• "Normal People" - the TV adaptation of Castlebar author Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel - has received 7 nominations at this year's BAFTA TV awards, including best mini-series.

    Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal have both been recognised in the leading actor categories.

    The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on 6th June on BBC One.

  • An Irish-filmed movie based on the writing of an author from Knockmore, Ballina has been nominated for four British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs).

    “Calm With Horses” featured in an award winning debut collection of short stories called “Young Skins” by Knockmore native, Colin Barrett.

    The fictional story published in 2013,  was quickly picked up by DMC film production in the UK with screenwriter Joe Murtagh and director Nick Rowland leading the film adaptation.

    Supported by Screen Ireland, as well as the WRAP Fund, the film, which was shot on location in Co. Galway, has been well received by international film critics.

    It has now been nominated in a total of four different BAFTA categories including Best Outstanding British Film and Best Casting while there are also Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Barry Keoghan and Niamh Algar.

    “Calm With Horses” is currently available to watch on Netflix in Ireland.

    The 2021 BAFTA ceremony will take place on the weekend of April 10 next and will be broadcast by the BBC.



  • The campaign is continuing in Easkey county Sligo to retain the village Post office.

    Secretary of the Save Easkey Post Office Campaign, Orla Cawley told Midwest News today that they hope to meet a representative of An Post about the situation later this week.

    The local campaign group held a peaceful poster protest outside the gates of Sligo IT last Friday, as the Cabinet had a special sitting in the college to launch the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan.

    Ms Cawley said the campaign will continue as the community back the efforts to convince An Post to retain a post office in Easkey.

    Meanwhile the village is today celebrating the success of Martin McDonagh at the BAFTAS last night.

    The internationally acclaimed director’s mother is from KIlleenduff, Easkey. He was born in London.

    His film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ picked up five prizes in total including best film and best British film.

    Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madigan says ‘It’s great to see Irish talent represented at this year’s BAFTA awards’.

  • Martin McDonagh's film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Awards, winning five awards including Best Film.

    Three Billboards also scooped the trophies for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay for London-Irish writer & director McDonagh, whose mother is from Easkey, Co Sligo and his father is a native of Connemara.

    On hearing that Three Billboards had been named Best Film, Martin McDonagh said he felt "overwhelmed"

    Actress Frances McDormand took home the BAFTA for Best Lead Actress in Three Billboards, while Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson were both nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for their performances in the film, with Rockwell taking the award on the night.