• 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.


  • A public consultation process has now opened into the River Deel drainage scheme in Crossmolina.

    Following devastating flooding in the town in 2015 and 2016, plans were developed for a bypass channel for the River Deel, and the OPW has recently submitted the scheme to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

    Before the Minister can give formal confirmation for the scheme to proceed, an Environmental Impact Assessment Report requires a public consultation process, which has now opened.

    Mayo FG Deputy Michael Ring says people can make submissions until 11th January.

  • A public meeting will be held in Crossmolina this Thursday night to discuss ongoing problems with low water pressure in parts of the town.

    The meeting will take place at O’Malleys bar & Grill, formerly known as the Dolphin Hotel on Ballina Street.

    Organisers are hoping that an immediate temporary fix will be put in place to relieve householders worst affected by the ongoing low water pressure, while they say a permanent solution needs to be determined.

    Irish Water and elected representatives have been invited to the meeting, which gets underway at 9pm on Thursday night.

  • Met Eireann says its monitoring the level of rainfall expected over the coming days amid fears of flooding.

    Farmers along the River Shannon are concerned following storms Ciara and Dennis.

    A yellow rainfall warning is in place for Connacht, Donegal, Longford, Clare and Tipperary.

    Meanwhile, residents in Crossmolina are keeping a close eye on the levels of the River Deel.

    Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Cllr. Michael Loftus says luckily there is no immediate threat of flooding in Crossmolina, however he is disappointed in the delay of approving a bypass for the River Deel.

  • If the commitment given by Irish Water to rectify the faults causing poor water pressure for householders in the Crossmolina area, are not delivered on, than Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin says she will be back on to the utility company.

    She made the statement at last night’s public meeting in Crossmolina organised by residents affected. Up to 40 houses in the Boreen and Knockalegan  areas have been experiencing problems with the water pressure for some time now. There are two houses in particular, where almost no water is available.

    Irish Water is addressing a number of issues along the supply and say they will resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that leaks in the system together with additional demand for water since Christmas are exasperating the problem.

  • There are still parts of North Mayo without electricity since Friday night’s lightening storms.

    Parts of Ballina, Crossmolina and Bangor Erris have not had their power restored just yet.

    According to ESB Powercheck it could be 4pm today before it is restored to some areas.

  • Three, 200 foot blades for the Oweninny wind farm development in North Mayo were carried over road, from Killybegs in Donegal through Ballina and Crossmolina in the early hours of this morning.

     The huge cargo traveled with police escort.

    Local Fianna Fail councillor Michael Loftus told Midwest News today that there was big excitement in Ballina and Crossmolina early this morning.

    Large blades and turbines will continue to be transported along this route on a regular basis between now and the end of next month.

  • A trial run, transporting 50 metre wide blades, through the town of Crossmolina was successfully carried out at the start of this week (Monday last)  by the developers of the Oweninney Wind Farm in north Mayo.

    Construction of the enormous development gets underway between now and Christmas and in excess of 60 lorries a day are expected to be travelling through Crossmolina during the construction stage.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says there will be extensive disruption through the town for some months, and he told Midwest Radio News Editor Teresa O’Malley that it’s important that the public remain informed.

  • Minister Kevin Boxer Moran was in Crossmolina this afternoon, to launch the public exhibition for the River Deel drainage scheme.

    Crossmolina has a long history of flooding, with the most significant floods occurring in October 1989, December 2006 and again in December 2015.

    Speaking in Crossmolina this afternoon, Minister Moran said the residents of the town have seen at first hand the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property and have waited too long for a flood relief scheme.

    The proposed design for the Crossmolina scheme, which will see an investment of €13.5 million in the town and will provide flood protection for 116 properties, will be on public exhibition at the Town Hall until 22nd June.

    Members of the public and interested stakeholders are invited to make submissions on the scheme before it moves to the next stage of the planning process.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio, Minister Kevin Boxer Moran said it’s a special day for the people of Crossmolina.