Gerry Coyle

  • €50,000 in funding has been allocated for the digitization of a unique archive based in the Gaeltacht area of north Mayo. The private, extensive collection of Pap Murphy and his wife Catherine, of Cartron, Clogher , Belmullet  has received the funding from Minister Michael Ring’s dept of Community and Rural Affairs.

    Pap and Catherine have a museum called “Turas Siar” in Clogher and he has spent his life collecting folklore, placenames, and taling and recording the people of the region.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says Pap’s contribution to the region and to the country is enormous and he believes the digitization of his collection is comparable yet different from the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina.

  • 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.

  • An Erris Councillor has asked why it is taking An Bord Pleanala so long to make a decision about works on a bridge on the R312 road from Castlebar to Erris.

    Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Coyle raised the matter of the bridge at Glenisland under the manager’s report at a recent meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Funding of €500,000 has been allocated for works to take place on the narrow bridge, but An Bord Pleanala has requested further information on the natura impact statement.

    Cllr Coyle says the additional information was submitted to An Bord Pleanala at the end of July but no decision has been issued.

    He says this road is badly in need of repair works and flooding has already caused issues this winter.

    Cllr Coyle says this particular job is a simple one, once the go ahead is given for it but it is being held up by red tape.