• There is said to be strong interest from stamp collectors and others in two stamps issued to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next month for the World Meeting of Families gathering.

    According to today’s Irish Times, more than 450,000 €1 stamps showing the Pope, and 103,000 €1.50 international stamps, showing a family walking along a beach, will be issued, according to Angus Laverty of An Post.

    First-day covers costing €3.50 will be available on envelopes with special franking marks, and in souvenir packs at main post offices and online.

    More than 350,000 stamps issued to mark Ireland’s hosting of the Eucharistic Congress in 2012 were sold.

    In a tweet, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin urged his flock to mark the World Meeting of Families: “Why not post a card and prayer to faraway family members with the new stamps?”

    The ninth World Meeting of Families pastoral congress in Dublin takes place at the RDS from August 22nd to 24th. A Festival of Families is at Croke Park on August 25th.

    All 500,000 tickets for the Mass, as well as the 45,000 tickets for Knock, and the 75,000 tickets  for Croke Park are booked out, as are 37,000 tickets for the pastoral congress in the RDS.

  • Tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock and Dublin are now available online.

    There are 500,000 tickets for the Phoenix Park where Pope Francis will say Mass, and 45,000 tickets for Knock.

    The tickets can be booked online at worldmeeting2018.ie.

    When booking, people are being invited to make an optional donation to help with the costs of the visit. 

  • A national tractor protest will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) outside the Dail, on Kildare St in Dublin.. Farmers from across this region will be travelling to the capital to take part and voice their concerns over the future of farming.

    Aontú candidate in the General Election in Mayo, Paul Lawless told Midwest News E today why farmers across the county and country feel that their livelihoods are under threat, and believe that the government is not taking adequate action in addressing the crisis in farming.

  • About 400 tractors will drive into Dublin city centre this afternoon, with farmers travelling from across the region to the capital for a two-day protest.

    Individual farmers are taking part in the demonstration, as part of their ongoing campaign over beef prices, carbon tax and other issues.

    Gardaí are warning of major traffic disruption and some road closures in the city centre.

  • We caught up with Fiona McHale and Peter Leahy after Mayo's defeat to Dublin, 3-15 1-10, in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division One Final in Parnell Park, Dublin on Sunday last.



  • Last night's winning Euro Millions ticket was sold in North County Dublin.

    The largest ever lotto jackpot winner in Ireland bought the ticket in Reilly's Daybreak in the Naul.

    It's still unclear if the winner of the € 175 million is a syndicate or single ticket holder.


    Meanwhile, a Belmullet shop had a €5,000 euro winner last night.

    Carey's Newsagents & Bookstore on Main Street, Belmullet sold a ticket that was one of 10 picked in Ireland during a EuroMillions raffle.

    It's worth €5,000 to the holder.



  • All of Ireland’s 26 dioceses will open the 9th World Meeting of Families simultaneously with a special liturgical ceremony today and with the ringing of bells in each of the 26 diocesan cathedrals across the island.  Family-friendly festivals are also taking place.

    The WMOF Pastoral Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to Friday, while the Festival of Families will be celebrated in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. 

    Pope Francis will join the WMOF celebrations when he visits Ireland on Saturday.  WMOF will culminate with the closing Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday. 

    Today’s opening liturgy in each cathedral will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer.  Entitled Le chéile le Críost (Together with Christ). The ceremonies will involve singing and praying hymns, psalms and canticles, burning incense and praying for the entire human family and all are welcome.