• Cash will be available all day at both the Belmullet and Westport branches of the Bank of Ireland from Monday next.

    A recent decision, had left customers in both areas unable to access cash after 12.30pm each day, with signs in the Belnullet branch advising customers who required cash transactions to travel to either Ballina or Castlebar after that time.

     Local Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle has campaigned to have the full service restored to the Belmullet branch. He described the restricted cash times as ludicrous and accused the Bank’s Head Office of failing to understand the distance a customer would have to travel to access a branch in Castlebar or Ballina.

    He  told Midwest News today that he’s delighted that as of Monday next, the bank has agreed to allow cash transactions 5 days a week throughout the working day in both branches.

  • The No Name Club National Youth Awards took place last night in the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny.

    The awards ceremony is held at the end of each club year, in recognition of the Hosts and Hostesses that have made an outstanding contribution to No Name Club and their local community.

    Darragh Kennedy from Claremorris No Name Club was named the 2018 Host of the Year last night, while the Hostess of the Year is Michaela Roche from Mountbellew No Name Club in Co Galway.

    They were chosen from 10 finalists.



  • IT Sligo Mechanical Engineering students have won the 2018 Peoples Choice Award at the National Ploughing Championship for their innovative product, Monte Loader.  The Monte Loader is a Universal Rear End Loader that enables farmers to carry and move large heavy objects such as round bails, using any tractor.  

    Patrick Masterson, Brian Griffin, Dylan McBrearty from Mountcharles and Cormac Donnelly from Donegal Town, designed the product as part of their third year project.   The team received the People’s Choice Award in the Innovation Arena by, National Ploughing Association Cheif, Anna May McHugh.

    Over the past two years the students carried out extensive research, attending agricultural and machinery shows and interviewing farmers across the country.  From their research the team discovered a gap in the market for a cost effective rear end loader which would be universal to all tractors.  The product was then designed and produced at IT Sligo’s engineering workshops with the guidance of technical staff and lecturers.

  • Gardai in Claremorris are appealing for public assistance after a wreath and flowers laid along the N5 outside Bohola in memory of the late Joe Deacy were vandalised and pictures of the young man were removed from a location about a mile the Swinford side of Bohola.

    Gardai believe the incident occurred sometime after 10pm on Wednesday night last and early yesterday morning (Thursday).

    The flowers and wreaths had been laid at the weekend and photos of Joe erected following a memorial service to mark the one year anniversary of the death of the 21 year old.

    Despite an intensive garda invesitigation which is ongoing, nobody has been charged in relation to Joe Deacy's death.

    The young GAA player, from St Alban’s in Hertfordshire in England had strong Mayo connections and was found unconscious in the driveway of a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford, in the early hours of August 12th, 2017.

    He died days later in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

    Gardai in Claremorris are asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity late on Wednesday night into early yesterday morning at Collagh, along the N5 close to Bohola, to contact Claremorris garda station at 094 9371222