• The Foxford/Pontoon Greenway is due to commence construction, tomorrow which has been warmly welcomed by Deputy Michael Ring and local Councillor Neil Cruise.

    Deputy Ring allocated funding of €200,000 to this project in February 2020 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme when he was a Minister.

    The funding allocated was for the construction of the first phase of the Foxford/Pontoon Greenway.

    This will ensure the development of a 1.5km Greenway from Bellass to Clossagh townlands at Foxford for walkers and cyclists.

    Councillor Cruise says he lobbied strongly to get this project moving and is delighted that works will commence tomorrow.

  • Emergency services have brought a gorse fire under control in Pontoon.

    Gardaí in Castlebar attended the scene of a gorse fire around the Pontoon Road in Castlebar, Co. Mayo yesterday evening.

    Gardaí assisted with the movement of traffic, which was building up near the scene of the fires.

    The fire was managed and contained by local Fire Services and the fire was extinguished by midnight.

    No reports of damage to property or injuries to persons.

  • Planning permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanala for the construction of a new hotel on the site of the former Healy's Hotel in Pontoon.

     Last year, Mayo County Council granted permission, with 22 conditions, to Pontoon Angler's Hotel Ltd to demolish the existing building - part of which was damaged by fire in 2011 - and to construct a new two-storey hotel on the site.

    The decision was subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala, and the planning appeals board has now given the go-ahead for the new hotel, subject to conditions.

    That's according to former Castlebar Councillor Eugene McCormack, who's contesting the local elections for FG in the Castlebar Municipal District.

    Mr McCormack says the planning decision is good news for Pontoon, and for Co Mayo...

  • Planning permission has been granted to develop a new 14-bedroom hotel on the site of the old Healy’s Hotel in Pontoon.

    Permission, with 22 conditions attached, has been granted to the applicant company Pontoon Angler’s Hotel Ltd to demolish the existing building and construct a new two-storey hotel.

    It will include a bar, lounge, restaurant, dining room and 16 bedrooms.

    Car-parking and an outdoor seating area will also be provided as part of the plans which have been given the go-ahead by Mayo County Council planners.


    Gardaí are investigating a road traffic collision involving a number of cyclists during a road race near Castlebar this morning.

    Fifteen cyclists were involved in the crash on the Castlebar to Pontoon road at approximately 10 o'clock.

    Midwest News understands that the front wheel of one cyclist collided with the rear wheel of a second cyclist, resulting in a pile-up.

    A number of cyclists were taken to Mayo University Hospital for treatment, however none of their injuries were life threatening.

    Emergency Services attended the scene and the road was closed between Pontoon and Castlebar until around 1pm.

    The National Road Race Championships are taking place today in the region which has seen an increased volume of cyclists on the road.

    Gardaí say investigations into the collision are ongoing.