• A teenage girl who had been missing from her home in Knocknacarra, Salthill has been located.

    14-year-old Julija Nedilskaja was last seen when she left her school in Taylor’s Hill, Galway on Friday at midday.

    Gardai confirmed on Sunday evening that she had been found safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance.


  • A teenager, who had been reported missing in Athlone last week, has been found safe and well.

    Gardai had issued an appeal for information on the whereabouts of 14-year old Ronan Quinn who was missing from his home in Athlone since Sunday week last 27th october.

    Today, Gardai have confirmed the teenager has been located safe and well and have thanked the public for their assistance.



  • Gardai say ten burglaries have been reported in the Mayo Garda division since the start of this month - 5 in the Claremorris area, 3 in Castlebar and two in Kilkelly.

    While the number of burglaries in Mayo to date this year is down over 50% on the same period last year, Gardai say the number of incidents is a matter of concern.

    They're urging homeowners to take steps to prevent burglaries in their property - including the installation of alarms, and have urged people to report any suspicious activity in their locality.

  • Ten people have died on roads in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon so far this year.

    Nationally, since the 1st January, 89 people have died on Ireland's roads, which is a 7% increase in fatalities compared to this time last year.

    Of the 89 fatalities, two people have died in road collisions this year in Mayo, 3 in Roscommon and 5 in Co Galway.

    The national figures published today by Garda and the Road Safety Authority show the highest number of fatalities to date this year were in Dublin, Tipperary and Cork.

    There's been an increase in the number of deaths among drivers and motorcyclists, while there's a reduction in fatalities among passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

    80 per cent of road deaths are now taking place in rural areas, while Sunday is the most dangerous day, followed by Friday.

    Meanwhile, Gardai are asking all road users to take extra care this August Bank Holiday weekend.

    With an increase in traffic over the long weekend, motorists are asked to slow down, always wear their seatbelts, never drink and drive and don't use mobile phones when driving.

  • The man who died in a single vehicle road accident on the N5 near Swinford on Saturday evening has been named.

    John Patrick Hannon who was in his 70’s lost his life when the SUV he was driving left the road and struck a wall on the Swinford side of the Ballymiles pub in Ballinvoher.

    Mr. Hannon from Ballymote was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His remains were brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a post-mortem examination.

    He was a former Christian Brother who taught with the Order in many countries and was a leading figure in the Ballymote Active Retirement Group.

    Gardaí in Swinford are continuing to investigate the accident and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0949252990 or the Garda confidential line on 1800666111.

    No funeral arrangements have yet been announced.

  • The principal of a Mayo special needs school is warning people to check their premises and vehicles which may be lying idle during the covid-19 restrictions.

    Gardaí are investigating an incident of criminal damage to two special needs school buses at St Anthony’s School in Castlebar.

    The incident occurred at 9 o’clock yesterday morning, and the diesel tanks of two of their buses were damaged and drained.

    No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

    The school has set up a Go fund me page to cover the costs of repairing the damage and it has already surpassed their target of €2,000.

    Fiona Byrnes is the Principal of the special needs school and told Midwest News that any further donations will be used to do something nice for the pupils of the school in the future.

  • Gardai are urging people visiting tourist attractions and beaches across Co Mayo to ensure they do not leave valuable possessions in unattended cars.

    A number of burglaries from cars and vehicles have been reported in areas including the Croagh Patrick carpark, Old head and Keem beaches and Ashleigh Falls this Summer, and Gardai are advising visitors to lock any valuables in the boot before arriving at their destination.

  • Three males were arrested following a series of incidents in Co Mayo overnight in which two Garda patrol cars were rammed, and two Gardai received minor injuries.

    The incidents unfolded after a car was stolen in the Castlebar area in the early hours of this morning.

    A Garda patrol car located the stolen vehicle and was following it, when the patrol car was rammed in Ballyheane.

    One Garda received minor injuries.

    The stolen car took off, and a second Garda patrol car joined the chase when it was also rammed near Ballintubber.

    Again, one Garda received minor injuries in this incident.

    The stolen car was then pursued by Claremorris Gardai and members of the Armed Support Unit.

    The stolen vehicle crashed near the village of The Neale.

    Three males were arrested – two aged in their early 20’s and one teenager – and were taken to Castlebar Garda Station where they’re being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.




  • 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.

  • Three men have been arrested after drugs worth over €300,000 were seized in County Mayo.

    It's after two houses were searched in Killasser, Swinford yesterday evening at around 6 o'clock following surveillance by the Divisional Drugs Unit. 

    Cannabis plants at different stages of growth were discovered.

    Three men, aged 44, 27 and 23 were arrested at the scene in connection with the investigation.

    They are currently being questioned at Ballina Garda Station.

    Investigations are continuing.


  • Three men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into serious assaults in Galway last year.

    Two men received gunshot and stab wounds outside Holy Family Church in Mervue, Galway, on January 13th, 2019.

    A third man was assaulted nearby, in Walter Macken Street, on the same afternoon. 

    This morning gardai arrested three men in their 30s and 40s, and they're due to appear in Longford District Court today.

  • National Slow Down Day was held over a 24 hour period between 7am yesterday and 7am this morning.

    In total, An Garda Síochána and GoSafe checked 204,849 vehicles and detected 286 vehicles travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

    See some notable detections over the 24 hour period of National Slow Down Day across the region:

    63km/h in a 50km/h Zone on the R339 Monivea Road Galway Galway

    125km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N15 Cullagh More Drumcliff Sligo

    110km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 Knoxspark Ballisodare Sligo

  • Gardai are attending the scene of a road collision on the N5 road, between Swinford and Castlebar.

    Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Castlebar side of the Applegreen service station.

    It's not believed anyone sustained injuries in the collision.

    The road is open, but motorists can expect some delays.




  • Gardai are at the scene of road collision on the N60 near Breaffy National School.

    Emergency services are at the scene and traffic is down to one lane.

    There are no reports of any injuries at present.

    Traffic is very heavy in both directions.

  • Traffic is down to one lane on Pound Street in Ballaghaderreen this morning.

    Gardai confirmed that there was an incident there earlier and Gardai are currently at the scene dealing with it.

    Midwest News understands a pedestrian was hit there earlier.

  • One lane of the road is closed at the Collooney Roundabout in Sligo this morning after a truck overturned on the road.

    Gardai say diversions are in place and it will take some time to move the truck from the road.

    The driver of the truck was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

    There have been falls of snow in some parts of the region overnight. There are reports of snowfall in the Ballaghaderreen and Boyle areas this morning but roads do appear to be clear in most areas. Motorists are urged to exercise caution on secondary routes in particular.

  • Tuam Gardaí are investigating a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian at Killelaun Tuam, Co Galway.


    The collision occurred at approximately 8.15pm yesterday evening on the Tuam side of Cloonmore Bridge on the Tuam-Galway Road.


    Emergency service crews attended the scene.


    A male pedestrian in his late 20s was taken to University Hospital Galway with non life-threatening injuries.


    The driver of the car was uninjured.


    Investigations are ongoing.

  • Tuesday last was one of the busiest days in the history of the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team - with the exception of Reek Sundays.

    The team dealt with three separate call-outs to incidents on Croagh Patrick, between 11am and 7pm.


    With the exception of Reek Sundays - which take place on the last Sunday of July each year - Tuesday of this week was one of the busiest days ever for the Mayo Mountain Rescue team.

    It starts shortly before 11.30am when the mountain rescue team was alerted by Gardai and the Irish Coast Guard to come to the assistance of a man who had sustained a lower leg injury on Croagh Patrick.

    A first-response party attended to the casualty who was subsequently airlifted to Mayo University Hospital by the Coastguard for further treatment.

    While he was being airlifted by Rescue 118, the Mayo Mountain Rescue team was again tasked at about 2.40pm, again near the shoulder of Croagh Patrick.

    The first reponse team and stretcher team who were already on the mountain went to assist a second casualty who had also sustained a lower leg injury.

    He was treated and then stretchered down the Reek to the Murrisk side.

    A walker who was with a group on Croagh Patrick then advised of a 3rd casualty who required assistance, after being injured in a fall near the summit.

    He had managed to descend with the help of his group, but was suffering from exhaustion.

    A first-response team  treated him for his injury before assisting the casualty to walk down off the mountain.

    The Mountain Rescue Team were finally stood down at about 7pm Tuesday evening after a busy day - and it followed a busy weekend, with two callouts last Saturday - one of which included a complex rescue on steep ground.

    The voluntary organisation provides emergency cover 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on Mayo's hills and mountains.

    Up to 80% of call-outs annually are to Croagh Patrick.

  •  A two vehicle collision occurred this morning on the Castlebar to Clarmorris road.

    The collision at Mossbrook happened shortly after 11am.

    Traffic is reduced to one lane but is expected to be fully reopened by 1.30pm.

  • Two men are due to appear in court this evening charged in connection with a robbery in Sligo on Thursday.

    At around midday on Thursday, two men armed with a knife and hammer entered a business at Deepwater Quay in Sligo.

    They threatened staff and demanded money. They left with a sum of money and no one was injured.

    Garda investigating the robbery conducted searches and arrested a 19 year old man and a 24 year old man in the Sligo area on Thursday afternoon. They were detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Ballymote Garda Station.

    A car and items connected with the robbery were also seized for examination.

    Both men are scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 7.30pm this evening charged in connection with the robbery.