• IT solutions and networking company, Dublin based, Arkphire, has today announced its acquisition of CloudStrong, a specialist cloud solution provider that is located in Castlebar.  The new combined business is committed to building out a growth cloud services business from its centre of excellence in the county town. 

    For commercial reasons, Arkphire is not disclosing financial details related to this latest acquisition.

    Over the past four years, Arkphire has grown turnover from €20m to over €90m and the company is on track to become a €100 million business this year, providing a full range of technology solutions from the desktop to the data centre. 

    Founded in 2011 by Oliver Surdival, CloudStrong currently employs 12 people, providing cloud consultancy services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise market.  CloudStrong received start-up equity funding from Enterprise Ireland and has been a client in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up unit at GMIT, Castlebar campus, which is dedicated to Irish start-ups with the potential to scale international markets.

    Founder and CEO of CloudStrong, Oliver Surdival says he is extremely proud of the CloudStrong team and they are very excited to now become part of the Arkphire Group.

  • 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.


    Dublin will continue to play two games in the 'Super 8s' at Croke Park.

    A Donegal motion proposing the Dubs to be restricted to just one of their three matches at the venue was heavily defeated at Congress this afternoon.

    Former G-A-A president Sean Kelly spoke against the motion saying it was 'negative' at that teams should aspire to beat the All-Ireland champions at Croke Park.



  • An investigation is underway after the Dublin to Westport train hit a herd of cattle on the rail track near Tullamore yesterday.

    Significant damage was caused to the train, and eight cattle were killed in the incident which brought services to a halt on the line serving  Galway and Westport.

    No passengers were injured in the incident but there were delays of up to three hours as they were transferred to a replacement train.

    Full services are said to be operating again this morning.

  • Former Mayo women’s football boss Frank Browne has switched codes and will manage Dublin’s senior camogie team in 2019.

    Browne was in charge when Mayo made the 2017 All-Ireland final, which they lost to Dublin, and he has managed Mayo’s hurlers in the past too.

    The Dublin Camogie Board released a statement saying that he was taking over from former Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity who stepped down recently.

  • Pope Francis hopes to begin his historic visit to Ireland in Knock, according to today’s  Irish Independent. Organisers of the pontiff's trip are believed to be exploring the idea of having him fly directly to the west of Ireland rather than Dublin as anticipated.

    When the Pope’s visit to Ireland was officially confirmed some weeks ago, Dublin was the only venue confirmed – Knock was not ruled out – but certainly wasn’t ruled in either.

    This morning Midwest News has contacted Knock Shrine and we were told that they have not been informed of any new developments regarding the Pope’s visit.

    However, according to the paper there has been much speculation about the type of welcome the Pope will receive - but sources say gardaí have concerns that as many as 650,000 people will want to see him in the Phoenix Park on August 26.

    By holding another event at Knock a day earlier they hope to offer an alternative viewing opportunity for people.

    "The Phoenix Park can cope with the crowds once they are inside but getting them safely to and from the Mass would be the problem," a source  has told the paper.

    The Vatican tends to remain tight-lipped about the Pope's itinerary until shortly before he travels to a country.

    It has been confirmed that the first papal visit in nearly 40 years will take place to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin between August 21-26. Pope Francis (81) is scheduled to take part in a ceremony in Croke Park on August 25, before celebrating Mass in Phoenix Park the following day.

    Well-placed sources involved in logistical planning for the visit have indicated to the Irish Independent, that Knock is now firmly on the agenda. One proposal is for the pontiff to fly directly to Knock Airport, which in itself would be an historic occasion.

    Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Knock shrine during his visit in 1979. He described his visit there as "the goal of my journey to Ireland".

    Pope Francis has prayed at a number of Marian shrines while on tours to other countries, including last year when he honoured two children who saw Mary in the Portuguese town of Fátima.

    It is likely that if the Pope flies directly from Rome to Knock, he will then use air transport to get to Dublin in time for a ticketed event in Croke Park.

  • Irish Rail is advising those travelling to Dublin for the Pope's visit next month that train seats must be booked in advance.

    There will be no access to trains on Sunday 26th August without a ticket or reservation.

    Irish Rail says train tickets will not be available for sale on Sunday 26th August, and only passengers with tickets or reservations will be allowed access the Intercity trains.

    This applies to regular services and extra trains which will operate on a number of routes, including the Mayo, Galway and Sligo rail lines.

    Train passengers must travel on the train they book - due to high demand, there is no flexibilty to change to other services.

    Trains on that date will have unallocated seating, and passengers should take any available seat.

    Up to half a million people will travel to Phoenix Park where the Pope will celebrate Mass on 26th August, following a brief visit to Knock Shrine.

    Irish Rail says this is the large single event the country has hosted since Pope John Paul II visited in 1979, and customers need to book intercity trains in advance to ensure all can travel to the event in comfort.

    Iarnrod Eireann says there are also limited services from Westport, Ballina and Athlone to Claremorris for the Knock Shrine event on the same date - including a bus transfer to and from Knock.

  • All-Ireland Minor Football Final 
    Kerry 0-21 
    Galway 1-13 

    All-Ireland Senior Football Final 
    Dublin 2-17 
    Tyrone 1-14

  • Protesters are taking to the streets of Dublin later today to demand a reversal of rural post office closures.


    An Post recently announced details of the almost 160 post offices earmarked to close.


    But a coalition of groups is rallying today outside the Dáil to demand a U-turn on the policy.


    Save Our Post Offices Mayo will be among the groups represented at the march to Dail Eireann.






  • There is said to be strong interest from stamp collectors and others in two stamps issued to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next month for the World Meeting of Families gathering.

    According to today’s Irish Times, more than 450,000 €1 stamps showing the Pope, and 103,000 €1.50 international stamps, showing a family walking along a beach, will be issued, according to Angus Laverty of An Post.

    First-day covers costing €3.50 will be available on envelopes with special franking marks, and in souvenir packs at main post offices and online.

    More than 350,000 stamps issued to mark Ireland’s hosting of the Eucharistic Congress in 2012 were sold.

    In a tweet, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin urged his flock to mark the World Meeting of Families: “Why not post a card and prayer to faraway family members with the new stamps?”

    The ninth World Meeting of Families pastoral congress in Dublin takes place at the RDS from August 22nd to 24th. A Festival of Families is at Croke Park on August 25th.

    All 500,000 tickets for the Mass, as well as the 45,000 tickets for Knock, and the 75,000 tickets  for Croke Park are booked out, as are 37,000 tickets for the pastoral congress in the RDS.

  • Tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock and Dublin are now available online.

    There are 500,000 tickets for the Phoenix Park where Pope Francis will say Mass, and 45,000 tickets for Knock.

    The tickets can be booked online at worldmeeting2018.ie.

    When booking, people are being invited to make an optional donation to help with the costs of the visit. 

  • We caught up with Fiona McHale and Peter Leahy after Mayo's defeat to Dublin, 3-15 1-10, in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division One Final in Parnell Park, Dublin on Sunday last.



  • Last night's winning Euro Millions ticket was sold in North County Dublin.

    The largest ever lotto jackpot winner in Ireland bought the ticket in Reilly's Daybreak in the Naul.

    It's still unclear if the winner of the € 175 million is a syndicate or single ticket holder.


    Meanwhile, a Belmullet shop had a €5,000 euro winner last night.

    Carey's Newsagents & Bookstore on Main Street, Belmullet sold a ticket that was one of 10 picked in Ireland during a EuroMillions raffle.

    It's worth €5,000 to the holder.



  • All of Ireland’s 26 dioceses will open the 9th World Meeting of Families simultaneously with a special liturgical ceremony today and with the ringing of bells in each of the 26 diocesan cathedrals across the island.  Family-friendly festivals are also taking place.

    The WMOF Pastoral Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to Friday, while the Festival of Families will be celebrated in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. 

    Pope Francis will join the WMOF celebrations when he visits Ireland on Saturday.  WMOF will culminate with the closing Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday. 

    Today’s opening liturgy in each cathedral will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer.  Entitled Le chéile le Críost (Together with Christ). The ceremonies will involve singing and praying hymns, psalms and canticles, burning incense and praying for the entire human family and all are welcome.