Ballinrobe

  • A draft Public Realm Plan has been approved for the town of Ballinrobe and its environs.

    The collaborative plan was compiled by Paul Hogart Consultants working with local people and Mayo County Council.

    Ballinrobe is described as having a vibrant community located in a Heritage rich town.

    The draft plan was approved by Councillors at this week’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.

     

     

     

     

  • The Tommy Joe Gibbons second annual memorial tournament was held yesterday at the Lakeside Sports & Fitness club in Ballinrobe.

    22 players took part in the doubles handball tournament.

    The overall winners were David Davoren from Ballinrobe handball club and Jack McHale from Belcarra club.

    Runners-up were Seamus Hughes and Séan Cunnane from Ballinrobe.

    The Plate winners were Tom Sweeney and John Coyne from Ballinrobe.

    Runners-up:   Peter Davoren,Ballinrobe and Jack Lally, of Carnacon club.

     

     

     

  • A Co. Mayo born soldier killed by a landmine explosion in Lebanon thirty years ago was honoured in his hometown of Ballinrobe today.

    Hundreds, including family members and other relatives, gathered for the unveiling of a memorial – a handsome stone bench – to Corporal Fintan Heneghan.

    On March 21, 1989, Corporal  Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh in a landmine explosion while they were patrolling in South Lebanon.

    All three were members 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force (UNIFIL).

    The impressive memorial bench, situated at Cornmarket, was designed by members of Mayo County Council’s architect’s section.

    Speakers at today’s ceremony included Fianna Fail TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Councillor Damian Ryan (FF), Councillor John Cribben, cathaoirleach of Claremorris Municipal District and Liam Hanrahan, Director of Services for Claremorris Municipal District.

    Padraig Flanagan, senior executive officer with Mayo County Council, was master of ceremonies.

    Enda Heneghan, a brother of the late Corporal Heneghan, spoke of his family’s gratitude that the memorial had been erected. He expressed special thanks to Martin Feeney from Ballinrobe for his role in having the bench erected close to the Heneghan family home.

    Members of the Defence Forces, past and present, were represented at the early afternoon ceremony.

    Corporal Heneghan was a son of Jack Heneghan, a member and former cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, and his wife, Ellen. Both parents are now deceased.

    Apart from Enda, Corporal Heneghan’s siblings – Grace and Anne represented the family at the unveiling ceremony.

    Fr. Michael Gormally brought the ceremony to an end when he recited prayers and sprinkled the memorial bench with holy water.

    The explosive device which killed Corporal Heneghan and his two colleagues could have been detected in advance, according to a recent review commissioned some years ago by the then Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.

    The independent report concluded that the three soldiers should not have been sent down the track on which they lost their lives without the area first being cleared of landmines and other improvised explosives.

    Following the publication of the report, Minister Shatter and the then Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces issued a “wholehearted” apology to the families of the three dead men.

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  • Minister Michael has confirmed that improvements to access to a popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay near Ballinrobe have been completed.

    This follows the allocation of €21,263 from Inland Fisheries Ireland to Ballinrobe and District Angling Club to carry out the works including the resurfacing and realigning of the carpark, as well as the provision of security fencing around the perimeter.  

    Speaking today, Minister Ring said: “It has been confirmed to me by my colleague, Sean Canney TD, who is the Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries sector, that the improvement works have been completed at this popular angling destination at Cushlough Bay.

    He said this is great news for local anglers and indeed for the many visiting anglers who fish at Cushlough Bay. By investing in these facilities, the Government is supporting a valuable recreational pursuit for local people and helping to attract visitors to the area, which is good for the local hospitality industry.

     In addition to this funding, Ballinrobe & District Trout Anglers Association and the World Cup Trout Fly Championship Committee provided €6,641 to upgrade the slipway as an extra part of the project.  

  • One person has been taken to hospital following a road collision between a car and a lorry on the Ballinrobe to Hollymount road.

    The collision occurred around 10.30am this morning.

  • A power cut is affecting around 74 homes and businesses in the Ballinrobe and surrounding areas this morning.

    According to ESB Powercheck around 74 customers are without power since around 10pm last night.

    The estimated restoration time is 1pm today.

  • A search is underway on Lough Mask again this morning after a fisherman failed to return to shore on Friday.

    The local man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and an experienced angler, is reported to have departed the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about 12 noon on Friday and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was recovered yesterday. Gardai in Claremorris say weather conditions are hampering searches in the water today but searches of the shoreline and surrounding areas is ongoing.

    Gardai, the Lough Corrib Search and Rescue and local volunteers are involved in the operation.

  • Some traffic disruption can be expected on the streets of Ballinrobe this evening (Friday) and tomorrow during the Ballinrobe Duathlon event.

    Organisers are advising that there may be some traffic disruption this evening between 6-8pm especially around the Lakeside Sports & Fitness Centre on Station Road, and again tomorrow morning from 8-10am where participants will be registering.

    Tomorrow (Sat), hundreds of participants will gather in Abbey St from 9am, with the Duathlon getting underway at 10 at the top of Bridge Street, they will be running towards High St, Carnalecka Road, onto the Cloongowlan Road and back to Abbey St between10am and 10.40, followed by a cycle out the Claremorris Road towards Robeen and re-gathering at Abbey St.

    The final run will take participants through Brewery Court, onto Creagh Road and the The Bowers Riverside Walk, and finishing at Abbey St between 11am and 12 noon.

    Motorists are asked to slow down and allow plenty of space when passing runners and cyclists.

  • A South Mayo Cllr is calling for upgrade works on the water pipes to be carried out in the Cornaroya area of Ballinrobe. 

    Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O'Brien says the current pipe isn't able to supply water for any new dwelling. 

    Cllr O'Brien says this is a huge area in close proximity to the town of Ballinrobe and is calling for the capacity of the pipe to be increased as a matter of urgency. 

    Meanwhile Cllr O’Brien has also called for an issue with the Killeen Water Scheme in Ballindine to be dealt with.

    According to Cllr O’Brien, a leak has occurred there again this morning and he says this has been an ongoing issue over the past two years.

    Cllr O’Brien says he has been in contact with Irish Water and has requested that they renew this section under the Water Conservation Programme. He says he received indications that it would be included but to date that has not happened and Cllr O’Brien has called for it to be listed in the 2019 programme.

  • A survey has been conducted by a consultant group looking at the traffic chaos in the town of Ballinrobe. Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he has raised the matter on numerous occasions and is pleased that the survey will be presented to Councillors before December 1st. 

    Cllr Ryan says he has asked that the recommendations be looked at on a phased basis, instead of introducing the changes all at once. 

     

  • The trial of a man, alleged to have intimidated a woman into getting married to a stranger, collapsed on its opening day yesterday.

    31-year old Yasir Ali of Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to coercion in apartments in Ballinrobe and Hollymount in Co. Mayo, on a date between January 1, 2015 and July 7, 2015.

    Judge Patricia Ryan discharged the jury on the afternoon of the trial's opening day, after the barrister for the State received instructions to end the prosecution.

    At the beginning of the trial, counsel Maurice Coffey told the jury that the prosecution's case was not that Mr Ali was the “brains of the operation”, but that he played an important part in intimidating the complainant.

    The court heard from Gabriele Bielyjyte, who said she came to Ireland from Lithuania in 2015 after a man promised her she could work in his takeaway.

    She said the man took away her birth certificate and national identification card, and she lived in an apartment he took her to, with other girls from Lithuania.

    She said that Mr Ali would visit the apartment in the evenings and bring her food.

    She was told by Mr Ali and the other man that she was not allowed to leave the apartment because they did not want the neighbours to see her.

    The victim said that, after a few weeks living in Ireland, the man who brought her to this country said there was a person she had never met who wanted to get married and that he would pay her to marry this stranger. She said she was “confused and shocked” and that she “cried a lot”.

    Yesterday afternoon, Judge Ryan discharged the jury in the case, after Mr Coffey told the judge that he had received instructions from the DPP's office to enter a nolle prosequi which meant the case would not be going ahead.

  • Work on the Bowers Walk in Ballinrobe will commence shortly as the official tender will be awarded very soon. 

    This news has been confirmed by local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan. 

    This work involves the enhancement of the walkway right through from one end to the other.

    Cllr Ryan says this is an issue he has been working on for some time.