• There is disappointment in the parish of Islandeady that Leitir National School between Castlebar and Newport is to close in June.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Martin McLoughlin confirmed the news to Midwest Radio today describing it as another nail in the coffin for rural Ireland.

    Leitir NS will officially close for the last time on June 28th when the number of pupils at the one teacher school will reduce to four following the departure of two children to commence second level education.

    Leitir was one of five schools in the parish of Islandeady.

    Following the closure of Glenisland School three years ago, only Cloggernagh, Cornanool and Cogaula remain.

    Cllr. McLoughlin says he has learned of this closure with great shock and dismay.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for Delia Collins of Islandeady, Castlebar who passed away over the weekend -and was one of Ireland's oldest residents.

    Delia, who lived with her daughter Mary and family in the townland of Leitir, Islandeady celebrated her 106th birthday last December.

    She attributed her long life to hard work on the farm, a love of music and an odd glass of Bailey's and the company of friends and neighbours.

    Delia was pre-deceased be her husband Patrick and son Peter.

    She's survived by her daughter Mary, sons John and Paddy, grand-daughter, great-granddaughter and extended family.

    Her funeral Mass will take place in St Patrick's Church, Islandeady on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the local cemetery.

    The funeral will be private, for family only.




    The inquest into the death of an Islandeady woman, who was murdered by her son over 7 years ago, will take place next month.

    46-year old Nóirín Kelly from Derrycrieve, Islandeady was killed in her home on 9th March 2011.

    In February 2014, her son Celyn was jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.

    The sentence was appealed, but that appeal was subsequently dismissed.

    According to the Mayo News, the Coroner for Mayo Patrick O'Connor said yesterday that he proposed to hear the inquest into Ms Kelly's death on August 20th at Castlebar Courthouse

    Meanwhile, the inquest into the death of brothers Jack and Thomas Blaine, who were murdered at their Castlebar home in 2013, has been adjourned until November.

    Alan Cawley of Corrimbla, Ballina was found guilty of their murder in July 2017 and sentenced to life in jail,

    That sentence has been appealed to the Court of Appeal, and Mr O'Connor said it would be inappropriate to hold the inquest until all the criminal proceedings are dealt with.

    He adjourned the inquest until November 19th.


  • A 30 year-old man who ran a growhouse operation on behalf of a Lithuanian drugs gang at Islandeady, near Castlebar, was remanded in custody to Friday next at yesterday's sitting of the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar.

    Edgaras Stalygas pleaded guilty at an earlier court to possessing and cultivating cannabis in a house which had been rented for him at Cloonan, Islandeady.

    When gardai, on foot of confidential information, raided the property on June 9 of last year, they had to force the rear door to gain entry.

    The court heard that a total of 90 cannabis plants were discovered in the attic - with a total street value of €72,000.

    Gardai claimed the growhouse was part of a bigger drugs operation by a Lithuanian gang who had rented six houses throughout Ireland.

    All of the houses had been converted for the growing of cannabis.

    The accused has been in custody since June 10 of last year, and his defence counsel told the judge he was merely a 'worker' in the growhouse operation.

    The court heard he had lost his passport, but hopes to rejoin his brothers in Germany.

    Judge Séan O'Donnabhaín said he would not be able to suspend part of a prison sentence unless the accused was in a position to leave the country.

    He put sentencing back to Friday to see whether the solicitors for Mr. Stalygas could get take steps to get a passport, so that he could remove himself from the jurisdiction.




  • Mayo’s Ray Moylette faces Larry Fryers in an intriguing America-hosted all-Irish clash this Friday. 

    The Islandeady boxer and the New York-based Clones fighter are scheduled to battle it out on a Murphys Boxing show at the Encore Casino in Boston Harbour(July 12th). 

    The clash will take place over eight rounds

    For ‘Sugar Ray’ it’s the first time he will be seen in a ring since his sensational but ultimately disappointing outing, in terms of the result in his TV-broadcast- Castlebar homecoming.

    The 29-year-old former amateur standout saw his stock rise in defeat, live on TG4 as he got up of the floor twice in a round in front of a vocal and sizable TF Royal Theatre crowd. 

    However, having lost to Mexican Christian Uruzquieta for the WBC International Silver title on that December night he will be more than eager to secure victory in America on Friday. 

    Yet, the Paschal Collins-trained fighter hasn’t been handed an easy return, stepping up in weight and straight into a domestic. 

    In Fryers he faces another keen-to-progress Irish fighter. Like his opponent, the 28-year-old Ulsterman knows what it’s like to suffer defeat on a breakthrough night. The Monaghan fighter was stopped by Russian dangerman Nikolay Buzolin on a big Matchroom card in Brooklyn.

     ‘Lethal Larry’ has been preparing for this bout with plenty of sparring with former light welter world champion Chris Algieri and will be confident his size and activity will be crucial advantages over former World Youth and European Elite champion Moylette.

  • Islandeady boxer Ray Moylette will fight for the WBC International title when he comes home to Castlebar on December 7th.

    The former amateur European and World gold medallist, who has an 11-0 record since making the switch to the professional ranks, will fight for the strap and a world ranking place later this year.

    The lightweight star has fought several times in America as well as in the UK and once in Dublin and now returns home to fight in The Royal Theatre in Castlebar.

    Moylette’s opponent and the rest of the undercard will be announced by Assassin Boxing next week.

  • Islandeady boxer Ray Moylette has won his latest professional bout. 

    He overcame his opponent 79-73 on a unanimous decision in Boston last night. 

    Ray is now 11-0 in his pro career. 

  • The partner of a 46-year-old woman stabbed to death more than seven years ago by a teenage son who was high on drugs told an inquest into her death yesterday (Monday) she should still be alive but for “a miscarriage of justice”.

    Michael Kelly informed the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O'Connor and a jury that the late Noreen Kelly, Islandeady, Castlebar, pleaded for help for her son at a district court hearing three weeks before her death on the grounds he was “sick”.

    Mr. Kelly explained that his partner, a single mother,accompanied her son, Celyn Eadon, to the court where he faced a charge of not turning up in court.

    He added that the judge sentenced Mr. Eadon to ten days in prison and ordered that a psychiatric evaluation be carried out while in prison.

    Mr. Kelly said that after the killing it emerged the warrant had been lost.

    He had wanted to put this to the jury at Mr. Eadon's subsequent trial (in the Central Criminal Court) but both the prosecution and defence thought the matter was not relevant.

    “It's a miscarriage of justice”, Mr. Kelly stated. “She (Noreen) should still be here”.

    Celyn Eadon, who was 19 at the time he murdered his mother, stabbing her nineteen times, is serving a a sentence of life in prison for the crime.

    Last May his appeal against his conviction was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

    The eight-day trial at the Central Criminal Court heard that Mr. Eadon had begun taking drugs at an early age and by the time of his mother's death he was taking amphetamines, methamphetamines and cannabis along with prescription medication.

    The court was told that Ms Kelly had taken drugs from her son's bedroom and burnt them on the evening before she died.

    The coroner, Mr. O'Connor told the deceased's partner, Mr. Kelly, yesterday that the powers of an inquest were very limited.

    He explained that the court could not make any determination in relation to liabillity, culpability or responsibility.

    A seven-person inquest jury returned a verdict of murder.

    At the conclusion of the hearing, the coroner, Mr. O'Connor said words could not express the horror of what had happened.

    “To die suddenly is always a great tragedy but to die as a result of someone's actions is the greatest tragedy of all”, the coroner continued.

    Supt Joe McKenna, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, and Mr. Gerry Tolster, foreman of the inquest jury, joined in the expressions of sympathy.

    Supt McKenna said he had grown up with Ms. Kelly in Westport and described her as “a lovely lady”.