• Westport Gardai are investigating the theft of cash and jewellery from a car yesterday afternoon.

    Between 3pm and 3.20, a car was broken into at Doolough, Louisburg - about 2km from Delphi Adventure Centre.

    A substantial amount of cash and jewellery was taken from the car.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Westport Gardai at 098 - 25555.



  • The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk, Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburg was discussed at a public meeting in Lecanvey last night.

    Local residents and businesses are currently depending on water from Croagh Patrick streams, and the water is then treated locally for washing and other purposes, while many are buying bottled water for drinking.

    Concerns emerged again recently after a child was hospitalised after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

    Last night, the possibility of closing access to beaches on the southern shores of Clew Bay was discussed, alongside a previous threat by landowners to close access to Croagh Patrick.

    A local campaign is calling for an extension of the Lough Mask public water supply from Westport to Louisburg, however, this is not currently in Irish Water’s capital investment plan.

    While local residents say they’re not interested in a group water scheme, that is the only option currently on the table, according to Mayo County Council.


  • Plans are being finalised for a festival in Louisburg over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, to mark the town’s twinning with a town in Nova Scotia, also called Louisbourg.

    The Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers is expected to attend the events in the west Mayo town in June, and a dance will be held this Saturday night in the Derrylahan to raise funds for the festival.

    Rosarie Tiernan, secretary of Louisburg Community Futures, also made a presentation to councillors at this week’s meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District to seek funding towards the town twinning celebrations.

    Councillor Teresa Maguire formally proposed the twinning of the two towns, and her motion received cross-party support.

  • A new transatlantic telecoms cable linking Mayo to the US and Scandinavia could be in operation by the end of this year.

    The Irish Times reports that Aquacomms, an Irish communications company, is seeking a foreshore licence from the Government for an undersea cable that will come ashore close to Louisburg.

    Facebook and Google are partners in the project along with Aquacomms and Norwegian company Bulk, which builds data centres and telecommunications networks.

    Kevin Foley, Aquacomms' chief financial officer, says it's hoped the cable could be up and running by Christmas, if the project gets through the planning process and its foreshore licence application is successful.

    Mayo County Council has granted permission to America Europe Connect 2 to build a cable-landing station at Old Head, Louisburg, which is part of the project.

    The cable will carry voice, data, videos, pictures and other telecoms messages between the two continents.

  • The annual Afri famine walk takes place this Saturday - as the event enters its fourth decade.

    Composer of the world-famous song "The Fields of Athenry" Pete St John will take part in this year's walk, to highlight the issue of climate change.

    Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth and Hanny Van Geel are also leading this year's walk on the famine road in the Doolough Valley.

    Walkers are asked to gather in Louisburg at 12 noon on Saturday for registration before the walk begins.

    The Afri Walk is part of a Famine Walk weekend, which also includes a seminar entitled "Food for Thought", organised by Feasta and Afri, which takes place in GMIT Castlebar on Friday, starting at 11am.

  • The country is continuing to feel the after-effects of Storm Emma, with over 20,000 people without water this evening, while 47,000 have restricted supplies.

    Irish Water says the restrictions are likely to continue for a couple of days, due to the increased demand last week.

    Mayo Co Co and Irish Water have announced that they will be restricting the water supply to the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas tonight and tomorrow night, between 11pm and 7 am, due to high demand.

    The restrictions are being applied over the next 2 nights to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Some customers on both the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes will experience reduced water pressure, or water outages.

    In Co Galway, about 4,000 customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown and Kiltormer areas of Co Galway are without a water supply today.

    Alternative water supplies are available from a tanker in Eyrecourt from 3pm this afternoon.

    People are advised to boil this water before use.

    Irish Water says water supply will be maintained to Ballinasloe town and to Portiuncula Hospital.

    Across Counties Galway and Mayo, consumers are asked to conserve water, while thousands of people remain on a restricted supply.

    While water supplies in Mayo are not as badly hit as other areas, Sean Corrigan of Irish Water is urging people to conserve water at all times, turn off outside taps, and check for leaks…..

  • Water restrictions will be in place again tonight in the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    The water supply to both areas was restricted last night, and the same restrictions will apply again tonight between 11pm and 7 am tomorrow morning, to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Customers on the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes may experience water outages, or reduced pressure.

    Irish Water is again asking people across Co Mayo to conserve water, and check their premises, outside taps and water troughs for leaks.