North Mayo

  • An investigation is underway into the death of a fisherman off the North Mayo coast yesterday, after a fishing vessel capsized.

    Two other men onboard the crab-fishing boat were brought to hospital, and were later discharged.

    All three men are from the Erris area.

    The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the three men from a life raft about 16 miles off Eagle Island.

    They were airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, but one man in his 50’s was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    He’s believed to be from the Inver area.

    Rescue agencies were notified of the emergency after Malin Head Coast Guard Rescue Co-ordination Centre picked up a mayday call shortly after 12.30 yesterday afternoon.

    The Air Corps' Casa maritime patrol aircraft happened to be patrolling the area at the time and spotted the men on the life raft after they set off flares.

    The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter R118 and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to the area.

    The helicopter located the life raft at about 1.20pm and the crew were rushed to hospital after being winched aboard the helicopter.

    However, a 57-year old man from the Inver area was pronounced dead at Sligo University Hospital.

    The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation.

  • Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes has issued an update following a local crisis management team meeting earlier today. 

    Following snow overnight in much of the county, Mayo County Council gritting teams have been out since early morning dealing with main roads and priority routes across the County. 

    While main routes are treated they are encouraging the public to exercise caution on secondary routes that are not gritted. 

    Mayo County Council is monitoring weather conditions in the North Mayo area where significant snow fall overnight has left many sideroads in a challenging condition.  

    Again the message for the public in that particular area is to exercise caution. 

    The emergency contact numbers for specific area offices are listed on the Mayo County Council website.   Further updates from Mayo County Council will be posted across our social media channels.

  • The good news keeps on coming for the world renowned Céide Fields in Mayo. The centre, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year was awarded the prestigious award, The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, earlier in the year. 

    On Monday it was announced that the centre would be receiving over €1million in funding from the Fáilte Ireland and the OPW for upgrading the centre - you can find out more on that here http://bit.ly/2IF403C.

    With all of that happening we thought it would be an ideal time to head down and find out more about one of the jewels in the crown of the West of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Check out our video now.