Ballycastle

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  • A Ballycastle farmer was last night named as the first National Rural Network Biodiversity Farmer of the Year at the FBD Young Farmer of the Year Awards at the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin.

    The National Rural Network Biodiversity Farmer of the Year Award recognises a farmer who is farming in a sustainable manner by encouraging biodiversity and protecting the environment.

    Raymond Langan was chosen as the winner for his unwavering enthusiasm for protecting the environment. He farms tough terrain close to the coastline in Co. Mayo, where - working with other farmers - he part farms some 59 hectares of commonage, as well as 45 breeding ewes and their followers on an additional 24 acres, half of which is low-input permanent pasture and traditional hay meadow, actions in the GLAS scheme. The judges were very impressed by his limited amount of dosing & antibiotics use. Raymond has also expressed a keen interest in beekeeping and he is taking steps to establish hives on his land by next spring.

  • A Ballycastle woman was convicted by a jury at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar today  of careless driving causing the death of a cyclist.

     Nuala Delaney Whelan of Ballyknock, Ballycastle, had pleaded not guilty to the charge of careless driving causing the death of fifty-three-year old Patrick McHale, Knockanillaun, Ballina.

     Mr. McHale died at Mayo University Hospital on May 30, 2017, two days after he sustained head and spinal injuries when Ms Delaney Whelan's car struck his bicycle.

     The collision occured at Rathroeena on the R314 Ballina to Killala Road.

     Ms Delaney Whelan was travelling with her mother towards Killala - the same direction as the deceased - when the impact occurred.

     After a trial lasting a number of days, a jury today returned  a guilty verdict.

     Judge Rory MacCabe put back sentencing until tomorrow week (Friday, February 15).

    Ms Delaney Whelan was remanded on bail until the sentencing hearing.

     

  • A boil water notice has been issued today for Ballycastle Public Water Supply.

    The HSE, Mayo county council and Irish Water issued the alert for the area supplied by the Ballycastle public water supply and the Corrower/ Sea Road Group water scheme and Lisbrin Group water scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

    Cryptosporidium was detected in the supply.

    Consumers are advised to boil water before consumption until further notice.

    Irish Water say they are monitoring the supply and will lift the notice as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • There's good news for the Ballycastle area of north Mayo, as the boil water alert has been lifted.

    The boil water notice was put in place on the Ballycastle public water supply and local group water schemes on 12th October, following the detection of cryptosporiudium in the water supply.

    Works have taken place by Irish Water and Mayo County Council to resolve the situation, and following further testing and sampling, no further detections of cryptosporidium were found and there were no reported cases of illness in the community.

    The HSE and Irish Water met earlier today, and have confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted with immediate effect - however, Irish Water warns there is a risk of further cryptosporiudium in the supply until Ballycastle is connected to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply - works on this connection are at a preliminary stage and are expected to be completed by late next year.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on last Friday 12th October remains in place until further notice.

    The Boil Water Notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test. 

    Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and the Corrower/Sea Road Group Water Scheme and Lisbrin Group Water Scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

     The EPA has carried out a site audit and an action plan is being implemented by the Incident Management Team. Sampling and testing of the scheme is continuing. The results of the suite of tests will be reviewed collectively by all agencies involved before further action is determined at the next consultation with the HSE in a months’ time.

    There have been no reported cases of illness in the community. However customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption.

  • The Céide Fields has been awarded the prestigious Carlo Scarpa International landscape award for gardens.

    The announcement was made in Milan yesterday.

    Each year the Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens is awarded to attract attention to a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values.

    The Carlo Scarpa award is a very prestigious accolade and will be accompanied by an exhibition in Treviso, a book and a TV documentary which forms part of an awareness campaign, which is fundamental element of the prize.

    The formal prize-giving will be held in Italy on May 12th.

    The story of Céide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, is a fascinating one.  In the 1930s Patrick Caulfield, a local school master in North Mayo noticed lines of stones in the ground when cutting turf and realised that they must pre-date the bog. However it wasn’t until 40 years later his son, Professor Seamus Caulfield an archaeologist began excavating the site with his students to look for evidence of the community that lived there 5,000 years ago.  In 1990, the OPW worked with Seamus and the local community to build the award-winning visitor and exhibition centre.

    The Ceide Fields has been honoured in the award scheme because of the way the natural landscape is used at the site.

    The visitor and exhibition centre is designed around a four and half thousand year old pine tree. The exhibitions in the centre are arranged around three main themes – the natural landscape, the human imprint on the landscape and the geology of the stunning North Mayo coast.

    The judges cited the experience of the Céide Fields walking tour as one of the highlights, with the visitor centre guides, who bring the site to life by helping visitors to imagine walking in the steps of our ancestors from 5,000 years ago.

    Speaking about the award, Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin Boxer Moran, said it will propel this wonderful heritage site, which is older than the pyramids, onto the world stage and bring it to a wider audience to enjoy and cherish for future generations.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring , told Midwest News this morning that the award is much deserved, and is a recognition of the Céide Fields as a visitor attraction.

     “The Céide Fields is building serious momentum as a top class attraction and the Carlo Scarpa International award will help bring more visitors to this most fascinating of places”.

    The Minister says “the Wild Atlantic Way has put Céide Fields on the map and the Government’s National Development Plan, launched recently, includes major improvements to the Céide Fields Visitor Experience”.

     

     

     

     

  • A forest fire broke out in the Ballycastle area of north Mayo yesterday afternoon.

    At about 20 past 4 yesterday (Thurs) the alarm was raised after a large area of forestry and gorse caught fire on a hill at  Ballyglen, Ballycastle.

    The blaze could be seen for miles around.

    Three units of the fire brigade from Ballina, Crossmolina and Belmullet attended the scene and the fire was brought under control in the early hours of this morning.

     

  • Remedial works are taking place on the Ballycastle water scheme, where a boil water notice is currently in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply last month.

    Irish Water has confirmed to local FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly that the remedial works are nearing completion, and it's hoped the boil water notice could be lifted following the next review meeting with the HSE on the 4th December.

    Councillor Munnelly says this would be welcomed by Ballycastle residents who currently have to boil water before use.

    He says Irish Water also has longer-term plans to improve water quality in the area, by connecting Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Supply, which provides water for most of North East Mayo.

  • Judges in the Pride of Place competition will be visiting Killala, Ballycastle and Belderrig today, as the Céide Coast is representing Mayo in the new Community Tourism category of the IPB Pride of Place awards this year.

    The three north Mayo communities are working together to develop tourism across the area, and all calling on people to come out this morning and show their support and pride in their local community.

    Pride of Place acknowledges the work of local communities across the island of Ireland, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Cork on 17th November.

    Meanwhile judges will visit the Erris Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Belmullet this afternoon - as it competes in the Community and Wellbeing category. And judges will be in Balla tomorrow morning, as it takes part in the Population category. 

  • A Mayo Senator has called for funding for three new group water schemes in Mayo.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says funding is urgently needed to fund new schemes in Downpatrick and Carrowmore in Ballycastle and Furmoyle in west Mayo.

    She raised the matter by way of motion in the Seanad yesterday.

    Senator Mulherin says it is past time that these areas were provided with proper group water schemes. In Downpatrick for example, the tap water cannot be used because of the presence of iron and arsenic in the supply.

    However these areas did not qualify for funding under previous water programmes due to not meeting certain criteria and the cost of providing the supply.

    However Senator Mulherin says a new measure – the multi-annual rural water programme – should provide for these types of areas and she is confident that in the cases of Downpatrick and Carrowmore they can be accommodated.

    She says more work will be needed to make progress in Furmoyle.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that she will continue to work on obtaining a clean drinking water supply for these areas.