• A boil water notice has been issued this evening for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    About 13,000 people are affected in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

    The cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant was detected after a routine test, and Irish Water says they will be carrying out weekly sampling at multiple sites in the scheme with a view to getting the boil notice lifted, if there are sufficient clear samples over a number of weeks.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

  • All Ireland silverware for Carnacon and Charlestown Sarsfields as an epic 2019 john west Feile Peil na nOg came to an end yesterday after 851 games across connacht over the weekend.

    Carnacon defeated Loughrea in the Division 3 Shield girls final on a 4-4 to 1-2 scoreline.

    Shield success also in Division 9 for Charlestown Sarsfields as they overcame Ballintubber by 11 points to 2-4.

  • East Mayo Centenary Cup Final 
    Ballaghaderreen 2-07
    Charlestown 0-9

  • A number of business in Charlestown have been hit with a 50 percent drop in sales over the past two months as Irish Water is carrying out extensive works in the town. That’s according to Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor raised his concerns about the impact on local trade, and disruption to traffic,  during the works that are due to be completed shortly. He called for better planning and management by Mayo County Council as it intends to carry out two further contracts in the town over the next number of months.

    He raised his concerns at the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District and spoke to Midwest News about his concerns for local businnesses, as two further large contracts are to be undertaken in Charrlestown before the end of this year.

  • County U21 B Final 
    Charlestown 2-17 Ardnaree 2-05 

  • Mayo Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray has been nominated by his party to contest the upcoming Seanad Elections.

    The deadline for proposals of nomination to the vocational panels for the Seanad elections is today.

    Polling for the vocational panels on the 60-seat Seanad closes on 30 March.

    The Charlestown based Councillor says it’s going to be a fair challenge as Sinn Fein had a poor local election which will make it difficult to get the required number of votes.

    Cllr. Murray has been nominated to contest the agricultural panel and says he is going to give it a big push.

  • Ronan Denning from Charlestown and his navigator Karl Egan (Galway) enjoyed huge success at the Triton Showers National Rally Championship Awards Night held on Saturday night last in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. The pair had a very successful year in their Peugeot 208 R2 and despite a non finish in the Circuit of Kerry, top points collected at the Mayo Stages Rally, Sligo Stages Rally, Tipperary Stonethrowers Rally and Clare Stages Rally seen the pair dominate Class 2 and also crowned Triton Showers Group R National Champions, an excellent achievement for the crew on only their second season competing. 
    (Picture: Andy Walsh)
  • Since Irish Water took over responsibility for water and sewerage from local authorities, there is no longer any democratic accountability, responsibility or ownership of the utilities, according to Charlestown based Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor says the government has handed over the provision of these vital services to a Dublin based entity, and he believes it has done so without any democratic input from communities.

    He cites the delivery of new sewerage treatment plants in both Charlestown and Foxford as taking significantly longer, than would have been the case if the responsibility had remained with Mayo county council.

    Councillor Murray told Midwest News that democratic responsibility for vital services has eroded as a result.

  • The number of outdoor staff now employed by Mayo county Council is at a critical level, and if additional staff are not hired, than Charlestown based councillor Gerry Murray, claims he is fearful that health and safety issues will arise.

    The Cathaoirleach of the Claremorris Municipal District, raised his concerns at the monthly meeting of the authority.

    Cllr Murray said that over the past decade, 250 outdoor staff in the county have retired and have not been replaced by the local authority, and called for an immediate recruitment of additional staff to ensure that essential works can be carried out.

     He and other councillors pointed out that they had allocated funding for a range of outdoor jobs to be carried out, promised constituents that these works would be carried out, only to find there is no one available to carry out the work – and they as cllrs they were taking the wrath of the public on these jobs.

    Council official Liam Hanrahan strongly refuted any suggestion by the Cathaoirleach that there were health and safety issues arining due to the shortage of staff numbers. He insisted that a health and safety risk assessment is prepared before any job is undertaken and if there is inadequate staff or equipment on the day, the job is not carried out.

    He admitted that staffing levels had fallen but said recruitment is now underway and added that despite the lifting by the government of the embargo on recruitment, nonetheless staff numbers in the local authority are capped.

    Cathaoirleach Murray says his concerns remain the same.

  • Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding a sudden death in Charlestown and have called in a State Pathologist to carry out a post mortem investigation.

    The body of a man in his fifties, was discovered at a flat on Main Street in the town yesterday afternoon. The alarm was raised by locals who were concerned as the man had not been seen in recent days

    It is understood the deceased is a Polish national, who had been living in the area for some time.

    The scene was preserved and examined members of the Divisional Scene of Crime Unit.

    The remains were removed last night to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, for a post mortem examination which is expected to be carried out this afternoon.

    A case conference was held yesterday evening by investigating Gardaí at Charlestown Garda Station and enquires are ongoing.

    Gardai say that this stage they are keeping an open mind on the circumstances of the death.


  • Claremorris Gardai are investigating following the theft of two power washers at a property in Bellaghy, Charlestown overnight.

    The incident occurred around 1am where a dark coloured people carrier was involved.

    The owner of the equipment is offering a reward for their recovery.

    Gardai are calling for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity between midnight and 1.30am this morning to contact them at Claremorris Garda Station on 094 93 72080.

  • Following a post-mortem examination this afternoon, Gardai are no longer treating the death of a man in Charlestown as suspicious.

    The body of the man in his 50's, believed to be a Polish national, was found in a flat on Main Street in Charlestown yesterday afternoon.

    His remains were removed last night to Mayo University Hospital where a post-mortem was carried out this afternoon by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

    Gardai say they are no longer treating the death as suspicious.


  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre


  • Irish Water is to invest €19 million to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.

    The contract was signed yesterday with Glan Agua, and construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks, with the project due to be completed by early 2020.

    For years, untreated sewage has been flowing into Killala Bay, but Irish Water says a new wastewater treatment plant will be constructed in Killala along with a new pumping station and the upgrade of the sewer network.

    This will ensure that wastewater discharging into Killala Bay meets appropriate standards.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will upgrade the wastewater treatment networks in both towns to provide for the current population and for future growth in both areas.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says €19 million is being invested to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Charlestown and Foxford…

  • Irish Water is to provide extra traffic management on Friday and Sunday evenings in Charlestown, while work is ongoing on sewerage pipes in the town.

    That was confirmed by local Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray today.

    Cllr Murray had contacted Irish Water to see if they could provide additional personnel to man the traffic management in the town, especially on Friday and Sunday evenings due to the sheer volume of traffic.

    Irish Water confirmed they will do that and they will suspend works for the St Patrick’s Weekend, so that the parade can go ahead.

    Cllr Murray also appealed to people to shop local, despite the ongoing works.

    He also said that Irish Water hope to have finished the works in the next four weeks.

  • Main Street in Charlestown is closed to traffic and will remain closed for a couple of hours according to Gardai.

    It's after a lorry carrying a heavy load hit an ESB pole. While the pole is not down, work is underway to secure it.

    Diversions in place for cars but HGVS and large vehicles are advised to take an alternative route.

  • Ardnaree Sarsfields and Charlestown Sarsfields will contest this year’s Mayo U21 B Football Final.

    Ardnaree overcame Burrishoole in a thrilling last four encounter which went to extra time.

    Charlestown had a more comfortable semi-final win when they accounted for Ballyhaunis with 16 points to spare.

    The final now takes place on Friday night under lights at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence.

    The game throws in at 8pm with Jerome Henry confirmed as the referee.

  • A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the body of a man who was found dead in his car in Charlestown in the early hours of this morning.

    Gardai have confirmed that a 69-year old man, from the Ballymote area of Co Sligo, was found dead in his car in Charlestown at about 2am this morning.

    His body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    Gardai say no foul play is suspected, and they believe the man had a pre-existing medical condition.



  • Residents along the N17 near Charlestown will have a more reliable water supply due to a programme of works which will commence next week.

    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council is starting a programme of works to replace 700 metres of water main on the N17 Airport Road, near Charlestown.

    The works are expected to be completed by mid July and Irish Water says these works will reduce the number of bursts in the area, leading to a more reliable drinking water supply for local customers

    These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

    Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme says reducing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but will also improve the reliability of water supplied to businesses and residents.

  • RTE Crimecall tonight will be recalling the murder of Eddie Fitzmaurice marking the 20th anniversary since the pensioner from Bellaghy, Charlestown was murdered in a vicious assault in his home.

    The 83 year old was beaten and tied up in a vicious assault on the May Bank Holiday weekend in 1998.

    No-one has ever been charged with the murder, despite numerous Garda appeals and on the 20th anniversary of the incident another appeal for information will be broadcast on RTE’s Crimecall tonight at 9.35pm.