• Gortnor Abbey won the All-Ireland U-16 basketball league final today.

    The Crossmolina girls defeated St Colmcille’s of Dublin by 28-22, with the MVP award for Most Valuable Player going to Caoimhe Walsh of Gortnor Abbey.


  • The go ahead has been given for a new fire station for Crossmolina and the project has opened for receipt of tenders for construction on Etenders today.

    The closing date for receipt of tenders is 1st July and all going to plan we should see the long awaited and much needed new fire station go to construction this year on the site at Crossmolina Industrial estate on the Ballina Road owned by the Council.

    This news has been welcomed by former Fine Gael Senator and TD Michelle Mulherin  who campaigned over the years raising the matter in the Dáil and Seanad and in more recent years managed to secure a place for the project on the Government’s Capital Plan. 

    Ms. Mulherin says the current accommodation for the nine retained fire fighters is grossly substandard and the project had been given number one priority for the County by Mayo County Council.

  • A Mayo Co-driver is one of seven people who will now come under the umbrella of Motorsport Ireland’s Rally Academy until the end of 2020.

    After an exhausting selection process which took place in Athlone recently, 24 co-drivers were whittled down to a final group of seven.

    21 year old Lorcan Moore from Crossmolina was selected.

    The selection process took a number of factors into account including; their application forms, in-car footage supplied by the applicants, an exam on the rules of the sport, their pacenote writing ability, a media interview and a more in-depth interview from experienced co-drivers.

    The selected co-drivers will receive tuition from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy in all aspects of co-driving. They will get to make notes with a current top-level driver and sit in for a test in an R2 and an R5 Rally car as well as being invited to the Billy Coleman Award Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance. Crucially, the successful seven will also get first option of any opportunities that may come available and receive ongoing mentoring/support from some of Ireland's most experienced and respected co-drivers.

    The other six successful applicants are: Eamonn Creedon, aged 28 from Co. Cork, Dylan Doonan, aged 21 also from Co. Cork; Conor Mohan, aged 21 from Co. Monaghan, Dean O'Sullivan aged 31 from Co. Donegal, Derek O'Brien, aged 32 and Grace O'Brien aged 31 both also from Cork..

    Lorcan will no doubt be looking to emulate fellow Crossmolina native Killian Duffy who is one of Ireland’s top co-drivers, and over the years has travelled all corners of the globe and competed at the sport's highest level.

    The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy is co-ordinated by Mayo man Sean McHugh and is funded by former Irish Rally Champion John Coyne, through the Team Ireland Foundation.

  • Ahead of a public meeting being held in Crossmolina tonight to discuss the ongoing problem of low water pressure in parts of the town, Irish Water has issued a statement saying they, working with Mayo Co Co, has commenced a programme of works which will increase water pressure in parts of Crossmolina that have been affected by ongoing pressure issues.

    Irish Water says that, since Christmas, water demand has been increasing consistently and this has also been exacerbated by the recent bad weather which has led to an increase in water flows in most schemes across the country including the Crossmolina area.

    This increase in demand has led to some customers experiencing low water pressure notably in the Boreen Road and Knockalegan areas.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council say they’re committed to completing pre-planned long term measures which will resolve this issue. A planned programme of works, which was agreed prior to Storm Emma, is currently being carried out.

    As part of the planned works, a leak detection team has been deployed to Crossmolina.

    Four leaks were repaired over the past week and this work will continue until the demand is at a satisfactory level. In addition, a 200 metre section of problematic water mains in Kildaverouge will be replaced with works on this due to start imminently, and these works will increase water pressure in the scheme.

    Irish Water say they appreciate the concerns of the residents on the Boreen Road and the Knockalegan areas of Crossmolina, but expect to see an improvement in water pressure in these areas in the coming days.


  • Two-time All-Star and Mayo Great James Nallen joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport today to pick his best 15.

    The Crossmolina Deel Rovers man played in five All-Ireland finals, including an All-Ireland final replay against Meath in 1996 and won an All-Ireland Club title in 2001.

    James picked his 15 based on players he played with for Mayo.

    Here is his team:

    1. David Clarke
    2. Kenneth Mortimer
    3. Kevin Cahill
    4. Keith Higgins
    5. Peadar Gardiner
    6. David Haeney
    7. Noel Connelly
    8. Liam McHale
    9. Colm McManamon
    10. James Horan
    11. Ciaran McDonald
    12. Alan Dillon
    13. Conor Mortimer
    14. Andy Moran
    15. Trevor Mortimer

    You can listen back to the interview here -

  • A Level 3 alert for flooding has been issued for Crossmolina due to heavy rainfall and high water levels in the River Deel and a Level 2 alert has been issued for the rest of County Mayo.

    The alerts are in place from today until tomorrow.

    Mayo County Council urge the public to remain vigilant during the duration of the warning and it is important that people within the affected areas are prepared appropriately for the anticipated rainfall totals with 30 – 50 mm expected.

    There is a possibility that weather warnings can be extended or deteriorated conditions last longer than anticipated.

    Once the weather warning has passed, people are asked remain vigilant and exercise caution as the effects of the weather can last longer.

    Mayo County Council will provide updated information on their social media channels where appropriate.

  • Mayo County Council has this evening issued a level 3 alert for flooding in Crossmolina, due to the current weather conditions and the high water levels in the River Deel.

    The local community has been notified, and the Crossmolina Fllod Action Plan is now in operation.

    A spokesperson for the council says the situation will be monitored closely over the coming hours.

    The public are asked to be vigilant when driving in the area, and to exercise caution.

    Meanwhile, Mayo County Council has confirmed that the R312 road between Castlebar and Bangor remains closed, as sections of the road are still impassable due to flooding.

    Motorists should divert onto the N59 at Bangor for either Newport or Crossmolina direction.

    The council say the situation is being closely monitored, while motorists should beware of floods at other locations in the Beltra to Crossmolina area, so any unnecessary journeys should be avoided.

  • The man who died in last night's road collision between Newport and Mulranny has been named locally as Brendan Heffernan originally from Carrowgarve in Crossmolina but living in Westport.

    The collision between a motorbike and a tractor occurred at about 8.30 pm at Ardagh, Newport.

    Brendan who was in his thirties was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was removed to Mayo University Hospital.

    The tractor driver was uninjured.

    The N59 road between Newport and Mulranny was closed for some time but the road reopened earlier to today.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or may have dashcam footage to contact Newport Gardai at 098 - 41102 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

    Due to Government Restrictions and H.S.E. guidelines, Brendan's funeral will be confined to family only.

  • The officers of Mayo GAA have today been informed by Stephen Rochford that he is stepping down as manager of the Mayo Senior Football team.

    Statement by Mike Connolly, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae Mhaigh Eo

    We sincerely thank Stephen Rochford for all the hard work and commitment he has given to Mayo GAA since he was appointed in 2015. Stephen has given an enormous amount of service to Mayo and has given us as supporters many great days on the pitch.

    Since he become senior team manager he has been involved in three great years for Mayo GAA. He has brought Mayo to two All Ireland finals, losing both by the narrowest of margins. We wish him and his family all the best for the future and thank him for all he has done for Mayo GAA.

  • Saturday 12th October in Clonberne Sports Field at 3.00pm

    Kilkerrin/Clonberne (Galway) v Carnacon (Mayo)



    Sunday 13th October in Ballyhaunis GAA Pitch

    1.00pm = C. L MacHale Rovers (Mayo) v Claregalway (Galway)

    3.00pm = St. Josephs (Leitrim) v St. Nathy’s (Sligo)

  • A Mayo Fine Gael Senator has called on the Office of Public Works to give urgent priority to the delivery of permanent flood defences for Crossmolina following heavy rain over the weekend and a flooding alert again for the town.

    Michelle Mulherin says Crossmolina has suffered from flooding a number of times in recent years most recently towards the back end of 2015.

    There have also been further incidents where the water level in the River Deel has risen to a height that is perilously close to breaching the banks.

    However, despite funding in place and the identification of a preferred flood prevention option nearly two years ago, which would see a channel being built to divert water flow away from the town, construction work still has to commence.

  • The provision of a new fire station for Crossmolina was raised in the Seanad this week.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says a new facility is a number one priority for Mayo County Council.

    Senator Mulherin says the Department has given a commitment that they will progress the project as soon as they receive the necessary documents from the local authority.

    She says it’s long overdue and is hopeful of positive news in early 2020 for this project to get over the line.

  • Michael Moyles has stepped down as team trainer of the Leitrim Senior Footballers.

    The Crossmolina man confirmed the news on twitter last night.

    The former Mayo footballer said he is gutted not to commit to another year with Leitrim.

    He said being away for long spells and having a young family means it’s not feasible to continue.

    Moyles went on to say he has enjoyed a great experience over the past two years where he witnessed a young team with a relentless appetite to learn and improve.

  • The Minister with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Kevin Boxer Moran is in due in Crossmolina this noon time (Friday) to meet with representatives from the local Flood Group

    The community has become frustrated with the delays that have persisted in the delivery of permanent flood defences for the area.

    A commitment was given by the OPW last October that contractors would be appointed by this summer 2019 and an Environmental Impact Assessment report was completed last May.

    There was welcome news for Crossmolina in the 2020 budget announced earlier this week, in that the funding for the permanent flood defences has been included in the government’s capital programme for next year.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says the development is very welcome and insists the people of Crossmolina need to see action on this issue quickly.

  • Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Kevin Boxer Moran will be in Mayo today.

    Minister Moran will visit the Town Hall in Crossmolina at 2.30pm to launch the public exhibition for the River Deel Drainage Scheme.

    The proposed scheme will see the construction of a diversion channel upstream of the town, which will take large flows directly to an outflow point, creating temporary washlands which will empty directly into Lough Conn; the installation of a weir and spillway, works to bridges, a new road system for Mullenmore area and a warning system.

    At 3.45pm Minister Moran will visit the Céide Fields Visitor Centre to welcome the bringing home of the prestigious Carlo Scarpa International Landscape Prize.

    Every year the International Carlo Scarpa Prize is awarded for gardens - to attract attention to a site which is particularly rich in natural, historical and creative values.

    This year the Céide Fields was selected as the overall winner of the award for 2018.

  • More than a hundred households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning since before 9am.

    The ESB has apologised for the outage saying a fault developed on the line and 121 customers are affected in two different locations in the Crossmolina area.

    It is hoped to have the service restored at aprox 12.15 this afternoon.

  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • A number of Mayo individuals and groups have been nominated for the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards.

    The awards are hosted annually by the Local Authority Members Association and IPB Insurance, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Croke Park Stadium this evening ( Saturday).

    Flying the flag for Co Mayo at this evening’s awards ceremony are the Westport 250 festival and Crossmolina St Patrick’s Day Committeee for the St Patrick’s night festival – they’re both shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Initiative.

    In the Best Community-Based Initiative, Mayo Community Futures and the School Warden Lollicops scheme in Mayo and Kildare are shortlisted.

    “Its for Girls” Mayo is nominated in the category of Best Community Health Initiative.

    John Cooney and Seamus Jordan of the Crossmolina Festival committee are nominated for the Community Volunteer of the Year award, and in the Best Tourism Initiative category, Wild Mayo Development & Promotional campaign has been nominated.

    RTE’s Marty Morrissey will present the awards to the winners in the Croke Park Stadium later this evening.

  • The OPW hope to start construction in mid-2019 on the bypass channel of the River Deel in Crossmolina.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue at a meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee this week.

    Senator Mulherin urged the OPW to begin construction on the bypass channel as soon as possible, saying people in Crossmolina are very anxious and frustrated, and live in fear of further flooding.

    Previously, the OPW had indicated that it would commence the works late next year, but Senator Mulherin said this is not acceptable, and has now welcomed the earlier construction date of mid-2019.

  • The provision of a new Fire Station in Crossmolina needs to be expedited – that’s according to local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus.

    Fire personnel in Crossmolina are currently working out of two Portacabins.

    While a new Fire Station is expected to be built by 2020, Councillor Loftus wants that date brought forward, due to a number of developments planned for the area over the next year, including the flood relief scheme and new windfarms.

    He raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, asking that Mayo County Council would ask the Environment Minister to expedite the delivery of the new fire station.

    His motion was carried.