.

Without any local consultation the company sent a contractor yesterday to start work on blocking off the crossing,that is used extensively by walkers.

Des Gilsenan is on the protest line, he is the secretary of the Ballyvary enhancement committee and he told Midwest News that local people are angered at this attempt by Irish Rail to close off the right of way, without any discussion with users of the crossing.

Independent Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne says Irish Rail cannot close any right away without going through mandatory procedures and he is calling on the company to call off the work and talk to the people.

Spokesperson for Irish rail Jane Creedon told Midwest News today that the company has decided to stop work at the railway crossing and the access will stay open for now. She admitted that the company had not spoken to the protesters but said they will be talking to them.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:39:23 +0100
Met Eireann issues thunder warning for this afternoon & evening, and warns of heavy rain in Connacht

Met Eireann has issued a nationwide status orange thunder warning for this afternoon and evening.

The warning of widespread thundery activity came into effect at noon and is in place until 11pm tonight.

Meanwhile, a status yellow rainfall warning is in effect for the Connacht counties as well as  Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan until 9pm tonight, with some very heavy or thundery downpours likely, with local spot flooding.


]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:38:05 +0100
Delays at UHG with 32 patients waiting for admission to the hospital

Management at Galway University Hospital are warning that the Emergency Department is extremely busy today, with 32 patients waiting for admission to the hospital.

People attending the Emergency Department are being advised to expect delays, and they’re being encouraged only to attend the ED in the case of real emergencies – and should contact their GP in the first instance.

Hospital management have apologised to patients and their families for the delays, and say the children’s department is not affected by the overcrowding in the adult Emergency Department.


]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:35:39 +0100
25 Percent Hike in Helicopters Landing at Galway Races this Year Compared to 2016

The number of helicopters landing at the Galway Races was up by 25 per cent this year compared to last year.

According to today’s Irish Times 150 helicopters landed at Ballybrit racecourse over race week, last month, and that’s up 30 on last year’s figures.

However, this is still almost 80 percent below 2007 figures, when 700 helicopters landed during race week, with almost 300  flights taking place on Ladies’ Day alone, in 2007.

Executive Flights from Galway Docks to the Racecourse this year cost €350 per person for a return journey, or €250 one-way.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:40:03 +0100
Deputy Calleary Discovers Poor return for HSE's National Recruitment Drive for UK Nurses

A HSE recruitment campaign, succeeded in only enticing 88 Irish nurses home from the UK, and cost €250,000, it emerged yesterday.

The 'Bring Them Home' campaign was aimed at attracting 500 of the 7,500 nurses who emigrated to the UK in recent years back to Irish hospitals.

However, the full expense has only now emerged. It included paying €198,000 to recruitment agencies but failed to deliver a substantial number of candidates to hospitals which are desperate to fill nursing vacancies.

In a parliamentary response to Mayo Fianna Fail TD  Dara Calleary,  Audrey Doyle, a HSE official in the human resources division, said advertising, as well as the design and build costs of a microsite, cost the campaign around €44,200.

The campaign, which was launched in June 2015, is "ongoing".


]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:27:21 +0100
Gardai in Westport thank the Public for their Assistance in recevoring stolen mini digger and trailer

Gardai in Westport have thanked the public for their assistance in recovering a mini digger which was stolen from outside a petrol station in the town in the early hours of last Friday morning.

A Hitachi ZX mini digger was taken from outside the Maxol service station on the Newport road on Friday morning last at about 5am.

The digger was observed being driven onto a trailer which was then pulled by a Northern Ireland registered white ford transit van and driven out the Castlebar road from the town.

It later emerged that the trailer used in the theft had been stolen in Ballina earlier in the week.

The owner of the mini digger contacted Midwest Radio Newsroom on Friday morning  and initiated a media and online campaign seeking the assistance of the public in locating the stolen digger.

Throughout the day, gardai received information from members of the public and the van was seen being driven through Ballyheane, Castlebar along the N84.

On Friday evening at about 8pm gardai recovered the trailer parked down a side road on the outskirts of Ballinrobe  and shortly after that gardai received additional information which led to the ford van being located down another side road near Ballinrobe.

A search of the area continued and the mini digger was recovered in a field.

All the stolen property was retrieved and given back to the owners.

A garda spokesperson said that without the quick response from the public, the property may not have been recovered and thanked the public for their assistance.

A Garda investigation is underway into the theft of both the trailer and mini digger .

]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:23:47 +0100
Private Waste Collector Refusing to Collect Rubbish from Doors of Customers in Annagh Castlebar

From today a private waste collector is refusing to collect rubbish from outside houses in Annagh, Castlebar, claiming vehicles are getting damaged due to overgrown trees.

That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Martin McLoughlin who  insists the situation is not acceptable as up to 20 families have paid for the service.

He has raised the matter with Mayo county council and was informed that it’s not responsible for trees on private property growing over a road.

The Cathaoirleach told Midwest News today that it's a serious situation and it needs to be resolved. He said he drove the road himself recently and agrees that lorries could be damaged by overgrown trees, acknowledging the concerns of both sides in this dispute.

Nonetheless, he says service to 20 householders needs to be restored.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:18:38 +0100
Papal visit to Knock next year a possibility, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

A visit by Pope Francis to Knock Shrine next year is a possibility – that’s according to the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin who’s in Knock today to launch the programme for next year’s World Meeting of Families.

A newly-commissioned icon of the Holy Family has been unveiled in the Basilica  this afternoon, and this icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the World Meeting of Families celebrations.

A special prayer for the event was also launched in Knock today.

The World Meeting of Families is an international celebration of faith which will take place in Dublin in August 2018, and Pope Francis is expected to attend the event.

Speaking as the one-year countdown begins today, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told Midwest News that while the Pope’s schedule is only confirmed about 6 months in advance, he is expected to visit Ireland for the event next August – but it will be different from the last Papal visit in 1979 due to the Pope’s age….

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:46:12 +0100
Cheque presented to Ionad Deirbhle Rescue 116 fund from Achill Half-Marathon

A cheque for 1,000 euro raised in this Summer’s Achill Half-Marathon has been presented today to the Ionad Deirbhle Rescue 116 fund.

Ionad Deirbhle in Aughleam provided food and hospitality for all of the organisations and volunteers that assisted in the search for the missing crewmen, after the Coastguard 116 helicopter crashed off Blackrock Island in March.

Over 1,000 people took part in the Achill Half-Marathon on 1st July last.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:43:57 +0100
Works Underway today at Westport House to set up for Major Harvest Country Music Festival this weekend

Work is underway this morning in both Westport and in Enniskillen to get ready for this weekend’s Harvest Country Music Festival.

The location for the two day event in Westport is at Westport House where there will be a total of 40 artists performing  across four stages, and among the big name performers are  Nathan Carter , Charlie Pride and Miranda Lambert.

The artists rather than the fans will be on the road over the two days, all those who perform in Westport on Saturday next are in Enniskillen on Sunday and vice a versa.

Peter Aiken is the promoter of the two day / two locations event and he told Midwest News toady that the team are on site in Westport House this morning and that there is great interest in the festival.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:50 +0100
Woman who Drowned in River Moy on Friday Night is Named

Gardai are treating the drowning of a woman in the river Moy at the weekend as accidental.

The 65 year old woman has been named as Mary Philomena Calvey, of Clondalkin Dublin and formerly of Doolagh, Geesala. She was seen on Ballina’s upper bridge shortly before midnight on Friday night before falling into the river.

It’s understood she was socializing in Ballina with friends before the fall.

The woman’s body was removed from the water at the Quay in Ballina early on Saturday morning after an extensive search and rescue mission overnight.

Gardai in Ballina are appealing for witnesses to the incident and would like to speak to anyone in the area between 11.30pm and midnight on Friday last.

Ballina Gardai can be contacted at 09621422.

Her remains will be reposing at Massey Brothers Funeral Home, Clondalkin on Wednesday from 3.30pm with removal to Bawnogue Parish Church to arrive at 6pm.

Her funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 11am followed by cremation.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +0100
Deputy Urges older People to apply for Change in how fuel allowance is paid

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary is urging older people to ensure that they get their applications for the Winter Fuel Allowance in to the Department of Social Protection on time if they want to avail of new lump sum payments.  The deadline for this year is the 15th September.

People now have the option of applying for a lump sum instead of the regular weekly payment.

Deputy Calleary says that as part of changes to the scheme, following lobbying by a variety of older people’s organisations, the Department of Social Protection has agreed to the option of paying the Winter Fuel Allowance in two lump sums - €292.50 in October and the remaining €292.50 in January - or to continue to receive the weekly payments of €22.50”.

The change will allow people to buy larger quantities of fuel and avail of the discounts associated with bulk buying.  Equally, it will allow people with oil heating to fill their tanks ahead of the winter cold spell, without having to worrying about paying such a large bill.

The deputy is reminding anyone that wants to receive the lump sum payments to ensure that they have their applications filled out and sent to the Department of Social Protection by the 15th September so that their payments can be logged and paid on time.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:59:41 +0100
Thousands of Applicants in the region Receive first round CAO Offers

More than 52,000 applicants are receiving their first round CAO offers this morning.

The system has been revamped for the first time in 25 years, with changes to the grading and points system.

Applicants have until this day next week to accept their offers.

Data compiled by the Irish Times shows that points have dropped for more than half of all honours degree courses - with areas such as teaching, engineering and nursing among those with lower requirements this year.

In contrast, points have increased elsewhere, including for many courses in areas such as law and architecture.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:57:51 +0100
Families from across Ireland will be in Knock today to mark the one-year countdown to next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin

Families from across Ireland will be in Knock today to mark the one-year countdown to next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin.

The 2018 event is set to host thousands of families from across the world.

Fr Tim Bartlett, is secretary general for the World Meeting of Families event, which hopes to host the Pope Francis next year.

He told today’s Irish Independent  "we know Pope Francis has personally chosen Ireland for the WMOF event. There is tremendous goodwill going around the country. People are genuinely very supportive, very excited.

The WMOF event will open on August 21, 2018, and is hoping Pope Francis will address crowds at the 'Festival of Families' on the Saturday evening, before hosting a final Mass in Dublin on the Sunday.

The team, which has just signed up its 1,000th volunteer, is marking one year to go at the National Novena in Knock today.

The event's official icon, which weighs 200kg, will be unveiled and begin its year-long journey around the 26 dioceses of Ireland. The WMOF official prayer and online 'programme of conversation' will also be launched today.

]]> (Administrator) Latest Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:53:20 +0100
Mayo well represented in Irish Hair and Beauty Awards 2017 shortlist

Mayo is well represented in the Irish Hair and Beauty Awards 2017 finalists, which has been published today.

The awards seek to provide a platform to acknowledge and honour the impeccable and tireless work of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish hair and beauty industry.

The ceremony will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel In Dublin on Sunday September 3rd.

Beauty by Lynda in Kiltimagh and Bella Beauty in Ballina have been shortlisted in the Beauty Salon of the Year West catetory, Bliss Hair and Beauty Castlebar, Envee Hairdressing in Ballina and K Club Hairdressing in Westport are nominated in the Hair Salon of the Year West, Eileen’s Hair Studio in Swinford is shortlisted in the Customer Service of the Year category West, along with Instaglam Beauty Clinic in Castlebar, Kelly’s Hair & Beauty Castlebar, Lush Hair Therapy Castlebar and Sharon Ralph Hair Salon Castlebar.

The Ice House Hotel and Spa in Ballina is shortlisted for the Spa of the Year North.

Amanda Conlon Makeup Artist Ballina and Makeup with Megan in Swinford are shortlisted in the Makeup Specialist of the Year category. Lorna’s Mobile Hairdressing in Achill and Melissa Moran Hair Designs in Mayo are shortlisted in the Freelance Hair Specialist of the Year category, while Kelly’s Hair & Beauty Castlebar is nominated in the Salon Ambience of the Year and Eileen’s Hair Studio in Swinford is shortlisted in the Team of the Year category.


]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:29:09 +0100
Families from across Ireland invited to Knock tomorrow for official launch of preparatory programme for World Meeting of Families

Families from across Ireland are invited to come to Knock this Monday 21st August, for the official launch of the preparatory programme and to mark the one-year countdown to next year’s World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Dublin.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be in Knock for the day of celebration, and he will preside at the Novena Mass in the Basilica on Monday afternoon.

Thousands of people have been travelling to Knock each day since last Monday for the annual Novena.

The Novena continues until next Tuesday, with Masses at 3pm and 8.30 each day, and workshops at 12 noon and 6 pm.

This Monday 21st August marks the anniversary of the Apparition at Knock Shrine, and will also mark the launch of the World Meeting of Families Programme.

Familes from across the country are invited to Knock this Monday for the celebration.

A newly-commissioned icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled in the Basilica, and this icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the World Meeting of Families celebrations.

The World Meeting of Families is an international celebration of faith which will take place in Dublin in August 2018.

The one-year countdown will begin in Knock this Monday,when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, President and Host of the World Meeting of Families, and Secretary General Fr Tim Bartlett will attend.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside at the Monday afternoon Mass in the Basilica, where he will speak on the theme “When Plates Fly – Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life”, and the Mass will be concelebrated by bishops and priests from across the country.

Fr Tim Bartlett will deliver the workshops on Monday, on the theme “Glued to our phones – can we make technology more family-friendly”.

The day of celebration will include liturgies and prayers, including the Annointing of the Sick, and will also offer workshops and family-friendly activities from 11am to 7pm.

Meanwhile, the final day of Knock Novena on Tuesday will feature speakers from the Pro-Life movement.

Maria Steen, spokesperson for the Iona Institute and campaigner for the Pro-Life Movement will address the novena Masses, while Cora Sherlock, solicitor and spokesperson for the Pro-Life Campaign will deliver the workshops at 12 noon and 6pm.

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Inclusion of Wild Atlantic Way on Lonely Planet's list of world's greatest drives illustrates success of tourism initiative according to Minister

The inclusion of the Wild Atlantic Way on the Lonely Planet’s list of the world’s greatest drives illustrates the great success of this tourism initiative.

That’s the view of Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring who says there is still a significant amount of work to be done in order to fully realise the potential of the project.

Minister Ring says he remembers national media being cynical about the Wild Atlantic Way and is delighted to see that the international success of the initiative has proven the sceptics wrong.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:46:28 +0100
Gardai appeal for witnesses following the death of a woman in Ballina

Gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a woman in Ballina, County Mayo overnight.

The body of the 65-year-old woman was recovered from the River Moy after she went into the water in the early hours of this morning.

Her remains have been taken to Mayo General Hospital, where a post-mortem will be carried out.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to assist with their enquiry.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:48:26 +0100
The Final 32 Roses to appear on the televised Rose of Tralee selections on RTE have been confirmed

The final 32 Roses to appear on the televised Rose of Tralee selections on RTÉ on Monday and Tuesday night have been confirmed.

The second 16 Roses were announced by the Rose of Tralee, Maggie McEldowney at this morning’s private breakfast event which was attended by the Roses, their families and Rose Centre coordinators.

The Mayo Rose Sandra Ganley didn’t make it through to the televised stages.

Amongst the roses who were announced this morning was the Southern Californian Rose Claire McManamon who is from Newport and the Melbourne Rose Sinead Ryan whose Mother Mary is from Glenamoy.

It was announced on Thursday night that the Hong Kong Rose will appear on Monday night’s stage.

The Hong Kong Rose is Clarissa Langley Coleman and has an Irish link of a grandmother in Castlebar.

]]> (Midwest Radio News) Latest Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:25:52 +0100