• Westport Gardai are appealing for information following a burglary at the Church in Newport over the weekend.

    The oratory was broken into, and two candleabras were taken along with a sum of money.

    The incident occurred sometime between Friday evening and Sunday, and anyone with information is asked to contact Westport Garda Station at 098 - 50230.



  • Gardai are investigating a break-in to a restaurant in Newport over the weekend.

    In the early hours of yesterday, Sunday morning, the front door of Kelly’s Kitchen on the town’s Main Street was kicked in and the contents of the till float was taken.

     The thieves took off in a vehicle, travelling in the Westport direction.

    CCTV footage in the area indicates two men walking up and down the street of the town in the early hours of yesterday, Sunday morning, before the break-in occurred.

    Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Westport garda station at 098 25555.

  • A pedestrian crossing needs to be installed at a dangerous junction near the new playground in Newport.

    That's according to Independent local election candidate in the Westport electoral area Darragh McGee.

    Mr McGee claims this location poses a serious risk to road safety, and is calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed there, and also on the Main Street in Newport.

    The Independent candidate is calling for better traffic management also in the town.

  • Construction of the Newport Wastewater Treatment Plant will commence in 2021.

    This news has been confirmed by Irish Water to local Fianna Fail Cllr. Brendan Mulroy.

    Irish Water say the new treatment plan is a high priority and is included on the current investment plan.

    Cllr. Mulroy is hopeful the process of land acquisition will be completed very quickly to move on towards the construction stage.

  • A detailed timeline has been outlined for the delivery of the Newport Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The timeline was outlined to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, following a meeting with Sean Laffey, the Head of Asset Management for Irish Water.

    Minister Ring says Irish Water has confirmed that a design team has been appointed and work has been started on Stage 1 – the Feasibility Report which is due to be delivered by the end of this year.

    Stage 2, the design stage, involves the carryout out of detailed local studies, followed by a completion of the planning and tendering processes. Once this process is complete, the construction phase will begin.

    Minister Ring says he is happy progress is being made on this scheme

  • €28,000 was signed off on at yesterday’s West Mayo Municipal District meeting for the completion of the Newport Playground.

    Funding was allocated by Cllr. Brendan Mulroy, Cllr. Teresa McGuire, Cllr. Christy Hyland and Cllr. Michael Holmes to get the playground over the line.

    Cllr. Mulroy says a lot of work has gone in to secure this project for Newport and says it’s great to see people working together.

  • Funding of almost €150,000 has been confirmed for playgrounds in Newport and Ballntubber under the LEADER programme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed €74,984 for the development of a community playground in Ballintubber and €74,979 for the upgrade and expansion of Newport playground.

    The upgrade work on Newport playground will include the works to cater for children with disabilities and wheelchair users.

  • THE funeral ceremonies of the man who died suddenly during a charity cycle in Mayo on Saturday are to take place in Newport.

    Francis (Frank) Endicott, Phibsborough, Dublin, and Newport, took ill at Ballylahan Bridge, Straide, while cycling the Mayo Pink Ribbon Challenge.

    His remains will be reposing at the McDonnell residence, Quay Road, Newport, from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening.

    Service and reflection takes place at Quay Road on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial afterwards in Burrishoole Cemetery.

  • Gardaí are investigating a fatal road traffic collision at Quay Road, Newport, Co. Mayo.

    Shortly after 7am on August 25th 2018 a car was discovered in the Newport River on The Quay Road in Newport. The body of a man in his 20s was recovered from the car. The body was taken to Mayo University Hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out.

    The roadway at the scene is closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.


  • People using weedkiller are being urged to be responsible, after an exceedance of the pesticide glyphosate was detected in the public drinking water supply in Newport.

    While the HSE says the levels do not represent a threat to public health, it's imperative that those using pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.

    Glyphosate is a herbicide used mainly for controlling annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and is found in a number of weed killers.

    Irish Water is appealing to farmers and to those using pesticides to carefully follow the guidelines when applying these chemicals to their lands.



  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.





  • A man who was arrested in connection with a break-in to Kelly’s Kitchen in Newport earlier this month has been remanded in custody after appearing in court today.

    Westport Gardai arrested a man in his thirties in Tuam yesterday and he was detained, questioned and later charged in connection with the incident which occurred in the early hours of Sunday October 7th.

    The man appeared before Ballina court this morning, where he was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.

  • The man who died after his car left the road at the Quay in Newport yesterday morning has been named.

    He was David Walsh, who was in his late 20’s and from Derrykell, Newport.

    Mr Walsh died after this car left the road and entered the Newport River on the Quay Road. The car was discovered shortly after 7am yesterday morning.

    He body was recovered from the car and taken to Mayo University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out. 

    David’s remains will repose at the family residence in Derrykell on Tuesday evening from 4-8pm. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday in Burrishoole Cemetery following 12 noon Funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Church Newport.


  • The man who died from a tragic fall in Newport in the early hours of Christmas morning has been named as Christopher McNally of Oak Park, Newport.

    The 25 year old died from injuries sustained from a fall near his home.

    A post mortem was conducted at Mayo University Hospital by State pathologist, Dr. Michael Curtis, who also visited the scene of the accident.

    Christopher's remains will be reposing at St. Dominic's Funeral Home, Newport, this evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Requiem Mass will take place at St. Patrick's Church, Newport tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with burial afterwards in Kilbride Cemetery.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council is calling for a visitors centre to be established in Newport to remember Princess Grace of Monaco, as well Grace O'Malley the Pirate Quinn, and  the stained glass artist Harry Clarke.

    Irish-American actress Grace Kelly  - who later became Princess Grace following her marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco - had Mayo connections as her grandfather John Peter Kelly was originally from Drimurla, near Newport.

    He emigrated to the US in 1887, and the cottage was later purchased by Princess Grace, who tragically died in a car accident in 1982 - before she could realise her dream of building a holiday home in Drimurla.

    The last window created by famed stained glass artist Harry Clarke is located at St Patrick's Church in Newport, while the area also has connections with Granuaile - the Pirate Queen of the 16th century.

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Brendan Mulroy is now calling on the local authority to explore the possibility of a visitors centre to remember all three.


  • Mayo based Minister Michael Ring believes both Fine Gael & Fianna Fail will pass tomorrow's programme for Government but is not so sure which way the Green Party will vote.

    The leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are going to meet later to discuss the ministerial and departmental structure of that government.

    The results of a postal ballot on the deal agreed between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party will be known tomorrow.

    Minister Ring says as the only Fine Gael TD who topped the poll in the country is hoping that a position can be offered to him.

    Meanwhile, Minister Ring has today announced that he has allocated €524,116 to support the development of proposals for two significant Mayo rural development initiatives.

    Minister Ring made the announcement under Category 2 of his Department’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, a key component of Project Ireland 2040.

    €355,764 has been allocated to develop the Newport Regeneration Project while a further €168,352 has been allocated to develop Ballyhaunis Community Vision.

    More details on this funding will be on our Evening Edition programme at 5.30pm.


    Michael Ring T.D., the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today launched an exhibition to mark the centenary of St Patrick’s Church, Newport which was dedicated in 1918.

    Minister Ring said: “This exhibition not only tells the story of the creation and history of the church but also the story of the many people associated with it. These included Reverend Joseph Walsh, a native of Newport who became the Archbishop of Tuam; Cannon Michael McDonald, who sold his life insurance policy to commission the famous Harry Clarke windows; and the local merchant, Martin Carey who left the enormous sum of £10,000 in his will in 1909 to help build the church.

    The exhibition contains the original plans drawn up by renowned architect, Rudolf Maximillian Butler to original photos, vestments and memorabilia and the historical background of the church including its predecessors in the vicinity.

  • A motorcyclist has died following a collision near Newport last night.

    The collision between a motorbike and tractor occurred at about 8.30 pm at Ardagh, Newport.

    The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his 30's, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital.

    The tractor driver was uninjured.

    The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny remains closed in both directions, with local diversions in place.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dashcam footage to contact Newport Gardai at 098 - 41102 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.


    Motorists are advised of an extensive oil spillage on the N59 between Newport and Mulranny.
    Gardai say that Mayo County Council is dealing with the spill at present. The spillage extends from George's Street in Newport out to Mulranny village.

  • The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny has reopened following a fatal crash last night in which a motorcyclist died.

    The collision between a motorbike and tractor occurred at about 8.30 pm at Ardagh, Newport.

    The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his 30's, was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital.

    The tractor driver was uninjured.

    The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny was closed for some time but Gardai have confirmed that the road is now reopen.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dashcam footage to contact Newport Gardai at 098 - 41102 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.