Castlebar Town Centre

  • Castlebar and Belmullet both enjoyed success last night at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards in Kilkenny.

    Castlebar scooped the prestigious Rising Star accolade in recognition of the town's commitment to community, retail and tourism development.

    The prestigious prize comes with the added bonus of €20,000 to be invested in community projects.

    The judges were impressed with Castlebar based on an initial visit in September where they were shown around the town before a presentation was made. The judges returned a second time to consider the town for the Rising Star award based on what they saw.

    In what was a strong category Castlebar overcame the challenge of areas such as the Dublin Docklands to win the award. The recent investment in the town by the likes of Carraig Donn and Meissner was a huge boost.

    Bernard Hughes from the Castlebar Chamber of Commerce says it’s a recognition of all the hard work that has gone in over the years.


    Belmullet was the other big winner on the night.

    The North Mayo community were winners of the Enterprise Town Awards in Connaught/Ulster region for towns with a population of less than 2,000.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says it’s an amazing achievement for the town.


    Ballina were also nominated for an award at the event in Lyrath Estate last night.

    The annual awards, which are now in their fourth year, bring business, community groups and local authorities together, in each town, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area. There are over 40 awards available from a total prize fund of €193,000.

    After being nominated by the Local Enterprise Office, Ballina, Castlebar and Belmullet were visited by the judges on September 25 & 26.

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news; “Strong local economies are the backbone of the County and as a Local Authority we are proud to support businesses and community groups working together to create jobs, drive growth and build thriving communities in Co. Mayo.

  • Despite much debate, little has been done by Government to alleviate the increasing cost of insurance for businesses and motorists.

    That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers, who will host a public meeting next Monday night in the Ivy Tower Hotel, Castlebar at 8pm to address the rising insurance costs.

    She claims local businesses have seen insurance premia rise by thousands of euro over the past number of years, while motorists are being priced off the road.




    The state of the market square plaza in Castlebar town centre is "completely unacceptable", according to local Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    A million euro was spent by the now abolished Castlebar Urban council, backed by Mayo County Council, to install what was to be the centrepiece of the town centre development, about 18 years ago.

    The paving stones that cover the square are now literally separating and lifting and are considered a public safety hazard, with a section in the centre of the square cordoned off, for almost three months now.

    Councillor Kilcoyne raised his concerns again over the present situation at the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District. He claims members of the public will inevitably trip, fall and hurt themselves on the paving stones not cordoned off.

    He told Midwest News today that he and other councillors are completely frustrated at the lack of action by council management in addressing the problem.

    "A million euro in 2000 was a lot of money, and it simply makes no sense," he says, "that the paving stones are now separating and lifting and are left in such a state for a prolonged period."

    Midwest News contacted Mayo County Council today for a response and an update on the timescale proposed to repair the plaza .

    There was no one available for interview, however, John McHale Head of Castlebar Municipal District, stated that weather conditions have not been suitable for the repair work but it will be repaired very shortly.


  • Patrick Mc Eveney retains his Mayo and District Motorsport Club young driver Championship of the year for the second year in-a-row.

    The Castlebar man raced in the Autocross event last week in Class 3 of the competition.

    The 22-year-old Mechanical Engineering IT Sligo student has had a passion for the sport from a young age and dreams of racing on tarmac circuits.

  • The provisional fixtures for the 2020 Allianz football league have been announced as Mayo travel to Donegal, Meath, Monaghan and Galway.

    MacHale Park will host All-Ireland champions Dublin, along with Kerry and Tyrone.

    First up is the trip to Donegal on the 25th of January with the time and venue TBC.



    ROUND 1: Donegal v MAYO, (Donegal venue), Saturday, 25th January

    ROUND 2: MAYO v Dublin, MacHale Park, Saturday, 1st February

    ROUND 3: Meath v MAYO, Páirc Tailteann, Navan, Sunday 9th February

    ROUND 4: Monaghan v MAYO, (Monaghan venue), Sunday 23rd February

    ROUND 5: MAYO v Kerry, MacHale Park, Saturday 29th February

    ROUND 6: Galway v MAYO, Pearse Stadium, Sunday 15th March

    ROUND 7: MAYO v Tyrone, MacHale Park, Sunday 22nd March

  • St. Peter’s National School in Snugboro near Castlebar has been granted funds under the Additional Accommodation Scheme.

    The accommodation approved includes one classroom, two special Educational rooms and one disabled access Wheel Chair toilet.

    Minister Michael Ring has welcomed the announcement and says he is sure that the teachers and students will benefit from the works being carried out.