Westport

  • 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.

  • The official opening of the Leeson Enterprise Centre, Altamont Street, Westport  takes place this evening. Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, will perform the opening at 5.30pm.

    The centre is located in the former Friel Motor Factors building, and has been developed by Westport Multi-Agency Enterprise Group (MAEG) and funded by Enterprise Ireland, Mayo County Council (and former Westport Town Council), Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

    The Centre is now at 85% occupancy providing space for a number of start-up businesses both in private units and hot-desk areas. Approximately thirty people now work in the Centre and support and mentoring is provided to the start ups by Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Office and IiBC. 

    Welcoming the opening Mr. Peter Hynes C.E. Mayo County Council said “there is a strong spirit of entrepreneurship in this County and the provision of this facility will help to strengthen the enterprise eco system for our budding entrepreneurs”

    The Leeson Enterprise Centre takes its name from the 18th century architect William Leeson. On March 17th1767 the 2nd. Earl of Altamont Peter Browne-Kelly placed an advertisement in Faulkner’s Dublin Journal seeking tradesmen to build the new town in Westport to the plans of William Leeson. As a legacy to the memory of William Leeson and to celebrate the 250th anniversary the new town of Westport, it was agreed that the centre should bear the name Leeson.  

    For details about the facility – hot-desks, office space, conference and meeting room hire, contact the Leeson Enterprise Centre on 098-28536www.leesonenterprisecentre.ieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • After years insisting it would never happen, councillors in West Mayo yesterday voted to introduce on-street car parking charges in Westport

    The decision was carried by five votes to two. Former Westport town councillors Brendan Mulroy and Erris based Teresa Whelan voted against the introduction of charges.

    The first hour of parking on the streets of Westport will now be free, but after that, motorists will have to buy a parking disc in local shops.

    The controversial issue of parking charges was back on the agenda for yesterday's monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, which was held in Belmullet.

    In June, councillors in West Mayo voted against the recommendation of Mayo County Council officials to introduce on-street parking charges in Westport.

    This led to an extensive delay in paying out what’s termed the GMA funding - general municipal allocation - for local community groups and organisations right across the county.

    Municipal authorities in Ballina, Castlebar and Claremorris  agreed to secure additional funding in carparking charges in their areas to meet GMA demands, but West Mayo refused to do the same until yesterday.

    Then at yesterday’s meeting Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland - who had vehemently objected to on-street parking charges in the past - tabled a motion proposing parking charges, and the motion was carried.

    Councillor Hyland initially argued he had not done a U-turn, but later admitted that it”may be”, but said the current situation could not continue and he had no choice.

    After the meeting, Councillor Hyland told Midwest Newswhy he had tabled the  motion.

  • 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 long awaited flood relief works at Carrowholly in Westport, at last appear to be making progress with a Part 8 planning for the works to be published next week, with an opportunity for people to make submissions on the proposal before the end of August.

    The news is very welcome, according to the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Christy Hyland.

    Environmental issues have delayed the much needed works for almost five years now, and in the meantime the people affected by flooding after high tides and storms have had to live dreading such events.

    The Cathaoirleach has described the slow progress on the wall involved in the flood relief works as not unlike the building of the Great Wall of China.

    He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that today’s news is welcome, but the campaign to get the construction complete goes on.

  • A Planning decision is expected today in respect of an application by Portwest Limited for the construction of a €10 million corporate headquarters at Westport Quay.

    The Connaught Telegraph is reporting that councillors who are members of West Mayo Municipal District have already voted to rezone the site on Roman Island.

    The site is currently zoned for marine related tourism and a material contravention was needed to rezone it.

    Some 87 valid submissions were received from the public in respect of the material contravention with 62 objecting, 23 supporting it, while two were neutral.

  • Plans are underway to strategically link Castlebar to Westport in an effort to develop a new regional growth centre that has the potential to attract serious foreign direct investment, and as a result employment, into the area.

    The strategy, being developed by team of consultants for Mayo county council, was outlined to Castlebar councillors at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Municipal District.

    They were presented with a brief presentation entitled “The feasibility of a high level strategy of the joint development of the towns of Castlebar and Westport”.

    A team of consultants have been appointed by Mayo County Council , under Director of Services Catherine McConnell – who has responsibility for planning ,economic and community development in the local authority  and the idea is that the two towns linked together can be promoted as a brand – and sold nationally and internationally to potential investors as a new regional growth centre.

    Attracting serious FDI and creating jobs. The idea has been fueled by the new N5 road that should be under construction later this year, that will link Turlough to Westport and mean that travel time between Westport and Castlebar will be reduced to ten minutes.

    If you link the two towns – a shopping and administrative town like Castlebar and the tourism town of Westport – you have a lot more for agencies like the IDA to sell to foreign investors.

    Catherine spoke to Midwest News about the proposal and explained that it would significantly raise the “critical mass” (population) in the area and together the towns linked are worth more than individually.

  • The fact that patients in the Castlebar area must often travel to Westport to avail of the out of hours Westdoc Service late at night or over Bank holidays was raised by the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Michael Kilcoyne at this week’s monthly meeting of the HSE West Forum.

    The councillor says he often gets complaints from patients and their relatives forced to bring a sick person to Westport in the middle of the night.

    He said the same situation exists for people in the West Mayo area that need the Westdoc service on nights that a Castlebar doctor is on call.

    In response, HSE West management confirmed that that is the system in place and added that Westdoc had not received any complaints from the public on the matter.

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him.

     

     

    Cathaoirleach Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that that response contradicts what many users of the service have told him

  • Westport-based company Portwest is investing $10 million dollars in expanding its operations in Australia.

    The workwear and outdoor clothing company officially launched a new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Melbourne last week.

    Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O'Donovan and the Irish Ambassador to Australia attended the launch, along with Portwest CEO Harry Hughes.

    The company's clothing is now being sold in over 130 countries and is continuing its global expansion.

    Meanwhile, three appeals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanala in relation to Portwest's expansion plans in Westport.

    The company is planning to build its €10 million euro global headquarters at the Quay, and Mayo County Council recently granted planning permission for the development on Roman Island, subject to a number of conditions.

    It's understood three appeals have now been submitted by local groups, calling for the development to be located elsewhere.

     

  • A large number of local residents attended a public meeting in Westport last night, amid concerns over community involvement in, and access to, the Quay Community Centre.

    Three years ago, the Community Centre's Voluntary management Committee was disbanded by Mayo County Council, and the council now runs the centre, which offers a range of classes and services, as well as community-led activities.

    However, locals claim the facility is not being made available to the community for which it was built, which they say is unacceptable.

    Their concerns were aired at a public meeting in Westport last night, and a spokesperson for the community groupt told Midwest News they were disappointed there was no representative present from Mayo County Council.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council says they were approached by representatives of an unnamed group seeking a meeting to discuss the activities at the Quay Community Centre.

    A spokesperson has told Midwest News that the council has responded to the group and offered to meet at a date and time of their convenience - the council is still awaiting a response.

  • 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.

  • Iarnrod Eireann is advising people to check their times before travelling this weekend.

    Galway and Mayo customers face changes due to the construction of an underpass on the Athlone to Mullingar Greenway.

    There'll be bus transfers between Tullamore and Ballinasloe for Galway services and between Tullamore and Roscommon for Westport services.

  • Remedial work has been carried out on a road in Westport which had been prone to flooding.

    The road in the Carrowbeg area, which also leads to Portwest and Allergan, had flooded on a number of occasions, cutting off access to the factories and also for a number of residents.

    However local Independent Cllr Christy Hyland has been informed that remedial work has been carried out on the road.

  • All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Final 
    St Ronan's College Lurgan 1-10 
    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.

  • Mayo County Council is to carry out safety improvement works in the coming weeks at Scoil Phadraig in Westport.

    The news was confirmed today to Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy.

    The new school building on the Newport Road in Westport was officially opened in 2017, following the amalgamation of the girls' convent school and CBS boys primary school.

    However, Councillor Mulroy has previously raised concerns about safety for students, as a result of motorists parking on pavements.

    Speaking with Midwest News, Councillor Mulroy said barriers will be installed, preventing cars from mounting the pavements, which will make it safer for children entering and exiting the school.

     

     

     

  • Two Mayo businesses were national winners at the Irish Auto Trade Awards 2019 in Citywest Hotel in Dublin at the weekend. Now in their 5th year, the awards are a celebration of excellence in the Irish auto trade in Ireland, a sector that accounts for over 35,000 jobs.

    Togher Tyres Castlebar won Tyre Retailer of the Year for the second year in succession. It’s the third time that Togher Tyres has secured the accolade.

    Molloy Commercials in Castlebar, a previous regional winner, took the overall award for LCV / HCV Independent Workshop of the Year category.

    Mayo Motor Parts Ltd Westport were regional winners in in the Motor Factor of the Year category.

    Candidates for the retail awards are subjected to phone and personal mystery shopperss as part of their adjudication, while manufacturers and distributors are shortlisted based on votes received by readers of Irish Auto Trade Journal and autotrade.ie.

  • The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in county Mayo today for a number of engagements.

    He will begin his visit about 12 noon in The Town Hall Theatre in Westport where the government is hosting a special forum on “Creating Stronger Rural economies and Communities”, part of the Project Ireland 2040 programme.

    The Minister for Agricultural Michael Creed and the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will also be in attendance.

    Following the launch of the Rural Strand of Project Ireland 2040, the Taoiseach will visit Castlebar at  3.30pm He’s expected to take a brief walkabout before going to Coady’s Bar, on Linenhall Street in the town.

    Later in the afternoon the Taoiseach will travel to Ireland West Airport Knock where he will meet the board to discuss further state support and investment in the airport.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has also arranged for Mr Varadkar to meet a delegation of stakeholders keen to discuss progress on the N26, Ballina to Swinford road.

  • The death has taken place of Fr. Patrick Burke from Westport.

    There is a huge sense of shock and sadness at the sudden passing of the 38-year-old.

    Fr. Patrick was ordained in 2006 and served as Chaplin in Castlebar.

    He then moved to Knock where he broadcast mass regularly on Midwest Radio.

    Fr. Patrick then moved to Westport.

     

    Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary paying tribute to the late Fr. Patrick Burke.

    Fr. Patrick’s remains will be reposing at the Presbytery South Mall Westport today from 6pm until 9pm.

    Mass in appreciation of his Ministry in St. Mary’s Church Westport on Wednesday morning at 11am.

    Removal afterwards to Killererin for his funeral on Thursday and Friday, arrangements of which will be announced later.

  • History was made in Dublin's AUL Complex last week as an FAI National Academy side played against international opposition for the first time.

    The 2005 National Academy played against the Netherlands in back-to-back friendlies in a first for the Emerging Talent Programme.

    James McManus scored in the opening 3-1 defeat to the Dutch, before a consolation Adam Murphy penalty saw the side lose 2-1 in the second game

    Despite the two defeats, ETP National Co-Ordinator Niall Harrison believes that the games were massively beneficial to the players and their development.

    24 players were used across both games, with three goalkeepers and 21 outfield players selected for the matches.

    "We played against one of the top teams in Europe. The Dutch showed us the level we need to be at. Games like these will be helpful to our players going forward," said Harrison.

    Despite the results, Harrison is already planning a return trip to the Netherlands next year.

    "There is an agreement for us to travel next year. The Dutch hope to run a three-team tournament, involving both sides and one other nation at Under-14 level. That will be for players born in 2006, and we hope to play it in May 2020."

    Harrison sees the games as a new era for the Emerging Talent Programme and hopes it can expand in the coming years.

    "It's another step up for the ETP. Before now we played training games in-house, or against domestic opposition. Now we can provide these players international football," he said.

    "My hope is that we continue to develop the programme. We have a pathway now from under-13s up to senior level."

    FAI 2005 National Academy Squad
    Shay O'Leary (Wexford Albion), Conor Walsh (Westport United), Fintan Doherty (Finn Harps), Alex Malone (Shamrock Rovers) Ryan Boyle (Ballyhaise Celtic), James Byrne (Belvedere FC), Luke O’Brien (Bray Wanderers), Daniel Kelly (Westport United), Sam Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Roy Vitkevicius (Fermoy FC), Cain Byrne Dunne (Cherry Orchard), Joe O’Brien Whitmarsh (Cork City), Cian Barrett (Shamrock Rovers), Eanna Fitzgerald (Cork City), Kevin Zefi (Shamrock Rovers), Liam Murray (College Corinthians), Adam Murphy (Belvedere FC), Mark Tansey (Bray Wanderers), James McManus (St Kevin’s Boys), Mark O’Mahony (Cork City), Thomas Morgan (Shamrock Rovers), Jack Murray (Cherry Orchard), Darren Darcy (Salthill Devon), Giddeon Tetteh (Shamrock Rovers)