Blackie Gavin

  • Castlebar based Fianna Fail Cllr. Blackie Gavin has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council this afternoon.

    Blackie succeeds Independent Cllr. Richard Finn from Claremorris.

    Cllr. Michael Loftus is the new Leas Cathaoirleach.

    In his first address as Cathaoirleach, Gavin said: “I want to work with all groups, organisations and individuals who are promoting our county. I complement all the voluntary groups who work hard to make Mayo a better place to live, work and visit. I look forward to meeting them all at events during the year and supporting them in every way possible.”


    Meanwhile, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton has been elected Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.

  • It’s disgraceful that you can’t get a doctor in the county town after 6 o’clock in the evening – that’s according to Castlebar-based Fianna Fail councillor Blackie Gavin.

    Councillor Gavin says people needing medical assistance have to pass a centre of excellence in Castlebar to travel 12 miles out of the county town to bring someone to see Westdoc in the evenings.

    He believes there should be a doctor based in the new primary care centre in Castlebar after 6pm in the evening, and says his council colleagues will raise this matter at the next meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

  • Trees in some areas of Castlebar are so overgrown, that they're almost growing into people's houses.


    That's according to the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Blackie Gavin.


    At this week's meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor Gavin again called on the local authority to cut back trees in the Lucan Street area and along the riverside walks.

  • Tributes were paid to Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of
    Mayo County Council, at a function in Castlebar Celtic clubhouse at
    the weekend.
    Cllr Gavin was presented with the Dr. John Kennedy , CBE, Irish
    Diaspora International Award in recognition of his 25 years service to
    the cause of the Diaspora.
    The award was presented in person by Dr. Kennedy, who had flown in
    from the UK , and who said it was an “ honour " to
    formally recognise all that Blackie Gavin has done for the emigrant
    Host for the evening was Kevin Bourke, who recalled that, twenty five
    years ago, he had first mentioned to Blackie Gavin his plans for
    reaching out to Irish emigrants, especially those who had fallen on
    hard times.
    The response, he said, was that Blackie would run the marathon in
    Dublin , where he raised the then substantial fund of € 5000 for the
    emigrant liaison project.
    Referring to the Cathaoirleach as a firm friend of diaspora down
    through the years, he said that Cllr, Gavin had never failed to support their efforts whenever help was needed.