• Mayo’s Carlagh Mullarney and Roscommon’s Shakira McCrudden have both won bronze medals in the European boxing championships in Georgia.

    The 12-year-olds from Ballyhaunis boxing club and Riverside Boxing club Ballinlough both won bronze with Mullarney losing out on silver by split decision to Sophie Harker of England.

    Mullarney will return to the square in Ballyhaunis at 2:30 today for her homecoming and McCrudden will arrive in Ballinlough’s Clubhouse at 2 o’clock.

  • Some areas of the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough were without water again today – for the second time in four days -due to a burst in a pipe.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it’s not good enough that local residents and Carrick national school are without water once again, as this has happened a number of times in recent weeks.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice is calling on Irish Water to replace the pipe in the area as a matter of urgency. 

  • Irish Water has confirmed that a section of pipe in the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough that’s prone to repeated bursts, will be replaced – but not until August, which is totally unacceptable according to a local Councillor.

    The section of pipe running from Ballinlough village out the Carrick National School has had a number of bursts in recent weeks, causing water outages or low water pressure for householders and businesses in the area, as well as Carrick school.

    Irish Water has now agreed to replace the 2km section of pipe, and has scheduled the work for August.

    While welcoming the pipe replacement, Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s unfair on customers affected by the outages that the work is still three months away…

  • Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the announcement of funding for the development of a marina at Lake O’Flynn.

    The marina, which will be developed by Ballinlough Development Association, will include berths for 24 angling boats, a floating jetty, a fishing stand which includes access for those with reduced mobility, a playground, parking and toilet facilities.

    Deputy Naughten said “I am delighted to see that this impressive project has been successful in its application for funding. The development of a floating jetty will help to develop the area as an angling destination as part of the new Hidden Heartlands tourism region and attract increased visitor numbers.

    The project is expected to cost in the region of €450,000.


  • A mother-of-three, who was fatally injured in a road collision last Friday, will be laid to rest in Ballinlough tomorrow (Friday).

    Anne Grogan from Cloonlough, Ballinlough, who was in her early 30s, passed away at University Hospital Galway earlier this week, after sustaining serious injuries in an accident last Friday when her car was involved in a crash with a lorry and a van in Ballinlough.

    Ms Grogan was a member of the teaching staff at Ballyhaunis Community School.

    A statement from the school says it's with great sadness that they learnt of the tragic passing of a dear friend and colleague, who was a much loved member of the school community.

    Ms Grogan was also an active member of Michael Glaveys GAA club, where she both played and managed teams.

    Ms Grogan's remains will repose at McDonagh's Funeral Home, Castlerea this evening (Thursday) from 4-7pm.

    Funeral Mass will take place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough tomorrow at 1.30, followed by burial in Ballinlough Cemetery.


  • Motorists are advised that due to a road collision that the road between Ballyhaunis and Ballinlogh, close to Ballinlough is closed to traffic and is likely to remain closed for most of today, as a garda forensic examination of the scene will take place.

    The collision involving two lorries and a car, occurred close to Ballinlough filling station at about 10am this at the junction for Srah.

    Emergency services are at the scene.

    Some casualties have been taken from the scene to Mayo University Hospital, others are still being treated at the scene.

    The extent of their injuries is not known.

    Diversions are in place.


  • As areas of Ballinlough in Co Roscommon are without water once again today, Irish Water say they’re treating this as a matter of priority.

    A 1km length of water main running from the village to Carrick National School has had a number of bursts over the last 6 months, leaving the school and surrounding houses without water.

    A section of the pipe burst yesterday, and another today, and Irish Water says repairs are underway.

    The issue was highlighted on Midwest News yesterday by Roscommon Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who called on Irish Water to replace this section of pipe immediately.

    In response to queries from Midwest News, Irish Water say their staff, along with Roscommon County Council, have carried out numerous repairs to this section of pipe over the last 6 months.

    Irish Water say they’re actively investigating the underlying causes of these bursts, and are currently finalising a plan of action to resolve them.

    A spokesperson says short-term measures are also being investigated to reduce the frequency of bursts and minimise disruption for customers in close proximity to Carrick national school.


  • A woman who sustained serious injuries from a road traffic accident at Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon last Friday has died in hospital.

    Anne Grogan who was in her early thirties and from Ballinlough sustained serious injuries in the accident near Ballinlough filling station last Friday morning when her car was involved in a collision with a lorry and a van.

    She was brought to hospital for treatment but passed away earlier today.

    Anne’s remains will repose at McDonagh’s funeral home in Castlerea on Thursday evening from 4 o’clock until 7pm.

    Mass will take place on Friday afternoon at 1.30pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough with burial afterwards in Ballinlough cemetery.