• Irish Rail has received several complaints of harassment and abuse towards passengers on the Dublin-Westport railway line.

    A schoolgirl claims she was threatened with 'sexual punishments' by drunk men.

    This is among 40 complaints of antisocial behaviour on the line in 2018.

    Irish Rail says there were nearly 600-thousand journeys on this route last year and the limited number of complaints were 'regrettable.'

    Fianna Fáil's transport spokesman, Sligo based Marc MacSharry, says this behaviour cannot be tolerated.

  • Beef farmers are again protesting in Dublin today, with large parts of the city centre closed.

    The group of independent farmers say many won't survive into the new year if beef prices remain below the cost of production.

    They want an emergency meeting of the beef task force and an immediate increase in prices.



  • IT solutions and networking company, Dublin based, Arkphire, has today announced its acquisition of CloudStrong, a specialist cloud solution provider that is located in Castlebar.  The new combined business is committed to building out a growth cloud services business from its centre of excellence in the county town. 

    For commercial reasons, Arkphire is not disclosing financial details related to this latest acquisition.

    Over the past four years, Arkphire has grown turnover from €20m to over €90m and the company is on track to become a €100 million business this year, providing a full range of technology solutions from the desktop to the data centre. 

    Founded in 2011 by Oliver Surdival, CloudStrong currently employs 12 people, providing cloud consultancy services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise market.  CloudStrong received start-up equity funding from Enterprise Ireland and has been a client in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up unit at GMIT, Castlebar campus, which is dedicated to Irish start-ups with the potential to scale international markets.

    Founder and CEO of CloudStrong, Oliver Surdival says he is extremely proud of the CloudStrong team and they are very excited to now become part of the Arkphire Group.

  • A charity cycle in memory of the crew of Rescue 116, which crashed off the north Mayo coast last year, will take place in March.

    Miles in the Memory is an initiative organised by the Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana and Belmullet Cycling Club.

    The cycle will depart Dublin Airport on Saturday March 10th at 8am and is expected to arrive in Blacksod on Sunday evening March 11th at around 6pm.

    The event was officially launched last night at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet last night.


    Dublin will continue to play two games in the 'Super 8s' at Croke Park.

    A Donegal motion proposing the Dubs to be restricted to just one of their three matches at the venue was heavily defeated at Congress this afternoon.

    Former G-A-A president Sean Kelly spoke against the motion saying it was 'negative' at that teams should aspire to beat the All-Ireland champions at Croke Park.



  • An investigation is underway after the Dublin to Westport train hit a herd of cattle on the rail track near Tullamore yesterday.

    Significant damage was caused to the train, and eight cattle were killed in the incident which brought services to a halt on the line serving  Galway and Westport.

    No passengers were injured in the incident but there were delays of up to three hours as they were transferred to a replacement train.

    Full services are said to be operating again this morning.

  • A farmers protest is continuing for a second day in Dublin - disrupting traffic and public transport in the city centre.

    The independent group of farmers organising the protest had insisted yesterday that they meet with the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.

    Without prior notification, Minister Creed came out to talk to farmers for about 10 minutes early this morning - and he later met in the Department with a deputation of 5 people who handed over a letter with their demands.

    Getting injunctions against two farmers lifted following the recent beef protests, and getting the Beef Taskforce back up and running are among the main issues.

    Until those demands are met, farmers intend to continue with their protest.

  • A student is challenging the system used to determine the 2020 Leaving Cert results.

    The case was before the High Court today and will be heard again next Wednesday.

    The student making the challenge is from Dublin.

    The Minister for Education and the Minister for Further and Higher Education are the respondents in the case.

  • Former Mayo women’s football boss Frank Browne has switched codes and will manage Dublin’s senior camogie team in 2019.

    Browne was in charge when Mayo made the 2017 All-Ireland final, which they lost to Dublin, and he has managed Mayo’s hurlers in the past too.

    The Dublin Camogie Board released a statement saying that he was taking over from former Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity who stepped down recently.

  • Mayo manager James Horan is not concerned by the quick turnaround his side faces against Dublin this weekend.

    Dublin effectively rested many of their key men last weekend in their surreal Super 8's clash with Tyrone.

    Mayo have played seven championship games so far this season as they traversed the qualifiers and the Super 8's.

    Horan disregarded suggestions that Jim Gavin's charges will be fresher than his side on Saturday evening.

    After the Donegal game he said their focus was on tweaking improvements in their performance ahead of the Dublin match.

  • Mayo manager James Horan argues that his team can take a lot from 2019 despite their ten-point defeat to Dublin.

    With younger players coming through and winning their first national title since 2001, he argues that the year had positives to take into 2020.

    A rip-roaring league final victory over Kerry, a first championship victory over Galway since 2015 and the return of injured players like Tom Parsons and Matthew Ruane bode well for the Green and Red next year.

    Horan alluded to tired legs from the Donegal match a week previous, but admitted that Dublin were full value for their win.

  • Pope Francis hopes to begin his historic visit to Ireland in Knock, according to today’s  Irish Independent. Organisers of the pontiff's trip are believed to be exploring the idea of having him fly directly to the west of Ireland rather than Dublin as anticipated.

    When the Pope’s visit to Ireland was officially confirmed some weeks ago, Dublin was the only venue confirmed – Knock was not ruled out – but certainly wasn’t ruled in either.

    This morning Midwest News has contacted Knock Shrine and we were told that they have not been informed of any new developments regarding the Pope’s visit.

    However, according to the paper there has been much speculation about the type of welcome the Pope will receive - but sources say gardaí have concerns that as many as 650,000 people will want to see him in the Phoenix Park on August 26.

    By holding another event at Knock a day earlier they hope to offer an alternative viewing opportunity for people.

    "The Phoenix Park can cope with the crowds once they are inside but getting them safely to and from the Mass would be the problem," a source  has told the paper.

    The Vatican tends to remain tight-lipped about the Pope's itinerary until shortly before he travels to a country.

    It has been confirmed that the first papal visit in nearly 40 years will take place to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin between August 21-26. Pope Francis (81) is scheduled to take part in a ceremony in Croke Park on August 25, before celebrating Mass in Phoenix Park the following day.

    Well-placed sources involved in logistical planning for the visit have indicated to the Irish Independent, that Knock is now firmly on the agenda. One proposal is for the pontiff to fly directly to Knock Airport, which in itself would be an historic occasion.

    Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Knock shrine during his visit in 1979. He described his visit there as "the goal of my journey to Ireland".

    Pope Francis has prayed at a number of Marian shrines while on tours to other countries, including last year when he honoured two children who saw Mary in the Portuguese town of Fátima.

    It is likely that if the Pope flies directly from Rome to Knock, he will then use air transport to get to Dublin in time for a ticketed event in Croke Park.

  • Irish Rail is advising those travelling to Dublin for the Pope's visit next month that train seats must be booked in advance.

    There will be no access to trains on Sunday 26th August without a ticket or reservation.

    Irish Rail says train tickets will not be available for sale on Sunday 26th August, and only passengers with tickets or reservations will be allowed access the Intercity trains.

    This applies to regular services and extra trains which will operate on a number of routes, including the Mayo, Galway and Sligo rail lines.

    Train passengers must travel on the train they book - due to high demand, there is no flexibilty to change to other services.

    Trains on that date will have unallocated seating, and passengers should take any available seat.

    Up to half a million people will travel to Phoenix Park where the Pope will celebrate Mass on 26th August, following a brief visit to Knock Shrine.

    Irish Rail says this is the large single event the country has hosted since Pope John Paul II visited in 1979, and customers need to book intercity trains in advance to ensure all can travel to the event in comfort.

    Iarnrod Eireann says there are also limited services from Westport, Ballina and Athlone to Claremorris for the Knock Shrine event on the same date - including a bus transfer to and from Knock.

  • All-Ireland Minor Football Final 
    Kerry 0-21 
    Galway 1-13 

    All-Ireland Senior Football Final 
    Dublin 2-17 
    Tyrone 1-14

  • As Donegal joins Dublin from midnight tonight in Level 3 Covid Restrictions – the implications of the ban on travel out of these counties will impact directly on tourism areas nationally, in particular locations like Westport.

    The Level 3 Covid restrictions announced last Friday evening for Dublin are already  impacting on visitor numbers to Westport and surrounding areas.

    30 percent of the tourists that visit Westport from September to December annually, come from the capital.

    Michael Lennon of Westport Chamber, is a former President of the Irish Hotels Federation and a board member of ITIC ( Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) and says the tourism and hospitality sector in Westport will certainly be hit by the Level 3 Restrictions on travel out of Dublin for the next number of weeks, and will be further impacted by the same restrictions in Donegal from midnight tonight, and now other counties are on high alert for similar restrictions.

    He’s been speaking to Midwest News today about the impact of the Level 3 restrictions in Dublin on Westport's tourist numbers already.




  • Protesters are taking to the streets of Dublin later today to demand a reversal of rural post office closures.


    An Post recently announced details of the almost 160 post offices earmarked to close.


    But a coalition of groups is rallying today outside the Dáil to demand a U-turn on the policy.


    Save Our Post Offices Mayo will be among the groups represented at the march to Dail Eireann.






  • The Mayo senior footballers will play Dublin at 5pm next Saturday after the boys in blue defeated Tyrone 1-16 to 0-13.

    Tyrone will face Kerry the following day in GAA HQ in the other semi-final.

    Mayo's game will be preceded by the minor match, as Tomas Morley's men take on Cork at 3pm in Croker.

    The following day the Galway and Kerry footballers serve as the curtain raiser for the senior game.


     Conor lane will referee the All-Ireland semi-final meeting of Mayo and Dublin at 5pm this Saturday.


    The Cork man will be the man in the middle in charge of the first meeting of the two teams since the 2017 final.


    Maurice Deegan is in charge of the Kerry and Tyrone semi-final on Sunday as the championship nears its’ conclusion.


    The Mayo match is part of a super Saturday of sport on Midwest Radio Sport, with the Mayo Ladies quarter final, the Mayo minor’s semi-final and the senior game, all being broadcast live.


    The Saturday sport schedule;


    1pm - Mayo v Armagh ladies - Benny O'Brien & Diane O'Hara


    3pm - Mayo v Cork minors - Tom Carney & Declan O'Reilly


    5pm - Mayo v Dublin seniors - Michael D McAndrew & Martin Carney




  • It is expected that the Dublin Mayo clash will be a sell-out in GAA HQ with tickets on sale from GAA clubs, Ticketmaster, and selected Supervalu and centra stores as of 10 o’clock this morning.

    Iarnrod Eireann is refusing as of yet to confirm special train services for the Mayo match this weekend.

    A spokesperson for the company told Midwest News that there were no details as of yet for extra services this Saturday but that information will be put up across all their social media in the coming days.

    In previous years extra train services have been added to Iarnrod Eireann services for big football clashes in Croke Park involving Mayo sides.

    This Saturday fans are hoping that additional services will be added to Iarnrod Eireann's train schedule if the train is to be an option with a throw-in at 5pm.

  • Roscommon name their team to take on Jim Gavin’s men in a Croke Park double-bill as Cork and Tyrone do battle at 5pm, with the two provincial champions clashing at 7pm on Saturday.

    Anthony Cunningham makes one change to the team that started the Tyrone Game.

    Brian Stack, scorer of the crucial goal in the 2017 Connaught final, starts at number ten in place of Hubert Darcy. The starting team captained by Enda Smith is

    Darren O'Malley

    David Murray

    Sean Mullooly

    Conor Daly

    Niall Daly

    Conor Hussey

    Ronan Daly

    Tadgh O'Rourke

    Shane Killoran

    Brian Stack

    Cathal Cregg

    Niall Kilroy

    Diarmuid Murtagh

    Conor Cox

    Enda Smith