• Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old boy who is missing from the Carrowmore/Lacken area of Ballina since about 9.30 this morning.

    The boy is described as 5ft 7in in height, with black hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms and a dark navy or black hoodie.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560.

  • Gardai have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that yesterday’s device which was found in Ballina was an elaborate hoax and of no danger to the public.

    A suspect device was discovered at approximately 3am yesterday outside a house in the Mount Assumpta area of Ballina, which resulted in the area being sealed off and some residents having to evacuated during the night.

    The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal service took the device away for examination and the area was made safe to the public.

    Gardai told Midwest News this morning that the device was not viable and was of no danger to the public.

  • Gardai in Ballina are continuing to appeal for public assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 22-year-old Margaret Lawrence.

    Margaret was last seen on Thursday morning last, the 11th of October, in Ballina.

    She is described as being approximately 5’ 3’’ tall, of thin build and with black shoulder length hair. When last seen she was wearing a grey tracksuit top and black boots.

    Anyone who has seen Margaret or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560 or any Garda Station.


  • Motorists driving along the main Ballina to Foxford road this evening are being urged to reduce their speed as a result of a major offal spillage.

    Emergency services and Mayo County Council are at the scene dealing with the situation but are asking motorists to proceed with caution along the Ballina to Foxford road this evening.

  • Gardai in Ballina are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a woman who is missing from the area since Thursday.

    22-year-old Margaret Lawrence was last seen on Thursday morning in the Ballina area. She was reported missing that night.

    Gardai say that when last seen she was wearing a grey tracksuit top and black boots.  Margaret is described as 5 foot 3 inches in height, of thin build and has shoulder length black hair.

    The Gardai are concerned for her welfare and are asking for anyone who has seen her or knows her whereabouts to contact them on 096-20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. They are also appealing directly to Margaret if she hears this appeal to contact Ballina Gardai.

  • Gardai in Ballina are appealing for witnesses after an assault and robbery of an elderly man in the town on Friday evening last.

    According to the Western People, the man, aged in his 70s, was accosted by two women and a man in the Market Square carpark, near Tesco, in the town, shortly after 5pm on Friday evening.

    The elderly man had left Tesco, when he was assaulted in the car park, and had a small sum of cash stolen. He was knocked to the ground and was left shaken by the ordeal.

    The suspected attackers are described as two women dressed in headscarves and long skirts, and a man wearing black trousers and a white jacket.

    It was a busy time of evening in Ballina and gardai are keen to speak to anyone who may have noticed the attack or anything suspicious in the area.

    A man came to the elderly man’s assistance on Friday evening,  and gardai are also anxious to speak to that man.

    Ballina gardai can be contacted at 096 21422


  • Gardai in Ballina are advising businesses and the general public that there are poor quality counterfeit 10 euro notes in circulation in the area at present.The dud notes were tendered in business premises and in restaurants in Ballina over the weekend.

    Gardai have described the counterfeit notes as being “poor in ink quality” and having what’s described as “a plasticky feel”.

    In the busy run up to Christmas, gardai are advising businesses to check the tender offered and if they are suspicious, to please contact Ballina or any garda station. They say it’s somewhat unusual to have counterfeit notes in such a small denomination, and so are warning businesses to be on the alert.

  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating the sudden death of a woman in her early 70's who passed away at her home in Bunree in the early hours of this morning.

    Her body has been removed to Mayo University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination will take place.

    Investigations are ongoing.



  • Gardaí in Ballina are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jake Bagnell from Carrowmore Lacken.

    Jake was last seen at Lacken Cross, Killala at approximately 9:30am on Friday morning.

    He is described as approximately 5ft 7in in height, with black hair, and of thin build with blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms, dark navy or black hooded jacket, white and black Adidas runners.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station 096 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardaí seized a significant quantity of cocaine during a weekend search in Ballina.

    Gardaí confirmed to Midwest News this morning that a property in the Bunree area of Ballina was raided on Saturday and Gardai uncovered drugs which have a street value of a four-figure sum.

    One person was arrested and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • GoBus is to start a new regional route, connecting Ballina and Galway city from the 1st April.

    The new route will create 10 new jobs in Ballina, according to GoBus, which is now celebrating 10 years in business.

    The company will operate 5 return services each day between Ballina and Galway city, via Castlebar, Claremorris and Tuam.

  • Ballina Gardai are advising people to expect very heavy traffic in the town today, as the annual Heritage Day takes place, along with the funeral of a popular Garda who died suddenly on Saturday evening.

    50-year old Detective Garda Martin Mitchell of Killala Road, Ballina collapsed and died suddenly while out jogging in Belleek.

    The father of two will be laid to rest today in Leigue Cemetery, following 11am Requiem Mass in St Muredach's Cathedral.

    Gardai are expecting a large attendance at the funeral Mass, while up to 40,000 people are expected in Ballina today for Heritage Day - one of the highlights of the 2019 Ballina Street Festival.

    Gardai are advising people to expect delays and obey the stewards on traffic duty.


  • It was another wonderful day in Ballina as Midwest Radio were out and about meeting the crowds at Heritage Day in Ballina. We had loads of guests and even more music - you can check it all here with some cracking performances from the local talent! 


  • Some of the world's top cars - including McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley - will roll into Ballina this weekend as part of the annual Cannonball.

    The action-packed supercar spectacles arrives in Ballina about 4pm tomorrow.

    Celebrities including Love Island start Tom Walker, and Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas will be joining the convoy.

    To celebrate the return of the Cannonball, a 2-day festival will take place on the Quay in Ballina this Saturday and Sunday, with live music and entertainment and an air stunt display on Saturday.

    Funds raised from this year's Cannonball go to the Irish Cancer Society.

    Cannonball founder Alan Bannon is advising people to arrive to Ballina early tomorrow to enjoy the whole experience.

  • Independent Cllr Seamus Weir has received confirmation that James Connolly Street is set to reopen before Christmas.

    The Ballina Town Street has been closed due to a fire at a premise on their last March.

    The closure of the street has led to traffic congestion in the town as well as difficulties for businesses on the street.

    Cllr Weir received confirmation at today’s Municipal Meeting that the owner of the property will address the derelict building in the coming weeks.

    It means the street should be set to reopen before the Christmas season.

    Cllr Weir welcomed the news at today’s meeting of the Ballina Municipal District.

  • The inquest today in Dundalk, into the death of Garda Tony Golden while on duty in 2015,  has heard the Ballina native was shot five times.

    The garda was killed by Adrian Crevan Mackin on the 11th of October 2015 at a house in Omeath in Co Louth.

    The Deputy State Pathologist has told the inquest that Garda Golden died from multiple gunshot wounds.

    One of the shots hit the garda in the back, and it was said that it would have killed him very quickly.

  • The Inter-County Boxing event due to be held in Ballina this Saturday has been postponed until the following weekend.

    The event is being organised to mark Knockmore / Foxford boxing club's 10th anniversary, and the Tyrone/ Fermanagh County Board will supply the opposition for the 14 Mayo clubs taking part.

    The Inter-County Boxing event was scheduled for this Saturday at the Great National Hotel in Ballina at 1pm, but has now been postponed until Sunday week 13th January, due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

    The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

    This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited. Works are due to commence in mid-September and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Once complete, customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

    The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

    Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

    Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278if they have any questions about the project.


  • Gardaí are renewing their appeal for witnesses after two men in their 20's died following a single vehicle road collision on the Killala Road in Ballina last night.

    The collision occurred at about 11.15 pm when a car, carrying three men, collided with a tree near the Costcutter store on the Killala Road.

    One man in his late 20's was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The other two men - also in their 20's - were taken to Mayo University Hospital where one died later, while the third man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The names of the deceased have not yet been released, but they are both understood to be from the Ballina area.

    The road was closed for a time to allow for a forensic examination to be carried out but has since reopened to traffic.

    Gardai are also appealing to the drivers of any vehicles that may have passed through the townland of Kilmoremoy, close to the Costcutters Supermarket, between 10.20pm and 11.15pm, and who may have dash-cam footage, to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • The lack of affordable and local authority housing in Ballina is one of the biggest issues for the local electorate, according to Independent candidate in the local elections Mark Duffy.

    Mark insists that to solve the problem Mayo County Council must deliver on purpose built social housing estates.

    He is critical of the authority’s pace in delivering such planned developments in Ballina.

    Mark has been outlining his view to Midwest News today.