Westport

  • Supervalu in Westport has sold a winning ticket in the Euromillions draw.

    A ticket sold at the store won the second-highest prize in last night's Euromillions draw  - and is worth almost €473,000.

    The holder has matched 5 numbers and one star to win the second-highest prize of almost half a million euro.

    Liam Campion, manager of Kavanagh's Supervalu in Westport, says there's great excitement in the shop following news of the big win....

  • The death has taken place of Regina Duffy from Drummin, Westport.

    Regina held a special place in the hearts of people right across the region during her battle against a rare form of cancer.

    Many communities, parishes and organisations and listeners to Midwest Radio rallied around Regina and her family to help her receive specialist treatment in New York, earlier this year.

    Regina was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She successfully underwent treatment but was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2014, which she also battled with treatment.

    Just months after she got married to her partner Jason Donoghue in March 2018, Regina was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

    The charity organisation, Regina's Fight for Life, stated on its Facebook earlier today: "There is a new angel in heaven tonight. RIP our beloved Regina. We will love you and remember your forever."

    The deceased, a teacher by profession, was a member of the staff of St. Colman's College, Claremorris.

    Her remains will be reposing at Navin's Funeral Home, Westport, on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Requiem Mass takes place on Friday in St. Mary's Church, Drummin, at 12 noon with cremation at 4 p.m. in Shannon Crematorium.

  • People with a love for soul music will descend on Westport this evening for a three day festival.

    The Irish Soul Weekender kicks off this evening at 7pm at Hotel Westport with sessions taking place tonight and on Saturday and Sunday from two in the afternoon.

    The festival will include various pieces of soul music, films and has three rooms for dancing.

    Admission is €15 daily and full information can be found at www.irishsoulweekender.com.

  • The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in county Mayo today for a number of engagements.

    He will begin his visit about 12 noon in The Town Hall Theatre in Westport where the government is hosting a special forum on “Creating Stronger Rural economies and Communities”, part of the Project Ireland 2040 programme.

    The Minister for Agricultural Michael Creed and the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will also be in attendance.

    Following the launch of the Rural Strand of Project Ireland 2040, the Taoiseach will visit Castlebar at  3.30pm He’s expected to take a brief walkabout before going to Coady’s Bar, on Linenhall Street in the town.

    Later in the afternoon the Taoiseach will travel to Ireland West Airport Knock where he will meet the board to discuss further state support and investment in the airport.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has also arranged for Mr Varadkar to meet a delegation of stakeholders keen to discuss progress on the N26, Ballina to Swinford road.

  • The death has taken place of Canon James Kelly.

    Canon Kelly was a native of Westport and was ordained into the priesthood in 1955.

    He passed away in the Ave Maria Nursing Home in Tooreen and was due to celebrate his 89th birthday later this month.

    Paying tribute to the late  Canon James Kelly, Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary says it has been a tough two weeks for the archdiocese.

    Archbishop Neary says central to Canon Kelly's life was the Eucharist.

  • The death has taken place of Fr. Patrick Burke from Westport.

    There is a huge sense of shock and sadness at the sudden passing of the 38-year-old.

    Fr. Patrick was ordained in 2006 and served as Chaplin in Castlebar.

    He then moved to Knock where he broadcast mass regularly on Midwest Radio.

    Fr. Patrick then moved to Westport.

     

    Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary paying tribute to the late Fr. Patrick Burke.

    Fr. Patrick’s remains will be reposing at the Presbytery South Mall Westport today from 6pm until 9pm.

    Mass in appreciation of his Ministry in St. Mary’s Church Westport on Wednesday morning at 11am.

    Removal afterwards to Killererin for his funeral on Thursday and Friday, arrangements of which will be announced later.

  • History was made in Dublin's AUL Complex last week as an FAI National Academy side played against international opposition for the first time.

    The 2005 National Academy played against the Netherlands in back-to-back friendlies in a first for the Emerging Talent Programme.

    James McManus scored in the opening 3-1 defeat to the Dutch, before a consolation Adam Murphy penalty saw the side lose 2-1 in the second game

    Despite the two defeats, ETP National Co-Ordinator Niall Harrison believes that the games were massively beneficial to the players and their development.

    24 players were used across both games, with three goalkeepers and 21 outfield players selected for the matches.

    "We played against one of the top teams in Europe. The Dutch showed us the level we need to be at. Games like these will be helpful to our players going forward," said Harrison.

    Despite the results, Harrison is already planning a return trip to the Netherlands next year.

    "There is an agreement for us to travel next year. The Dutch hope to run a three-team tournament, involving both sides and one other nation at Under-14 level. That will be for players born in 2006, and we hope to play it in May 2020."

    Harrison sees the games as a new era for the Emerging Talent Programme and hopes it can expand in the coming years.

    "It's another step up for the ETP. Before now we played training games in-house, or against domestic opposition. Now we can provide these players international football," he said.

    "My hope is that we continue to develop the programme. We have a pathway now from under-13s up to senior level."

    FAI 2005 National Academy Squad
    Shay O'Leary (Wexford Albion), Conor Walsh (Westport United), Fintan Doherty (Finn Harps), Alex Malone (Shamrock Rovers) Ryan Boyle (Ballyhaise Celtic), James Byrne (Belvedere FC), Luke O’Brien (Bray Wanderers), Daniel Kelly (Westport United), Sam Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Roy Vitkevicius (Fermoy FC), Cain Byrne Dunne (Cherry Orchard), Joe O’Brien Whitmarsh (Cork City), Cian Barrett (Shamrock Rovers), Eanna Fitzgerald (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Murray (College Corinthians), Adam Murphy (Belvedere FC), Mark Tansey (Bray Wanderers), James McManus (St Kevin’s Boys), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Thomas Morgan (Shamrock Rovers), Jack Murray (Cherry Orchard), Darren Darcy (Salthill Devon), Giddeon Tetteh (Shamrock Rovers)

     

  • A Fianna Fail Councillor is calling for urgent action to address parking at Scoil Phadraig National School in Westport, amid concerns for the safety of children attending the school.

    Councillor Brendan Mulroy says cars are pulling up each side of the road on footpaths, when dropping and collecting their children, and says it’s extremely dangerous.

    He raised the matter at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Municipal District which was held in Ionad Deirbhle, Aughleam.

    Cllr. Mulroy says a turnaround area should be installed at the school and is calling for a traffic management plan to be put in place.

  • There is disruption to the water supply in Westport town this morning, following a burst water mains overnight.

    Local councillor Brendan Mulroy stold Midwest News that  Irish water staff are on site and it’s expected that the service will be restored  before noontime today.

  • Sometime in October, Westport based global enterprise Portwest is hoping to secure the green light from West Mayo Municipal District councillors to allow the development of its 10 million euro world headquarters at a site at the harbour in Westport town.

    The decision is in the hands of the local councillors who must vote on a change of planning designation at the harbour side site, as a material convention of Mayo County Development Plan is needed to allow the building to go ahead.

    Portwest had originally planned to locate its global HQ at a site adjacent to Allergan, however, Allergan has sought additional space to expand its enterprise, and so the Hughes family have opted to locate at a site they own at the harbour.

    One of the Directors of Portwest Owen Hughes told Midwest News today that they hope to get the project underway by October.

  • Local election candidate in Westport Shane Fitzgerald  believes that 1 in 4 persons in each house in the Westport, Louisburgh, Newport areas that he has canvassed are not registered to vote. 

    He told Midwest News today that one man told him that he has been living in Westport for 14 years, and he does not have a vote.   

    With only days left to register as a voter, Mr Fitzgerald says it is very important to have your say, so please ensure that you can at least exercise your right to vote on 24rdMay.

    To register to vote, you can download the form from Mayo County Council’s website.  

  • Mayo Junior B Football Final 
    Westport 3-08 
    Kiltimagh 2-07

  • There is currently an audit of trees taking place in Westport by Mayo County Council.

    That’s according to local Independent Cllr. Christy Hyland who says a tree came down in a recent storm near the library in the town but admits a review is needed.

    Cllr. Hyland says the trees are an important part of Westport’s character but says pruning is needed along with better public lighting in areas of the town.

  • A Westport based Councillor has again called for the wearing of high-viz vests in poorly lit areas to become law.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy made the call at the Roads and Transportation Strategic and Policy Committee meeting last week.

    Last year Cllr Mulroy called for the imposition of fines for people found to be walking on badly lit rural roads, without a high-viz jacket.

    At the time the call gained national interest but Cllr Mulroy says the campaign has made very little headway since.

    He has asked the SPC to go to Mayo County Council to see if a bye-law can be enacted in the county in the first instance.

  • Minister Michael Ring has welcomed the appointment of Fine Gael Councillor Tereasa McGuire from Westport as a Peace Commissioner.

    Minister Michael Ring said he was pleased to hear that Councillor McGuire has been appointed as a Peace Commissioner. He congratulated Tereasa on this appointment and said Tereasa is a person of good character and standing within the community.  She is a well-respected teacher, Councillor and overall community person.

  • A Westport Councillor is calling on Government to introduce two different VAT rates for the hospitality industry.

    Fine Gael Councillor Peter Flynn believes hotel rooms being sold for €150 euro or less should be subject to the lower rate of 9%, while the higher VAT rate could apply to more expensive hotels.

    The VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector was increased to 13.5% in the last Budget.

    He's also proposing the introduction of a tourist tax, which would see visitors paying a small tax on their arrival at a hotel, which would be ringfenced for projects in that town.

    Councillor Flynn's comments follow concerns expressed by the Restaurants Association of Ireland that one in 5 Irish restaurants could face closure in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • A Westport councillor is questioning why the day care service is not being provided at present at the McBride Community Nursing Home in Westport.

    Independent Councillor Christy Hyland says the day care service is a very important service, particularly for elderly people living alone.

    While the day care service was being provided a few days per week, he says it's not available at all over the past number of weeks, and is calling on the four TDs in Mayo to play their part in having the service restored as soon as possible.

    Midwest News has contacted the HSE to enquire about the day care service at the McBride nursing home, and we' re awaiting a reply.

  • If anyone has any suspicion of illegal drug dealing in Westport, they are welcome to pass it on to local Independent councillor Christy Hyland and he will gladly pass it on to the Gardai.

    The councillor says often families panic when they discover that a loved one is taking illegal substances, but he says it’s better to contact agencies like the Western Drug and Alcohol Task Force, contact the Gardai, or a local councillor and they will pass the information on to the gardai

    At a recent County Joint Policing Committee in Westport, the Chief Superintendent Pat Diskin urged anyone with any information on drug dealing or grow houses to contact the gardai and said after that, the gardai will investigate and do their own research.

    Cllr Hyland raised concerns that on two separate occasions last year, a judge at a sitting of Westport Court, commented on the volume of drug cases in the area being brought before the courts.

  • The Westport Festival of Chamber Music will take place next weekend, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September.

    The Festival's six concerts will be presented in Westport House, Westport Town Hall Theatre and Holy Trinity Church. 

    A broad range of music performed from solo to septet will include composers from Bach to Britten.  

    Following the opening concert in Westport House on Friday evening, Saturday’s  programme in the Town Hall Theatre will provide three concerts at 11.30am, 8pm and 10.30pm.  

    Sunday will return to Westport House for the 11.30am concert with the Heath Quartet and the final concert at 2.30 will take place in Holy Trinity Church.

     

  • Westport is the first town in Ireland to be awarded Failte Ireland’s Destination Award for Excellence in Customer Service.

    Over 300 staff in 18 businesses in the town undertook and completed Failte ireland’s Accredited Service Excellence programme over a number of months to secure the accolade.

    The programme aims to assist tourism businesses reach the highest standards in customer care , which can result in business growth, additional repeat business, increase visitor spend and positive recommendations. The award can be presented to individual businesses or to a whole town, as is the case in Westport.

    The Award was presented on Friday in Westport by the Chief Executive of Failte Ireland Paul Kelly.