• Ballinrobe Musical Society and the Mask Swim Challenge have donated €1,250 and €300 respectively to the campaign to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    This latest boost to the coffers means that local fund-raising in Ballinrobe has now passed €325,000.

    The Musical Society staged My Fair Lady this year and the €1,250 was a portion of their raffle takings for the week of the show. The Mask Swim Challenge is a popular local event among young and old and attracts a large crowd to Cahir Pier each year to cheer on the participants.

    The Town Hall committee is now trying to access public funds to propel the campaign to build the hall.

    The proposal is to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

    Anyone interested in supporting this major project should contact Chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 2588 615) or Secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 207 2307). 

  • Ballinrobe LGFA is one of 16 clubs selected to take part in a nationwide LGFA development programme.

    Club2Gether is an initiative which aims increase retention rates of young women in ladies football.

    The programme touches areas like volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also putting a two-year plan in place.

    Free training will now be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs and they will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.

  • A member of Ballinrobe Racquetball Club enjoyed a very successful World Senior Racquetball Championships in New Mexico recently.

    Joe Devenney from the club competed in the Over 45 Singles and Doubles.

    He took a gold medal in the doubles with his partner Roman Corrales and also a silver medal in the singles section.

  • Ballinrobe is one of seven towns that will receive capital funding under the 2018 Historic Towns Initiative.

    The Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has announced a total of 1 million euro to be shared among seven historic towns, including Ballinrobe.

    The scheme is operated by the Heritage Council, and the funding follows a competitive process where local authorities were invited to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area.


  • Ballinrobe Town Soccer Club U12 girls team are playing in the All Ireland Finals in AUL Complex in Dublin this Saturday the 19th October next representing Connacht at U12 stage.  The team is made up of Ballinrobe, Kilmaine and the Neale girls.

    Team includes,

    Shauna Burke, Kilmaine,

    Emily Jennings Ballinrobe,

    Maura Hughes the Neale,

    Elannah Keane Kilmaine,

    Aisling Walsh Kilmaine,

    Rhiana Moran Kilmaine

    Sophia McHale, Ballinrobe

    Kayla Ballinrobe

    Urusla Shaughnessy Ballinrobe

    Caoilinn O Brien Kilmaine,

    Emma Dowling Kilmaine,

    Ava Hession Kilmaine,

    Niamh, Ballinrobe

    Melanie Ballinrobe

    Charolotte Ballinrobe

    Ava Fitzpatrick Kilmaine.

  • A bench in memory of the late Corporal Fintan Heneghan will be unveiled in his native Ballinrobe on Friday March 15th ahead of the 30th anniversary of his death.

    Corporal Fintan Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on March 21, 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force in the Lebanon.

    They were killed when a landmine detonated in the ‘Green Rooms’ area of Lebanon, on a track that was not frequently used by peacekeeping personnel there.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan confirmed at this week’s Claremorris Municipal District meeting that the bench would be unveiled on Friday week at 2.30pm during the special ceremony in the town, which will be attended by the Defence Forces and various dignitaries.

  • The CCTV system in Ballinrobe is not being monitored at present because a Data Controller has not been appointed in the area.

    This was confirmed to local Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien by the Superintendent in Claremorrris recently.

    Because of stipulations under GDPR, the CCTV footage must be overseen by a Data Controller.

    Cllr O’Brien has called for a Data Controller to be put in place immediately, so that the CCTV is being utilised to its full potential.

  • The R331 Claremorris Road out of Ballinrobe is closed to traffic at present following a road collision this afternoon.

    Midwest News understands that a wheel came off a slurry tanker, which caused to tanker to shed a large amount of slurry onto the road. A gas line was also damaged in the incident.

    The clean-up will take some time and the road will remain closed for a period. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible and to expect delays.


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  • A Ballinrobe native, who died while on peacekeeping duty in the Lebanon, should be officially remembered on the 30th anniversary of his death.

    That’s according to Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan.

    Corporal Fintan Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on March 21, 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force in the Lebanon.

    They were killed when a landmine detonated in the ‘Green Rooms’ area of Lebanon, on a track that was not frequently used by peacekeeping personnel there.

    Cllr Ryan was speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District and said it would be only fitting that the local authority architects design a memorial to be placed in Ballinrobe and to plan a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of Corporal Heneghan’s death.

  • Cycling Connacht will hold a training day at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Saturday Feb 1st.

    Parents and their coaches should be in attendance with their youth riders.

    All cyclists should bring a bike in good working order, a fitted helmet and wear suitable clothing.

    The Ambulance track at the racecourse is sealed tarmac and is a perfect environment for youth training drills. 

    It is recommended that all participants should bring a 2nd set of clothing in case of poor weather. 

    A Cycling Ireland licence is required and if you don’t have one there will be one day licences available.

    Sign in from 9.30am to 10am.


    Please park outside 

    • Skills, techniques, and tactics practice from 10-12noon
    • Bike fitting and Maintenance 12-1pm 
    • Future 2020 Cycling Connacht youth developments 1-1.30PM (Coaches and Parents need to be in attendance )

    Finish 2pm

    For more information contact Cycling Connacht youth rep Padraic Quinn 0872537653

  • The search for a missing fisherman on Lough Mask has been stood down for this evening due to poor weather conditions.

    The man who is aged in his 70’s and from the locality left from the Ballinrobe side of the lake at about noon on Friday, and the alarm was raised when he failed to return.

    The man’s boat was found on Saturday in the Aughnis area of the lake and that is where the search focused on today.

    The search effort on the lake was hampered by poor weather conditions over the weekend.

    Extensive shoreline searches have been carried out in recent days.

    Local volunteers assisted Gardaí in today’s operation.

    The Garda Water Unit will return to the water tomorrow morning in efforts to locate the missing man.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.

  • A draft Public Realm Plan has been approved for the town of Ballinrobe and its environs.

    The collaborative plan was compiled by Paul Hogart Consultants working with local people and Mayo County Council.

    Ballinrobe is described as having a vibrant community located in a Heritage rich town.

    The draft plan was approved by Councillors at this week’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

  • Due to high winds, yesterday’s World cup brown trout angling competition on Lough Mask was cancelled until Saturday week. August 17th.

    A decision to cancel the international event was taken yesterday morning in light of the weather forecast, with fishing to take place on the open lake, it was decided for the safety of all to cancel yesterday’s final competition, and the event will now take place on Saturday week, starting at 11am.

    All who had qualified for the final will be issued with new tickets for the final on the new date of Aug 17th.

  • Former Mayo County Councillor Michael Burke has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Claremorris electoral area to contest the local elections next month.

    Michael will be contesting in the Ballinrobe town and South Mayo area to try and win back a seat for the party in the area.

    Michael says he is well aware of the needs and challenges the area faces and is willing to do his very best to serve this community as he has done so in the past. He says Ballinrobe is the largest town in Mayo without a resident councillor and he feels the area is suffering without one.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the man who died while fishing on Lough Mask.

    The body of Sean Maloney of Church View, Ballinrobe was recovered on Saturday after an extensive search when he failed to return to shore after going out on the lake in early march.

    Sean’s remains will repose at Cummins Funeral Home, Ballinrobe on Wednesday evening from 5.30-7.30pm.

    His funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 12 noon in St Mary’s Church with interment to Shannon crematorium afterwards.


  • Gardai are again advising the public to be wary of suspicious phone calls.
    A woman in the Ballinrobe area was contacted by phone this morning by an individual claiming to be from the Irish Revenue and Customs office. The woman was asked for her bank details.
    She did not provide the information and reported it to gardai in Ballinrobe. The phone number prefix was 051. Gardai say they immediately reported the incident to Revenue who confirmed it was not from them, and they added that on their Revenue Website there is a clear warning to the public to be wary of potential scams.
    More at 1pm

  • Gardai are seeking witnesses following an incident outside a house in Ballinrobe last night.

    The incident took place at a house on New Street at about 10pm.

    Gardai are asking anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area between 9.30 and 11pm to come forward.

    Also anyone who may have dash-cam footage is asked to contact Claremorris Garda Station at 094 - 93 72080.


  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.