• A Ballina area councillor is calling on the developers of the Oweninny windfarm in north Mayo to provide funding for a new pedestrian crossing at Ardnaree in Ballina.

    The current pedestrian crossing in Ardnaree is not working, according to local FG Councillor John O'Hara who claims drivers are ignoring the flashing lights, and he fears a serious accident will occur unless the crossing is replaced with a push-button pedestrian crossing.

    Councillor O'Hara says that, with the Oweninny windfarm developers using this road four night per week from midnight, they should finance the pedestrian crossing as a community gesture.

  • Gardai in Ballina are advising people in the Lord Edward street, Kevin Barry Street, town centre and Ardnaree areas to close all windows and doors and to avoid going outside due to smoke following a fire in disused building.

    Gardai say no other buildings are at risk but there is a strong wind blowing smoke across the area which can be hazardous to people’s health and also to driving conditions.

    Traffic diversions are in place in Ballina at present.

  • One of Mayo’s oldest citizens will be laid to rest today.

    Andy Forde of Abbey Street, Ballina and late of The Glebe, Ballina and The Neale, passed away at St Augustine’s Home earlier this week in his 105th year.

    Mr Forde ran a grocers in Ardnaree for many years.

    He will be laid to rest in Leigue Cemetery this afternoon, following 12.30 Funeral Mass in St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina.