• Golf Ireland has announced 15 High Performance and 11 Developing Players who will receive funding for the 2021 season.

    Included among the High Performance players are Shannon Burke from Ballinrobe, Luke O’Neill from Connemara and Devin Morley from Oughterard.

    Katie Coleman and Andrew Hickey from Galway Bay Golf Resort have both been included in the list of Developing players.

    Forming part of the Golf Ireland player pathway, the Funded Programme aims to assist players in gaining International experience, helping them to develop their skills towards improved tournament performance.

  • Ballinrobe in not a disability friendly town with poor access on footpaths for people in wheelchairs and with prams.

    That's the view of local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O'Brien.
    He raised the issue at the monthly Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District and he called on council management to explore a national scheme that is assisting local authorities to repair footpaths.
    He cited again a scheme that is in operation in counties in the east of the country , where IPB insurance provides funding for footpaths in an effort to reduce accidents and subsequent insurance claims against a local authority.
    Council officials explained that under the new Traffic Management Plan forBallinrobe- that footfall through the town is incorporated in that plan.
    Cllr O'Brien said that was welcome news, but insisted works need to get underway immediately to address the problems.

  • A Ballinrobe Councillor has welcomed the work that has taken place in the Library Building in the town.

    The project will cost around €200,000 and it is expected to move to Phase Two in the near future.

    Cllr. Michael Burke says the work should be completed in the early part of the New Year.

    Cllr. Burke says in addition to this there is a lot of work done to enhance the whole area around the Library building which will become known as the Library Ground Plaza.

    He has been telling Midwest Radio News that this project will enhance the overall image of Ballinrobe.

  • Ballinrobe Musical Society and the Mask Swim Challenge have donated €1,250 and €300 respectively to the campaign to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    This latest boost to the coffers means that local fund-raising in Ballinrobe has now passed €325,000.

    The Musical Society staged My Fair Lady this year and the €1,250 was a portion of their raffle takings for the week of the show. The Mask Swim Challenge is a popular local event among young and old and attracts a large crowd to Cahir Pier each year to cheer on the participants.

    The Town Hall committee is now trying to access public funds to propel the campaign to build the hall.

    The proposal is 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.

    Anyone interested in supporting this major project should contact Chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 2588 615) or Secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 207 2307). 

  • Ballinrobe LGFA is one of 16 clubs selected to take part in a nationwide LGFA development programme.

    Club2Gether is an initiative which aims increase retention rates of young women in ladies football.

    The programme touches areas like volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also putting a two-year plan in place.

    Free training will now be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs and they will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.

  • A member of Ballinrobe Racquetball Club enjoyed a very successful World Senior Racquetball Championships in New Mexico recently.

    Joe Devenney from the club competed in the Over 45 Singles and Doubles.

    He took a gold medal in the doubles with his partner Roman Corrales and also a silver medal in the singles section.

  • Ballinrobe is one of seven towns that will receive capital funding under the 2018 Historic Towns Initiative.

    The Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has announced a total of 1 million euro to be shared among seven historic towns, including Ballinrobe.

    The scheme is operated by the Heritage Council, and the funding follows a competitive process where local authorities were invited to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area.


  • Ballinrobe Town Soccer Club U12 girls team are playing in the All Ireland Finals in AUL Complex in Dublin this Saturday the 19th October next representing Connacht at U12 stage.  The team is made up of Ballinrobe, Kilmaine and the Neale girls.

    Team includes,

    Shauna Burke, Kilmaine,

    Emily Jennings Ballinrobe,

    Maura Hughes the Neale,

    Elannah Keane Kilmaine,

    Aisling Walsh Kilmaine,

    Rhiana Moran Kilmaine

    Sophia McHale, Ballinrobe

    Kayla Ballinrobe

    Urusla Shaughnessy Ballinrobe

    Caoilinn O Brien Kilmaine,

    Emma Dowling Kilmaine,

    Ava Hession Kilmaine,

    Niamh, Ballinrobe

    Melanie Ballinrobe

    Charolotte Ballinrobe

    Ava Fitzpatrick Kilmaine.

  • A bench in memory of the late Corporal Fintan Heneghan will be unveiled in his native Ballinrobe on Friday March 15th ahead of the 30th anniversary of his death.

    Corporal Fintan Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on March 21, 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force in the Lebanon.

    They were killed when a landmine detonated in the ‘Green Rooms’ area of Lebanon, on a track that was not frequently used by peacekeeping personnel there.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan confirmed at this week’s Claremorris Municipal District meeting that the bench would be unveiled on Friday week at 2.30pm during the special ceremony in the town, which will be attended by the Defence Forces and various dignitaries.

  • The Bowers Walk in Ballinrobe should only be used by walkers, not cyclists.

    That's the message from local Councillor Michael Burke, who says he's concerned by reports in recent weeks of people using the popular facility for cycling, when it should only be for walkers.


  • The CCTV system in Ballinrobe is not being monitored at present because a Data Controller has not been appointed in the area.

    This was confirmed to local Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien by the Superintendent in Claremorrris recently.

    Because of stipulations under GDPR, the CCTV footage must be overseen by a Data Controller.

    Cllr O’Brien has called for a Data Controller to be put in place immediately, so that the CCTV is being utilised to its full potential.

  • The R331 Claremorris Road out of Ballinrobe is closed to traffic at present following a road collision this afternoon.

    Midwest News understands that a wheel came off a slurry tanker, which caused to tanker to shed a large amount of slurry onto the road. A gas line was also damaged in the incident.

    The clean-up will take some time and the road will remain closed for a period. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible and to expect delays.


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  • A Ballinrobe native, who died while on peacekeeping duty in the Lebanon, should be officially remembered on the 30th anniversary of his death.

    That’s according to Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan.

    Corporal Fintan Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on March 21, 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force in the Lebanon.

    They were killed when a landmine detonated in the ‘Green Rooms’ area of Lebanon, on a track that was not frequently used by peacekeeping personnel there.

    Cllr Ryan was speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District and said it would be only fitting that the local authority architects design a memorial to be placed in Ballinrobe and to plan a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of Corporal Heneghan’s death.

  • Cycling Connacht will hold a training day at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Saturday Feb 1st.

    Parents and their coaches should be in attendance with their youth riders.

    All cyclists should bring a bike in good working order, a fitted helmet and wear suitable clothing.

    The Ambulance track at the racecourse is sealed tarmac and is a perfect environment for youth training drills. 

    It is recommended that all participants should bring a 2nd set of clothing in case of poor weather. 

    A Cycling Ireland licence is required and if you don’t have one there will be one day licences available.

    Sign in from 9.30am to 10am.


    Please park outside 

    • Skills, techniques, and tactics practice from 10-12noon
    • Bike fitting and Maintenance 12-1pm 
    • Future 2020 Cycling Connacht youth developments 1-1.30PM (Coaches and Parents need to be in attendance )

    Finish 2pm

    For more information contact Cycling Connacht youth rep Padraic Quinn 0872537653

  • The search for a missing fisherman on Lough Mask has been stood down for this evening due to poor weather conditions.

    The man who is aged in his 70’s and from the locality left from the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about noon on Friday, and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was found on Saturday in the Aughnis area of the lake and that is where the search focused on today.

    The search effort on the lake was hampered by poor weather conditions over the weekend.

    Extensive shoreline searches have been carried out in recent days.

    Local volunteers assisted Gardaí in today’s operation.

    The Garda Water Unit will return to the water tomorrow morning in efforts to locate the missing man.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.

  • A draft Public Realm Plan has been approved for the town of Ballinrobe and its environs.

    The collaborative plan was compiled by Paul Hogart Consultants working with local people and Mayo County Council.

    Ballinrobe is described as having a vibrant community located in a Heritage rich town.

    The draft plan was approved by Councillors at this week’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

  • Due to high winds, yesterday’s World cup brown trout angling competition on Lough Mask was cancelled until Saturday week. August 17th.

    A decision to cancel the international event was taken yesterday morning in light of the weather forecast, with fishing to take place on the open lake, it was decided for the safety of all to cancel yesterday’s final competition, and the event will now take place on Saturday week, starting at 11am.

    All who had qualified for the final will be issued with new tickets for the final on the new date of Aug 17th.

  • Former Mayo County Councillor Michael Burke has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Claremorris electoral area to contest the local elections next month.

    Michael will be contesting in the Ballinrobe town and South Mayo area to try and win back a seat for the party in the area.

    Michael says he is well aware of the needs and challenges the area faces and is willing to do his very best to serve this community as he has done so in the past. He says Ballinrobe is the largest town in Mayo without a resident councillor and he feels the area is suffering without one.