Belmullet

  • The Belmullet to Blacksod road is closing this morning, due to flooding.

    Following high winds and high tides, flooding has occurred at Bundulla.

    Gardai and council staff are at the scene, and motorists are advised that diversions are being put in place.

  • Former Mayo GAA minor star Gary Boylan has signed for Cork City.

    The 22-year-old Belmullet man joins City from Sligo Rovers, a club with which he made 100 appearances.

    He is expected to be back to full fitness before the start of the 2019 League of Ireland season after being out of action through injury.

    Boylan started his career with Iorras Aontaithe.

  • Mayo AC’s Melbourne based member Sinéad Diver ran the race of her life yesterday.

    She was first woman finisher in the Melbourne Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:25.19, knocking a massive six minutes off her Nagoya, Japan finish time from March 2017, 2:31.37.

    Not only that, Sinéad becomes the second fastest Irish woman ever in the marathon.

    The current record is held by the great Catherina McKiernan who ran 2:22.23 in Amsterdam on November 1, 1998.

    Sinéad originally from Belmullet, came into this race having run a world masters W40 record time and PB of 69.20 in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast last August.

    She won $20,000 and also pocketed the $20,000 bonus for breaking the Melbourne Marathon race record held by Lisa Weightman of 2:26.05.

    This has been a remarkable season for her on the road, winning four times, producing four personal bests and four course records as well as claiming the national half-marathon title.

    Her run on Sunday was the seventh marathon of her career after her debut in 2014. It is her first marathon for 11 months and her third outing in the Melbourne Marathon having finished second on her debut in 2014 and was runner-up again in 2016.

    Sinéad runs with South Melbourne AC in Victoria and is a two-time Australian world championships marathon representative (2015 & 2017).

    On this performance Sinéad looks set to qualify to run in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

  • Sinéad Diver from Belmullet won the 10,000 metres last week at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville a coastal city in northeastern Queensland, Australia.

    On Thursday last, Sinéad won the women’s 10,000 metres in 32:25, finishing four seconds ahead of fellow Australian international Ellie Pashley.

    Sinéad’s time was just over 30 seconds outside her 10,000 metres personal best of 31:50 set last December in Melbourne.

    It’s a significant indicator of her continuing good form since her brilliant 2:24 seventh place finish in the London Marathon in April.

    Her long term focus is on representing Australia in the marathon in the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020.

     

  • Erris Chamber and businesses in Belmullet are totally against the proposed introduction of parking charges in the town – that’s according to the chairperson of Erris Chamber, Damien Langan.

    He was reacting to news this week that Mayo County Council is proposing the introduction of car parking charges in an additional 8 towns in the county – Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Crossmolina, Charlestown, Swinford, Foxford, Kiltimagh and Knock - in order to generate further revenue for the council.

    The council is also proposing to charge for on-street parking in Westport, where currently motorists only pay to use the car-parks, but on street parking is free.

    Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy told Midwest News yesterday that he will not support any move to introduce on-street parking charges in Westport, and claims this is just a money-making exercise by the council.

    Damien Langan of Erris Chamber told Midwest News that they’re backing the views expressed by Councillor Mulroy.

     

  • A Fianna Fail local election candidate has called for a new seawall and defence system to be put in place on the Muing Road in Belmullet.

    Sean Carey has made the call after the road was left littered with seaweed and other debris again today, despite the fact that it was not stormy last night.

    Pictures posted by local Senator Keith Swanick show the road covered in seaweed, something that happens very often according to Mr Carey.

    He told Midwest News that the new seawall and flood defence system must be installed as quickly as possible to prevent a more dangerous situation occurring.

  • Bank of Ireland has confirmed that cash counters at their branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day, from September.

    Last Summer, the Bank of Ireland closed cash counters at both branches from 12.30 each afternoon, which was a huge inconvenience for local people wishing to do their business and for tourists to the area - according to Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle.

    He and Minister Michael Ring led a campaign to have this decision reversed, and Councillor Coyle says the Bank of Ireland has now confirmed that, from September next, the cash counter will remain open all day at both the Westport and Belmullet branches.

  • Castlebar and Belmullet both enjoyed success last night at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards in Kilkenny.

    Castlebar scooped the prestigious Rising Star accolade in recognition of the town's commitment to community, retail and tourism development.

    The prestigious prize comes with the added bonus of €20,000 to be invested in community projects.

    The judges were impressed with Castlebar based on an initial visit in September where they were shown around the town before a presentation was made. The judges returned a second time to consider the town for the Rising Star award based on what they saw.

    In what was a strong category Castlebar overcame the challenge of areas such as the Dublin Docklands to win the award. The recent investment in the town by the likes of Carraig Donn and Meissner was a huge boost.

    Bernard Hughes from the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce says it’s a recognition of all the hard work that has gone in over the years.

     

    Belmullet was the other big winner on the night.

    The North Mayo community were winners of the Enterprise Town Awards in Connaught/Ulster region for towns with a population of less than 2,000.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says it’s an amazing achievement for the town.

     

    Ballina were also nominated for an award at the event in Lyrath Estate last night.

    The annual awards, which are now in their fourth year, bring business, community groups and local authorities together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. There are over 40 awards available from a total prize fund of €193,000.

    After being nominated by the Local Enterprise Office, Ballina, Castlebar and Belmullet were visited by the judges on September 25 & 26.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news; “Strong local economies are the backbone of the County and as a Local Authority we are proud to support businesses and community groups working together to create jobs, drive growth and build thriving communities in Co. Mayo.

  • Mayo GAA Egan Jewellers IFC – Group 1

    Mayo Gaels v Béal an Mhuirthead

    now goes ahead on Sunday 8th at 2pm in Connacht Centre of Excellence, Bekan.

  • A charity cycle in memory of the crew of Rescue 116, which crashed off the north Mayo coast last year, will take place in March.

    Miles in the Memory is an initiative organised by the Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana and Belmullet Cycling Club.

    The cycle will depart Dublin Airport on Saturday March 10th at 8am and is expected to arrive in Blacksod on Sunday evening March 11th at around 6pm.

    The event was officially launched last night at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet last night.

  • There are some delays reported on the R312 Castlebar to Belmullet road this evening as services try to recover a bus which went off road earlier.

    The bus left the road North of Beltra school on the R312 Road from Castlebar to Belmullet.

    The road is not fully closed to traffic.

    However, motorists are advised to L1400 Glenhest road at Beltra crossroads and then onto R317  Newport to Belmullet road, and vice versa.

  • There is huge sadness in the north Mayo area following the deaths of seven residents this month at the Ti Aire Nursing Home in Tallagh, Belmullet. Five of the seven who died had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

    A number of the 36 residents of the Tí Aire private nursing home in Belmullet are at present being treated for the virus, with one positive case among two residents in hospital at present. Another two residents of the facility also died in hospital this month, but their cause of death has not been confirmed.

    Ti Aire Nursing home is part of the Sonas Group and Director Seamus Crawley spoke to Midwest News today about the sadness, and the impact of the deaths on the relatives of those who died, and on residents and their families, as well as staff and the local community

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to Corclough West, Belmullet following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 65 homes in Corclough West, Gladree, Tarmoncarra and surrounding areas including houses on the Aghadoon Group Water Scheme which are supplied by the Erris Regional Water Supply Scheme may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are carried underway.

    Mayo County Council staff are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible. The repair is expected to be completed by 4pm this evening.

    Once the watermain has been repaired it may take a number of hours for the water supply to return in full to all impacted properties.

    A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of these urgent repair works.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council understand the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers.

  • Eir has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that the company is aware of an issue with 3G coverage in the Belmullet area.

    Listeners to Midwest Radio have been contacting the station over the past couple of days to say they had little or no coverage on their Eir mobiles over the past few days.

    A spokesperson for Eir told Midwest News that engineers are working on the issue at present but they do not have an estimated time for full coverage to be restored.

  • Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has acknowledged there is an issue with one of his senators missing three-quarters of Seanad voting days.

    However, Keith Swanick, a GP who runs a practice in Belmullet, Co Mayo, has defended his record after an RTÉ investigation showed he did not vote on 84 of the 114 voting days he fobbed into Leinster House between June 2016 and July 2019.

    Mr Swanick received close to €73,000 in travel expenses up to the end of 2018.

    The Irish Independent reports that Mr Martin told a pre-Christmas briefing he accepted there is an issue with Senator Swanick’s voting record.

    Mr Swanick defended his record, insisting he has been "one of the most prolific senators with regards to policy development".

    He cited the taskforce on loneliness he established, several private members' bills, his campaigning for the cessation of government investment in tobacco companies and representations for colleagues.

    Mr Martin said there was no correlation between fobbing and political behaviour.

    The Fianna Fail leader added that a Senator’s representation role, campaigning role and legislative role is far more comprehensive than whether somebody fobs in or not.

  • Belmullet Gardai are advising motorists of flooding on the Bangor to Bellacorrick road this afternoon.

    There was large accumulations of rainfall over the last 24 hours which has made driving conditions difficult in the area.

    Gardai say the road is passable but drivers need to take care on the roads and reduce their speed.

  • 9 Innovation and Digital Hubs in Gaeltacht areas will open their doors to the public tomorrow, to see the opportunities that are available to local people to work globally, from their own area.

    The gteic hubs in Belmullet, Carraroe, Spiddal and Furbo will host open mornings tomorrow morning, where local communities and visitors returning home for Christmas can visit the local gteic hub to see the supports available to businesses operating in, or relocating to Gaeltacht areas.

    Representatives from Udaras na Gaeltachta will also be on hand to provide information from 9:30 to 11:30 tomorrow.

  • A Coroner today described a stretch of the N17 national primary route where three generations of a family – a grandmother, her daughter and grandson – lost their lives last September as 'a Russian roulette route'.

    At inquests into the deaths of Mary Ann Wilson (67), Marcella Wilson (39) and Sean Wilson (7), all from the Belmullet area of Co. Mayo, highlighted what he said were dangers caused by junctions on the N17, particularly between Knock and Ballindine.

    He said that at entrances onto the N17, such as the one at Lisduff, Claremorris where the Wilsons were killed instantly when their saloon car collided with an articulated lorry need to be looked at by Mayo County Council, the Road Safety Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

    “All drivers aren't stopping at the junctions”, Mr. O' Connor maintained. “They are driving onto the hard shoulder without stopping. They are treating the junctions as slip roads. It is extremely dangerous”.

    After an inquest jury, with Mr. Eamon Berry acting as foreman, returned a verdict of accidental death on all three Wilson family members, Mr. O'Connor described the impact as “an unspeakable horror”.

    Schoolboy Sean Wilson was propelled from his mother's Citroen C3 car by the force of the impact. The engine was ripped from the vehicle.

    The Wilsons, who were traveling to Galway at the time, died when their car collided with a lorry, owned by Killacroy Logistics and driven by Mark Tierney, Oldcastle, Co. Meath.

    A witness to the impact, Kenneth Groarke from Oranmore. Galway, was travelling north from Galway to Claremorris.

    Mr. Groarke testified that at what is known as the 'Old Ballindine Road' junction, as he moved into the slip road to take the turn to Claremorris, he saw the C3 go slowly up to the stop line at the junction but not fully stopping.“”.

    The inquest heard that the lorry driver, Mr. Tierney, was fully compliant with tachograph driver requirements at the time the collision occurred and the condition of either vehicle involved did not contribute to the collision occurring.

    Sergeant Gabriel McLoughlin, PSV Inspector for Mayo, said it was apparent from an examination of the scene that the car involved travelled onto the N17 and impacted onto the passenger side of the semi-trailer.

    The two front seat passengers were wearing seatbelts but Sean Wilson, who was flung from the vehicle, was not restrained due to the incorrect fitting of a rear seat safety belt.

    Each of the victims received what were described by Dr. Fadel Bannani, consultant pathologist at Mayo University Hospital, as 'traumatic head injuries' in the violent impact.

  • Judging is taking place today in the Pride of Place competition, with judges visiting two separate communities in north Mayo.

    Pride of Place acknowledges the work of local communities across the island of Ireland, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Cork on 17th November.

    The judges are visiting Killala, Ballycastle and Belderrig this morning, as the Céide Coast is representing Mayo in the new Community Tourism category of the IPB Pride of Place awards this year.

    The three communities are working together to develop tourism across the area.

    The Pride of Place judges will travel to Belmullet this afternoon, as the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association is representing Mayo in the Community Well-Being section.

    A community celebration with BBQ and music is planned for the wheelchair association's centre in Belmullet this afternoon.

    The third Mayo community nominated for the Pride of Place awards is the village of Balla, which is representing Mayo in the population category.

    The judges will arrive in Balla tomorrow morning for a 3-hour visit.

     

     

  • Mayo County Council can confirm that the major clean-up operation at the Dun na mBó cliffs near Belmullet has been completed.

    Following notification from a passing kayaker, Mayo County Council hired a specialist team of rope access experts from ‘Over The Ground Rope Access’, a Dublin based company, to clean the cliffs on last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 28-30.

    Funding for the hire of the specialist team was secured under the National Anti-Dumping Initiative.

    Mayo County Council Environment Awareness Officer, Sharon Cameron, says prosecutions are hopefully on the way; “We are anxious to find out who is responsible for this reprehensible act and hope to find something in the waste which might point us towards a prosecution. Mayo County Council has been doing surveillance on the area and permanent cameras are going to be put up to stop this from happening again.

    “We would like to thank the person who informed us of the illegal dumping which had taken place. It is disturbing to see this damage being done to our beautiful coastline but thankfully now it has been cleaned up and will remain that way.”