• Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two separate incidents that took place over the past week.

    On Saturday morning last, an aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Knockroe Park area of Castlerea, shortly before 5.30am.

    A man in his 20's was seriously assaulted after confronting two men in his home.

    The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital, and Gardai in Castlerea are investigating.


    Gardai are also investigating an armed robbery that took place at a service station in Frenchpark last week.

    Two men, allegedly armed with a slash hook, entered the business premises at about 9.10 pm last Thursday night and stole a small sum of cash.

    No-one was injured in the incident, and investigations are ongoing.


    Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.



  • Firefighters are battling a forest fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea again this morning.

    Ballaghaderreen, Boyle and Elphin brigades are back out at the blaze, after battling it into the early hours of this morning.

    They also have air support from one water carrier helicopter.

    Midwest News understands the blaze is extensive but no homes are under threat at present.


    Firefighters battled a major forest fire between Frenchpark and Castlerea yesterday evening and into the early hours of this morning.

    The fire service from Ballaghaderreen battled the blaze from early yesterday evening and they were joined by brigades from other areas also.

    Midwest News understands that firefighters battled the extensive blaze into the early hours of this morning and the blaze was brought under control.




  • Gardai are attending the scene of a 2-vehicle collision near Frenchpark in Co Roscommon.

    It's understood the crash occurred on the Ballaghadereen road.

    Gardai have described the incident as a minor traffic collision, and say no one received serious injuries.

    Motorists in the area should expect delays until the road is cleared.





  • The body of a man was recovered from a river at Frenchpark, Co Roscommon yesterday evening.

    A search had been underway in the area since Saturday, after a farmer in his 50s from the area was reported missing.

    Foul play is not suspected.

    The discovery was made yesterday evening by members of the Garda Water Unit as part of ongoing searches.

    After the man was reported missing to gardaí on Saturday, searches got underway involving local Gardaí, Civil Defence, the Garda Water Unit and local people.

    The search has been stood down.

    The body was removed to the mortuary at Roscommon Hospital.

    A file will be prepared for the Coroner.

  • Three men have been arrested after Gardaí in Frenchpark and Castlerea seized more than €15,000 worth of cash and cannabis herb as part of an ongoing operation into the sale and supply of drugs in the area.

    Gardaí conducted a search of a property in the Frenchpark area at 8.30pm yesterday evening with the assistance of the Armed Support Unit.

    During the search €13,500 in cash was located along with €1,700 worth of cannabis herb (subject to analysis).

    Items associated with drug dealing were also found in the property such as weighing scales.

    Three men – one aged in his late 20s, and two aged in their mid to late 30s – have been arrested in connection with this seizure.

    One of these men, who is in his late 30s, has been charged in connection with this matter and will appear before a sitting of Castlerea District Court today.

    The other two men have been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the director of Public Prosecutions.