• A drug and alcohol free, teen music festival is returning to Mayo this weekend for its tenth anniversary.

    Band on the Strand takes place at Lacken Strand.

    2,000 young people from all over Ireland will attend the teen beach event.


  • Gardaí in Ballina are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jake Bagnell from Carrowmore Lacken.

    Jake was last seen at Lacken Cross, Killala at approximately 9:30am on Friday morning.

    He is described as approximately 5ft 7in in height, with black hair, and of thin build with blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing green tracksuit bottoms, dark navy or black hooded jacket, white and black Adidas runners.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station 096 20560 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • The Clare Motor Club Stages Rally got underway yesterday with a starting list of 98 crews preparing to do battle in extremely wet conditions over nine special stages around the Clare countryside.

    In form local driver John Warren and his co-driver Ruthann O’Connor, fresh from fantastic results on the recent Galway Stages Rally and the Sligo Stages Rally, brought their McHale Fusion Toyota to the Banner county in search of another Top Mayo Crew finish and the possibly of a top 20 finish not to be discounted given their recent run of form.

    It was hit the road at full throttle for the South Mayo pair, despite getting blocked on stage 1, coming across a car that had crashed, Warren and O’ Connor quickly put that out of their minds as they set the pace and came back to the first service in 16th place overall.

    As the rain worsened on the second loop the pair were truly up for any challenges that lay ahead, as they moved even further up the leader board. Heading into the final loop they sat 2nd in Class 13 trailing 1st by just 20 seconds and in 13th place overall. John and Ruthann provided the spectators with some truly impressive driving in very wet conditions, despite not having the benefit of four wheel drive, and with visibility at a minimum in the torrential rain, the pair made a decision to concentrate on finishing as they entered the last stage.

    "It was a great day, the stages were tight and tricky," said Warren, after emerging from the final stage in 15th place overall and 2nd in class. He had praise for his co-driver Ruthann, on what was a difficult outing in the conditions, and the tyres under his McHale Fusion Toyota.

    "I really enjoyed it, the car worked like a speedboat in the floods! Ruthann worked so easy with me on the notes. I'm delighted with our position overall".  

    The event was won by Roy White from Tipperary in a Fiesta WRC with Corks Daniel Cronin second in a Fiesta R5 and Maynooth’s Ian Barrett in a Darrian T90 who had Mayo native Paul McGee on the notes in third.

    Along with finishing third Barrett and McGee also picked up the much sought after “If in doubt, flat out” Colin McRae Perpetual cup, which goes to the fastest overall modified 2wd car of the day.

  • Gardai are appealing for information on a man in his late 80’s missing from the Ballycastle Carrowmore/Lacken area.


    The man was reported missing since the early hours of this morning from his residence at Lissadrone, Ballycastle.


    The man is described as 5 foot 9 in height, white hair, and has a distinctive white moustache.


    He is possibly wearing a dark green jumper, very light brown cords and speaks with a Yorkshire accent.


    Gardai say the man would present as being in a state of confusion.


    Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Gardai on 096-20560



  • Ireland have begun their Autumn Nations Cup campaign with a 32-9 win.

    Lacken native Caelan Doris produced an inspiring man of the match performance.

    Connacht’s Quinn Roux and debutant James Lowe scored the tries, but the victory came at a cost.

    Captain Jonathan Sexton limped out of the game in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

  • Will Connors and Hugo Keenan will make their Ireland debuts in Ireland's Guinness Six Nations clash against Italy on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

    The Leinster pair have impressed coach Andy Farrell with Connors starting in the back row at number 6, while Keenan is on the left wing.

    Lacken native Caelan Doris has also been included to start on Saturday.

    Ireland: Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Hugo Keenan, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander.

  • Caelan Doris’s preparations for this Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 final against Ulster has received a timely boost after the Leinster back-rower was named the tournament’s Next-Gen Star of the Season.

    The award for Under-23s playing in the PRO14 came hot on the heels of a man of the match performance in Leinster’s semi-final victory over Munster last Friday night at Aviva Stadium as Doris, 22, topped a poll of media representatives, former players and coaches from the five countries with participating teams.

    The Lacken native has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019-20, played 10 times in the PRO14 this season, scoring one try and winning two man of the match awards while also earning an Ireland Test debut in Andy Farrell’s maiden team selection as head coach for the 2020 Six Nations opener against Scotland.

  • Leinster's Caelan Doris  and Ulster's Will Addison are to be a part of the Irish rugby training camp in Cork this week.


    The Lacken native suffered a head injury early on in the win over Scotland.


    Ireland play England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday week.

  • A search is continuing today in north Mayo for a missing man.

    The man, who's in his late 60's and living in the Lacken area, was last seen at about lunchtime on Thursday.

    His car was located on Friday afternoon at Downpatrick Head, and the Coastguard launched an extensive search operation.

    The land search has been continuing throughout the weekend, also involving the Civil Defence, Gardai and the Grainne Uaile sub-aqua club.

    Weather conditions have hampered plans for a sea search but it is understood that conditions will allow for that to happen today.

    Gardai say searches have taken place from Ballycastle Pier to Killala, along the entire stretch of coastline, and they're appealing to people to be vigilant when out walking, and if they can assist in tracing the missing man, they're asked to contact Ballina Garda Station at 096 - 20560.