• Blake Forkan from Killtimagh will attempt to make the final cut for the Underdogs team that will play All Ireland Champions, Dublin.

    Blake is originally from Killtimagh but now plays his football with St. Eunan's in Letterkenny. He will be hoping to hold on to the position of goalkeeper.

    Supermac's has announced that it will sponsor Underdogs on TG4.

    The GAA show returned to screens recently after a 10-year absence and the producers are on the lookout for the next big stars.

    Players are put through their paces on the show by 3 All Ireland winning players - Galway's Ray Silke, Kerry's Paul Galvin and Cork's Valerie Mulcahy.

    This series follows unknown players, as they are trained and mentored by the coaches before they face the All Ireland Champions, Dublin, in October.

    The previous series of Underdogs was responsible for launching many present inter-county stars and All-Ireland winners' careers including Kerry's Kieran Donaghy and Cork's Pearse O'Neill.

  • Controversy has arisen over an allocation of €118,000 euro last December by Minister Michael Ring to a Kiltimagh tourism development project.

    The decision by the Minister for Rural & Community Affairs to allocate the funding to the Velo-Rail project, pioneered by Kiltimagh Tourism and IRD with support from Mayo County Council, was highlighted in the Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday at the weekend.

    The funding at the end of last year was a direct follow-on from an allocation of €180,000 by Minister Ring for the project under the 2016 Rural Recreation Scheme.

     The Velo-Rail project is being developed on a stretch of the old railway line that runs from Claremorris to Collooney.

    It’s planned to develop 12 kilometres of the track, mainly on the Claremorris side of Kiltimagh,  as well as a shorter stretch on the Swinford side. The last official trains ran on this line back in the 1970s.

    Velo-Rail is an outdoor recreational activity using small rail-mounted pedal-propelled vehicles to move along a disused railway line.

    The article in the Sunday newspapers states that Minister Ring allocated almost €120,000 to a project in his constituency -  despite warnings from civil servants that it could set “problematic precedents”.

    One official said the project appeared to have the least merit of four proposals that were seeking extra funding.

    The CEO of Kiltimagh IRD Joe Kelly says the Velo-Rail project, which should be completed later this year or early in 2019, will be a unique tourism attraction, and could bring up to 30,000 people to the area as well as creating local jobs.

    He says this is the first velo-rail project to be developed in Ireland or the UK, and has praised Minister Ring for recognising its potential benefits.


  • The cost to parents when school buildings are used as polling stations has been highlighted by a Kiltimagh mother to Mayo County Council.

    Aine Carr says she believes the local authority could find alternative venues in Kiltimagh on election days instead of the local primary school, forcing working parents to find childcare or take a day off work.

    She says she has no childcare available to her on days that the school closes for elections or referenda  and there are many parents in a similar situation.

    She suggests a number of suitable alternative venues in Kiltimagh including the Town Hall Theatre, Community Centre or Parish Centre

  • Four people were taken to hospital following a two-car collision on the main Bohola to Kiltimagh Road earlier today.

    The collision occurred around two miles the Kiltimagh side of Bohola.

    Four people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

    The road, which was reduced to one lane earlier, has now fully reopened.


  • Gardai in Claremorris are investigating the theft of a car from the Kiltimagh area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    The Black Toyota Avensis was parked at a house on the Bohola road, Kiltimagh when it was taken some time after  1am.

    The vehicle’s registration is 02 G 7908.

    Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or may have seen the car  is asked to contact Claremorris garda station at 094 9371222

  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • There is increasing concern among passengers who regularly use Route 52 Bus Eireann service that connects Ballina to Galway city that the service is now under threat.

    People in the areas of Swinford and Kiltimagh look set to be directly affected but so too will patients from north Mayo trying to attend hospital appointments in Galway.

    Bus Eireann is remaining tight lipped over its plans for the route.

    Listeners to Midwest News first expressed concerns about the service two months ago, and Midwest News contacted Bus Eireann who responded at that time, stating that the route is under review.

    Following further concerns about its future expressed by Midwest News listeners this week, we again sought a response from Bus Eireann.

    The brief response again reads:

     Bus Éireann has received a revised licence for Route 52 from the National Transport Authority (NTA), which it is currently reviewing.

    The company is working with the NTA – who have responsibility for the public transport network – on other proposals, to ensure connectivity remains in place.

    We have asked Bus Eireann when the review will be completed and we are awaiting a response.

  • A Mayo DJ has won two national awards.

    Tommy Elliott from Kiltimagh scooped the Best Wedding DJ 2018 and Wedding Entertainer of the Year 2018 at the weekend.

    Tommy captured the Wedding Entertainer of the Year at the Wedding Journal Online Awards on Sunday evening in Dublin, while he was named Best Wedding DJ 2018 at the online awards on Monday.

  • U16 League Division 1 Cup Final 
    Castlebar Mitchels 3-10 
    Ballina Stephenites 0-07 

    Division 3 Cup Final 
    Kiltimagh 4-13
    Ballinrobe 2-11 

  • After two consecutive defeats Mayo Volleyball Club got back to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 victory over Garda Volleyball Club in Kiltimagh.

    The Gardai began with a flurry accruing a 4-1 lead. Once Mayo won the next score Jackie Prendergast accumulated 11 consecutive scores from setting. This forged the home side into an insurmountable lead. Despite spirited play for the visitors there was no looking back for Mayo as they won the set 25-16.

    Mayo maintained their composure in the second set despite a more competitive tussle as Orla Casby impressed again in defence and points from Eimear McNeive and Adriana Slovakova kept the home side in the lead throughout. Mayo won the set 25-18.

    Mayo started the third set slowly as the away side built a 5-1 lead. Despite leading much of the set Garda Volleyball club were out done in the end 25-22 thanks to some fierce but clinical hitting from Edel Nolan.

    This was a vital win for Mayo who end a poor new year streak and this victory puts them back in the top half of the table. 

    They are up next against Dalkey Devils in Kiltimagh on March 3rd.

    Mayo players who featured were: Alex Fleming, Cailín Meehan, Edel Nolan, Mikal O'Boyle, Paulina Balik Nowak, Eimear McNeive, Louise Day, Adriana Slovakova, Orla Casby, Jackie Prendergast.

    After the game Orla Casby said, It was a great win for us, we were fully in control of the game today. Finally after a few months of shuffling rotations and positions I think we’ve found our winning formula!

    The list of players on attached team photo is as follows:

    Back L-R: Alex Fleming, Cailín Meehan, Edel Nolan, Mikal O'Boyle, Paulina Balik Nowak, Eimear McNeive.

    Front L-R: Louise Day, Adriana Slovakova, Orla Casby,

  • Irish Water says supplies are almost back to normal across Co Mayo, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    However, there will be a partial restriction in Kiltimagh tonight, affecting about 50 houses, but full supply will be maintained in the town area.

    Irish Water says repair crews are working to fix three leaks on the network today, and it’s hoped a full service will be restored in the Kiltimagh area tomorrow.

    Meanwhile in Co Galway, restrictions will be in place again tonight in the areas of Williamstown, Moylough,  Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Clonfert, Tír an Fhia, Carraroe, and Clonbur/ Cornamona.

    The restrictions are in place to allow reservoirs to replenish overnight, to ensure customers have a water supply during the day.

    In relation to Williamstown, Irish Water says leak repairs are still being undertaken, and high leakage on customers’ properties is being addressed.

    Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days, so customers will experience some loss of supply or intermittent disruptions.




  • Tonight (Wednesday) in Kiltimagh a public meeting will take place in the Community Centre at 8pm and everyone is invited to attend.

    The community of Kiltimagh has sought a public amenity park for some time, and has recently acquired a substantial piece of land in the town area and are keen to develop it.

    Local fund raising efforts will have to be undertaken and in conjunction with Mayo county council it is hoped to develop the site.

  • It was a tough opening game for the Ireland Under 18 women’s team this evening as they lost out to Poland 44-64 in their first group game of the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division A.

    A longer and more physical Polish side took the reins of the game early on, and in the blistering hot conditions, the Irish were slow to settle, ending a tough first quarter with just six points on the board to Poland’s 19.
    A much improved second quarter followed as the Irish began to find their rhythm with Dayna Finn, Maeve Ó Séaghdha and Katie Williamson all finishing off well-worked scores for the Irish. At the other end, some fantastic defence from the girls in green helped to keep the threat of Poland’s Natalia Klimek in check, but the Polish still led the way at half time, 17-28.

    A big push in the third helped Williamson and Bronagh Power-Cassidy find their way through the Polish defence, but Poland began to punish Ireland under the boards, picking up some big offensive rebounds, with Martyna Leszczynska increasing her personal tally to 10 points to edge them ahead 29-43 going into the last.

    Ireland continued to hold their own in the fourth, and showed exactly what they are made of with big scores from Dayna Finn, Power-Cassidy and Williamson. However, despite getting the lead back to nine points, Poland’s size and physicality helped to see them home in the end, as they held on down the stretch to run out 20-point winners.

    Speaking afterwards, Ireland Under 18 head coach Patrick O’Neill stated: “We had a tough second half, we were down 11 at half time after doing a lot of things right defensively, we outrebounded them in the first half – in fact in the entire game – but we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in that third quarter and that hurt us. There are a lot of positives though, we did a great job defensively, and while we lapsed a bit in the third, there’s a lot of positives to take from it ahead of Russia tomorrow."

    Ireland take on Russia tomorrow in their second game of the group stages.

     IRELAND: Annaliese Murphy (3), Bronagh Power Cassidy (11), Dayna Finn (9), Enya Maguire, Ella McCloskey (4), Eve Nealon, Katie Williamson (8), Lynn Tunnah, Maeve Ó Séaghdha (5), Maeve Phelan, Niamh Masterson, Nicole Clancy (4).


  • The country is continuing to feel the after-effects of Storm Emma, with over 20,000 people without water this evening, while 47,000 have restricted supplies.

    Irish Water says the restrictions are likely to continue for a couple of days, due to the increased demand last week.

    Mayo Co Co and Irish Water have announced that they will be restricting the water supply to the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas tonight and tomorrow night, between 11pm and 7 am, due to high demand.

    The restrictions are being applied over the next 2 nights to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Some customers on both the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes will experience reduced water pressure, or water outages.

    In Co Galway, about 4,000 customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown and Kiltormer areas of Co Galway are without a water supply today.

    Alternative water supplies are available from a tanker in Eyrecourt from 3pm this afternoon.

    People are advised to boil this water before use.

    Irish Water says water supply will be maintained to Ballinasloe town and to Portiuncula Hospital.

    Across Counties Galway and Mayo, consumers are asked to conserve water, while thousands of people remain on a restricted supply.

    While water supplies in Mayo are not as badly hit as other areas, Sean Corrigan of Irish Water is urging people to conserve water at all times, turn off outside taps, and check for leaks…..

  • Water restrictions will be in place again tonight in the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    The water supply to both areas was restricted last night, and the same restrictions will apply again tonight between 11pm and 7 am tomorrow morning, to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Customers on the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes may experience water outages, or reduced pressure.

    Irish Water is again asking people across Co Mayo to conserve water, and check their premises, outside taps and water troughs for leaks.