Westport

  • Gardai in Westport have arrested a man in connection with a spate of thefts from charity boxes in licensed premises in the town.

    It’s understood the suspect is also being questioned about a break-in to a caravan at the rear of a B&B in Westport.

  • A man in his 40s will appear in court this afternoon charged in connection with the death of Valerie French Kilroy in Kilbree, Westport.

    The man in his 40’s is due to appear before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court at 2pm this afternoon.

    A murder investigation was launched by Gardai following the discovery of the body of Ms French Kilroy on Friday morning.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons.

    The man who was arrested on Friday will appear in court at 2pm this afternoon.

     

     

  • A court has heard that the man suspected of murdering Ciara Glennon 20 years ago in Australia is socially awkward with an "obsessive sexual interest" in abduction.

    For the first time, prosecutors in Perth have revealed disturbing details about why they believe Bradley Robert Edwards is the man responsible for abducting and murdering 27-year old Ms Glennon and two other young women in the 1990s.

    Ciara's father Denis Glennon is a native of Westport, Co Mayo.

    The Irish Independent reports that the pre-trial hearing of the accused, who's from Claremont, Western Australia, began on Monday after its proceedings were delayed on a number of occasions.

    Ciara Glennon disappeared on March 14, 1997, after a night out celebrating St Patrick's Day in the Perth suburb of Claremont.

    Her body was discovered 18 days after she disappeared in bushland 50km north of Perth and had to be identified by her parents.

    The court heard DNA taken from Ms Glennon's body, including from under her fingernails, was consistent with Mr Edwards's DNA.

    Fibres in her hair also corresponded with the same fibres found inside Mr Edwards's car.

    Bradley Robert Edwards is also accused of murdering 18-year old Sarah Spiers and 23-year old Jane Rimmer in 1996 and 1997.

    He previously pleaded not guilty to all charges, which also include raping a 17-year-old girl in 1995 and breaking into an 18-year-old woman's bedroom in her home in 1988.

    The court was told that  Mr Edwards was "an introverted, socially awkward man, and that the allegations against him show he had an "obsessive sexual interest in the abduction, imprisonment and forcible rape of women in degrading and violent circumstances".

    Following Mr Edwards' arrest in 2016, Ms Glennon's father Denis described the murder charge as a "bitter-sweet moment".

    Mr Edwards will go on trial in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in July.

     

  • A number of creche and pre-school facilities across the region have closed today, with thousands of childcare workers taking part in a march in Dublin in protest at the lack of government funding in the childcare sector.

    The Early Years Alliance, organisers of today's event, say the issue of high fees and low pay has reached crisis point and needs to be addressed.

    More than 1,700 childcare facilities, including daycare and pre-school services, have closed around the country as part of today's action.

    Claire Morahan runs the Smarties Montessori school and after-school facility in Fahy, Westport.

    She's closed her business today to take part in the march in Dublin, and has told Midwest News that childcare workers deserve more respect and recognition.

     

  • Mayo County Council has granted planning permission for the development of a new €10 million euro global headquarters for Portwest at The Quay in Westport.

    Two weeks ago, members of the West Mayo Municipal District approved a material contravention to allow the site of the proposed development on Roman Island at The Quay to be re-zoned, and the council has now given the green light for the predominantly four-storey building, subject to 37 conditions.

    Portwest now employs over 3,000 staff worldwide and expected to treble staff numbers and reach $1 billion turnover in the next 7 years.

    The new global headquarters at the site of the Old Mill on The Quay will accommodate some 150 staff.

    Owen Hughes, Director of Portwest, told Midwest News that they're delighted to have secured planning permission for the new office development, and says that - if there are no objections - they would hope to start construction early in 2019.

  • The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council says he's very disappointed to learn that the respite service is no longer available at the MacBride Community Nursing Unit in Westport.

    The day care service at the nursing home has not been provided over the past number of weeks due to staffing shortages, and this is the same reason being given for the suspension of the respite service, according to Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy.

    He says families who depend on the respite service for a break for a few weeks each year cannot now avail of the service, and he claims that nursing staff are reluctant to take up jobs at the MacBride Home, as they're only being offered 3-month contracts.

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    MAYO FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2019

     

    MONTHLY AWARD WINNERS-----------AUGUST

     

    TEAM OF THE MONTH – AUGUST

     

    MONTH TEAM

    August   Moy Villa

     

     

    MANAGER OF THE MONTH – AUGUST

     

    MONTH MANAGER

    August   Michael Gibbons, Westport Utd ‘B’

     

    FOOTBALLER OF THE MONTH

    AUGUST

     

     

    DIVISION           FOOTBALLER

    Super League     Brendan Lavelle, Ballina Town

    Premier League Joe Slevin, Swinford

    League One       Padraig Folan, Westport Utd ‘B’

    League Two      John Judge (Snr), Moy Villa

  • U21 B CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Ardnaree           0-11 v 2-8         Balla

    U21 E CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Bonniconlon       - v -      Kilmaine

    U21 A CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Béal an Mhuirthead         1-9 v 1-11         Castlebar Mitchels

    U21 E CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Cill Chomain      5-14 v 1-6         Tuar Mhic Éadaigh

    U21 B CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin           2-9 v 2-13         Charlestown Sarsfields

    U21 A CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 2019

    Westport GAA    5-17 v 1-10        Knockmore

    U21 C CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP 1

    Ballintubber       3-9 v 1-8           Garrymore

    U21 D CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP 2

    Ardmoy MacHales           3-9 v 3-7           Erris St. Pats

    Crossmolina Deel Rovers 0-12 v 1-8         Naomh Padraig

    SOUTH MAYO MINOR B CHAMPIONSHIP

    Davitts   2-9 v 2-8           Ballinrobe

  • A 46-year-old Mayo man charged with the murder of his wife has been sent forward for trial to the present sitting of the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

    James Kilroy, with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport appeared before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court today.

    He has been in custody since June, in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three.

    In court this morning, Sergeant Margaret O’Connor said her application was for a return for trial to the present sitting of the Central Criminal Court.

    Judge Lydon consented to the application and the accused was remanded in custody.

     Valerie French Kilroy was found dead at house in the Kilbree area, near Westport, last June.

    She was the mother of three young boys, one aged 5 and twins aged 2.

     Ms French-Kilroy was an occupational therapist, working with the HSE mental health services in north Mayo.

  • A Mayo man won Gold for a radio documentary on Frank Stagg at last night’s IMRO Radio Awards in Kilkenny.

    Liamy MacNally from Westport told Gold in the Documentary/Feature category for his production – Frank Stagg’s Three Funerals.

    Frank Stagg was a Provisional IRA hunger striker from Hollymount in Co Mayo. He died in February 1976 after 62 days on hunger strike while in prison.

    Frank Stagg's burial caused considerable controversy in Ireland, with republicans and two of his brothers seeking to have Stagg buried in the republican plot in Ballina in accordance with his wishes, while his widow, his brother Emmet Stagg and the Irish government wished to have him buried in the family plot in the same cemetery and to avoid republican involvement in the funeral. As the republicans waited at Dublin Airport for the body, the Irish government ordered the flight to be diverted to Shannon Airport.

    His body was taken to Ballina and buried near the family plot. In order to prevent the body being disinterred and reburied by republicans, the grave was covered with concrete. In November 1977, a group of republicans tunnelled under the concrete to recover the coffin under cover of darkness and reburied it in the republican plot.

    Liamy’s documentary aired on the Documentary on One on RTE Radio 1 and last night he was awarded the top accolade at the IMRO Radio Awards.

     

  • A Mayo woman has been nominated for Humanitarian of the Year at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.

    Gena Heraty moved to Haiti almost three decades ago and is known all over Haiti for challenging prejudice against people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

    The Westport woman coordinates the special needs programme Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs (NPFS) and also co-founded the Kay Christine home, both of which take care of orphaned and abandoned children.

    Her team developed an outreach programme providing education for over 100 school children with neurological disorders, while they treat approximately 80 patients a day with physical therapy.

    During her work Gena faced a vicious attack by armed men, where one of her colleagues was killed.

    The Humanitarian of the year will be announced at the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards Ball which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has today announced that the N5 Westport to Turlough Road road project is to go to e-Tender for the procurement of a main contractor.

    Mayo County Council will be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in progressing the scheme.  The total cost of the investment in this project is approximately €170m which includes land, construction and all other costs.

    Minister Ring says it is one of the most significant investments in the West of Ireland in a generation. It is a signal of intent for the Atlantic corridor and it will help to drive the development of the county.

    The N5 out of Westport into Castlebar and onto Turlough is an exceptionally busy road, with huge volumes of traffic travelling on it, on a daily basis.

    The project has been mooted for up to four decades now, and today’s announcement is expected to see a contractor on site by this time next year.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Ring said it’s very welcome news for the county.

  • Minister Michael Ring has today confirmed that the Government has allocated €22m for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019.

    The allocation for improvement of roads in Mayo is €21,058,639, while the allocation for maintenance of roads is €1,296,569.

    Included in the allocation is €10m for the Westport to Turlough road.

    Minister Ring says this project is going out for tender in January and all going well a contractor should be onsite by September or October of 2019.

    This is just one of a large number of projects to be funded under today’s allocation.

     

     

    TII 2019 National Road Allocations
    Total of All Allocations: €22,355,208
    Mayo County Council
    Improvement
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    5
    N05MO_088 Swinford
    4,812
    17
    N18MO_041 Knock
    13,740
    17
    N17MO_068 N17 R320 Junction Claremorris
    300,000
    Total National - HD 15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €318,552
    Major Scheme  - Nat
    5
    Charlestown By-Pass
    200,000
    5
    Westport to Turlough
    10,000,000
    Total National Primary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €10,200,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    26
    N26 Clongullane Bridge
    700,000
    Total National Primary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €700,000
    Pavement - Nat
    HD28 NP Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    160,000
    5
    N5 Ballyvarry Ph1 incl N58
    480,000
    5
    N5 Castlebar Distributor Road Section 2 (East)
    250,000
    17
    N17 Kilkelly North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Foxford North
    500,000
    26
    N26 Swinford to the N5
    500,000
    Total National Primary - Pavement - Nat:
    €2,390,000
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59MO_084 Bellacorrick
    7,300
    60
    N560MO_056 Bekan Rail Overbridge
    8,286
    60
    N60MO_079 Claremorris Road, Balla
    38,892
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Traffic & Transportation Study
    19,883
    Total National Secondary - HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €74,361
    Major Scheme - Nat
    59
    Westport to Mulranny
    950,000
    Total National Secondary - Major Scheme - Nat:
    €950,000
    Minor Works - Nat
    59
    N59 Kilmeena LVNS
    600,000
    59
    N59 Newport to Derrada Realignment
    370,000
    59
    Rossow Bends
    160,000
    60
    N60 Heathlawn
    650,000
    60
    N60 Lagnamuck
    850,000
    60
    N60 Manulla Cross
    100,000
    Total National Secondary - Minor Works - Nat:
    €2,730,000
    Pavement  - Nat
    HD28 NS Pavement Renewals 2019 MO
    170,000
    59
    N59 Ballina Bunree Bridge / Junction Pavement Strengthening
    265,000
    59
    N59 Ballycroy South
    300,000
    59
    N59 Ballyveeney to Castlehill
    500,000
    84
    N84 Ballinrobe Town North
    400,000
    84
    N84 Sandymount to R317
    200,000
    Total National Secondary - Pavement - Nat:
    €1,835,000
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    HD15 and HD17 Minor Works - Nat
    Fencing Retrofit - Mayo
    100,000
    Total Both NP & NS - HD17 Minor Works - Nat:
    €100,000
    LA Eng Support - B.1.1.- Nat
    Local Authority Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    330,282
    PO Support (Improvement) 2019 MO
    1,380,444
    Total Both NP & NS - LA Eng  Support - B.1.1. - Nat:
     €        1,710,726
    Route Lighting Improvement - Nat
    NW Bypasses Energy Saving Public Lighting Consultancy
    50,000
    Total Both NP&NS - Route Lighting Improvement - Nat:
    €50,000
    Total Improvement Allocations:
    €21,058,639
    Maintenance
    National Primary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NP Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    253,415
    NP Route Lighting 2019 MO
    88,878
    NP Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    200,000
    Total National Primary - Maintenance:
    €542,293
    National Secondary
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    Maintenance
    NS Ordinary Maintenance 2019 MO
    323,498
    NS Route Lighting 2019 MO
    111,578
    NS Winter Maintenance 2019 MO
    230,000
    Total National Secondary - Maintenance:
    €665,076
    Both NP & NS
    Route Name
    Allocation 2019
    LA Eng - Support - B.1.2. - Nat
    Local Authority Support (Maintenance) 2019 MO
    79,200
    Local Authority Support (Winter Maintenance) 2019 MO
    10,000
    Total Both NP & NS  - LA Eng Support - B.1.2. - Nat:
    €89,200
    Total Maintenance Allocations:
    €1,296,569

     

    Meanwhile local TD, Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €14.3m investment by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in the national road network throughout County Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten says this investment includes €4m for the new section of road at the Hill of Oran, resurfacing of Athleague Village and the Town of Castlerea and the upgrading of sections of the Boyle to Athlone road”.

    Funding of €3m has also been set aside to complete the planning and design for the new N5 road between Ballaghaderreen and Scramogue which will not only improve access to the West but allow for the future development of Strokestown, Tulsk, Bellanagare & Frenchpark”.

     

  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring Mr. Michael Ring has today received confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that a premises has been secured for the Westport Educate Together school to operate in.

    The Department of Education and Skills has been working closely with Educate Together to progress the establishment of a new multi-denominational school in Westport. In light of this development of securing a premises, it is planned that Educate Together will open in this premises in September 2019.

     

  • Minister Michael Ring has a number of engagements in the county today.

    The Minister will officially open the Department of Social Protection’s new Intreo office in Claremorris at noon.

    At 3pm Minister Ring will officially open the new National Council for the Blind Ireland retail shop in Westport.

    Then at 7pm, he will officially launch a new video highlighting the impact of his Department’s SICAP initiative in Straide.

  • The official opening will take place this morning of new classrooms at Knockrooskey National School near Westport.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring will be at the school at 11am this morning (Friday) to open the extended and refurbished school.

    And at 3pm this afternoon, Minister Ring will officially open the new Achill Island Distillery and Visitor Centre.

    The company hopes to create up to 25 jobs at the Achill facility in the coming years when fully operational.

    Irish American Whiskey was established 5 years ago, and is currently exporting to 11 states in the US.

     

  • A fire which broke out on the grounds of the Convent in Westport was brought under control last night.

    The fire was described as a "minor incident" by Gardai and was quickly extinguished.

    The main building was not affected, it has been reported that it was a gazebo on the grounds of the convent that went up in flames. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

     

     

  • Motorists are again being advised by gardai not to leave valuables in their vehicles. In follows a spate of break-ins to parked vehicles across the county last weekend.

    Gardai are investigating thefts in Manulla, Westport and Charlestown.

    A parked van was broken into on Saturday evening at Lurga, Charlestown. The incident occurred between 3pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Power tools were taken from a red Nissan Primera van.

    A green Ford Transit van parked at Westport Leisure Centre had a window smashed between 9.30am on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Items taken from the van included an iPad Mini and Bluetooth headphones all stored in a nike back pack.

    On Sunday evening between 9pm and 11pm a white Volkswagen Golf parked outside Manulla Community Centre was broken into and a handbag was taken.

    Gardai believe that all three thefts may be connected to a single, highly mobile gang.

  • Motorists are being advised of potential disruption in the Westport area this Saturday as the 2018 Westportif cycle takes place.

    Over 650 cyclists from all over the country are taking part in the event, and traffic is expected to be busy in Westport Town as a result.

    The participants will sign on from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Towers Bar on the Quay, with cyclists heading off from 9am.

    The Quay area is expected to be busy with cyclists between 9 and 10am, before they depart for Louisburg on the R335 to Ashleigh Falls.

    The shorter 80k route then goes north onto the N59 to Westport, while the longer 120 and 160km route turn for Leenane and Innagh Valley, joiing the N59 at Recess via Maam Cross.

    Most cyclists will have returned by 4pm.

    Organisers are asking all road users to be aware of possible traffic disruption on Saturday as a result of the popular event.

  • A murder investigation has been launched by Gardai following the death of a woman in Kilbree, Westport on Friday.

    A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday afternoon on the body of 41-year-old Valerie French Kilroy at Mayo University Hospital yesterday by acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

    Details of the results of the post-mortem are not being released at this stage for operational reasons. A man arrested in connection with the investigation remains in Garda custody.

    The woman’s body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport on Friday morning.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.