Belmullet

  • The Mayo Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta finals take place in Belmullet this weekend.

    On Saturday the Junior semi-finals get underway at 2pm where Cill Chomain clash with Ballycroy who are competing in their first year of the competition.

    At 3.30 Achill take on Tourmakeady.

    The Junior final will then take place on Sunday along with the Senior Final.

    The Senior final sees hosts Belmullet face Kiltane.

  • A Mayo Senator has called for the Life Saving Equipment Bill to be brought back before the Seanad, so that the final stage can pass the Seanad and then the Dail.

    Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick drew up the Bill last year and it proposes to introduce hefty fines and custodial sentences for people convicted of destroying life saving equipment, like defibrillators, life buoys, life rings etc.

    It has passed the second stage in the Seanad and earlier Senator Swanick asked the Leader of the Seanad Jerry Buttimer to reintroduce it so that it can be progressed.

    Senator Buttimer committed to bringing it back as a priority and Senator Swanick is hopeful it pass through the Seanad before the Summer recess.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News this evening that this a vital piece of legislation.

  • A Mayo Senator and GP says it’s outrageous that the majority of student nurses graduating next month, in Mayo and Galway, are not being offered jobs at Mayo University Hospital or Galway University Hospital.

    This is despite a commitment by the Health Minister Simon Harris some months ago promising that all nurses graduating in Ireland this year, would be offered a position.

    Fianna Fail Senator, Belmullet-based GP, Dr Keith Swanick has called on Minister Harris to clarify the situation, in the midst of the biggest recruitment and retention crisis in the HSE.

    His comments come as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation revealed (yesterday) that there are more than 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts vacant in Ireland's acute hospitals, because of a ban on recruitment.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest Radio News that it makes no sense for the HSE to employ agency staff rather than permanent nurses who have been trained in Ireland.

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    Irish woman Sinead Diver has finished 7th in the London Marathon.

    The Belmullet native improved on her personal best with a time of 2 hours 24 minutes and 11 seconds.

    She now qualifies for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, where she will represent Australia.

     

     

     

  • The Irish Wheelchair Association has won another national award for the independent-living houses in Belmullet.

    The Chartered Institute of Housing hosted its annual awards ceremony in Belfast recently, to recognise outstanding achievement in all aspects of housing.

    There were eight categories, and An Fraoch - the independent-living houses in Belmullet developed by the IWA -  won the CIH 2020 award in excellence in the Health and Wellbeing section.

    The flagship housing project in Erris enables wheelchair users to live independently in their own homes, and the development was already recognised as best "Housing for People with Disabilities" at the ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards last September.

     

     

  • The new and long awaited  sewerage scheme for Belmullet will be officially opened this morning at 11am in Belmullet by the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring, together with the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin.

    The event marks the completion of a 9 million euro investment by Irish Water and Mayo county council in the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in the town.

    Before this plant was completed, Belmullet was one of 44 locations nationally where wastewater / raw sewerage was being discharged into the environment untreated.

    The new wastewater treatment plant is located on the Toorglas road in the town and will serve a population of 2,500.

     Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle told Midwest News that  today sees the delivery of a long sought after, vital piece of infrastructure for Belmullet and added that it is a great day for the area.

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    Belmullet is experiencing severe flooding today as Storm Callum continues.

    The orange weather alert has been extended to 5pm this evening for counties Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Clare.

    Gardai in Belmullet say a number of roads in the Erris region which were impassable earlier have now fully reopened.

    Extensive flooding occurred again at Carraholly, Westport, at the bridge in high tide this morning.

    Local councillor Christy Hyland told Midwest News that the community of Carrowholly are living in fear, and for five years now Mayo county council and the OPW are still "discussing" solutions.

    The high tide caused some damage at Dooagh, Achill early this morning and telephone services on the island were affected.

    There is widespread disruption to electricity supply across the county today as a result of the storm.

    Trees came down in various locations right across the region throughout last night and this morning.

    The emergency services , gardai and Mayo County Council have been busy clearing the roads.

    A tree on the rail line delayed the Ballina to Manulla train for about 15 mins earlier this morning.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Power has been restored to 1500 homes in the Belmullet area.

    The supply went down in at 8:17 this morning according to the ESB.

    It was caused by a low voltage section of line according to the ESB.

    Crews restored power fully to the area around 9 o'clock.

  • A preliminary inquest into the death of the crew of rescue helictoper 116 off the north Mayo coast, which was due to be held tomorrow in Belmullet, has been postponed due to weather conditions.

    The Coroner in North Mayo Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald has confirmed that the inquest has been postponed, and a new date will be announced later.

    The inquest was due to get underway in Belmullet courthouse, following the deaths of the four crew members of Coast Guard helicopter 116, which crashed into Blackrock Island off Blacksod Bay on 14th March last.

    The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy were recovered but their colleagues Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith have never been found, despite extensive searches.

     

     

     

     

  • A preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of the four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew has opened today in Belmullet.

    The inquests into the deaths of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith were due to open in Belmullet in early March, but were postponed due to bad weather conditions.

    The four crew members died when their Sikorsky helicopter crashed at Blackrock island, off the north Mayo coast, in the early hours of March 14th last year.

    The bodies of Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have not been recovered, in spite of extensive air, sea and shore searches.

     

  • A preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of the four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew opened earlier today in Belmullet and has been adjourned.

    The inquests into the deaths of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy, and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith were due to open in Belmullet in early March, but were postponed due to bad weather conditions.

    The four crew members died when their Coast Guard helicopter crashed at Blackrock island, off the north Mayo coast, in the early hours of March 14th last year.

    At today’s inquest, it was confirmed that Captain Dara Fitzpatrick died by drowning in the early hours of 14th March 2017, prior to arriving at Mayo University Hospital.

    The body of Captain Mark Duffy was found 12 days later, still in the helicopter, and he died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash.

    The bodies of Mr Ormsby and Mr Smith have not been recovered, in spite of extensive air, sea and shore searches, but at today’s inquest, they were officially declared dead, with cause of death “lost at sea”.

    The coroner for north Mayo Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald adjourned the inquests to allow investigations by the Gardai and the Health & Safety Authority to continue, while a separate investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Unit is also continuing.

     

     

  • There is a public meeting tonight (Monday) in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet regarding the recent storm damage in Erris caused by Storm Callum.

    The meeting gets underway this evening at 7pm.

  • Gardaí in Belmullet are renewing their appeal for missing teenager, Paddy McDonagh, aged 16, who is missing from Belderrig, Ballina since the 3rd April.

     Paddy was last seen on Tuesday the 3rd of April 2018 in Belderrig, at approximately 7pm. He is described as being of slight build and 5’11’’ in height. He has blue eyes and short brown hair. When last seen he was wearing a grey/green padded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe.

    Anyone who has seen Paddy or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Belmullet Garda Station on 097 81910, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

  • 2020 looks to be another exciting year for Sinead Diver as she joins thousands of athletes worldwide preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.

    Based in Melbourne, the Belmullet native and Mayo Athletic Club member and is focusing on gaining qualification for the Australian women’s marathon team.

    She currently heads the list of qualifiers.

    The London Marathon organisers have announced the elite fields for this year’s event which takes place on Sunday April 26.

    Sinéad is the only non-African among the top ten elite women who will compete. Last year she finished 7th there in a personal best time of 2:24.11.

    In November she finished 5th and first non-African in the New York City marathon in 2:26.23 over what is one of the toughest of all the big city courses.

    Like many athletes Sinéad’s training at her Melbourne Track Club base has been disrupted by the effects of smoke from the devastating wildfires disaster. The effects of disaster on air quality has been well documented by Sonia O’Sullivan in her recent column in the Irish Times. 

    Sinead says that “training is going well although it’s a bit difficult some days with the smoke.”

    Brigid Kosgei (Kenya) winner of 2019 London Marathon will be defending her title. She won the 2018 and 2019 Chicago Marathons and is the current marathon world record holder for women running in a mixed-sex race, with a time of 2:14:04.

    The London marathon men’s race looks set to be exciting with the announcement that Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) is among those to challenge last year’s winner Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.

    Bekele ran the second fastest marathon time in history in Berlin in September, two seconds shy of Kipchoge’s official world record of 2:01.39.

    The pair have met four times over 26.2 miles, with Kipchoge winning all four races. However Bekele has the better head-to-head record across all distances and surfaces.

  • Belmullet native Sinead Diver came 5th in the women's New York City Marathon today.

    She ran it in a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 23 seconds.

    The 42-year-old has already qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympic games where she will represent Australia.

  • A Status Orange wind warning for counties Mayo, Donegal and Galway is in place this morning while the rest of the country is under a yellow wind warning as storm Erik hits our shores with damaging wind gusts expected of up to 130kmh.

    Met Eireann is warning that parts of the country will face a "potentially disruptive period of weather".

    The Status Orange warning is in place until 1pm today.

    The yellow warning is valid until 6am on Saturday.

    South-west to west winds will reach average speeds of 65kmh to 80kmh, with some severe or damaging gusts of 110kmh to 130kmh.

    Mayo County Council is advising that the Belmullet to Blacksod road (R313) is closed at Bundolla due to the high tide and will reopen when the tide recedes.

    The Shore Road in Belmullet is also closed and will reopen when the tide recedes.

    Galway city council has closed the Prom in Salthill this morning because of flooding due to high tides.

    The Prom has been closed from Leisureland to Grattan Road as a result.

     

     

    The Coast Guard has asked the public to "heed the warnings and take appropriate action". It is is asking users of smaller vessels to pay particular attention to the weather warnings and for the general public to be mindful of the risks on exposed areas - in particular piers, walkways and cliff areas.

    The National Parks and Wildlife Service has advised the following facilities will be closed today: Connemara National Park, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Derryclare Nature Reserve, Old Head Nature Reserve, Laughil Wood, near Pontoon and Knochma Wood, near Tuam.

  • Mayo County Council has told Midwest News that the R313 Regional Road from Blacksod to Belmullet will remain closed for the duration of today.

     

    The extended closure time is as a result of damage which appears to have been caused to a section of the road as a result of the storm.

     

    In the interest of public safety, the road will remain closed with local diversions in place, until such time as this damage can be fully assessed.

     

    It is anticipated that one lane of the road will open for public use tomorrow.

  • Three Mayo Clubs are in action this weekend in the Connacht Championship.

    The Connacht Council have confirmed to Midwest Sport this lunchtime that Both Balla and Belmullet will play their respective games on Saturday at 1.30 with the venues to be confirmed today.

    Balla will take on the Sligo champions Easkey, while Belmullet face Galway’s An Spiddeal.

    On Sunday afternoon at 1.30 in Carrick-on-Shannon Ballintubber will play Aughawillan of Leitrim in the Connacht Senior Semi-Final.

  • The former Garda Superintendent for the Belmullet division Tony Healy has been transferred to the Roscommon / Longford Garda division, and promoted to Chief Superintendent.

    The Garda press office has confirmed to Midwest News that Chief Superintendent Healy was transferred last week to begin his new role, and is based at the Divisional Headquarters in Roscommon Town.

    It’s not yet known who will replace him in Belmullet.

    Mr Healy was one of the senior Gardai involved in the investigation into the tragic crash of Rescue helicopter 116 off Blacksod in March last year.

     

  • A  new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way, and a storage solution for boots are the businesses developed by Transition Year students from Achill and Belmullet, who are aiming to reach a European entrepreneurial final.

    The students from Colaiste Pobail in Achill and Colaiste Naomh Bhreandáin in Belmullet are making final preparations from the All-Ireland Final of Udarás na Gaeltachta's Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition, which takes place in Furbo, Galway next month.

     

    Eight student mini-companies from Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Cork and Kerry will battle it out for honours over the 2-day national final on 2/3 April in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo.

    The two student enterprises by the TY students in Achill and Belmullet - a new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way and a storage solution for boots - recently took joint honours at the Mayo regional final of the competition, and are hoping to impress the judges in Galway.

    The winners of this year's National Final will represent Ireland at the Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition which takes place in France in June.

    This is the first time winners of the Udaras competition will have the opportunity to take part in the European level of the competition.

    The TY students will also showcase their projects at NUI Galway.

    St Brendan's College Belmullet is represented by Mairtín Ó'Conaire and Pádraig Ó'Gacháin, who developed their storage solution for boots called Cró Buataisí P&M, while Coláíste Pobail Acla is represented by four TY students - Molly Nic Meanmáin, Caoimhe Ní Ghallolaigh Mcnamara, Saran ni Ghallolaigh and Tara Ni Chaoimh who developed the board game Cluiche Bord an Atlantaigh.

    The Udarás Clár na gComhlachtaí programme is a hands-on business learning experience, taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in the Gaeltacht regions.