Westport

  • Westport, Knock, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are among seven town centres that will become free public wi-fi zones.

    The new initiative will see free high speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Knock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan and two further locations to be confirmed in Kerry and Donegal.

    The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which costs the local towns nothing, involves local businesses allowing Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

    Carrick-On-Shannon is the first of the six towns to go live this weekend with Sligo, Knock and Monaghan commencing in June and the remaining towns going live by August.

    This initiative follows on from the success of the firm's public-private partnership in Galway - the first of its kind in Ireland.

  • Alex Wright has claimed a 10th place finish in the 20km Race Walk final at the European Championships.

     

    The 27 year old walked a seasonal best time of 1 hour 22 minutes and 18 seconds - 1 minute and 36 seconds off the Spanish winner Alvaro Martin.

     

    Ireland's other competitor in the race Cian McManamon from Westport finished in 21st.

  • Westport goalkeeper Paddy O'Malley is set to line out with Roscommon on the inter-county scene for 2020.

    The Connaught Telegraph is reporting that O'Malley, who has been between the posts for his native Mayo in the past and was between the sticks when Westport captured the All-Ireland intermediate club title in 2017, has decided to play for Roscommon this year and could be involved with the Rossies' as early as in the forthcoming FBD Connaught League.

    The Westport keeper' is eligible to play for Roscommon under the patronage rule as his mother is a native of Roscommon.

    However, O'Malley will still be eligible to continue to play for his club Westport.

  • Westport’s Leeson Enterprise Centre is to be enabled with a 1 Gigabit broadband connection provided by Westnet and powered by SIRO.

    As a result, the Leeson Enterprise Centre, which was officially opened by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring last week will have access to the same level of broadband connectivity that is typically only available to international companies in cities like Hong Kong or Tokyo.

    The Leeson Enterprise Centre is an innovation hub designed to help local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Mayo succeed, with a range of facilities such as hot desks, co-working office space, private office space and meeting room facilities.

     SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity, which is three times as powerful as the market leading service in Dublin and 10 times as powerful as the market leading service in rural Ireland, will help firms based in the Leeson Enterprise Centre to benefit from the best broadband network in Ireland and face no restrictions due to poor connectivity when selling their products and services online or using services like video conferencing to communicate with their customers.

    Westnet is a Mayo based broadband provider and is one of SIRO’s retail partners.

    Westnet CEO and founder Paul Kinnane told Midwest News todayabout the value of this level of connectivity.

  • Connacht Minor A Club Football Final
    St Brigid's 1-11 
    Westport 1-10 

    Minor B Final 
    Mountbellew/Moylough 0-09
    Tourlestrane 0-07

  • A woman in Westport this morning lost thousands of euro and had her bank account cleared out, after she fell for a telephone scam.

    Across this region there have been a number of victims to these scams in recent weeks, and gardai are again advising the public to be vigilant and not to give personal details to anyone over the phone.

    A scam caller, contacting eircom customers in the north Mayo region over the past number of days, offering free upgrade on broadband, has managed to steal thousands of euros from two separate victims.

  • When we read that the guys over at Westport House were hiring staff, it got us thinking about how cool it would be to work in somewhere as iconic as Westport House! Here are just five reasons why it would be a brilliant place to work!

    You Get to be a Pirate!

    Part of the job description for the Pirate Adventure Park is, and we quote, "...operating the Pirate Ship and the Pirates Plunge." OPERATING THE PIRATE SHIP! Where do we sign up?? Seriously, how great would that be though? It would be one of the greatest answers to that age old question "What do you do with yourself?" "Me? I operate a Pirate Ship." Imagine! And that's not all, you get to work on the Giant Swan Boats, the Cannonball Run, Indoor Soft Play, Bouncy Castle, Go Karting, AND drive the Miniature Rail Train! Why did we not see this job application sooner!? cry

    Work Outdoors

    Ok, the Irish weather isn't *always* perfect but we've got it on good authority that the 2018 summer is going to be a cracker...and anyway, what's a drop of rain every now and again when you get to spend your days out in the fresh air, having the craic in the Pirate Adventure Centre. No one likes being stuck inside in a stuffy office so to get the chance to be outside AND having fun... it's a no brainer really!

    Dressing Up

    Fancy something a bit more refined? How about getting to wear a traditional Victorian uniform and deliver an authentic 19th century experience... that's right, you get to dress up at work! It's basically like working on a film set the whole time we reckon. Delivering the Afternoon Tea & Tour experience in the stunning Drawing Room - historical and fun... why wasn't school more like that?

    Every day is different

    When you're working somewhere that people are always in holiday mode, it's bloody great! Every visitor to Westport House has a different story to tell and when you're getting visitors from all over the world, that's a lot of stories! No two days would be the same as you meet tourists from all over the continent, the UK, the US, Australia, Japan, China.. you name it, Westport House draws them in! 

    That View

    Last but not least - imagine walking in to this view every day?

    Stunning!laughing There's not many workplaces that look, or indeed, are as cool as Westport House and we could got on about why it'd be such a great place to work but the boss is getting suspicious now! If you would like to go along to the Westport House Seasonal Recruitment Day this Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 2pm-5pm, you can find out more by clicking here

     

  • Work has started this week on a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures on the Newport Road in Westport, which will benefit children attending the Holy Trinity and Scoil Phadraig National Schools.

    Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy says he has campaigned for a number of years for works at this location to improve safety for children being dropped off and collected in the mornings and afternoon.

    He told Midwest News that work has now started on the safety improvements.

  • Mayo County Council has confirmed that work will start shortly on safety improvement measures close to Corrib Oil on the N5 Westport-Castlebar road.

     A number of serious collisions have occurred at this location, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has been campaiging, for some time, to have traffic calming measures installed.

    Councillor Hyland raised the matter again at this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, where he was told that the TII - Transport Infrastructure Ireland- has allocated funds for safety improvement works at this spot, and the works will start - if not before Christmas - then shortly afterwards.