• A Kerry based company that controls and eradicates Japanese Knotweed is expected to submit a planning application to Mayo county council before the end of this month to develop a facility to process the invasive plant species.

    Representatives from the company held an information evening in Ballyhaunis on Friday where they outlined their plans for the soil recovery facility, to be located at a disused quarry at Drimbane, just off the Claremorris road.

    The processing centre is expected to create 16 jobs.

    The company had initially planned to locate the facility at a disused quarry in Claremorris  but that proposal was abandoned following local objections.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the owner of the proposed plant said that he intends to submit a planning application to Mayo county council in the next ten days.

    He said the new plant would be located close to Western Proteins, and following Friday’s public meeting he believes there are no substantial objections to his proposal locally.

    He declined to be interviewed.


  • Mayo face Cork while Galway await Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-finals in two weeks time.

    Kerry saw off the challenge of Tyrone by 1-12 to 0-9 to see them safely into the last four against Galway.

    Mayo now face the Rebels after they overcame Monaghan convincingly by 3-19 to 2-10.

    If both Western teams win their prospective semi's, a repeat of the Connacht finals on the cards.

    Likewise if Cork and Kerry can both win, a repeat of the Munster finals is on the cards.

  • All-Ireland winning former Kerry forward Darran O’Sullivan is impressed with Mayo so far this season.

    James Horan’s side overcame Leitrim, Roscommon and Galway on their way to a Connacht title and this Sunday face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.

    The former Kerry flyer was speaking as he launched AIB’s The Toughest Season photobook, a pictorial account of how Gaelic Games communities came together to support one another throughout one of the toughest years in history.The proceeds from the book, which is now available on the Sportsfile website, go towards AIB’s Together charity partners.

    O’Sullivan says Aidan O’Shea is playing well at full forward but needs protection from referees.


  • The IFA is calling for a full investigation to be carried out into recent wildfires, and says those responsible should face the full rigours of the law.

    The farming organisation made the call following a massive fire in the National Park in Killarney at the weekend, while a number of gorse fires also occurred in Co Mayo over the past week.

    The IFA says burning outside of the dates set down in legislation should not happen, and if a farmer's land is burned outside of the season - through no fault of their own - the farmer risks losing their payments.

    They're appeal to everyone - farmers, recreational users and the general public - to be extremely vigilant, because of the current weather conditions.

    Earlier this week, the Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan announced the doubling of Conservation Rangers in the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as part of an emergency response to the devastating fire in Killarney and Mayo over the past week.

    Minister Noonan appealed to anyone with information about any of these fires to contact their local NPWS office or the Gardai.


  • All-Ireland Minor Football Final 
    Kerry 0-21 
    Galway 1-13 

    All-Ireland Senior Football Final 
    Dublin 2-17 
    Tyrone 1-14

  • All-Ireland Minor C Camogie Championship 
    Kerry 0-12 
    Mayo 2-05 

  • Burrishoole Ladies and Crossmolina Deel Rovers competed in the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2018 tournament,  which took place over the weekend  in the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.

     In a round robin six-team intermediate ladies competition, Burrishoole beat West Kerry side Corca Dhuibhne and St. Francis of Leitrim to make the final against Blessington of Wicklow.

    The Mayo ladies, who are previous winners of the Comortas, ran out winners on a scoreline of Burrishoole 5-15 to Blessington 2-12.

     Crossmolina Deel Rovers had mixed fortunes in the senior men’s competition where they defeated Kerry’s Ardfert 1-10 to 0-12 to reach a semi-final clash with Dingle but although they matched each other score for score for much of the game, two goals in the second half killed off the Mayo men’s challenge, and they eventually lost on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-10..