Clare Island

  • An Post this week carried out Ireland’s first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island using a drone.

    Just after 3.30pm on Thursday the company delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island.


  • Around 200 voters will go to the polls today on the three Mayo islands.

    115 people are eligible to vote on Clare Island, 50 on Inishturk and 20 on Inishbiggle.

    Voting is taking place on 11 islands in total today off the Mayo, Galway and Donegal coasts while the mainland voters go the polls tomorrow, along with voters on the Cork islands.

  • A meeting organised by Clare Island Fishermen’s Group held earlier this month, heard a number of concerns that the group have in relation to the proposed laying of a fibre optic cable in Clew Bay, connecting the US with Europe.

    Aqua Comms have applied for a foreshore licence for the cable.

    It is proposed to lay the cable in a free floating unanchored way, on a 25-30km, stretch of seabed north of Clare Island and west of Achill.

    The Clare Island Fishermen’s Group say it is proposed to hold responsible any vessel which snags this cable, which they say effectively creates a serious hazard at sea.

    The group is also concerned about where the cable is due to make landfall – close to the harbour at Old Head. They say it would cause serious issues and danger for the passenger ferries at that location.

    They are also concerned about the impact on the future development of Old Head as a possible deep sea port.

    The group is holding another meeting this Saturday at 12 noon on Clare Island and all are welcome to attend.

    In a statement to Midwest News Aqua Comms say:

    There are over one million miles of subsea cable laid across the world. They are a simple and safe technology that facilitate our phone, TV and internet communications.

    There are currently 20 cables landing in Ireland and they do not represent either an obstruction or a hazard.  

    The concerns raised by Mr O’Malley are all perfectly understandable, but we are confident that we can address each and every one.

    • The narrow 4-centimetre wide cable will be buried two meters below the seabed. 


    • It has a reinforced protective steel coating, weighs 4 kg per metre and cannot float.


    • For a small portion of rocky outcrop the cable will be fixed firmly to the seabed, by virtue of its weight and the tension applied.


    • The cable is too heavy and strong to be lifted by a fishing boat but if damaged, it automatically switches off.


    All of these issues have been discussed at a number of meetings of the regional fisheries forum which were attended by representatives of the Clare Island Fishermens’ group.

    • Finally, we have had a positive engagement with the local ferry operator and from our engagement with the Council we are confident that the cable will not hamper any future development of Old Head.


  • The need for better infrastructure to be provided by Mayo County Council on the access roads to Mayo blue flag beaches, and on the beaches themselves, was raised by Fine Gael Westport based councillor Peter Flynn at this month’s meeting of Mayo County Council.

    While the councillor said the local authority does a good job on retaining blue flag beach status on beaches across the county, nonetheless, he believes the emphasis and efforts cannot be simply confined to water quality and safety. The need for better roads, maintenance of culverts, and other basic infrastructure he argues, is equally important.

    He highlighted problems at two of the county’s Blue Flag beaches  - at Clare island and at Old Head.

    Councillor Flynn outlined his concerns to Midwest News today.

  • Funding of €339,000 has been allocated for works on three of Mayo’s offshore islands.

    The funding has been approved for various works on Inisturk, Clare Island and Claggan Island.

    €174,000 has been approved for the purchase of land and construction of a helipad on Inisturk, with a further €15,000 for the construction of a pier wall.

    €112,500 has been granted for roadworks and resurfacing of roads near the chapel on Clare Island and €37,500 for roadworks on Claggan Island.

    The funding is being provided to Mayo County Council and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring told Midwest News that he is hoping the work is carried out without delay.

  • Gardai are investigating after a 13-year old boy was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Clare Island early this morning.

    It happened at around 1am after a car hit a ditch at The Quay on the County Mayo Island.

    The stretch of road where the incident occurred was closed for examination.

    The teenager is believed to have been visiting the island to attend a funeral service.


  • Gardai in Mayo are investigating a single vehicle collision which occurred on Clare Island last night.

    One man died after his car collided with a ditch.

    The male teenager died when the car he was driving collided with a ditch at The Quay, Clare Island at approximately 1am this morning.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene, however his age has not been released yet.

    Gardaí at Louisburgh are investigating the single vehicle crash.

    The road has been closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic experts.

    Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact Westport Gardai on 098-50230 or any Garda Station.

    Is comes as the RSA has issued a warning to road users on this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    The organisation says Sunday's are one of the most dangerous days of the week on Irish roads.

    They are asking people to slow down and keep within the speed limit at all times