Mayo News

  • Over 1,000 people are expected to take part in the Ireland West Airport charity 5k runway run this evening. 

    The event gets underway at 5pm, and all proceeds raised go towards the airport's three nominated charities for 2019 - Hope House, Croi and the Jack & Jill Foundation. 

    There are also prizes of free flights and hotel breaks on offer for some of the participants. 

    This is the last time a run will take place on the current runway at Knock Airport, as it's due to be resurfaced in the coming months. 

  • The long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly in Westport, at last appear to be making progress with a Part 8 planning for the works to be published next week, with an opportunity for people to make submissions on the proposal before the end of August.

    The news is very welcome, according to the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Christy Hyland.

    Environmental issues have delayed the much needed works for almost five years now, and in the meantime the people affected by flooding after high tides and storms have had to live dreading such events.

    The Cathaoirleach has described the slow progress on the wall involved in the flood relief works as not unlike the building of the Great Wall of China.

    He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that today’s news is welcome, but the campaign to get the construction complete goes on.

  • The people of Claremorris and its hinterland generally want to see the supermarket chain Lidl locate in Claremorris. That’s the view of local Independent Councillor Richard Finn.
    Last month, Lidl withdrew a planning application submitted to Mayo County Council for a new premises in the town.

    At the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District earlier this week, Cllr Finn raised the matter and expressed the view that with some adjustments the Lidl application will be re-submitted to the local authority.

    He said he has always been in favour of job creation and development in the area and he is confident that working with Mayo County Council planners, the supermarket chain will find a location that complies with planning regulations.

    Cllr Finn said he respects the rights of almost 20 objectors locally that had expressed concerns about the development to the local authority, but he said hopefully the concerns raised can be addressed and the supermarket chain will continue to want to locate in Claremorris.

  • Plans are being finalised for a new bus service, which will transport cancer patients from Co Mayo to and from University Hospital Galway for radiotherapy treatment on a weekly basis.

    Each year, about 250 patients from Mayo travel to UHG for radiotherapy, and many of these people opt to stay over the Inis Aoibhinn residential facility on the grounds of the hospital from Monday to Friday, only returning home at weekend during their 6-8 week treatment.

    Currently, bus services operate from Donegal, Sligo and Co Galway to the hospital, but no such service exists for the people of Mayo.

    To address this need, Cancer Care West has recently bought a new 29-seater bus, which will transport patients staying over in Inis Aoibhinn.

    It's hoped the bus service will start in mid-February, commencing in Belmullet and travelling through 10 or 12 towns and villages en route to Galway University Hospital.

    A fundraising drive is now underway to meet the costs of the new bus service.


    Cancer Care West in Galway can be contacted on 091 - 545 000 or by visiting

  • Just a month away from local and European elections - political opinion polls are split over which parties are picking up the most support.

    A RED C Poll for the Sunday Business Post put's Fine Gael 10 points ahead of their rivals Fianna Fail - while the 'Behaviour and Attitudes' Poll for the Sunday Times has Fianna Fail more popular than Fine Gael. 

    Sunday Times Political Editor Stephen O'Brien says the Government party may be seeing the effects of the Brexit extension. 

  • Iarnrod Eireann is advising people to check their times before travelling this weekend.

    Galway and Mayo customers face changes due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway.

    There'll be bus transfers between Tullamore and Ballinasloe for Galway services and between Tullamore and Roscommon for Westport services.

  • Renua Ireland has announced that Kiltimagh-based businessman Michael Farrington will contest the upcoming local elections in the Castlebar electoral area

    Mr Farrington - who unsuccessfully contested the 2016 general election in Mayo - says Castlebar, as the county town, needs to be promoted and developed to become an economic driver for all of Co Mayo.

  • There are reports of black ice on roads across the region this morning.

    Roads are especially bad on the N5 at the turnoff for Swinford and also the turnoff for Ballaghadereeen. Ballaghaderreen town is also described as very dangerous this morning.

    Icy conditions are also reported in Roscommon town.

    Gardai in Belmullet say that roads in their area are slippery in some spots following rainfall this morning.

  • The residents of Summerfield estate in Castlebar are still waiting for public lighting and a public footpath at the entrance to the estate.

    That’s according to Independent local election candidate Harry Barrett.

    Mr Barrett says that while on a recent canvass of the estate, residents pointed out to him what he described as the most dangerous stretch of road in the town.

    He says young children are expected to walk about 100m without a public footpath or lighting to get to school in the morning and the same in the evening.

    Mr Barrett says it is an accident waiting to happen.

    He has called on Mayo County Council to address the issue and spoke to Angelina Nugent about his concerns.

  • A retired Mayo man has become the highest prize winner of the season on the National Lottery Winning Streak TV game show, scooping a massive €143,000.

    A delighted Michael Kilbane, from Achill Island but living in Castlebar, won €100,000 of his prize spinning the Grand Prize wheel. He won €40,000 in cash and a holiday worth €3,000 from other games on the RTÉ One show.

    Earlier this week, Michael, and his wife of 56 years, Margaret spoke how overwhelmed they were by the many good luck wishes from their friends and neighbours in Castlebar and Achill Beg.

    The couple have two sons, Stephen and Peter. Stephen lives m in Portugal and watched  Winning Streak online last night, while Peter was in the Winning Streak studio with his children, Rebecca and Emily. Michael also has two brothers: Joe, who lives in Achill and Johnny, who lives in London.

    Michael moved to Castlebar when he retired in 2004. Retirement has been treating him well and he is enjoying spending time with his wife and gardening.

    Michael is going to wait until the dust has settled to decide what to do with his winnings for €143,000.

  • A search is underway again this morning for a 13-year-old boy missing from the Carrowmore-Lacken area of Ballina.

    The boy who is described as 5ft 7in in height, with black hair and blue eyes, was last seen at around 9.30am yesterday morning.

    When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms and a dark navy or black hoodie.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News that a search operation has been underway again since early morning.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ballina Gardai on 096-20560.

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask again this morning after a fisherman failed to return to shore on Friday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon on Friday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was recovered yesterday. Gardai in Claremorris say weather conditions are hampering searches in the water today but searches of the shoreline and surrounding areas is ongoing.

    Gardai, the Lough Corrib Search and Rescue and local volunteers are involved in the operation.

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask after a fisherman failed to return to shore yesterday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon yesterday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    It is believed the man’s boat was recovered on Saturday. Searches yesterday were hampered by poor conditions.

    Gardai say that searches are underway in the Cushlough area of Claremorris for a man in his 70s who went out on his boat yesterday.

    Gardai and the Lough Corrib Search and Rescue are involved in the operation today.

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask again this morning after a fisherman failed to return to shore on Friday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon on Friday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was recovered on Saturday last.

    Gardai in Claremorris told Midwest News that the search has resumed again this morning on Lough Mask.

    Gardai, the Corrib Mask Search and Rescue and local volunteers are involved in the operation.

  • Minister Eoghan Murphy has announced Social Housing figures delivered across the country, outlining individual figures per Local Authority.

    The figures show that progress is being made in Mayo as a result of a variety of solutions, being applied by Mayo County Council.

    The overall social housing target achieved is up by almost 20%, while the build, acquisition and leasing target is up by 12%.

    Overall the target for social housing delivery in 2018, under Rebuilding Ireland, was exceeded by 6% and the housing needs of over 27,103 households were met according to the figures.

    Simon Shevlin is the Head of Housing for Mayo County Council and told Midwest News that progress is being made. 

  • A Claremorris Municipal District Councillor has called on Mayo County Council to identify a scheme of local roads that could be included in a pilot project for more substantial road resurfacing.

    Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan made the call at the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

    He says that at present a wet mix and a macadam is being applied to national and regional roads, as opposed to tar and chips.

    He says this is a longer last mix on roads and it’s something that should be considered for local roads.

    Cllr Ryan says while it does cost more to apply, there wouldn’t be a need for as much road maintenance afterwards, so the cost would balance out. 

  • A school in Dublin tops the Sunday Independent School League tables.

    Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown leads the way in the list that examines the percentage of students that go on to third level education.

    Nationwide, four schools sent all of their pupils on to college or university, including St Muredach’s College in Ballina.

    Wayne O'Connor, Journalist with the Sunday Independent says the tables are not an examination of the 'best' schools, but a mark of how schools are performing academically.

  • Students and staff were evacuated from St Nathy's College in Ballaghadereen this morning following a bomb scare.

    It's understood a call was made claiming there was a device left on the premises.

    Gardai attended the scene and nothing was found during a thorough search of the school.

    A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Midwest News that the incident was resolved before 11am and no-one was injured.

    St Nathy's College is remaining closed for today, and is expected to issue a statement this afternoon.



  • A Belmullet Hospital Action Committee has been formed following a meeting of staff from Belmullet District Hospital and Aras Deirbhle yesterday.

    In a statement this evening the committee says it endeavours to maintain and improve current services at the two locations –20 beds in Belmullet Hospital – which include step down, short stay beds and palliative care and respite care and 30 beds in Aras Deirbhle, which are long stay beds.

    In the statement the staff say they are fully committed in the deliverance and maintenance of essential high quality patient care to the community for which we serve. They say they are currently collating information to establish the best way forward in achieving our goal and there the statement ends.


  • A status yellow rain warning has been issued for counties in the South and West of the country for this evening.

    This follows a status yellow wind warning that is already in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry.

    Met Éireann says these conditions will remain in place until tomorrow.

    Forecaster John Eagleton, says strong gusts and high seas are expected.