• Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • The Fire Service attended the scene of a fire in Ballaghaderreen last night.

    The fire, which is believed to have broken out in the attic of a house on Barrack Street, occurred after 9pm.

    No injuries were reported and traffic restrictions were in place for a time last night.



  • A toddler has gone missing in County Roscommon.

    23 month old Jasmine Arshad was reported missing at half 5 yesterday evening and is in the company of her 38 year-old father, Arshad Shiraz.

    Both Jasmine and Arshad went missing from their home in Ballaghadereen.

    Gardaí believe they took public transport from there to Dublin just after half 1 on Friday afternoon, and disembarked in the city centre at around half 4.

    Gardaí are appealing to Arshad to urgently make contact with them and are urging anyone with information on Jasmine's whereabouts to contact Castlerea Garda Station.

  • The Ballyhaunis to Ballaghaderreen road is now cleared following a road traffic collision this morning

    Gardai and the emergency services attended the scene of a one vehicle collision on the Ballyhaunis to Ballaghaderreen.

    The incident, in which a vehicle appeared to have turned over, occurred close to a bridge at Derrynacong at around 9.30am.

    It’s understood no injuries were sustained in the incident.

  • The Ballaghaderreen Hospice Support Group Walk in aid of Mayo Roscommon a Hospice Foundation will take place on Thursday, St Stephen’s Day.

    Walkers will gather g at the Ozanam Centre at 10.45am, with the walk at 11am.

    Refreshments will be served afterwards and you’re encouraged to wear your Santa hat or Christmas jumper

  • At the Badminton U19 European Championships Individual event in Estonia Ballaghaderreen’s Adam McAllister & his partner Rachael Woods had a huge win & caused a major upset in their first round of mixed doubles beating the number 4 seeds from Netherlands in a tight 3 set game.

    The Irish pair lost the first game 21/13 & went on to win 21/19 in 2nd & 21/18 in the final set.

    Watch our interview with Adam from earlier in the year as he looked forward to the European Championships and more here 

  • Information is being sought after a car transporter was stolen from the Edmondstown area of Ballaghaderreen.

    The distinctive car transporter, with detachable loading ramps, was taken from the Creggane, Edmondstown area of Ballaghaderreen at the weekend.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Gardai in Ballaghaderreen.

  • A man was taken to hospital after being knocked down in Ballaghaderreen on Saturday night.

    The pedestrian was struck by a car in Pound Street at 9pm.

    The local man, who is aged in his late sixties, was brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for treatment, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

    Gardaí are treating the incident as a minor accident.

  • A Man was taken to Sligo University Hospital yesterday evening after he was involved in a two vehicle collision outside Ballaghaderreen.

    The crash occurred between two cars at Tallaghan, between the Bishop’s Palace and Edmondstown Cross, on the Ballaghaderreen to Gurteen Road.

    Its believed the man’s injuries are not life threatening.

  • Mayo Senior Championship - Knockout
    Sat, 05 Oct, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Semi Final), Ballina Stephenites 0-6 Ballintubber 1-10
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Semi Final), Ballaghaderreen 0-15 Castlebar Mitchels Football 0-8
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Claremorris Town Pitch, (Relegation Final ), Bohola Moy Davitts 2-11 Hollymount-Carramore 1-12

    Mayo Intermediate Championship - Knockout
    Sat, 05 Oct, Venue: Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (Semi Final), Louisburgh 1-14 Neale 2-15
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: The Neale, (Relegation Final ), Ballinrobe 0-16 Shrule/Glencorrib 0-14

    Mayo Junior A Championship - Knockout
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Islandeady, (Relegation Final), Achill 1-17 Charlestown Sarsfields 0-2

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 2
    Fri, 04 Oct, Venue: Connacht GAA Centre, (Round 9), Kilmaine GAA 2-1 Belmullet 2-20

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 3
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Robert McCallion Memorial Pitch, (Round 11), Swinford 1-21 Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 1-12
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Bofeenaun, (Round 11), Lahardane MacHales 3-12 Bonniconlon 1-7

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 4
    Sat, 05 Oct, Venue: Ardagh, (Round 12), Ardagh 0-19 Ballycastle 0-8
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Westport, (Round 12), Westport St Patrick's 5-12 Davitts 0-9
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Brickens, (Round 12), Eastern Gaels 3-8 Ballintubber 4-14
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Ardnaree, (Round 12), Ardnaree Sarsfields 2-12 Kilmovee Shamrocks 1-8
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Killala, (Round 12), Killala 2-11 Kilcommon 3-18
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: James Stephens Park, (Round 12), Ballina Stephenites 0-10 Knockmore 2-11

    Division 6 A
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Mayo Abbey, (Round 9), Mayo Gaels 0-1 Swinford 0-0
    Sun, 06 Oct, Venue: Balla, (Round 9), Balla 4-8 Breaffy 2-15

  • Ballaghaderreen's Adam McAllister has reached the final of the men’s singles at the badminton Irish National Championships.

    The event is being played today at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin.

    Adam had a thrilling 3 setter semi-final, beating 3/4 seed Jack O’Brien 14/21 , 22/20, 21/17.

    Best wishes in the final later today against Ireland's no 1 player Nhat Nguyen 


  • Midwest Sport understands that former Mayo minor star and Ballaghaderreen native Cian Hanley is to return to Ireland in the coming days. Cian had been plying his trade with the Brisbane Lions in the AFL. Midwest Sport understands that Cian will return home in the next couple of days. 

    Midwest Sport also understands that Cian and his older brother Pierce have maintained regular contact with Mayo management over the past couple of years. 

  • EirGrid has confirmed the start and end points for the North Connacht Project, a new electricity line that will connect local renewable energy to the national grid and reinforce the regional electricity system.

     A series of economic, socio-economic, environmental and technical network studies have concluded that the line should run between the electricity substations at Moy near Ballina in county Mayo, and Tonroe, near Ballaghadreen, in Co. Roscommon.

     The other option that was under consideration was a circuit between Moy and Srananagh in Co. Sligo.

     As the state-owned operator and developer of the electricity transmission grid in Ireland, EirGrid is obliged to connect large electricity generators to the grid.

    In North Connacht, a large amount of electricity is generated by wind farms, with more planned for the future as part of the decarbonisation of the national grid. The level of planned generation exceeds the capacity of the existing infrastructure. As a result EirGrid will reinforce and improve the network to accommodate the additional power.

     During 2018, EirGrid carried out the studies and consulted with the public and stakeholders in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.

     On the basis of these studies and feedback received, Moy and Tonroe proved the best-performing start and end points for the proposed new line.  This 110 kV line can run overhead or underground.  If an overhead line is used, the majority of the distance would be carried on twin pole sets. 

     The next step in the development of the project is to choose the best technology and to determine the most suitable route between the two substations.  This phase will also establish whether the line will be overhead, underground or a combination of both, and formal consultation activities will resume later in 2019.

     The North Connacht Project will replace the larger Grid West project that was originally proposed in 2012.  EirGrid revised its previous plans due to the lower than expected amounts of wind generation in the region.

     Interested members of the public are invited to visit EirGrid Regional Office, Chapel House, 3 Upper Chapel Street, in Castlebar.  The office will be open from today, 7th January until Friday, 18 January and members of the EirGrid team will be available to answer any questions on the project. 


  • One man was taken to hospital after he was struck by a van in Ballaghaderreen earlier today.

    The man was struck by the van on the Main Street at 12.15 this afternoon.

    He was attended to by Ballaghaderreen Fire Service first responders before being transported to hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • Plans are well-advanced for the provision of a CCTV system in the town of Ballaghadereen, and cameras could be in place by next Easter.

    That's according to local businessman Pat Towey, a member of the Town Team in Ballaghadereen.

    It's believed the CCTV cameras will be of assistance to local Gardai in investigating crime in the town - such as the vandalism caused over the weekend to the Christmas tree in Ballaghadereen.

    Wiring from the tree was pulled out and the fencing around it was damaged in the early hours of Sunday morning - shortly after the lights were officially switched on, on Saturday evening.

    The installation of a CCTV system in Ballaghadereen will cost in the region of €60,000, and will see cameras being erected at 13 locations around the town according to Pat Towey.

  • A public meeting will take place in Ballaghaderreen this Thursday evening to give people an opportunity to hear more about a proposed battery storage facility planned for the town.

    Roscommon County Council recently granted planning permission for a battery storage facility at Tonroe in Ballaghaderreen.

    The planned facility would be located close to Kilcolman housing estate and some residents and locals have expressed concern about the safety of such a plant.

    Permission has been granted for 10 battery storage containers and 20 coolers.

    Planning permission for a similar facility in Longford was refused by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    Local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan told Midwest News there are concerns about the planned facility in Ballaghaderreen.


    The public meeting will take place this Thursday evening, upstairs at Spell’s Bar and starts at 7.30pm.

  • There are reports of black ice on roads across the region this morning.

    Roads are especially bad on the N5 at the turnoff for Swinford and also the turnoff for Ballaghadereeen. Ballaghaderreen town is also described as very dangerous this morning.

    Icy conditions are also reported in Roscommon town.

    Gardai in Belmullet say that roads in their area are slippery in some spots following rainfall this morning.

  • A report in this morning's Irish Times says the Department of Justice has confirmed it will not renew a contract with the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, which has housed Syrian refugees for more than a year. 

    The contract with the Abbeyfield Hotel expires in December 2019 and the Department of Justice is said to have chosen four other premises across the State which it says are suitable for future use as reception centres. 

    However a Department of Justice spokesperson did not confirm the same information to Midwest News in response to a question yesterday. 

    Midwest News asked the Department a decision had been made on the future of the centre after the contract expires in December 2019 and if it was true the Department had chosen not to renew the contract with the Abbeyfield. 

    In response yesterday a spokesperson told Midwest News that the current contract for the EROC services in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen is due to expire at the end of 2019 and any discussion on its future at this time would be premature. 

    The two responses seem to be at odds. 

    The Irish Times reports today that the Department confirmed the Abbeyfield Hotel was not successful in its application to be considered for future use, once its current contract ends. 

    The Department told the paper it would not be appropriate to specify the reasons for non-qualification but stressed that a failure to qualify in no way invalidates the current contract for EROC services in any existing centre. 

    The current contractor of services at the hotel is Irish company Next Week & Co Ltd, whose directors are listed as Laurent Salmon and John Crean. 

    The Department said it was unlikely in the extreme that persons currently resident in the Ballaghaderreen EROC would still be there in December 2019. 

    The Abbeyfield was chosen in January 2017 to act as an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre for the mostly Syrian refugees for two years. 



  • Respond Housing has purchased 12 houses in Ballaghaderreen.

    These are 12 three bed houses which will be home to 12 families from the social housing list in Roscommon.

    These 12 houses represent just over one fifth of the 55 households who have expressed a preference to live in Ballaghaderreen.

    While offers have been made to some families, Respond will host a viewing day for people who have offers to live in the new houses and those who have been nominated for the local authority. This viewing day will take place on March 26th.

    Respond expects that people will begin to move into the houses in early April.

  • Roscommon Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a break-in at the home of an elderly couple in Ballaghadereen.

    An elderly resident in the Kilcolman Estate noticed noises while watching TV last Saturday at 8:40pm.

    The intruder has been described as a male in his late teens to early twenties, about 6ft tall, thin built and with a local accent.

    He was wearing dark clothing and footwear, including a black woolly hat.

    The bottom half of his face was covered up with a scarf.

    One of the elderly residents was watching television when he heard noises in the house.

    When he went to investigate he met a young man in the hallway.

    When he asked the intruder what he was doing in his house he replied asking what he was doing there.

    When the man went to phone Gardai the intruder went into a rear room and climbed out the window.

    At the same time a second intruder was heard climbing out an adjoining rear window and leaving the house.

    Anyone who spotted the male and his accomplice or noticed suspicious activity in the area between 8 and 9pm can confidentially ring the Gardai on 1800 666 111.