Castlerea Gardai

  • Gardai in Castlerea are appealing for witnesses following an incident in the town last Saturday morning.

    Gardai were alerted to a man driving a vehicle at speed through the town shortly before 8am on Saturday morning.

    Gardai proceeded to follow the vehicle, which then collided with a wall at the junction of Barrack Street and Church Road.

    The driver fled the scene on foot.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them  at 094 - 96 21630.


  • A person sustained injuries and four vehicles were damaged in a hit and run collision in Ballaghaderreen this morning.
    The incident happened at Barrack Street shortly after 9 o’clock this morning.
    A male fled the scene but was later arrested in the area and taken to Castlerea Garda Station for questioning.
    Four cars were damaged in the crash.
    The injured person, a woman, was taken to hospital by ambulance. Her injuries are described as not life threatening.
    The scene was sealed off for a garda investigation. Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with any information about the collision to contact  them at 0949621630.


  • The R361 between Frenchpark and Castlerea in Roscommon will remain closed at Mullen overnight following a road traffic incident.

    Midwest News understands that a collision between a tractor and a car took place this afternoon.

    Three people were injured in the collision and one person was airlifted to hospital.

    Castlerea Gardai say the road will remain closed overnight for forensic examination, with diversions in place via Ballinagare.

  • Castlerea Gardai are appealing for witnesses after an incident at Gortaganny Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

    There was disruption caused to up to 15 graveyards.

    Christmas lights were taken off graves as well as ornamental stones.

    There is a lot of upset caused in the area and Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area on Saturday afternoon between 12pm and 2pm to contact them on 094 96 21630.

  • Castlerea District Community Policing Unit are advising that on foot of the new HSE covidtracker app been downloaded it appears that people are receiving telephone calls from persons pertaining to be from the HSE.

    A conversation is had and then the caller is looking for address details to send out a test kit. Following this the caller requests your bank card details to debit a fee of €50. This is a scam. Do not give over any address or bank details.

    The public are asked to contact their local Garda Station if they receive a call of this nature.

    Gardai are reminding people that the Covidtracker App is secure and has not been the subject of any security breach.

    The scammers are essentially code calling people.

    It is obviously a very popular app and subject choice at the moment and these people are preying on that fact.

    If people are aware of the potential for this type of fraud and keep their personal bank details secure at all times they will not be subjected to this type of fraud.

  • A man has been arrested in Co Longford today as part of the ongoing investigation into incidents that took place near Strokestown in December.

    On Sunday morning 16th December, a group of up to 20 masked men attacked security guards at a farmhouse at Falsk, near Strokestown.

    Three security guards required hospital treatment after the pre-dawn attack, while a number of vehicles were burnt out.

    It followed the eviction of a local family from the farmhouse earlier that week.

    As investigations continue into the criminal damage and assault, Gardai have confirmed that a man in his 50's was arrested following a search of a house in the Killoe area of Longford today.

    He's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

    This is the 5th person to be arrested as part of the investigation, with two people currently before the courts, and Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.




  • A report in today’s Irish Independent says that Gardai are now investigating if the attack on security guards at a repossessed house near Strokestown was organised by people who were annoyed that some of the security work was given to a firm based in Northern Ireland.

    Gardai now believe those who organised the assault did so through WhatsApp.

    The report suggests that although some of those involved have links to dissident groups, Gardai are satisfied the main motive behind the incident was to show how unhappy they were with the decision to give the security work to personnel, some of whom were based in Northern Ireland.

    Officers believe some attackers are possibly security guards themselves, who were annoyed that many of those chosen to protect the house at Falsk, Strokestown, were from the North.

    Others were locals, who opted to join in as a protest, without realising the incident was likely to turn so violent.

    The masked attackers were armed with a shotgun, an axe and baseball bats.

    The axe was used to inflict severe injuries to the dog, which had to be put down humanely afterwards. Eight security guards at the house were injured and three of them had to receive treatment in hospital.

    Gardaí said while some of the organisers had links to dissident republicans, the attack was not connected directly to those groups.

    They also dismissed local rumours the security guards were "loyalists" recruited in Northern Ireland for the work although some of the guards are from across the Border.

    Two companies were involved, one of which is registered in the State. It is thought some of the suspect attackers are also registered with the Private Security Authority.

    Officers from the Garda Special Branch yesterday seized a shotgun, a lorry and a teleporter, and mobile phones in raids on three houses and outhouses in a yard in Co Roscommon.

    As a result of the searches, two men in their 50s and 60s were arrested and taken to Castlerea Garda Station.

    They can be held without charge for up to 72 hours.

    Further arrests are expected.

    It's thought footage from bodycams worn by the security guards during the attack will be a focus of the investigation.

    Garda Commissioner Drew Harris visited Castlerea station last night and spoke with officers involved in the investigation as well as being briefed on the latest developments.

    Chief Supt Tony Healy thanked the local community for their continued support in the wake of the recent events in Strokestown and again appealed to anyone with information to contact Castlerea Garda Station at 094 9621630, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

  • A woman who stopped her car to assist two men on the side of the road last night near Ballaghadereen was robbed of over €100 euro.

    The incident occurred at about 8.15 yesterday evening, when a woman driving in the Aughalustia area of Ballaghadereen saw a van parked on the side of the road with the hazard lights on, and she stopped to give assistance.

    The van is described as dark-coloured, possibly a Toyota or Nissan with a 171 or 181 registration.

    There were two men in the car, and the first asked the woman for directions and also for a wheelbrace.

    One of the men was described as tall, of medium build with no front teeth, while the second was stockier with a reddish beard and hair.

    Both spoke with Irish accents.

    When the woman went to assist, one of the men reached into her jacket pocket and stole over €100 in cash.

    The woman ran back to her car and locked the doors, but she had dropped her keys on the ground.

    At that point, the lights of an oncoming car became visible, and the men drove away in the direction of Moyne Cross.

    The woman alerted Gardai, and they're anxious to speak to anyone who has information on the incident-  particularly the driver of the car that came on the scene.

    Gardai in Castlerea can be contacted at 094 - 96 21630.