• It's been confirmed that a group of 86 Syrian refugees will be transferred to Ballaghadereen next week.

    It's understood the group was due to come to Ireland during the Summer under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, but this was postponed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

    The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth has confirmed to Midwest News that plans are in place for the transfer of 86 Syrian refugees to the Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre in Ballaghadereen, and says it's likely the transfers will take place next week.

    While the Ballaghadereen centre had been earmarked for closure, the Department said it's not in a position to confirm future plans for the facility.






  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will visit Ballaghadereen today, for the official launch of a major investment at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant in the town.

    Aurivo has invested €26 million in installing a new spray dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, to boost capacity at the facility by 50%.

    It's part of a wider €48 million five-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable new product development and meet global demand.

    The Agriculture Minister is due in Ballaghadereen at about lunchtime to launch the new developments.

    Meanwhile, the Beef Plan Movement is holding a peaceful protest in Ballaghadereen this morning.

    They say that, two weeks after a list of demands was handed into the Department of Agriculture following a major rally in Dublin, there's been no correspondence from the Minister or his Department.




  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.


  • Ballaghadereen teenager Adam McAllister has been selected to play on the Irish U19 Badminton team, who will compete at the European Championships in Estonia in September.

    The championships will run from the 6-16th September.

  • About 500 houses in the Tibohine and Ballaghadereen areas are without water, due to a burst water main on the North Roscommon Water Supply.

    The burst occurred on the Old Dublin Road in Ballaghadereen, and Irish Water says about 500 houses are impacted in Tibohine, Lissacurkia and Lung.

    It's expected repairs will be completed by this evening, and customers should have a full water supply restored by about 10 o'clock tonight.

    Meanwhile, the water supply in Glenamaddy is returning to normal, following overnight restrictions on the scheme due to persistent heavy rainfall.

    The restrictions were imposed last night for residents and businesses on the Glenamaddy Public Water Supply.

    Irish Water has confirmed this afternoon that the supply is returning to normal.





  • A child reported missing from the Ballaghadereen area 10 days ago has been found safe and well, along with her father.

    Gardai had launched a public appeal for information on the whereabouts of 23-month old Jasmine Arshad, who was reported missing on Friday evening 3rd July.

    Jasmine and her father Shiraz Arshad went missing from their home in Ballaghadereen and were believed to have travelled to Dublin on public transport that afternoon.

    A missing persons search has been underway since, and Gardai in Co Roscommon have confirmed this afternoon that the young girl and her 38-year old father have been located, both safe and well.

    Gardai have thanked the public and the media for their assistance.


  • Roscommon County Council has cleaned up an illegal dumping blackspot in Ballaghadereen.

    The site, which is at an unfinished housing development on the Charlestown Road, has been a dumping ground for years for all kinds of waste, including household, electric and clothing, according to local TD Claire Kerrane, who has welcomed the council's intervention.

    The Sinn Fein TD said this was a health & safety concern in a residential area of the town, and popular area for walkers, as some locals claimed the illegal dumping has been going on for up to 4 years.

    Deputy Kerrane says the penalties currently in place are not deterring people from illegal dumping, and stronger laws are needed.

    She's also calling for movement on the unfinished housing units, which she says should be brought into use.


  • Andy Moran was on hand at the re-launch of Heiton Buckley in Castlebar today to officially open the new look store and he joined Gerry Glennon in the Midwest Radio cruiser for a chat. 

    The Mayo legend chatted about the past year which ended prematurely for the men in green and red with defeat to Kildare in Newbridge and about the furore that surrounded the #NewbridgeOrNowhere campaign.

    He expressed his regret about missing out on the inaugural "Super 8s" and gave us his pick as to who he thinks will emerge victorious and claim Sam Maguire now that Mayo are out of the picture.

    Listen below to the whole interview as the Ballaghaderreen ace reflected on the dreaded "retirement" word, how the game has changed since he first got the call to pull on the Mayo jersey and more in a wide ranging chat with Gerry.

    Be sure to check out the new look Heiton Buckley store in Castlebar or like their page on Facebook and Twitterfor details of all their great offers!

  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was in Ballaghadereen this afternoon, for the official opening of a new spray dryer facility at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant.

    The new dryer is a significant element in Aurivo's €48 million capital investment programme, to boost its Dairy Ingredients capacity by 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powder for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.

    Aurivo Co-Op now employs about 680 people, including over 150 in Ballaghadereen.

    The new spray dryer facility involved 150 construction workers working 7 days per week since last October to complete the project on time and within budget.

    Members of the Beef Plan movement staged a protest outside the Aurivo plant ahead of the Minister's arrival, to outline concerns mainly in relation to the prices farmers are getting for beef, and the challenges facing suckler farmers.



  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.



  • The Law Society will apply on Friday for court orders freezing the personal accounts of suspended Ballaghadereen solicitor Declan O’Callaghan as well as the accounts of a Co Roscommon practice he previously operated.

    The society is concerned that the client account deficit linked to the Kilraine O’Callaghan practice at Pound Street, Ballaghadereen may now exceed €730,000.

    It believes there is a “clear and present danger” to clients and the public if the practice continues to operate with such a deficit, according to the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly.

    He said the situation had become “even more serious” and he would permit the society to serve short notice of its application, returnable to Friday, for the account freezing and other orders, including to deliver up the books, files and accounts of the practice.

    He said the Law Society considered the orders necessary to protect clients of the firm, the public and the integrity of the solicitors’ profession.

    The firm had been trading with this growing deficit for the past five months and the society considered it could not allow this situation continue.

     Nessa Bird, representing the Law Society, said the case had been due before the court on December 19th but this application arose from concerns  that a deficit on the client account may be some €730,000 and not the €500,000 previously anticipated.

    Mr O’Callaghan previously paid some €400,000 to address concerns in relation to two estates, including of a child whose father died in an accident, the court was told.

    Ms Bird said some €609,000 would need to be lodged now to clear the deficit, plus a sum of €144,000 which Mr O’Callaghan had previously agreed to lodge but was yet to.









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  • A new date has been set for the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Paul Dempsey as Bishop of Achonry.

    The ordination was originally scheduled for mid-April, but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Fr Dempsey will be ordained Bishop of Achonry on Sunday 30th August at 3pm in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghadereen.

    Planning for the event will be in accordance with public health and Government guidelines, which means the number that can attend will be more limited than originally planned.


  • A new Primary Care Centre is to be developed in Ballaghadereen.

    Minister Jim Daly says planning permission will be lodged shortly for the construction of a Primary Care Centre on the site currently occupied by the Willowbrook Medical Centre on Convent Road in the town.

    This will provide modern facilities for GP and other medical services.

    The issue was raised in the Seanad yesterday by Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who asked for an update on plans for the new facility.

    Minister Jim Daly said the HSE is currently in the final stages of agreeing the floor plan for the new centre, and will then agree a lease for the premises before lodging a planning application.

  • The consultation process on Eirgrid’s proposed new 110 KV line that will run from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

    Progress on the provision of a substantially upgraded electricity line for a large part of county Mayo, is on hold until it is again deemed safe again for public gatherings. That was confirmed yesterday by Aidan Corcoran Transmission Project Manager with Eirgrid when he addressed the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    It’s about a decade ago when Eirgrid proposed a controversial 400KV line for this area, and it resulted in mass public protests and was eventually shelved.

    The new proposal includes options to have the line either overhead or underground, and a number of preferred routes have been established. The company now wants the views of local residents and landowners and others on the proposals and eventually a single option will be adopted and the company will seek planning permission to construct the line.

    It’s planned that the line will be in place by the third quarter of 2024.

     Aidan spoke to Midwest News today about the delay in the company’s next stage of planning – the consultation process -that was due to get underway at the end of this month, but is now on hold because of the coronavirus


  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.




  • The death has taken place of well-known Ballaghadereen businessman John Duffy, owner of the Supervalu store in the town.

    The 67-year old was a significant employer in the Co Roscommon town, employing over 90 people in Supervalu.

    He passed away last night at University Hospital Galway, following a short illness, and is survived by his wife Bernadette, two daughters and a son, his sister, brothers and extended family.

    John Duffy's remains will repose at the family home in Kilcolman, Ballaghadereen tomorrow from 3 until 7pm, arriving at the Cathedral of the Annunciation & St Nathy at 8pm.

    His Funeral Mass will take place at 3pm on Wednesday with burial afterwards in Kilcolman Cemetery.


  • A woman who stopped her car to assist two men on the side of the road last night near Ballaghadereen was robbed of over €100 euro.

    The incident occurred at about 8.15 yesterday evening, when a woman driving in the Aughalustia area of Ballaghadereen saw a van parked on the side of the road with the hazard lights on, and she stopped to give assistance.

    The van is described as dark-coloured, possibly a Toyota or Nissan with a 171 or 181 registration.

    There were two men in the car, and the first asked the woman for directions and also for a wheelbrace.

    One of the men was described as tall, of medium build with no front teeth, while the second was stockier with a reddish beard and hair.

    Both spoke with Irish accents.

    When the woman went to assist, one of the men reached into her jacket pocket and stole over €100 in cash.

    The woman ran back to her car and locked the doors, but she had dropped her keys on the ground.

    At that point, the lights of an oncoming car became visible, and the men drove away in the direction of Moyne Cross.

    The woman alerted Gardai, and they're anxious to speak to anyone who has information on the incident-  particularly the driver of the car that came on the scene.

    Gardai in Castlerea can be contacted at 094 - 96 21630.