• Roscommon woman Michelle Morgan scooped the first jackpot on Winning Streak since 2011 last night.


    The 27-year-old from Fairymount was playing for her mother Mairead Cox, who bought her Winning Streak ticket in Supervalu Ballaghaderreen.


    Ms Morgan qualified for the ‘Spin the Wheel’ having already won €22,000.


    After three turns of the big wheel she was stunned when the ball landed in the white €500,000 slot.

  • St Joseph’s Day Care Centre in Ballaghaderreen will close at the end of July.

    That was confirmed to local public representatives at a meeting with HSE officials in Galway today.

    There had been uncertainly over the future of the centre earlier this year and an assessment was carried out.

    Public representatives were told that the assessment indicated the unit was not suitable for use by the patients serviced by it.

    The 18 patients who use it will now be bussed to Boyle to the Day Care Centre there.

    Ballaghaderreen Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan told Midwest News it is an unacceptable development.

  • St Joseph’s mental health daycare centre in Ballaghaderreen has not closed today but it is understood the HSE is carrying out needs assessments on each service user attending the day centre currently.

    The assessments are being carried out to establish how best their individual needs will be met and once they are completed, a detailed plan will be developed.

    The HSE is understood to have informed local public representatives that no closure of the facility, if that is the decision arrived at, will not happen until alternative services are provided in the area.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins told Midwest News earlier this week that she has concerns over the future of the facility.


  • All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B Final
    Holy Trinity Cookstown 0-19
    St Nathy's College Ballaghaderreen 1-06

  • U19 C Girls All Ireland Schools League Final  

    St Nathy's College Ballaghaderreen (Roscommon) 23-30 Kinsale Community School (Cork) 

    It was a close encounter for the under 19C girl’s league final between St Nathy’s Ballaghadereen and Kinsale community school in the last tip-off of the day in Tallaght. 

    It was clear from the start this was going to be a defensive game with both teams setting up in zone and clogging up the lane on every drive.

    Kinsale started the brightest and some great post work and offensive rebounds from vice-captain Lorraine Collins gave Kinsale an early lead of 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.

    In the second St Nathy’s captain Sasha Lavin continued to lead her team adding another two points to her three from the first quarter. Amy Doorey also added a big three pointer to keep St Nathys within touching distance. However, scores from under 16 Geraldine Tyner and another two points from Collins ensured Kinsale finished the half with a 17-12 lead.

    The third quarter started as the second ended with both teams playing very defensive. Several fouls sent both teams to the line but neither team could make the other pay with a number of missed free-throws ensuring a low scoring quarter. Lavin continued to be the focal point for St Nathys adding another 4 points in the third. St Nathys defence finally started to box out Collins and deny her the ball in the post but it was Arianna Price who drove Kinsale on. Price had a number of steals which were very important as most of them denied St Nathys from pushing the ball in transition. Price was also a force on the offensive end, hitting three points in the third including a lovely jump shot from the elbow. Both teams finished with seven points each in the third ensuring Kinsale held on to the lead of 29-14.

    The fourth saw the lowest scoring quarter of the game with only a handful of scores. Tyner added another score for Kinsale showing she is well able to handle herself at this level. Lavin once again tried to drag her team back into the game, but it was Arianna Price who made sure Kinsale would not lose the lead they had held onto from early in the first quarter. Another steal in transition and another left-handed jump shot from Price ensured the league cup was heading to Cork. Kinsale ran out winners of the under 19 C girls league on a score line of 30-23.

    St Nathys, Ballaghadereen

    Amy Doory 3, Arianna Cahill, Sasha Lavin 10, Jessica Fenney, Lisa Powell 4, Hannah Brett, Holly Heald 6, Aine Moffatt, Scarlette Reid, Katie Flannery, Katelyn Regan.

    Kinsale Community School

    Millie Allman, Ava McCarthy, Dara Tyner, Lilly Patton, Fiona Keating 3, Arianna Price 9, Jessica Corkery, Aoife O’Leary 2, Geraldine Tyner 6, Orlagh O’Mahony, Emma Casey, Lorraine Collins 10.


    A suspended solicitor has consented to High Court orders freezing his accounts below €1.06m, plus orders effectively aimed at winding up his former practice at Ballaghderreen, Co Roscommon.

    Declan O’Callaghan will be entitled to vouched monthly living expenses of €11,600, the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly also directed.

    That sum was agreed between the solicitor and the Law Society and includes mortgage repayments.

    The consent orders also provide Mr O’Callaghan will remain suspended from practice and must provide a sworn statement of his assets.

    According to The Irish Independent the consent order also provide for steps to achieve the sale of three properties – his family home in Ballaghderreen, a townhouse in Portugal and a property at Arran Quay, Dublin - with the proceeds going towards clearing the deficit on the account of the Kilraine O’Callaghan practice at Pound Street, Ballaghderreen.

    A sum of €108,000 is also to be paid out today to a law firm related to certain litigation and the orders provide for handover tomorrow  Friday of files of the practice to the Law Society and for it to have access to the practice from then.

    In making the orders, Mr Justice Kelly noted the Society alleges dishonesty against Mr O’Callaghan while he has consistently denied any dishonesty.

    That issue will be adjudicated on in due course by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and was not before the court in this application, he said.

    The Society, he noted, has made two referrals to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal of issues concerning Mr O’Callaghan’s practice and it seemed a third referral is likely arising from further investigation reports.

    It was "important" the court makes clear Mr O’Callaghan has asserted at all times he has conducted himself honestly, had at all times sought to act in the best interests of the clients of his firm and intends to personally make good any shortfalls which may be found in the practice and to ensure no client of the practice is at a loss.

    It was also important to say the Society is not alleging any dishonesty against Mr O'Callaghan's daughters Aoife and Eimear O'Callaghan, both solicitors, who were made partners in the practice last month for the purposes of ensuring it remains insured, the judge said. 

  • Traffic is down to one lane on Pound Street in Ballaghaderreen this morning.

    Gardai confirmed that there was an incident there earlier and Gardai are currently at the scene dealing with it.

    Midwest News understands a pedestrian was hit there earlier.

  • The 43rd annual Rehab National People of the Year Awards were presented last night at a special ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin.

    West of Ireland groups and individuals featured strongly.

    Tuam based historian Catherine Corless was recognised for her work uncovering the secretive burial of hundreds of children at the Tuam mother and baby home.

    The people of Ballaghaderreen were declared Community Group of the Year for welcoming Syrian refugees to their town

    The Irish Coast Guard was  honoured, as were their heroic lost colleagues from helicopter Rescue 116 and the  community of Erris  who helped with the extensive search operation.

    While the Galway Senior All Ireland winning Hurling Team took the Sports Award at last night’s celebrations