• Funding totalling over €91,000 has been announced for seafood businesses in Co Mayo, under the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme.

    Two allocations, totalling almost €62,000, goes to Carr & Sons Seafood based at Croghan , Killala with over €30,000 for the development of a new oyster farm in Achill.

  • Gardai again appeal for information on the disappearance of Sandra Collins of Killala who went missing 18years ago today, the 4th December 2000.

    On this day, 18 years ago, Sandra was reported missing in the Killala town area.

    Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty, the District Officer leading the investigation is today appealing to any person or persons who may be in a position to provide any information , no matter how small, in connection with Sandra’s disappearance to now come forward and make contact with the investigation team based in Ballina or with local gardai based in Killala or any member of the garda siochana.

    The contact number at Ballina garda station is 096 20560, or the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

    Superintendent Doherty told Midwest News this morning that this is very much an ongoing investigation and he is appealing to anyone with any information to make contact with the gardai and assist them in bringing the matter to a conclusion for the sake of Sandra’s family.


  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre


  • Irish Water is to invest €19 million to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.

    The contract was signed yesterday with Glan Agua, and construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks, with the project due to be completed by early 2020.

    For years, untreated sewage has been flowing into Killala Bay, but Irish Water says a new wastewater treatment plant will be constructed in Killala along with a new pumping station and the upgrade of the sewer network.

    This will ensure that wastewater discharging into Killala Bay meets appropriate standards.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will upgrade the wastewater treatment networks in both towns to provide for the current population and for future growth in both areas.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says €19 million is being invested to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Charlestown and Foxford…

  • Judges in the Pride of Place competition will be visiting Killala, Ballycastle and Belderrig today, as the Céide Coast is representing Mayo in the new Community Tourism category of the IPB Pride of Place awards this year.

    The three north Mayo communities are working together to develop tourism across the area, and all calling on people to come out this morning and show their support and pride in their local community.

    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.

    Meanwhile judges will visit the Erris Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association in Belmullet this afternoon - as it competes in the Community and Wellbeing category. And judges will be in Balla tomorrow morning, as it takes part in the Population category. 

  • Gardai have arrested a man in his early twenties in connection with burglaries to two retail businesses in Killala.

    The burglaries took place overnight and the man who is not from the area was arrested earlier today.

    He is currently being detained at Ballina Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Killala Gardai are investigating the matter and wish to thank the general public for their assitance.

    Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Killala area last night is asked to contact Ballina Garda station on 096-20560 or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

  • Mayo County Council is being accused of wasting money on erecting 80 kph speed limit signs on third-class roads in Killala -  roads which are totally unsuitable for such speeds.

    Killala-based FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly says the signs could encourage people to drive faster on roads that are unsuitable for such speeds, rather than spending the money on signs that are needed in the area - such as signs for the new carpark in the town, or local schools and cemeteries.

    Councillor Munnelly told Midwest News that he will be raising the issue at the next meeting of Mayo County Council.

  • At Monday’s meeting of Mayo County Council, Councillors approved a proposal to seek the designation of the former Asahi site in Killala as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). This issue was first raised by Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly at a meeting of the Ballina Municipal District last year. Following this decision, Mayo County Council will write to the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy, requesting designation for this site.

    Speaking on the issue at Monday’s meeting, Cllr. Munnelly outlined the particular assets that this site contains, including connectivity to the national electricity grid, the location of the transatlantic optical fibre landing station on the site, in addition to water and sewerage facilities. Cllr. Munnelly also highlighted the projects in development on or near the site that are going to generate renewable electricity, which will be a big advantage to the site.

    The proposal received cross party support at the meeting, with many Councillors pointing out the importance of this site to all of North Mayo.

    Responding to the proposal, council chief executive Peter Hynes welcomed the idea, and outlined that the process would not be straight forward. But he acknowledged the uniqueness of the site, the significant land holding that Mayo County Council has here, and the potential it offers for job creation.

  • A Fine Gael Senator has called on the IDA to step up its efforts in promoting Killala for a data centre, as planning permission has already been granted for such a development at the former Asahi site.

    Senator Michelle Mulherin says we were told the main difficulty in developing a data centre is obtaining planning permission like in Athenry where Apple scrapped its plans for a data centre after a long planning row.

    She says in Mayo, we have planning permission for a data centre in Killala since June 2017, where there is a high-speed transatlantic fibre optic cable, and there is planning permission for a combined heat and power plant beside it, providing a secure, reliable and sustainable source of energy which is a key factor for data centres.

    Senator Mulherin says she wants to know what is being done to promote investment in these situations, as there have been no takers for the data centre so far.

    She says the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and Google should be enticed to come to Killala.

    Senator Mulherin put that question to IDA representatives when they came before the recent Joint Oireachtas Climate Action Committee recently.

  • The delay by the Energy Regulator in issuing licences for a €255 million renewable energy plant at the former Asahi site in Killala could see a repeat of the Apple fiasco in Athenry.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue in the Seanad earlier this week.

    She says three other State agencies have given consent for the project to go ahead under a new promoter - the EPA, ESB Networks and Mayo County Council - but a decision has not yet been forthcoming from the energy regulator.

    Senator Mulherin claims the promoters of Mayo Renewable Power have tried to deal with the energy regulator, but have "run into a stone wall".

    The Mayo Senator believes new legislation is needed to ensure that the regulator makes a decision on such matters within a certain time period, as she fears developers may look elsewhere.

    Senator Mulherin says this combined heat & power plant offers a golden opportunity for the north Mayo region.

    Midwest News has contacted the Energy Regulator to ask about the delay in issuing licences for the north Mayo power plant.

    A spokesperson said they cannot comment on this matter, due to commercial sensibilities and other factors.

  • A number of events will take place tomorrow in Mayo to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

    At 11am tomorrow church bells will be ringing all over Europe and in America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere.

    They will also ring out in towns and villages in Mayo. Events are taking place throughout the county with the primary one in the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance in Castlebar at 10.30am. There will be prayers, poetry, music and song. The last post will be sounded at 11am and the church bells will ring out.

    The 20th annual Mayo Remembrance Sunday Mass will be held at 11.30am in Louisburgh Parish Church, while other events will take place in Straide, Ballina, Killala and the Church of Ireland in Foxford.


  • A €255 million investment in a renewable energy project in Killala that could be a springboard for the economic development of North Mayo is being put at risk because of an inexplicable delay in granting licences by the Energy Regulator (CRU), Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has warned.

    Senator Mulherin claims that new investors are on board to complete The Mayo Renewable Project, a 45 megawatt high efficiency combined heat and power plant, that has been in limbo since 2016 when technical difficulties saw one of the investors in the project pull out.

    The Senator pressed the Regulation of Utilities Water and Energy (CRU) at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to prioritise this project.

    She told Midwest news today that there is a new developer for the biomass-fuelled power plant project, located at the former Asahi site in Killala. The new promoters are trying to replicate the exact same project - the same design, the same proposition, she says.

    Also she understands that there has been no regulatory change to the project. There are four consents needed from four separate authorities for works to resume. The new developers  have succeeded in getting consent from Mayo County Council in relation to the planning permission, the EPA and ESB Networks.

    In relation to the CRU, an application was made in June for the consents that are required and Senator Mulherin  has called on CRU to expedite the remaining consents and licenses.


    Mayo trainer Fergal Birrane has had a tremendous winter at Dundalk from his base at Killala Bay, and made the four-and-a-half hour journey well worthwhile as the Denis Linehan-partnered Rock On Dandy gave the stable their seventh winner over the winter on the polytrack in the ASM Chartered Accountants Race.

    The son of Rajsaman made light of the step up to 2 miles as he was given a very patient ride by Denis Linehan, made up his ground stylishly to challenge inside the final furlong and quickened up nicely to beat Zaofu by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

    Fergal currently has seven horses in training at their base in Killala.

    He told Midwest Sport last night they knew Rock on Dandy was well able for the mile and a half.

  • Three Killala players will be in action for Connacht at the Junior Interprovincials in Belfast this weekend.

    The event takes place in Belfast from Friday to Sunday.

    The players are Aine Goff, Aoibheann Bilbow and Joan Gallagher.