• A man was arrested and 3,000 euro of heroin was seized by gardai at Foxford train station yesterday evening.

    The Divisional Drugs Task Force working with local gardai arrested the man, aged in his forties,and with an address in the county, at the train station at approx 6pm yesterday evening.

    He was taken to Ballina garda station for questioning and has subsequently been released with a file to be prepared for the DPP.

  • Members of the business community in Ballina are seeking a meeting with local elected councillors to outline their frustration with elected councillors’ failure to listen and take on the concerns of businesses in the town, as a new speed limit of 80km per hour is set to be introduced on the N58 main Foxford to Ballyvary road.

    That’s according to the President of Ballina Chamber of Commerce Hugh Rouse.

    Mr Rouse told Midwest News this morning that at last month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District some councillors appeared to question the authenticity of the one thousand signatures secured by Ballina businesses - objecting to the TII decision to reduce the speed limit along this stretch of road that links Ballina to Castlebar.

    The business group had asked councillors to seek a meeting between themselves and the TII to outline in detail business concerns about the reduction to the speed limit proposed.

    Councillors voted not to seek such a meeting between both sides.

    Mr Rouse, who declined to go on air this morning, told Midwest News that Ballina Chamber is the third largest chamber in Connaught and he said it appears that local councillors are not listening to its concerns.

    He added that multinationals and local businesses in Ballina are all concerned about the impact on business if the speed limits are, as planned, reduced from  100km per hour to 80km per hour, along the Foxford to Ballyvary road.

  • Minister of State for Housing Damien English will be in Foxford this noon time for the official opening of 4 houses, developed by St Vincent de Paul in association with Mayo county council and St Nathy’s Trust.

    At 12 noon the Minister will open the second phase of the  twelve unit St Michael’s development in the town.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise says the new, award winning  housing development has been designed for the elderly and people with a disability.

  • Gardai in Ballina are advising motorists that the N26 road between Ballina and Foxford is closed to traffic at present about 4 km the Ballina side of Foxford due to a collision.
    Emergency services are at the scene.
    Motorists are advised to divert through Knockmore / Pontoon.

  • Plans are progressing to erect a memorial in Foxford to honour local  men and women who fought in World War One.

    A local committee is working towards placing a momument at Green Road in Foxford in memory of those from the area who were involved in the war.

    In order to apply for grant aid, the committee needed Mayo County Council to lease a portion of ground on the town side of the Admiral Browne Promenade for the memorial.

    Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News that the council has now agreed to the lease, which will allow the committee to apply for grants for the project.

  • Laura Bernal, Argentine Ambassador to Ireland died suddenly at her residence in Dublin over the weekend.

    The Ambassador had visited Foxford on numerous occasions and was in constant contact with The Admiral Brown Society in the town.

    Foxford was the birthplace of the founder of the Argentine Navy, Admiral William Brown.

    Oliver Murphy of the Admiral Brown Society in Foxford today extended the sympathy of the society to the Ambassador’s family on her sudden passing. He says the people of Foxford are also saddened.

    Ambassador Bernal last visited Foxford during the visit of the ARA Libertad to Ireland, which included festivities in Foxford in November last year(2019).

  • The Argentine Ambassador to Ireland Laura Bernal will be laid to rest in Foxford this afternoon.

    Her funeral Mass will take place in St Michael’s Church in Foxford at 12 noon. The late ambassador died suddenly last month.

    Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at today’s funeral is strictly limited to immediate family and a number of dignataries.

    Acting Ambassador of Argentina in Ireland Mr. Diego Sadofschi,Government Chief Whip Sean Kyne, the Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces-Vice Admiral Mark Mellett,Secretary General at the Department of Foreign Affairs- Mr. Niall Burgess and the Chairman of the Admiral Brown Society Gus O’Hara will be among the small number that will attend today’s ceremonies.

    The funeral Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Dermot Meehan, Diocesan  Administrator of Achonry and his excellency , the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddus Okolo

    Ambassador Bernal, passed away in Dublin two weeks ago.Since her appointment as ambassador in 2016, she had been a regular visitor to  Foxford - the hometown of Admiral William Brown, founder of the Argentine Navy.

    She built a close relationship with Mayo County Council and the Admiral Brown Society in Foxford, and in keeping with the wishes of her family, she will be laid to rest in Craggagh cemetery Foxford, this afternoon after funeral mass in St Michael Church 12 noon

    The service will be live streamed by Mayo County Council on their website




  • The death has taken place of Pat O’Hara from Foxford.

    The deceased was widely known and respected as the proprietor of O’Hara’s Bakery in Foxford.

    A tribute on the bakery's Facebook page stated: "We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our boss, co-worker, colleague and friend."

    Pat and his family have provided valuable employment to the area over a long number of years which has seen the O’Hara’s brand developed into one of the best known in the country.

    Pat O’Hara’s funeral will take place on Monday, with the funeral cortege leaving his residence at 11.45am to St Michael’s Church, Foxford arriving for funeral Mass at 12.30pm with the funeral proceeding to Craggagh cemetery.


    Due to Government advice and guidelines regarding public gatherings, the funeral Mass will be for family and close friends. 

    Local Councillor Neil Cruise has described Pat as a gentleman who was good to so many and his many acts of kindness was done in a discreet manner.


  • The Irish equestrian community has paid tributes following the tragic death of talented Mayo show jumper Jack Dodd.

     25 year old Jack from Foxford passed away on Wednesday in a Netherlands hospital, as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident which occurred in Belgium last week. 

    One of Ireland's best prospects, he won the FEI European Championships in Arezzo, Italy, as part of the Irish team in 2014. He was also selected in the International Young Riders Academy, a prestigious position in show jumping reserved for talented young athletes.

    After spending several years learning his trade from the world's top riders, Jack worked at Bertram Allen's yard in Germany before setting up his own business in Balen Belgium, where he achieved success both in Young Horse events and in the top international classes in European show jumping.

    Horse Sport Ireland CEO Ronan Murphy has paid his respects to Jack’s family and recognised the Mayo man's talent on a saddle.

    "Jack Dodd was an extremely talented and hard-working young man and was much loved by all who met him.

    Irish Show Jumping Development Team Manager Michael Blake also offered condolence to Jack’s  parents  Trish and David and praised the youngsters motivation to achieve the life he dreamed of.

  • The man who drowned tragically in the river Moy in Foxford  yesterday afternoon has been named as John Newcombe of 47 Moyview, Foxford.

    John, aged in his early fifties, was fishing for salmon on the River Moy close to the bridge in the town.
    Other anglers in the area and members of the gardai were unable to save the fisherman after he apparently lost his footing.

    His body was recovered and brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination was carried out.

    Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today the community is saddened at his death and described John as an able fisherman.

    His remains will be reposing at Clarke’s funeral home Foxford tomorrow evening (Wed) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm with removal to St Michael’s Church Foxford to arrive at 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest after 12 noon Mass in Craggagh cemetery on Thursday.


  • Overlay works will start this morning on the N26 Ballina road out of Foxford, which will cause significant delays to traffic, according to Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise.

    Crews will begin work this morning on the stretch of road from the bridge on the Ballina road to O'Hara's Bakery, and works will be carried out during the day until next Tuesday or Wednesday.

    After that, the works will continue at night.

    Councillor Neil Cruise says a Stop / Go system will be in place for traffic throughout the duration of the road works.

    He says people will need to leave extra time to get to work in the mornings as a result of the works.....