Castlebar Municipal District

  • Fianna Fail Councillor Blackie Gavin has been appointed the new Cathaoirleach of the Castlebar Municipal District.

    He takes over the chain of office from Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    Martin McLoughlin is the new Leas Cathaoirleach.

  • Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne has been elected Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District. 

    Cllr Kilcoyne was elected as Chairman at today's AGM of the Municipal District. 

  • There is a major risk in sending cash in the post with birthday cards and there is something wrong with our postal service when this is the case. That’s the view of Castlebar based councillor Al McDonnell.

    At Thursday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District the councillor acknowledged that he was raising an issue not directly related to council business, but he said it was a matter of growing public concern when people were losing confidence in an essential service.

    Councillor McDonnell presented to the meeting a Christmas card he had received from New York last December, where it was clearly visible that the bottom corner of the envelop had been slit open, most likely to search for any cash enclosed.

    He said he had also been in houses in the area recently where people told him similar stories.

    He called on Castlebar Municipal District to write to the Chief Executive of an Post to highlight the problem and ask for it to be investigated and addressed.

    He told Midwest News the problem has come to the fore since the postal services have been centralised for sorting mail, and stressed that he was not pointing the finger at any local postal workers.

    Midwest News contacted An Post today about the situation. A spokesperson said An Post always advises customers never to include cash in envelops. He added that to tamper with mail is a serious offence and carries heavy penalties.

    He advised anyone who suspects that their mail has been tampered with to report their suspicions to An Post and it will be fully investigated.

    He concluded that they will now await correspondence now from Castlebar Municipal District and respond accordingly.


  • The Fine Gael Executive Council has added Donna Sheridan as a candidate for the Castlebar local election area in Mayo.

    Ms Sheridan will contest the Local Elections on Friday, May 24 along with her party colleagues; Cllr Cyril Burke, Ger Deere and Eugene McCormack, who were all selected at the Castlebar convention on February 10 last.

    Fine Gael’s Executive Council met on Wednesday night in Dublin and decided to add Ms Sheridan to the ticket in the Mayo constituency.

    Ms Sheridan, a qualified teacher, is originally from Brownhall, Balla and now lives in Castlebar. She works for the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board as Further Education and Training Co-ordinator and is also a member of the TUI National Executive.

    Previously Donna’s colleagues elected her as a member of the Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and also onto the National Executive of the Teachers Union of Ireland.

     Fine Gael has held 133 of 166 selection conventions to date with 304 candidates selected of which 81 (27%) are women.


  • A minute’s silence was observed at the start of today’s monthly meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District as a mark of respect to the late Brendan Heneghan, a former Mayor of Castlebar.

    Mr Heneghan died suddenly in February at the age of 53.

    He served as a Fine Gael member of Castlebar Town Council from 2003 to 2014 and served twice as Mayor of Castlebar during that time.

    Also at today’s meeting, newly co-opted Sinn Fein Councillor Joe McHale was welcomed to the Castlebar Municipal District – he replaces Terése Ruane who recently retired from the local authority after 8 years as a public representative.



    The June meeting of Castlebar Municipal District is set to be held in the green area of a housing estate in the county town, in an effort to address the frustration of residents and councillors trying to get action on anti social behaviour by a family in the estate.

    The idea was proposed by Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne and was unanimously supported at the monthly meeting of the authority earlier this week.

    The family in question has been housed by Mayo County Council in the estate, and the local authority owns the house. Shouting, loud music and drinking continuously emanates from the house, spilling out into the neighbourhood, and despite the gardai being called on numerous occasions and Mayo County Council advising the residents to change their behaviour, the problem continues.

    Councillors are demanding that Mayo County Council as the landlord in this case, take appropriate action and end the nightmare for many elderly residents and families,  in this Castlebar housing estate.

    Cllr Kilcoyne has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley why Mayo County Council must address the anti social behaviour of its tenants in this case...


  • A presentation plaque on behalf of Mayo Scouts was presented  this week to members of Castlebar Municipal District for the contribution of the local authority to the scouts across county Mayo.

    The presentation was made by the County Commissioner for Scouts in Mayo Rene Nolan at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.

    Today (Sat) Minister Michael Ring will officially turn the sod at the site of the new Castlebar Scout Den, close to the Harlequinn hotel in the county town, on land donated by Mayo county council. The new development has received funding of 300,000 euro from the Leader programme.

    Castlebar Scouts are currently accommodated in council property at Lough Lannagh.

    Mayo Scouts are still celebrating the achievement of Ballina based Benny Walkin who received the Scout’s highest award just before Christmas for 50 years of outstanding service to the organisation.