• 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 brother of the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan has thanked the public for their support since Colm was shot and fatally injured while on duty in Castlerea three weeks ago tonight.

    A native of Charlestown, Colm Horkan was on duty in Castlerea when he was shot a number of times on Main Street and died from his injuries.

    His three brothers and his father Marty were invited to Shannon's Cross outside Loughglynn yesterday, to a service marking the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Garda Henry Byrne and Detective Garda John Morley, both from Knock and stationed in Castlerea, who were killed in the line of duty in 1980.

    Dermot Horkan has thanked their neighbours in particular, and the wider community as well as An Garda Siochana for their support in the weeks since Colm's death....

  • 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)
  • Water supply in Charlestown and the surrounding areas may be impacted today, due to a power failure that occurred overnight.

    Irish Water says crews are currently checking for airlocks throughout the scheme, and a full water supply should be restored to all customers by lunchtime today.



  • 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.

  • Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fire on land in Lurga, near Charlestown earlier this afternoon.

    The fire has now been extinguished.

    No injuries were reported over the course of this incident.

  • Final preparations are taking place in Charlestown, for the State funeral of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

    Mass is due to get underway at midday.

    The remains of Detective Garda Colm Horkan are to be brought from his family home to St James' Church in Charlestown for mass at noon.

    It will coincide with a minutes silence at every Garda Stations across the country - led by the ringing of the Peace Bell by President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

    Despite the rain, huge crowds are expected to line the streets of the Mayo town to pay their respects to the officer who was killed on Wednesday night while on duty in Castlerea County Roscommon.

    Following the State funeral, which will be streamed by An Garda Siochana and broadcast live on Midwest Radio, Detective Garda Horkan's remains will be brought to the nearby cemetery for burial.          

  • Mayo Gardai have made a public appeal for information following the alleged sexual assualt of a teenage girl at a playground in the Lowpark area of Charlestown on Saturday.

    Anyone who was in the vicinity of the Square or the Lowpark area of Charlestown between 2pm and 8pm on Saturday is asked to contact Claremorris Gardai on 094 - 93 72080 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

    The community in Charlestown have been shocked by news of this incident which is believed to have involved a 15-year old girl.

    A forensic examination took place at the playground and an adjoining carpark, and Gardai launched an appeal for information yesterday evening.



  • Gardai are following a definite line of inquiry following the alleged serious sexual assault of a teenage girl at a playground in the Lowpark area of Charlestown on Saturday.

    Gardai launched a public appeal for information on the incident yesterday evening, and asked anyone who was in the vicinity of the Square or the Lowpark area of Charlestown between 2pm and 8pm on Saturday to contact Claremorris Gardai on 094 - 93 72080 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

    A forensic examination took place yesterday at the playground and an adjoining carpark.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Supt Joe McKenna confirmed that Gardai are following a definite line of enquiry, and said the investigation is progressing.

    He also thanked the witnesses who have come forward to date.

  • 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.


  • Charlestown based Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray has been elected as Cathaoirleach of the Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District.

    He was elected to the position at yesterday’s meeting and takes over from Fine Gael’s Tom Connolly.

    The new Leas-Cathaoirleach is Foxford based Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise.

  • 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