• The mother and son who died tragically in Dublin last week will be laid to rest in Ballina today.

    Nicola Coleman nee Keane and her baby son Henry died tragically on Thursday October 22nd.

    The funeral Mass will take place this morning at 11:30am in St. Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina with burial afterwards in Leigue Cemetery. 

    Funeral mass can be accessed at

    The funeral of Nicola and her son will be strictly private at all stages.

    The family have asked to respect their privacy.

  • The funeral has taken place in Ballina of Jack Dodd, the young Mayo showjumper who died from injuries sustained in a road collision in Belgium.

    A native of Coolcronan, Foxford, the 25-year old passed away in a Netherlands hospital last week.

    Jack represented Ireland in showjumping from youth level up to senior level, winning the FEI European Championships in Italy as part of the Irish team in 2014.

    In 2016, he earned a place in the prestigious International Young Riders Academy.

    He set up his own business in Belgium, where he achieved success both in Young Horse events and in the top international classes in European show jumping.

    Members of Horse Sport Ireland and the Irish and international equestrian community attended his funeral Mass this morning at St Patrick's Church, Ballina.

    Jack's bridle, hat and gloves were among the items brought to the altar.

    Celebrant Fr Liam Reilly described Jack as a great man, son, friend and sportsman.

    The young showjumper was laid to rest at Leigue Cemetery in Ballina.


  • The funeral will take place tomorrow of the Ballina man whose body was recovered from the River Moy in the town on Tuesday evening.

    The remains of Michael Maughan from Barnadearg, Ballina who was in his late 50's were removed from the river near Bachelors Walk following a search operation.

    Mr Maughan is survived by his wife Ann, sons, daughters, grand-children and extended family.

    His remains will repose at McGowan's Funeral Home in Ballina this evening from 4 pm with removal at 7pm to St Patrick's Church, Ballina.

    Funeral Mass tomorrow morning is at 11.30 with burial afterwards in Leigue Cemetery.




  • A Mayo TD is again calling on Irish Rail to consider running an early-morning train from Ballina to Dublin.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary met recently with the Chief Executive of Irish Rail to discuss a number of issues - including an early-bird service.

    Iarnrod Eireann says uptake on the existing early morning service from Westport to Dublin is already low at present, and they do not believe there's sufficient demand for a train from Ballina to link up with this service.

    However, Deputy Calleary says he is not willing to let the matter rest, and will continue to press for such a service from Ballina.

    He's also encouraging people to use the existing early-morning service from Mayo to the capital.....

  • 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.

  • 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 are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of Alin Hiemesch, aged 31 years, who is missing from his home in Ballina, Co.Mayo.

    Alin was last seen on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 in the Ballina area.

    Alin is 5’ 9” in height with brown eyes and black hair. When last seen, he was wearing black trousers, a grey hooded jacket, and a woolly hat with a distinctive red bobble on top. 

    Gardaí are concerned for Alin’s welfare. Anyone with information on Alin’s whereabouts is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • 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.

  • Cocaine with an estimated street value of €7000 was seized following the search of a house in Ballina last week.

    A private house in the Dillon Terrace area of the town was searched under warrant by local Gardaí on December 23, where cocaine was seized along with drug paraphernalia.

    One male was arrested and detained under an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act related to the sale and supply of drugs. The man was subsequently released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • 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.

  • Radio stations around Ireland will play 'Put 'Em Under Pressure' at 12.30 today as a mark of respect for Jack Charlton, who will be laid to rest this afternoon in the North East of England.

    The FAI are asking supporters to wear green in honour of the former Republic of Ireland manager.

    Jack's son, John, has thanked the people of Ireland for their outpouring of support.

    Almost 20 thousand people have signed the online book of condolences, and the FAI will honour Jack's memory in the future when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

    Locally, people will gather at the Ridgepool in Ballina at 12.30 this afternoon, to pay their respects to Big Jack, who was a regular visitor to Ballina where he fished the River Moy.



  • A giant mural depicting the US Presidential candidate Joe Biden has been unveiled in Ballina.

    The painting, measuring 5m x 3.5m, was completed by local artists Smiler Mitchell and Leslie Lackey in recent days.

    Mr Biden has links to Co Mayo and has visited the area on a number of occasions in recent years.

    He travelled to Mayo in 2016, in his capacity as US Vice President. In 2017, he returned to turn the sod on a new hospice building outside Castlebar.

    The mural was unveiled yesterday evening on Market Square.

    Mr. Biden's great, great, great grandfather, Edward Blewitt, emigrated to the US from Ballina over 160 years ago.

  • There's good news for Ballina today, as St Mary's Secondary school has got the go-ahead from the Minister for Education to appoint a contractor for its new school building.

    The all-girls school will have a new campus constructed on a site adjacent to the existing school, and work is expected to begin within weeks.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary says it's exciting news for the students, teachers and staff.