Belmullet

  • A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project in Belmullet. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo, by 2022. The project is led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) working in partnership with SEAI, SAIPEM and other organisations in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.

    Funding for the project has been secured from Interreg North West Europe to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind. The project will demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of a floating offshore wind technology. It will also support the development of an active supply chain in the region which has some of the strongest wind and ocean resources in the world. The project is known as AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) and is the first project of its kind at such scale to draw on expertise from right across Europe.

    The news has been welcomed by Mayo County Council, as a statement says today that the local authority has worked tirelessly alongside the SEAI over the past three years to ensure this project received the green light and funding.

    CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says the council is delighted with this project and it places Mayo at the heart of the renewable energy industry and offers huge opportunities for the development of supply chain and supporting industries to develop and flourish in the county,

  • 18,000 euro has today been allocated to Belmullet GAA Club for the installation of a fence and the purchase of nets.

    The funding from the dept of the Gaeltacht and the Islands, has been announced today by the Minister for Rural affairs Michael Ring

    The Minister describes Belmullet GAA Club as a fantastic club with over 400 members, 2 playing pitches, and 4 changing rooms. It serves eight primary schools and two secondary schools and its facilities are used by other clubs in the area for training.

  • Irish Water is advising the public of a number of burst water mains in the region today.

    Repairs to a burst water main in Cashel, Achill is causing supply disruptions.

    It is expected that full supply should be restored by 5pm this evening.

    Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Bangor Erris, Keenagh, Bellacorick, Belmullet and surrounding areas today.

    A traffic management plan is also in place for the duration of these works.

    Works are scheduled to run until 3pm today.

    Also,repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Ballyheane, Castlebar and surrounding areas.

    Works have an estimated completion time of 1pm today but supply may take up to three hours to fully return to all affected properties.

  • Aldi has been granted planning permission for a new store in Belmullet.

    Mayo County Council has given the green light for the construction of a new store on Tallagh Road, Belmullet which will create about 20 new jobs.

    A spokesperson for Aldi said the new store will be powered by 100% green electricity , with 99 free car parking spaces for customers.

    Aldi already has stores in Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballinrobe.

     

     

  • Cash will be available all day at both the Belmullet and Westport branches of the Bank of Ireland from Monday next.

    A recent decision, had left customers in both areas unable to access cash after 12.30pm each day, with signs in the Belnullet branch advising customers who required cash transactions to travel to either Ballina or Castlebar after that time.

     Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle has campaigned to have the full service restored to the Belmullet branch. He described the restricted cash times as ludicrous and accused the Bank’s Head Office of failing to understand the distance a customer would have to travel to access a branch in Castlebar or Ballina.

    He  told Midwest News today that he’s delighted that as of Monday next, the bank has agreed to allow cash transactions 5 days a week throughout the working day in both branches.

  • An Post has confirmed a number of changes taking place at post offices across Co Mayo - as part of the transformation of the national post office network.

    This includes the opening of a new post office in Belmullet next Monday.

     

     A number of post offices are on the move across Co Mayo, as An Post continues its plan of closing some offices and moving them into nearby business premises.

    A new post office will open in Belmullet next Monday 25th February.

    The new office will be co-located in the Centra store on Main Street - a short distance from the old post office - and the postmaster is Joseph Cuffe - proprietor of the Centra store.

    On the same day, 5 postal staff in Belmullet, 3 in Glenamoy and one each in Geesala, Carrowteigue and Bangor Erris will relocate to Barnatra, where they will operate from a new mail hub for the area.

    An Post says this will not affect local mail services.

    Also, in the coming months, the post office in Swinford is to be located at Kennedy's Spar, while in Kiltimagh, the post office will co-locate with Londis on Main Street.

    And in Ballyhaunis, An Post has readvertised the contract to provide post office services.

    Midwest News understands a local business has turned down the opportunity, and it's now open for applications.

    The company says the Ballyhaunis Post Office will remain at its current location until that process is complete.

  • Gardai in Belmullet are appealing for assistance in tracing a 16-year-old boy missing since Tuesday.

    Paddy McDonagh was last seen at around 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening in the Belderrig area.

    He's described as 5 foot 11 in height, of slight build and with blue eyes and short brown hair.

    When last seen, Paddy was wearing a grey or green padded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe.

    Anyone who's seen him or can help finding him is asked to contact Gardai in Belmullet at 097 – 81910.

     

  • A 76 year-old man who sexually molested seven girls aged between 7 and 12 over a seven year period was sentenced to a total of three years in prison at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court today .

    Patrick Reilly, Shanaghy, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, was described by one of his victims, in victim impact statements read to the court, as “an evil monster who destroyed my childhood”.

    Judge Sean O’Donnabhain lifted reporting restrictions to allow for the publication in the media of the name of the accused.

    However, he barred publication of the victims’ names or any details of the court case which might lead to the identification of any of the victims.

  • A Belmullet based Senator has called for emergency funding to be allocated to construct a new sea wall and breakers on the R313 Belmullet-Blacksod Road in the Muing area and back towards the town itself.

    The wall was badly damaged by sea water during Storm Callum yesterday and water flooded that road for a period of time yesterday.

    Fianna Fail Senator and local GP Keith Swanick complemented the staff of Mayo County Council who have been out since early this morning to clean up the road following the storm.

    He says emergency funding is needed to construct a new wall and breakers and has called on Minister Michael Ring to liaise with his ministerial colleagues to ensure that will happen.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News today that something needs to be done in the area to ensure safety for all. 

    The Senator has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that he has spoken to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran about the issue and the Minister has promised to revert to him on it in the next week. 

  • The Belmullet to Blacksod road is closing this morning, due to flooding.

    Following high winds and high tides, flooding has occurred at Bundulla.

    Gardai and council staff are at the scene, and motorists are advised that diversions are being put in place.

  • Former Mayo GAA minor star Gary Boylan has signed for Cork City.

    The 22-year-old Belmullet man joins City from Sligo Rovers, a club with which he made 100 appearances.

    He is expected to be back to full fitness before the start of the 2019 League of Ireland season after being out of action through injury.

    Boylan started his career with Iorras Aontaithe.

  • Mayo AC’s Melbourne based member Sinéad Diver ran the race of her life yesterday.

    She was first woman finisher in the Melbourne Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:25.19, knocking a massive six minutes off her Nagoya, Japan finish time from March 2017, 2:31.37.

    Not only that, Sinéad becomes the second fastest Irish woman ever in the marathon.

    The current record is held by the great Catherina McKiernan who ran 2:22.23 in Amsterdam on November 1, 1998.

    Sinéad originally from Belmullet, came into this race having run a world masters W40 record time and PB of 69.20 in the Half Marathon on the Gold Coast last August.

    She won $20,000 and also pocketed the $20,000 bonus for breaking the Melbourne Marathon race record held by Lisa Weightman of 2:26.05.

    This has been a remarkable season for her on the road, winning four times, producing four personal bests and four course records as well as claiming the national half-marathon title.

    Her run on Sunday was the seventh marathon of her career after her debut in 2014. It is her first marathon for 11 months and her third outing in the Melbourne Marathon having finished second on her debut in 2014 and was runner-up again in 2016.

    Sinéad runs with South Melbourne AC in Victoria and is a two-time Australian world championships marathon representative (2015 & 2017).

    On this performance Sinéad looks set to qualify to run in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

  • Erris Chamber and businesses in Belmullet are totally against the proposed introduction of parking charges in the town – that’s according to the chairperson of Erris Chamber, Damien Langan.

    He was reacting to news this week that Mayo County Council is proposing the introduction of car parking charges in an additional 8 towns in the county – Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Crossmolina, Charlestown, Swinford, Foxford, Kiltimagh and Knock - in order to generate further revenue for the council.

    The council is also proposing to charge for on-street parking in Westport, where currently motorists only pay to use the car-parks, but on street parking is free.

    Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy told Midwest News yesterday that he will not support any move to introduce on-street parking charges in Westport, and claims this is just a money-making exercise by the council.

    Damien Langan of Erris Chamber told Midwest News that they’re backing the views expressed by Councillor Mulroy.

     

  • A Fianna Fail local election candidate has called for a new seawall and defence system to be put in place on the Muing Road in Belmullet.

    Sean Carey has made the call after the road was left littered with seaweed and other debris again today, despite the fact that it was not stormy last night.

    Pictures posted by local Senator Keith Swanick show the road covered in seaweed, something that happens very often according to Mr Carey.

    He told Midwest News that the new seawall and flood defence system must be installed as quickly as possible to prevent a more dangerous situation occurring.

  • Bank of Ireland has confirmed that cash counters at their branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day, from September.

    Last Summer, the Bank of Ireland closed cash counters at both branches from 12.30 each afternoon, which was a huge inconvenience for local people wishing to do their business and for tourists to the area - according to Erris-based FG Councillor Gerry Coyle.

    He and Minister Michael Ring led a campaign to have this decision reversed, and Councillor Coyle says the Bank of Ireland has now confirmed that, from September next, the cash counter will remain open all day at both the Westport and Belmullet branches.

  • Mayo GAA Egan Jewellers IFC – Group 1

    Mayo Gaels v Béal an Mhuirthead

    now goes ahead on Sunday 8th at 2pm in Connacht Centre of Excellence, Bekan.

  • A charity cycle in memory of the crew of Rescue 116, which crashed off the north Mayo coast last year, will take place in March.

    Miles in the Memory is an initiative organised by the Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana and Belmullet Cycling Club.

    The cycle will depart Dublin Airport on Saturday March 10th at 8am and is expected to arrive in Blacksod on Sunday evening March 11th at around 6pm.

    The event was officially launched last night at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet last night.

  • Eir has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that the company is aware of an issue with 3G coverage in the Belmullet area.

    Listeners to Midwest Radio have been contacting the station over the past couple of days to say they had little or no coverage on their Eir mobiles over the past few days.

    A spokesperson for Eir told Midwest News that engineers are working on the issue at present but they do not have an estimated time for full coverage to be restored.

  • A Coroner today described a stretch of the N17 national primary route where three generations of a family – a grandmother, her daughter and grandson – lost their lives last September as 'a Russian roulette route'.

    At inquests into the deaths of Mary Ann Wilson (67), Marcella Wilson (39) and Sean Wilson (7), all from the Belmullet area of Co. Mayo, highlighted what he said were dangers caused by junctions on the N17, particularly between Knock and Ballindine.

    He said that at entrances onto the N17, such as the one at Lisduff, Claremorris where the Wilsons were killed instantly when their saloon car collided with an articulated lorry need to be looked at by Mayo County Council, the Road Safety Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

    “All drivers aren't stopping at the junctions”, Mr. O' Connor maintained. “They are driving onto the hard shoulder without stopping. They are treating the junctions as slip roads. It is extremely dangerous”.

    After an inquest jury, with Mr. Eamon Berry acting as foreman, returned a verdict of accidental death on all three Wilson family members, Mr. O'Connor described the impact as “an unspeakable horror”.

    Schoolboy Sean Wilson was propelled from his mother's Citroen C3 car by the force of the impact. The engine was ripped from the vehicle.

    The Wilsons, who were traveling to Galway at the time, died when their car collided with a lorry, owned by Killacroy Logistics and driven by Mark Tierney, Oldcastle, Co. Meath.

    A witness to the impact, Kenneth Groarke from Oranmore. Galway, was travelling north from Galway to Claremorris.

    Mr. Groarke testified that at what is known as the 'Old Ballindine Road' junction, as he moved into the slip road to take the turn to Claremorris, he saw the C3 go slowly up to the stop line at the junction but not fully stopping.“”.

    The inquest heard that the lorry driver, Mr. Tierney, was fully compliant with tachograph driver requirements at the time the collision occurred and the condition of either vehicle involved did not contribute to the collision occurring.

    Sergeant Gabriel McLoughlin, PSV Inspector for Mayo, said it was apparent from an examination of the scene that the car involved travelled onto the N17 and impacted onto the passenger side of the semi-trailer.

    The two front seat passengers were wearing seatbelts but Sean Wilson, who was flung from the vehicle, was not restrained due to the incorrect fitting of a rear seat safety belt.

    Each of the victims received what were described by Dr. Fadel Bannani, consultant pathologist at Mayo University Hospital, as 'traumatic head injuries' in the violent impact.

  • Judging is taking place today in the Pride of Place competition, with judges visiting two separate communities in north Mayo.

    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.

    The judges are visiting Killala, Ballycastle and Belderrig this morning, as the Céide Coast is representing Mayo in the new Community Tourism category of the IPB Pride of Place awards this year.

    The three communities are working together to develop tourism across the area.

    The Pride of Place judges will travel to Belmullet this afternoon, as the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association is representing Mayo in the Community Well-Being section.

    A community celebration with BBQ and music is planned for the wheelchair association's centre in Belmullet this afternoon.

    The third Mayo community nominated for the Pride of Place awards is the village of Balla, which is representing Mayo in the population category.

    The judges will arrive in Balla tomorrow morning for a 3-hour visit.