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May 21, 2024

Midwest News chats to Local Election Candidates in Mayo

Today, we continue our series in talking to Local Election Candidates across Mayo. There are 73 candidates contesting 30 places on Mayo County Council, with the elections taking place on June 7. Today, we take a look at the Claremorris Local Electoral Area,…
May 21, 2024

11 Ballina students chosen to be mascots at tomorrow night's Europa League Final in Dublin

A number of Mayo students have been chosen to be mascots at tomorrow evening's Europa League Final taking place in Dublin. The UEFA Foundation and Rio Ferdinand Foundation have collaborated to give twenty-two young people the honour of walking out of the…
May 21, 2024

Gardai in Swinford renew their appeal for information into fatal collision that occurred on the N5 last August

Gardaí in Swinford investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Swinford on Monday, 21st August 2023, are renewing their appeal for information.Gardaí and emergency services were alerted following a two-car collision on the N5 at Cloonlara…
May 21, 2024

Midwest News chats to Local Election Candidates in Mayo

Today, we continue our series in talking to Local Election Candidates across Mayo. There are 73 candidates contesting 30 places on Mayo County Council, with the elections taking place on June 7. Today, we take a look at the Claremorris Local Electoral Area,…
May 21, 2024

Two people taken to hospital following collision in Knockcroghery

Gardaí & Emergency Services attended the scene of a two vehicle collision in Knockcroghery, County Roscommon this afternoon. Two people have been taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The collision occurred on the N61 route from Athlone to…
May 21, 2024

Status Yellow Thunderstorm Warning issued for all counties bar Kerry

A Status Yellow Thunderstorm Warning has been extended to every county - bar Kerry. It'll remain in place until 9:00pm tonight. Met Éireann is warning of hazardous driving conditions and spot flooding in places. A similar alert has also been issued for…

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May 21, 2024

Commentary details confirmed for Friday's LIVE Connacht Minor Football Championship final on Midwest Radio

The Connacht Minor Football Final takes centre stage this Friday night in Dr. Hyde Park. Mayo defeated Roscommon in the opening round by 6 points but finals take on a life of their own. The game throws in at 7:30pm and Midwest Radio will have full live…
May 20, 2024

Mayo captain Paddy Durcan has sustained a cruciate ligament injury

Mayo GAA have confirmed that senior football captain Paddy Durcan has sustained a cruciate ligament injury. The Castlebar Mitchels man came on as a 56th minute substitute in Saturday’s meeting with Cavan in the first round of the All Ireland SFC Group Stage.…
May 20, 2024

Henry Downes U17 Cup begins tonight

The Henry Downes U17 Cup will commence for the first round of action this evening. All games get underway at 7:00pm. Here is the full list of fixtures, with the U17 Shield games included. The home team is listed first in each case. Ballinrobe Town have a bye…
May 20, 2024

Mayo and Galway both strongly represented in Team of the Week

Mayo and Galway are both strongly represented on the GAA.ie Football Team of the Week. Matthew Ruane, Ryan O’Donoghue and the O’Connor brothers, Diarmuid and Cillian, have all been selected after victory over Cavan on Saturday. Galway have four players in the…
May 20, 2024

Connacht Minor Football Championship final LIVE on Midwest Radio this Friday

We will have LIVE commentary this Friday night on Midwest Radio for the Connacht Minor Football Championship final. Mayo will take on Roscommon in the decider in Dr. Hyde Park. The sides met earlier in the campaign in the first round, where Mayo won 2-13 2-7.…
May 20, 2024

Mayo Senior Football League Round 4 fixtures

Mayo GAA SFL Division 1A 2024 Sat, 25 May, Ballinrobe V Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin 7:00pm Mitchels Football V Ballyhaunis 7:00pm Knockmore V Belmullet 7:00pm Ballina Stephenites V Charlestown Sarsfields 7:00pm Davitts V Breaffy 7:00pm Mayo GAA SFL Division 1B…

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