• A man has been charged in connection with the discovery of a suspected cannabis growhouse in Ballina.

    The accused was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court next Friday.

    The man, who is in his 30s, was arrested yesterday following a search operation which resulted in the seizure of cannabis plants valued at €265,000 at a house in Attymass.

    Gardaí seized approximately €333,000 worth of drugs as part of an operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Mayo Garda Division.

  • Gardai in Ballina arrested a man last night who was found to be in possession of a significant amount of controlled drugs.

    The man was driving a car which failed to stop on the outskirts of Ballina.

    Gardai pursued the car for a short distance and arrested the driver who was in his mid-20’s .

    He appeared before Castlebar District Court this morning on road traffic offences, and was remanded in custody to appear again at Harristown District Court in Castlerea on Friday.

    He was refused bail.

    The drugs seized in the incident have been sent for analysis.


  • The man who died when his plane crashed outside Ballina on Friday evening has been named locally as Michael McCarrick, from Belleek, Ballina.

    Mr. McCarrick, who was in his late fifties, was killed instantly when his two-seater plane nosedived into a field at Breaffy, on the Bonninconlon side of Ballina.

    A post-mortem on the deceased man is due to take place tomorrow.

    The wreckage of the plane has been taken to Gormanstown, Co. Meath, for examination by technicians from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) who also visited the scene of the impact.

    No funeral arrangements have yet been made for the deceased.

  • The man who died in yesterday's single vehicle road traffic collision in Ballina has been named as Gerry O'Hora from Convent Hill Avenue in the town.

    The single-vehicle crash occurred at Creggs Road, The Quay, Ballina yesterday morning.

    Gerry was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    His funeral will arrive to St. Muredach’s Cathedral on Friday for Requiem Mass at 12.30pm with burial afterwards in Leigue Cemetery.

    Due to current Government and H.S.E guidelines Gerard’s Funeral Mass will be private to family only.

  • The former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh from Shrule has confirmed that she is seeking the Fine Gael nomination to contest the European Elections in this constituency, the Midlands Northwest constituency.

    The party’s selection convention will be held on Friday week, Feb 22nd, at the Mullingar Park Hotel.

    Fine Gael have a sitting MEP in this constituency, that’s Mairead McGuinness


    Fine Gael will contest the Ballina Municipal District local elections with a 4 strong team.

    They were selected in a convention on Friday night last at the Great National Hotel, Ballina.

    The ticket in the 6 seat constituency will include 2 sitting cllrs – Jarlath Munnelly and John O’Hara and they will be joined by Kieran Gill and Aileen Horkan.

     The Fine Gael team to contest the 7 seater Castlebar Municipal District in the upcoming local elections will be selected this evening after 6pm in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar.

    There are now 5 contenders going forward, they include sitting cllr Cyril Burke, former cllrs Ger Deere and Eugene McCormack  together with Padraig Corcoran of Lahardane, and Castlebar based Darren McCormack.

    It remains to be seen how many candidates the party will put on the ticket .

     The Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Connemara North constituency takes place this evening at Peacock’s Hotel Maam Cross.

    Three names are being put forward for two places on the ticket.

    Sitting councillor Séamus Walsh and Josie Conneely and Gerry King.

    The selection convention gets underway at 6pm this evening.


  • We visited the world renowned Marjorie's Kitchen on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina to get some Easter recipes from Marjorie herself. Watch below some of her mouthwatering (and we can honestly say DELICIOUS!) chocolate treats made in her very own kitchen, where she has regaled the listeners to Midwest Radio from for over a quarter of a century with Paul and Gerry. We have all the recipes below the videos so you can try them out over the Easter weekend - and we promise, you'll be trying these out all year round as well! Plus there is a bonus recipe for chocolate peppermint squares in the factsheet! Bon Appétit! 


    Marjorie`s Kitchen

    Chocolate Chip Scones

    Makes approximately 8


    227g/8 ozs, self-raising flour

    Pinch of salt

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder

    57g/2ozs butter

    10ml/2 tsp sugar

    86g/30zs chocolate chips or plain chocolate finely chopped

    150ml/1/4 pt buttermilk

    To glaze – beaten egg


    1)         Preheat the oven 220°C, 425°f, Gas 7.

    2)         Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.

    3)         Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    4)         Fold in the sugar and chocolate chips.

    5)         Stir in the buttermilk to give a fairly soft dough.  It is important to add all the liquid at once.

    6)         Lightly flour a board and roll out the dough to 2cm/ ¾” thickness and cut into rounds using a 6cm/2 ½ " cutter.

    7)         Place the scones on a non-stick baking sheet, brush the top of the scones with a little egg wash.  Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

    8)         Cool on a wire tray. Serve warm, split and spread with butter or piped with fresh cream (whipped)


    Marjorie’s Tip


    (a)        Like all scones it is very important to add most of the milk at once.  If you add the milk a little at a time it slows the process down and the scones will not be as soft when cooked.


    Easter Chocolate Cake


    Ingredients                                                                         Icing

    227g/8oz butter or margarine, soft                           142g/50z icing sugar and 27g/1ozz Bourneville

    227g/8oz castor sugar                                                            cocoa powder

    170g/6oz plain flour                                                   86g/30z butter, soft

    42g/1 ½ oz Bourneville cocoa powder                       2.5ml/1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder                                            Approx. 30ml/ 2 tbsp. milk

    4 eggs, free range, beaten

    Approx. 86g/30z chocolate drops

                (or chocolate pieces)



    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
    2. Grease and base line 2 x 20cm/8 “sandwich tins.
    3. Cream the butter and sugar together. Sieve dry ingredients.
    4. Beat in the eggs and flour alternatively with vanilla extract.
    5. Mix in the chocolate pieces.
    6. Place the mixture in the lined tins, spread out with a palette knife.
    7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approx. 25 minutes.

    Cool on a wire tray.


    1. Sieve dry ingredients together
    2. Beat the butter, sugar and remaining ingredients together until the icing is a soft consistency.

    To ice:          Spread a little of the icing on both cakes, then sandwich together.  Spread or pipe the remaining icing on top of the cake. Decorate with mini Easter eggs, maltezers or sprinkles.


    Simple Ferrero Chocolates

    A friend gave me this recipe, these chocolates are low calorie, but so delicious, you won`t know the difference.


    2-3 Weetabix

    45-60ml/3-4 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)


    1. Crush the Weetabix into a bowl.
    2. Melt the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave, then mix into the Weetabix.
    3. Roll into small balls, place in petit four paper cases or small bun cases and set.

    If wished, mould the chocolate mix around a roasted hazelnut or almond, or dust with a little cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts or desiccated coconut.  Really delicious!!

    Marjorie’s Tip: If wished dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with finely chopped nuts


    Ena’s Chocolate Peppermint Squares



    227 g / 8 oz Margarine                                   27 g / 1 oz Cocoa Powder

    113 g / 4 oz Sugar                                           27 g / 1 oz Drinking Chocolate

    227 g / 8 oz Self Raising Flour                                    5ml/1 tsp. Baking Powder

    227 g / 8 oz desiccated Coconut


    1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°/Gas 4.
    2. Melt margarine in a saucepan, stir in sugar to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    3. Spread mixture on a greased swiss roll tin and bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

    Icing Ingredients:

    170 g / 6 oz Icing Sugar, sieved                      Few drops of Green Colouring

    113 g / 4 oz. Butter                                         2.5ml/ ½ tsp. Peppermint Essence

    1¾ bars of Dark Chocolate – melted


    1)         Mix icing sugar, butter and essence together, add a few drops of green colouring, if wished.

    2)         Spread over cooled mix

    3)         Melt the chocolate and pour over icing. Leave to set, then cut into small squares.

    This recipe was given to me by my late cousin Ena Walker, who was a super cook, we shared many recipes and tasty treats together.


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    Marjorie`s Kitchen Tips

    Baking Powder

    Baking powder is a key ingredient in many cakes, cookies, muffins and bread recipes.  Make your own baking powder and keep your baked goods aluminium free.  Baking powder contains an acid and alkali in correct proportions.  A third ingredient is added if you are not using the baking powder immediately, this is usually cornflour, (corn-starch) or rice flour as it absorbs moisture, preventing the baking powder from becoming lumpy.


    Baking powder ingredients

    One part bread soda to two parts cream of tartar.

    5ml/1 tsp of bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)

    10ml/ 2 tsp of bextartar (cream of tartar)

    5ml1tsp of rice flour or corn starch (cornflour) (optional).


    1. Sieve the breadsoda and bextartar for 2-3 times until well combined.
    2. Use immediately
    3. To store: add 5ml1 tsp. of rice flour or cornflour to the mix.  This will absorb any moisture from the air and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you use it.  Store in an airtight tin.

    Did you know that most commercially produced baking powder contains aluminium –sodium aluminium sulphate to be exact?

    To test baking powder for freshness or if it is out of date

    Place 2.5ml/ ½ tsp of baking powder into a cup, top with 1/3 cup of hot tap water. The mixture should bubble enthusiastically, if not discard, make your own or buy a new one.


    Bread Soda (Baking Soda) Sodium Bicarbonate

    When bread soda is used with mixture and an acidic ingredients e.g. buttermilk or yogurt, its reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand under oven temperatures, causing baked goods to rise.  When using a raising agent in recipes, once you add the liquid, it is important to bake goods immediately in a pre-heated oven or else it will not rise properly.  If you wish to use baking powder in a recipe to replace bread soda – 5ml/ 1 tsp bread soda =15ml3 teaspoons of baking powder.


    Baking Soda

    Baking soda is made from Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) and is mined in the form of an ore called Trona.  Through a process, the soda ash is dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled into the mixture forming sodium bicarbonate (bread soda). The sodium bicarbonate quickly solidifies and separates from the rest of the mixture.

    Cream of Tartar

    Cream of tartar is a by-product of the wine making industry.  Grapes are the only significant natural source of tartaric acid.  Cream of tartar is obtained from sediment produced in the process of making wine.  It is also known as potassium, tartrate and potassium bitartrate.

  • Former President of Ireland, Ballina native Mary Robinson claims she was completely misled in the case involving a missing princess from Dubai.

    It's after Princess Latifa sent secret video messages saying she was being held hostage in her own country.

    The princess claimed she'd been drugged and beaten while in jail, and tried to escape her homeland in 2018.

    Mrs Robinson previously described Princess Latifa as a 'troubled young woman', after flying to see her in Dubai in December 2018.

    Mary Robinson was photographed alongside her at a lunch, but she told BBC's Panorama last night she was 'misled'......

  • Mary Robinson reluctantly accepted the prestigious international position as Chair of the Elders.

    She told Midwest News yesterday that says she is honoured to do the demanding job, and describes herself as "a chair among equals".

    The Elders is an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statespersons, peace activists and human rights advocates who were brought together in 2007 by the late Nelson Mandela.

    In Ballina yesterday evening Mrs Robinson was honoured at the National Lions Club Conference, for her role as the Chair of the Elders.

    She received a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

    Earlier in the day yesterday she was among the speakers at the Fifth Mary Robinson International Human Rights lecture in Ballina.

    Kumai Naidoo, the first African head of Greenpeace was the main speaker.

  • Former President, Ballina native, Mary Robinson will address members of the public sector today at Dublin City University about how they are meeting their climate targets.

    Under the Climate Action Plan, the public sector is expected to achieve a 50 per cent energy efficiency improvement by 2030.

    It's also targeted to have a 30 per cent CO2 reduction by then and all public buildings are to be B rated.

    This is the fourth National Public Sector Energy Conference hosted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

    Fergus Sharkey, Head of Public and Private Sector Business at the SEAI, says the public sector is already on track to meet current targets.

  • Former President of Ireland, Ballina native, Mary Robinson has issued a brief statement today after she came under fire for describing a ‘missing’ Arabian princess as a “troubled young woman” following a meeting between the pair at the behest of the princess’s family  to help solve a “dilemma”.

    According to, photographs of Ms Robinson and Sheikha Latifa – the daughter of the billionaire ruler of Dubai – were issued by the United Arab Emirates government last week after they met on December 15.

    Officials in Dubai said Ms Robinson was assured Latifa was in "the loving care of her family".

    The photographs prompted speculation about the princess and how her meeting with Ms Robinson came to pass.

    Mary Robinson spoke about the meeting for the first time yesterday on BBC radio – and said Latifa was receiving medical care.

    Ms Robinson's interview attracted criticism on social media, with campaigners asking how she could make such a sound judgment on Latifa's mental health after only spending a few hours with her.

    She responded to the backlash through a statement this morning, adding she would not be making any further comment at this time.

    She said she was dismayed at some of the media comments on her visit and added “I would like to say I undertook the visit and made an assessment, not a judgement, based on personal witness, in good faith and to the best of my ability," Ms Robinson said.

    Explaining how the meeting came about, the former UN Commissioner for Human Rights said she visited Dubai on December 15 at the request of Princess Haya bint Hussein, one of the wives of the UAE Prime Minister.

    She has known and worked with Princess Haya for many years in her capacity as a member of the UN Global Humanitarian Forum and as a UN Messenger of Peace. Mary Robinson said she was aware of the international concern over Sheikha Latifa and that she had not been seen for many months so when Princess Haya asked her to go to Dubai to meet with both of them, she said she agreed, without hesitation.

    "On my arrival in Dubai I received extensive briefings and it was clear to me that Princess Haya had particular concern for the welfare of Sheikha Latifa whom she described as troubled and quite vulnerable. During my time with her Sheikha Latifa presented  a very likeable young woman with a wide range of interests but her vulnerability was apparent," she said.

    The welfare of Latifa sparked massive concern amongst human rights groups following her failed attempt to escape the UAE last March.

  • Mayo County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day this Saturday.

    From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at the Rathroeen Civic Amenity Centre on the Killala Road in Ballina.

    Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

    Even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration.

    A full list of items accepted is available on and also on

  • The Mount Falcon Hotel in Ballina has announced its plans to close temporarily due to recent developments with regard to Covid-19.

    The four-star Hotel has made the announcement in a Social Media Post stating that its proprietors had made the mutual decision to temporarily close the hotel from this morning.

    The business will remain closed until further notice but the self-catering lodges based on the grounds of the estate will remain available for bookings.

  • Sean O'Brien has been named on the Leinster bench for tomorrow's Pro 14 interprovincial against Connacht in Galway.

    The Ireland and Lions flanker is set to make his first appearance for the Province after an injury ridden season.

    Robbie Henshaw will miss the match against his old team.

    Joe Tomane partners Garry Ringrose in the centre for the first time.

    Connacht captain Jarrad Butler has been ruled out due to injury.

    Hooker Dave Heffernan will take over the skipper's duties.

    Leinster suffered a heavy defeat when they visited the Sportsground in April.

  • With €1 billion allocated for flood defences over the next decade under the National Development Plan, a Mayo Senator is calling for flood defences in Ballina to be made a priority.

    In the Seanad this week, Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin called on the OPW Minster Kevin “Boxer” Moran to prioritise the construction of flood walls along the River Moy in Ballina under the CFRAM programme.

    While 300 other at-risk areas were also examined under the CFRAM programme, Senator Mulherin says the Ballina flood walls project has been deemed one of the economically viable projects, and she hopes there’s positive news soon for residents in flood-prone areas of Ballina town.

  • A Mayo Senator is calling on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to fund a major road scheme between Ballina and Castlebar.

    FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says €10 million has already been spent since in the last decade on seeking a solution to environmental issues that have blocked roads development in this area.

    Now that difficulties at Cloongullane Bridge have been overcome, she says the Government should fund the proposed N26 / N58 / N5 road scheme joining Ballina and Castlebar.

    Senator Mulherin says traffic counts show this is a very busy road, with people travelling to work and in particular to the foreign direct investment companies such as Coca-Cola and Hollister in Ballina, and she told Midwest News that she has made a strong case to Minister Ross to have this road project prioritised...

  • A Mayo Senator is renewing her call for the proposed Mary Robinson Centre to become a reality in Ballina.

    Following Mrs Robinson's recent appointment as the Chair of The Elders - an international organisation of elder statespeople - Senator Michelle Mulherin says this further underlines her standing as an international public figure for her role as a peace activist, human rights advocate and life-long campaigner for equality, women's rights and the rights of refugees.

    Senator Mulherin says Mary Robinson's achievements should be celebrated in her hometown of Ballina.

    €2 million euro of Government funding remains in place for the Mary Robinson Centre, which is now estimated to cost in the region of €6 million.

    Senator Mulherin says the costs of the centre are being revisited at present, and she's urging all parties involved to move forward with the project as a matter of urgency...

  • The construction of an advanced technology building in Ballina would make the region a more attractive option for multi-national companies looking to establish in Ireland.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin who raised the matter in the Seanad yesterday with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys.

    Following the recent announcement that US company Meissner is to create 150 jobs at the IDA advanced technology building in Castlebar, Senator Mulherin believes a similar facility is needed in Ballina to allow the IDA to sell the area to multi-national companies.

    Minister Humphreys has agreed to speak with the IDA about the issue, and Senator Mulherin says she will be meeting with the agency also to push the case for an advanced technology building for Ballina...

  • A Mayo Senator is urging Mayo County Council to apply for grant-aid to proceed with the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina.

    Fáilte Ireland recently announced a new grant scheme for large-scale visitor attractions, with funding of up to €2.5 million available, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17th July.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging Mayo County Council to submit an expression of interest before that date in relation to the Salmon Life Centre, which was first mooted in Ballina about ten years ago.

    She says the plan has been on the back burner for some time, but such a facility would help to expand the area's tourist attractions, and encourage visitors to spend more bed nights in north Mayo.

  • The Jackie Clarke Heritage Garden in Ballina is just one of a number of Mayo locations that have today been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award for 2019 by An Taisce.

    The number of International Green Flag Award Sites has surged in Ireland this year.

    The Green Flag Award for Parks is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.

     Mayo county council’s Turlough Park, Castlebar has also secured the coveted recognition.

    While the National Parks and Wildlife’s Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park and North Mayo Heritage Centre in Enniscoe, outside Crossmolina have also secured a 2019 Green Flag Award.


  • Roadworks taking place on the Foxford road entrance to Ballina have been causing significant delays for motorists, as well as for emergency vehicles such as ambulances.

    That's according to Ballina-based TD Dara Calleary, who's calling on the contractors to work over weekends to ensure the roadworks on the N26 are completed as soon as possible.

    While welcoming the works, the Fianna Fail TD says it makes sense to work on the scheme 7 days per week to ensure it's completed before December, and he says some arrangement needs to be put in place with Hollister, to enable staff to access the exit the premises when shifts are starting and ending.