• 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.