• €50,000  euro has been sanctioned for  Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, (Louisburgh National School) Louisburgh under the  Clár Programme, Safety Measures. 
    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Minister Ring told Midwest News today he sanctioned the funding under the 2018 Clár Programme – safety measures for schools and communities.

    The funding approved for Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa, will facilitate a set down area parking area on school grounds and extend/upgrade footpaths on approaches to school.

  • Young Charlie Gray had an eventful twenty-four hours recently as he volunteered to help keep the beaches around Louisburgh in their usual pristine condition. The five year old was on hand with his mother to help the "Keep Our Beaches Clean" campaign as they made sure that Carrowmore and Old Head beaches were restored to their magnificent best. Unfortunately there are people out there that are far, far less scrupulous than young Charlie and his scooter that he had brought to the beach with him was taken while he was helping the rest of the volunteers. 

    The next morning though, Charlie was smiling again thanks to the generosity of the community. Listen back to Louise Hastings tell the story now and be sure to do as Charlie does, and "Keep Our Beaches Clean"!

    Check out Fr Charlie McDonnell's Facebook here for more details 

  • #Votebeforenoon is an effort underway in the South Clew Bay area of county Mayo  tomorrow and Friday to get the local electorate out and voting early and to show their support for Democracy.

     Louisburgh business man John Staunton is behind the community initiative that aims to entice the entire electorate in Murrisk, Lecanvey, Louisburgh , Killeen and on the Islands of Inisturk and Clare Island to come out and cast their votes.

    The island voters will go to the polls tomorrow and the rest on Friday.

    John says the idea is,  if voters come out early in large numbers, it will encourage others to do so for the rest of the day.

    Voters in the South Clew Bay area are asked to celebrate their vote and will be able to avail of a cup of tea and bun in areas close to the polling stations


    Kilmeena 1-14 v 2-15 Ballyhaunis 


    Kilmoveee Shamrocks 1-6 v 1-16 Cill Chomain 

    Knockmore 0-1 v 0-0 Ballycastle 

    Tuar Mhic Éadaigh 4-12 v 1-10 Killala 


    Ballycroy 5-11 v 1-12 Claremorris


    Béal an Mhuirthead 0-13 v 3-8 Hollymount-Carramore


    Kiltane 1-12 v 2-9 Lacken 

    Bohola Moy Davitts 4-18 v 4-12 Mayo Gaels 


    Ballaghaderreen 2-12 v 4-7 Moygownagh 


    Louisburgh 3-9 v 0-21 Kiltimagh 


  • Mayo native, author Mike McCormack has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel Solar Bones, published by independent Irish publisher Tramp Press.

    According to today’s Irish Times, the award is organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council, and at €100,000 is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English.

    Mike McCormack is from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, and lives in Galway where he teaches creative writing at NUIG.

    He is the fourth Irish author to win the prize in 23 years.

    Set in the west of Ireland as the recession is about to strike, Solar Bones is a portrait of one man’s experience as his world threatens to fall apart, and the dead man’s tale unfolds distinctively in one unbroken sentence, a seamless structure which the judges said “gives it a beautifully fluid pace”.

    Solar Bones has also won the Goldsmiths Prize, the Novel of the Year Award and Book of the Year awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

  • Irish Water is advising that across county Mayo there are issues with high demand on water supplies.

    It’s appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.

    Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as it tries to protect the levels in reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.

     Restrictions were placed on the Louisburgh supply overnight.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, and Ballina water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

     Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.



  • The Neale await Ballyhaunis in the intermediate decider after they overcame Louisburgh in an extra-time thriller on Saturday.

    The South Mayo men have traversed their way up from the junior grade in recent seasons and now are on the cusp of making the senior grade for the first time in their history.

    Neale star Aidan O’Sullivan thinks the young team’s fitness shaded for them in this encounter.

  • It’s on your tractor along an 18 mile stretch the wild Atlantic Way tomorrow (Sunday) as up to 120 tractors will take part in a fund raising tractor run in aid of Killeen National School, Louisburgh and its extensive new school building project that includes the Sunbeam classroom, accommodating children with disabilities.

    The tractor run is taking place in memory of two past pupils, local men who died tragically last Christmas when their vehicle was swept away in flood waters. Declan Davitt and Martin Needham were the men who died and it was Declan’s idea two years ago to organise a tractor run as part of an extensive fund raising effort in a rural community to generate 120,000 euro for the new school facilities.