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  • Up to 2,000 people will gather in Castlebar later this evening for Midwest Radio's  "A Night With the Stars" concert.

    The event will mark the 30th anniversary of the radio station first going on air in July 1989.

    A number of Ireland's top musicians, singers and entertainers will take to the stage tonight at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, with the concert starting at 8pm sharp.

  • Up to 300 farmers attended a rally in Ballyhaunis last night to discuss the weekend beef agreement.

    Representatives from  the Beef Plan movement and the INHFA addressed the rally, along with independent farmers.

    The general consensus was that local farmers were happy with many of the recommendations made at the weekend, until it comes to the issue of base price, which could not be discussed around the table due to competition law.

    Independent farmers agreed to continue protests outside Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis while negotiations continue with local management on a base price farmers can accept.

    A new beef producers' group is also being set up to negotiate on farmers' behalf with the meat plants.

  • Up to ten players on the Mayo Ladies senior football squad have walked out ahead of their All Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Cavan on Saturday next.

    That’s according to a front page story in today’s Mayo News.

    Among the players who have withdrawn from the squad are team captain Sarah Tierney, vice captain Fiona McHale and all time leading scorer Cora Staunton.  Team selector Michael McHale has also opted out.

    The Mayo News understands that the players who have left the squad are citing player welfare issues as the reason behind their decision.

    Mayo Ladies GAA Board PRO Susan Rodgers confirmed to the paper that players had left the squad in the last week.

    The team is due to train again tonight before playing Cavan in Clones on Saturday in the first round of the All Ireland Qualifier group stage.

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    Exceptionally cold weather will occur this week. Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts. Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek. A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected to extend from the south late Thursday and Thursday night, with significant and disruptive accumulations.

     

    Please also see winterready.ie  

    Valid from 00:00 hours Tue, 27-Feb-2018

    Valid until 18:00 hours Sat, 03-Mar-2018

  • Mayo County Council's Civic Amenity sites outside Castlebar and Ballina will reopen tomorrow, but only for domestic waste.

     The civic amenity centres at Derrinumera and Rathroeen are closed to the public today but will reopen tomorrow for domestic waste only - while the recycling facilities will not be open to the public until further notice.

  • A Fianna Fail Councillor is calling for urgent action to address parking at Scoil Phadraig National School in Westport, amid concerns for the safety of children attending the school.

    Councillor Brendan Mulroy says cars are pulling up each side of the road on footpaths, when dropping and collecting their children, and says it’s extremely dangerous.

    He raised the matter at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Municipal District which was held in Ionad Deirbhle, Aughleam.

    Cllr. Mulroy says a turnaround area should be installed at the school and is calling for a traffic management plan to be put in place.

  • The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey will be highlighted at a public meeting this evening (Monday).

    Despite one million visitors to Croagh Patrick each year, local residents and businesses are depending on water from mountain streams, which is treated locally.

    However, concerns have emerged after one local child was hospitalised recently after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

    It emerged recently that commonage landowners may block access to the holy mountain this Summer due the current impasse between local communities and Mayo County Council / Irish Water over the provision of a safe water supply to the area.

    But this is just one of the options available, according to the Vice-Chairman of the Murrisk Development Association.

    Raoul Downey told Midwest News that it’s important that locals attend this evening’s meeting at 8pm in Lecanvey Community Centre, to decide on a way forward for this campaign.

  • A US film company are looking for film trainees, as they prepare to shoot a film in the Ballina area.

    Mayo County Council's Arts Office has issued a statement on behalf of Heather Productions, looking for people interested in trainee film positions, with diverse applications encouraged from under-represented backgrounds.

    Those interested must be over 18 and must live within a 45 km radius of the Ballina area and be able to arrange travel to and from the workplace.

    Trainee positions are available in a number of areas including production, locations, camera, sound, art department, props and wardrobe departments.

    The deadline for applications is this Wednesday 28th August, and those interested should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

     

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    A US technology firm is to create 30 new jobs in Oranmore, Galway.

    Cisco has announced 100 new jobs for Ireland, through its digitisation programme.

    The majority of the jobs will be in their Dublin base while 30 software roles will be created in Galway.

    The company already employs 300 people at their facilities in Oranmore and Dublin, and the new software roles are to boost its capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things.

     

     

     

  • It's reported this morning that the chairman of the Mayo International Supporters' Foundation - the group currently withholding €250,000 in funding  from the Mayo County Board - has written to the county expressing an interest in bidding for the naming rights to MacHale Park.

    The Irish Independent reports that the New York-based businessman Tim O'Leary emailed the county's commercial manager expressing interest in submitting a tender for the package, which also includes being the main sponsor on county jerseys.

    Elverys hold the naming rights until the end of next season and are widely expected to renew their deal, but Mr O'Leary has reportedly asked for a copy of the tender documents along with the bid assessment process for commercial sponsorship and the naming rights to MacHale Park.

    Last month, the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation wrote a letter stating that it was withholding funding from the county board "until appropriate governance structures are put in place".

    The contents of the letter were not dealt with at last month's county board meeting, but treasurer Kevin O'Toole told delegates he intended the reply to the allegations made at the October meeting, which takes place next Wednesday.

     

     

     

  • The vacant GP position in Bangor Erris will be advertised this weekend in the national Sunday newspapers.

    Local FG Councillor Gerry Coyle says the HSE has confirmed that the position will be advertised this weekend, after the GP in Bangor recently left to take up a new job in a Co Galway practice.

    While the Bangor area is being looked after by Dr Loftus of the Glenamoy Health Centre on a temporary basis, Councillor Coyle says he's hopeful that a GP will be recruited to take up the vacant position in Bangor Erris.

     

  • “Don’t hurt the one you love” is the message contained in a Valentine’s card which will be distributed to students at the Mayo campus of GMIT this Wednesday.

    Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office is leading the campaign, which reminds young drivers to slow down, wear a seatbelt, and to refrain from using their mobile phone when driving.

    Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says many young passengers become victims of road collision while driven by their boyfriends, and he wants this Valentine’s Day campaign to encourage young male drivers to keep their partners safe by driving carefully.

    Liam Deasy, President of the GMIT Mayo Campus Student’s Union, says they will be distributing the Valentine’s cards to students this Wednesday….

  • An investigation is under way following vandalism over the weekend at the Glinsk GAA pitch in Co Galway.

    It appears a vehicle drove across the grass on Saturday night, leaving tyre tracks and cutting up part of the playing surface.

    It is thought the pitch surface will have to be rolled and reseeded to restore it to its previous state.

    CCTV footage from the adjacent community centre is being examined in an effort to identify those responsible.

    While there are no competitive fixtures scheduled at the Glinsk grounds this week, regular training sessions will be affected by the damage.

    The club is appealing for anyone with information on the incident to contact Gardai.

     

     

     

     

  • A jury today returned a verdict of accidental deaths at inquests into the deaths of two young friends who died when their jeep became submerged and was swept away when they tried to cross a swollen river near Louisburg in the early hours of last Christmas morning.

     Tom McGreal survived the tragedy on the Carrowniskey River, near Louisburgh by pulling himself through the back window of the Ford Ranger vehicle which was owned and driven by one of his closest friends, 26-year old Declan Davitt.

     Mr Davitt and 27-year old Martin Needham also from the Louisburgh area died in the incident.

    Their bodies were not found by search teams until after 4 pm on Christmas Day, more than twelve hours after their vehicle plunged into the water.

     It emerged at today’s inquest in Castlebar, presided over by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor, that the river which the young men tried to cross is regularly crossed by larger, SUV- type vehicles.

    However, last Christmas the waterway was a raging torrent following weeks of incessant rain.

    It was also revealed at today’s hearing that the front passenger window of the SUV wasn’t operational.

     In his statement, Tom McGreal explained that he crossed fields to the main road before getting to the Gibbons home where family members raised the alarm by ringing 999 at around 2.25 am on 25th December.

    A full-scale emergency operation got underway, involving Gardai, members of the local community, Westport Coastguard, the Order of Malta and Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo.

    Around 4 am, the radio antenna of the submerged vehicle was spotted in the river about 400 metres from the initial entry area.

    There were no casualties in the vehicle when checked by garda divers.

     As daylight was fading, some 12 hours later, the bodies of Martin and Declan were discovered at a spot close to where the Carrowniskey River flows into the Atlantic and were winched from the water by a search and rescue helicopter.

     Sergeant Gabriel McLoughlin, Garda PSV Inspector for Mayo, carried out a detailed examination of the jeep involved. He said the vehicle appeared to be in a roadworthy condition prior to the incident.

     The SUV was swept downstream for approximately 175 metres before coming to rest in two metres of water.

    Dr. Fadel Bennani, consultant pathologist at Mayo University Hospital, said the cause of death in both cases was asphyxia due to drowning.

    The Coroner noted that the blood alcohol level recorded in both men was 'high'.

    After the jury had returned verdicts of accidental deaths in both cases, the coroner said sudden death at any time was most trying and emotional but at Christmas, a time of celebration, it was most heartbreaking.

     

     

  • The Coroner for Mayo yesterday returned a verdict of misadventure in the death of a 48-year- old woman who died at Mayo University Hospital in October 2016, after being treated for severe back pain.

    Coroner Patrick O’Connor returned the misadventure verdict in the case of Ann Marie O’Brien, a mother of four, from Windsor, Castlebar.

    Ms. O’Brien attended Mayo University Hospital on two separate occasions in the week before she died, complaining of back pain. She was not admitted on either occasion and was sent home with painkillers.

     

     At yesterday's inquest and a previous hearing, it was outlined that Ms.O’Brien had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions including ischaemic disease.

    Damian Tansey, solicitor for the O’Brien family, said the hospital knew the deceased had been “screaming with pain” but the hospital decided to discharge her without treating her for medical rather than an orthopaedic condition.

     After being admitted to hospital by ambulance on October 2, 2016, Ms. O’Brien suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

     

    Family members gave evidence to yesterday’s hearing that Ms. O’Brien was ‘in agony’ when admitted to hospital on September 29, 2016.

    Her only daughter Laura O'Brien described the way her mother was treated at the hospital as “appalling”, and said the last few days that she had with her mother will stay with her for the rest of her life.

     

    Dr. Omotunde Sanni, locum registrar in emergency medicine at MUH, told the inquest that his feelings were that painkillers were the appropriate treatment for Ms. O’Brien’s back pain.

     At 4.30 a.m. he said, he had a conversation with Ms O’Brien while she was in a wheelchair in a corridor. He repeated to her that she had to attend her GP for a referral to an orthopaedic clinic.

     

     After the coroner returned a verdict of misadventure, Ms Sasha Louise Gayer, senior counsel for the HSE read an ‘unreserved apology’ from the Saolta Hospital Group to Laura O’Brien expressing ‘deepest regret and sadness” for the way her mother had been treated.

     High Court proceedings have been issued by legal representatives for the O’Brien family against the Saolta Hospital Group for the manner in which their relative was treated.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • A verdict of misadventure was returned by a jury today at an inquest into the death of a 28-year-old man who was killed instantly in June 2015 while operating a stone crusher in a quarry at Aghamore, Ballyhaunis.

     The tragic death of Joseph Harrington, Sonnagh, Charlestown was the subject of an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) which prepared a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the matter.

    As a result, a successful prosecution was taken in relation to breaches of health and safety legislation.

    Mayo based firm Harrington Concrete and Quarries – no relation of the deceased - was recently fined a total of €500,000 at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court for breaches of health and safety in relation to the industrial accident on June 11, 2015.

     At the inquest in Castlebar today into Mr. Harrington’s death, evidence was given that he sustained fatal injuries when he fell from a height while working on the main crusher in the quarry.

    HSA Inspector Padraic McMahon told today’s hearing there was no witness to accident.

     He said there was a company safety statement at the time of the tragedy. However he said there was no written procedure in place to deal with blockages or working at heights.

    Mr McMahon added he is satisfied in relation to safety measures put in place by the company since the accident.

    Company founder and manager Frank Harrington was one of the witnesses who gave evidence at today’s inquest which was conducted by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor.

    He explained that Joseph Harrington was employed In July 2014 as a general operative.  His role was to operate the crusher and screening plant.

    Mr. Harrington said that while the company does have the service of a Health and Safety Officer, that person was not on the site on the morning of the accident.

    He said there had been no issues with the plant which Mr. Harrington operated in recent years,

     However, he continued, approximately ten years ago some issues were raised with the general guards surrounding the plant but this was resolved at the time.

    Responding to a question from the coroner as to what steps had been taken to improve health and safety issues at the quarry, Mr. Harrington said that a full-time health and safety officer is now in place and health and safety checks are carried out on a frequent basis.

    The jury returned a verdict of misadventure.

     

     

  • A verdict of misadventure was returned by a jury today at an inquest into the death of a 28-year-old man who was killed instantly in June 2015 while operating a stone crusher in a quarry at Aghamore, Ballyhaunis.

     The tragic death of Joseph Harrington, Sonnagh, Charlestown was the subject of an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) which prepared a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the matter.

    As a result, a successful prosecution was taken in relation to breaches of health and safety legislation.

    Mayo based firm Harrington Concrete and Quarries – no relation of the deceased - was recently fined a total of €500,000 at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court for breaches of health and safety in relation to the industrial accident on June 11, 2015.

     At the inquest in Castlebar today into Mr. Harrington’s death, evidence was given that he sustained fatal injuries when he fell from a height while working on the main crusher in the quarry.

    HSA Inspector Padraic McMahon told today’s hearing there was no witness to accident.

     He said there was a company safety statement at the time of the tragedy. However he said there was no written procedure in place to deal with blockages or working at heights.

    Mr McMahon added he is satisfied in relation to safety measures put in place by the company since the accident.

    Company founder and manager Frank Harrington was one of the witnesses who gave evidence at today’s inquest which was conducted by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor.

    He explained that Joseph Harrington was employed In July 2014 as a general operative.  His role was to operate the crusher and screening plant.

    Mr. Harrington said that while the company does have the service of a Health and Safety Officer, that person was not on the site on the morning of the accident.

    He said there had been no issues with the plant which Mr. Harrington operated in recent years,

     However, he continued, approximately ten years ago some issues were raised with the general guards surrounding the plant but this was resolved at the time.

    Responding to a question from the coroner as to what steps had been taken to improve health and safety issues at the quarry, Mr. Harrington said that a full-time health and safety officer is now in place and health and safety checks are carried out on a frequent basis.

    The jury returned a verdict of misadventure.

     

     

  • Minister Kevin Boxer Moran was in Crossmolina this afternoon, to launch the public exhibition for the River Deel drainage scheme.

    Crossmolina has a long history of flooding, with the most significant floods occurring in October 1989, December 2006 and again in December 2015.

    Speaking in Crossmolina this afternoon, Minister Moran said the residents of the town have seen at first hand the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property and have waited too long for a flood relief scheme.

    The proposed design for the Crossmolina scheme, which will see an investment of €13.5 million in the town and will provide flood protection for 116 properties, will be on public exhibition at the Town Hall until 22nd June.

    Members of the public and interested stakeholders are invited to make submissions on the scheme before it moves to the next stage of the planning process.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio, Minister Kevin Boxer Moran said it’s a special day for the people of Crossmolina.

     

  • Visiting restrictions are in place at Mayo University Hospital, as some patients in B Ward are displaying symptoms of the Norovirus winter vomiting bug.

    Hospital management has put control measures in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other areas in the hospital.

    Anyone with recent symptoms of the vomiting bug or who has had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit the hospital, to avoid spreading the virus.

    Arrangements will be made for family members of critically ill patients to visit - and this should be arranged through the nurse in charge of the ward before arriving at the hospital.

    Those visiting are asked to use alcohol gel on their hands before and after visiting a relative, and to limit their movement throughout the hospital.

    Meanwhile, patients presenting to Myo University Hospital's Emergency Department, Outpatient Dept or Medical Assessment Unit must advise staff if they've had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting, or if a close family member is unwell with these symptoms.

     

  • Visiting restrictions are in place at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe following an outbreak of  Norovirus.

    Members of the public are asked not to visit the hospital unless absolutely essential.

    Hospital management says this is due to a number of confirmed cases of the vomiting bug.

    In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of this virus, they say it’s imperative that only essential visiting takes place.

    Children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.