• University Hospital Galway is reminding the public that visitor restrictions continue on St. Dominic's ward due to a number of confirmed cases of Influenza (flu). In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it says its imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with nurse management on the ward.

    Infection control procedures are in place on the affected ward and will remain in place until further notice.

    There continue to be cases of flu in the community and anyone who is suffering from symptoms of the flu are asked not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

  • A “Drive Safer and for Longer” event takes place at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris this morning, and is fully booked out.

    The event is being organised by Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office and Mayo’s Older People’s Council, and will run from 9.30am to 1pm.

    The course is aimed at giving reassurance to drivers over the age of 50, helping them to improve and update their driving skills, and provide advice on changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs.

  • Court cases arising out of what has been called "Golfgate" have been adjourned until late October.

    Independent Galway TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy were served with summonses in relation to an alleged breach of Covid-19 laws.

    Their cases were listed before the judge at Clifden District Court in Co Galway this morning.

    The names of John Sweeney, the owner of the Clifden Station House Hotel, and his son James Sweeney - the hotel's general manager - also appeared on the list.

    The four men are accused of breaking Covid-19 laws in relation to a dinner that took place in the hotel last summer, during a time when the country was under Level 3 restrictions, which limited indoor gatherings to 50 people.

    The dinner marked the end of a two-day golfing event, hosted by the Oireachtas Golf Society.

    None of the accused were required to attend court in person today, but were represented by lawyers.

    The case will be mentioned again at the end of October with a view to setting a hearing date, if necessary.


  • "Shocking, disturbing and repulsive" - some of the words used by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly yesterday evening, when speaking in the Dáil about the report from the Commission for Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes.

    The Independent TD addressed the Dail yesterday evening, following the Taoiseach's apology to the survivors of the homes.

    Deputy Connolly- the leas-Ceann Comhairle in the Dáil - described the 3,000 page report published this week as "disturbing and poorly written" and said she found the narrative repulsive.

    The Galway West TD questioned the report's findings that there was no evidence of women being forced into the homes by the Church or State, when she says "the testimonies of survivors jumped off the page".

  • The organisers of Galway 2020 say there will be a "significant contraction" of this year's programme.
    The board met yesterday to discuss the evolving situation around the coronavirus pandemic.

    In light of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the board of Galway 2020 decided a significant contraction of the programme is necessary, and said decisions will be taken in the very near future which will be consistent with Government policy.

    It was agreed that the measure is necessary in the interest of public health, and the board said more detailed information will be provided in the days ahead.



  • All road signs that say "Yield Right of Way" should be replaced with a Stop sign.

    That's according to Ballinrobe-based Councillor Patsy O'Brien, who says the order to yield goes back to the days of the horse and cart.

    For safety reasons, Councillor O'Brien wants to see Stop signs at junctions instead.

    He made his comments at yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris Municipal District, where he also highlighted the problem of road signage being stolen - claiming signs are being taken every day in Co Mayo.

    He gave an example of signposts missing for two years at Collierans Cross  near Claremorris, while signs have also been taken at Sheridan Cross.

    The council executive said signs have been ordered for Collerans Cross and will be installed shortly.

    Councillor O'Brien called on Mayo County Council to carry out an audit of road signage across the county, and where signs need replacing, he said a contractor should be appointed to do this work if the council does not have the resources within its own workforce.

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.


  • Approval has been given for a new social housing development in Castlebar.

    €1.9 million has been approved for the construction of nine 3-bedroom houses at Heathervale, on the Newport Road in Castlebar, according to Mayo FG general election candidate Alan Dillon.

    He told Midwest News that the Department of Housing has granted Stage 1 approval for the development....

  • Grants totalling €128,000 have been allocated for preserving and enhancing 14 buildings across Co Mayo.

    The largest allocation of €50,000 is to repair the roof and outer walls of Holy Trinity Church in Westport, with grants also for a number of other historic churches and private houses county-wide.

    Minister Joseph Madigan has allocated the funding under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme.

    Minister Michael Ring has published details of the grants...

    Name/Location of structure

    Type of works


    Holy Trinity Church (Oughaval), Newport Road, Westport

    Repairs to roof and outer walls


    St Catherine's Church, Louisburgh

    Repairs to roof





    The following structures in Mayo have been allocated funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme which supports owners and custodians to care for our built heritage:


    Type of structure

    Type of works


    Church of St. Charles the Martyr, Hollymount

    Church of Ireland church

    Repair of cast iron spire


    Bridge House, Westport

    Private house

    Re-slating of roof


    Turlough Lodge, Turlough

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Raheens Obelisk, Raheens


    Stone repairs


    Ballinrobe House, Ballinrobe

    Private house

    Refurbish cast iron rainwater goods


    Ballintubber Thatch, Ballintubber

    Private house



    Church of the Immaculate Conception & St. Josephs, Bohola

    Church (Roman Catholic)

    Historic window glass conservation


    Cloghans House, Cloghans

    Private house

    window repairs, plaster work repairs


    Greaghans House, Greaghans

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Valley House, Achill Island

    Private house

    Window repairs


    Custom House Studios, Westport

    Gallery & artist studios

    Rainwater goods


    Creagh House, Ballinrobe

    Private house

    Rainwater goods



    Minister Ring said: “We are lucky in Mayo to have a unique built environment of extraordinary quality. Our historic buildings and structures are a vital part of our heritage.

    “The funding being announced today will support the conservation and enhancement of these 14 historic structures and buildings. It will also provide hundreds of hours of work for skilled craftspeople.


  • There's good news this evening for Ballina, as funding of €140,000 has been allocated under the Historic Towns Initiative to help protect the town's architectural heritage and boost its tourism profile.

    The funding has been allocated to Mayo County Council to repair ten buildings in the Pearse Street architectural conservation area - including the town's library and a number of privately-owned buildings.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says repairs to historic shop fronts, sash windows and doors will ensure the longterm survival of these historic buildings.

  • There's double delight in the West, as the National Lottery has confirmed that the winning ticket of last night's EuroMillions jackpot worth €17 million was sold in Connacht.

    This is the first EuroMillions jackpot won in Ireland this year, and the 15th Irish win since the EuroMillions began in 2004.

    The National Lottery says they need to inform the winning retailer and give the lucky ticketholder the time and space they need to let this win sink in, so they will announce in the coming days the location of the store that sold the golden ticket.

    EuroMillions players across Connacht are urged to check their ticket to see if they've won this life-changing prize.

    The winning numbers are 24, 26, 32, 43, 46 and the Lucky Star numbers are 6 and 10.

    And separately, a player in Mayo scooped half a million euro after winning the EuroMillions Plus top prize last night.

    The winning ticket was sold yesterday at the Easons store in Castlebar and is worth €500,000.

    The National Lottery is advising the lucky ticketholders to sign the back of the ticket and contact their claims team to make arrangements to collect their prizes.




  • Government funding totalling €17,500 has been allocated for eight community-based festivals and Summer Schools in Mayo.

    The scheme is designed to assit local cultural events, which may not be eligible under funding criteria for larger-scale grants, such as those supported by Failte Ireland and the Arts Council.

    The Seosamh McGabhann Summer School in Kilmovee gets the largest allocation of €5,000 with grants also for the North mayo Summer School of Traditional Music, Swinford 250 and More festival, the Ballina Fringe Festival, Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival and the Mac Luí Children's Arts Festival in Westport, Mayo North Old Engine & Tractor Club Heritage Day and Feile Iorrais - the folk arts festival in Erris.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says it's important to support these local events that bring visitors to areas across Co Mayo...

  • Irish people have spent more than one-point-seven billion euro on renovating their homes in the last 4 years.

    Over 100 thousand projects have been carried out since the Home Renovation Incentive was launched in 2013.

    In Co Mayo, €17.7 million was spent on renovating 1,364 properties.

    In Roscommon, the spend was over 10 million on 983 properties, while Galway homeowners spent over €65 million over the past 4 years in renovating almost four and a half thousand properties.

    Nationally, the average spend was more than 16 thousand euro, and projects included home extensions, general repair and renovations, window replacements and kitchen replacements.

    Director of the Construction Industry Federation Tom Parlon says the scheme has been a huge success:

  • Funding of €2.3 million euro has been announced for seven projects in Co Mayo under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed that three of the projects are solely within the county - this includes €825,000 to support the regeneration of Ballinrobe town, including upgrading the library and grounds and the Bowers Walk area and developing Market House; while €75,000 has been allocated towards developing plans for a national cycle network in Mayo from Leenaun in Co Galway to the Sligo county boundary; and €56,000 has been announced for developing the Lost Treasures Trail linking Westport and Cong and highlighting heritage assets along the way.

    The other four projects cover a number of counties including Mayo.

    They include €3.9 million for a major upgrade of 6 National Parks including Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, along with funding to develop the Dark Sky Planetarium project in the national park,

    almost €1 million has been allocated to develop an existing Geopark in the Joyce Country and Western Lakes area of Galway and Mayo,

    and €644,000 has been alocated for the Western Development Commission to establish digital working hubs in Swinford, Tubbercurry, Tulsk and Stranorlar in Co Donegal.

    This is part of a €62 million euro package of Government funding for 66 projects in rural communities across the country, to create jobs, rejuvenate communities and transform local economies. 

  • Celebrations are underway in Ballinrobe after a local newsagents sold the winning ticket in last night's Lotto draw - worth over €2.8 million.

    Midwest News can reveal that the lucky ticket was purchased at Martin Murphy Newsagents on Main Street in the town.

    This is the 59th Lotto jackpot to be won in Co Mayo since the start of the Lotto game in 1988 - with the jackpots totalling over €106 million.

    The winning numbers in last night's Lotto draw are 3, 8, 21, 34, 37, 47 and bonus number 16.

    Newsagents owner Martin Murphy told Midwest News that it was a multidraw ticket, and says it's great news for the local area.....

  • The seaside villages of Strandhill and Rosses Point in Sligo will benefit from funding of over €200,000 announced today under the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development visited Boyle in Co Roscommon today, where she announced funding totalling €5.5 million euro for 7 projects nationwide.

    Sligo County Council is to receive €202,000 to develop plans for pedestrian-friendly village centres in Strandhill and Rosses Point, through re-designed public realm areas, walkways and addressing dereliction.

    The other major projects to receive funding today are in Kildare, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, Meath and Wicklow.

    While in Boyle today, Minister Humphreys visited the site of the vacant Royal Hotel, which received funding under an earlier round of this scheme and will shortly be re-developed as an enterprise hub and remote-working facility.

  • €215,000 has been approved by Údarás na Gaeltachta for businesses in Gaeltacht areas of Mayo, Galway and Meath in recent weeks, to support them during the Covid-19 crisis.

    Udarás says supports of €215,000 were approved for 86 businesses.

    30 applications were approved for the Online Trading Scheme, and 56 were approved for Business Continuity Vouchers - which can be used by businesses to avail of consultancy advice in developing short-term and longterm strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The majority of businesses approved for the Údaras supports are in the Services, Food & Drink and Tourism sectors.


  • A total of €216,000 has been allocated this morning for 11 recreational amenity projects across Co Mayo.

    The funding is being provided under Measure 1 of the 2018 Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure scheme, which provides grants of up to €20,000 for outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails.

    Five of the Mayo projects allocated funding are under the banner of South West Mayo Development Company, while Mayo North East had applied for funding for the other 6 successful projects.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards improving local walks, trails and greenways.


  • Further Government funding of €22,500 has been approved for Mayo County Council to progress the helipad on Inishturk Island.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says the funding will enable the local authority to progress the design and planning for the site that has been identified.

    This latest grant will enable the council to advance the project, which Minister Ring says, will benefit the island community and the safety of emergency services staff.





  • Five Mayo community groups and organisations will received over €227,000 in funding in total, under the latest tranche of the Government's Covid-19 Stability Fund.

    The funding is aimed at charities and organisations that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.

    The largest grant of €74,727 goes to Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre, with over €62,000 for Leave No Trace, and almost €40,000 for Mayo Mental Health.

    Over €27,000 has been allocated for Family Life Services, trading as The Family Centre, with just over €24,000 for Mayo Cancer Support at Rock Rose House in Castlebar.

    The funding is provided from Dormant Accounts, and the one-off cash injections are for organisations that provide critical services for the most vulnerable in society.