• Ireland will return to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2021.

    Surrounded by a rugged coastal landscape, towering cliffs and staggering views of the Atlantic Ocean, Downpatrick Head on Ireland’s West Coast will play host to the world’s elite cliff divers for the fifth Irish edition of the event.

    After three stops at Inis Mór, and a 2019 showing in Dún Laoighre in front of 150,000 spectators, the series heads to the West again where the Atlantic waters will once again test these talented athletes to their limits. A location steeped in Irish folklore and ancient history, the world’s top cliff divers will be written into modern history as the first to leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights of up to 27m and at speeds in excess of 85km/h, with no protection but for their concentration, skill and physical control, before meeting the wild Atlantic below.

    Since 2009 the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic freefalls and dives of ever-growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising breakthrough talents. The 2021 calendar will feature six stops from June to October, kicking off in France. This year, all eyes will be on reigning champions Gary Hunt (UK) and Rhiannan Iffland (AUS) as they battle against their relative fields of 12 male and 12 female athletes for the coveted King Kahekili Trophy in the 12th edition of the series.

    Further details on spectator attendance, live broadcast and participating divers will be announced in due course.


  • A Mayo Senator is calling for Government action to help Downpatrick families who have been without a water supply for over ten years.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin raised the issue of 17 Downpatrick families who must go to a pump in Ballycastle for water in the Seanad.

    The project was named a number one priority by Mayo County Council ten years ago, but it was refused funding under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021 as the cost per unit exceeds the €9,000 per house threshold by €4,500 per house.

    The area is unsuitable for the boring of well water because natural soil conditions make the water untreatable.

    The Mayo Senator expressed her disappointment that a panel comprising of EPA, Irish Water and Department officials, didn’t deem the Downpatrick project worthy of exceptional funding

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that she is confident Minister Eoghan Murphy will look into this project and ones like it in more detail.

  • A new Group water scheme for Downpatrick Head has been approved today.

    This news has been confirmed by Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin who says this is long awaited news.

    Downpatrick didn’t make the grade pre-Christmas when the capital programme was announced as the way the application was presented it was going to be too costly for households.

    Senator Mulherin has praised Mayo Council for re-jigging the application and says the finding is now in the capital budget for the project.

  • A search is continuing today in north Mayo for a missing man.

    The man, who's in his late 60's and living in the Lacken area, was last seen at about lunchtime on Thursday.

    His car was located on Friday afternoon at Downpatrick Head, and the Coastguard launched an extensive search operation.

    The land search has been continuing throughout the weekend, also involving the Civil Defence, Gardai and the Grainne Uaile sub-aqua club.

    Weather conditions have hampered plans for a sea search but it is understood that conditions will allow for that to happen today.

    Gardai say searches have taken place from Ballycastle Pier to Killala, along the entire stretch of coastline, and they're appealing to people to be vigilant when out walking, and if they can assist in tracing the missing man, they're asked to contact Ballina Garda Station at 096 - 20560.