• The €400,000 target for the community of Ballinrobe to raise, to build a new Town Hall – is well on track to be achieved, with 340,000 euro now secured under the voluntary fund raising Campaign to Rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the Ballinrobe Town Hall committee says they are now just €60,000 short of the ambitious target set two years ago. Support for the project continues to come through from Ballinrobe people at home, around Ireland and abroad, he says, but support is still required with a price tag of 1.5 million euro on the project.

    Mayo County Council has committed to supporting the project and an application to LEADER has been submitted and the committee are hopeful that there will be a successful outcome in early autumn.

    The old Hall in Ballinrobe closed in 1996.

    The proposal is now to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

  • 20 new jobs have been created with the opening of a new Aldi store in Ballinrobe today.Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 987m², 71 free car parking spaces, wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings.

    The new Ballinrobe store is Aldi’s third store in Co. Mayo. Aldi now has a total of 133 stores in Ireland, with the other locations being Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The new store is part of Aldi’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. Aldi has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores by the end of 2019, while Project Fresh sees Aldi invest a further €60m in revamping the layout and design of all its 133 stores nationwide.

  • A house was extensively damaged by fire in Ballinrobe in the early hours of yesterday (Wed) morning.

    Gardai are treating the incident as criminal damage by fire and investigations are underway.

    At about 2am yesterday (Wed) morning gardai were alerted to the fire in a house at Church View in the town.

    The house was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured.

    Mayo Fire Brigade and the gardai attended the scene.

    The fire started in the front room of the house and significantly damaged the property.

    It is a local authority house and Mayo county council staff secured the premises after garda forensic investigations at the scene were carried out.

    Gardai Supt Gabriel Moran told Midwest News today that investigation is continuing as the fire is being treated as a criminal damage offence.

    He appealed to anyone who may have been in the Church View area of Ballinrobe late on Monday (28th April) night into yesterday morning(29th April)  and who may have noticed anything suspicious to contact the gardai.

  • Ballinrobe native Alan Murphy is one of 20 coaches who have been accepted on to the UEFA Pro Licence course that will be run by the Football Association of Ireland.

    The Galway United manager is one of nine coaches currently working in the SSE Airtricity League, while two of the other participants are managing in the Women’s National League, three are involved with Republic of Ireland international teams, and the others are thriving in their respective careers further afield.

    Former Westport Utd manager John Russell has also been accepted on the course.

    The full list of 2020/22 UEFA Pro Licence participants is: Tim Clancy, Dan Connor, Carlo Cudicini, Kevin Doherty, Daire Doyle, Tom Elmes, Anthony Hayes, Ruairdhi Higgins, Denis Hyland, Graham Kelly, Andy Keogh, Ian Morris, Alan Murphy, John O’Shea, Sean O’Shea, Aidan Price, Matthew Ross, John Russell, Ian Ryan, James Scott.

    In total, 90 coaches applied for the course with 35 completing the theory exams and interview process.

    The course will be delivered with contact blocks over an 18-month period, which will include international club visits, a study visit to UEFA headquarters, and individual club assessments. 

    This latest UEFA Pro Licence course had an individual online induction last week, with the group set to get together for the first block in November 2020.


    Galway United have announced that Alan Murphy has signed a contract extension with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.


    Over the last two seasons, Murphy has guided United's under-17 team to the semi-final stage of the league play-offs and the midfielder wrote his name into the club's history books when he became United's record league goalscorer when he scored his 75th league goal for the Tribesmen against Cobh Ramblers in April.


    Murphy's impressive work at youth level at Eamonn Deacy Park lead to his first position in senior management when he took over from Shane Keegan in July.


    With United experiencing a disappointing league campaign, Murphy introduced a number of the club's most promising academy players at the tail end of the season and the Ballinrobe man is looking forward to shaping a United team of his own ahead of the 2019 season.

  • Aldi is to open its new store in Ballinrobe this Thursday.

    The new supermarket is located on The Neale road, and will be Aldi's third store in Mayo - with stores already operating in Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The Ballinrobe supermarket opens at 9am on Thursday morning.

    meanwhile, a new Iceland store has opened in Roscommon Town today, creating 20 new jobs.

    This is Iceland's 24th store to date in Ireland, and has opened its newest supermarket at the Roscommon Retail Park on the Circular Road in the town.


  • Ambulance cover in south Mayo is set to improve, as an ambulance will be deployed to alternate between the Primary Care Centres in Ballinrobe and Claremorris.

    That's according to Ballinrobe-based Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who raised the matter again at a recent meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

    Councillor Ryan outlined what he calls the "deplorable" waiting times for ambulances in the south of the county, where often it can take an hour for an ambulance to respond to an emergency call.

    Speaking with Midwest News, he said he has now received assurances from the ambulance service that an ambulance will be deployed to the area, to help improve response times.


    The Ballinrobe #Be Active Festival of Sport Night takes place on Saturday week 29th September.

    The event is being held in conjunction with the "European Week of Sport".

    It gets underway at 5.30 on the Saturday evening and will incorporate a family sports challenge, traditional games, bouncy castles, fitness master classes, orienteering, inclusive games, a 5K Fun Walk / Run and a Family Daily Mile Challenge.

    Sporting clubs and groups in the community have come together for the event to showcase Ballinrobe as an active town, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate.



  • Sarah Quinn has continued here recent run of form on the athletics circuit at the U-23 European championships, with a silver medal and a new PB, at the senior championships.

    The Ballinrobe athlete came second in the women’s 100 meter hurdles at the National Senior Championships taking place in Dublin this weekend with a PB of 13.47 seconds.

    The 20-year-old is in fourth position in the Irish record books for fastest 100 meter women’s hurdles.

    The St Colman’s Athletics athlete told Midwest Radio Sport that she was delighted with her achievements this year and that the focus was now on winter training.

  • Ballinrobe 2-16 3-2 Hollymount Carramore 

  • A Ballinrobe athlete has become the fourth fastest Irish women in the 100m hurdles after achieving back-to-back a personal bests in the U23 European Athletics Championships.

    Sarah Quinn, of Bowgate Street Ballinrobe, is competing in the European U23 Athletics championships in Gavle, Sweden this weekend and after winning her heat yesterday, just missed out on a final berth after placing fourth in her semis.

    Her semi-final time of 13.57 seconds puts her in fourth position in the Irish women’s 100m hurdles leader board and 12th overall in the U23 women’s hurdles and the St Colman’s Athletics athlete believes the win will propel her on to greater heights.

    Sarah will contest the relay qualifying rounds with her teammates on Sunday, in the hope of building on her impressive European showing.

  • Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe has lost €10,000 worth of equipment after ten top of the range bikes were stolen from its premises.

    Thieves climbed in a small window of the old factory building on the Kilmaine road and targeted the cycling club’s facility.

    Gardai are anxious to speak to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious around the club’s home on the Kilmaine Road on Friday night, November 3rd last.

    Padraig Marrey who is a coach at the club says those bikes were used for the development of the sport in the area and the members feel deceived by this theft.

  • Ballinrobe is one of 6 rural towns nationally that have been chosen to take part in a new pilot programme - aimed at encouraging more people to live in rural town centres.

    Ballinrobe, Boyle, Banagher, Callan, Castleblaney and Cappoquin will each receive funding of €100,000 to develop proposals and solutions to increase the number of people living in smaller, rural towns.

    Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., that Ballinrobe has been named as one of six towns nationally to receive funding of up to €100,000 towards increasing the number of people living in rural towns.

    The council will engage and work alongside the local community and businesses in Ballinrobe to ensure the pilot scheme is a success both for Mayo and the country as a whole. 

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news stating; “We are delighted to see funding of €100,000 coming to South Mayo in order to encourage more people to come and live in our rural towns. This pilot scheme will hopefully lead to many ideas on how we can achieve that goal coming from the local community and local businesses in Ballinrobe.”

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin also welcomed todays announcement; “I am delighted to see Ballinrobe has been chosen for this pilot scheme. The e people of the South Mayo town will no doubt embrace the opportunity  and will bring forward their ideas for how we can entice more people to live in these rural areas.


  • The community of Ballinrobe is upset and angered by the act of vandalism that occurred last night when the local National School’s football pitch was extensively damaged, according to local councillor Michael Burke.

    Cllr Burke told Midwest News this evening that he has rarely experienced the level of outrage locally today over this wanton act of vandalism.

    Gardai in Ballinrobe are investigating the incident where four males in three vehicles drove on to the recently re-developed St Joseph’s NS football pitch last night and  started driving, forming donuts on the surface of the facility.

    Cllr Burke spoke to Midwest News this evening about the senselessness of the divers' actions.


  • A Ballinrobe-based meat wholesale company has won awards at the World Steak Challenge, which was held in Ireland for the first time yesterday.

    15 Irish producers won a total of 75 accolades at the awards, with entries from 25 countries.

    Dawn Meats, Liffey Meats, ABP Ireland, Kepak and Musgraves were among the winners, along with Martin Jennings Wholesale of Ballinrobe, which won a gold award for its grass-fed Aberdeen Angus cross fillet, and two silver awards .

    A panel of 40 judges inspected over 300 entries at Fire Restaurant on Dawson Street.

    Success in the competition is a bonus to beef producers, as its means they can use The World Steak Challenge stamp on their products.

  • A Ballinrobe Councillor is calling for Transport Infrastructure Ireland to look favourably on paperwork sent to them in relation to the footpath on the N84 on the Kilmaine road out of the town.

    Fianna Fail Cllr. Damien Ryan says TII can no longer stand idly by where this section of footpath is left incomplete.

    Cllr. Ryan says the design engineers have all the necessary work done and he is now publicly calling on the TII to make the funding available to complete the work.

  • A Ballinrobe Cllr has called for any proposed traffic alleviation measures for Ballinrobe to be implemented as soon as possible.

    A report is being carried out at present to look at the traffic congestion in the town and come up with possible solutions.

    Funding has granted by TII to carry out works to alleviate traffic congestion in Ballinrobe.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he is happy that progress is being made but he wants no delay to the report being completed or the proposed works being carried out.

    He says the situation cannot be let continue as it is, because of the problems the congestion causes but also because he is worried that if an emergency vehicle had to get through the town at a very busy time, it would not be able to do so.

  • Traffic lights need to be installed as quickly as possible at two junctions in Ballinrobe, according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan.

    These are among the recommendations in the long-awaited traffic management plan for Ballinrobe, which is now going out for public consultation.

    Councillor Ryan is calling for the immediate installation of traffic lights at the Ulster Bank and at Staunton's Corner, if the public agree with the recommendations in the plan.

  • Ballinrobe Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run event) will cause some traffic disruption around the streets of Ballinrobe on Friday February 8th from 6-8pm especially at The Lakeside Sports and fitness centre, Station Road, Ballinrobe and again on Saturday Feb 9th from 8-10am, where participants will be registering.

    Event day:

    On Saturday Feb 9th hundreds of participants will be gathering in Abbey St from 9am with the event start  proper at 10am at the top of Bridge St, running down towards  High st, Carnlecka Rd onto the Cloongowla Rd back to Abbey St from 10am to 10.40am.

    The cycle will take the Claremorris Rd out of town proceeding towards  Robeen and onto the Cloongowla rd regathering at Abbey st.

    The final run will take the participants down through Brewery court and up onto Creagh Rd and onto The Bowers Riverside Walk finishing at Abbey St from 10.50 to 12 noon.

    Please can all motorists slow down and allow 1.5m when passing either runners or cyclists. 


  • Ballinrobe GAA has announced the appointment of Pete Warren as Manager of their Intermediate Team and Selectors Patrick Guckian and Tony Walkin for the 2020 Season.

    A native of Tuam, Pete played at all levels for Galway.

    His first foray into management came as a player-manager with his own club, Tuam Stars, and he led them to the Galway and Connacht Senior Club Championship titles in 1994.

    When John O’Mahony was appointed Galway manager in late 1997, he chose Pete as a member of his backroom team, and he was a constant presence at O’Mahony's side for the next six seasons.

    During this time, Galway won two All-Ireland senior titles (1998 and 2001).

    In 2011, Pete crossed the border into Irishtown-Ballindine, managing the local Davitts club to Mayo and Connacht Intermediate titles, and a 2012 All-Ireland Intermediate Final appearance in Croke Park, where they lost to Kerry side Milltown-Castlemaine.