Ballina

  • 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 and Mayo County Council are embarking on a significant project to replace approximately four kilometres of cast iron water mains which will improve the quality of drinking water supplied to customers in the Currower and surrounding areas of Ballina.

    The mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes along the L5363 through Breaffy and L1323 through Currower. The works are due to commence next week and will be completed in September. Once completed customers in this area will enjoy an improved water supply. Mayo County Council are carrying out the work on behalf of Irish Water in line with Level 5 COVID-19 protocols.

    Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Irish Water said: “This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Mayo and will benefit customers by strengthening and reinforcing the water network. We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.

    “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

    “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. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

    This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Mayo County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42%, by the end of 2020 it was 40% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

    Customers have been notified about the works and can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

    The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

    Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

    Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

  • 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.

  • Large quanties of drugs and cash were seized by gardai in Ballina and Foxford over the weekend.

    On Friday night, the Divisional Drugs Task Force assisted by local gardai in Ballina searched two men in their early 20s in the town centre who were acting suspiciously.

    Gardaí found approximately €900 of cocaine and €200 in cash on one of the men.

    A further search of his home in the town under warrant later on Friday night recovered more cocaine to the value of €700.

    On the second male, cocaine with a value of over €2,000 and cannabis with a value of more than €400 was recovered.

    Both men were arrested and taken to Ballina Garda Station and a file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    On Saturday night, the Divisional Drugs Task Force and local uniformed Gardaí carried out a search under warrant at a residence in the town of Foxford at 10pm. They recovered cannabis to the value of €2,000, cocaine to the value of €700 and over €8,000 in cash.

    A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene and interviewed and a file will be submitted to the DPP.

    Then yesterday (Sunday) evening a pedestrian alerted gardai to something hidden in a ditch in the Foxford area. Gardai investigated and discovered an estimated 5,000 euro worth of cannabis and investigations are continuing.

     

  • A new initiative, encouraging staff and parents not to smoke near the school, will be launched tomorrow at The Quay National School in Ballina.

    “Smoke-Free School Gates” is part of the Healthy Ireland Mayo project, supported by Mayo County Council, and will see signs being erected, which were designed by 6th class pupils in the school, indicating that smoking is not permitted at or near the school gates.

    The idea is to reduce the amount of smoke or second-hand smoke being inhaled by young students, and similar initiatives are already in place at a number of schools across northern Ireland and the UK.

     

     

  • Line painting works will be carried out in the Bohernasup area of Ballina in the coming weeks.

    Works were carried out by Irish Water in the area recently and local Councillor John O’Hara was in touch with Mayo County Council to repaint the lines on the roads there.

    Cllr O’Hara says since the works were carried out and the lines taken up, people were parking on both sides on the street.

    He says he has been informed that works to reline the road will get underway in the coming week.

  • Irish Rugby international and Connacht Star Dave Heffernan joined Michael D. McAndrew today on Midwest Radio's Sport Show.

    The Ballina native made his first senior start from the province eight years ago and since then has gone on to become one of their most influential players.

    Heffernan was included in this Year's Six Nation Squad and made his debut off the bench against the USA in a summer tour in 2017.

     

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  • This April, entrepreneur and former League of Ireland Premier Division star Jesse Devers will undertake a walking challenge in aid of the national charity FirstLight. Established in 1976, FirstLight offers free professional counselling support and information to families in Ireland who have experienced the sudden, unexpected death of their child from 0 to18 years.

    Jesse, a native of Ballina, is a former Manulla and Sligo Rovers forward and recently entered the business world with his luxury hairstyle brand, Flye Hair, in February.

    The challenge will entail Jesse walking a mile per day for 30 days and nominating three new people per day to join him remotely in the challenge and make a donation to FirstLight.

    The challenge will be completed while always adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions relating to distance and social contacts. Jesse has established a GoFundMe page where he is encouraging people to donate what they can.

    All proceeds will go directly to FirstLight to provide free professional counselling for suddenly bereaved parents and families across Ireland.

    Jesse joined Michael D McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon.

  • A Mayo man is one of the country’s top names in the niche sport of freestyle motocross.

    24 year-old Evan Mullarkey from Ballina is part of the FMX Ireland team after taking a keen interest in the sport over ten years ago.

    Evan specialises in doing shows all across Europe in the likes of Hungary, Germany, Spain and Poland.

    Evan joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon.

     

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  • The need for better wheelchair accessibility along Ballina’s main streets has been highlighted by local Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape.

     The councillor raised the issue at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District where she said wheelchair users had told her of their frustration in trying to get around on Tone Street and Gardner Street in the town centre.

    Council Engineer Orla Burke said wheelchair accessibility is a priority for the town, but added that limited funding means progress can be slow.

    Councillor Reape told Midwest News that she will continue to campaign for better access for the disabled in Ballina.

  • There are long delays of traffic in Ballina this evening.

    A car burst into flames at the Font traffic lights in the town and emergency services are at the scene.

    No one was hurt in the incident and Gardai are diverting traffic at present but hope to have the scene fully cleared shortly.

  • A major new development for Scoil Naomh Bríd, Culleens, Ballina is to proceed to tender. 

    The new 2500sqm single story school building will include construction of 12 new classrooms, special needs unit, on-site parking provisions, parking, landscaping, boundary treatments, site works and ancillary services.

    Mayo Fine Gael deputy Alan Dillon says the development of this new primary school for Ballina is very welcome for the pupils and staff.  This is one of a number of projects approved for Mayo by the Department of Education since June. 

    Recent approvals locally include St. Marys Secondary School, Ballina, St Oliver Plunkett NS, and Bonniconlon NS.

    Deputy Dillon says all of these investments in our educational facilities in  Mayo create additional capacity for pupils and better teaching environments.