• Ireland has a new Kart Racing star - 10-year-old Alex O'Grady from Loughrea, Co Galway, is the new World Champion of the IAME Minime Cadet class at the World Finals at the Le Mans circuit in France.

    Alex finished just one-tenth of a second ahead of Britain's Alfie Slater, with britain's Lewis Wherrel third and 11-year-old Jack Buckley from Kildare coming in 4th place.



  • Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Galway County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for homes and businesses on both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town supplied by the Loughrea-Knockanima Public Water Supply. The notice was issued to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of E. coli in the water supply to Barrack Street, Loughrea town.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Galway County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, all customers on Barrack Street in Loughrea town are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

    The areas affected include both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town from the Green to Lake Road. The Boil Water Notice does not apply to other areas in Loughrea.



  • The heartbroken father of a Co Galway teenager, who died suddenly after her Debs Ball, has said her death has left an “irreplaceable hole” in the family’s lives.

    19-year old Jessica Moore from Bullaun, Loughrea passed away in the early hours of Monday morning after falling ill at a hotel in Ballinasloe.

    Tributes have been paid across the community for Jessica, who has been described as “talented and artistic”.

    In an online post, her father Brendan Moore said "My little girl is now an angel. There’s always going to be an irreplaceable hole in our lives. Rest easy Jess, you’ll never be forgotten.”

    Her remains will repose this evening at Kilboy's Funeral Home, Loughrea ahead of  her funeral tomorrow at 1 o'clock in St Patrick’s Church, Bullaun.

    The parish priest of Bullaun, Fr Pat Kenny, described Ms Moore as “talented and gifted” and said the local community’s sympathies are with her family.

    Gardaí are continuing their investigation into her sudden death,  and have spoken to a number of people who were at the Debs Ball on Sunday night.

    After falling ill, Jessica was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    She was due to receive her Leaving Cert results yesterday.

    Jessica is survived by her parents Brendan and Catherine Moore, her sister Ali and brother Cian, grandparents and extended family.





  • The funeral of a Galway teenager who died after falling ill at a debs is taking place this afternoon.

    Jessica Moore was pronounced dead in hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, a short time after the event in Ballinasloe.

    The Loughrea woman was due to receive her Leaving Cert results the next day.

    The 19-year-old's funeral Mass will take place in St. Patrick's Church, Bullaun, near Loughrea, at one o'clock this afternoon.

    Local councillor Shane Curley says the area's still in shock.

  • Gardai are investigating a single vehicle collision in Loughrea in Co Galway, in which a man died yesterday.

    The collision occurred at approximately 8am yesterday morning on Barrack Street, Loughrea when a car collided with a steel barrier. The male driver, who was aged 77 years was assisted from the car by passer-bys and they performed CPR on the man.

    He was taken by ambulance to Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe where he was later pronounced dead. No one else was injured in the collision.

    Gardaí in Loughrea are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 091 842870, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

  • Gardaí in Loughrea are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16-year-old Diane Limsipson who is missing from Loughrea, Co Galway since Wednesday.

    Diane was last seen leaving her home at approximately 12 noon on Wednesday. She is described at 4ft 8 inches in height, of thin build, with brown eyes and long black hair. When last seen she was wearing blue jeans.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Loughrea Gardaí on 091 842870 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • A man in his 30s has died in a road collision in Co Galway.

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision which occured at about 6.30am this morning, when a car collided with a wall  on the Loughrea to Ballyglass Road near Kylemore Village.

    The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe for a post mortem examination.

    The road is closed and local diversions remain in place while investigators examine the crash site.

    Anyone who travelled on that road in the early hours of this morning is asked to contact Gardaí in Loughrea at 091 - 84 28 70.

  • A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a Co Galway pensioner.

    54-year-old Michael Scott from Goranumera in Portumna has been charged with the murder of Chrissie Treacy from Portumna on April 27th last year.

    The 75-year-old lived along at Boula in Portumna and was found dead at her farm on April 27th 2018.

    Mr Scott appeared before a special sitting of Loughrea District Court yesterday evening where Detective Sergeant Paul Duane gave evidence of arrest.

    Detective Sergeant Duane told Judge Gerard Furlong that in reply to the charge Mr Scott said ‘I did not murder Chrissie Treacy. A genuine accident.’

    Mr Scott did not speak during the four minute hearing.

    Judge Furlong remanded Mr Scott in custody to appear before Loughrea District Court next Wednesday.


  • 350 new jobs are being promised over the next five years by an Irish-owned pharmaceutical company.

    The Chanelle Group is building a new facility in Loughrea, Co. Galway to make parasite treatments for pets.

    In total it says it plans to invest over 86 million Euro in its Irish operations.


  • The winning lotto jackpot ticket on Saturday night last was sold in Co Galway.

    There was one winning ticket sold and it is was worth more than €8.5m.

    It was sold in the Corrib Oil Service Station in The Hill, Loughrea.

    The winner has not yet been identified but according to Corrib Oil Service Station store manager, Pat Halligan  lotto fever has gripped the town.

    It’s is the biggest ever National Lottery win for the  shop and he say he hopes it will be someone from the loicality that bought it.

    However, it’s a busy store with more than 30 full and part-time staff.

    The winning ticket was a Quick Pick and the winner has not yet come forward.

    The winning numbers were 5, 6, 14, 19, 22 and 30 with a bonus number of 24.

  • An Irish-owned pharmaceutical company has announced it's creating 350 jobs over the next 5 years in Co Galway.

    The Chanelle Group, founded by Galway vet Michael Burke in the 1980's, makes both animal health products and human medicines.

    Tánaiste Simon Coveney was in Loughrea this morning to officially open a new €10 million euro facility for the manufacure of a product used globally to protect cats and dogs against harmful parasites.

    Further construction will begin next year on a facility for medicinal products for the US market.

    The company is investing a total of €86 million in the facility over the next 5 years, with the creation of 350 jobs in all.

    Founder of the Chanelle Group Michael Burke told Midwest News that the company currently has over 90 vacancies.