Belmullet

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

     

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    A man in his 40’s was airlifted to Mayo University Hospital after the van he was driving collided with a car near Belmullet.

    The man is described as being in a serious condition.

    The occupants of the car included three females and a baby.

    They were also taken to hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

    The collision on the R313 at Muinhin Bridge, which is between Bangor and Belmullet occurred at 3.15pm.

    The road will remain closed overnight for a forensic examination to take place.

    Diversions are in place.

     

  • The Mayo Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta finals take place in Belmullet this weekend.

    On Saturday the Junior semi-finals get underway at 2pm where Cill Chomain clash with Ballycroy who are competing in their first year of the competition.

    At 3.30 Achill take on Tourmakeady.

    The Junior final will then take place on Sunday along with the Senior Final.

    The Senior final sees hosts Belmullet face Kiltane.

  • A preliminary inquest into the death of the crew of rescue helictoper 116 off the north Mayo coast, which was due to be held tomorrow in Belmullet, has been postponed due to weather conditions.

    The Coroner in North Mayo Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald has confirmed that the inquest has been postponed, and a new date will be announced later.

    The inquest was due to get underway in Belmullet courthouse, following the deaths of the four crew members of Coast Guard helicopter 116, which crashed into Blackrock Island off Blacksod Bay on 14th March last.

    The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy were recovered but their colleagues Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith have never been found, despite extensive searches.

     

     

     

     

  • A preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of the four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew has opened today in Belmullet.

    The inquests into the deaths of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith were due to open in Belmullet in early March, but were postponed due to bad weather conditions.

    The four crew members died when their Sikorsky helicopter crashed at Blackrock island, off the north Mayo coast, in the early hours of March 14th last year.

    The bodies of Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have not been recovered, in spite of extensive air, sea and shore searches.

     

  • A preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of the four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew opened earlier today in Belmullet and has been adjourned.

    The inquests into the deaths of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith were due to open in Belmullet in early March, but were postponed due to bad weather conditions.

    The four crew members died when their Coast Guard helicopter crashed at Blackrock island, off the north Mayo coast, in the early hours of March 14th last year.

    At today’s inquest, it was confirmed that Captain Dara Fitzpatrick died by drowning in the early hours of 14th March 2017, prior to arriving at Mayo University Hospital.

    The body of Captain Mark Duffy was found 12 days later, still in the helicopter, and he died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash.

    The bodies of Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have not been recovered, in spite of extensive air, sea and shore searches, but at today’s inquest, they were officially declared dead, with cause of death “lost at sea”.

    The coroner for north Mayo Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald adjourned the inquests to allow investigations by the Gardai and the Health & Safety Authority to continue, while a separate investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Unit is also continuing.

     

     

  • Gardaí in Belmullet are renewing their appeal for missing teenager, Paddy McDonagh, aged 16, who is missing from Belderrig, Ballina since the 3rd April.

     Paddy was last seen on Tuesday the 3rd of April 2018 in Belderrig, at approximately 7pm. He is described as being of slight build and 5’11’’ in height. He has blue eyes and short brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a grey/green padded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe.

    Anyone who has seen Paddy or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Belmullet Garda Station on 097 81910, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • cannabis

    Gardai in Belmullet have made a number of drug seizures and arrests in recent days.

    €400 worth of cocaine was discovered in the docklands area of Belmullet and three people were questioned and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Earlier this week a van was stopped by Gardai where a €1,000 worth of cannabis was discovered.

    One male was arrested and as a result a follow up search was conducted on a premises.

    Drug paraphernalia was discovered.

    Three searches were conducted yesterday.

    The first premises was in Carne Fowler where Cannabis plant to the value of €8,000 was discovered and large amount of equipment for cultivation was also sized.

    One person was arrested.

    Cannabis with a street value of €4,000 was discovered at a premises in church road Belmullet.

    The third search yesterday was in Knockshanbo, Belmullet where €2,200 worth of anabolic steroid was discovered.

    Gardai are working with the Medicine Board in relation to that and believe they were for sale in the Belmullet area.

  • The former Garda Superintendent for the Belmullet division Tony Healy has been transferred to the Roscommon / Longford Garda division, and promoted to Chief Superintendent.

    The Garda press office has confirmed to Midwest News that Chief Superintendent Healy was transferred last week to begin his new role, and is based at the Divisional Headquarters in Roscommon Town.

    It’s not yet known who will replace him in Belmullet.

    Mr Healy was one of the senior Gardai involved in the investigation into the tragic crash of Rescue helicopter 116 off Blacksod in March last year.