• As the country takes another step in the re-opening journey today, Midwest News was on the streets of the county town and we spoke to hairdressers, barbers, outdoor gym owners and shoppers to gauge the level of excitement out there as the economy returns to some kind of new normal.

    There were queues lining up at many of Castlebar’s barbers and hairdressers today, people looking to secure an appointment over the next number of days and week.

    Denise Walsh McMenamin is the owners of Istaglam hair and beauty on Main St, Castlebar. She explained to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley what it’s like to be back in business today...

    Men in Castlebar are as keen as the women today to address their extended locks, and Carl Manahattan of Manhattan’s Barbers Main St was no exception...

    Former All star Mayo footballer Andy Moran and his staff at the Movement Gym and the Lough Lannagh Leisure Centre, were out bright and early this morning providing outdoor fitness in pods of 15 for the first time this year. They were set up at the front of Lough Lannagh Leisure Centre  and Andy was happy to open again from another lockdown, this time back to outdoor gym training...

    Penneys has opened this morning to shoppers who have booked on line to get into the store. Large Penneys bags were to be seen in the hands of shoppers in Castlebar since early this morning.

    One emerging Penney’s shopper, carrying two large Penney’s carrier bags full to the brim looked delighted with herself on exiting the shop and explained what the experience was like...


    One Mayo cafe owner has been expanding during the pandemic, with McHugh cafes already located in a number of locations across the region, and a new outlet to com on  stream in Westport later this month

    Entrepreneur Rory McHugh, in his Castlebar cafe today began by telling  Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley where his many cafes are now located..





  • Businesses are preparing to re-open for the first time this year - as more Covid restrictions are eased at midnight tonight.

    Hairdressers and barbers can welcome customers back - and shops can offer click and collect or in-store visits by appointment.

    Inter-county travel is also allowed from tomorrow, and 3 households can meet outdoors in groups of up to 6 including in someone's garden.

  • Hairdressers and barbers will be prioritised for re-opening next month, along with places of worship.

    The Taoiseach also told his party last night that click-and-collect and non-essential retail are likely to resume in May.

    Micheál Martin also confirmed he hopes to reopen the entire construction sector next month.

    Meanwhile, priests are welcoming the possibility of churches opening next month.

    Fr Richard Gibbons, Parish Priest of Knock, is pleased with the move and says churches are ready to reopen in a safe manner...

  • Hairdressers will present numerous proposals to the government this week in an effort to open earlier than planned.
    The proposals include over 100 recommendations like wearing PPE and removing magazines.
    Hair salons and barber shops are due to reopen on July the 20th under the current roadmap, but the Irish Hairdressers Federation wants that brought forward to the end of June.