• Gardai in Belmullet are appealing for witnesses, following an incident of criminal damage to a Defibrillator in the early hours of yesterday morning.

    The incident occurred on Barrack Street in the town sometime between 2.30 and 8am on Monday morning.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Belmullet at 097 - 81910.



  • A body has been found by Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Sligo.

    Ms Karaczyn has been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town since early Sunday.

    The discovery was made around 10am in the Holywell Road area on the outskirts of Sligo town. 

    A wooded area close to Lough Gill has been sealed off.

    This morning a man who was being questioned about her disappearance was released without charge.

    The 32-year-old man was released from Ballymote Garda Station early this morning.

  • The body of man in his late twenties has been discovered in a caravan in Achill.

    No foul play is suspected with his death.

    The body of the man has been taken to the mortuary at Mayo University Hospital for a post mortem examination.

  • The body discovered on a beach in Galway earlier this week has been identified as that of missing man Robert Murray.

    A search had been underway for a number of weeks for the 25-year old missing from Salthill.

    His body was found on Renmore beach on Monday evening and removed to University Hospital Galway for post-mortem examination.

    Gardai say foul play is not suspected, and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

    Meanwhile Galway Gardai are continuing to appeal for information on Roland Mitchell.

    The 26-year old from Fr Griffin Road in Galway was last seen on Saturday evening last, and his family are concerned for his wellbeing.


  • A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a school bus in Co Leitrim.

    It happened this morning in Cloone.

    This crash, between a motorcyclist and school bus, happened on the Cloone-Fenagh road just before 8 am.

    The motorcyclist, who is in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His body has been removed to Sligo University hospital for a post-mortem exam.

    The bus driver was taken to the same hospital to be treated for shock.

    Bus Eireann has confirmed that five children were on board the bus at the time of the incident, but they were not injured. 

  • Gardai in Mayo are advising the general public to be vigilant for a new online scam in circulation.

    An email is being sent purporting to be from a parish priest in Mayo requesting to order a Google Play Card and looking for money to be sent on to help out a friend of his who is in distress.

    The message from Gardai is that this is a scam and do not reply to the email or transfer any money.

  • Emergency services attended the scene of a two vehicle collision on the N17 at 6:30 yesterday evening.

    The road was closed for an hour near Boherduff as Gardai and Fire brigade personnel cleared the road.

    Midwest News understands that both drivers and passengers were taken to Mayo General Hospital, but their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

  • A car, a quantity of documents and mobiles phones were seized during a search operation in Sligo this morning.

    Officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau, Revenue, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, assisted by local Gardai and the Regional Armed Support Unit conducted a search operation in Sligo Town this morning.

    The search was conducted at a residential premises in the area. A Ford Mondeo was seized along with a quantity of documents and mobile phones. No arrests were made during this phase of the investigation which is ongoing.


  • Gardai have confirmed that a caravan stolen from the Ballyhaunis area two weeks ago has been located.

    The caravan was stolen from the Classaroe / Kiltyboe area of Ballyhaunis on the weekend of the3rd / 4th July, and has since been located in Tipperary.

    A file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to the incident, and Claremorris Gardai have thanked the public for their assistance.

  • Westport Gardai are investigating the theft of cash and jewellery from a car yesterday afternoon.

    Between 3pm and 3.20, a car was broken into at Doolough, Louisburg - about 2km from Delphi Adventure Centre.

    A substantial amount of cash and jewellery was taken from the car.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Westport Gardai at 098 - 25555.



  • Gardai in Castlebar are appealing for information on a young woman missing since Saturday.

    29-year old Rachel Dervin, originally from Ballina, has been missing from the Castlebar area since Saturday and her family are concerned for her welfare.

    Rachel is described as about 5' 9" in height, of thin build with distinctive dyed red hair.

    She may have travelled to Dublin, and anyone who has seen Rachel on a bus or train is asked to contact Castlebar Gardai at 094 - 90 38200.



  • Gardaí in Castlebar, Co Mayo are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 50's was assaulted on Thursday February 20th at Hopkins Road, Castlebar.

    The woman was assaulted at approximately 1.20pm, was taken to Mayo University Hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

    Gardaí in Castlebar are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have information or who may have witnessed the incident, to contact them on 094-9038200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.

  • Gardai in Castlebar are appealing for information after a teenager was struck by a car on the Cottage road, Breaffy last night, and sustained serious injuries.

    The 14 year old girl was walking with her dog when the incident occurred between 8.30  and 8.50pm last night.

    The vehicle did not stop. It is described as a dark coloured car.

    The girl was removed by ambulance from the scene and taken to Mayo University Hospital.

    The road is closed to traffic this morning as a garda forensic investigation of the scene is underway.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone on Cottage road, the Breaffy road, or the Belcarra road last night between 8.15pm and 8.45 pm and may have noticed anything unusual or suspicious to contact them, particularly anyone with a dash cam in their vehicle in that area last night, to contact Castlebar garda station at 094 9022222.


  • Castlebar Gardai are investigating an alleged anti-social behaviour incident at apartment blocks in the town over the weekend.

    The incident occurred at Sean Bhaile apartments in the town.

    A woman reported to Castlebar Garda Station that her balcony window was smashed shortly before 9pm on Saturday night.

    A glass bottle was thrown at the balcony window.

    Castlebar Gardai are investigating.

  • Ahead of Halloween tomorrow,  Castlebar Gardai have issued a warning about the dangers posed by illegal fireworks, and the kind of injuries that can result.

    Gardai say the problem with buying illegal fireworks is that there's no quality control, and they can ignite easily, causing catastrophic injuries.

  • Gardai in Castlebar have issued a warning in relation to hoax calls.

    A number of people in the Castlebar area have reported receiving phone calls this morning purporting to be from Revenue, and asking for bank details.

    Gardai are advising that Revenue never seek bank details over the phone, and anyone wishing to update their details can do so online.

    Gardai are advising anyone who receives such calls to hang up, and never give bank details over the phone.



  • Castlebar Gardai are again renewing their appeal for information on a hit and run which took place almost a month ago.

    A 14-year old girl who was walking her dog was struck by a car that failed to stop.

    The incident took place on Cottage Road, Breaffy between 8.25 and 8.50 pm on Monday evening 7th January.

    The teenager required hospital treatment after being struck by a dark-coloured car driven by a man with a beard.

    Almost a month on, Gardai are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them at Castlebar Garda Station at 094 - 9022222.



  • With a busy festive season in trade now in full swing, Local Business Watch in Castlebar is organising a meeting next week in an attempt to combat fraud.

    There have been a number of reported incidents of fraud reported to the gardai over recent weeks in the area.

    Garda Michael Toland of the Community Policing Unit at Castlebar Garda station says people need to be vigilant when receiving suspicious calls.

    The advice is to never give out any personal details to anyone on the phone, particularly if you do not know or recognize the caller.

    The meeting to combat fraud will take place on Tuesday next, upstairs in the Bridge Street Public House from 5pm to 6.30pm.

    Garda Toland has been speaking to Midwest News

  • Castlebar Gardai are advising people to be cautious of anyone coming to their door collecting money for charity.

    It’s reported that a man has been calling to houses today in the Ballyheane area of Castlebar, purporting to collect money for the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice Foundation.

    The Hospice says they do not carry out door-to-door collections, and Gardai are advising householders to be wary of anyone calling and looking for donations.



  • Castlebar Mitchels will hold an event this Friday evening in an effort to prevent burglaries in the area.

    The ‘Is Your Home Safe’ Event will take place in An Sportlann and will include a one hour presentation by Garda Sergeant Tony Cosgrove, the Crime Prevention Officer for Mayo.

    It gets underway at An Sportlann tomorrow evening at 8pm.