• The R334 at the Neale crossroads is flooded.

    The Road is closed and diversions are in place.

    South bound traffic from Ballinrobe is asked to divert via the N84 Kilmaine and north bound traffic to divert in Headford via Kilmaine.

  • There's racing in Ballinrobe later this evening - the first race is off at 5.40.

  • Gardai are advising that the road at Cloghans Hil, Ballinrobe is closed to traffic, following a collision.

    A single-vehicle crash took place this afternoon.

    Gardai say no-one suffered life-threatening injuries, but the driver is receiving treatment.

    The R332 is closed at Cloghans Hill for another hour or so, and diversions are in place.




  • A search is underway on Lough Mask again this morning after a fisherman failed to return to shore on Friday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon on Friday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was recovered yesterday. Gardai in Claremorris say weather conditions are hampering searches in the water today but searches of the shoreline and surrounding areas is ongoing.

    Gardai, the Lough Corrib Search and Rescue and local volunteers are involved in the operation.

  • Searches continued over the Bank Holiday weekend for a 78 year old fisherman on Lough Mask missing for over a week.

    Sean Maloney from Ballinrobe has been missing since Friday March 8th.

    Ballinrobe Gardai say searches are continuing on Lough Mask for the local fisherman.

    Gardai, the Coast Guard, Corrib Mask Search and Rescue along with local fishermen and volunteers are all involved in the search operation.

  • It's day two of the May Festival at Ballinrobe where a seven race card gets underway at half-past-five this evening.


  • Some traffic disruption can be expected on the streets of Ballinrobe this evening (Friday) and tomorrow during the Ballinrobe Duathlon event.

    Organisers are advising that there may be some traffic disruption this evening between 6-8pm especially around the Lakeside Sports & Fitness Centre on Station Road, and again tomorrow morning from 8-10am where participants will be registering.

    Tomorrow (Sat), hundreds of participants will gather in Abbey St from 9am, with the Duathlon getting underway at 10 at the top of Bridge Street, they will be running towards High St, Carnalecka Road, onto the Cloongowlan Road and back to Abbey St between10am and 10.40, followed by a cycle out the Claremorris Road towards Robeen and re-gathering at Abbey St.

    The final run will take participants through Brewery Court, onto Creagh Road and the The Bowers Riverside Walk, and finishing at Abbey St between 11am and 12 noon.

    Motorists are asked to slow down and allow plenty of space when passing runners and cyclists.

  • A South Mayo Cllr is calling for upgrade works on the water pipes to be carried out in the Cornaroya area of Ballinrobe. 

    Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O'Brien says the current pipe isn't able to supply water for any new dwelling. 

    Cllr O'Brien says this is a huge area in close proximity to the town of Ballinrobe and is calling for the capacity of the pipe to be increased as a matter of urgency. 

    Meanwhile Cllr O’Brien has also called for an issue with the Killeen Water Scheme in Ballindine to be dealt with.

    According to Cllr O’Brien, a leak has occurred there again this morning and he says this has been an ongoing issue over the past two years.

    Cllr O’Brien says he has been in contact with Irish Water and has requested that they renew this section under the Water Conservation Programme. He says he received indications that it would be included but to date that has not happened and Cllr O’Brien has called for it to be listed in the 2019 programme.

  • In yesterday’s Connacht Schools Senior A Football Semi-Final St. Gerald’s Castlebar overcame Ballinrobe Community School 2-13 to 0-15 after extra time.

    The other semi-final will take place this afternoon between St. Colmans college Claremorris and Summerhill.

  • A survey has been conducted by a consultant group looking at the traffic chaos in the town of Ballinrobe. Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he has raised the matter on numerous occasions and is pleased that the survey will be presented to Councillors before December 1st. 

    Cllr Ryan says he has asked that the recommendations be looked at on a phased basis, instead of introducing the changes all at once. 


  • It’s difficult to understand how anyone designed the pedestrian crossing in Ballinrobe town centre, located where three roads meet. That was the view expressed by local Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke at the monthly Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District meeting.

    The councillor says the crossing, without traffic lights, is potentially dangerous and puts lives at risk, however, it now looks set to be changed with a new traffic management plan for Ballinrobe.

    Councillor Burke has been outlining his concern to Midwest News.

  • The trial of a man, alleged to have intimidated a woman into getting married to a stranger, collapsed on its opening day yesterday.

    31-year old Yasir Ali of Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to coercion in apartments in Ballinrobe and Hollymount in Co. Mayo, on a date between January 1, 2015 and July 7, 2015.

    Judge Patricia Ryan discharged the jury on the afternoon of the trial's opening day, after the barrister for the State received instructions to end the prosecution.

    At the beginning of the trial, counsel Maurice Coffey told the jury that the prosecution's case was not that Mr Ali was the “brains of the operation”, but that he played an important part in intimidating the complainant.

    The court heard from Gabriele Bielyjyte, who said she came to Ireland from Lithuania in 2015 after a man promised her she could work in his takeaway.

    She said the man took away her birth certificate and national identification card, and she lived in an apartment he took her to, with other girls from Lithuania.

    She said that Mr Ali would visit the apartment in the evenings and bring her food.

    She was told by Mr Ali and the other man that she was not allowed to leave the apartment because they did not want the neighbours to see her.

    The victim said that, after a few weeks living in Ireland, the man who brought her to this country said there was a person she had never met who wanted to get married and that he would pay her to marry this stranger. She said she was “confused and shocked” and that she “cried a lot”.

    Yesterday afternoon, Judge Ryan discharged the jury in the case, after Mr Coffey told the judge that he had received instructions from the DPP's office to enter a nolle prosequi which meant the case would not be going ahead.

  • Galway women's football club won the u17 Women's national League cup final yesterday.


    It finished 2-1 in a tight affair with Mayo girls Annie Gough and Abbiegayle Ronayne being part of matchday team and Hana Ueno (sub) and Kelsey Munroe u19 duty being involved.


    The match was a very tense contest between 2 great footballing sides but Galway edged ahead of Peamont United in the 12th minute of the 2nd half and had to work hard right up to the final whistle to protect that lead.


    With former Ballinrobe Town Football Club player and Irishtown native Abbiegayle Ronayne between the posts and Crossmolinas Annie Gough in the backs, Galway took their first National title.


    Coach Phillip Trill said he was very proud of the girls. He acknowledged the contribution and work of the Mayo clubs and coaches that helped bring his team national success yesterday.

  • Two men have been arrested in Ballyhaunis after a stolen car was recovered and a significant amount of counterfeit €20 notes seized.

    This follows on from a substantial amount of fake €20 notes passed through a number of business premises in Ballinrobe and Ballyhaunis since last Sunday.

    Sergeant Tony Cosgrove Mayo Crime Prevention Officer is urging everyone especially the business community to be vigilant as there may be more of these notes in circulation. 

    It is important to check notes for all the security features and business people should use electronic note checkers where possible. 

    Sergeant Cosgrove is urging the public to be wary of someone buying an item for say €1 and paying with a €20 note. 

    Gardai are also asking business owners not to change €20 notes into other notes especially for strangers.

  • There is an urgent need for an additional lane, on the N84 road, out of Ballinrobe, to assist traffic entering and exiting McHales, one of the county’s largest exporters.

    According to local Fine Gael councillor Michael Burke, the company paid development levies to have an additional lane installed when it secured planning permission for its facility, on the Castlebar road out of the town, but to date, it has not been provided.

    He raised the issue at the monthly meeting of Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District highlighting the urgency in providing the turn off lane in light of the volume of traffic in and out of the site.

    With road enhancement works underway in the area at present, he asked that the lane be put in place.


    Gardai in Ballinrobe are investigating criminal damage caused to the local primary school’s football pitch overnight.

    It’s understood that 4 males drove on to the pitch at St Joseph’s NS last night with three vehicles and began doing donuts on the surface, causing extensive damage to the surface.

    Dympna Culhane the Principal of St Joseph’s told Midwest News this afternoon that the playing pitch had been redeveloped at the cost of 70,000 euro in recent years, and was only completed in 2019

    She said it’s sad to think that the 450 strong students at the school will return after the present lockdown to see their games area destroyed.

    The PRO of Ballinrobe GAA Club Gerry O’Malley told Midwest news that the Club unequivocally condemns the reckless and abhorrent vandalism of the school’s pitch last night by people who thought it was acceptable to drive and do doughnuts on what is a fantastic facility for the children of the school. “It shows a complete lack of respect for our local sporting facilities at a time when the children of the community have been very restricted in their ability to play outdoors and enjoy sport”.



  • It's been confirmed last night's Lotto jackpot winning ticket was sold in Ballinrobe in Mayo.

    The top prize was worth more than 2.8 million euro.

    The winning ticket holder has yet to come forward so people are being asked to check their tickets.

    The numbers are 3, 8, 21, 34, 37 and 47. The bonus was 16.

  • Gardai say the death of a woman, whose body was dicovered at a house in Ballinrobe yesterday, is not being treated as suspicious.

    The woman's body was discovered in a house at an estate in Ballinrobe shortly after 1pm yesterday afternoon.

    She was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    The results will determine the course of the Garda investigation.



  • Work on the Bowers Walk in Ballinrobe will commence shortly as the official tender will be awarded very soon. 

    This news has been confirmed by local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan. 

    This work involves the enhancement of the walkway right through from one end to the other.

    Cllr Ryan says this is an issue he has been working on for some time.