Westport

  • Westport was the town in county Mayo with the highest house prices last year, while house prices in Ballyhaunis were the lowest in the county, according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report, published by GeoDirectory and EY

    198,000 euro was the average house price in Westport in 2019,compared to 94,000 euro in Ballyhaunis.

    435 residential addresses in Mayo were added to the GeoDirectory database in 2019.

    Dublin accounted for almost a third of all new address points in 2019. 

    At the other end of the scale Leitrim  had just 67, Roscommon added 176 and Sligo 180 -recording the lowest number of new residential addresses.

    The average price of a house in Mayo last year was €152,000.

    Mayo’s vacancy rate stood at almost 13 percent in December 2019, 8 % higher than the national vacancy rate of 5%.

    302 residential buildings were under construction in Mayo last month (December 2019).

    Dara Keogh, Chief Executive, GeoDirectory told Midwest News today that there’s a good buoyancy in the house construction market in Mayo at present.

  • As Donegal joins Dublin from midnight tonight in Level 3 Covid Restrictions – the implications of the ban on travel out of these counties will impact directly on tourism areas nationally, in particular locations like Westport.

    The Level 3 Covid restrictions announced last Friday evening for Dublin are already  impacting on visitor numbers to Westport and surrounding areas.

    30 percent of the tourists that visit Westport from September to December annually, come from the capital.

    Michael Lennon of Westport Chamber, is a former President of the Irish Hotels Federation and a board member of ITIC ( Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) and says the tourism and hospitality sector in Westport will certainly be hit by the Level 3 Restrictions on travel out of Dublin for the next number of weeks, and will be further impacted by the same restrictions in Donegal from midnight tonight, and now other counties are on high alert for similar restrictions.

    He’s been speaking to Midwest News today about the impact of the Level 3 restrictions in Dublin on Westport's tourist numbers already.

     

     

     

  • Olympic hopeful Cian McManamon says it's been a long road to Tokyo.

    The Westport athlete is still in contention to qualify for the Olympics and will be aiming to impress in the ranking events in May & June.

    He joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon where he gave an honest in-depth interview.

     

     

  • Westport jockey Conor Hoban joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon.

    The 29 year old has built up a pre-training business in Kildare which he is mixing in with being a jockey.

    Hoban is chomping at the bit to get back racing next month.

     

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  • Westport Gardai are advising that a live ESB line is down in the Letterbrook area of Drummin.

    ESB Networks are currently at the scene, and there will be some power outages in the area this morning while repairs are underway.

    The local road - the L1824 - may also be closed for a time.

    People in the area are advised to take extra caution, as the line is down on the road and on wire fencing between fields.

     

  • A local election candidate is urging people to register to vote before Tuesday’s deadline.

    Shane Fitzgerald, who is running as a local election candidate in the Westport area says he is finding that up to 1 in 4 people that he has canvassed, are not on the register of electors.

    Mr Fitzgerald says the form to register must be with the council by Tuesday and is very straightforward to complete.

    He is urging people who are entitled to vote, to register so they can exercise their democratic right.

  • It now looks likely that the long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly outside Westport will get underway by September.

    That’s according to the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    The Minister says over a million euro has been set aside by government for the works and he says it remains available, but he says it’s completely unacceptable that it has taken months to get the OPW and Mayo County Council to meet and get the project underway.

    Many homes in the Carrowholly area of Westport have been marooned over recent years due to severe flooding.

    Minister Ring says the OPW has in recent days been meeting residents on the ground in Carrowholly and he says he is confident that the flood relief works will get underway in September, ahead of this winter.

  • Gardai are questioning a man in his forties after the death of a woman in County Mayo.

    Her body was discovered yesterday morning at a house in the Westport area.

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today.

    Garda inquiries got under way shortly after 10am yesterday morning when the body of the woman in her forties was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport.

    A man was arrested and taken to Castlebar Garda Station for questioning and Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else at this stage.

    The scene has been preserved overnight pending examination by the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau and the investigation is ongoing.

    An incident room has been set up at Castlebar Garda Station, and anyone who can assist with the inquiry is asked to come forward.

    The family of the deceased woman has been notified and a family liaison officer has been appointed. 

  • 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.

  • Westport native Paul Doyle has been crowned UCD Player of the Year for the 2020 season.

    The former Westport United & Fahy Rovers man has been with UCD since 2018.

    The central midfielder is an integral player for the students who finished third in the first division last season.

  • 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.