• A series of rallies and strikes by school secretaries are taking place across the region today as part of a national day of action.

    Today’s action by school secretaries represented by Fórsa trade union is to be followed by a resumption of their work to rule, which was suspended in October 2019 in order to facilitate discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

    The dispute is over the continuing two-tier pay system that leaves most school secretaries earning just €12,500 a year, with irregular, short-term contracts that force them to sign on during the summer holidays and other school breaks.
    The vast majority of school secretaries working in Ireland are women.

    The secretary of Balla National School, Ms. Bernie Roughneen, is among the thousand secretaries nationally staging a one-day strike today. She has been a secretary at Balla N.S., paid by the Board of Management, for the last 23 years.

    She is joined in today's action by the School Principal Alma Egan. They are pictured here left to right: Alma Egan Principal, Bernie Roughneen Balla NS secretary and Lisa McElroy, St Anthony's school Castlebar - school secretary.

    Some school secretaries are paid directly by the Department of Education and enjoy better pay and conditions than those employed by schools, some are paid directly by the State, employed by either the Department of Education or state education and training boards.School secretaries will also picket outside Education Minister Joe McHugh's constituency office in Donegal, outside Leinster House and other venues today.

    Forsa's Niall Shanahan told Midwest News today that they will also go on industrial action next week.

  • Mayo woman Shauna Mullaney won two silver medals in the Irish Open karate championships over the weekend in the 50-55kg division.

    Shauna is starting back the karate season after being out with a neck injury for eight weeks.

    The talented combat sportswoman is based in Dublin and now has her sights on European glory and qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.

  • A student from Balla has been named on head coach William O’Connor’s 18-strong panel for this season’s Centenary Shield crusade.

    Luke McNicholas from Balla Secondary School, Liam Kerrigan from St Attracta’s Community school in Tubbercurry and Adam Rooney from Yeats College, Galway are named on the panel.

    The 2018 series will see the Republic of Ireland with two consecutive away fixtures as the Boys in Green commence battle, taking on the Welsh Dragons in a fortnight’s time, while a month later, they will visit Luton Town to take on their hosts England in what should prove to be one of their toughest tests I the 4-match programme.

    The Republic of Ireland will meet Northern Ireland at the end of March, with a final game against Scotland in April.


  • Balla has taken a Pride of Place Award at the finals held in Cork last night.

    Balla won the overall award in the 300-1000 population category at the event in Cork City Hall last night.

    While Erris Irish Wheelchair Association were runners-up in their category.

    Mayo was represented by three projects at last night’s awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

    Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall last night.

  • The N60 road between Claremorris and Balla is closed, following a road traffic collision.

    It's understood a jeep and articulated truck were involved in a collision at Brize.

    Emergency services are at the scene, and motorists are advised that the road is closed to traffic.




  • A number of people were taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital today following a six-vehicle collision near Balla.

    The N60 Castlebar to Balla was closed to traffic earlier this afternoon following the multi-vehicle collision but has since reopened.

    The collision occurred 2km from Balla on the Castlebar side at around 1.30pm.

    Emergency services attended the scene.

    A number of people were taken to hospital by ambulance but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

  • As roadworks continue on the N60 on the outskirts of Balla, Mayo County Council has installed two high-definition CCTV cameras in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the road works site.

    Two CCTV cameras have now been installed where upgrade works are ongoing on the N60 at Lagnamuck, Balla in a bid to stop motorists breaking the traffic lights, and speeding through the road works.

    Gardai will also have a presence at this location to monitor driver behaviour, and enforce the lower speed limit where road works are underway.

    Footage from the CCTV cameras will be fed back to Gardai, who will issue fixed charge penalty notices to any drivers found speeding or breaking the traffic lights.

    Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says this campaign is aimed at reminding drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs, to keep roadside workers safe while these upgrade works are underway.


  • The Castlebar Municipal Area of Mayo County Council will host a civic reception in Balla this evening, to mark the village having won a national Pride of Place Award.

    Balla won the award for Best Urban Village at the Pride of Place awards in Cork in November.

    The effort involved all local community groups and organisations, and all are welcome to this evening's civic reception, which gets underway at 6.30pm in the Balla Community Centre.

  • Mayo County Council says it's unacceptable that some drivers are putting the lives of road workers in danger, by breaking traffic lights and speeding through roadworks.

    Representatives of An Garda Siochana, Mayo County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland launched a campaign in Balla this morning, to remind road users that roadworks are like any other workplace, and road workers have a right to work in a safe environment.

    CCTV cameras have been installed where the N60 is being upgraded on the outskirts of Balla, in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the roadworks site, and Gardai say prosecutions will follow.

    Initially, there were over 200 motorists breaking the red lights at the roadworks - this has improved since the CCTV cameras were installed, according to Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons.

    However, he says a small minority of drivers are still putting roadworkers lives in danger by not taking care when they go through roadworks.

    Speaking to Midwest News in Balla today, Noel Gibbons said this campaign will also be extended to other roadwork sites across the county....

  • GAA supporters travelling to the two games at Elverys MacHale Park this evening are being reminded that Mayo Co Council is carrying out road works outside Balla.

    A traffic management system is in place which could cause delays tonight.

    Please ensure you give yourself sufficient time to travel to the ground & take alternative routes where possible.

    Gardai are also asking supporters not to park on the N5 road into Castlebar for safety reasons. 

    They are also asking anyone who is walking any distance to the game to wear hi-viz vests so that they can be seen by motorists. 

  • Gardai are investigating a break-in to Keane’s Farm Machinery in Balla over the weekend.

    The robbery occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, when at least 4 men wearing balaclavas entered the premise.

    The group gained access around the back entrance and managed to cut through a galvanised gate.

    The thieves made off with a small sum of money, radio’s, sockets, large drums of oil & grease.

    They also siphoned diesel from two tractors on site and broke the front window to make their getaway.

    The incident happened some-time between 2 and 4am on Saturday morning.

    Castlebar Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact them on 094 90 38200.

  • Mulranny



    Sunday August 25th

    1st Dermot Devine(13)y 46pts

    2nd Seamus Duffy(17)y 43pts b9


    Shane Rice 133.

    Val Jennings 135


    1st           Evelyn Duggan  36 pts

    2nd          Beverly Flynn 35pts  


    1st:       Aodan MacSuibhne, 41 2nd:        Derek Reilly, 37 back 9   Ladies:

    1st:       Breege Walsh, 35

    2nd:      Marie Flanagan, 34 back 9




    1st Gary McNeela 41pts

    2nd John Sheahan 40pts



    O’Hara Cup - 18 Hole Stableford sponsored by O’Haras Carpets

    1st Dympna O’Donnell 34pts

    2nd Mary Horkan 34pts



    Barry S. Holmes (13) 42pts, 2nd: David Kirby (15) 41pts (back 6),

    The Ladies 18 Holes

    Kathleen Bergin (22) 38pts, 2nd: Marie Conway (27) 37pts,

    Ballina Kenneth Sheridan  40  paul walsh  40

    Belmullet Golf Club Results

    1st     Donal Shine                 42  points

    2nd   Cormac O Muirithe      40  points


    1st Jean Godfrey 25pts, 2nd Jaki Fraser 25pts,

    Gent’s Single Stableford 1st John Staunton 41pts, 2nd Kevin Finnegan 39pts


    Men s results 25/8/19.

    1st Oisin Roche (12) 44 Pts

    2nd Kevin Scully (16) 40 Pts



    1st Catherine Niland (30) 37 Pts, 2nd Sheila Mahon (32) 34 Pts b/d,

  • The Republic of Ireland U18 School Boys played out a 0-0 draw with England in Luton over the weekend.

    Next up for the Republic will be a clash with Northern Ireland on March 29th followed by a clash with Scotland in Whitehall on April 12th.

    Luke McNicholas from Balla Secondary School was the net-minder for Ireland against England.

    Liam Kerrigan from St. Attracta’s in Tubbercurry also started for William O’Connor’s side.

    Luke McNicholas was also selected for the Ireland U18 squad for upcoming international friendlies against Romania.

  • Residents in Balla and commuters using the N60 are concerned about vehicles increasing speed and breaking the lights at the ongoing roadworks on the outskirts of Balla village.

    That's according to Fine Gael General Election candidate in Mayo Alan Dillon, who along with Castlebar Councillor Ger Deere, met this week with residents in the Churchfield Estate in Ballina.

    Alan Dillon believes the CCTV cameras put in place to detect drivers breaking the red lights are not working, and says further action is needed by Mayo County Council, the contractors and Gardai and remind drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs at this location.

    Alan Dillon says he will be raising the matter with the Mayo Road Safety Office, while his colleague Councillor Deere will bring the issue up at the next meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District.

  • 17/08/2019

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 1

    Aghamore   18:30   Hollymount-Carramore

    Ballina Stephenites  18:30   Ballaghaderreen

    Ballintubber  18:30   Kiltimagh

    Breaffy   18:30    Westport GAA

    Castlebar Mitchels   18:30   Garrymore


    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 2

    Ardnaree   18:30   Charlestown Sarsfields

    Balla    18:30   Ballinrobe

    Burrishoole   18:30   Kilmaine

    Béal an Mhuirthead   18:30  Crossmolina Deel Rovers

    Islandeady   18:30   Bohola Moy Davitts

    Louisburgh   18:30   Kiltane

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 3

    Achill    18:30    Mayo Gaels

    Ballyhaunis    18:30    Davitts

    Bonniconlon    18:30   Shrule/Glencorrib

    Kilmeena    18:30      Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 4

    Kilmovee Shamrocks  18:30   Ardagh

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 6A

    Swinford   18:30    Lacken



    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 3

    Castlebar Mitchels   12:00   The Neale

    Swinford   12:00   Lahardane

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 4

    Ballintubber    12:00   Ballycastle

    Davitts   12:00   Eastern Gaels

    Knockmore   12:00   Killala

    Tuar Mhic Éadaigh   12:00   Ardnaree

    Westport GAA   12:00   Ballina Stephenites

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 6A

    Bohola Moy Davitts   12:00   Ardagh

    Breaffy   12:00   Mayo Gaels

    Kiltane   12:00   Balla

  •  SATURDAY 20TH JULY, 2019


    Ardagh      1-7 v 2-9       Knockmore

    Ardnaree           2-12 v 3-16        Westport GAA

    Ballycastle         0-12 v 0-13        Kilmovee Shamrocks

    Eastern Gaels     0-13 v 5-15        Tuar Mhic Éadaigh


    Burrishoole        1-4 v 3-14         Ballycroy

    Louisburgh         2-12 v 1-5         Crossmolina Deel Rovers


    Balla     3-14 v 1-11        Bohola Moy Davitts

    Lacken     0-8 v 2-8        Breaffy

    Mayo Gaels        4-15 v 1-7         Kiltane



    Castlebar Mitchels Hurling           0-15 v 1-7         Westport GAA

  • SATURDAY 13TH JULY, 2019


    Breaffy  1-13 v 3-7         Cill Chomain

    Hollymount-Carramore   0-11 v 0-8         Crossmolina Deel Rovers


    Eastern Gaels     4-23 v 3-5         Ardnaree

    FRIDAY 12TH JULY, 2019


    Balla     3-15 v 2-6         Ardagh


    Ardnaree           1-17 v 1-18        Kiltimagh


    Claremorris       2-15 v 2-14        Louisburgh


    Ballaghaderreen            2-8 v 4-10         Kilmovee Shamrocks


    Kilmeena           3-13 v 1-12        Westport GAA


    Castlebar Mitchels          1-8 v 2-8           Knockmore


    Mayo Gaels        1-14 v 1-10        Carras


    Bohola Moy Davitts          4-17 v 1-14        Aghamore


    Ardnaree           0-11 v 2-8         Balla


    Bonniconlon       - v -      Kilmaine


    Béal an Mhuirthead         1-9 v 1-11         Castlebar Mitchels


    Cill Chomain      5-14 v 1-6         Tuar Mhic Éadaigh


    Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin           2-9 v 2-13         Charlestown Sarsfields


    Westport GAA    5-17 v 1-10        Knockmore


    Ballintubber       3-9 v 1-8           Garrymore


    Ardmoy MacHales           3-9 v 3-7           Erris St. Pats

    Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-12 v 1-8         Naomh Padraig


    Davitts   2-9 v 2-8           Ballinrobe

  • A Mayo girl was one of four young carers of the year at the Family Carers Ireland awards.

    11-year-old Hailey Golden from Balla was honoured with the award for the help she gives to her three brothers with special needs.

    She has learned ‘Lámh’ and Picture Exchange Communication to help look after her siblings and helps to feed and dress them as well as assisting in using their speech devices.

    Speaking at the awards ceremony, Hailey said she began taking part in the care of her siblings from the age of five onwards.

  • A classy first half performance paved the way for the Republic of Ireland Under 18 Schools side to capture the Centenary Shield for the first time since 2015 with a 3-1 victory over close rivals Scotland in their final fixture at Home Farm FC this afternoon (April 12).

    A proud occasion for new Irish Head Coach William O’Connor from Balbriggan Community School in his first season in charge of the International side who needed a win against Scotland to regain the trophy.

    Ali Regbha’s double either side of a cracking drive from Liam Kerrigan gave the impressive Irish side a comfortable half time lead.

    The stunned Scots produced a much stronger second half performance to take control of the game and after being denied an early score from the penalty spot by Carndonagh ‘keeper Daniel Houghton’s brilliant save, they did pull a goal back just past the hour mark.

    However despite a couple of close calls for the home side they managed to survive and claim the well deserved win to finish their campaign unbeaten and top of the table with eight points from two wins and two draws.

    Northern Ireland on five points have also completed their programme, while the Scots who came into this game with four points can take second place with victory in their final fixture against Wales at Queen of the South FC next Thursday.

    Regbha opened the scoring after six minutes when he ran on to Jack Ryan’s through ball and beat Scots ‘keeper Fraser Currid from close in.

    Kerrigan then doubled the advantage ten minutes later after he cut in from the right wing to fire a brilliant left footer into the top corner of Currid’s goal.

    It was one way traffic as the rampant home side put on the style. Regbha grabbed his second on 28 minutes with a fine individual effort.

    The powerful Chanel College winger worked his way in the box with the Scots defence at sixes and sevens to coolly stroke the ball home.

    The Scots rejigged their side at the break making three changes and they went on to have much the better of things after that.

    Kieran Chalmers and Sean Fagan took control in midfield and suddenly the Scots began to show greater urgency and create chances.

    A missed penalty three minutes in might have got them back into the game earlier but Irish ‘keeper Daniel Houghton did well to keep out Cameron Clark spot kick.

    Nathan Fell with a diving header from MacKay’s neat cross just past the hour mark did get them finally off the mark.

    The Scots had several further chances and Fell shot over from an Aidan McKeown cross, while Houghton got down well to keep out McKeown’s low drive and later MacKay headed over Clark’s deep cross.

    Cian Murphy, Liam Kerrigan and Man of the Match Ali Regbha did their best to add to the Irish total with the limited chances that came their way but those three top class first half goals proved sufficient insurance for the home side to claim a famous victory.

    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | Daniel Houghton (Carndonagh Community School), Kieran Farrren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Peter Adigun (Riversdale Community College), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Ronan Manning (Yeats College, Galway); Cian Murphy Captain (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir).
    SUBS | Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford) for Adigun (HT), Cian Lee (Boyne Community School, Trim) for Ryan (77), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin) for Murphy (85), Lido Lotefa (Balbriggan Community School) for Manning (89)
    SUBS NOT USED | Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown).

    SCOTLAND | Fraser Currid (Wallace High Stirling), Aidan McKeown (St. Mordan’s High Stirling), Nathan Browne (Stewarts Melville College), Jack McDowall (St Ninan’s High, Kirkintilloch), Cameron Clark (Springburn Academy), Declan Walsh (St. Ninan’s High Giffnock), Reece Rintoul (Edinburgh College), Sam Walker (Stewart’s Melville College), Jack Hodge (Graeme High, Falkirk), Daniel MacKay (Milburn Academy Inverness), Gavin Scott (Grange Academy, Kilmarnock).
    SUBS | Sean Fagan (St. Mungo’s High, Falkirk) for Rintoul (HT), Kieran Chalmers (Dingwall Academy) for Hodge (HT), Nathan Fell (All Saints Secondary, Glasgow) for Walker (HT), Gavin Watt (Inverclyde Academy) for Scott (75), Ben Harwood (Park Mains High, Paisley) for Walsh (84)
    SUBS NOT USED |Elliott Anderson (Douglas Academy, Glasgow), Aidan Kemp (Wallace High, Stirling).

    REFEREE | Seán O’Connor (Dublin)


    2018 Centenary Shield Results

    February 15         Wales 1-2 Republic of Ireland                      The Rock, Cefn Druids FC (7pm)

    March 9                Scotland 0-0 Northern Ireland                    Renfrew FC (7pm)

    March 15              Northern Ireland 1-1 Wales                             Armagh City AFC (2pm)

    March 16              England 0-0 Republic of Ireland                 Kenilworth Stadium, Luton Town FC (7pm)

    March 23              England 0-2 Scotland                                      Bootham Crescent, York City FC (7pm)

    March 29             Republic of Ireland 0-0 Northern Ireland        Monaghan United FC (2pm)

    March 29             Wales 1-0 England                                              Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (7pm)

    April 6                   Northern Ireland 3-1 England                        Queen’s University, Belfast (7pm)

    April 12                  Republic of Ireland 3-1 Scotland                  Home Farm FC, Whitehall (2pm)


    2018 Centenary Shield Fixtures

    April 19                 Scotland vs Wales                                             Queen of the South FC (7pm)