Westport

  • The Celtic Camino Festival will take place in Westport from April 13th-15th.

    The event is aimed at bringing a flavour of the Camino to Ireland.

    It is organised by the Camino Society of Ireland, a voluntary non-profit organisation, founded in 1992 by returned pilgrims to give something back to the Camino.

    More recent the group has started to promote walking pilgrimages in Ireland, with the concept – The Celtic Camino.

    The event beings on Friday April 13th with a screening of The Camino Voyage in the W Cinema in Westport. On Saturday there will be presentations, discussions and workshops in Hotel Westport from 9.30am, while Sunday sees the Celtic Camino Pilgrim Walk follow the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail from 9.30am.

  • Winners for the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards have been announced following an online campaign which saw nominations flood in from across the country.

    The awards celebrate the hard work and determination of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME business sector and follows the success of last year’s Scottish SME Business Awards and Welsh SME Business Awards.

    27 awards were presented on the night.

    Among the winners was Stephanie O’Malley of Education Desty in Westport who took the Social Leader of the Year award.

    Business of the Year for less than 50 staff in the west of Ireland went to JMB MERIT  in Galway, while Retail Business of the Year for less than 3 units went to Cahalan Jewellers in Ballinasloe.

  • We need a referendum to change the bail laws of this country, according to Westport based Independent councillor Christy Hyland.

    He made the call at a recent county Joint Policing Committee meeting, stating that at present up to 2,000 crimes per month in the country are committed by people out on bail.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that the present bail laws are serving the criminals well, as distinct from the people that they are suppose to be protecting.

  • Four men in their twenties have been arrested after a fight broke out last night on the Westport to Dublin Train.

    The incident happened after the 5.45pm service stopped at Tullamore.

    Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins in County Kildare.

    Two of the men have been charged with public order offences and released on bail, while another two remain in custody and are due to appear tomorrow at Naas District Court.

    At least one person was injured, however a Garda spokesperson says there was no stabbing incident despite reports that a knife had been spotted at the scene.

  • Gardai are examining CCTV footage following a fire at the Convent grounds in Westport on Saturday evening.

    The fire occurred in the Summer House on the convent site, which is owned by Mayo County Council.

    The fire services responded and brought the situation under control.

    Mayo County Council have CCTV systems in place at the property, and say Gardai are viewing the CCTV images as part of their investigation into the incident.

     

     

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    The closing date for the Business with Irish Awards 2018 is fast approaching and ahead of the deadline, we chatted to Suzanne Kilkenny of the renowned Guna Nua Boutique who told us how she integrates Irish into her business day and why the Business with Irish Awards meant so much to her enterprise.

    Gnó Mhaigh Eo is now accepting applications for the Business with Irish Awards 2018. Do you know a business who uses the Irish Language or would like to develop an Irish Language plan? Why not nominate them for a Business with Irish Award 2018.

     

    Tá Gnó Mhaigh Eo ag glacadh le hiarratais le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. An bhfuil aithne agat ar ghnólacht a bhfuil Gaeilge in úsáid acu nó atá ag iarraidh plean Gaeilge a fhorbairt linn? Is féidir iad a ainmniú le haghaidh Ghradaim Ghnó 2018. 

    Seo iad catagóirí na ngradam | These are the award categories:

    • Comharthaíocht | Signage
    • Seirbhís Ghnó | Irish Language Service
    • Ábhair Ghnó | Business Materials
    • Brandáil | Branding

    You can enter now, or nominate a business by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/2BRdfOd

  • Increase the daily car parking charges in the car parks in Westport, and increase the hourly rate for parking to 1 euro for the first hour and 50 cents after that, and the deficit of 355,000 euro that the municipal district agreed to in the 2018 budget would be restored.

     That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire. She made the proposal at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    The refusal by West Mayo councillors to introduce pay and display street car parking charges in the town, caused controversy at the Ballina Municipal District meeting last week. Councillors in Ballina were told that the payment of grants to voluntary groups across the county, under GMA funding is on hold, until the local authority can make up a 400,000 euro deficit that was to be collected through the introduction of additional Pay and Display street carparking charges, as agreed in the 2018 budget.

    Ballina councillors say it is unfair that voluntary groups in Ballina are now paying the price for Westport failing to introduce what was agreed.

    Councillor McGuire told Midwest News today her proposal, if adopted, could resolve the financial issue.

  • Increase the hourly rate in the council carparks in Westport, rather than introduce street car parking charges in the town.

    That’s the view of Fine Gael councillor Tereasa McGuire.

    She told Midwest News this morning that if Tom Gilligan, Director of Services for Mayo county council, needs to secure additional funding, then he should increase the hourly rate in the carparks in Westport from 70 cent to one euro for the first hour.

    Last week, Tom Gilligan outlined plans to councillors to introduce street carparking charges in 8 towns across the county.

    Cllr McGuire says the proposal is unfair to rate payers, businesses and the general public.

  • An Independent Councillor says the reduction of outdoor staff with Mayo County Council for the Westport area by six people in total is deeply concerning. 

    Cllr. Christy Hyland says standards have to be maintained in the Westport area. He says outdoor staff are vital in Westport due to the high volume of people coming into the town on an ongoing basis. 

    He raised his concerns at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District and afterwards told Midwest Radio that he is going to persist on this matter.

  • Gardai in Westport have arrested a man in connection with a spate of thefts from charity boxes in licensed premises in the town.

    It’s understood the suspect is also being questioned about a break-in to a caravan at the rear of a B&B in Westport.

  • A fire which broke out on the grounds of the Convent in Westport was brought under control last night.

    The fire was described as a "minor incident" by Gardai and was quickly extinguished.

    The main building was not affected, it has been reported that it was a gazebo on the grounds of the convent that went up in flames. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

     

     

  • Motorists are being advised of potential disruption in the Westport area this Saturday as the 2018 Westportif cycle takes place.

    Over 650 cyclists from all over the country are taking part in the event, and traffic is expected to be busy in Westport Town as a result.

    The participants will sign on from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Towers Bar on the Quay, with cyclists heading off from 9am.

    The Quay area is expected to be busy with cyclists between 9 and 10am, before they depart for Louisburg on the R335 to Ashleigh Falls.

    The shorter 80k route then goes north onto the N59 to Westport, while the longer 120 and 160km route turn for Leenane and Innagh Valley, joiing the N59 at Recess via Maam Cross.

    Most cyclists will have returned by 4pm.

    Organisers are asking all road users to be aware of possible traffic disruption on Saturday as a result of the popular event.

  • Leigue cemetery in Ballina is in danger of becoming a jungle, overrun by weeds, briars and grass, if Mayo county council continues to withhold the payment of GMA funding to local voluntary groups.

    That was the view expressed by Ballina Independent councillor Gerry Ginty at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District held in the community centre in Bonniconlon.

    He called for, at least an interim payment, to allow the voluntary group to get on with its work.

    The withholding of the of GMA funds, is causing controversy across the county.

    The CE of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, says the monies cannot be paid out until a shortfall in the parking charges revenue agreed in the budget are resolved.

    However, councillors disagree saying they approved the GMA funds for voluntary groups and many of these groups need the payments now.

    20,000 euro has been allocated by councillors to Friends of Leigue Cemetery in 2018, under GMA funding.

    Leigue Cemetery is just one of a variety of voluntary groups that receive various amounts in grant funding annually under GMA funding – tidy town groups, residents associations, festival committees also benefit from this fund.

    They would usually have the much needed cash injection by this time of the year, but due to the shortfall in carparking charges revenue that was agreed to be generated by cllrs in the 2018 budget, Peter Hynes says the paying out of GMA must be withheld until an alternative source of funding is agreed to make up the shortfall.

    The situation is causing tension, to say the least, between municipal district areas. There are 4 municipal districts in Mayo – Castlebar, Ballina , Claremorris and West Mayo.

    Councillors in Ballina have strongly expressed their view that voluntary groups in the Ballina area are now being impacted on negatively because Westport is refusing to introduce car parking charges on the streets of the town.

    At Mondays monthly meeting of Mayo county council, Peter  Hynes explained that there are complications in the paying out of the GMA fund but he said he is engaging in discussions with the Municipal Districts Managers and he is confident that the issues will be resolved before the next monthly meeting of the council.

    Claremorris councillor Tom Connolly said, on Monday ,however, that he is not prepared to see any increase in car parking charges in the Claremorris Municipal District to compensate for the failure of West Mayo councillors to introduce street car parking charges in Westport.“We won’t subsidise Westport”, he insisted.

    Independent councillor Gerry Ginty at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District agreed with that sentiment.

    He called at the start of the meeting for an urgent interim payment to be released to Friends of Leigue Cemetery, the voluntary group that maintains the grounds around the Ballina cemetery.

    He argued that without a cash injection now – maintenance of the graveyard will become too much, and he says the grounds will revert to the jungle that they were, before Friends of Leigue took over the work, using the annual GMA allocation of 20,000 euro a year.

    However, there was no joy in response to that request.Director of Services Tom Gilligan stated that there are lots of exceptional cases, but said until the present problem at county council level is resolved no monies will be paid out under GMA.

  • WESTPORT VOTERS

    Please note voting will take place in Scoil Phadraig at the new address at Newport Road, Westport.

    The old address at Altamount Street on polling cards is incorrect.

    The local Returning Officer apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • A number of Mayo individuals and groups have been nominated for the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards.

    The awards are hosted annually by the Local Authority Members Association and IPB Insurance, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Croke Park Stadium this evening ( Saturday).

    Flying the flag for Co Mayo at this evening’s awards ceremony are the Westport 250 festival and Crossmolina St Patrick’s Day Committeee for the St Patrick’s night festival – they’re both shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Initiative.

    In the Best Community-Based Initiative, Mayo Community Futures and the School Warden Lollicops scheme in Mayo and Kildare are shortlisted.

    “Its for Girls” Mayo is nominated in the category of Best Community Health Initiative.

    John Cooney and Seamus Jordan of the Crossmolina Festival committee are nominated for the Community Volunteer of the Year award, and in the Best Tourism Initiative category, Wild Mayo Development & Promotional campaign has been nominated.

    RTE’s Marty Morrissey will present the awards to the winners in the Croke Park Stadium later this evening.

  • AN outdoor gym on the Greenway in Westport has been locked up, out of order for the past three months.

    That’s according to local Independent Councillor Christy Hyland, who’s calling on Mayo County Council to get the necessary parts and re-open the outdoor gym, which is used by many people enjoying the greenway.

    Councillor Hyland is also concerned about the monument at the Octagon in Westport, as it’s not lit up at present.

    He raised both matters at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District

  • The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk , Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburgh will be highlighted at a public meeting this evening (Monday).

    Despite one million visitors to Croagh Patrick each year, local residents and businesses are depending on water from mountain streams, which is treated locally.

    However, concerns have emerged after one local child was hospitalised recently after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

    It emerged recently that commonage landowners may block access to the holy mountain this Summer due the current impasse between local communities and Mayo County Council / Irish Water over the provision of a safe water supply to the area.

    But this is just one of the options available, according to the Vice-Chairman of the Murrisk Development Association.

    Raoul Downey says it’s important that locals attend this evening’s meeting at 8pm in Lecanvey Community Centre, to decide on a way forward for this campaign.

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    Rice College Westport 1-09 

     

  • Mayo County Council has agreed to put a safety improvement scheme in place later this year on the N5 Westport to Castlebar road, at Corrib Oil.

    A number of collisions have occurred at this busy stretch of road in recent years, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has raised the issue on a number of occasions, calling for safety measures to slow down traffic at this location.

    After raising the matter again this week, Councillor Hyland was informed that a safety improvement scheme will be put in place later this year.

  • A Fianna Fail Councillor is calling for urgent action to address parking at Scoil Phadraig National School in Westport, amid concerns for the safety of children attending the school.

    Councillor Brendan Mulroy says cars are pulling up each side of the road on footpaths, when dropping and collecting their children, and says it’s extremely dangerous.

    He raised the matter at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Municipal District which was held in Ionad Deirbhle, Aughleam.

    Cllr. Mulroy says a turnaround area should be installed at the school and is calling for a traffic management plan to be put in place.