• A 65-year-old man has died in a three-vehicle collision in Mayo.

    It’s understood the man is from the East Mayo area.

    The collision between two cars and a lorry occurred on the N5 at Swinford, close to the Kiltimagh Road/Applegreen Junction.

    Another person has been taken to hospital following the collision.

    Their condition is currently unknown.

    The road is closed between the junction for Kiltimagh and the Kilkelly junction.

    Gardai are advising motorists to take an alternative route if possible – if travelling east or west. Possible alternatives are through Kiltimagh and Foxford. Also for people travelling to the airport, they should go through Swinford town and back out onto the N5.

    The road will remain closed for some time.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to the Park Road area of Swinford following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 80 homes in the Park Road area which are supplied by the Swinford Water Supply Scheme may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are carried underway.

    Mayo County Council staff are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible. The repair is expected to be completed by this evening.

    Once the watermain has been repaired it may take a number of hours for the water supply to return in full to all impacted properties.

     A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of these urgent repair works.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council understand the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers.

  •  A man died outside the Council Offices in Swinford early this morning.

    At about 7.35 am the man was discovered on the street and attempts were made to resuscitate him and the ambulance was immediately called.

    Gardai in Claremorris have confirmed that they attended the scene.

    The man who is believed to be from the area, was aged in his fifties.

    His name has not yet been released.

    His body was removed to Mayo University Hospital where a post mortem examination will take place.

    Gardai say there are no suspicious circumstances and that in due course a file will be forwarded to the coroner.




  • An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for a new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford.

    The decision is not just disappointing but outrageous, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    It's almost two years since an oral hearing took place into plans for a replacement bridge at Cloongullane - an accident blackspot on the N26 - yet no progress has since been made on the matter.

    The planning application is still with An Bord Pleanala, and it was expected a decision might be made by the end of last month, but that date is now being further delayed, and  there's no indication when a decision will be made.

    Senator Mulherin says it's not good enough that environmental concerns are holding up such a vital piece of infrastructure, when there are no objections from the National Parks & Wildlife or the fisheries.

  • An Post has confirmed a number of changes taking place at post offices across Co Mayo - as part of the transformation of the national post office network.

    This includes the opening of a new post office in Belmullet next Monday.


     A number of post offices are on the move across Co Mayo, as An Post continues its plan of closing some offices and moving them into nearby business premises.

    A new post office will open in Belmullet next Monday 25th February.

    The new office will be co-located in the Centra store on Main Street - a short distance from the old post office - and the postmaster is Joseph Cuffe - proprietor of the Centra store.

    On the same day, 5 postal staff in Belmullet, 3 in Glenamoy and one each in Geesala, Carrowteigue and Bangor Erris will relocate to Barnatra, where they will operate from a new mail hub for the area.

    An Post says this will not affect local mail services.

    Also, in the coming months, the post office in Swinford is to be located at Kennedy's Spar, while in Kiltimagh, the post office will co-locate with Londis on Main Street.

    And in Ballyhaunis, An Post has readvertised the contract to provide post office services.

    Midwest News understands a local business has turned down the opportunity, and it's now open for applications.

    The company says the Ballyhaunis Post Office will remain at its current location until that process is complete.

  • "They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

    The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

    At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

    Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

    Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

    Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

  • A Swinford Councillor is calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to urgently review safety on the N5 at Swinford, following another fatality in the area over the weekend.

    On Friday, Brian Bacon from Aghamore died following a collision between a lorry and two cars on the N5 close to the Kilkelly Road junction.

    His funeral will take place tomorrow.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Smyth is calling for a roundabout to be installed at the  junction of the N5 and N26 to slow down traffic.

    Councillor Smyth says he would like to see the TII step in and take the lead on improving safety on this stretch of road, before further fatalities occur.









  • If residents of Aras Attracta in Swinford want to stay living in the facility than they should be allowed to do so, despite any policy of the HSE to move them out into the community.

    That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The councillor , who is a member of the HSE West forum raised the matter at a recent meeting of the forum, as he believes that some Aras Attracta residents and their families are adamant that they do not want to move out of the care home for people with mental disabilities, but are feeling, in some cases, that there is pressure being put on them to do so.

    There are 67 residents in Aras Attracta at present, and the HSE are at an advanced stage of relocating many of these people into community home settings.

  •  A regulator needs to be appointed by government to allow elected councillors to challenge or appeal any directive from a Minister, that’s the view of Swinford based Fianna Fail councillor Michael Smyth.

    The councillor was speaking at yesterday’s special meeting of Mayo county council that was called by elected councillors to reinstate planning as an item on the agenda of each Municipal District, as was the case until last year, when a directive from the Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy banned any planning discussions at council meetings.

    Councillors adjourned yesterday meeting and are now seeking independent legal advice on whether or not they can continue to make observations about planning at meetings of the authority.

  • Fine Gael selected two candidates to run in the Swinford four-seat electoral area last night in the upcoming local elections.

    Outgoing Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise will be joined on the ticket by Swinford businessman Tom Lavin.

  • The funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the victim of a fatal traffic accident in Swinford last Friday.

    Brian Bacon from Cloughvolley, Aghamore, and formerly of St. Helen's, Liverpool, died following a three-vehicle collision on the N5 at Carracanda, Swinford.

    The accident occurred at approximately 12.15pm on Friday.

    Mr. Bacon was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

    The male driver of a second car received minor injuries from the collision.

    The deceased man’s remains will be removed from Kilcoyne's Funeral Home, Thomas Street, Castlebar, on Thursday at 11.30 a.m. to Shannon Crematorium for service at 2.30 p.m.

  • Gardai in Swinford are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a road collision yesterday evening.

    Gardai and the emergency services were called to the scene of the single vehicle collision at Ballinvoher near Swinford at approximately 6.45 yesterday evening.

    The driver – a man in his 70’s, who was the sole occupant of the car, was seriously injured when his SUV left the road and struck a wall. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

    His body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The local Coronor has been notified. The N5 road was closed for a time yesterday evening but has since reopened following an examination of the scene.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardaí in Swinford are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Carracanada, Swinford at approximately 12.15pm yesterday.

    The collision involved a truck and two cars resulting in the death of a 64 year old male driver of one of the cars, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased was removed to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a post mortem examination. A male driver of a second car received minor injuries.

    This stretch of road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators but has since reopened.

    Gardaí wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.




  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • The general licence has been granted for Eir to install 300k fibre broadband into the Swinford and Foxford areas.

    The development is very welcome, according to local Fine Gael Councillor Neil Cruise.

    The Councillor says it’s vital infrastructure for rural areas, and he said it’s real progress ahead of the National Broadband Plan being rolled out by government.

  • Michaela Walsh was back in action yesterday when she represented Ireland at the Loughborough International in England.

    Michaela claimed the gold in the u23 women's shot put with a huge throw of 15.97m ranking her inside the top 5 in Europe at the age of 19. 

    Moving up the ranks Michaela also came 1st in the senior category this is an amazing achievement for the talented young Swinford athlete.

  •  An Bord Pleanala has confirmed today that it has given the green light to the building of a new bridge and road at Cloongullane, on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road.

    The long awaited decision was confirmed by An Bord pleanala to local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin today.

    The bridge forms a significant part of the much needed and long awaited upgrade of the N26 Ballina to Swinford road, and any progress on a new bridge had been held back due to environmental concerns over the impact of proposed works on the river Moy.

    Just last month An Bord Pleanala had again stalled on making a decision on the proposed new development, but today has agreed to allow works to go ahead and to acquire the necessary CPOs for the lands required to construct a new section of road and a new bridge.

    Funding for the development that is estimated to cost in excess of 10 million euro has not yet been secured, but could not be sought until today’s planning decision was announced.

    Senator Mulherin has been telling Midwest News about the significance of today’s announcement.

    Mayo County Council has also welcomed the news.

    Chief Executive  Peter Hynes, says it is  an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina and the works will improve access from East Mayo through to the North of the county.”

    The realignment of just under 2km  of the N26 and an 83m bridge across the River Moy has been a priority of Mayo county  council for some time and it is now  anticipated that works will begin by the end of  2019 following further design,  land acquirement and putting the project out for tender.





  • The inaugural Mayo History Conference will take place in the Gateway Hotel Swinford on Saturday March 2nd.

    The event is being held as part of the town’s 250 plus celebrations.

    The weekend commences on Friday March 1st with the official opening and the conference itself will take place on the Saturday, with a host of talks on various aspects of Mayo history.

    There is also a walking tour of Swinford on Sunday morning March 3rd for those who wish to avail of it.

  • A verdict of death from natural causes was returned by the Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor yesterday into the death of a 48-year-old Garda, who collapsed while on a leisure cycle on the Swinford to Kiltimagh road last May.

    John McCallion, Carnacross, Swinford, was given medical attention at the scene in the townland of Tullinacurra by a number of off-duty nurses and a Garda before ambulance personnel arrivng.

    Garda McCallion was later declared deceased at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

    Dr. Tamas Nemeth, consultant pathologist, who carried out a post mortem examination, gave the cause of death as acute myocardial infarction, with coronary artery thrombosis and severe coronary thrombosis.

    Responding to a question from the coroner,  Dr, Nemeth said: “There is no evidence that physical exercise resulted in this thrombosis in any way”.

    However, he said that exercising when underlying problems are present can result in heart attacks, and he recommended that people get screened before taking up exercise.

    After delivering a verdict of death from natural causes, the coroner sympathised with the family of the deceased on what he described as “a dreadful tragedy” involving a relatively young man.

    He added that An Garda Siochana will mourn for a long time the loss of a valued member of the Force, as well as the entire community in Swinford.

    Inspector Denis Harrington, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, thanked all who rendered assistance at the scene, and said John's loss is still being felt within An Garda Siochana in Mayo.


  • The family of a young GAA player from England, who was murdered while on a visit to Co. Mayo last August, says they are convinced that “someone knows what happened” and has appealed for them to contact investigating Gardai.

    The Dublin City Coroner this morning adjourned the inquest into his death of 21-year-old Joe Deacy at the request of An Garda Siochana, to permit officers to continue their extensive investigations.

    Mr Deacy, a member of St Colmcille’s GAA club in Hertfordshire and a passionate Mayo GAA fan, was found seriously injured outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in the early hours of Sunday, August 13 last year.

    He was rushed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he later died.

    Joe Deacy had been visiting relatives in Co. Mayo when he sustained the fatal injuries.

    He had been socialising in Kiltimagh the night before his death.

    Two men arrested for questioning in November under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act were later released without charge.

    Following this morning’s adjournment, Mr Deacy’s father Adrian released a short statement in which he said the family “hoped and prayed” continuing investigations will eventually bring to justice those responsible for Joe’s death.