Fire Service

  • Fire brigades from Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis battled gorse fires at Cloonfower last night.

    The fires, which stretched for about two kilometres, occurred between Castlerea and Loughglynn.

    Units from both areas tackled the fires into the early hours and brought them under control overnight.

    Ballaghaderreen Fire Brigade has thanked the public for their help and co-operation last night. 

  • One man was taken to hospital after he was struck by a van in Ballaghaderreen earlier today.

    The man was struck by the van on the Main Street at 12.15 this afternoon.

    He was attended to by Ballaghaderreen Fire Service first responders before being transported to hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

  • A fire warning has been issued by Bord na Mona and the Fire Service.

    The two organisations are warning that, at this time of year, the countryside is exposed to a higher risk of fire.

    Fire puts the lives of firefighters at risk, as well as causing major damage to property, wildlife and habitats.

    Bord na Mona say they're aware of an increase in the unauthorised use of bogs by people using scrambler and quad bikes, and heat from the exhausts of these vehicles can set dry scrub alight, and has been the likely cause of a number of recent bog fires.

    Bord na Mona is asking people to refrain from bringing motorbikes and quads onto bogs, not to light fires in the countryside, to take care when disposing of  lit cigarettes, and to report any anti-social behaviour to Gardai.

     

     

     

  • A woman has died after a house fire in County Galway.

    The alarm was raised at around 7 o'clock last night.

    Gardaí and Fire Services attended at the scene at Tullyvoheen in Clifden yesterday evening.

    They were called to the house at around 7 o'clock, and brought the blaze under control a short time later.

    The sole victim of the fire was a woman believed to be in her late 40s.

    Her body was located inside the house, and the scene is currently preserved for examination.

    Gardaí say foul play is not suspected at this time.