• The Air Corps is en route to Ballycroy to deal with a gorse fire outbreak. That was confirmed by Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, to Minister Michael Ring this afternoon.

    Minister Ring says he was notified by Cllr Gerry Coyle earlier today of a serious gorse fire in Ballycroy that required external assistance.

    Minister Ring spoke with Minister Kehoe and it has been confirmed that the Air Corps is en route to Ballycroy to deal with the fire and are due to arrive around 4.30pm. 


  • The Air Corps was brought in to assist local fire crews in tackling an extensive gorse fire which broke out in the Ballycroy area yesterday afternoon.

     The fire was brought under control by about 7 o'clock yesterday evening.

    Local FG Councillor Gerry Coyle is again pleading with the public to be vigilant, to try and prevent such fires starting in dry vegetation.

    He praised the efforts of the local Belmullet fire crew and neighbouring fisre crews for their work in putting out the blaze.

    He added that gorse fires can put the lives of fire crews and others at risk, and also threaten homes and other properties.


  • Funding of €2.1m has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for a 56km cycle track through part of the Ballycroy National Park/Wild Nephin.

    The project, when completed will see the upgrading of the existing Western Way to a grade 3 cycle/walk track extending some 56km off road from the Great Western Greenway through the National Park to Ballycastle in North Mayo.

    The project is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service to achieve the aims of further developing quality visitor experiences at Ireland’s National Parks and also conserving and protecting their natural environments for the enjoyment of future generations.

    Also today, the National Parks and Wildlife Service announced the renaming of the National Park to the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has welcomed today’s funding announcement.

  • A public meeting will be held in Ballycroy tonight at 8.30 pm to try and save the local playschool in the north Mayo village.

    Due to falling numbers of children attending the Naonra and after-school club, the facility is at imminent risk of closure, according to its operating committee.

    About 10 children currently attend the playschool, but most of these will start primary school in September, leaving just 4 in the Naonra, which is not sustainable.

    This also means the jobs of two fulltime childcare workers at the facility are at risk.

    The local committee believes the Government's policy on funding community childcare facilities should be different in such rural areas, than in urban centres, and says the current policy is not fit for purpose.

  • Ballycroy Post Office is to close next month.

    The news was confirmed by An Post to local Erris based Senator Rose Conway Walsh.

     The Sinn Fein Senator says the Post Office is the heart of the parish of Ballycroy, and the local people will not simply accept its closure..

    Nonetheless, the facility is set to close on September 24th.

     A public meeting takes place this evening at 8pm in Ballycroy hall in an effort to save the local Post Office.

  • A public meeting will take place this evening regarding the closure of Ballycroy Post Office.

    The meeting takes place in Ballycroy Community Centre at 8pm.

    A public meeting earlier this week heard that An Post has indicated that the facility will close next month.  

    There have been large turnouts at two previous public meetings held since the news emerged that the post office was to close. The community asked at a meeting earlier this week that local public representatives attend a meeting to hear their concerns.

  • The community of Ballcroy is not going to stand by and let An Post close the local Post Office, according to local community activist, Dr Gerry Cowley.

    Dr Cowley attended a public meeting on the proposed closure of the Post Office in Ballycroy last night. He says An Post have now indicated that the facility will close by the end of this month, and it’s not acceptable to the 600 strong community that rely on the service.

    A further public meeting on the situation will take place this Thursday evening at 8pm in Ballycroy and he is urging everyone to come out and support the effort to retain a post office in Ballycroy.

     Dr Cowley told Midwest News today that there was a large turnout at last night’s public gathering, the second in a week on the threat of having no Post office in Ballycroy.

  • Up to 600 people packed the hall in Ballycroy last night for a public meeting over the planned closure of the local Post Office.

    Gerry Loftus of the Irish Natura Hill Farmers Association(INHFA) was in attendance and he says that the community are resolved to appeal the decision by An Post, and hope that the fact that Ballycroy Post office serves the islanders on Inshbiggle that will strengthen their argument.

    He told Midwest News today that the retention of the Post Office in the village is vital.