• Aurivo Co-op has today laid the foundations for its €26 million upgraded production facility in Ballaghadereen.

    Employing some 650 people, Aurivo is one of Ireland's leading co-operatives with businesses in consumer foods, dairy ingredients, retail stores, animal feeds and livestock trading.   

    The co-op is investing €26 million in installing a new dryer at the Ballaghadereen site, which will create a modern, state of the art production facility that will boost capacity at the site by 50%.

    Once complete, over 50,000 tonnes of milk powders and 15,000 tonnes of butter will be produced there each year.

    The move is part of a wider €48 million, 5-year capital investment programme by Aurivo to enable innovative new product development.


  • Ballaghadereen teenager Adam McAllister has been selected to play on the Irish U19 Badminton team, who will compete at the European Championships in Estonia in September.

    The championships will run from the 6-16th September.

  • Andy Moran was on hand at the re-launch of Heiton Buckley in Castlebar today to officially open the new look store and he joined Gerry Glennon in the Midwest Radio cruiser for a chat. 

    The Mayo legend chatted about the past year which ended prematurely for the men in green and red with defeat to Kildare in Newbridge and about the furore that surrounded the #NewbridgeOrNowhere campaign.

    He expressed his regret about missing out on the inaugural "Super 8s" and gave us his pick as to who he thinks will emerge victorious and claim Sam Maguire now that Mayo are out of the picture.

    Listen below to the whole interview as the Ballaghaderreen ace reflected on the dreaded "retirement" word, how the game has changed since he first got the call to pull on the Mayo jersey and more in a wide ranging chat with Gerry.

    Be sure to check out the new look Heiton Buckley store in Castlebar or like their page on Facebook and Twitterfor details of all their great offers!

  • The Ballaghadereen Fire Service is tackling a large gorse fire in the Cregane . Float Road area of Ballaghadereen.

    Motorists are advised to avoid the area as visibility may be dangerously reduced.



  • The Law Society will apply on Friday for court orders freezing the personal accounts of suspended Ballaghadereen solicitor Declan O’Callaghan as well as the accounts of a Co Roscommon practice he previously operated.

    The society is concerned that the client account deficit linked to the Kilraine O’Callaghan practice at Pound Street, Ballaghadereen may now exceed €730,000.

    It believes there is a “clear and present danger” to clients and the public if the practice continues to operate with such a deficit, according to the president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly.

    He said the situation had become “even more serious” and he would permit the society to serve short notice of its application, returnable to Friday, for the account freezing and other orders, including to deliver up the books, files and accounts of the practice.

    He said the Law Society considered the orders necessary to protect clients of the firm, the public and the integrity of the solicitors’ profession.

    The firm had been trading with this growing deficit for the past five months and the society considered it could not allow this situation continue.

     Nessa Bird, representing the Law Society, said the case had been due before the court on December 19th but this application arose from concerns  that a deficit on the client account may be some €730,000 and not the €500,000 previously anticipated.

    Mr O’Callaghan previously paid some €400,000 to address concerns in relation to two estates, including of a child whose father died in an accident, the court was told.

    Ms Bird said some €609,000 would need to be lodged now to clear the deficit, plus a sum of €144,000 which Mr O’Callaghan had previously agreed to lodge but was yet to.







  • A new Primary Care Centre is to be developed in Ballaghadereen.

    Minister Jim Daly says planning permission will be lodged shortly for the construction of a Primary Care Centre on the site currently occupied by the Willowbrook Medical Centre on Convent Road in the town.

    This will provide modern facilities for GP and other medical services.

    The issue was raised in the Seanad yesterday by Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins, who asked for an update on plans for the new facility.

    Minister Jim Daly said the HSE is currently in the final stages of agreeing the floor plan for the new centre, and will then agree a lease for the premises before lodging a planning application.

  • The death has taken place of well-known Ballaghadereen businessman John Duffy, owner of the Supervalu store in the town.

    The 67-year old was a significant employer in the Co Roscommon town, employing over 90 people in Supervalu.

    He passed away last night at University Hospital Galway, following a short illness, and is survived by his wife Bernadette, two daughters and a son, his sister, brothers and extended family.

    John Duffy's remains will repose at the family home in Kilcolman, Ballaghadereen tomorrow from 3 until 7pm, arriving at the Cathedral of the Annunciation & St Nathy at 8pm.

    His Funeral Mass will take place at 3pm on Wednesday with burial afterwards in Kilcolman Cemetery.