• Two NUI Galway students have been awarded scholarships by multinational technology company Intel as part of its programme to encourage the next generation of high-achieving women.

    The successful students are Eimear McDonnell, from Westport, in third year BSc Environmental Health and Safety and Emily Metadjer, from Shrule, in second year BSc Computer Science and Information Technology.

    The Intel Women in Technology scholarship programme aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology.

    Eimear says she is “absolutely delighted to have been selected. It’s an excellent opportunity for me to progress my studies and to get a work placement with Intel, a world renowned company, that will give me invaluable experience and will undoubtedly influence my career.”

    Eimly explained that she is “extremely grateful to have received this scholarship from Intel, one of the foremost tech companies in the world. This is not just a huge opportunity for me personally, but this scholarship is extremely important to help bridge the gender gap in computer science and to encourage and enable women in technology.”

    The Intel Women in Technology scholarship program offers a monetary grant, valued at €3,000 per annum, as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Leixlip and Shannon campuses. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor who is an Intel employee to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.

  • Two people were arrested in relation to a burglary at a business premises in Westport on Tuesday night.

    Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News that a quantity of cash and some items were taken from the premises.

    A man and a woman, both in their 20's, were arrested and taken to Castlebar Garda Station.

    They have since been charged in relation to the burglary, and will appear before Castlebar District Court later this morning.



  • 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)


  • Westport jockey Conor Hoban rode two winners at Dundalk today.

    He rode Whatharm to victory in the 3.35 at 13/2 and 28/1 outsider Romann romped home to win the 5.05 injuredjockeys.com handicap.

    The Westport native rode both winners for Waterford handler Patrick Flynn.

  • 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.

  • Village Design Statement is to be compiled by Mayo County Council for the popular village of Lecanvey, located between Westport and Louisbourgh.

    The purpose of the exercise is to get joint up thinking about how the village can effectively develop, in partnership with all the stakeholders – the local community and the various state agencies and utility providers.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn says Design Statements like this, are vital for the futures of many villages and small towns, across the county.

    He says the present pandemic has highlighted many new possibilities on how people can live in rural Ireland and work from home for global companies.

  • 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.

  • An Post has confirmed that the Westport Post Office remains closed.

    Both Westport and Newport Post Offices were closed for several days last week.

    The Post Office in Newport has reopened this morning.

    However, An Post says it appears the Westport post office will not reopen until Friday.

    In the meantime, Westport customers will continue to be looked after at Castlebar Post office.


  • 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.

  • A Westport bookshop has been named Best Independent Bookshop of the Year on the island of Ireland.

    Tertulia Books, located at The Quay in Westport, has fought off stiff competition from bookshops in Co Down and in Dublin to win the honour in the 2021 British Book Awards.

    The Westport shop will now compete against shortlisted bookshops from across Britain for the overall prize.

    Tertulia Books is owned by Neil Paul and Brid Conroy, and uses its website and its own TV channel to stay connected with customers during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Brid has been telling Midwest Radio that they're delighted to have won this prestigious award....


  • 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.