• The death has taken place of well-known Mayo photographer Liam Lyons from Westport.

    Mr Lyons was the first Irish photographer to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Irish Professional Photographers Association in recognition of his outstanding landscape photography.

    He held many successful exhibitions across Europe and the United States, and his work is on display in many homes around the world, including the White House and Aras an Uachtaráin.

    In recent years, Mayo County Council worked with the photographer to digitise and archive 50 years of his photo images from the 1950's, and the collection is available to the public through local libraries.

    His work was also published in international newspaper, magazines and books.

    Liam Lyons is survived by his wife Mabel, daughters Fidelma and Fionnuala, sons-in-law, grandchildren, his brother Fr Fintan and extended family.

    His remains will repose at his residence, Rosswood, West Road, Westport this evening from 5-8pm.

     Funeral service tomorrow at 12.30 in St Mary's Church, Westport with burial afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery.

    Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Easter Monday at 12.30.

  • There were delays today on both the 7.35am Heuston to Westport service and the 9.45am Westport to Hesuton service.

    This was as a result of a motorist driving through a barrier on the Castlerea to Ballyhaunis line.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    However, there was significant delay as repairs had to be carried out to the barrier.

    Full service has since resumed.


    A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport on Saturday afternoon, as part of a nationwide rally against the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm Saturday in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It's understood the Health Minister Simon Harris is to bring the Bill before the Cabinet later this week, but it's unsure if it can be introduced before the Summer recess.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, says Saturday's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind, to show support for the women involved and their families...

  • A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport at 2pm this afternoon  (Saturday), as part of a nationwide rally following the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, and says today's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind in Mayo, to show support for the women involved and their families.

  • Election posters went up in the town of Westport in the early hours of this morning, despite a motion by sitting councillors in the District that Westport would ban election posters.

    The urban area of Westport has banned election posters for many years

    The decision by sitting councillors to retain the ban, is not legally binding – and election candidates by law can erect posters from midnight last night in both the local and European elections.

    Independent councillor in Westport Christy Hyland told Midwest News that he is raising the matter with council officials as he says he’s disappointed that the ban in the town is not being respected.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.


    A new Educate Together school in Westport is to open next year.

    The Department of Education & Skills has given sanction for the Westport Educate Together School to open in September 2019.

    It follows a local campaign for an Educate Together school in the town.

    A spokesperson for Educate Together says talks are at an advanced stage in relation to the location of the school, and the principal recruitment process will commence soon.

    Educate Together currently runs 84 primary schools around the country including two in Mayo - in Newtownwhite and Castlebar.



  • Hundreds of households and businesses in the Westport area lost power this morning.

    A number of faults occurred in the area, leaving customers without a supply since about 20 to eight this morning, that service is set to be restored about 11.15am.

    While other customers lost their supply within the past hour (10am) in the Westport area, the ESB says it hopes to have that service restored by 1pm today.

  • Today marked the first day of the new on-street parking charges in Westport.

    Up to now, parking was free but restricted on the streets of the town, while there were charges in the town's car parks.

    From today on, motorists will have to purchase parking discs to park in both the Pink and Blue zones in Westport town, to ensure a regular turnover of parking spaces.

    In addition, drivers with a disabled sticker, who cannot find a disabled bay in which to park, can park free on the streets or in the carparks.

    Westport is one of very few towns in Ireland offering this service to disabled drivers, according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    Councillor Hyland says the new parking arrangements will be reviewed in 6 months time, and amendments can then be made if needed.


  • A fishing boat, which was stolen from Westport Quay over the weekend, was later located off the coast of Achill Island.

    The Aingeal na Mara fishing boat was taken from Westport Quay sometime between 7pm Saturday evening and 6.30am yesterday morning, and its owners issued an appeal for information.

    Gardai, assisted by the local Coastguard unit, located the catamaran being sailed off the Achill coast between 7 and 8am yesterday morning, and the vessel has been returned to its owner.

    Gardai say they're following a definite line of enquiry into the incident.





  • Work is to start next month on flood relief works in the Carraholly area outside Westport.

     A number of homes in the area were flooded during severe weather conditions almost 5 years ago, and since then, a campaign has been underway to replace the barrier that was washed away in the storm, and put other flood defences in place.

     Mayo County Council has now confirmed to Westport Independent Councillor Christy Hyland that notices are going into this week's local newspapers, advising of a road closure in the area to allow the works to go ahead.

     Councillor Hyland said it's been a long wait, but he's happy for the residents of Carraholly that the flood relief works are due to get underway shortly....

  • Too high a price is being paid by Westport for success in Tidy Towns, if it means that the local GAA club cannot erect a banner this week to wish 6 members of their club, good luck as members of the Mayo U20 all Ireland Football squad. That was the view expressed by the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday.

    The Mayo U 20 side take on Kildare in the All Ireland final in Croke Park this Sunday and Westport councillors are adamant that having 6 members of the county’s All Ireland squad from the Westport GAA club is a remarkable achievement and should be honoured. The club want to erect a banner in the town wishing the best of luck to the 6 young men, but Mayo county council executive say it can’t be done, as there is an agreement in place to erect a banner at just one location in the town, and that spot was already booked by another club this week.

     The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy asked that an additional location for the erection of a banner be allowed at the top of Bridge street, due to the occasion, but that request was denied.

    Council official Padraig Walsh outlined to councillors that judging in the national Tidy Towns competition is taking place at this time, and it would not be appropriate to locate a banner in a separate location.

    He said the authority had suggested both clubs could share the one location where a banner is allowed, but that had not happened.

    The Cathaoirleach cllr Mulroy said he was disappointed and frustrated with the response.

  • Tributes are being paid to former Mayor of Westport Ollie Gannon, who has passed away following an illness.

    Mr Gannon, from St Patrick's Terrace, Westport was a Fine Gael member of the former Westport Town Council for 15 years and served as Mayor on a number of occasions.

    He was a former employee of Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and was a lifelong member of Westport United where he was a player, coach, committee member and former Chairman.

    Ollie Gannon is survived by his mother, brothers and extended family.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has expressed sympathy to the Gannon family following Ollie's death, and says Westport has lost a man who had tremendous community spirit, who served on the Westport Town Council until its abolition in 2014, and was an avid soccer supporter.

    Minister Ring said Ollie Gannon was a loyal and personal friend of his all his life, and a friend to the entire community in Westport.

    Westport-based FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has also paid  tribute to her former colleague, and says the people of Westport are saddened at news of his passing.

    Ollie's remains will repose at Navin's Funeral Home, Westport on Saturday evening from 5pm with removal to St Mary's Church, Westport at 7pm.

    Ollie will be laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery on Sunday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.



  • In the U21 A Championship Claremorris take on Westport in the final tomorrow evening at 7pm in Elverys MacHale Park, we'll have regular updates of this encounter on Midwest Radio.

    The U21 C Championship semi-finals take centre stage on Sunday as Ballinrobe host Garrymore at 12 noon while Ballyhaunis make the trip to Ballintubber also at 12.

    The U21 D final also throws in at 12 on Sunday as Kilmeena and Ard Moy MacHales meet in Knockmore to battle it out for the titile.

  • Four men in their twenties have been arrested after a fight broke out last night on the Westport to Dublin Train.

    The incident happened after the 5.45pm service stopped at Tullamore.

    Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins in County Kildare.

    Two of the men have been charged with public order offences and released on bail, while another two remain in custody and are due to appear tomorrow at Naas District Court.

    At least one person was injured, however a Garda spokesperson says there was no stabbing incident despite reports that a knife had been spotted at the scene.

  • The funeral will take place in Cork later this week of Valerie Kilroy, nee French, who was found dead at her home in Westport last Friday.

    The body of the 41-year old mother-of-three was discovered by Gardai at her home in Kilbree, Westport and her husband James has since been charged with her murder.

    Mr Kilroy was brought before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody to Harristown Court in Castlerea next Friday.

    Valerie French Kilroy ,a HSE occupational therapist, was formerly from Leap, Co Cork.

    Her Funeral Service will take place in St Fachtna's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Rosscarberry, Co Cork on Thursday at 2.30pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

    She's survived by her husband and three children, her mother, brother, three sisters, and extended family.


  • Gardai are at the scene of a three vehicle collision this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road close to Westport.

    There are no indications yet if anyone has been injured in the incident but Gardai are at the scene.

    The road is not closed to traffic but there are long delays this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road as a result.

  • Emergency services attended the scene of a two car collision on the N5 Castlebar to Westport road close to Cosgrove’s garage this morning.

    The collision occurred shortly after 7.30am but the road remains open to traffic.

    Gardai are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution on  approach roads as icy conditions are reported in the area this morning.

  • Gardai are continuing to question a man in his forties in connection with the death of a woman in Co. Mayo.

    The woman has been named locally as Valerie Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three.

    Her body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport yesterday morning and the scene remain sealed off this afternoon.

    A post-mortem examination is being carried out today to establish the circumstances around the woman's death.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.

    Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

    Local independent councillor Christy Hyland says there is a huge sense of shock and sadness in the area.

  • Gardai are examining CCTV footage following a fire at the Convent grounds in Westport on Saturday evening.

    The fire occurred in the Summer House on the convent site, which is owned by Mayo County Council.

    The fire services responded and brought the situation under control.

    Mayo County Council have CCTV systems in place at the property, and say Gardai are viewing the CCTV images as part of their investigation into the incident.