• Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the man who died while fishing on Lough Mask.

    The body of Sean Maloney of Church View, Ballinrobe was recovered on Saturday after an extensive search when he failed to return to shore after going out on the lake in early march.

    Sean’s remains will repose at Cummins Funeral Home, Ballinrobe on Wednesday evening from 5.30-7.30pm.

    His funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 12 noon in St Mary’s Church with interment to Shannon crematorium afterwards.


  • Gardai are again advising the public to be wary of suspicious phone calls.
    A woman in the Ballinrobe area was contacted by phone this morning by an individual claiming to be from the Irish Revenue and Customs office. The woman was asked for her bank details.
    She did not provide the information and reported it to gardai in Ballinrobe. The phone number prefix was 051. Gardai say they immediately reported the incident to Revenue who confirmed it was not from them, and they added that on their Revenue Website there is a clear warning to the public to be wary of potential scams.
    More at 1pm

  • Gardai are seeking witnesses following an incident outside a house in Ballinrobe last night.

    The incident took place at a house on New Street at about 10pm.

    Gardai are asking anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between 9.30 and 11pm to come forward.

    Also anyone who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station at 094 - 93 72080.


  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.





  • Funding of 172,500 euro was approved this afternoon for the development of the Ballinrobe Civic Arts and Community Centre.

    The ambitious community project will be located in the former Valkenburg Hotel in Ballinrobe town centre.

    The Local Leader group approved the funding this afternoon, which represents 75 percent of the 230,000 euro project.

    Local Fianna Fail cllr Damien Ryan spoke to Midwest News this evening about the development.

  • The Tommy Joe Gibbons second annual memorial tournament was held yesterday at the Lakeside Sports & Fitness club in Ballinrobe.

    22 players took part in the doubles handball tournament.

    The overall winners were David Davoren from Ballinrobe handball club and Jack McHale from Belcarra club.

    Runners-up were Seamus Hughes and Séan Cunnane from Ballinrobe.

    The Plate winners were Tom Sweeney and John Coyne from Ballinrobe.

    Runners-up:   Peter Davoren,Ballinrobe and Jack Lally, of Carnacon club.




  • A Mayo car dealer has scooped a prestigious national award for the second year running.

    JJ Burke Car Sales in Ballinrobe have been awarded the prestigious LCV Dealer of the year award for Ireland at the annual Renault dealer convention last night in the Europe Hotel , Killarney.

    There were twenty-six dealers present on the night with JJ Burke Car Sales taking the number one spot.

    The Ballinrobe family run business was the only West of Ireland dealership to win at the awards.

  • LEADER funding of €300,000 has been approved for the rebuilding of the Town Hall in Ballinrobe.

    The Town Hall will be rebuilt on the site of the original hall in Ballinrobe, and will provide a multi-purpose community facility, including a 430-seater performance area, meeting rooms and kitchen.

    An extensive local fundraising campaign has been underway for the project, and last July, the Government announced €750,000 for the Town Hall.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says an additional €300,000 in LEADER funding has now been allocated for the project.

  • The proposed new traffic management plan for Ballinrobe is currently available for public consultation, and a local councillor is urging people to view the plan, and make their submissions before Christmas.

    The plan aims to improve traffic flow in Ballinrobe, and will see restricted parking in some areas of the town as well as relocating bus stops and other measures.

    FG Councillor Michael Burke says it's important that local business people and residents make their views known at this stage of the consultation process

  • Gardaí in Mayo seized €85,500 worth of suspected cocaine, and a further €1,400 in suspected cannabis in Ballinrobe yesterday (Sunday)

    Gardaí attached to the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit made the detection at approximately 1pm when a man was observed retrieving suspected cocaine at a rural location in Ballinrobe.

    Approximately €80,000 of suspected cocaine was seized at this location and one man is in his early 30s was arrested.

    During a follow up search of an address in Ballinrobe, Gardaí located a further €5,500 of suspected cocaine, €1,400 in suspected Cannabis Herb, a suspected cocaine press, moulds and a small quantity of cash.

    The drugs seized are subject to forensic analysis.

    The man who was arrested was detained at Castlebar Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and remains in custody this morning.

  • A man is due before the Castlebar District Court this morning, charged in connection with the seizure of more than €23,000 worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis in Ballinrobe yesterday evening.

    Gardai attached to the Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit, together with a specialist drugs dog, carried out a search of a house and outbuildings in the Ballinrobe area at about 7.30 pm.

    During the course of the search, €13,400 worth of suspected cannabis and €10,000 worth of cocaine were seized, and two men were arrested.

    One man in his early 30's was charged in connection with the seizure and is due before a sitting of the Castlebar District Court this morning.

    The second man was released without charge, and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.



  • A Co. Mayo born soldier killed by a landmine explosion in Lebanon thirty years ago was honoured in his hometown of Ballinrobe today.

    Hundreds, including family members and other relatives, gathered for the unveiling of a memorial – a handsome stone bench – to Corporal Fintan Heneghan.

    On March 21, 1989, Corporal  Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh in a landmine explosion while they were patrolling in South Lebanon.

    All three were members 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force (UNIFIL).

    The impressive memorial bench, situated at Cornmarket, was designed by members of Mayo County Council’s architect’s section.

    Speakers at today’s ceremony included Fianna Fail TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Damian Ryan (FF), Councillor John Cribben, cathaoirleach of Claremorris Municipal District and Liam Hanrahan, Director of Services for Claremorris Municipal District.

    Padraig Flanagan, senior executive officer with Mayo County Council, was master of ceremonies.

    Enda Heneghan, a brother of the late Corporal Heneghan, spoke of his family’s gratitude that the memorial had been erected. He expressed special thanks to Martin Feeney from Ballinrobe for his role in having the bench erected close to the Heneghan family home.

    Members of the Defence Forces, past and present, were represented at the early afternoon ceremony.

    Corporal Heneghan was a son of Jack Heneghan, a member and former cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, and his wife, Ellen. Both parents are now deceased.

    Apart from Enda, Corporal Heneghan’s siblings – Grace and Anne represented the family at the unveiling ceremony.

    Fr. Michael Gormally brought the ceremony to an end when he recited prayers and sprinkled the memorial bench with holy water.

    The explosive device which killed Corporal Heneghan and his two colleagues could have been detected in advance, according to a recent review commissioned some years ago by the then Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.

    The independent report concluded that the three soldiers should not have been sent down the track on which they lost their lives without the area first being cleared of landmines and other improvised explosives.

    Following the publication of the report, Minister Shatter and the then Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces issued a “wholehearted” apology to the families of the three dead men.

  • The Mayo Football League has announced Under 21 League and Cup competitions for the 2020 season.

    This is the first time a competition for this age group has been introduced by the League----players born in 1999 and after are eligible to participate.

    This announcement is the culmination of an intensive process with the clubs since the beginning of last November.

    The following clubs have confirmed their participation in this under 21 League:

    1. Ballina Town
    2. Ballinrobe Town
    3. Ballyheane
    4. Castlebar Celtic
    5. Claremorris
    6. Conn Rangers
    7. Fahy Rovers
    8. Glenhest Rovers
    9. Killala
    10. Kiltimagh Knock Utd
    11. Manulla
    12. Moy Villa
    13. Snugboro Utd
    14. Straide & Foxford Utd
    15. Swinford

    If any of those clubs wish to enter a second team they must email the Mayo Football League by Sunday 19th January 2020.

  • SUNDAY 28TH JULY, 2019


    Hollymount-Carramore   0-8 v 1-14         Ballina Stephenites

    Kiltimagh           0-11 v 1-11        Aghamore


    Ballinrobe          1-14 v 1-11        Bohola Moy Davitts


    Lahardane         0-13 v 0-16        Ballyhaunis

    Shrule/Glencorrib          0-14 v 0-9         Castlebar Mitchels


    Ballintubber       2-9 v 0-9           Kilmovee Shamrocks

  • U16 League Division 1 Cup Final 
    Castlebar Mitchels 3-10 
    Ballina Stephenites 0-07 

    Division 3 Cup Final 
    Kiltimagh 4-13
    Ballinrobe 2-11 

  • Minister Michael has confirmed that improvements to access to a popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay near Ballinrobe have been completed.

    This follows the allocation of €21,263 from Inland Fisheries Ireland to Ballinrobe and District Angling Club to carry out the works including the resurfacing and realigning of the carpark, as well as the provision of security fencing around the perimeter.  

    Speaking today, Minister Ring said: “It has been confirmed to me by my colleague, Sean Canney TD, who is the Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector, that the improvement works have been completed at this popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay.

    He said this is great news for local anglers and indeed for the many visiting anglers who fish at Cushlough Bay. By investing in these facilities, the Government is supporting a valuable recreational pursuit for local people and helping to attract visitors to the area, which is good for the local hospitality industry.

     In addition to this funding, Ballinrobe & District Trout Anglers Association and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee provided €6,641 to upgrade the slipway as an extra part of the project.  

  • One person has been taken to hospital following a road collision between a car and a lorry on the Ballinrobe to Hollymount road.

    The collision occurred around 10.30am this morning.

  • A power cut is affecting around 74 homes and businesses in the Ballinrobe and surrounding areas this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck around 74 customers are without power since around 10pm last night.

    The estimated restoration time is 1pm today.

  • Just under 40,000 homes and businesses are still waiting to have their electricity supply restored.

    Storm Ellen hit the country on Wednesday night, with gusts of up to 143 kilometres per hour recorded at Roches Point in Cork.

    The worst affected counties for outages are Cork, Tipperary, Westmeath and parts of Galway.

    There are over 120 customers without power in Ballinrobe this morning as well as over 70 customers without power in the Claremorris area.

  • President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to David Shaw-Smith, acclaimed filmmaker and photographer, who's passed away at a nursing home in Ballinrobe following a long illness.

    Mr Shaw-Smith and his wife Sally produced the award-winning TV series "Hands" for RTE in the 1970's.

    President Higgins says "not only those who recall the wonderful texture of the film series ‘Hands’ but all those with an interest in Irish culture and history will have been deeply saddened on hearing of the death of David Shaw-Smith.

    As a nation, we owe him a debt of gratitude for his work documenting the arts and crafts traditions across our island, as immortalised in the 28 documentaries in his ‘Hands’ series".

    A native of Dublin, David Shaw-Smith lived near Lough Carra in Co Mayo, and passed away at the weekend.

    Private family prayers and burial service will be held tomorrow at Burriscarra Abbey, while a celebration of his life will be held at a future date.