• An asylum seeker has been jailed for five years for raping a woman in Mayo two years ago.

    The man, who's in his 20s and can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the charge before it went to trial.

    In her Victim Impact Statement, the woman said she was put on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets afterwards, and has developed trust issues since the attack.



  • At least five candidates will contest the presidential election next month after two Independent contenders each won the backing of four councils yesterday, with a third Independent on the verge of securing a nomination.

    Businessman Seán Gallagher and Senator Joan Freeman both reached the required four council endorsements yesterday , a day in which 13 local authorities nationally debated or voted on presidential nominations.

    Sean Gallagher, who finished second in the 2011 election, won nominations from Roscommon, Leitrim, Mayo and Wexford county councils yesterday, with Fianna Fáil councillors backing him heavily.

    In Mayo, Mr Gallagher did not even have to make a pitch to councillors yesterday  - they nominated him in his absence. He was just one of the many contenders that were “no shows” at yesterday’s special meeting of Mayo County Council.

    The only contender that attended and laid out her stall, Sarah Louise Mulligan failed to secure a nomination from Mayo county councillors.

    Independent Senator Joan Freeman yesterday eveningsecured the backing of Galway City Council. 

    Earlier in the day she gained the support of Galway County Council and Fingal County Council.  She also has the nomination of Cork City Council since the beginning of this month.

    Louth businessman Gavin Duffy also moved closer to securing a nomination yesterday, he got the backing of Carlow County Council. As of last night he had two nominations and with a further endorsement expected from Louth County Council next Monday, his place on the ballot paper is almost assured when nominations close on September 26th.

    President Michael D Higgins has already indicated he will seek re-election and Sinn Féin is expected to announce its candidate on September 16th – next Sunday.


  • Aurivo Co-Op has announced its continued support for Mayo GAA, as it renews its sponsorship of the Mayo GAA Senior Club Championship under the Connacht Gold brand.

    The Co-op will also continue sponsorship of the Mayo GAA underage competitions under its Homeland retails stores brand for 2019.


  • Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.


  • Aurivo is temporarily suspending its livestock sales from next Monday 23rd March until at least the end of this month.

    Aurivo Marts say the decision has been made in light of Covid-19 outbreak, and will be reviewed in the interim.

    Pre-booked sales at Ballymote Mart today (Thursday, and at Balla and Mohill Marts on Saturday will proceed under strict protocols -

    Only customers with business to conduct should attend the marts, and strictly no children allowed.

    Buyers must observe the protocols around social distancing, and there will be restrictions around the number of sellers allowed to attend the ring.

    All mart canteens will be closed with immediate effect.

    And anyone who was out of the country recently, or has been in contact with people exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus, is asked not to attend at the mart.


  • Aurivo Co-op has announced that its four livestock marts will remain closed this week, following an accident at Mohill Livestock Mart on Saturday morning.

    A man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital following an incident involving a bull at the mart, and Aurivo says it’s co-operating with the relevant authorities as an investigation is carried out.

    Following the accident, Aurivo has confirmed that its four livestock marts in Balla, Ballinrobe, Ballymote and Mohill will remain closed this week, as management says the health and safety of customers, members and staff is of paramount importance.


  • Aurivo Co-Op has announced its financial results for 2017, and says it was a year of strong business growth and financial performance in a volatile year.

    Aurivo has reported a group operating profit of €3.9 million euro – which is a 10% increase on 2016, and a 9% increase in turnover to €426 million.

    Net debt reduced from €16.6 million in 2016 to €5.7 million in 2017.

    Pat Duffy, Chairman of Aurivo Co-Op says the 2017 results show a strong balance sheet

  • Aurivo Co-Op has confirmed that three of its livestock marts will reopen for business this week.

    The four marts in Balla, Ballinrobe, Ballymote and Mohill were closed last week, following an accident at Mohill mart the previous weekend in which a man was injured by a bull.

    The man was airlifted to Sligo University Hospital following the incident in which he sustained serious injuries.

    Aurivo has confirmed today that the livestock marts in Balla, Ballinrobe and Ballymote will reopen for business this week, while Mohill Mart will not reopen until Wednesday week next 25th April.

    The Co-op has confirmed that new health and safety procedures will apply at all marts.

    Only mart staff will be allowed in the sales yard, and new rules will apply in relation to customer access to various areas of the mart, as they say the health and safety of customers, members and employees is of paramount importance.

  • The first baby of 2019 born at University Hospital Galway arrived into the world at 11.27 yesterday morning.

    Baby Tadhg O'hEochaidh was born to parents Clíodhna Griffin and Éinne Ó hEochaidh at the Galway hospital.




  • A student from Balla has been named on head coach William O’Connor’s 18-strong panel for this season’s Centenary Shield crusade.

    Luke McNicholas from Balla Secondary School, Liam Kerrigan from St Attracta’s Community school in Tubbercurry and Adam Rooney from Yeats College, Galway are named on the panel.

    The 2018 series will see the Republic of Ireland with two consecutive away fixtures as the Boys in Green commence battle, taking on the Welsh Dragons in a fortnight’s time, while a month later, they will visit Luton Town to take on their hosts England in what should prove to be one of their toughest tests I the 4-match programme.

    The Republic of Ireland will meet Northern Ireland at the end of March, with a final game against Scotland in April.


  • The N60 road between Claremorris and Balla is closed, following a road traffic collision.

    It's understood a jeep and articulated truck were involved in a collision at Brize.

    Emergency services are at the scene, and motorists are advised that the road is closed to traffic.




  • Residents in Ballaghadereen are considering taking a judicial review of the decision by Roscommon County Council to grant planning permission for a battery storage facility in the town.

    Permission was granted last December for a battery storage facility at Tonroe, Ballaghadereen - despite a similar facility being refused planning permission by Longford County Council on safety grounds.

    A special meeting of Roscommon County Council was convened yesterday to discuss the matter, however, the council executive did not attend the meeting.

    A deputation from Ballaghadereen outlined their concerns to Councillors, and will now consider a judicial review of the planning decision.

    That's according to local Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Mulligan, who says a further public meeting will take place to discuss their options.



  • Ballaghadereen teenager Adam McAllister has been selected to play on the Irish U19 Badminton team, who will compete at the European Championships in Estonia in September.

    The championships will run from the 6-16th September.

  • # MidwestRadioSport can reveal that 2016 All Ireland under 21 winning manager Mike Solan has been nominated for the post of the Mayo Senior Football manager by Ballaghaderreen GAA club.

    Solan guided Mayo to the first ever Connacht U20 this year with comprehensive victories over Leitrim and Roscommon before edging past Derry in the All Ireland semi-final. Mayo's run ended at the hands of Kildare in the final in Croke Park. Solan's name joins that of Westport GAA manager James Horan in the hat for the position. Horan, it is believed, was nominated by his home club, Ballintubber.

    The Mayo Co Board Executive has yet to announce plans for how to proceed with the appointment of the new manager, making it unclear as to the timeline for when the man to replace Stephen Rochford will be announced.

  • The number of homeless people in Co Mayo is continuing to rise, and 2018 could see an increase of 40% on last year.

    In the first ten months of this year, 224 people presented as homeless to Mayo County Council - including 173 adults and 51 children.

    The figures were revealed at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council's Strategic Policy Committee on Housing.

    Cathaoirleach of the Housing SPC Councillor Gerry Ginty says this is a direct result of a lack of social housing being built in Mayo and across the country in recent years.

    He's appealing to the public not to oppose plans for social housing developments - citing an example in Ballina where Mayo Co Co is planning to build a 54-unit social housing development at a site on the Foxford Road, but Councillor Ginty says there's considerable opposition to the plan from existing residents in the area and a number of councillors.

    Councillor Ginty says there are currently over 2,000 people on the housing list in Co Mayo, and every effort should be made to give people a roof over their heads.

  • A Ballina Councillor is calling for senior officials of Mayo County Council to carry out an enquiry into why public monies were used to install at footpath on the Behy Road, which was a condition of planning for a developer in the area.

    Independent Councillor Gerry Ginty says it's wrong that tens of thousands of euro of council money are being spent on a footpath, which should be provided by the private developer.

    In the region of €80,000 is being budgeted for the footpath, but the funding has run out.

    At this week's meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, Councillor Ginty says another €30,000 was allocated for the footpath, as part of a list of roads and footpaths receiving funding this year, but he says that's now on hold until further enquiries are carried out.

    Councillor Ginty told Midwest News that questions need to be asked about this use of public funds, when the footpath should have been installed by a developer.


    Ballina Rugby Club were yesterday crowned the All-Ireland League Division 2C champions, following a 47 - 27 point win over Tullamore.

    Club President Martin Boland described the Ballina squad as the "best-ever in the 91 year history of the club".







  • AIL Qualifier
    Ballina 45-26 Bandon

  • AIL Division 2C 

    Ballina 39-10 City of Derry 


  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating a break-in at a yard just outside the town early yesterday.

    The yard was broken into at about 4.30 and two plant trailers and a mini-digger were stolen.

    Both trailers were for Ifor Williams - one trailer was two-axle, the other a triaxle.

    Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Ballina Gardai at 096- 20560.