• Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the Headford Road ( N84).

    The collision occurred about 8am this morning at the Curragh Line.

    Gardaí say the road will be closed for a time while the crash is dealt with.

    Motorists are advised to take an alternative route where possible.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the woman who died in a farm accident in the Headford area on Monday.

    54-year-old Patricia Newell from Curracuggeen died after she was injured while tending to cattle in a field.

    She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body removed to University Hospital Galway where a post-mortem examination took place.

    The Health and Safety Authority is investigating.

    Patricia’s remains will repose at Carey’s Funeral Home, Claran Road, Headford on Thursday evening from 5-8pm.

    She will be laid to rest on Friday in Donaghapatrick Cemetery following 11am Funeral Mass in St Patrick and Cuana Church Kilcoona.

  • The Health & Safety Authority is investigating the death of a woman on a farm in Co Galway yesterday.

    The 54-year old woman was found dead yesterday afternoon in a field in the Headford area.

    There was livestock in the field at the time, and a spokesman for the Health & Safety Authority told Midwest News that they assume she was attacked.

    The HSA are liasing with the Gardai in relation to the incident.

    The woman's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem examination.



  • Investment and upgrade work has been granted for the OPW building in Headford. 

    Independent TD Sean Canney says this is a huge boost of confidence for the town and also for the OPW remaining in Headford as the regional headquarters. 

    Deputy Canney says the OPW is a major employer in the town and services all of Galway, as well as going into Mayo and Roscommon. 

    He says the project will be a huge enhancement to the area. 


  • It’s important that every effort is made to retain nurses in our hospitals, that’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, a member of the HSE West Forum.

    At a recent meeting of the forum the councillor submitted a question on the number of new nurses hired at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in the past twelve months.

    In response Ann Cosgrave Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group confirmed that the total number of nurses hired in the last year at both hospitals was 153, including all nursing grades. In addition there were 84 Student General Nursing (pre-reg) hired.

    Councillor Hoade told Midwest News that it is vital to retain and recruit nurses in order to provide the services required at both hospitals

  • Motorists are being advised to expect delays in Headford from this morning as roadworks get underway.

    The retexturing works – set to run daily until Friday – will take place on the N84 in the town between the hours of 9.30am and 6pm.

    A stop go system will be in place for the duration of the works and motorists are being advised to allow additional time for their journeys.

    Works will commence at the Garda Station and end at the Square.

  • A Galway County Councillor says she's disappointed that the realignment of the N84 road between Shrule and Headford is not on the priority list for the TII -Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

    Headford-based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade says it was expected that, following the completion of works between Galway and Corrandulla, the second phase would commence between Shrule and Headford, where the road is not wide enough for two vehicles in some spots.

    This section of road forms part of the main road between Castlebar and Galway, and Councillor Hoade is calling on the TII to prioritise this project.

    A petition is also being collected in the area to further the campaign.


  • There were no applications for two GP practices in Swinford and Headford, when the existing GPs at both locations retired recently.  

    According to former Chair of the Irish Medical Organisation and Ballygar GP Dr Martin Daly, there will be areas in the west of Ireland left without a GP in the coming years.

    The IMO is highlighting the level of retirements anticipated over the next five to seven years county by county, and across county Mayo 41 percent, that is 2 in every 5 GPs in the county at present look set to hang up the stethoscope.

    In Leitrim up to half of the GPs at present are due to retire over that time period, in Roscommon 38 percent, 30 percent in Galway.

    The organisation has also been contacting TDs and running a social media campaign on Twitter to push its reverse FEMPI campaign.

    The IMO’s AGM is taking place in Killarney over the next four days.

  • One of the busiest stretches of roads in the region, the N84 Galway to Headford road at Curraghline has made no progress in its priority listing for road projects by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

    A Galway county councillor claims that motorists using this route may have to wait a decade before upgrade works are carried out on this notorious stretch of road.

    Independent cllr James Charity raised the issue at a recent meeting of the Athenry Ornamore Municipal District.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the councillor outlined his concern that the upgrade works to the N84 at this location may be stalled until the Galway city ring road is under construction, which is likely to be a decade away.

    Galway county council has submitted an application to the TII for a 13.5 million euro upgrade of the Curraghline, however, council officials say the application is “in the queue” and so to date has made no progress.