• Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring has approved €350,000 in Leader supports for two projects – one in Ballina and the other in Lahardane

     €200,000 has been allocated to Nephin Whiskey Malting Plant, Lahardane to purchase equipment for the development of a malting plant, which will provide peat-smoked malt for the distillery industry.

    €150,000 has been allocated to IRD North Mayo West Sligo to establish a sustainable music festival of international standing in Ballina. This was successfully piloted in September, 2018 as Local Voices.

     Minister Ring told Midwest News today that these are a major announcement for the two communities and will provide a significant financial boost.


    The Hayes High School marching band from Delware Ohio will be special guests at the third annual St Patrick Day parade in Lahardane

     The north Mayo village will host the band members in their homes for the occasion.

    It will be a weekend of celebrations in Lahardane, following the parade on Saturday March 17th, on Sunday , the 18th, the band will host a concert in the Church.

    Ray Lynn is one of the organizers of the parade and he’s been telling Midwest News more about the festivities.

  • Bord Bia will highlight Quality Assurance benefits to farmers, and will support them in preparation for farm audits during a series of farm walk events in the coming months.

    The first such event will take place on Monday July 23rd on the farm of Fergal Doyle, Tubberavine, Lahardane, Co. Mayo from 7pm-9pm.

    This is a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine approved Knowledge Transfer event.

    Bord Bia in conjunction with Teagasc, will highlight the essential role of farmers in securing new markets.

  • The HSE is taking its time in coming back with answers on its plans for a full time GP service in Lahardane. That’s according to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    The Senator is seeking clarification following a packed public meeting that took place on the issue last week.

    There is a now campaign underway to secure a full time GP position and a local dispensary in the village of Lahardane, to ensure that the community will continue to have access to a local GP.

    Lahardane had a doctor’s surgery and a full time GP for many years, but the GP retired last year, the doctor’s surgery is now in private ownership, and while a locum doctor has been providing limited cover on a temporary basis, the community does not feel it is adequate in terms of demand.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News today that she has now spoken to Minister Simon Harrios on the issue in an effort to speed up the process and to get answers for the local community.