Crossmolina

  • €1.7m in funding has been allocated for an extension at St Tiernan’s College in Crossmolina.

    The funding will be used to construct 5 classrooms at the school.

    The classrooms will replace a number of prefab buildings that are in the school at present.

    The funding has been welcomed by local Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus says the school is 60 years old and this building work will make a huge difference to the 235 students and 22 teachers in the school.

  • Businesses, homes and schools in Crossmolina were affected by power outages this morning.

    Over 700 customers in the North Mayo were without power, following a fault on the network.

    Crossmolina National School was forced to close as a result of the outage, which has also hit local businesses financially.

    Power supplies have now been restored to most customers, but Crossmolina-based Councillor Michael Loftus says this is the fourth power outage in the town in recent weeks, and he says ESB Networks need to resolve the fault quickly.

  • Crossmolina native Michael Lynn will arrive back in Ireland today, more than 10 years after he fled the country, according to the Irish Independent.

    50-year-old former solicitor Mr Lynn boarded a flight out of Brazil last night and is scheduled to arrive in Dublin Airport at lunchtime today, along with four Gardai.

    It marks the end of a saga that began when he did not attend a High Court hearing on €80m fraud charges in 2007.

    He was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and fought extradition back to Ireland to the last.

    Yesterday, he was taken from the Cotel prison, where he has been for almost five years, and put on a flight to Frankfurt.

    From Frankfurt he was scheduled to be put on a connecting flight to Dublin, arriving today at noon.

    At the time he fled to Brazil, Mr Lynn was facing 33 charges in the High Court relating to an alleged €80m mortgage fraud.

    Some of the charges will be dropped as part of the extradition deal with Brazil.

     

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    Crossmolina is on high alert ahead of the arrival of Storm Callum.

    While water levels in the River Deel have subsided in the last day or two, after reaching very high levels earlier this week, there are fears it will rise significantly again tonight.

    Preventative measures have been put in place in Crossmolina and the installation of non-return valves has prevented substantial flooding so far this year.

    However, local residents are again in fear of flooding in their homes and businesses, as they cannot get insurance for their premises.

    The town suffered from extensive flooding in December 2015, when many homes and businesses were destroyed by water.

    Locals have been telling Midwest News today about their fears of further flooding, and what measures they believe need to be taken in the long-term to prevent further incidents.

     

  • Gardai in Belmullet are advising motorists travelling between Belmullet and Castlebar  that there is extensive flooding on the R312 road at Keenagh, and that the road is impassable at the moment.

    Mayo county council is working on the problem.

    While, with waist high water reported on the R312 at Keenagh, residents in the nearby town of Crossmolina are being advised to put up their flood barriers and sandbags this afternoon.

    Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus has made the call today, as he told Midwest News today , when water levels are high in Keenagh, and with the ongoing rainfall, the potential of flooding in Crossmolina increases.

  • A date has been set for the trial of a former Mayo-born solicitor charged with the theft of almost € 30m from seven different banks.

    Michael Lynn, formerly of St. Albans, Sandymount in Dublin, is facing 21 counts of theft between October 2006 and June 2007.

    In one of the sample charges before the court, Mr Lynn is accused of stealing €4.1 million from Irish Nationwide on April 4, 2007.

    In another sample count, he is charged with stealing €3.6 million from Ulster Bank on October 20, 2006.

    The Crossmolina native was arrested in Brazil in 2013 and was extradited back to Ireland two months ago.

    His trial is expected to take between six and eight weeks, and is due to get underway in January 2020.

    Mr Lynn was remanded in continuing custody.

     

  • The North Mayo Heritage Centre, situated on the Enniscoe estate, is the location tomorrow (Sunday) for a family Easter Egg hunt.

    This is one of eight locations across the country hosting a Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt, with all proceeds going to Barnardos.

    The fun event gets underway at 2pm tomorrow afternoon, and all are welcome.

  • There’s good news today for St Tiernan’s College in Crossmolina, as the Department of Education has given the go-ahead to proceed with the construction of five new classrooms at the school.

    These will replace a number of prefabs, which are sub-standard, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    The campaign for the new classrooms has been ongoing for a number of years, but Senator Mulherin says the Minister for Education has now given the go-ahead….

  • Gortnor Abbey won the All-Ireland U-16 basketball league final today.

    The Crossmolina girls defeated St Colmcille’s of Dublin by 28-22, with the MVP award for Most Valuable Player going to Caoimhe Walsh of Gortnor Abbey.

     

  • Ahead of a public meeting being held in Crossmolina tonight to discuss the ongoing problem of low water pressure in parts of the town, Irish Water has issued a statement saying they, working with Mayo Co Co, has commenced a programme of works which will increase water pressure in parts of Crossmolina that have been affected by ongoing pressure issues.

    Irish Water says that, since Christmas, water demand has been increasing consistently and this has also been exacerbated by the recent bad weather which has led to an increase in water flows in most schemes across the country including the Crossmolina area.

    This increase in demand has led to some customers experiencing low water pressure notably in the Boreen Road and Knockalegan areas.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council say they’re committed to completing pre-planned long term measures which will resolve this issue. A planned programme of works, which was agreed prior to Storm Emma, is currently being carried out.

    As part of the planned works, a leak detection team has been deployed to Crossmolina.

    Four leaks were repaired over the past week and this work will continue until the demand is at a satisfactory level. In addition, a 200 metre section of problematic water mains in Kildaverouge will be replaced with works on this due to start imminently, and these works will increase water pressure in the scheme.

    Irish Water say they appreciate the concerns of the residents on the Boreen Road and the Knockalegan areas of Crossmolina, but expect to see an improvement in water pressure in these areas in the coming days.

     

  • Mayo County Council has this evening issued a level 3 alert for flooding in Crossmolina, due to the current weather conditions and the high water levels in the River Deel.

    The local community has been notified, and the Crossmolina Fllod Action Plan is now in operation.

    A spokesperson for the council says the situation will be monitored closely over the coming hours.

    The public are asked to be vigilant when driving in the area, and to exercise caution.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council has confirmed that the R312 road between Castlebar and Bangor remains closed, as sections of the road are still impassable due to flooding.

    Motorists should divert onto the N59 at Bangor for either Newport or Crossmolina direction.

    The council say the situation is being closely monitored, while motorists should beware of floods at other locations in the Beltra to Crossmolina area, so any unnecessary journeys should be avoided.

  • The officers of Mayo GAA have today been informed by Stephen Rochford that he is stepping down as manager of the Mayo Senior Football team.

    Statement by Mike Connolly, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae Mhaigh Eo

    We sincerely thank Stephen Rochford for all the hard work and commitment he has given to Mayo GAA since he was appointed in 2015. Stephen has given an enormous amount of service to Mayo and has given us as supporters many great days on the pitch.


    Since he become senior team manager he has been involved in three great years for Mayo GAA. He has brought Mayo to two All Ireland finals, losing both by the narrowest of margins. We wish him and his family all the best for the future and thank him for all he has done for Mayo GAA.

  • Michael Moyles has stepped down as team trainer of the Leitrim Senior Footballers.

    The Crossmolina man confirmed the news on twitter last night.

    The former Mayo footballer said he is gutted not to commit to another year with Leitrim.

    He said being away for long spells and having a young family means it’s not feasible to continue.

    Moyles went on to say he has enjoyed a great experience over the past two years where he witnessed a young team with a relentless appetite to learn and improve.

  • Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin Boxer Moran will be in Mayo today.

    Minister Moran will visit the Town Hall in Crossmolina at 2.30pm to launch the public exhibition for the River Deel Drainage Scheme.

    The proposed scheme will see the construction of a diversion channel upstream of the town, which will take large flows directly to an outflow point, creating temporary washlands which will empty directly into Lough Conn; the installation of a weir and spillway, works to bridges, a new road system for Mullenmore area and a warning system.

    At 3.45pm Minister Moran will visit the Céide Fields Visitor Centre to welcome the bringing home of the prestigious Carlo Scarpa International Landscape Prize.

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

    This year the Céide Fields was selected as the overall winner of the award for 2018.

  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • A number of Mayo individuals and groups have been nominated for the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards.

    The awards are hosted annually by the Local Authority Members Association and IPB Insurance, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Croke Park Stadium this evening ( Saturday).

    Flying the flag for Co Mayo at this evening’s awards ceremony are the Westport 250 festival and Crossmolina St Patrick’s Day Committeee for the St Patrick’s night festival – they’re both shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Initiative.

    In the Best Community-Based Initiative, Mayo Community Futures and the School Warden Lollicops scheme in Mayo and Kildare are shortlisted.

    “Its for Girls” Mayo is nominated in the category of Best Community Health Initiative.

    John Cooney and Seamus Jordan of the Crossmolina Festival committee are nominated for the Community Volunteer of the Year award, and in the Best Tourism Initiative category, Wild Mayo Development & Promotional campaign has been nominated.

    RTE’s Marty Morrissey will present the awards to the winners in the Croke Park Stadium later this evening.

  • The provision of a new Fire Station in Crossmolina needs to be expedited – that’s according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus.

    Fire personnel in Crossmolina are currently working out of two Portacabins.

    While a new Fire Station is expected to be built by 2020, Councillor Loftus wants that date brought forward, due to a number of developments planned for the area over the next year, including the flood relief scheme and new windfarms.

    He raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, asking that Mayo County Council would ask the Environment Minister to expedite the delivery of the new fire station.

    His motion was carried.

     

  • A public meeting will be held in Crossmolina this Thursday night to discuss ongoing problems with low water pressure in parts of the town.

    The meeting will take place at O’Malleys bar & Grill, formerly known as the Dolphin Hotel on Ballina Street.

    Organisers are hoping that an immediate temporary fix will be put in place to relieve householders worst affected by the ongoing low water pressure, while they say a permanent solution needs to be determined.

    Irish Water and elected representatives have been invited to the meeting, which gets underway at 9pm on Thursday night.

  • If the commitment given by Irish Water to rectify the faults causing poor water pressure for householders in the Crossmolina area, are not delivered on, than Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin says she will be back on to the utility company.

    She made the statement at last night’s public meeting in Crossmolina organised by residents affected. Up to 40 houses in the Boreen and Knockalegan  areas have been experiencing problems with the water pressure for some time now. There are two houses in particular, where almost no water is available.

    Irish Water is addressing a number of issues along the supply and say they will resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that leaks in the system together with additional demand for water since Christmas are exasperating the problem.

  • A trial run, transporting 50 metre wide blades, through the town of Crossmolina was successfully carried out at the start of this week (Monday last)  by the developers of the Oweninney Wind Farm in north Mayo.

    Construction of the enormous development gets underway between now and Christmas and in excess of 60 lorries a day are expected to be travelling through Crossmolina during the construction stage.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says there will be extensive disruption through the town for some months, and he told Midwest Radio News Editor Teresa O’Malley that it’s important that the public remain informed.