• A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project in Belmullet. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo, by 2022. The project is led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) working in partnership with SEAI, SAIPEM and other organisations in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.

    Funding for the project has been secured from Interreg North West Europe to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind. The project will demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of a floating offshore wind technology. It will also support the development of an active supply chain in the region which has some of the strongest wind and ocean resources in the world. The project is known as AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) and is the first project of its kind at such scale to draw on expertise from right across Europe.

    The news has been welcomed by Mayo County Council, as a statement says today that the local authority has worked tirelessly alongside the SEAI over the past three years to ensure this project received the green light and funding.

    CEO of Mayo County Council Peter Hynes says the council is delighted with this project and it places Mayo at the heart of the renewable energy industry and offers huge opportunities for the development of supply chain and supporting industries to develop and flourish in the county,

  • 18,000 euro has today been allocated to Belmullet GAA Club for the installation of a fence and the purchase of nets.

    The funding from the dept of the Gaeltacht and the Islands, has been announced today by the Minister for Rural affairs Michael Ring

    The Minister describes Belmullet GAA Club as a fantastic club with over 400 members, 2 playing pitches, and 4 changing rooms. It serves eight primary schools and two secondary schools and its facilities are used by other clubs in the area for training.

  • Sixty three candidates will contest the local elections in Mayo across six new electoral areas  - only 10 of the candidates are female.

    These are the contenders:

    Ballina Electoral Area (6 seats) – 12 candidates


    Michael Loftus FF      

    Eamon Moore FF      

    Annie May Reape FF            

    Kieran Gill FG

    Aileen Horkan FG

    John O'Hara FG                    

    Jarlath Munnelly FG              

    Michael Regan SF                 

    Tracey Smyth SD                  

    Mark Duffy Ind                                  

    Willie Nolan Ind                      

    Seamus Weir Ind                   


    Belmullet Electoral Area (3 seats) – 6 candidates

     Gerry Coyle FG         

    Breege GrealiS FG    

    Paul McNamara FF   

    Sean Carey FF          

    Teresa Whelan SF     

    Jay Heneghan    Ind     



    Castlebar Electoral Area (7 seats) – 17 candidates

     Al McDonnell FF       

    Blackie Gavin FF     

    Martin McLoughlin FF           

    Cyril Burke FG                  

    Ger Deere FG          

    Eugene McCormack FG       

    Donna Sheridan FG            

    Joe McHale SF                  

    Joe Daly PBP           

    Michael Farrington  Renua  

    Kamal Uddin  Lab

    Harry Barrett Ind              

    Michael Kilcoyne Ind          

    Anthony Vesey Ind

    Gerry Loftus Ind

    Des Walsh Ind

    Aidan Crowley Ind

    Claremorris Electoral Area (6 seats) – 10 Candidates

     Patsy O'Brien FG      

    John Cribbin FG        

    Tom Connolly FG

    Michael Burke FG

    Damian Ryan FF       

     Michael Carty FF      

    Natasha Warde SF    

    Mags Sheehan GP    

    Richard Finn Ind        

    Paul Lawless Aontu   

    Swinford Electoral Area (4 seat) – 7 candidates

    John Caulfield FF      

    Michael Smyth FF     

    Neil Cruise FG           

    Tom Lavin FG            

    Gerry Murray SF       

    Tom Horan Aontu      

    Sean Forkin Ind         

    Westport Electoral Area (4 seats)- 11 candidates

     Peter Flynn FG          

     Austin Francis O'Malley FG

    Tereasa McGuire FG

    Chris Maxwell FF       

    Brendan Mulroy FF    

    Cissy Nayiga GP

    Christy Hyland Ind   

    Johnny O'Malley Ind

    Darragh McGee Ind

    Frank McAlonan Ind

    Shane Fitzgerald Ind


  • A Canadian man, whose houseboat washed ashore near Belmullet three years ago, has been located in Vancouver. 

    The solar powered enabled craft washed up on Drum Beach in 2016.

    It has emerged that the man responsible for building the boat, Rick Small, lives in Western Canada.

    He told Canadian TV he built the boat to raise awareness of climate change and had planned to sail from Newfoundland around the Arctic in it. 

    But when he could not secure the right motor to assist with the voyage, he gave the boat away. 

    It appears to have come loose from its moorings and was then washed all the way across the Atlantic, over a few months in 2016. 

    Mr Small said he was surprised to see it had made it to Ireland relatively intact.  

    The 10 metre long vessel was made with driftwood and had sheets of polystyrene fitted to its hull, to assist with floatation. 

    After it was taken from the sea by Mayo County Council, it was moved inland and repair work was carried out on it in the months that followed. 

    The vessel has been rebuilt by Michael S. Togher to what he thought it looked like when it left Newfoundland.

    A biodiversity garden has been built in the village of Binghamstown and the houseboat is the centrepiece of the garden.

    Michael S told Midwest News today that overall it’s an extraordinary story.

  • Irish Water is advising the public of a number of burst water mains in the region today.

    Repairs to a burst water main in Cashel, Achill is causing supply disruptions.

    It is expected that full supply should be restored by 5pm this evening.

    Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Bangor Erris, Keenagh, Bellacorick, Belmullet and surrounding areas today.

    A traffic management plan is also in place for the duration of these works.

    Works are scheduled to run until 3pm today.

    Also,repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Ballyheane, Castlebar and surrounding areas.

    Works have an estimated completion time of 1pm today but supply may take up to three hours to fully return to all affected properties.

  • Aldi has been granted planning permission for a new store in Belmullet.

    Mayo County Council has given the green light for the construction of a new store on Tallagh Road, Belmullet which will create about 20 new jobs.

    A spokesperson for Aldi said the new store will be powered by 100% green electricity , with 99 free car parking spaces for customers.

    Aldi already has stores in Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballinrobe.



  • Cash will be available all day at both the Belmullet and Westport branches of the Bank of Ireland from Monday next.

    A recent decision, had left customers in both areas unable to access cash after 12.30pm each day, with signs in the Belnullet branch advising customers who required cash transactions to travel to either Ballina or Castlebar after that time.

     Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle has campaigned to have the full service restored to the Belmullet branch. He described the restricted cash times as ludicrous and accused the Bank’s Head Office of failing to understand the distance a customer would have to travel to access a branch in Castlebar or Ballina.

    He  told Midwest News today that he’s delighted that as of Monday next, the bank has agreed to allow cash transactions 5 days a week throughout the working day in both branches.

  • An Post has confirmed a number of changes taking place at post offices across Co Mayo - as part of the transformation of the national post office network.

    This includes the opening of a new post office in Belmullet next Monday.


     A number of post offices are on the move across Co Mayo, as An Post continues its plan of closing some offices and moving them into nearby business premises.

    A new post office will open in Belmullet next Monday 25th February.

    The new office will be co-located in the Centra store on Main Street - a short distance from the old post office - and the postmaster is Joseph Cuffe - proprietor of the Centra store.

    On the same day, 5 postal staff in Belmullet, 3 in Glenamoy and one each in Geesala, Carrowteigue and Bangor Erris will relocate to Barnatra, where they will operate from a new mail hub for the area.

    An Post says this will not affect local mail services.

    Also, in the coming months, the post office in Swinford is to be located at Kennedy's Spar, while in Kiltimagh, the post office will co-locate with Londis on Main Street.

    And in Ballyhaunis, An Post has readvertised the contract to provide post office services.

    Midwest News understands a local business has turned down the opportunity, and it's now open for applications.

    The company says the Ballyhaunis Post Office will remain at its current location until that process is complete.

  • Locals in Belmullet have been voicing their anger and disappointment at the state the Tidal Pool was left in after Bank Holiday Monday.

    Images emerged on social media which showed broken beer bottles, big bags of empty cans and cardboard boxes, plastic rubbish, towels and underwear left after a group at the Belmullet Tidal Pool.

    This occurred just hours after a major clean-up operation by the committee who say they are very disappointed with the actions of some.

    Michelle Healy of the Belmullet Tidal Pool Committee says it's a fantastic amenity to have in the area and is reminding people that there should be no alcohol consumed at the pool.

  • The Bank of Ireland ATM in Belmullet is fixed and back in service this evening.

    A number of listeners to Midwest News expressed their frustration with the service out of action for a number of days.

    A spokesperson from Bank of Ireland has contacted Midwest News this evening to say that engineers have been working for a number of days to restore the external ATM at the Bank of Ireland Belmullet branch to service.

    A resolution has now been found, the ATM is fully operational and is working as normal.

    Bank of Ireland have apologised for any inconvenience caused while it was out of service.

  • Belmullet native, businessman Steve Togher is based in Hong Cong where he runs a very successful construction company.

    He says Hong Kong is a great place to do business, despite the months of massive protests on the streets of the city.

    The protests were triggered, earlier this year, by a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, where the Communist party controls the courts, but the rallies have since evolved into a broader pro-democracy movement.

    The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, said yesterday she will “immediately” set up a platform for dialogue with citizens and tackle complaints against the police, after a weekend of peaceful protests that she hoped would be the start of a return to calm.

    Her offer has been dismissed by activists, however, as “a trap”.

    Steve told Midwest Radio’s Tommy Marren today that for the most part he’s not witnessing the protests/ mass rallies, as they usually take place well outside the city centre.

  • The annual Belmullet Christmas market and festival of lights gets underway this afternoon.

    The festivities will be up and running by two o'clock with up to 24 stalls to browse along the market until six o'clock this evening.

    Silver world karate medallist Aoibheann Monaghan will turn on the Christmas lights at 5 o'clock.

    Damien Langan from the Erris chamber of commerce in Belmullet says it promises to be a great day for all the family.

  • Belmullet Electoral Area Final Tally results

    Carey Sean - Fianna Fail 1599
    Coyle Gerry - Fine Gael 1798
    Grealis Breege - Fine Gael 639
    Heneghan Jay - Non-Party 225
    McNamara Paul - Fianna Fail 1693
    Whelan Teresa - Sinn Fein 1087

  • Temperatures could reach 28 degrees in some places today.

    Met Eireann says it's expected to be the hottest day of the year, and the warm weather will continue into the weekend.

    Belmullet and Mount Dillon in Roscommon are the hottest spots so far today - both registering 23 degrees at 12 noon, while it's 22 degrees in Claremorris and 21 at Knock Airport.

  • Chris Barrett says he feels "incredibly privileged" to have donned the green and red of Mayo.

    The corner-back has called time on his inter-county career after 13 years on the panel.

    During that time, he won seven Connacht titles and an Allianz National league title.

    He made a total of 85 appearances between league and championship, won an all-star in 2017 and represented Ireland that same year in the International rules series.

    Barrett is the fifth player in recent weeks to retire from the Mayo panel.

    The 33-year old was today nominated for an All-Star, alongside eleven of his Mayo teammates.

    Belmullet GAA Chairman Pat Cowman says Chris has given years of service to Belmullet and Mayo describing him as an outstanding sportsman who just used to get on with his football.


  • Gardai in Belmullet are appealing for assistance in tracing a 16-year-old boy missing since Tuesday.

    Paddy McDonagh was last seen at around 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening in the Belderrig area.

    He's described as 5 foot 11 in height, of slight build and with blue eyes and short brown hair.

    When last seen, Paddy was wearing a grey or green padded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe.

    Anyone who's seen him or can help finding him is asked to contact Gardai in Belmullet at 097 – 81910.


  • Gardai in Belmullet are appealing for witnesses, following an incident of criminal damage to a Defibrillator in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    The incident occurred on Barrack Street in the town sometime between 2.30 and 8am on Monday morning.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Belmullet at 097 - 81910.



  • Belmullet Gardai have issued a warning about scam calls being received in the area today.

    A number of people in the Erris region have reported receiving calls from an 087 number.

    The caller purports to be from the local Garda station, and says they're calling in relation to a problem with the recipient's PPS number.

    Belmullet Gardai are advising people to be on alert for these scams, and not to engage with the caller.

    It comes amid growing numbers of scam calls and emails being reported across the region over recent weeks.


    The number of people sick and dying due to Covid-19 in the Belmullet local electoral area is "immense", according to one GP.

    Latest data shows the area in county Mayo has the highest 14-day incidence rate in the country for the second week in a row, with one in 18 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the past fortnight.

    Dr. Keith Swanick says the situation is still very serious in the Erris area and is calling for people to double down on their efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

    He says his workload has increased significantly in recent days as his colleague Dr. Fergal Ruane has contracted the virus and now is unable to work.

    Dr Keith Swanick says the past few weeks have been horrendous in the Erris area and is calling for people to think twice and make the effort.


  • A 76 year-old man who sexually molested seven girls aged between 7 and 12 over a seven year period was sentenced to a total of three years in prison at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court today .

    Patrick Reilly, Shanaghy, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, was described by one of his victims, in victim impact statements read to the court, as “an evil monster who destroyed my childhood”.

    Judge Sean O’Donnabhain lifted reporting restrictions to allow for the publication in the media of the name of the accused.

    However, he barred publication of the victims’ names or any details of the court case which might lead to the identification of any of the victims.