• The €400,000 target for the community of Ballinrobe to raise, to build a new Town Hall – is well on track to be achieved, with 340,000 euro now secured under the voluntary fund raising Campaign to Rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the Ballinrobe Town Hall committee says they are now just €60,000 short of the ambitious target set two years ago. Support for the project continues to come through from Ballinrobe people at home, around Ireland and abroad, he says, but support is still required with a price tag of 1.5 million euro on the project.

    Mayo County Council has committed to supporting the project and an application to LEADER has been submitted and the committee are hopeful that there will be a successful outcome in early autumn.

    The old Hall in Ballinrobe closed in 1996.

    The proposal is now to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

  • LEADER funding of €175,000  has been approved for two county Roscommon  projects. The funding has been announced by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring.

    Lisnamult Residents Association will receive €158,000 to help carry out Phase 2 of its development of Lisnamult Community Sports Park. Phase 2 involves the development of a multi-purpose area to include kitchen, toilets, function room and meeting room.

    While St. Brendan's GAA Club in Ballygar is to receive funding of €18,000 to help towards the provision of a walking/jogging and cycle track.

     Local Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighin told Midwest News this morning that the funding is very welcome news and these two projects will have a very positive impact on both communities.


  • Almost €300,000 in LEADER Funding has been announced for five Mayo community projects.

    The largest amount has gone towards the Big Red Barn company based in Aghamore.

    €150,000 will go to expanding the existing factory to increase the manufacturing space by 10,000 square feet.

    €121,000 has been awarded to Next Generation Digital Hub, Claremorris to upgrade a recently purchased industrial unit to a digital hub that will provide much needed training and conference space in Claremorris.

    Westival 2019 which is an arts festival in Westport has received over €12,000 in funding towards markerting, online development, festival signage and volunteer training.

    €5,000 will go to a self-employment programme for women in Westport.

    The Daring way training in Westport has also received a little under €5,000 in funding.

  • Funding of €75,000 has been approved for Aughagower Community Playground under the LEADER programme.

    The funding will be provided by Minister Michael Ring’s Department through the Mayo LEADER Local Action Group.

    This follows on from a recent announcement of €250,000 for five community playgrounds and multi-use games areas in Mayo through the CLAR Programme.

    Minister Ring says this amenity will be a wonderful addition to Aughagower and in particular to families with young children in the area.

  • Funding of almost €150,000 has been confirmed for playgrounds in Newport and Ballntubber under the LEADER programme.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has confirmed €74,984 for the development of a community playground in Ballintubber and €74,979 for the upgrade and expansion of Newport playground.

    The upgrade work on Newport playground will include the works to cater for children with disabilities and wheelchair users.

  • LEADER funding of €143,000 has been confirmed for four initiatives in Mayo today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Just over €70,000 has been approved for Paul Mullins in Claremorris for the expansion of a bale processing business.

    €38,961 has been approved for Claremorris Community Radio to acquire a new broadcast centre and purchase equipment for it.

    €23,983 has been allocated to Ballina Salmon Festival to provide equipment for the successful running and delivery of the 10 day long festival, while €10,655 has been allocated to Charlestown and District Development Association to acquire materials and equipment both maintenance and IT to support Tidy Towns projects to be undertaken in Charlestown during the year.

  • LEADER funding of €300,000 has been approved for the rebuilding of the Town Hall in Ballinrobe.

    The Town Hall will be rebuilt on the site of the original hall in Ballinrobe, and will provide a multi-purpose community facility, including a 430-seater performance area, meeting rooms and kitchen.

    An extensive local fundraising campaign has been underway for the project, and last July, the Government announced €750,000 for the Town Hall.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says an additional €300,000 in LEADER funding has now been allocated for the project.

  • Leader funding of 159,000 euro has been announced today for Westport Sports Complex.

    The funding will be used to redevelop the facility, to provide a modern complex that provides reasonable access for people with disabilities and mobility issues.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development, local deputy Michael Ring, told Midwest News today that the redevelopment will be a great addition to the town.

    He says it brings to forty the number of individual projects that have been allocated almost 1.5 million euro in Mayo under the Leader Programme.

  • LEADER funding of €10,000 has been announced for Mayo Adventure Experience, based in Castlebar.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has allocated just over €10,000 funding for Mayo Adventure Experience, located on the shores of Lough Lannagh in Castlebar.

    Minister Ring says the LEADER funding will enable the group to purchase additional equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, wetsuits and tag archery, which will allow them to cater for larger groups, and help with attracting visitors to Castlebar for outdoor activities.

    Minister Ring says he has now announced over €4.4 million in funding for 109 LEADER-funded projects in Co Mayo.


  • The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced €191,405 in funding through the LEADER Programme to support six community initiatives in Mayo.

    The following projects in Mayo have been allocated funding:


    Project Description

     Amount €

    Mayo Mountain Rescue Team, Westport

    To provide Emergency First Responder Training training to 30 active members of Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.


    South West Mayo Development Company

    Funding towards the Foundation for Life Programme 2019 which aims to provide essential life skills to young people who are not in education, employment or training.


    Lough Carra Catchment Association (LCCA)

    To fund a feasibility study for a project to reverse the ecological decline of Lough Carra.


    Mayo Celtic Holidays Ltd, Kiltimagh

    To purchase new equipment for Maghus Castle in Kiltimagh, including the installation of a sensory room.


    South West Mayo Development Company

    Funding for the development of a co-operation project between Moorehall in Carnacon and Derrymore House in Co. Down.


    Hayes Mechanical & Engineering, Ballintubber

    To upgrade workshop so as to ensure ISO certification





  • Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring officially launched the new Order of Malta ambulance at Knock Shrine this afternoon.

    The Order of Malta received funding for the new emergency service vehicle from the LEADER programme as part of E270,000 allocated by the Minister's department to the organisation nationally.

    The ambulance was launched today at a ceremony at 12:30 this afternoon in Knock Shrine and local priest Fr Richard Gibbons gave it his blessing.

    John Egan is a member of the Knock Order of Malta and praised the allocation of the vehicle for the first aid unit in the town.

    He says the new vehicle is vital for the Knock based service which gets large numbers older patients who are susceptible to illness.

    Minister Community and Rural Development Michael Ring launched the new ambulance at the Shrine in Knock this afternoon

    He told Midwest News that it is vitally important that the Order of Malta in Knock is suitably funded to cope with their large number of pilgrims.

  • Over €133,000 in LEADER funding has been allocated for Mayo community projects today.

    The funding will support six community initiatives in Mayo.

    €45,440 has been granted to Louisa Stoney, Rosturk, Mulranny to upgrade self-catering accommodation to meet the needs of older guest.

    €31,705 has been allocated to Niall Russell, Irishtown, Claremorris to develop a new craft workshohp at the promoter’s business base in Irishtown.

    €30,000 has been granted to Atlantic Photonic Solutions Ltd, Pontoon Road, Castlebar to fund the development of a prototype handheld laser device that can be tested in lab and field conditions for the treatment of sea-lice in salmon, while the company has also been allocated €8,060 for a feasibility study to determine if a device can be designed to treat sea-lice using a particular wavelength of light that would not be harmful to fish.

    €11,886 funding will go to Ballina Tidy Towns Company to install a lighting system to light up the archway at the entrance to Belleek Castle.

    And €6,254 has been granted to the Westport Beekeepers Association for the purchase of equipment to support the group’s current activities at their training centre in Knappagh

  • Over €157,000 in funding has been announced to support the construction of a new clubhouse at Westport Tennis Club.


    This funding has been announced by Minister Michael Ring through the LEADER programme.


    Minister Ring says this is fantastic news for the town of Westport and a big step forward for the tennis club.


    Meanwhile, Minister Michael Ring, will today partake in a series of events in Erris to highlight Government investment in rural communities through Department of Rural and Community Development.

    Minister Ring will this morning officially open the refurbished kitchen at Teach Greannaí Community Centre in Chill Chomaín.

    The Minister will also officially open a community playground in Carrowtigue which has been funded by his Department’s CLÁR Programme. He will also raise the Green Flag at Aughalasheen National School.

  • Over €91,000 has been approved for Ballina projects through the LEADER programme.

    The funding has been confirmed today by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Minister Ring has approved a total of €91,896 for three projects in the Ballina area, which were selected by the Mayo LEADER Local Action Group.

    Behy Community Hall will receive €69,336, Ballina Tidy Towns Company €18,187 and Anthony Golden Communty Park Trust €4,372.

    Minister Ring says this will be very welcome news for rural businesses and communities seeking investment.