• Construction is expected to start next Summer on the long-awaited new  bridge at Cloongullane on the N26 near Foxford, as Transport Infrastructure Ireland is allocating €2.5 million for the new bridge and road realignment project.

    It's part of the €56 million funding package for national roads in Mayo next year, as announced this morning by Minister Michael Ring.

    The upgrading of the N26 between Swinford and Ballina at Cloongullane Bridge has been delayed for years by planning issues relating to the River Moy SAC, but Senator Michelle Mulherin says these planning issues have been overcome, and the new bridge project is now shovel-ready.

    With this allocation of €2.5 million from TII, she expects the project to go to tender early in the New Year, while €50,000 has also been allocated for a project appraisal of the new Ballina Orbital Route, to ease traffic congestion in the town.

    Senator Mulherin has been giving Midwest News an update on both road projects.

  • Gardai in Ballina are seeking public assistance in locating an item taken from a construction site in Foxford last weekend.

    Works are being carried out at Clossagh Road, Foxford, on a new sewerage scheme. The company that are carrying out these works had a road saw Husquarna FS400LV, orange in colour, taken from the side of the road between 1.30 and 5pm on last Friday afternoon, the 10th May. 

    The company had hired the equipment and it is new, and valued at €3000.

    The owner of the equipment is prepared to pay a reward for information leading to its return.

  • A premises in Foxford town centre was damaged by fire yesterday. The fire services attended the scene of the blaze.

    There were no reports of any injuries sustained.

    The  fire broke out in a commercial premises on the corner of  Lower Main Street, across from the library.
    A fast food takeaway had operated from the building for a number of years.
    The fire services attended the scene yesterday evening and brought the fire under control.

  • A raffle last night for a holiday cottage in County Mayo to raise funds for healthcare workers has been won by a woman living in Dublin.


    The couple who own the home near Foxford which raised close to €1 million in the raffle described the level of interest as “unreal”.


    A Canada-based Irish couple, who are both Covid-19 survivors, decided in June to raffle their house because they wanted to give something back after surviving the virus.


    The Irish Times is reporting that the decision to raise money for healthcare support workers sprang from a combination of their own recent experience of the virus, seeing friends and family around them affected by cancer, and a lifelong belief that support staff in hospitals do not get the recognition they deserve.


    The tickets cost €10 and the money rolled in for weeks and quickly surpassed the couple’s initial target of €250,000.


    The 150-year-old cottage, on the Mayo side of the Ox Mountains, had been placed on the market through local agent CK Auctioneers earlier this year and attracted offers of up to €90,000.


    In a statement on its website this morning CK Auctioneers said the “winner of the cottage is a Dublin lady. Under GDPR we are awaiting permission from winner to publish their name.”

  • Mayo county council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are at present testing different road barriers on the Castlebar road outside Foxford (the N58).

    In the Umoon area about 2 km outside the town there are significant drops either side of a newly resurfaced road and many road users have expressed their concerns over the lack of any barriers that might prevent a vehicle dropping a couple of meters should it come off the road in ice or frost.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today about the present testing of barriers to ensure that the safest option is installed along this very busy stretch of main road linking Ballina to Castlebar.

     He said he expects the barriers to be in place before next winter.

  • "They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

    The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

    At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

    Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

    Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

    Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

  • The fire crews were busy throughout the night last night dealing with gorse fires that ranged over a broad area of Straide, Foxford and Swinford.

    While fire crews in county Roscommobn battled a gorse fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea.

    In county Galway gorse fires raged in the Menlough, Balliasloe and Mountbellew arean

    A Fire Risk warning for western counties is in operation by the dept of Agriculture. It remains in place until tomorrow with warm temperatures, dry ground and strong winds providing dangerous conditions for the spread of fire.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Foxford based councillor Neil Cruise pleaded with landowners to stop a recent practice of lighting gorse fires in the dark. He said its an unnecessary risk to communities and properties.

  • One of the county’s oldest and most popular bus routes, has been significantly impacted by the new Bus Schedule Service announced last week by Bus Eireann.

    Route 52, that had always picked up passengers along the road between Ballina and Castlebar, particularly between Foxford and Castlebar,  has now become an expressway service. That’s according to Castlebar Sinn Fein councillor Joe McHale.

    He says its means that passengers who use the service between Foxford and Ballyvary and on through Chancery in Turlough, who had always been picked up along route, must now travel to either Foxford or Ballyvary to access the bus.

    Route 52 is also a Galway bus service from Ballina.

    The councillor says many people had depended on the route and it’s a significant change to the service.

    Speaking to Midwest News today councillor McHale said he is calling on Bus Eireann to immediately look at this new expressway service and think again about its impact on customers.

    Midwest News has contacted Bus Eireann and are awaiting a response.

  • The misuse of drones in the Foxford area is going to be highlighted at tomorrow’s Mayo Joint Policing Committee meeting.

    Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise raised the matter at yesterday’s Claremorris/Swinford Municipal District as he wanted to know what restrictions are in place by the local authority surrounding the use of drones.

    Councillor Cruise says flying drones around housing estates in the early hours of the morning is simply not on.

    He says this practice is frightening people in their homes.


    Gardai seized cannabis and cocaine from four people in Ballina on St Patrick’s Day.

    Gardai searched the four men on the street in the town on Saturday and discovered the illegal substances.

    In a separate incident, a man was arrested on Friday evening last after he was found in possession of cannabis. The drugs were discovered in his car after it was stopped and searched during a planned garda operation in the Foxford area.

    The man was arrested for questioning. He was later released without charge but a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Two units of the Fire Service are attending to a blaze in Foxford this evening.

    Midwest News understands the fire broke out at a takeaway in the town.

    There are some traffic delays in Foxford as a result.


  • Foxford is playing host to one of the biggest cultural events in the County this weekend.

    Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo is being held in Foxford for the second consecutive year.

    Following the success of last year’s fleadh it was it was no surprise that the town was chosen to host the fleadh for a second year.

    The official opening took place last night at the secondary school in Foxford with many session continuing in the local pubs.

    A Junior Session is currently taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the iconic Foxford Woollen Mills. Mass will take place this evening May 11 at 7.30pm, which allows people the opportunity to hear members of the Mayo CCÉ All-Irish choir. The children of ‘Glór na Sí, under the musical direction of Tommy Doherty, will perform at Mass on Sunday morning at 11am.

    The Fleadh Céilí will take place on Saturday night at 9.30pm in the Brown Memorial Hall. Music by the very popular Swallow’s Tail Céilí Band. Also, on Sunday, any fan of the great outdoors can take part in a walk, specially organised to celebrate Foxford hosting the fleadh, by the very active Foxford Ramblers walking group. ‘A Musical Ramble through Drummin Wood with a ‘Cupán Tae’ by the lake, will leave from Foxford Leisure Centre at 12.30pm.

    In addition to the celebration of music, the town will welcome back local boxer Kelsey Langan of the Knockmore/Foxford Boxing Club at 4pm today.

    Kelsey won a National Title in Dublin last night.

  • A major water leak has developed in Foxford on the Swinford Road.

    Mayo County Council personnel are in attendance at the scene of the leak.

    Due to the size of the pipe & its depth, water service will be disrupted for a number of hours in the Foxford area.

    People in the area are advised to conserve water for the remainder of the day.

  • More than 200 Argentine military personnel, together with 100 members of the Irish Navy were in Foxford yesterday to honour the founder of the Argentine navy, Admiral William Brown.

    The Naval officers attended a memorial Mass in St Michael’s Church before continuing a parade through the town.

    Proceedings culminated on the banks of the River Moy, at the Admiral Brown Promenade,  where a number of wreathes were laid in front of a bronze statue of Admiral Brown.

    Speaking at the event the Argentine Ambassador to Ireland, Laura Bernal, said that William Brown was considered a hero by the people of Argentina and the visit by its Naval personnel was very significant.

    The Argentine officers and crew had travelled from Dublin where the ARA Libertad ship had docked for a number of days on a world tour.

    Members of the Admiral Brown Society in Foxford are guests on the Libertad this evening(Monday)  and tomorrow local school principal John McHugh and staff and 50 primary school students in Foxford  will be guests of the Captain on board the Libertad before it sets off on its journey tomorrow evening to Boston.

    Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News this morning that the turnout for the event yesterday in Foxford was spectacular and he thanked all involved in making the town a blue and white welcome for the visitors.



  •  An Bord Pleanala has confirmed today that it has given the green light to the building of a new bridge and road at Cloongullane, on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road.

    The long awaited decision was confirmed by An Bord pleanala to local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin today.

    The bridge forms a significant part of the much needed and long awaited upgrade of the N26 Ballina to Swinford road, and any progress on a new bridge had been held back due to environmental concerns over the impact of proposed works on the river Moy.

    Just last month An Bord Pleanala had again stalled on making a decision on the proposed new development, but today has agreed to allow works to go ahead and to acquire the necessary CPOs for the lands required to construct a new section of road and a new bridge.

    Funding for the development that is estimated to cost in excess of 10 million euro has not yet been secured, but could not be sought until today’s planning decision was announced.

    Senator Mulherin has been telling Midwest News about the significance of today’s announcement.

    Mayo County Council has also welcomed the news.

    Chief Executive  Peter Hynes, says it is  an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina and the works will improve access from East Mayo through to the North of the county.”

    The realignment of just under 2km  of the N26 and an 83m bridge across the River Moy has been a priority of Mayo county  council for some time and it is now  anticipated that works will begin by the end of  2019 following further design,  land acquirement and putting the project out for tender.





  • The funeral of the Argentinian Ambassador to Ireland has taken place in Foxford.

    Laura Bernal died suddenly at her home in Dublin last month.

    The ambassador was buried in Foxford, in recognition of the town's strong links with Argentina.

    Ms Bernal was appointed as her country's Ambassador to Ireland in early 2016.

    In the years that followed, she made several visits to Foxford, the birthplace of the founder of the Argentinian Navy, Admiral William Brown.

    Last November, Ms Bernal led a 200 strong delegation from the ARA Libertad naval vessel to the town, to celebrate the connection between Argentina and Mayo.

    Due to social distancing rules, the funeral mass at St Michael's Church was attended by just ten people.

    The ceremony was relayed on webcam via, so the diplomat’s friends and relatives could watch it.

    Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, was one of the celebrants at the mass.

    In his homily, Archbishop Okolo said the 63-year-old ambassador's good deeds through her life would endure.

    He described her as a careful, kind and considerate person, who had impacted on the lives on many others. 

    Members of the town’s brass band played the national anthems of both countries at a bust of Admiral Brown outside the church, when the funeral mass concluded.

    The ambassador was laid to rest in Craggagh Cemetery.

    The outgoing Chief Executive of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes said Laura became an honorary Mayo person and a true friend of Foxford.

  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre


  • A verdict of accidental death has been returned by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O'Connor at an inquest into the death of a 52 year-old salmon angler on the River Moy at Foxford last May.

    John Newcombe, who lived in Foxford, fished the Moy regularly.

    An inquest today was told that the medical cause of his death on May 28th was freshwater drowning.

    The inquest was told that Mr. Newcombe had a history of epileptic seizures and, for this reason, did not like to go fishing alone on the river.

    However, he apparently ended up fishing alone on May 28th.

     The alarm was raised when a local woman, Arleen Campbell, having spotted his body in the river, entered the water and held onto the body to prevent it being carried downstream.

    Garda Patrick Coleman and local resident Michael Tiernan removed the body from the water.

    After returning a verdict of accidental death, the coroner expressed his deepest sympathy with the relatives of the deceased and said Mr. Newcombe had died doing what he loved best – freshwater fishing.

    Sergeant Gerry McNally, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, joined in the expressions of sympathy.

  • The location of the new wastewater treatment plant , under construction at present in Foxford has been designed taking into account the historical and  projected flood events in the immediate area, according to Irish Water.

    Controversy has arisen over the location of the new sewerage plant, in an area that is prone to flooding beside the River Moy in Foxford. Midwest News published a photo of the construction site on our facebook page, earlier this week, and it has been eliciting extensive comment.We asked Irish Water for a spokesperson to discuss the matter  - they declined that invitation but did issue a statement.

    It reads: The location of the new wastewater treatment structures and tanks in Foxford have been designed taking into account the historical and  projected flood events in the immediate area. None of the buildings or tanks that are currently under construction in the new wastewater treatment site have been affected by the current flood event. It is noted that a temporary car park area in the lower part of the site is affected by flood water. However this area and the remainder of the site will be raised by up to one meter as envisaged in the design of the works and as assessed as part of the flood assessment that was completed as part of the planning permission process.

    Wastewater treatment plants are generally located in the lowest part of a town to facilitate gravitation flow in sewers. Plants are also generally located beside water bodies (rivers) to facilitate the discharge of treated effluent. Because of this flood assessments are a critical part of the design process.




  • As both the Killala and Foxford new sewerage schemes are now in the construction phase, an information morning on the new Killala scheme takes place in the local community centre on Friday morning next, May 10th and in Friday afternoon in the Mill in Foxford.

    Irish Water is keen to provide the public with any information or updates on both schemes.

    Foxford based fine Gael councillor Neil Cruse  is encouraging anyone with questions to attend.