• The 11 year old girl who tragically died on Easter Sunday while cycling with her little brother Patrick near Ballinasloe has been named as Bridget Ward.

    The siblings were cycling close to the halting site where they were living, when the incident involving a collision with a car took place. Bridget was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    Patrick was said to be in a serious condition on Sunday but today it was understood the child was doing well in hospital with his family by his bedside.

    Eglish Primary School in Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, where Bridget was a pupil, has  posted a tribute online stating: “Our school community is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of our student, classmate and friend, Bridget.

    “A kind, talented and wonderful girl in so many ways, she will always hold a special place in our hearts.

  • A 70 year old man has died following a single-vehicle collision in Co. Galway.

    He was the sole occupant of a car that hit a wall on the Ballinasloe to Laurencetown Road at Sycamore Hill at around 8:30 last night.

    The man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem.

    The road remains closed while Gardai examine the scene and any witnesses are being asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090-96 31890.


  • A 56 year old woman died following a collision in Co Galway yesterday morning.

    Gardai in Ballinasloe are investigating the collision that happened  at approximately 10.20am yesterday (Thursday) at Lismanny, Laurencetown, Ballinasloe, on the Eyrecourt to Ballinasloe Road.

    The woman was the sole occupant of the car, and was pronounced dead at scene.

    Her name has not yet been released.

    Her body was removed from the scene to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem examination.

    The road was closed for a time yesterday to facilitate a forensic collision examination.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them in Ballinasloe on 090 9631890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

  • Former RTE producer Kieran Creavan has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for child sex offences.

    The 55 year old Ballinasloe native pleaded guilty to two offences at Leeds Crown Court.

    He was caught by a pedophile hunting vigilante group in England in November of last year after grooming a fictitious 13 year old girl.

    He admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and attempting to cause a child to engage in kissing and cuddling.

    He was given bail in November and instructed to have no unsupervised access to children.

  • Patients and workers at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway have this morning been urged to check their EuroMillions tickets after Tuesday night’s EuroMillions draw produced another EuroMillions Plus top prize winner of €500,000 – the fifth win in Ireland so far this year.

    The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought yesterday at the Oasis Shop which caters for hospital patients, visitors and workers.

    Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe is an acute general and maternity Hospital. The catchment area includes patients residing in the East Galway, Roscommon, Midlands and Mid-Western areas.

    The winning EuroMillions Plus numbers are: 13, 15, 22, 25, 41.

    There was no winner of the Tuesday’s EuroMillions €115 million jackpot which means that Friday’s jackpot now rolls to a whopping €130 million.

  • Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has said the potential loss of 120 jobs at the US manufacturing company APTAR in Ballinasloe, County Galway would be a ‘devastating blow’ for the region.

    The plastics technology company has been based in the IDA business park in the town for the last 20 years. 

    They produce pump dispensing units for the perfume and cosmetic industry and are a subsidiary of a French manufacturing company. 

    Senator Murphy says he understands that workers were called to a meeting yesterday afternoon and informed of plans to wind up operations in September.

  • The future of the Irish beef industry is at a critical juncture, according to farmers who will stage a protest later.

    Prices in the sector are down at least 40 cent per kilogram since this time last year.

    The Beef Plan Movement says it will hold a peaceful protest at an Irish Farmers Journal meeting in Ballinsaloe, Co.Galway this evening.

    The event will be attended by the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

    Adam Woods from the Irish Farmers Journal is encouraging farmers to engage with the Minister and other speakers this evening.

    52,000 full-time jobs and more than 14,000 suckler farms will be lost from Ireland’s beef industry in the next 10 years unless something is done, a leading academic has warned in the Irish Farmers Journal.

    Ireland’s suckler herd is worth at least €2.9bn to the economy and accounts for the equivalent of 52,000 full-time jobs, UCD’s professor of agriculture and food economics Michael Wallace has calculated. But it faces the loss of 1,400 farms and more than 14,000 cows every year unless a strategy to protect it is put in place. “The suckler herd is a critical part of the agricultural industry in Ireland but its suffering a silent decline Mr Wallace told the Irish Farmers Journal ahead of the Beef Summit in Ballinasloe on tonight.

    In counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon alone, sucklers are worth €700m and 12,400 jobs, his analysis shows, while they are worth €450m and 7,800 jobs in the midlands.

    Sucklers in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan generate €445m in direct and indirect economic output and 8,600 jobs. Even the more dairy-dominated eastern and southern counties rely on sucklers for €835m and 15,600 jobs. Prof Wallace said agri-environmental supports for extensive suckler beef and a targeted headage payment for high quality beef genetics could be among the solutions to avert the decline facing the suckler herd. His analysis shows that the western, midlands and border counties are particularly reliant on the suckler herd, but its positive effect on the economy is felt nationwide. To demonstrate just how much the suckler cow provides for rural Ireland, the professor looked in detail at counties Galway and Leitrim

  • The increase in the proportion of women on Irish boards is welcome but still far too slow.

    That’s the view of Fine Gael General Election candidate in the Roscommon/Galway constituency Aisling Dolan.

    The Ballinasloe based councillor says the latest data from the Balance for Better Business Review Group shows the proportion of women on Irish boards has risen from 20.9% in March 2019 to 25.3% in September 2019.

    Cllr. Dolan says although this exceeds the target set for 2020, there needs to be more ambition as having gender balance at all levels of Irish business is vital.

  • There’s an urgent need to ramp up the HSE Covid response team to immediately deal with a crisis in staffing that can occur in a nursing home when more than 90 percent of residents and staff at a facility contract Covid 19.

    That’s the view of Ballinasloe based Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan

    The Director of Nursing at the Nightingale Nursing Home in Ahascragh, in East Galway, yesterday stated that they felt abandoned after a major Covid cluster was discovered in the nursing home earlier this week.

    26 of the 28 residents of the private nursing home have now tested positive for the virus and one person has died. More than 90 percent of staff at the home also contracted the virus, leading to a crisis in staffing.

    The HSE says today it is providing extra staff support to the nursing home but it’s believed that assistance is limited.

    Senator Aisling Dolan says private nursing homes need additional support during this pandemic.

  • Gardai in Co Galway have renewed their appeal for information in relation to a fatal road collision in Ballinasloe last Thursday, which claimed the life of two pedestrians.

    Deirdre Gilmartin and Maureen Dooley – who were both in their 50’s - were fatally injured while out walking on Station Road in the town on Thursday evening shortly before 6pm.

    The two friends were struck by a car which had collided with a second car.

    Deirdre Gilmartin was laid to rest at Creagh Cemetery on Monday while Maureen Dooley was laid to rest in the same cemetery yesterday.

    Gardai in Ballinasloe have today renewed their appeal for witnesses and are anxious to speak to anyone who may have travelled on the R358 at Station Road, Ballinsloe immediately prior to the collision, or to any person who may have witnessed the collision.

    The scene of the crash is close to Ballinasloe Train Station and would have been busy at the time.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Ballinasloe at 090- 96 31890.

  • Gardaí in Ballinasloe are appealing to the public for information following a shooting incident and criminal damage to a house in Brackernagh, Ballinasloe in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday)morning.

    The home owner was sitting in the front room of the house when she heard two loud bangs at approximately 3am.  There was extensive damage to the porch doors and front door of the house, and damage to a van that was parked in the driveway. 

    No one was injured during the incident.

    Investigating Gardaí want to speak to anybody who was in the vicinity of the Brackernagh, Ballinasloe between 2.30a.m. and 3a.m yesterday morning.

    Gardaí also wish to speak to any taxi drivers or other motorists who passed through or near the location and who may have dash cam footage to contact them at Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 - 9631890, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • A man died following a road collision in Ballinasloe yesterday evening.

    The fatal collision occurred at Kilclooney, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway at approximately 7pm.

    A male pedestrian in his 50s died when he was struck by a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body removed to University Hospital Galway. The driver of the car was uninjured.

    This stretch of road, known locally as ‘The Bog Road to Ahascragh’, is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are in place.

    Gardai are appealing to witnesses to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.



  • A man is due in court later this week charged in connection with the discovery of €9,000 worth of cocaine at a Garda checkpoint in Co Galway over the weekend.

    As part of Operation Fanacht, to ensure people are abiding by the Covid-19 restrictions, Gardai stopped a car near Ballinasloe on Sunday.

    Gardai found cocaine worth in the region of €9,000 and arrested a man in his early 20's.

    He was later charged and is due before Ballinasloe District Court later this week.



  • Over 1300 farmers are registered to attend the Irish Farmers Journal Beef Summit tomorrow evening in Ballinasloe.

    The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and representatives of Bord Bia, Teagasc and Meat Industry Ireland are among the speakers who will address the conference at the Shearwater Hotel, which gets underway at 7pm to discuss the future of the beef sector.

    The Beef Plan Movement will hold a protest outside the hotel, calling on factories and retailers to increase prices, so farmers can make a living.

    Farmers will also protest over plans by the Department of Agriculture to display herd numbers with reactor cattle on electronic boards at livestock marts  - that's according to Gerry Loftus, local election candidate in Castlebar.

    He says this means that cattle in this category will not be eligible for export - at a huge cost to farmers when the Department of Agriculture has failed to eradicate TB in this country.

  • The long-awaited independent review of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital will be published this evening in Ballinasloe.

    The review got underway after several women experienced adverse perinatal events at the Portiuncula maternity unit.

    Professor James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds chaired the Clinical Review Team, which was expected to conclude its report in 5 months, but it has taken three years to bring the review to the public.

    The findings will be revealed at a press briefing in Ballinasloe at 5.30 this evening.



  • Roscommon & District Football League Fixtures                                                                         

    Fri 20th, Sat 21st & Sun 22nd September 2019     

    Fixtures Friday 20th September 2019


    Premier Division

    Moore United


    Castlerea Celtic




    Kilkerrin United


    Ballymoe FC







    Fixtures Saturday 21st September 2019


    Premier Division

    Ballinasloe Town


    Shiven Rovers





    Second Division

    Boyle Celtic B


    St. Cuans






    Fixtures Sunday 22nd September 2019


    TP Brennan CFA Cup Round 1

    Cam Celtic


    Oughterard FC




    Manor United


    Moyne Villa




    Castlerea B


    Carrick Town




    CP Ajax


    Conn Rangers




    St Patricks FC


    Glen Celtic


    Galway officials

    Gort United


    Dysart FC


    Galway officials

    Athenry FC B


    Ballaghadereen FC


    Galway officials




    Premier Division

    St Peters FC


    Skyvalley Rovers




    St Johns AFC


    Moylough FC






    First Division

    Ahascragh United


    Roscommon United





    Second Division

    Skyvalley B


    Ballymoe B




    Ballaghadereen FC


    Moore B




    Cloonfad Utd. B


    St. Johns AFC B




    Roscommon Utd. B


    Ballinasloe Town B


  • A row has broken out among two election candidates in Roscommon-Galway over the future of services at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Independent candidate Denis Naughten claims the Saolta Hospital Group is planning to close the A& E and maternity services at Portiuncla Hospital and relocate them to a new hospital on the grounds of Merlin Park in Galway.

    Plans are being developed for a new model 4 hospital on the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital, which would provide 24 / 7 acute surgery, acute medicine and critical care for counties Galway and Roscommon.

    Deputy Naughten says that, in reality, this means all in-patient surgery for Galway and Roscommon will be carried out at the Merlin Park site, and both the emergency and maternity departments currently based at Portiuncla Hospital will be relocated to the Merlin Park site also.

    However, FG's candidate in Roscommon-Galway Aisling Dolan insists there is NO plan to transfer maternity or A&E services from Portiuncla Hospital elsewhere.

    Councillor Dolan has received confirmation from the Saolta Group that the long-term plan is for a new hospital on the Merlin Park site to meet future demand for services.

    Plans to progress a new Emergency Department at the University Hospital Galway site will continue also, with new Women's and Children's Units on the upper floors of the new building, which will allow the transfer of services in existing facilities on the UHG siteto this building.

    The Saolta group says these developments will have no impact on the services currently provided in Portiuncla and Roscommon University Hospitals.


  • A local Senator says she's contacted the Government about supports for the workers affected by job losses in County Galway.

    115 jobs are being lost in Ballinasloe after Aptar's decision to close its manufacturing facility.

    Senator Aisling Dolan is describing it as devastating news for the local community and says her heart goes out to all the workers.

    She says she's working with the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to bring more investment to the area.

  • Three men in their 20s were hospitalised after a stabbing in Co Galway yesterday evening.

    The assault took place at about 7pm in the Brackernagh area of Ballinasloe.

    All three men received stab wounds and were taken to Portiuncula Hospital for treatment.

    Two men remain in hospital, but their injuries are not life-threatening.

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested and is currently being detained in Ballinasloe Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnesses the assaults to contact them in Ballinasloe at 090 - 96 31890 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 - 666 - 111.


  • Gardai in Ballinasloe are appealing for witnesses to a two vehicle fatal collision that occurred at Station Road in the town at approximately 5.40pm yesterday evening.

    The collision, close to the railway station in Ballinasloe, claimed the lives of two female pedestrians.

    The women, both in their 50s, who were both neighbours  and friends and from the locality  were walking along the road when they were hit by a car that had collided with another car.

    Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Portiuncula Hospital where post mortem examinations are due to take place today.

    No one in the cars was injured.

    The names of the two friends have not yet been released.

    The road was closed while garda technical experts carried out an examination of the scene.

    Both well known walkers, the local community is said to be both stunned and deeply saddened by the tragedy.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.