• Over the next 4 years the government will allocate 25,000 euro annually for restoration works to support Mayo county council’s purchase at the end of last year of Moore Hall and 80 acres of surrounding woodlands.

    It is to be developed as a nationally significant nature reserve and tourist attraction in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

    Minister Michael Ring says the investment, which will be paid over four years, will help ensure that the natural, built and cultural heritage of Moorehall is protected, yet developed and managed in a sustainable manner for current and future generations.”

    A plan for the estate will be developed by Mayo County Council and the National Park and Wildlife Service in consultation with stakeholders and the local community. It’s expected to be published before the end of this year.

    Minister Ring has been speaking to Midwest News today about the investment.

  • 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.


  • The huge 'NO' sign which was put up on the north side of Ben Bulben mountain yesterday morning is gone.

    It is not clear when it was removed but from about 7am this morning it was no longer to be seen.

    The erection of the sign by members of the Sligo For Life group generated considerable controversy all day yesterday with  criticism of the group for defacing Sligo's iconic mountain.

    By yesterday afternoon Sligo County Council had begun an investigation under planning laws into its erection. 

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service told the people responsible to take it down.

    An Taisce submitted a legal complaint to Sligo County Council on its erection.

    It claims the 100 foot sign would require planning permission as the mountain is part of a sensitive rural landscape in a visually vulnerable area and is surrounded by scenic routes, all designated under the Sligo County Development Plan 2017-2023.


    The President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce , Fiona Candon, says she’s unhappy with the use of Ben Bulben as a billboard but says there’s unlikely to be any negative impact.