The Neale

  • A number of roads out of The Neale and in the surrounding areas are closed today, due to a dramatic rise in water levels over the weekend.

    Roads from The Neale to Clonbur, Kilmaine, Ballinrobe and Lough Mask have all been affected.

    The Neale to Kilmaine road, the R334, has been closed since Friday with local diversions in place.

    A number of houses across the South Mayo region have been marooned by floodwaters and Mayo County Council crews worked over the weekend, providing sandbags and pumps on a case by case basis.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan told Midwest Radio’s John Morley about the impact on roads in the area

  • Ballinrobe Town Soccer Club U12 girls team are playing in the All Ireland Finals in AUL Complex in Dublin this Saturday the 19th October next representing Connacht at U12 stage.  The team is made up of Ballinrobe, Kilmaine and the Neale girls.

    Team includes,

    Shauna Burke, Kilmaine,

    Emily Jennings Ballinrobe,

    Maura Hughes the Neale,

    Elannah Keane Kilmaine,

    Aisling Walsh Kilmaine,

    Rhiana Moran Kilmaine

    Sophia McHale, Ballinrobe

    Kayla Ballinrobe

    Urusla Shaughnessy Ballinrobe

    Caoilinn O Brien Kilmaine,

    Emma Dowling Kilmaine,

    Ava Hession Kilmaine,

    Niamh, Ballinrobe

    Melanie Ballinrobe

    Charolotte Ballinrobe

    Ava Fitzpatrick Kilmaine.

  • A south Mayo councillor has called for a representative of the Office of Public Works to come before the next meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District of Mayo County Council to outline their plans for flood allevation measures at The Neale crossroads.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan said what was expected to be a "one in one hundred years event" has in fact occurred in 2006, 2009, 2015/16 and now in 2020, and he said the recurring flooding at the Neale crossroads, cannot continue.

    He outlined that the current flooding has meant for him personally a 40 km round trip twice each day to bring children to school, and is causing huge inconvenience for local residents and businesses.

    Consultants have been appointed to produce a report on the best way of tackling the issue, and Councillor Ryan said this work needs to be fast-tracked.

    His proposal that a representative of the OPW come before the next meeting of the municipal district to outline the timetable for works in the Neale area was seconded by Councillor Michael Burke.

  • Midwest Radio will have a Saturday Sports Special this weekend with live coverage of the double header from Elverys MacHale Park.

    First up at 3pm it’s the Connacht Junior football final between Kilmaine and St. Michael’s of Sligo with Michael D. McAndrew and Declan O’Reilly on duty.

    Then at 5pm it’s the Connacht Intermediate final and the battle of the lakes as The Neale clash with neighbours Oughterard.

    John lynch and Austin O’Malley on duty for this one.

    Both games brought to you with thanks to JJ Burke car Sales in Ballinrobe.

  • Mayo county council is to proceed to contract on both the Bunadober, the Neale and Ballyhankeen, Hollymount minor flood mitigation works.

    That has been confirmed this morning by local Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien.

    It is expected that both schemes will be completed before the end of the year 

    Councillor O’Brien says he welcomes this development as important works are required in both locations.



    Ballintubber       1-14 v 1-11        Ballaghaderreen


    Ballyhaunis        1-11 v 1-12        The Neale


    Balla     1-6 v 1-11         Béal an Mhuirthead

    Crossmolina Deel Rovers 2-13 v 0-9         Islandeady

    Kilmaine            4-17 v 3-8         Louisburgh

    Burrishoole        0-10 v 1-13        Bohola Moy Davitts


    Cill Chomain      0-1 v 0-0           Eastern Gaels


    Breaffy  3-13 v 2-9         Moygownagh



    Eastern Gaels     0-12 v 1-7         Carras


    Ballaghaderreen            1-13 v 1-4         Ballintubber


    Tuairín  5-11 v 1-11        Caiseal Gaels

  • Oliver Browne a native of The Neale, now living in the US  is to be honoured by a leading Irish community group in New Jersey on the night before Mayo play New York in Gaelic Park, New York.

    He was the goalkeeper on The Neale team that won the club’s only ever Mayo Minor Football Championship title in 1980, and has now been named as Clubman of the Year by The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Essex Chapter, based in West Orange, New Jersey.

    A large group of family and friends from Ireland and throughout America will attend the presentation dinner on Saturday, May 4th – Mayo Day – at the Mayfair Farms, West Orange.

    The citation from The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh noted that Oliver “is a loyal member of the  order who has tirelessly contributed his time and energy as a member, committee head, trustee and officer. He has chaired the Exhibition of Irish Sports for many years, a family event that features boys and girls Gaelic football matches and men’s rugby and hurling games.

    Tickets and further information on the event are available at:

    On the day before the dinner, Friday, May 3rd, Oliver will host a Mayo GAA Fans Gathering at the Shillelagh Club, New Jersey – just 30 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

    A benefit raffle on the night will raise funds for the Friends of Darragh / Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. Darragh Walsh was a Neale footballer who died tragically in a car accident in 2013 in Qatar aged 22. 

  • The R334 at the Neale crossroads is flooded.

    The Road is closed and diversions are in place.

    South bound traffic from Ballinrobe is asked to divert via the N84 Kilmaine and north bound traffic to divert in Headford via Kilmaine.

  • We have a Saturday Evening Sport Special this weekend with the Mayo Senior and Intermediate Football finals taking centre stage at Elverys MacHale Park.

    Our coverage will begin from just before 5pm when Ballyhaunis and the Neale clash in the Intermediate decider. Michael D McAndrew will be joined by Michael Conroy for this exciting tussle.

    Then at 7pm it’s the senior final between reigning county champions Ballintubber and Ballaghaderreen.

    Nigel Reape alongside Michael D for this one and we’ll have Declan O’Reilly on analysis as well throughout the evening along with Austin Garvin for post-match discussion.

    Paul Lawless will be our man on pitch side bringing us reaction so be sure that you don’t miss a fraction of the action right here on your number one for local sport – Midwest Radio.

    Our Club Championship Coverage is in association with Colm Cosgrave Cars in Westport.

  • The Neale will be aiming to secure a place in the Connacht Intermediate Football Championship Final on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Sligo Champions Geevagh.

    The South Mayo side were crowned county Champions over two weeks ago when they accounted for Ballyhaunis in the decider with a last ditch winner from Seanie Cosgrove.

    Standing in their way in Markievicz Park on Saturday is Geevagh who overcame Bunninadden in the Sligo decider.

    Throw-in is at 2pm.

    In the other semi-final Tulsk and Oughterard meet in Dr. Hyde Park at the same time.

  • The Neale suffered a second half defeat at the hands of Oughterard in the Connacht Intermediate final.


    It finished Oughterard 1-16 0-11 The Neale.


    The floodgates opened for the Mayo men in the second half when Matthew Tierney found the back of the net.


    The Neale's remarkable year ends in MacHale Park as they look forward to Senior Championship football next year

  • Connacht Intermediate Football Semi-Final

    The Neale 4-13 Geevagh 1-11


    The Neale led by a point at the interval but scored three quick fire goals inside the first ten minutes of the second half to ease to an 11 point win in the end.

    Oughterard will meet The Neale in the final next weekend as the Galway Champions overcame Tulsk also by eleven points.


  • The Neale await Ballyhaunis in the intermediate decider after they overcame Louisburgh in an extra-time thriller on Saturday.

    The South Mayo men have traversed their way up from the junior grade in recent seasons and now are on the cusp of making the senior grade for the first time in their history.

    Neale star Aidan O’Sullivan thinks the young team’s fitness shaded for them in this encounter.