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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

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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.

     

  • A mother-of-three told a judge today that the purpose of her setting up a charity shop which went unregistered was to assist local causes, including families suddenly bereaved who needed money for funeral expenses.

    Maureen Gaughan, owner of what was known as The Second Chance Boutique, American Street, Belmullet told Judge Alan Mitchell at Belmullet District Court that she had not gained personally from the charity venture.

    The Second Chance Boutique was closed by the Charities Regulator under a “cease and desist order”  following a complaint by a member of the public.

    When she appeared in court today, Mrs. Gaughan pleaded guilty to breaching the Charities Act 2009.

    Garda Daniel Malone said that when he investigated on December 3, 2015, following a complaint from a member of the public, Ms Gaughan admitted the shop wasn’t operating as a registered charity.

    He said 76 bags of second hand clothing and boxes of toys and books, as well as €362 cash, were seized from the premises.

    In evidence Mrs. Gaughan said she had been involved for years with St. Vincent de Paul and when the charity’s shop in Belmullet closed she tried to fill the void.

    She said she collected money for anyone looking for help, including the families of road traffic victims.

    Judge Mitchell said it had not been proven that the defendant gained personally from the venture, but added that he could not disregard the fact there had been a breach of the charities act and he had to send out a message in that regard.

    Remanding the case to November, the judge said he would dismiss under the Probation Act if €500 was paid to the RNLI.

     He commented that the donation to the RNLI was appropriate given that yesterday Wednesday was the first anniversary of the R116 helicopter tragedy.

     Judge Mitchell ordered forfeiture of the cash and property seized by Gardai.