• The long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly in Westport, at last appear to be making progress with a Part 8 planning for the works to be published next week, with an opportunity for people to make submissions on the proposal before the end of August.

    The news is very welcome, according to the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Christy Hyland.

    Environmental issues have delayed the much needed works for almost five years now, and in the meantime the people affected by flooding after high tides and storms have had to live dreading such events.

    The Cathaoirleach has described the slow progress on the wall involved in the flood relief works as not unlike the building of the Great Wall of China.

    He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that today’s news is welcome, but the campaign to get the construction complete goes on.

  • A man has been taken to Mayo University Hospital following an incident with a vehicle shortly after 9am this morning on Bridge Street, Westport.

    Emergency services attended the scene and the pedestrian has been removed to hospital with what has been described as non-life threatening injuries.

    There was severe traffic congestion in the town earlier this morning as a result of the incident but has since eased.

  • Pilgrims are being reminded to stay away from Croagh Patrick for the annual Reek Sunday tomorrow.

    The pilgrimage in County Mayo usually attracts around 10,000 people, however due to Covid-19 restrictions those numbers can't be accommodated.

    Mass will be celebrated in St Mary's Church in Westport for pilgrims this evening, and streamed on Facebook.

    Fr Charlie McDonnell from Westport Parish is appealing for people to exercise caution.

  • A Planning decision is expected today in respect of an application by Portwest Limited for the construction of a €10 million corporate headquarters at Westport Quay.

    The Connaught Telegraph is reporting that councillors who are members of West Mayo Municipal District have already voted to rezone the site on Roman Island.

    The site is currently zoned for marine related tourism and a material contravention was needed to rezone it.

    Some 87 valid submissions were received from the public in respect of the material contravention with 62 objecting, 23 supporting it, while two were neutral.

  • Plans are underway to strategically link Castlebar to Westport in an effort to develop a new regional growth centre that has the potential to attract serious foreign direct investment, and as a result employment, into the area.

    The strategy, being developed by team of consultants for Mayo county council, was outlined to Castlebar councillors at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Municipal District.

    They were presented with a brief presentation entitled “The feasibility of a high level strategy of the joint development of the towns of Castlebar and Westport”.

    A team of consultants have been appointed by Mayo County Council , under Director of Services Catherine McConnell – who has responsibility for planning ,economic and community development in the local authority  and the idea is that the two towns linked together can be promoted as a brand – and sold nationally and internationally to potential investors as a new regional growth centre.

    Attracting serious FDI and creating jobs. The idea has been fueled by the new N5 road that should be under construction later this year, that will link Turlough to Westport and mean that travel time between Westport and Castlebar will be reduced to ten minutes.

    If you link the two towns – a shopping and administrative town like Castlebar and the tourism town of Westport – you have a lot more for agencies like the IDA to sell to foreign investors.

    Catherine spoke to Midwest News about the proposal and explained that it would significantly raise the “critical mass” (population) in the area and together the towns linked are worth more than individually.

  • The fact that patients in the Castlebar area must often travel to Westport to avail of the out of hours Westdoc Service late at night or over Bank holidays was raised by the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne at this week’s monthly meeting of the HSE West Forum.

    The councillor says he often gets complaints from patients and their relatives forced to bring a sick person to Westport in the middle of the night.

    He said the same situation exists for people in the West Mayo area that need the Westdoc service on nights that a Castlebar doctor is on call.

    In response, HSE West management confirmed that that is the system in place and added that Westdoc had not received any complaints from the public on the matter.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him.



    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him

  • Westport-based company Portwest is investing $10 million dollars in expanding its operations in Australia.

    The workwear and outdoor clothing company officially launched a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Melbourne last week.

    Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O'Donovan and the Irish Ambassador to Australia attended the launch, along with Portwest CEO Harry Hughes.

    The company's clothing is now being sold in over 130 countries and is continuing its global expansion.

    Meanwhile, three appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala in relation to Portwest's expansion plans in Westport.

    The company is planning to build its €10 million euro global headquarters at the Quay, and Mayo County Council recently granted planning permission for the development on Roman Island, subject to a number of conditions.

    It's understood three appeals have now been submitted by local groups, calling for the development to be located elsewhere.


  • Power supplies have now been restored in the Westport area, following high winds overnight.

    Over two and half thousand customers were impacted by faults this morning, and ESB Networks have responded.

    It appears the majority of households and businesses in the Westport area now have power restored.

    Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning remains in place until 4 pm this afternoon with Met Eireann advising of severe or damaging gusts and heavy spells of rain.


  • A protest will take place in Westport this Saturday afternoon, to highlight the scaling back of services at the town's MacBride Community Nursing Unit.

    In recent months, both the respite and daycare services at the HSE-run home have been suspended, with staff shortages being blamed.

    Westport-based Councillor Brendan Mulroy, the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, claims nurses are reluctant to take up jobs at the home, as they're only being offered 3-month contracts.

    The Save Our MacBride Services group will be protesting on The Octagon at 2pm this Saturday.

  • A protest is taking place in Westport on today to help save the local McBride Nursing Home.

    The demonstration gets underway at the Octagon at 2 p.m., and aims to highlight the scaling back of services at the facility

    The respite and day-care services at the HSE-run home have been suspended, with staff shortages being blamed.

  • A large number of local residents attended a public meeting in Westport last night, amid concerns over community involvement in, and access to, the Quay Community Centre.

    Three years ago, the Community Centre's Voluntary management Committee was disbanded by Mayo County Council, and the council now runs the centre, which offers a range of classes and services, as well as community-led activities.

    However, locals claim the facility is not being made available to the community for which it was built, which they say is unacceptable.

    Their concerns were aired at a public meeting in Westport last night, and a spokesperson for the community groupt told Midwest News they were disappointed there was no representative present from Mayo County Council.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council says they were approached by representatives of an unnamed group seeking a meeting to discuss the activities at the Quay Community Centre.

    A spokesperson has told Midwest News that the council has responded to the group and offered to meet at a date and time of their convenience - the council is still awaiting a response.

  • The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk , Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburgh will be highlighted at a public meeting this evening (Monday).

    Despite one million visitors to Croagh Patrick each year, local residents and businesses are depending on water from mountain streams, which is treated locally.

    However, concerns have emerged after one local child was hospitalised recently after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

    It emerged recently that commonage landowners may block access to the holy mountain this Summer due the current impasse between local communities and Mayo County Council / Irish Water over the provision of a safe water supply to the area.

    But this is just one of the options available, according to the Vice-Chairman of the Murrisk Development Association.

    Raoul Downey says it’s important that locals attend this evening’s meeting at 8pm in Lecanvey Community Centre, to decide on a way forward for this campaign.

  • Iarnrod Eireann is advising people to check their times before travelling this weekend.

    Galway and Mayo customers face changes due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway.

    There'll be bus transfers between Tullamore and Ballinasloe for Galway services and between Tullamore and Roscommon for Westport services.

  • Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding.

    The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a number of residents.

    However local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland has been informed that remedial work has been carried out on the road.

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  • Mayo County Council has agreed to put a safety improvement scheme in place later this year on the N5 Westport to Castlebar road, at Corrib Oil.

    A number of collisions have occurred at this busy stretch of road in recent years, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has raised the issue on a number of occasions, calling for safety measures to slow down traffic at this location.

    After raising the matter again this week, Councillor Hyland was informed that a safety improvement scheme will be put in place later this year.

  • Mayo County Council is to carry out safety improvement works in the coming weeks at Scoil Phadraig in Westport.

    The news was confirmed today to Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy.

    The new school building on the Newport Road in Westport was officially opened in 2017, following the amalgamation of the girls' convent school and CBS boys primary school.

    However, Councillor Mulroy has previously raised concerns about safety for students, as a result of motorists parking on pavements.

    Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Mulroy said barriers will be installed, preventing cars from mounting the pavements, which will make it safer for children entering and exiting the school.




  • The Government's decision to extend the ban on gatherings of more than 5,000 people until the end of August will impact on concerts and festivals due to take place across the region this Summer.

    The Saltwater festival due to take place at Westport House from the 29-31 May has been cancelled.

    Organisers of the Galway International Arts Festival have said they're waiting on updated guidance on large gatherings from the Government, before deciding if it will be possible to stage this year's event in July.

    The Galway Racing festival may go-ahead this Summer behind closed doors, if the go-ahead is given to racing authorities.

    A decision has not yet been made in relation to the annual novena at Knock Shrine in August.

    Midwest News understands the issue will be discussed at a meeting this afternoon.

    However, the summer season of music festivals and concerts will be cancelled, as the Cabinet agreed yesterday to ban the issuing of licences for any event involving more than 5,000 people -until the end of August.

    Among the festivals that will now be cancelled will be the inaugural Sunstroke rock festival due to take place in Punchestown between June 13th and 14th and Longitude, due to take place in Marlay Park in south Dublin between July 3rd and 5th.

    The Kaleidoscope family music festival, due to take place at Russborough House, Co Wicklow at the end of June has also been cancelled due to the restrictions .

    The Rose of Tralee Festival which is due to take place from August 21st-25th , appears likely to be another major casualty of the updated ban.

    Anthony O’Gara, the executive chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival said it was “very unlikely” this year’s event would be able to go ahead.

    Mr O’Gara said the organisers would look to see if the festival could be staged sometime in September if the current restrictions were to change, but said there were major logistics involved in changing the date.

    Mr O’Gara said he expected a final decision would need to be made “in the next couple of weeks” as to whether the festival would be cancelled for the first time ever in its 61 year history.

    There are also question marks over the National Ploughing Championships, due to take place in September.

    Organisers say they're closely monitoring government guidelines, but will not be making a decision until closer to the event.










  • A second protest will take place in Westport this Saturday, calling for the restoration of services at the McBride Community Nursing Home.

    Day care services at the HSE-run home, which were provided several days per week for elderly people living in the local community, were cut last year, while the respite service at the nursing home is no longer available.

    A protest was held earlier this month, and a second protest is planned for the Octagon at 2 o'clock this Saturday, organised by the Save the MacBride Services group.

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  • Two Mayo businesses were national winners at the Irish Auto Trade Awards 2019 in Citywest Hotel in Dublin at the weekend. Now in their 5th year, the awards are a celebration of excellence in the Irish auto trade in Ireland, a sector that accounts for over 35,000 jobs.

    Togher Tyres Castlebar won Tyre Retailer of the Year for the second year in succession. It’s the third time that Togher Tyres has secured the accolade.

    Molloy Commercials in Castlebar, a previous regional winner, took the overall award for LCV / HCV Independent Workshop of the Year category.

    Mayo Motor Parts Ltd Westport were regional winners in in the Motor Factor of the Year category.

    Candidates for the retail awards are subjected to phone and personal mystery shopperss as part of their adjudication, while manufacturers and distributors are shortlisted based on votes received by readers of Irish Auto Trade Journal and autotrade.ie.