• In the Intermediate final Ballyhaunis saw off Burrishoole to take another step closer to promotion to the senior championship.

    Keith Higgins anchored the team in defence and Eamonn Philips and co. did the damage up front.

    Ballyhaunis manager Seamus Caulfield was ecstatic with his team’s application to the game plan.


  • The All Ireland Schools Combined Athletics were held yesterday in AIT Athlone. Athletes competed in high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and an 800mtr. Ballyhaunis Community School was represented by Niamh O Neill and she finished 2nd. In doing so she was selected on the Irish School girls team and will travel to Scotland in November for an International. Niamh will be joined by Chloe Casey from Loughrea. These are the only Connacht athletes to be selected.

  • Mayo’s Carlagh Mullarney and Roscommon’s Shakira McCrudden have both won bronze medals in the European boxing championships in Georgia.

    The 12-year-olds from Ballyhaunis boxing club and Riverside Boxing club Ballinlough both won bronze with Mullarney losing out on silver by split decision to Sophie Harker of England.

    Mullarney will return to the square in Ballyhaunis at 2:30 today for her homecoming and McCrudden will arrive in Ballinlough’s Clubhouse at 2 o’clock.



    Ballintubber       1-14 v 1-11        Ballaghaderreen


    Ballyhaunis        1-11 v 1-12        The Neale


    Balla     1-6 v 1-11         Béal an Mhuirthead

    Crossmolina Deel Rovers 2-13 v 0-9         Islandeady

    Kilmaine            4-17 v 3-8         Louisburgh

    Burrishoole        0-10 v 1-13        Bohola Moy Davitts


    Cill Chomain      0-1 v 0-0           Eastern Gaels


    Breaffy  3-13 v 2-9         Moygownagh



    Eastern Gaels     0-12 v 1-7         Carras


    Ballaghaderreen            1-13 v 1-4         Ballintubber


    Tuairín  5-11 v 1-11        Caiseal Gaels

  • Mayo Sanctuary Runners will begin an eight week 5k running programme tonight in Ballyhaunis.

    The Couch to 5k run will commence from the Park in Ballyhaunis at eight o’clock this evening and every Thursday evening for the coming weeks.

    The purpose of the initiative is to bring local communities and people in Direct Provision centres together through the medium of sport.

    The Direct provision centre in Ballyhaunis is home to some 245 residents and is the fifth largest in Ireland.

    Founder of Sanctuary Runners Ireland, Graham Clifford, says the run allows Irish people to run in solidarity with Direct Provision communities.

  • Ballyhaunis is a positive example of a rural town that has “embraced diversity,” according to the Minister of State for immigration and integration David Stanton.

    Yesterday, Mr Stanton and Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring attended an integration event in the town.

    The event heard from speakers such as former Cork senior hurler and footballer Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and was organised by the Department of Justice and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Ballyhaunis was found to be the most diverse town in the country in the 2016 Census, with migrants from 20 different ethnicities making up more than half of the population.

  • A paediatrician has told the trial of a Mayo man accused of murdering his sixth month old baby son, that a child of that age cannot form a 'wad' of tissue with his hands.

    40 year old John Tighe of Lavallyroe, Ballyhaunis denies murdering his baby son Joshua in June 2013 by placing tissue in his mouth.

    The court has heard that an object, comprising of two pieces of tissue, was taken from the baby's mouth during a post mortem examination.

    At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Dr Hilary Stokes, a paediatrician based in Mayo , said babies aged 6 months can crudely grasp objects, but could not compress the tissues and fashion it into a ''wad'' as they’re limited by their hand skills.

    She also said it's not possible for a six month old to chew the tissue into such a shape.

    Ms Stokes added that nobody would try and swallow something like that in one go, and a child would have brought it back up immediately.

    Dr Stokes will be cross examined by counsel for the defence today in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine women and three men.



    A spate of break-ins occurred across county Mayo over the weekend.

     Gardai are investigating 8 separate incidents that occurred in the Claremorris/ Ballyhaunis/ Ballindine area, and 4 further burglaries in the Castlebar area.

    The thieves gained entry by forcing back windows or doors in the Castlebar break-ins.

    Two neighbouring houses were ransacked in Rathbawn Drive in Castlebar between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday.

    In one case nothing was taken, in the other cash and jewellery were taken.

    A house in Knockaphunta Park was also broken into over the weekend and another at the Curragh, Castlebar.

    Up to 8 incidents were reported across east Mayo on Friday evening  with burglaries in Claremorris, Ballindine and Ballyhaunis.

    Two cars were broken into at Robeen.

    Gardai in Castlebar and Claremorris are investigating the incidents.

  • The Neale await Ballyhaunis in the intermediate decider after they overcame Louisburgh in an extra-time thriller on Saturday.

    The South Mayo men have traversed their way up from the junior grade in recent seasons and now are on the cusp of making the senior grade for the first time in their history.

    Neale star Aidan O’Sullivan thinks the young team’s fitness shaded for them in this encounter.