• For safety reasons it is vital that Mayo county council provides a footpath in the south Mayo village of Glencorrib between the local national school and the community pitch. That’s the strong view of local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien.

    He raised the issue at the monthly Claremorris/ Swinford Municipal District meeting.

    He explained the danger traffic poses to school children regularly walking from the school to the pitch along a busy road.

    In addition he said the speed limit through the exceptionally long village has been reduced in length recently by the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland), adding to the traffic hazard, in his opinion.

    He called for a new footpath to be included in the village enhancement plan for Glencorrib


  • National Bike week in Ireland gets underway from Saturday next, and according to the Road Safety Officer for Mayo County Council Noel Gibbons, the explosion in bike usage in recent years is good news for the environment and should also help to ease congestion in urban areas.

    However, 70 percent of road fatalities in European cities are pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, so as part of National Bike week, cyclists in Mayo will be issued with number plates for their bicycles in a novel programme aimed at raising awareness of cycle safety.

    The bright-coloured number plates will have a number and safety message on them and will hang under the bicycle saddle in a bid to increase the chances of other road users seeing the cyclist.

    The scheme is part of a number of events taking place in Mayo next week as part of National Bike Week.

    Noel told Midwest News  that the purpose of the number plates is to raise awareness around cycle safety and to encourage more people to take to the two wheel mode of transport rather than the four wheels.

  • The 29th of this month is the date for the resumption of Church services, but the administrator of Westport says that date may be too soon.

    Fr Charlie McDonnell, says parishes are working at a phenomenal rate at present in an effort to ensure that churches are ready and safe for congregations, but he says the task is enormous and the parish of Westport, is unlikely to be ready for that specific date, but hopefully will be shortly after that.


    He acknowledges that the onus on any Parish Priest to sign off, for insurance purposes, that the re-opening of their Churches for services is safe is significant. However, he says any priest that thinks he can do it alone is delusional. The only way it’s possible, is with the extensive assistance from parish councils and volunteers.

    A survey on facebook was undertaken this morning in Westport to establish the demand by parishioners to get back physically into the church for services, and the result clearly indicates that many parishioners are prepared to wait, continue to avail of the services online, and only return when a system is in place and working effectively.

    Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley asked Fr Charlie the direct question this lunchtime  - will the churches in the parish of Westport be open for services on June 29th, Monday week.