Westport

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has today announced that the N5 Westport to Turlough Road road project is to go to e-Tender for the procurement of a main contractor.

    Mayo County Council will be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in progressing the scheme.  The total cost of the investment in this project is approximately €170m which includes land, construction and all other costs.

    Minister Ring says it is one of the most significant investments in the West of Ireland in a generation. It is a signal of intent for the Atlantic corridor and it will help to drive the development of the county.

    The N5 out of Westport into Castlebar and onto Turlough is an exceptionally busy road, with huge volumes of traffic travelling on it, on a daily basis.

    The project has been mooted for up to four decades now, and today’s announcement is expected to see a contractor on site by this time next year.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Ring said it’s very welcome news for the county.

  • Minister Michael Ring has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €22m for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019.

    The allocation for improvement of roads in Mayo is €21,058,639, while the allocation for maintenance of roads is €1,296,569.

    Included in the allocation is €10m for the Westport to Turlough road.

    Minister Ring says this project is going out for tender in January and all going well a contractor should be onsite by September or October of 2019.

    This is just one of a large number of projects to be funded under today’s allocation.

     

     

    TII 2019 National Road Allocations
    Total of All Allocations: €22,355,208
    Mayo County Council
    Improvement
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    5
    N05MO_088 Swinford
    4,812
    17
    N18MO_041 Knock
    13,740
    17
    N17MO_068 N17 R320 Junction Claremorris
    300,000
    Total National - HD 15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €318,552
    Major Scheme  - Nat
    5
    Charlestown By-Pass
    200,000
    5
    Westport to Turlough
    10,000,000
    Total National Primary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €10,200,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    26
    N26 Clongullane Bridge
    700,000
    Total National Primary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €700,000
    Pavement - Nat
    HD28 NP Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    160,000
    5
    N5 Ballyvarry Ph1 incl N58
    480,000
    5
    N5 Castlebar Distributor Road Section 2 (East)
    250,000
    17
    N17 Kilkelly North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Foxford North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Swinford to the N5
    500,000
    Total National Primary - Pavement - Nat:
    €2,390,000
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59MO_084 Bellacorrick
    7,300
    60
    N560MO_056 Bekan Rail Overbridge
    8,286
    60
    N60MO_079 Claremorris Road, Balla
    38,892
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Traffic & Transportation Study
    19,883
    Total National Secondary - HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €74,361
    Major Scheme - Nat
    59
    Westport to Mulranny
    950,000
    Total National Secondary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €950,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59 Kilmeena LVNS
    600,000
    59
    N59 Newport to Derrada Realignment
    370,000
    59
    Rossow Bends
    160,000
    60
    N60 Heathlawn
    650,000
    60
    N60 Lagnamuck
    850,000
    60
    N60 Manulla Cross
    100,000
    Total National Secondary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €2,730,000
    Pavement  - Nat
    HD28 NS Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    170,000
    59
    N59 Ballina Bunree Bridge / Junction Pavement Strengthening
    265,000
    59
    N59 Ballycroy South
    300,000
    59
    N59 Ballyveeney to Castlehill
    500,000
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Town North
    400,000
    84
    N84 Sandymount to R317
    200,000
    Total National Secondary - Pavement - Nat:
    €1,835,000
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    Fencing Retrofit - Mayo
    100,000
    Total Both NP & NS - HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €100,000
    LA Eng Support - B.1.1.- Nat
    Local Authority Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    330,282
    PO Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    1,380,444
    Total Both NP & NS - LA Eng  Support - B.1.1. - Nat:
     €        1,710,726
    Route Lighting Improvement - Nat
    NW Bypasses Energy Saving Public Lighting Consultancy
    50,000
    Total Both NP&NS - Route Lighting Improvement - Nat:
    €50,000
    Total Improvement Allocations:
    €21,058,639
    Maintenance
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NP Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    253,415
    NP Route Lighting 2019 MO
    88,878
    NP Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    200,000
    Total National Primary - Maintenance:
    €542,293
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NS Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    323,498
    NS Route Lighting 2019 MO
    111,578
    NS Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    230,000
    Total National Secondary - Maintenance:
    €665,076
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    LA Eng - Support - B.1.2. - Nat
    Local Authority Support (Maintenance) 2019 MO
    79,200
    Local Authority Support (Winter Maintenance) 2019 MO
    10,000
    Total Both NP & NS  - LA Eng Support - B.1.2. - Nat:
    €89,200
    Total Maintenance Allocations:
    €1,296,569

     

    Meanwhile local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €14.3m investment by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in the national road network throughout County Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten says this investment includes €4m for the new section of road at the Hill of Oran, resurfacing of Athleague Village and the Town of Castlerea and the upgrading of sections of the Boyle to Athlone road”.

    Funding of €3m has also been set aside to complete the planning and design for the new N5 road between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue which will not only improve access to the West but allow for the future development of Strokestown, Tulsk, Bellanagare & Frenchpark”.

     

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring Mr. Michael Ring has today received confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that a premises has been secured for the Westport Educate Together school to operate in.

    The Department of Education and Skills has been working closely with Educate Together to progress the establishment of a new multi-denominational school in Westport. In light of this development of securing a premises, it is planned that Educate Together will open in this premises in September 2019.

     

  • Minister Michael Ring has a number of engagements in the county today.

    The Minister will officially open the Department of Social Protection’s new Intreo office in Claremorris at noon.

    At 3pm Minister Ring will officially open the new National Council for the Blind Ireland retail shop in Westport.

    Then at 7pm, he will officially launch a new video highlighting the impact of his Department’s SICAP initiative in Straide.

  • The official opening will take place this morning of new classrooms at Knockrooskey National School near Westport.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring will be at the school at 11am this morning (Friday) to open the extended and refurbished school.

    And at 3pm this afternoon, Minister Ring will officially open the new Achill Island Distillery and Visitor Centre.

    The company hopes to create up to 25 jobs at the Achill facility in the coming years when fully operational.

    Irish American Whiskey was established 5 years ago, and is currently exporting to 11 states in the US.

     

  • A fire which broke out on the grounds of the Convent in Westport was brought under control last night.

    The fire was described as a "minor incident" by Gardai and was quickly extinguished.

    The main building was not affected, it has been reported that it was a gazebo on the grounds of the convent that went up in flames. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

     

     

  • Motorists are again being advised by gardai not to leave valuables in their vehicles. In follows a spate of break-ins to parked vehicles across the county last weekend.

    Gardai are investigating thefts in Manulla, Westport and Charlestown.

    A parked van was broken into on Saturday evening at Lurga, Charlestown. The incident occurred between 3pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Power tools were taken from a red Nissan Primera van.

    A green Ford Transit van parked at Westport Leisure Centre had a window smashed between 9.30am on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Items taken from the van included an iPad Mini and Bluetooth headphones all stored in a nike back pack.

    On Sunday evening between 9pm and 11pm a white Volkswagen Golf parked outside Manulla Community Centre was broken into and a handbag was taken.

    Gardai believe that all three thefts may be connected to a single, highly mobile gang.

  • Motorists are being advised of potential disruption in the Westport area this Saturday as the 2018 Westportif cycle takes place.

    Over 650 cyclists from all over the country are taking part in the event, and traffic is expected to be busy in Westport Town as a result.

    The participants will sign on from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Towers Bar on the Quay, with cyclists heading off from 9am.

    The Quay area is expected to be busy with cyclists between 9 and 10am, before they depart for Louisburg on the R335 to Ashleigh Falls.

    The shorter 80k route then goes north onto the N59 to Westport, while the longer 120 and 160km route turn for Leenane and Innagh Valley, joiing the N59 at Recess via Maam Cross.

    Most cyclists will have returned by 4pm.

    Organisers are asking all road users to be aware of possible traffic disruption on Saturday as a result of the popular event.

  • A murder investigation has been launched by Gardai following the death of a woman in Kilbree, Westport on Friday.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons. A man arrested in connection with the investigation remains in Garda custody.

    The woman’s body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport on Friday morning.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.

     

  • The N5 road between Castlebar and Westport is closed to traffic this morning, following a collision.

    It's understood the single-vehicle collision occurred near Westport.

    Gardai are at the scene, and motorists are asked to divert via Newport.

     

  • The N59 Westport to Leenane road has reopened to traffic following a two vehicle collision at Carrowkennedy.

     

    The collision occurred shortly after 11am this morning and emergency services attended the scene.

     

    Midwest News understands that up to three people were taken to hospital.

     

    The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

  • A pupil from St Colmcille’s Quay School in Westport is celebrating after winning an award in a major poetry competition.

    Eleven year old, Sybille de Pluvié, who hails from Britany in France, moved to Westport last year on a cultural and learning experience with her family. 

    With her poem ‘Love Always Wins’, Sybille was recognised in the ‘Primary Senior’ category of the 2018 Trócaire poetry competition.

    The annual competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This year submissions focused on the theme ‘Until Love Conquers Fear’, which examines the importance of showing support and solidarity with people facing hunger and injustice.

    The 2018 winners, ranging from primary school pupils to published adult poets, were awarded their prizes recently at the National Library of Ireland.

     

  • The need to designate a portion of the 38 acres of land acquired by Mayo County Council on the Golf Course Road in Westport, for sport and recreation, was highlighted by Westport based Independent Cllr Christy Hyland at the November meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District. 

    He believes that demands on sporting activities in Westport look set to increase, with the last census showing an increase in population of 400 in Westport town and that increase occurred during a recession. 

    It is envisaged that a portion of the land acquired by the local authority will be zoned for housing. 

    The Councillor said a ladies football team in the town, earlier this month, found it difficult to find a location to play a home match. 

    Cllr Hyland says they eventually found a location, but the situation needs to be addressed. 

  • The Network Ireland Mayo Businesswoman of the Year winners were announced last night at a gala dinner in Knockranny House Hotel in Westport.

    The overall Businesswoman of the Year award went to Stephanie Coyne of Face Aesthetic Clinic in Castlebar.

    The Small SME with less than 10 employees award went to Martina Calvey of Calvey’s Achill Mountain Lamb, the Emerging New Business award went to Stephanie Coyne, the STEM award to Paula McNicholas of Lean Team Strategies Ltd, the Arts award to Geraldine Hogan, better known as author Faith Hogan and the Shining Star Employee award went to Siobhan Scally of the Great National Hotel in Ballna.

     

     

  • West Mayo Councillors have approved a new library and civic offices for Westport.

    The new offices and library will be developed at the old Convent of Mercy schoolhouse on Altamont Street.

    Mayo County Council purchased the property in 2008, but plans to develop the site were stalled.

    Now the council has given the go-ahead for the Part 8 planning for the development, and an application will be made for Government funding.

    Independent Westport Councillor Christy Hyland has described the design for the new building as "fantastic" and hopes to see work starting on the project in the next 2 or 3 years.

  • The new €270m euro N5 road that will connect Castlebar to Westport looks set to be open to traffic in about four years time.

    That’s according to Castlebar based Fine Gael Councillor Cyril Burke.

    The Councillor says Transport infrastructure Ireland (TII) confirmed recently to a delegation of Mayo County Councillors that 4 contractors have been shortlisted for the construction contract and the preferred contractor should be selected and ready to begin work on the road from June of next year.

  •  The new parking by-laws in Westport, announced earlier this month, are immediately effective, according to local councillor Peter Flynn.

    The councillor says confirmation was given yesterday that the changes that mainly affect parking at the quays, and the later starting time for parking charges to be imposed throughout the town streets, are now in operation.

    However, new signage must still be put in place, and new solar powered, contactless paying stations have yet to be installed.

  • New parking charges will come into effect in Westport town from next week.

    To date, on-street car parking in Westport has been free, but restricted to one hour, while there's a charge for the town's carparks.

    From next week, drivers will have to buy a "scratch & display" parking disc to place on the dashboard of their car, with different rates applying to the Pink Zone and Blue Zone.

    The Pink Zone is the town core, where parking will be free for the first hour, but a disc will be needed after that, while the Blue Zone covers the remainder of the town streets and the Quay area.

    Mayo County Council says the new parking arrangements in Westport are being introduced to ensure a greater turnover of parking spaces in the town.

  • Iarnrod Éireann issues a statement to remind customers in Mayo that there will be no alcohol permitted on the Dublin bound services.

    It comes as Mayo prepare to make the journey to Croke Park to play Meath this Sunday afternoon in the Super 8’s.

    A spokesperson from Irish Rail revealed that all normal train services for Sunday on the Dublin-bound route are booked out; however, there are a limited number of seats remaining on the match day train which departs Westport at 8:25.

    To book a seat on the train visit www.irishrail.ie or call 1850 366 222.

  • Irish Rail is advising passengers that no drink will be allowed on board its Galway and Westport services out of Dublin on Monday morning and afternoon. 

    The trains also won't be selling alcohol from the catering trolleys. 

    The 5 services are expected to be busy with customers heading home after the Longitude festival.