county Mayo

  • The town of Claremorris and surrounding areas are busy this morning with over 400 runners and cyclist to take part in the annual Land of the Giants Duathlon.

    Sign in for all participants is underway at the Mc William Park Hotel Kilcolman Rd from 8am until 10am this morning.

    Runners will gather at the Square in Claremorris from 10.10am and the event will start at 10.30am. The Square, James St and Ballinrobe Roads will be affected for approx 1.5hrs.

    The cyclists will use the Mayfields Rd to Colleran cross roads taking a left to Carramore and the Country club where they will rejoin the Ballinrobe/ Claremorris rd. (R332) Participants will Finish at the Square from  approx 11.30-12.30pm.

    Organisers regret any inconvenience caused.

    Padraig Marrey  is the event organizer and he told Midwest News this morning about the excitement around Claremorris.

  • Gardaí are investigating all circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body of a man (50s) in a flat on Main Street, Charlestown. The man’s body was discovered by Gardaí shortly after 1.40pm this afternoon (27/5/2018). The alarm was raised by locals who were concerned as the man had not been seen in recent days.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene and following consultation with the local Coroner his body was later removed to the mortuary at Mayo General Hospital. The scene was examined members of the Divisional Scene of Crime Unit. 

    The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow afternoon(28/5/2018) by Dr Curtis. A case conference was held this evening by investigating Gardaí at Charlestown Garda Station and enquires are ongoing.

    The course of the investigation will be determined by the outcome of the post-mortem.


  • The Minister for Housing & Urban Development, Damien English officially opened a new Housing Development at Marian Crescent, Killala Road, Ballina, on Friday last.

    Construction began on the project in May of last year  and was completed just a year later. It includes four new accessible dwellings in a single terrace; two single-storey houses and two apartments, with level access showers and protected private gardens to the front and rear.

    The all-in cost of the new homes is €811,000. Project architects were Mayo County Council Architects Department managed by Geeta Keena, Senior Architect.

    The development was constructed by a team of contractors including; lead contractorsLPB Building Services, McCauls Chartered Quantity Surveyors, structural engineers:Downes & Associates, mechanical and electrical engineering: Delap & Waller and Noel Costello, Engineer.

  • Irish Rail has no plans to increase capacity on this Sunday's morning's train service from Westport to Dublin.

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Brendan Mulroy had contacted Irish Rail earlier this week and asked them to provide extra carriages on the Sunday morning train to cater for the Mayo supporters travelling to Croke Park to see the Mayo ladies take on Galway in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-final.

    He made the call, following serious overcrowding on last Sunday's morning train from Westport to Dublin - the day of the All-Ireland hurling final.

    In response, Irish Rail said it has no plans at present to increase capacity on the 7.50am Westport to Dublin train this Sunday morning, as in general the demand is low, with almost 200 seats still available.

    The company says its sales team is monitoring the situation, and  - if demand increases - a decision will be taken later to provide additional capacity.

    In relation to the overcrowding on last Sunday morning's service from Mayo to Dublin, Irish Rail says all available trains were in use on what was a busy morning around the country, with additional trains and carriages for the All-Ireland hurling finals from Tipperary, Kilkenny and Galway.

    This - combined with mechanical issues- meant the Westport train operated with four carriages instead of five, as the company did not have any additional capacity available.

    They acknowledge that this was uncomfortable for passengers travelling long distances.

    Irish Rail says any customers that had pre-booked with them, and did not get a seat, can claim a refund - details are available on their website

    In relation to safety concerns, the statement from Irish Rail says its trains are designed to carry both sitting and standing passengers safely - and are certified by the Commission for Rail Regulation to carry standing passengers.

    While customers might find this uncomfortable, their safety is not compromised, according to Irish Rail, who say that while they try to ensure as many customers as possible have a seat, sometimes demand can exceed supply.

    Irish Rail says it's seeking further investment to increase capacity on Intercity services. Where possible, they recommend passengers book on their website to reserve a seat in advance, but the company also sets capacity aside to allow for customers who buy their ticket from booking offices and ticket vending machines.

  • The six year old boy who died tragically in a drowning accident in a stream close to the River Moy in Ballina yesterday has been named locally as Louis Chen.

    Shortly after 1pm (Sunday) Gardaí received reports that a child had gone missing from his home at Rehins Fort, Ballina.

    Following a search, involving Gardaí and local residents, the boy was rescued a short time later from a nearby stream close to the river Moy.
    CPR was administered at the scene and the child was removed to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

    He was pronounced dead at about 6.30pm yesterday evening.

    Ballina based, Garda Supt Joe Doherty last night expressed his deepest sympathy to the child’s family and the local community for what he described as “a tragic accident”.
    He said immense praise was due to the civilians and members of the rescue services, as well as garda personnel who took part in the rescue operation.

    The coroner has been notified of the death and a post-mortem examination will take place.

    Local councillor Mark Duffy told Midwest News this morning that the local community is devastated and said they are with the bereaved family in spirit, unable to mourn with them directly during this pandemic.

  • The death has occurred of Ann Geary, formerly of Pontoon Bridge Hotel.

    Aged 81, Ann died last night in hospital, after a long illness. She was a native of Westport and moved to Pontoon in the 60s when her husband Brendan and herself purchased the Pontoon Bridge Hotel.

    For almost a half a century, Ann successfully ran and managed the popular hotel with her family, turning the hotel from a small lakeside fishing facility into a 58-bedroom wedding venue and leisure destination.  She retired from the hotel business in 2011.

    Over her lifetime, she pioneered local tourism in Mayo and the West of Ireland and promoted angling. She was Chairperson of Ireland West Tourism in the 1980s, and was appointed to the Board of Bord Failte in 1988 and served a five-year term.

    She subsequently served as a board member of the North Western Regional Fisheries Board. 

    She served as the National President of Skal (the International Tourism Fellowship) in the 90s and was a member of the first board of the Western Development Commission.

    Ann is predeceased by her late husband Brendan who died in 2012.  She is survived by her daughters Mary, Ann and Breeta and sons Michael, Brendan and John and eleven grandchildren.

    John Walkin of Ballina served for many years with Ann on national and regional tourism and fishing organisations, he told Midwest News today that she was a wonderful woman who worked hard and said she always had valuable advise to offer.

    Ann Geary's funeral Mass will be on Friday afternoon at 3pm at Christ the King Church, Knockmore. The Mass will be live streamed on

  • The funeral of David Gavin, who was drowned in a swimmng tragedy in Canada last summer, takes place on Friday.

    His remains will arrive at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, at 1 p.m. on Friday for Mass at 3 p.m. with burial afterwards in Breaffy Cemetery.

    David's remains will return to Ireland, via Dublin Airport, tomorrow (Wednesday).

    The talented footballer got into difficulty after jumping from a bridge at Kinbasket Lake in British Columbia last June.

    His remains were recovered last month, after an extensive search.

    A message from the Gavin family expressing gratitude for the financial support made available by GAA fans which enabled the prolonged search for David's remains to come to a satisfactory conclusion was read over the p.a system at last Sunday's game between Mayo and Galway in Castlebar.

    David was a member of Breaffy GAA team prior to moving to Vancouver, Canada.

  • St Mary’s Secondary School in Ballina is the only school in the county that will be offering PE as a leaving cert subject from September next, and many of the present TY class are delighted to have the opportunity to do the new subject for their leaving Certs in 2020.

    64 Schools nationwide have been selected to roll out the new curriculum for Leaving Cert.

    Activity areas include athletics, games, aquatics, adventure activities, gymnastics, dance and performance related fitness. Within the framework of these activities students will explore a wide range of topics such as the physical and psychological demands of performance, learning and improving skill technique and how media and technology impact sport.

    At the end of the programme students will sit an exam worth 50 percent while the remainder of the marks will be awarded for a sports performance (20%) and personal activity project (30%).

    Midwest News  spoke to students Tara Regan and Emma Honan about the opportunity to incorporate their interest in sport with their academic studies, but she began by talking to PE teacher in the school, Cierán Allen about the new exam subject.