gorse fire

  • The Air Corps was brought in to assist local fire crews in tackling an extensive gorse fire which broke out in the Ballycroy area yesterday afternoon.

     The fire was brought under control by about 7 o'clock yesterday evening.

    Local FG Councillor Gerry Coyle is again pleading with the public to be vigilant, to try and prevent such fires starting in dry vegetation.

    He praised the efforts of the local Belmullet fire crew and neighbouring fisre crews for their work in putting out the blaze.

    He added that gorse fires can put the lives of fire crews and others at risk, and also threaten homes and other properties.


  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • The fire service is tackling a gorse fire in the Clogher area, near Belcarra.

    Gardai in Castlebar have confirmed that a blaze has broken out near the GAA pitch in Clogher.

    Mayo County Council staff are also at the scene, and roads in the area are closed, with local diversions in place.

    It follows gorse fires in the Killwalla and Pontoon areas of the county in recent days.


  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.



  • After a month without any significant rain, scattered showers are forecast across the country in the coming days - however water restrictions will continue.

    Met Éireann says showers will spread across the northern half of the country today with top temperatures of 17-20 degrees in the coming days.

    Irish Water is still urging people to conserve supplies, saying the national hosepipe ban introduced last week is having an impact, but more savings are needed.

    Restrictions to water supplies are now in place across 14 counties, with seven drinking water supplies affected in Co Galway.

    Meanwhile, several units of the Galway Fire Service tackled a smouldering bog fire near the village of Barna yesterday evening. 

    Plumes of smoke could be seen from several kilometres away, and a section of the Barna to Moycullen road was closed to traffic for a time to facilitate fire crews.

  • An extensive gorse fire that broke out on Achill Island yesterday was eventually brought under control yesterday evening.

    Volunteers assisted fire crew in eventually getting the blaze under control.

    The fire started on a hill near the village of Dugort yesterday morning and raged throughout the afternoon.

    No damage was caused to property and no one was injured.

    The local Achill unit of the Fire Service attended the scene and they were joined by crews from Crossmolina and Westport during the day. In addition up to 100 volunteers assisted in the efforts to get the fire under control in strong winds.

    It was eventually extinguished yesterday evening.

  • A gorse fire in Co Mayo is now burning across ten kilometres of bogland -- making it the third major wildfire burning on the island this weekend.

    A major blaze which broke out in Killarney National Park last night is still spreading towards the Gap of Dunloe, having burned through an ancient oak forest earlier.

    And firefighters in the North say their work to quench a blaze on the Mournes has drawn in crews from across the Six Counties.

    They say the major incident will continue into a third day.

    Mick Power, National Estates Risk Manager with Coillte, says air support will come to Pontoon, in Co Mayo first thing tomorrow.

  • Three units of the Mayo Fire Service are tackling a gorse fire this evening on the N26 near Foxford.

    While the road is not closed, motorists in the area are asked to take extra caution.