• No private developer can afford to build houses in Castlebar town, if Mayo County Council continues to insist on a density rate of 8 homes per acre. That’s the view of Castlebar Fine Gael councillor Cyril Burke.

    The councillor raised his concerns about the shortage of new builds and the increasing prices to rent a home in the county town at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District yesterday.

    He said there are houses now being rented in Breaffy at 1100 euro per month, and two bedroom apts in town costing tenants over 700 euro in monthly rent, and many people simply cant afford these prices.

    It comes as new research from the Residential Tenancies Board shows there's been a 7 percent increase in rent nationally in the past year.

    The shortage of available properties to rent in Castlebar is adding to the increasing rents, and he argued that it had been the norm to have a density rate of 10 to 12 houses per acre in high built up areas, in the past, but he said Mayo planners are now insisting on this reduced density that is pricing private developers out of the market.

    Councillors agreed that there is concern over this new requirement and called for the County planner Mr John McMyler to attend the next meeting of the authority and explain what is happening.

  • The death has taken place of Fr John McCormack, the Parish Priest of Breaffy, Castlebar.

    He died last night in Cork.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary paid a warm tribute to the late SMA father who had celebrated his golden jubilee in the priesthood, just three months ago.

    Having served as a priest across three continents, with his final thirteen years in Breaffy, Archbishop Neary extended his sympathy to Fr John’s family and the people of the parishes where he had served.

    A native of Roundfort, Fr John’s first missionary posting after his ordination was in Africa. He then served in the Philippines.

    After almost 30 years on the missions, Fr. John returned to Ireland and to his native Mayo.

    He administered in Irishtown, Moylough and Breaffy.


  • and its event partner, Mayo County Council, have announced that the emergency services “Blue Light Summit”, which was due to take place on 27th & 28th of March at the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar, has been postponed.


    Event Organisers say they acknowledge the current and expected operation demands and challenges faced by blue light services in dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak.


    Event Co-Ordinator volunteer, Declan Keogh says while the decision to postpone the summit is regrettable, it is essential in order to allow the emergency services carry out their duties.


    The Blue Light Summit is being rescheduled to take place on September 4th & 5th instead.

  • Despite a previous refusal, Castlebar Municiapl District councillors have again invited representatives of Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, to come to Castlebar and take a look first hand at the speed of traffic passing through the village of Breaffy.

    Councillors held a special meeting of the authority yesterday in an effort to resolve the ongoing request to the TII to reduce the speed limit through Breaffy from 100km per hour down to 60 km per hour.

    The TII has offered to reduce the speed limit at Breaffy to 60km during school times, but has refused to reduce it on a permanent basis.

    Councillors are rejecting this offer, as inadequate, and insist that the local community want the speed limit through the village to be reduced to 60km permanently.

    The Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, Independent cllr Michael Kilcoyne told Midwest News toady taht if the TII are "thick" on this issue "we will be thicker".

  • The public protest at Breaffy this Sunday, unanimously approved by Castlebar councillors earlier this week, is going ahead, according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    Earlier today a member of the Breaffy Road Safety Group, a community group set up to insist that the speed limit through Breaffy village be reduced to 60 km per hour, told Midwest News that they had not organised Sunday’s protest, proposed by councillors.

    A public meeting is taking place this evening in Breaffy to look at the options that Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)  is offering the community in terms of its long campaign to have the speed limit reduced.

    This evening’s meeting, being organised by the Breaffy Road Safety Group, takes place at 8pm in the hall of St John’s School.

    John Fahy a member of the group told Midwest News that tonight’s community meeting will outline what’s on offer from the TII and from there they will decide what , if any action they may now take.

  • 17/08/2019

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 1

    Aghamore   18:30   Hollymount-Carramore

    Ballina Stephenites  18:30   Ballaghaderreen

    Ballintubber  18:30   Kiltimagh

    Breaffy   18:30    Westport GAA

    Castlebar Mitchels   18:30   Garrymore


    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 2

    Ardnaree   18:30   Charlestown Sarsfields

    Balla    18:30   Ballinrobe

    Burrishoole   18:30   Kilmaine

    Béal an Mhuirthead   18:30  Crossmolina Deel Rovers

    Islandeady   18:30   Bohola Moy Davitts

    Louisburgh   18:30   Kiltane

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 3

    Achill    18:30    Mayo Gaels

    Ballyhaunis    18:30    Davitts

    Bonniconlon    18:30   Shrule/Glencorrib

    Kilmeena    18:30      Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 4

    Kilmovee Shamrocks  18:30   Ardagh

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 6A

    Swinford   18:30    Lacken



    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 3

    Castlebar Mitchels   12:00   The Neale

    Swinford   12:00   Lahardane

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 4

    Ballintubber    12:00   Ballycastle

    Davitts   12:00   Eastern Gaels

    Knockmore   12:00   Killala

    Tuar Mhic Éadaigh   12:00   Ardnaree

    Westport GAA   12:00   Ballina Stephenites

    Mayo Adult League 2019 Division 6A

    Bohola Moy Davitts   12:00   Ardagh

    Breaffy   12:00   Mayo Gaels

    Kiltane   12:00   Balla



    Ballintubber       1-14 v 1-11        Ballaghaderreen


    Ballyhaunis        1-11 v 1-12        The Neale


    Balla     1-6 v 1-11         Béal an Mhuirthead

    Crossmolina Deel Rovers 2-13 v 0-9         Islandeady

    Kilmaine            4-17 v 3-8         Louisburgh

    Burrishoole        0-10 v 1-13        Bohola Moy Davitts


    Cill Chomain      0-1 v 0-0           Eastern Gaels


    Breaffy  3-13 v 2-9         Moygownagh



    Eastern Gaels     0-12 v 1-7         Carras


    Ballaghaderreen            1-13 v 1-4         Ballintubber


    Tuairín  5-11 v 1-11        Caiseal Gaels

  • Gardaí attended the scene of a two vehicle RTC that occurred on the N60 (Breaffy Road), Castlebar, yesterday evening.

    The collision occurred at approximately 6pm in evening near the Cottage Road junction.

    No injuries were reported after the incident.

  • A public meeting will take place this evening (Friday) in Breaffy to look at the options that TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) is offering the community in terms of its long campaign to have the speed limit through the village which is located along the N60, reduced from 100 to 60 km per hour.

    This evening’s meeting, being organised by the Breaffy Road Safety Group, takes place at 8pm in the hall of St John’s School.


    Earlier this week, Castlebar District councillors said they had exhausted all avenues open to them to impress on the TII the need to reduce the speed limit at Breaffy- the scene of many collisions and a number of fatalities, and so they said they were supporting a public protest on the road after 11.30 Mass this Sunday.

    But now it appears that the local campaign group- Breaffy  Road Safety Group, has not organised any such protest and are looking at a new offer on the table from the TII.

    Tonight’s meeting will outline what’s on offer to the community and from there they will decide what , if any action they may now take.

    John Fahy is a member of the Breaffy Road Safety Group and he told Midwest News this morning that their group had not been in contact with local councillors for some months and that the Breaffy Road Safety Group  is not planning a protest this Sunday.

  • Castlebar gardai are advising motorists that the road between Manulla and Breaffy at Kilmacrade is closed to traffic at present.
    Emergency services are at the scene.
    It appears that a car has left the road.
    Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area at present.
  • The search will resume this week in Canada for Breaffy man, David Gavin who got into difficulties while swimming in a lake in British Colombia last June (2017).

    The 26 year old’s parents Michael and Angela, his partner Ciara O’Malley and her parents flew out to Canada yesterday, according to today’s Mayo News.

    Travelling with them was experienced diver David McGloin from Donegal, who is expected to lead a team to co-ordinate the search.

    A window of opportunity for the search is expected to appear in the coming month.

    The level of the water in Kinbasket Lake reservoir should be at its lowest, at the depth of about ten feet, at the start of May.

    David got into difficulty after jumping from a logging bridge over a river estuary that flows into Kinbasket Lake last June.

    He and some friends were en route to a football tournament in Calgary, Alberta, when they stopped off for a swim.

    The Castlebar man was living and working in Canada at the time.