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  •   The Achill Half Marathon and 10k took place on Saturday last with more than 1,300 runners from a record 22 different countries taking part in the event. The early morning mist cleared by the start of the race to bring almost perfect racing conditions.

    The Half Marathon was won by David Murray in a time of 1 hr 16 mins and 23 seconds just 29 seconds ahead of Christopher Peck who finished second. In a hard fought battle for second place he edged out Patrick Lyons by a mere 2 seconds.

    The ladies race was won by Catherine Thornton with a time of 1 hr 32 mins and 36 seconds, almost 3 mins ahead of Charlotte Kearney in second and Yvette Leahy in third.

    The 10 k was won by Ray Hynes with a time of 33 mins 39 seconds, Sam France was second with 35 mins 57 secs and Joseph McDermott was third in a time of 36 mins 43 secs.

    The ladies 10K was won by Clare Sullivan with a fantastic time of 39 mins and 7 seconds which also placed her 6th overall. Adrienne Jordan was second but also in the overall top 10 with a time of 40 mins 59 secs. Caroline Crowley crossed the line in 43 mins and 14 seconds to secure third place.

    The oldest competitor to complete the Half Marathon was Thomas Kelly of Pollagh, Achill. Thomas has completed several races since reaching 80 years of age a few years ago and amazingly knocked 10 mins of his personal best since becoming an octogenarian.


  • There are 11 Connacht players named  in the Rep of Ireland regional squad for a friendly match against Northern Ireland in Lecarrow, Roscommon.


    Kick-off is at 7:30 tomorrow.


    The representatives from Connacht are as follows...


    Mayo 4 Gary Cunningham. Cillian McGlade Darren Browne westport Gerry Canavan manulla


    Roscommon 4 Mick Corrigan (Boyle Celtic) Peter Farrell Jack Higgins (both Castlerea Celtic) M Heneghan (Glen Celtic)


    Galway 2 Andrew Connolly Gary Bailey (both Mervue Utd)


    Sligo/Leitrim 1 Conor Griffin (Carly Bohs)

  • 12-year-old Ballyhaunis boxer Carlagh Mullarney is on the cusp of a silver medal in the European Championships.


    Carlagh has already secured a bronze medal and boxes Sophie Harker on Friday morning for silver.


    She is the only female boxer from Ballyhaunis to qualify for European championships.


    Carlagh is expected to arrive home onto the square in ballyhaunis on Monday 12th at 2:30pm for a hero's welcome.


    Ballyhaunis Boxing Club wishes her the very best of luck in her pursuit of a second place finish on the podium.


  • Ambulance workers from the Psychiatric Nurses Association say they've been left with no choice but to go on strike.

    500 of them have begun a 24 hour walkout across the country as part of a dispute over union recognition.

    The workers will still deal with emergencies and the HSE says all calls are being responded to.

    Bertie Dowling is an advanced paramedic in Mayo and he told Midwest News that there has been no movement in this dispute.

    “It’s just about Union recognition, we just want our union to represent us,” said Mr Dowling.

    “They won’t even tell us the reasons why they won’t talk to us.”

  • Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that €145,353 has been allocated to 83 projects in Mayo under his Department’s Community Enhancement Programme (CEP). 

    The CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities. It supports a range of investment in all areas of communities, such as childcare groups, playgrounds, recreational groups, sports grounds,  landscaping, and supporting the elderly.

    The full list projects which are approved to receive support in Mayo are listed below.



    Funding Allocated (€)

    Crossmolina No name Club

    Winter entertainment equipment for members


    Naionra Cois Fharraige, Drum, Ballina

    Equipment for indoor and outdoor use to make naionra more inclusive for children with disabilities.


    Ballina Town F.C.

    2 x sets of goals


    North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Ballina

    Creating a support trellis for growing plus irrigation system for 4 polytunnels


    River Moy Search and Rescue Ballina CLG

    Purchase of Defibrillator


    Tithe Cois Tra   Hi-Noon Club, Carrowmore-Lacken

    Purchase of presentation equipment for training


    Lacken Carers

    Purchase of I.T. tablets and equipment for use by carers


    Lacken Community Care

    Purchase of I.T. equipment for the group.


    Bonniconlon I.C.A

    I.T Equipment


    Drum Community Council

    Community enhancement


    Glencastle Special Class

    To provide Specialised & Adapted Sports Equipment for Children with Special Needs


    Killasser Community Care Group

    Purchase of a Defibrillator


    Kiltane Community Gardens

    Community enhancement composting tumbler bin


    Geesala Tidy Towns

    Purchase of a lawnmower and 2 strimmers


    Quay Foroige Club, Ballina

    Storage facility for equipment


    Attymass Community Centre

    Purchase of a defibrillator


    Glen Rí Residents Association, Ballina

    Enhancement of community area


    Brusna Court Residents Assoc.

    Purchase of 6 semi-mature trees for community enhancement


    Fr Peyton Memorial Centre, Attymass

    Office Equipment


    Bangor Erris Tidy Towns

    Replace fence – Community Enhancement


    Barnatra Village Enhancement Committee

    Community Enhancement works


    Coiste Pobal Thuar Mhic Eadaigh

    Community Enhancement works


    Corrib Mask Search & Rescue

    Emergency medical bag including defibrillator equipment


    Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Castlebar

    Water irrigation system to support gardening project.


    Breaffy Community Council

    Community enhancement equipment - Ride-On Mower


    Carnacon LGFA

    Replace existing equipment and purchase new equipment


    Belcarra Ladies Group

    Purchase of tables


    Ballintubber Bord na Nog

    Essential Equipment for the club


    Race 2 Glory Adventure Race Committee, Kiltimagh

    Marquee equipment


    Mayo LGFA

    Test development, measure and monitoring equipment.


    Straide N.S Parents Association

    Safety fence.


    Kilmovee Community Housing Ltd

    I.T Equipment


    Swinford - Killasser Ladies GFC

    Sports Equipment


    Kilkelly FRC



    Kilcolman Bridge Club

    Equipment for the bridge club


    Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre Ltd

    I.T Equipment


    Tooreen National School Parents Association

    To make a defibrillator available to the community


    Neale Heritage & Development Committee

    Refurbishing an old post office, painting and cleaning it


    Rooskey Community Council

    Purchase of Safety Equipment


    Seirbhísí Curam Chill Chomáin Teo

    Health / Safety equipment - 6 DEIS Schools in Kilcommon Parish require insulated cool boxes


    Achill Tourism CLG

    Equipment & Community Enhancement


    Aughleam Residential Assoc.

    Communal garden areas to be landscaped – Community Enhancement


    Inver Community Centre

    To set up a parent & toddler group in the community


    Order of Malta Ireland-Westport Unit

    Installation of CCTV of premises


    Achill Community Futures



    St. Joseph's Community Alert, Dooniver,


    Purchase of equipment for use by the community


    Belmullet Tidy Towns

    Cleaning Equipment


    Coiste Dhuinibhir, Dooniver, Achill

    Community function equipment


    Valley National School, Achill

    Purchase of P.E. equipment


    Burrishoole Community Partnership

    Purchase of a equipment for the new community pitch


    Inver Community Enhancement Group

    Purchase of a I.T. Projector equipment


    Comharchumann Forbatha Cill tSeadhna Teo

    Erect signage on interior and exterior of the community and visitor centre to identify it as a community & visitor centre and community services provider


    Ballina Family Resource Centre

    Upgrade and purchase equipment for the facility: CCTV, I.T equipment, Furniture, Office Equipment


    Crossmolina Community Council CLG

    Installation of Tiered Seating and equipment


    Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club, Ballina

    Equipment for search & recovery


    Moy Villa Football Club, Ballina

    Purchase of Lawnmower and training equipment


    St Cormac’s Society, Moygownagh

    Purchase IT Equipment.


    Eskeragh Old School House

    Purchase and Installation of Defibrillators in the Eskeragh area


    Manulla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Killawalla Community Centre

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Clooncundra Trails Development Group

    Trail Enhancement works


    Laherdane Tidy Towns Group

    Enhancement works on scenic route and introduce wildflowers


    Belcarra Community CoOp Society Ltd

    Repair of stone walls – and planting of Native trees


    Castlebar Social Services CLG

    Freezer equipment for Meals on Wheels purposes


    Ballintubber Cycle Club

    Purchase indoor equipment for club


    Ballintubber Community Council

    Community enhancement - Fencing, seating, planters, info signs - complete with boards & posts, safety barriers, bicycle racks


    Michael Davitt Museum, Straide

    Presentation equipment


    Straide Community Development Group

    External Storage Facility and furniture


    Foxford & District Alzheimers Trust

    Equipment to help those with dementia and brain injury.


    Kiltimagh Community Futures

    Electric charging point, Defibrillator Signage & Bike Stands


    Ballinrobe C.D.C

    Community enhancement - Sustainable lighting surface


    Killasser Community Centre Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Ballyhaunis Family & Community Resource Centre

    Equipment and Furniture


    Claremorris F.R.C

    Upgrade computers in IT Internet community café facility


    Hollymount Defibrillator Group

    Defibrillator equipment


    St. Patricks Festival Committee, Kilkelly

    Safety Barrier Equipment


    Erris FM Community Radio

    Enhance the infrastructure and facilities of the Erris Arts Centre


    Glencastle Parish Enhancement Group

    Community Enhancement - Reconstruct walls & construct footpath


    Westport F.R.C

    Upgrade of facilities, safety Equipment & I.T equipment


    Erris Heartbeat Defibrillator

    Purchase defibrillators


    Killeen Community Council Ltd

    Community Centre works and upgrades


    Irish Wheelchair Association, Belmullet

    Conversion of office space to Snozzle Room for young people with Autism


    CLG Acla - Community Resource Centre, Achill

    Purchase signage, CCTV, Equipment and furniture, complete community rooms


  • A Westport trio are named in the Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad for a UEFA Development Tournament in Mayo next week.

    Jason Donohue's squad will face Latvia in Castlebar on Thursday (17th), Faroe Islands in Westport on Saturday (19th) and Luxembourg in Ballina on Monday (21st) in his side's first fixtures of the season.

    Among the call-ups are three Westport players Conor Walsh Daniel Kelly, and Adam Nugent - all of Mayo SL.

    Republic of Ireland Under-15 head coach Jason Donohue wants big crowds in Mayo to come out to see the future of Irish football.

    Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad

    Goalkeepers: Shay O’Leary (Shamrock Rovers), Conor Walsh (Mayo SL)

    Defenders: Cathal Heffernan (Cork City), Daniel Kelly (Mayo SL), Finn Cowper Gray (Club KDSL), Luke O’Brien (SJB Academy / Bray Wanderers), Sam Curtis (Shamrock Rovers), Trisden Wholey Hughes (Shamrock Rovers)

    Midfielders: Caden McLoughlin (Malaga CF), Cian Barrett (Shamrock Rovers), Eanna Fitzgerald (Cork City), Giddeon Tetteh (Shamrock Rovers), James McManus (St Kevin’s Boys / Bohemians), Joe O’Brien Whitmarsh (Cork City), Justin Ferizaj (Shamrock Rovers), Kevin Zefi (Shamrock Rovers)

    Forwards: Adam Murphy (Belvedere FC), Adam Nugent (Mayo SL), Alex Nolan (Cabinteely), Mark Tansey (SJB Academy / Bray Wanderers).


    October 17 - Ireland v Latvia, KO 3pm, Solar 21 Park Castlebar

    October 19 - Ireland v Faroe Islands, KO 3pm, Westport United, Westport

    October 21 - Ireland v Luxembourg, KO 11am, Ballina Town FC, Ballina

  • Mayo face Cork while Galway await Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-finals in two weeks time.

    Kerry saw off the challenge of Tyrone by 1-12 to 0-9 to see them safely into the last four against Galway.

    Mayo now face the Rebels after they overcame Monaghan convincingly by 3-19 to 2-10.

    If both Western teams win their prospective semi's, a repeat of the Connacht finals on the cards.

    Likewise if Cork and Kerry can both win, a repeat of the Munster finals is on the cards.

  • The Arts Council has selected Tuam for a 3-year pilot programme for investment in the arts.

    It's hoped the pilot programme, with funding of €150,000 per year, will encourage the local community to get involved in developing the arts in the town.

    A public meeting will be held in Tuam Library next Thursday evening 18th July at 5pm for anyone interested in finding out more about the initiative.

    The funding is part of the Creative Places Ireland programme, which is aimed at communities that have not benefitted from sustained public investment in the arts.

  • For the second year, Aurivo Consumer Foods business has won the prestigious award for Best Dairy Supplier at the annual checkout ‘Best in Fresh’ Awards.

    The awards recognise Ireland’s leading fresh suppliers in six categories as voted for by the industry.

    When entering the competition, retailers were called upon to nominate a leading supplier in each category as part of their entry.

    Aurivo Consumer Foods saw off tough competition in the Best Dairy Supplier category to scoop the top prize.

  • Ballina Athletic Club hosted its third annual Wild Atlantic 10 mile road race yesterday. 

    A 200 plus strong field lined up at the start  to take part in the event. 

    In a competitive field it was Ballina AC athlete Alan Kelly in a time of 56.13 who led the runners home to claim the race win.  

    From Reading AC (UK) Ryan O’Brien was the second home in a time of 58.16 followed by Ballina AC member Stephen Donnelly in a time of 59.33.

    Local woman Norah Newcombe-Pieterse (mayo AC) was the first female runner home in 8th position in a time of 103.47 ahead of Ballina AC Athlete Serena Tuffy who claimed second place in 1.10.12.

    Carrick AC athlete Deirdre Martin took the final podium place in 1.11.58.

    Norah Newcombe also broke her own course record. 

  • Last Saturday 27th July and Sunday 28th of July Ballina Swimming Club had 2 swimmers, Eamon Doherty and Luca Duggan take part in the 2019 Irish Summer National Championships which was held in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin.

    With over 960 athletes and 124 clubs taken part from around Ireland and other countries like Canada, Lithuania, Denmark and more...both boys swam in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, swimming the best they have to date both lads achieved two personal best times each.

    Swimming a 1.11.61/1.10.70 consecutively in the 100m event and a 2.38.41/2.35.52 consecutively in the 200m backstroke event.

    Both lads swam out of their skin finishing in great position overall especially this only being Lucas second year attending this meet and Eamon’s first year.

    Eamon and Luca did themselves, family and club proud and deserve the great swimming s they achieved after all their hard work and dedication all year through.

  • A Ballina woman captained the first ever Irish Ultimate Frisbee team to win an international tournament.

    Sarah Melvin was a key member in the 21 women squad who won gold in the European Ultimate Frisbee Championships, in Hungary.

    The closest an Irish team has come to gold in the past was with silver medals in mixed competitions in 2013 and 2015 and in the men’s U20’s in 2017.

    The sport is non-contact and has been described as a mix between American football and Frisbee throwing.

  • A Ballinrobe athlete has become the fourth fastest Irish women in the 100m hurdles after achieving back-to-back a personal bests in the U23 European Athletics Championships.

    Sarah Quinn, of Bowgate Street Ballinrobe, is competing in the European U23 Athletics championships in Gavle, Sweden this weekend and after winning her heat yesterday, just missed out on a final berth after placing fourth in her semis.

    Her semi-final time of 13.57 seconds puts her in fourth position in the Irish women’s 100m hurdles leader board and 12th overall in the U23 women’s hurdles and the St Colman’s Athletics athlete believes the win will propel her on to greater heights.

    Sarah will contest the relay qualifying rounds with her teammates on Sunday, in the hope of building on her impressive European showing.

  • Ballinrobe LGFA is one of 16 clubs selected to take part in a nationwide LGFA development programme.

    Club2Gether is an initiative which aims increase retention rates of young women in ladies football.

    The programme touches areas like volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also putting a two-year plan in place.

    Free training will now be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs and they will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.

  • There's racing taking place today at Ballinrobe.

    Horse Racing has been taking place at the present venue since 1921 and prior to that at other locations around the town, with Race meetings recorded as far back as 1774.

    Ballinrobe Racecourse was named ‘Racecourse of the Year’ in 2012 by the Irish Racegoers Consultative forum.

    The first of seven at the Mayo racecourse goes to post at 5.35.

    Our racing tip comes in the 7.10 race Turnberry Isle.

  • The bathing ban enforced at Rosses Point and Mullaghmore beaches earlier in the week has been lifted.

    A high level of bacteria was found in water samples taken at the sites of the two Sligo beaches.

    The HSE conducted a further test on the 1st of August and this test returned a result of ‘excellent water quality.’

  • Spokesperson for the Beef Plan Movement says its about more than fighting for an increase in the price of cattle.

    Vice-chair of the Western Region, David Whelehan, said that the movement’s goals stretch far beyond the price of cattle.

    He cited anti-competitive practices in the industry and unfair practices as major issues for farmers that must be resolved at any beef talks or summits.

    Midwest Radio News spoke with a representative of the movement protesting outside Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis, who said the movement would not end with just an increase in beef prices.


  • Beef farmers across Ireland will refuse to trade tomorrow to protest against plans to reduce the national herd.

    This week, the Climate Change Advisory Committee recommended cutting cattle numbers by 53 per cent, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Members of the Beef Plan Movement will refuse to trade tomorrow, as a sign of protest.

    David Whelehan, one of the organisers, says the ban will apply to all co-ops, supermarkets, marts and factories.

  • Farmers who are members of the Beef Plan movement are continuing their protest outside a number of meat factories, with upwards on 30 farmers remaining outside Dawn Meats, Ballyhaunis overnight.

    The protests have continued throughout the country this morning and are expected to continue indefinitely.

    Protesters are aggrieved at collapsing beef prices as well as a reduction in the national herd under climate change regulations.

    The protesters have called on Cormac Healy, of Meat Industry Ireland, to engage with the Beef Plan Movement in a 'proper structured manner.'

  • The British government believe efforts to avoid a hard border in Ireland would be "unsustainable" in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

    The revelation comes in what The Sunday Times describes as an unprecedented leak of official documents.


    The classified files set out the most likely - rather than worst case scenario.

    They show the UK government expects the return of a hard border to the island of Ireland.

    Senior officials there believe widespread checks will be necessary as current plans to avoid them will prove "unsustainable".

    The documents also show Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the EU without a transition deal.

    It comes as Boris Johnson will tell French and German leaders that there must be a new Brexit deal when he meets them next week.

    The British PM is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday ahead of a G7 summit of world leaders.

    However, the European Union has previously said it wouldn't renegotiate.