Ballina

  • Gardai in Ballina are investigating an alleged hit & run traffic collision last Friday morning.

    An elderly man was knocked down on Bury Street in the town between 9.40 and 9.50am on Friday morning last, 13th Sept.

    Gardai say the incident occurred at a busy time of the morning, and are asking any witnesses to come forward to assist in their investigation.

    Gardai are particularly interested in speaking with the driver of a truck who was at the scene at the time of the collision.

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

     

  • Gardai in Ballina seized a significant quantity of cannabis yesterday.

    It followed a traffic checkpoint in the Slí Eachtra area of the town, and a follow-up search of a house in the Ballina area by local uniformed Gardai and members of the divisional drugs unit.

    Cannabis worth over €1,000 was seized, along with drugs paraphernalia and a sum of cash.

    One person was arrested, questioned, and later released with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    This is part of a major crackdown on drugs in the north Mayo region, which also saw cocaine being discovered in the Ross area of Killala on Saturday 16th March.

    In a planned operation by the Divisional Drugs Unit, two people were stopped and searched and a significant quantity of cocaine was recovered.

    Gardai say a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • A 10-year old Ballina girl will be taking part in one of the most-watched TV programmes of the year next weekend.

    10-year old Alison McGrath from Ballina is one of the children chosen to take part in The Late Late Toy Show, which will be aired on Friday week 30th November on RTE One at 9.35 pm.

     

     


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    A Mayo man has lost his appeal against his 5 year jail sentence for dangerous driving causing death.

    40 year old Declan Moran of Carrentrilla, Ballina had been drinking when he performed an illegal u-turn and killed oncoming motorcyclist Martin Wynne.

    It happened on the N26 at Ballinahaglish, Ballina in May 2016.

    Declan Moran fled the scene on foot and was arrested a few hours later and was found to be over the drink driving limit.

    The Court of Appeal said the 5 year sentence was entirely appropriate, given the accused has a previous conviction for drink-driving.

     

     

     

     

  • A Mayo man was seriously injured after being hit by a bus in Budapest last weekend.

    32-year old Michael Cuffe from Ballina travelled to the Hungarian capital last Friday with three friends for a weekend away, but just hours after he arrived he was struck by a bus.

    The Irish Independent reports that Michael suffered a number of  injuries, including broken bones in his neck and back, a broken collarbone and a triple leg fracture.

    His family are now fundraising to help bring Michael home for treatment.

    It’s understood a radiologist travelling on the bus gave him CPR and stabilised him until an ambulance arrived.

    Michael’s sister Naomi told the Independent that he will have to travel home on a spinal board, and as no commercial airline accommodates spinal boards, he will need an air ambulance.

    The family have set up a GoFundMe page to try and meet the costs of getting Michael back to Ireland.

    The GoFundMe page has raised more than €13,000 in less than 24 hours and Naomi said her family are blown away by people's generosity.

    For further details, or to make a donation, you can go online to www.gofundme.com/flymichaelcuffehome

     

  • Ballina - Final Tally


    Duffy Mark Non-Party 1938
    Gill Kieran - FIne Gael  722
    Horkan Aileen - Fine Gael 536
    Loftus Michael - Fianna Fail 1310
    Moore Eamon - Fianna Fail 1102
    Munnelly Jarlath - Fine Gael 946
    Nolan Willie - Non Party 368
    O'Hara John - Fine Gael 1929
    Reape Annie Mae Fianna Fail 1212
    Regan Michael Sinn Fein - 267
    Smith Tracey Social Democrats - 178
    Seamus Weir - Non-Party 1119

  • Ballina has today been named Ireland's Best kept Large Town for 2018.

    The 32-county Best Kept Towns competition has been running since 1985, and the awards are being presented in Belfast this afternoon.

    Ballina has beaten off competition from Armagh and Monaghan to be crowned Ireland's Best Kept Large Town.

     Chairman of Ballina Tidy Towns Jim Friel has collected the award at the Harbour Commissions Office in Belfast.

     

     

  • Ballina native, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award.

    The Tipperary Peace Convention, the group that run the awards,  says it "recognises the efforts of Mrs Robinson in putting human rights standards at the heart of global governance", by ensuring that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage.

    "Mrs Robinson, they say,  is a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women's participation in peace-building and human dignity in all regions of the world.

    "She makes it a priority to bring the concerns of ordinary people to the global stage and is outspoken and dedicated to investigating and exposing human rights abuses across the world".

    The award will be presented on November 7th in Tipperary town.

  • A Ballina-based photographer has won an international sports photography award.

    David Farrell won the award at the Federation of European Professional Photographers 2019 awards, announced in Austria, for a black & white image entitled "Battling for the Sliothar".

    The photo was taken during the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Championship final between Mayo side Tooreen and Ballinderreen of Galway.

    The picture won a Merit award in the Single Images category of the prestigious competition, which attracted 2,400 entries from photographers across Europe.

    David Farrell was the only Irish photographer to win in the Sports category of the competition.

     

     

  • Ballina has returned to the Irish Business Against litter campaign with one of its best-ever results.

    The North Mayo capital is ranked in 6th place overall in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide, and is described as "Cleaner than European Norms".

    Eight of the ten sites surveyed in Ballina got the top grade .

    Top-ranking sites included the residential areas of Marian Crescent and Rockwell - both well-respected and maintained according to judges, while St Patrick's Church in Ballina was exceptionally well-presented and maintained, and Ballina District Hospital also ranked highly with a complete absence of litter, and well-maintained grounds.

     

    Roscommon Town is in 8th place on the list, also Cleaner than European Norms.

    Galway City and Sligo were in 17th and 20th place respectively, and described as Clean to European Norms.

    Kilkenny tops the litter league, while at the other end of the scale, Ballymun in Dublin is in 40th place, and described a litter blackspot.

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  • There was one Mayo restaurant included in the 2019 Georgina Campbell Awards, unveiled in Dublin yesterday.

    Jack Fenn's Courtyard Café at Belleek Castle, Ballina was named Café of the Year.

    Adare Manor was named the Best Hotel in Ireland, while the Business Hotel of the Year award went to the Marker Hotel in Dublin, and the Newcomer of the Year award went to The Foyle Hotel in Moville, Co Donegal, while a new, Spirit of the European Region of Gastronomy Award saw The Twelve Hotel in Barna, Beechlawn Organic Farm in Ballinasloe and Gannet Fishmongers in Galway City take the award jointly.

    Also in Galway, the Outstanding Guest Experience was deemed to be found at Tigh Congaile on Inis Meain - and the Street Food award went to the Misunderstood Heron in Killary Harbour.

    Hooked in Sligo won the Just Ask Restaurant of the Year award, while in Co Roscommon, the Natural Food Award was won by Drumanilra Farm Kitchen in Boyle.

     

  • Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin is to meet shortly with the Transport Minister Shane Ross to push the case for a ring road around Ballina to ease the worsening traffic congestion, which she says is impacting on people driving into town from the Foxford road and Sligo road on a daily basis.

    A deputation from Mayo met with representatives of Transport Infrastructure Ireland last Monday to discuss plans for various road projects across the county.

    However, Ballina-based FF Councillor Annie May Reape told Midwest News that neither the N26 road project from Mount Falcon to Foxford, or the Ballina Orbital Route, are included in the National Framework Plan, therefore she claims there will be no progress on either road project for the next 5-10 years.

    However, Senator Mulherin says the Orbital Route, or ring road, is badly needed and she claims it could be delivered in different phases.

    She says the first section to be built should connect the Foxford road and Crossmolina road.

  • A Mayo woman has been named Grand Marshal for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Limerick.

    Ballina native Dr Norah Patten, who's hoping to become the first Irish person in space,  has been unveiled as Grand Marshal for the parade in Limerick, as the theme of this year's parade is One Giant Leap - marking the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon.

    Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the Limerick parade on 17th March.

    Dr Norah Patten, who studied at the University of Limerick, says it's an incredible honour to be invited to be Grand Marshal at this year's parade.

     

     

     

  • Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballyhaunis train stations look set to be completely automated, with no staff at the stations processing tickets, from March of this year. That’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Lisa Chambers.

    The deputy believes that this will impact negatively on many train users and she has written to Iarnrod Eireann to clarify its plans and is strongly opposing any such development.

    Deputy Chambers says that from March of this year, the ticket machines used by staff to sell train tickets in the stations will become obsolete and will not be replaced. Rail passengers will have to purchase tickets on line or at the self service ticket machines at the stations.

    In county Mayo she has been told that Westport train station is the only train station in the county that will get a new machine.

    If this happens she argues, than staff at the stations without a facility to sell tickets directly to customers, will become redundant and will be transferred to other locations.

    In a statement to Midwest News a spokesperson for Irish Rail says:

    We have stated previously and publically, including briefings of elected representatives, that we do plan to change the way we provide customer service, both on-board and in stations, to reflect changing customer requirements. 

    Traditional booking office ticket purchases today represent only 13% of total revenue, and are reducing – 87% of our revenue across all networks is now generated through ticket vending machines, online booking, and other automated channels.

    However, customers still want and require customer service assistance for their journey, particularly on board longer-distance services where many trains are currently driver-only.  This can result in people having customer service personnel available for the 5 minutes they are in the station, but not three hours they’re on the train.

    To meet this need, Iarnród Éireann is planning to improve its customer services to ensure more customers receive the support and service required as routine ticketing becomes more automated.

    This will mean:

    • An increase in on-board staffing, to provide on-board customer service officers on Intercity services, helping customers with boarding, seat reservations, and customer service information
    • Station staffing re-focused to provide customer service and assistance in the station area, with a mix of manned and self-service stations reflecting customer demand and usage patterns
    • Equipping on-board and station staff with enhanced information and support to assist customers

    On-board Customer Service Officer deployment has begun.  We do anticipate that there will be changes in stations during 2019, which will include stations with full ticket sales, some stations having customer service staff for customer assistance, with ticketing through automated channels, and some stations becoming unmanned.

    However, final details of these changes have not yet been confirmed including timescales, and we will engage with employees and our customers to outline these changes nationwide, including in Mayo.

    The changes in customer service will mean that customers will have continuous access to customer service support on Intercity services, including assistance for customers with mobility and sensory impairments; better service information; better delivery of seat reservations; and a deterrent to anti-social behaviour.

     

  • Ballina’s Liam McHale is to be inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in May.

    Basketball Ireland will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2020 and, as part of the celebrations marking the history of the game, the organisation announced late last year that the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame would be relaunched in 2019.

    Currently there are six B.I. Hall of Fame members – Fr. Joe Horan, Harry Boland, Tom Collins, Liam McGinn, Danny O’Connor and Paul Meany.

    Nominations were made by the public, with an independent nominations committee announcing the six final recipients who are: Siobhan Caffrey (nee Stapleton), Danny Fulton, Kelvin Troy, Susan Moran, Liam McHale and the late Paudie O’Connor.

    Chairman of the Board of Basketball Ireland, Fran Ryan, and President of Basketball Ireland, Theresa Walsh also extended their congratulations to the six recipients and their families.

     

  • Ballina's Liam McHale is to be inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame.

    A ceremony will take place at the Croke Park Stadium on Saturday 11th May where six people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    Basketball Ireland says Liam McHale is a household name throughout the country, for his contribution and prowess in both football and basketball.

    Siobhan Caffrey nee Stapleton, Danny Fulton, Kelvin Troy, Susan Moran and the late Paudie O'Connor are the other five being inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame.

     

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    Gardai in Ballina are investigating a break-in to the community centre  in Moygownagh in which gardening equipment was stolen.

    The incident occurred sometime between 10pm on Wednesday evening and 7am yesterday (Thursday morning).

    3 Sthil strimmers were taken and a Sthil long reach hedgecutter.

    The gates to the community centre were locked overnight so Gardai say the thieves are likely to have had transport to carry out the break-in.

     They are appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area between 10pm on Wednesday night into early  yesterday (Thursday) morning to contact Ballina garda station at 096 21422.

    Also gardai are asking if any householder is offered any such equipment for sale by door to door salespersons to immediately contact the gardai.

    The equipment is stamped.

  • The North Mayo U16 A final has been moved to Ballina at the earlier time of 5:30.

    Ballina are home to Knockmore in that encounter this evening.