• As the Mayo under 20's prepare to face Derry in Carrick on Shannon in a historic All Ireland semi-final - a game which you can hear live on Midwest Radio with thanks to Salamancas Tapas Bar - we got the views of manager Mike Solan, free scoring full forward Ross Egan as well as marauding half back Paul Lambert. You can watch the interviews back now and don't forget to tune in from 4pm on Saturday for the full game live on Midwest Radio.

  • Tomorrow evening the Mayo football county club final takes place between Ballintubber and Ballaghaderreen and the excitement ahead of the big match is reaching fever pitch among young supporters.

    Both sides are also facing each other in the Boys U13 county final earlier in the day tomorrow.

    Midwest News visited St Atrracta’s NS in Ballaghaderreen yesterday morning where the green and white was everywhere – bunting, flags, paintings, even cakes baked in the club’s colours.

    While anyone travelling between Castlebar and Ballinrobe will surely have noticed the red and white flying high at Ballintubber NS. Midwest News was there yesterday also, and students were in their club’s jerseys and again the flags and bunting left no doubt about who they were supporting.

    We got the views of both camps ahead of the big games.

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are advising customers in Ballaghaderreen Town and surrounding areas that their water supply has been impacted as a result of a burst to a water main.

    Approximately 800 properties are affected by this unplanned outage.

    Crews are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in the affected area. 

    It is expected that the repairs will be completed by 9pm tonight and it may take 2-3 hours for normal supply to return to all impacted customers as the network refills.

  • A seasoned Irish international and not even out of his teens, Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister is one of the hottest rising talents in Irish badminton at the moment. After winning a record three National titles in one day recently, Angelina McHugh caught up with Adam to chat about how he got started in the game, the issue of funding and training facilities for those in the West of Ireland, plus his hopes for the future once he gets the Leaving Cert done and dusted this June!

    Watch the full interview below now.

  • An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to the road development of the N5 between N5 Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue.

    Senator Frank Feighan has warmly welcomed the decision to grant the planning permission, who says the project involves constructing almost 35 kilometres of new carriageway along with the realignment of nearly 15 kilometres of existing roads.

    Senator Feighan says that this is a dangerous stretch of road, which is extremely busy, so this work will be welcomed to the many people who use it.

    Meanwhile Mayo County Council has welcomed today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said it is important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland and said “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county saying It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that. It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

  • A Ballaghadereen man has been recognised as the Irish Whiskey industry's Chairman's Awards for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

    Noel Sweeney, a native of Ballaghadereen and Master Distiller at the Powerscourt Distillery in Wicklow was presented with an award by the outgoing chairman of Irish Whiskey David Stapleton.

    Mr Sweeney started his career as quality control manager in Cooley Distillery in 1989 and rose through the ranks to become master distiller and blender of both Cooley and Kilbeggan Distilleries.

    He played a leading role in the establishment of Drinks Ireland / Irish Whiskey - the representative association for the Irish whiskey industry - and in 2017 he was inducted into the World Whiskey Hall of Fame, while joining Powerscourt Distillery the same year.

    Congratulating him on his award, David Stapleton said that, throughout his prestigious career, Noel Sweeney has contributed significantly to the revival of the Irish whiskey industry.


  • Residents in Ballaghadereen are considering taking a judicial review of the decision by Roscommon County Council to grant planning permission for a battery storage facility in the town.

    Permission was granted last December for a battery storage facility at Tonroe, Ballaghadereen - despite a similar facility being refused planning permission by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    A special meeting of Roscommon County Council was convened yesterday to discuss the matter, however, the council executive did not attend the meeting.

    A deputation from Ballaghadereen outlined their concerns to Councillors, and will now consider a judicial review of the planning decision.

    That's according to local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan, who says a further public meeting will take place to discuss their options.



  • Adam McAllister and the Irish U19 Badminton team who are competing at the European Championships in Estonia. The Irish got off to a great start yesterday beating Slovenia 4/1 with Adam winning both his matches in singles & mixed doubles. Later in the day they took on Turkey, the seeded team in their group, but lost 4/1 with Adam winning the only match men’s doubles with Brian O’Mahony in a very tight 3 setter with a score of 23/21 in the 3rd. 

    Today they take on Austria & Cyprus.

  • Ireland finished the European Junior team championship on a massive high beating Cyprus 4-1. Earlier in the day the Irish lost out to Austria .    

    Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister did his country proud winning 5 out of the 8 matches he played in the Team Event to get the victories over Slovenia & Cyprus . They are now preparing for the Individual Event which kicks off this Tuesday.

  • Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister lost final in men’s doubles at the Leinster Senior Open alongside Cork's Brian O'Mahony in a thrilling 3 setter. They won the first set 22/20 & lost the second 21/17 and the final set 21/13. 

  • East Mayo Centenary Cup Final 
    Ballaghaderreen 2-07
    Charlestown 0-9

  • Ballaghaderreen’s Adam McAllister won the Irish U19 National Badminton Championship yesterday in Lisburn.

  • Ballaghaderreen is to host the 2019 Roscommon County Fleadh Cheoil on the Easter weekend in mid April.

    It's been ten years since the last Fleadh was held here and the town can only be seen as a richly deserving host with a strong traditional music connection boosted by four weekly sessions all year round in Ballaghaderreen.

    The Roscommon Fleadh is always held at Easter, it has the reputation of being one of the best County Fleadhs in the Country with large numbers of musicians and music fans travelling from all over Ireland and overseas on the holiday weekend.

    Now with Good Friday licensing laws changed the three day event has become a four day event.

    The return of the Fleadh will be warmly welcomed in the area and will also bring a very positive injection to the local economy. 

  • Ballaghadereen’s Adam McAllister is through to the semi-finals at the Leinster Senior Open taking place at the Badminton Centre in Terenure this weekend. The semi-finals & finals are underway today.

  • The reigning Moclair Cup Champions Ballintubber will face Ballaghaderreen in the senior county final.

    Bidding for their 5th county title this decade the Abbey men showed all their experience to grind out a win against a Ballina Outfit full of inter-county forward talent on Saturday.

    A goal from Ciaran Gavin in injury time put the Stephenites challenge to bed in a clinical performance from the West Mayo men.

    Ballintubber manager Kevin Johnson said he was delighted with the manner in which his player’s closed out the game.

  • Mayo legend Andy Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

    The 2017 footballer of the year will now focus on his club team Ballaghaderreen.

    Moran made the decision with manager James Horan yesterday.

    He had a remarkable career with Mayo swinging the tide in the infamous 2006 All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin.

    His recovery from a 2012 cruciate knee injury highlighted the resilience of Moran as a player and as a man.

    He got his first bit of National silverware this year as he reaped the League title with Mayo.

    As a key forward, play-maker and ball-winner in the Mayo set-up, Moran's departure will be heavily felt next season.

  • The Brisbane Lions said farewell to teammate Cian Hanley today after the Category B Rookie decided to return to his homeland of Ireland.

    The 21-year-old made the difficult decision to part with the Club after experiencing personal challenges over the past 12 months. Hanley said it was the right decision for him to return home.

     “The club has been unbelievable, I’m very appreciative of what they’ve done over the last while. It’s no fault of theirs I’m going home,” Hanley told

    “It’s just more me and personal reasons and I just think it’s the right time to go.” 

    Over the past few months, Hanley has had many discussions about his future with family, friends and the Club, working through all possible options to come to the best outcome for him and his family.

    General Manager of Football David Noble said the team will miss Cian's personality and tremendous work ethic. 

    “Cian has been one of our hardest workers over the last three years particularly, overcoming injury and personal adversity with such a professional attitude, it is very sad to see him go home. We will miss his infectious smile, his positive attitude and bubbly contribution to our Club. We wish him a safe trip back home to Ireland where he will reconnect with his family.” Noble said.

    Hanley followed older brother Pearce, a former Lion, to the Club in late 2014 after being selected with the 56th pick in the Rookie Draft.

    His first two seasons were crippled with injuries but in 2017 he played an important part in the NEAFL team’s premiership victory.

  • There was disappointment this morning in Estonia at the U19 Junior Championships for Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister and his partner Rachael Woods  The Irish lost out to a pair from Poland in a thrilling match with a scoreline of 22/20 21/17. 

  • One man has been arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballaghaderreen.

    The cocaine worth in the region of €35,000, was found at a residential address in Ballaghaderreen following a search carried out as part of an intelligence led operation on Thursday. 

    One man is being detained in Castlerea Garda Station in connection with the find. 

  • The Syrian refugees being accommodated in Ballaghaderreen is putting extra pressure on the local GP surgeries.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy, who says a GP practice in Ballaghaderreen, which is operating at full capacity, cannot take on any more patients under the HSE's Primary Care Reimbursement Scheme.

    Deputy Murphy claims the EROC Centre - Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen has added to the GP's workload, and he raised the matter in the Dáil this week with Minister of State for Health Jim Daly.

    The Fianna Fail TD said that, when Ballaghaderreen welcomed Syrian refugees, they were told that if extra support was needed in the health or education sectors, it would be forthcoming, but he says this extra support has not been delivered.

    Deputy Murphy says GPs in the town cannot cope with the numbers of patients, and there's now a three-day waiting list to see a doctor.