• It's a big evening for Bohola's John Mountney who is part of the Dundalk side in action at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal later in the Europa League.

    It's an 8pm start tonight for Dundalk's glamour tie against Arsenal in Group B.

    David Luiz will be injured for the Gunners.

  • The speed limit on the main road between Kiltimagh and Bohola should immediately be raised to 100kmh. That's the view of Fianna Fail councillor John Caulfield. He claims the state is frequently using speed cameras  on the 80kmh good stretch of road and using it as a cash cow, imposing penalties on ordinary people driving to work, and he has described it as "shooting fish in a barrel".

    Cllr Caulfield raised the matter at this week's Claremorris Municipal District Meeting and he argued that tax payers money had been used to upgrade this road and now the same taxpayers end up getting speed fines for using it at a reasonable speed, considering the standard of the road.

  • If Mayo County Council has the resources to remove roadside memorials, than it should have the staff to inspect private housing developments while they are under construction.

    That’s the view of Ballina Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

    Councillor Ginty says the local authority will say it hasn’t the staff required to inspect each stage of construction of a private housing development, yet it had the staff needed to remove a roadside memorial in Bohola, along the N5 last week.

    At this month’s meeting of Ballina Municipal District the number of unfinished private housing estates in the Ballina Municipal District area, not taken in charge of by Mayo County Council dominated discussion.

    Councillor Ginty again proposed that at national level, to avoid unfinished estates in the future, that a percentage of the price of any house in an estate should be retained by the buyer’s solicitor, and would not be released to the developer of the estate until the estate was completed and taken in charge of by the local authority.

    This lunchtime he has been telling Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why this measure is necessary, to avoid the similar mistakes in the future.

  • Gardaí in Claremorris have seized a quantity of unstamped cigarettes at Bohola, County Mayo as part of a Covid-19 checkpoint.

    The seizure was made as part of the Claremorris Community Engagement area’s response to Covid-19.

    A car was stopped at the Covid-19 checkpoint at Bohola where enquiries were made into the purpose of the driver’s movements.

    Subsequently the car was searched and approximately 20,000 cigarettes were located.

    The cigarettes represent an approximate loss to the exchequer of €10,600.

    Revenue has been notified and is pursuing this investigation.


    A parallel road to the N5 road between Bohola and Charlestown may have to be constructed to accommodate the safe exit of traffic off the N5, to deal with an increasing number of fatal and serious collisions on this stretch of busy road.

    That’s the view of local Fianna Fail councillor  Michael Smith.

    The councillor told Midwest News today that the TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) and the gardai working are investigating the problems for traffic exiting and entering along the road (N5), that appears to have too many exits off it at present.

  • Gardai say no-one was injured in a collision on the N5 at Bohola earlier this afternoon.

    A truck and car were involved in a collision at about 1.30 near Bohola Post Office.

    Emergency services attended the scene, and Gardai say the road was cleared shortly after 3.30 with no serious injuries sustained.


  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham. 

  • The R321 road between Ballylahan and Bohola has reopened to traffic after an overturned lorry was cleared form the road.

    The lorry turned over close to Bohola Graveyard, just off the N5, shortly after 7am this morning.

    Heavy fog was reported at the time.

    The lorry has since been cleared by Mayo County Council and the road has reopened.

  • Bohola native John Mountney has signed for St. Patrick's Athletic.

    The versatile midfielder spent nine seasons  at Dundalk — winning five Premier Division titles and a host of cup competitions before departing last month.

    The Mayo native will link up with former Lilywhites team-mates Stephen O’Donnell (head coach) and Robbie Benson in Inchicore. 

    The Saints finished sixth in the league table last season and will be eager to improve on that when the new campaign gets up and running. 

  • The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided not to bring charges against the suspected killer of Joe Deacy.

    Three years ago, on August 12th, Joe was on holiday in Mayo when he was found unconscious outside a house between Swinford and Bohola at 6.30am. He died the following day in the Beaumont Hospital. A murder inquiry was launched after a post-mortem found that he had died due to blunt force trauma to the head.

    The 21-year-old, from St Alban’s in England, was an avid GAA fan was a regular visitor to Mayo. His grandparents were originally from Bohola and Swinford.

    The DPP ruled that there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges. Joe’s family is examining the possibility of requesting a review of the decision taken.

    The DPP decision means the inquest into his death can finally take place.

    It may be next year before the inquest is held.

    The investigation into the death of Joe Deacy remains ongoing, and Gardaí are continuing to appeal for people with information to make contact with them.