• In the Dail today, the Ceann Comhairle has launched a blistering attack on those who attended last month's golf dinner in Clifden, saying it's damaged public confidence in the Dáil.

    Opening this afternoon's sitting of the house, Sean O'Fearghail criticised the attendees, saying there were serious public health breaches and intelligent people made a decision which was fundamentally wrong.

    He's confirmed the golfing society was never formally established by the Houses of the Oireachtas, and has never received any funding.

    Sean O'Fearghail says confidence in politicians has been damaged as a result.

  • A design team has been appointed to a project in Clifden that will see a new 50-bed unit replace the Clifden District Hospital and St Anne's Community Nursing Home.

    The new unit will be built at the site of the existing hospital and nursing home, and will provide for a ten-bed dementia specific unit, according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv.

    He's welcomed confirmed that a design team has now been appointed for the new unit in Clifden, but says the overspend on the National Children's Hospital must not result in a delay to other projects needed urgently outside of Dublin.



  • Despite extensive flooding in the town of Clifden yesterday – the town is open again to business today.

    That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, James Charity.

    The Cathaoirleach was in Clifden today to see the damage caused first hand.

    After a morning of intense, heavy rainfall, yesterday about 17 homes were evacuated, while some roads in the area were impassable, and the primary and secondary schools in Clifden were advised by Gardai to close early.

    Galway County Council says up to 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the Connemara area over Tuesday night and yesterday morning - before water levels began to recede again yesterday  afternoon.

    Minister of State for the OPW Patrick O'Donovan was in Clifden last night and again this morning, and assured locals that a flood relief scheme will be put in place for the town.

    While Galway-based FG Senator Sean Kyne says he has been in contact with Minister Heather Humphreys, and the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be made available, through the local social welfare office, to householders whose homes were damaged.

    Cathaoirleach Charity spoke to Midwest News this evening and outlined what he had encountered today in the Connemara town.


  • A Euromillions raffle ticket worth over €1 million was sold in the Connemara town of Clifden.

    The National Lottery has announced that the "Ireland Only Raffle" winner bought their ticket on Tuesday at the Sweeney Oil service station in Clifden.

    The ticket is worth one million and five thousand euro, and the code from the winning ticket is:  I-JXR -67753

    People in the Clifden and surrounding areas are being encouraged to check their tickets.

    Tuesday's Euromillions draw was the 3rd draw in the "Fortnight of Fortunes" which guarantees to make 5 new millionaires in Ireland over two weeks with a series of Ireland Only Raffle events.

    The first two winning tickets were sold in Dublin, and the remaining two winning tickets will be chosen this Friday night.



  • A historic twinning agreement has been signed in Co Galway this morning between Ireland and Canada.

    Minister of State Séan Kyne laid a wreath this morning at Derrygimlagh Bog near Clifden - the site where the first-ever non-stop translatlantic flight landed 100 years ago.

    British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Browne flew a modified World War One bomber from Newfoundland in Canada to Clifden, creating history.

    As part of the Alcock & Brown Centenary Commemoration, Minister Kyne was joined by relatives of the two aviators, and also signed a twinning agreement with representatives from Parks Canada.

    The arrangement twins the Connemara National Park and Marconi Station here with Terra Nova National Park and Signal Hill National Historic Site in Canada.

  • Galway-based Senator Sean Kyne says the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme will be made available to householders whose homes were damaged by flooding in Clifden yesterday.

    After a morning of intense, heavy rainfall, some people were evacuated from their homes, while the primary and secondary schools in the town were advised by Gardai to close early and some roads were closed throughout the day.

    About 17 properties in total were evacuated after the Owenglen river overtopped, following the heavy rain.

    Galway County Council says up to 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the Connemara area over Tuesday night and yesterday morning - before water levels began to recede in the afternoon.

    Some locals said the flooding was the worst they had ever seen, and said the heavy rain was unexpected, as there was no weather warning for the area until yesterday morning.

    Galway-based FG Senator Sean Kyne visited Clifden yesterday evening to view the damage, and confirmed that  - following representations to Minister Heather Humphreys - the Humanitarian  Assistance Scheme will be made available through the local Intreo office, to provide support to householders affected by the flooding and to assist with the clean-up operation.

    Senator Kyne has also been in contact with Patrick O'Donovan, Minister of State at the OPW, and said the root cause of the flooding must be found and dealt with.





    Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe has agreed to a three-month suspension without pay from the Supreme Court.

    The suggested reprimand was accepted by Mr Justice Wolfe as a result of his attendance at the controversial golf society dinner in Clifden in August.

    The event took place contrary to public advice in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulted in a number of high-profile resignations.

    It emerged from correspondence released last night that Chief Justice Frank Clarke told Mr Woulfe he thought he should resign over the matter, but in an email response, Mr Justice Woulfe said he had no intention of stepping down.

    He accepted his attendance was "inappropriate" but outlined in great detail why he didn't feel he had done anything wrong.

    He agreed to the Chief Justice's suggested reprimand: no work until February and a waiver of his salary for that three-month period.

    He also said he hoped they could move on from this and work in a "collegiate and friendly fashion" going forward.



  • Party leaders are expected to meet to discuss the fallout from the controversy surrounding Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe.

    It follows a warning from the Attorney General that Mr Justice Woulfe's clash with Chief Justice Frank Clarke raises 'serious constitutional issues'.

    The Chief Justice advised Seamus Woulfe to resign, but he refused to do so.

    Under current rules a judge can only be removed from office if he is impeached by the Oireachtas for 'stated misbehaviour', however there is no clear meaning for what this entails.

  • Water at Galway’s Clifden and Ballyloughnane beaches were found to be poor , according to the latest water quality report by the Environmental Protection Agency.

     However,swimmers will no longer be allowed into the water at Dublin's Merrion Strand.

    It's after the EPA report found it to be of poor standard for the fifth successive year - meaning it's now the first to be declassified as a bathing spot under law.

    The water quality at 147 beaches was tested for the report, with 95 per cent found to meet minimum standards.

    Water at Portrane Beach in Co. Dublin, Ballyloughane and Clifden beaches in Co. Galway, and Lilliput at Lough Ennell in Co. Westmeath were all found to be poor this year.

    Mary Gurrie from the EPA says it's important steps are taken to improve standards in these areas.

  • A post mortem is due to be carried out on the body of a woman who was killed when her caravan blew off a cliff in county Galway.

    The alarm was raised at Claddaghduff, in the Clifden area,  at around 7.45 this morning and the woman's body was recovered on the beach below a short time later.

    Winds of 130 km were recorded in the area at the time during Storm Ali.

    Forecaster with Met Eireann, Aisling Butler, says the orange warning has been lifted, but a yellow wind warning is in place until 5pm this evening.

  • A report on the attendance of Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe at the controversial Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden is expected to be published later this week.

    In a statement, the Supreme Court confirmed it received a report on the matter from former Chief Justice Susan Denham yesterday, and has made a  copy of the report available to Mr Justice Woulfe.

    The Supreme Court says it's considering the report and will issue a further statement in early course.

    Ms Justice Denham was asked by the court to conduct a review of the matter following widespread public disquiet.

    Mr Justice Woulfe was one of 81 people who attended the dinner at the Station House in Clifden in August, in breach of the Government’s regulations controlling indoor events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    A number of high-profile political figures resigned from their posts in the aftermath of the event - including Mayo's Dara Calleary who stepped down as Agriculture Minister and Phil Hogan who resigned as EU Commissioner following several days of public disquiet.

    Although Mr Justice Woulfe apologised for his attendance, he has so far rejected suggestions he should step down from his position, which he was only appointed to in July.

    The Irish Independent reports that the review by Chief Justice Denham was a non-statutory one.

    However, should its findings be particularly adverse to Mr Justice Woulfe, he would face renewed pressure to resign.

  • Seamus Woulfe is sitting as a Supreme Court judge for the first time today.

    The former Attorney General is part of a three judge panel considering a number of cases that have applied for appeals to the court.

    It is the first time he has taken his Supreme Court seat since the Golfgate controversy at Clifen arose last summer.

    Justice Woulfe is due to sit on two more panels for the Court later this month.

  • U19 Connacht Final


    St. Joseph’s Foxford 2-1 Clifden Community School

    Liam Durkan hit a spectacular last gasp winner which means the Foxford School are Connacht champions for a second successive year.

    Cian McHale put St. Joseph’s ahead but Clifden equalised at the start of the second half.

    Durkan’s winner at the end secured the title.

  • The winning ticket in last Saturday night's Lotto jackpot, worth over €7.3 million, was sold in Clifden, Co Galway.

    The National Lottery has confirmed this morning that the winning ticket was bought in Rogan's Gala Store in the Connemara town.

    The lucky winner made contact with the National Lottery offices last evening, and arrangements are now being made to pay out the prize.

    Joe Rogan, owner of Rogan's Gala in Clifden, only took over running the shop in the past year, and said it's an unbelievable bonus to have a Lotto winner in their first year in business.

    He said €7.3 million is a life-changing win, and wished the very best to the latest Lotto winner.



  • A woman has died after a house fire in County Galway.

    The alarm was raised at around 7 o'clock last night.

    Gardaí and Fire Services attended at the scene at Tullyvoheen in Clifden yesterday evening.

    They were called to the house at around 7 o'clock, and brought the blaze under control a short time later.

    The sole victim of the fire was a woman believed to be in her late 40s.

    Her body was located inside the house, and the scene is currently preserved for examination.

    Gardaí say foul play is not suspected at this time.

  • Midwest News understands that a woman was left waiting for a substantial period of time for an ambulance after being injured when she fell off a bicycle in the North Mayo area yesterday.

    The woman is believed to have suffered an injury after coming off her bike yesterday afternoon. When the call was made for an ambulance, if it understood the available ambulance was in Clifden at the time.

    A GP is understood to have assessed the woman at the scene and said she was fit to be moved, at which point she is understood to have been brought to the Garda Station to wait for the ambulance.



  • The woman who died after the caravan she was staying in was blown onto a beach in Clifden Co Galway yesterday has been named as Elvira Ferraii from Switzerland.

    She was staying on her own in the caravan at the Clifden ecoBeach Camping and Caravan Park when the incident occurred during Storm Ali.

    She was confirmed dead at the scene in Claddaghduff, Clifden, yesterday morning.

    Gardaí were alerted at 7.45am that a caravan had blown away.

    A search was carried out on the beach and the woman’s body was found a short time later.

    Her body was taken for a postmortem examination and the local coroner notified.

    Gardaí are investigating the incident.