Midwest Radio

  • The Minister for Health is being urged to make a decision sooner rather than later on providing access to a drug, which is used to treat advanced Parkinson's Disease.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says certain patients were receiving Duodopa through an access programme provided by the company which manufactures the medicine, but that route is no longer available to patients.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says Duodopa is available to patients in Britain, and should also be provided here.

    She's calling on the Health Minister Simon Harris to at last make it known when he intends to make a final decision on it.

  • SUNDAY 28TH JULY, 2019

    MAYO ADULT LEAGUE 2019 DIVISION 1

    Hollymount-Carramore   0-8 v 1-14         Ballina Stephenites

    Kiltimagh           0-11 v 1-11        Aghamore

    MAYO ADULT LEAGUE 2019 DIVISION 2

    Ballinrobe          1-14 v 1-11        Bohola Moy Davitts

    MAYO ADULT LEAGUE 2019 DIVISION 3

    Lahardane         0-13 v 0-16        Ballyhaunis

    Shrule/Glencorrib          0-14 v 0-9         Castlebar Mitchels

    MAYO ADULT LEAGUE 2019 DIVISION 4

    Ballintubber       2-9 v 0-9           Kilmovee Shamrocks

  • Mayo        1-14
    Donegal   1-10

     

    Mayo secured their place in the All-Ireland semi-final following a merited four-point win over Donegal at a wet McHale Park, Castlebar this evening (Saturday).

    Mayo were composed throughout and led by 1-7 to 0-04 at the interval with the decisive score of the opening 35 minutes coming from Cillian O’Connor in the 27th minute.  

    The winners showed the greater appetite from the throw-in and despite defender Keith Higgins black card in the opening quarter Mayo were resolute and fully deserved their six-point interval lead.

    Donegal were given a life-line early in the second half when referee David Goff awarded the Ulster champions a penalty after Michael Murphy was fouled by Lee Keegan. 

    Murphy duly dusted himself down and despatched the ball past Robert Hennelly to bring it back to a 3-point game (1-08 to 1-05).

    Mayo were dealt a further blow after Jason Doherty was stretched off but a Kevin McLoughlin point edged Mayo into a 4-point advantage.

    A brace of Donegal points kept Donegal very much in touch with 20 minutes remaining.

    Donegal continued to press and Michael Murphy’s point left just a single score between the sides (1-09 to 1-08). 

    However, Paddy Durcan’s 52nd minute point was inspiring and a Cillian O’Connor free with 12 minutes remaining gave Mayo a 3 point lead.  

    Donegal  - who registered 15 wides in total - tried to get back into contention but two points in quick succession by substitute Andy Moran in the dying minutes secured the win and gives the Mayo supporters another date at GAA headquarters next weekend in the All-Ireland semi-finals against the winners of Dublin and Tyrone.

     

     

  • Connacht FA Summa Champions Cup semi-final

    Ballina Town      4      1         Ballinasloe Town

    Elvery's Sports Super League 

    Castlebar Celtic     1       2       Westport United 

    League One play-off

    Westport United B       3         1      Killala

    SSE Airtricity League 

    Drogheda United       2         1      Mayo League

     

  • Mayo TD Lisa Chambers has expressed concern over low staffing levels in the Mayo University Hospital’s Maternity Ward.

     

    There are currently 10 fulltime staff vacancies at the maternity Ward and a 2014 government review found that the hospital was 5 staff below recommended levels.

     

    The Fianna Fáil TD has called on the Minster for Health and the HSE to address the staffing levels and wants five additional staff added to the ten that have already been approved.

  • A Mayo teenager has qualified  for the finals in the Aldi Foróige National Junior Baking Competition, taking one of the top two places in the Regional finals.

    Jessalyn Jennings, aged 13 from Brickens Foróige club in County Mayo impressed with her chocolate fudge cake in Saturday's competition held in Moate Community Secondary School.

    She will now compete in the National finals, which will be held in the Aldi tent at this year's National Ploughing Championships.

    This year Aldi has tasked the young bakers with creating 'the perfect chocolate fudge cake', with the victorious young baker's creation being put on-sale nationwide across Aldi stores next year, alongside a €1,000 cash prize.

    Foróige CEO, Sean Campbell, said "This competition provides a fantastic opportunity for young people who want to explore the world of food production, baking and manufacturing."

  • The Mayo senior footballers will play Dublin at 5pm next Saturday after the boys in blue defeated Tyrone 1-16 to 0-13.

    Tyrone will face Kerry the following day in GAA HQ in the other semi-final.

    Mayo's game will be preceded by the minor match, as Tomas Morley's men take on Cork at 3pm in Croker.

    The following day the Galway and Kerry footballers serve as the curtain raiser for the senior game.

  • Miss Universe Mayo, Shona Tuohy from Breaffy, Castlebar, was crowned first runner-up at the star-studded Miss Universe Ireland final in the Mansion House, Dublin, last night.

    Dubliner and NASA analyst Fionnghuala O’Reilly (25) was crowned the 2019 Miss Universe Ireland.

    Shona was one of 38 contestants shortlisted for the final of the glamorous event was hosted by social media star James Patrice and director of Miss Universe Brittany Mason.

    Shona is daughter of Mayo County Board vice-chairman Seamus Tuohy and the primary school teacher was one of three Mayo girls in the final, along with makeup artist Karen McShea from Swinford and piano teacher Kaylyn McGrath, Ballina. 

  • The location of the Headquarters of the new garda division that will stretch across counties Mayo, Roscommon and Longford  is not yet known, but is likely to be announced within a week or so.

    It could be located in Castlebar, Roscommon or Longford.

    However, the new larger garda region of the Northwest, operational since Monday, is headquartered in Sligo.

    These changes in the operation and management of the gardai nationally were announced earlier this week by Commissioner Drew Harris and will be implemented in full over a three year period.

    The new larger geographical areas in the plan have caused garda union representatives to express opposition and concern to the changes.

    Garda districts have become redundant in the new system and the former Mayo Garda District is now part of the larger Mayo, Roscommon, Longford division.

    However, the Mayo district was part of the pilot group introducing the new measures, and has been working under the new system locally since February of this year.

  • Mayo’s Alex Duffy claimed victory in the show jumping Grand Prix with the Nicola Fitzgibbon and Niall Talbot-owned gelding FTS Elliot finishing the weekend in style at the three-star Swiss show in Verbier.

    They produced the only double clear of the competition and came out on top after a nine-horse jump-off.

    On Saturday at the same venue, Duffy took victory in the six-bar with Gerd KG, clearing 1m95 in the final round.

    Meanwhile at Valence in France, Galway’s Michael Duffy took runner-up spot in the three-star Grand Prix with Egalini.

  • Met Eireann has extended a Status Yellow Warning for fog until tomorrow morning.

     

    The alert came into effect yesterday afternoon and was due to expire this morning.

     

    However the forecaster says fog will linger in some parts for much of today and become widespread and dense again this evening.

     

    Meteorologist Cathal Nolan says road users need to be particularly careful:

  • Our summer of 2019 looks set to end as it began – with rain showers defying the best efforts of the sunshine to break through.

    Met Eireann warned that the country faces yet another week of mixed conditions with intermittent spells of sunshine, but rain showers almost always on the horizon.

    Accuweather predicted that nine of the final 16 days of August will feature rain showers – with only four days of bright, uninterrupted sunshine expected.

    Met Eireann has confined its forecast for the next week – but it mirrors the norm of recent times with a mix of sunshine and showers, some of which will be quite heavy.

    Today, tomorrow and Monday will see spells of sunshine but also some heavy showers.

    Temperatures will drop to around 18 degrees Celsius some five degrees cooler than just two weeks ago.

  • On Friday 13th of April, Ballina man Michael Cuffe was struck by a bus while in Budapest on a weekend break. What followed was an outpouring of support from all over Ireland and beyond as his family tried to get him home to Mayo for treatment. After a hugely successful "GoFundMe" campaign set up by his sister Naomi, Michael was airlifted back to Ireland last week and is recovering in hospital at this moment. 

    Naomi joined Tommy Marren on Monday morning to talk about the last few weeks for the family and the relief at seeing Michael back in the country. Listen back now. 

     

  • Midwest Radio has achieved its highest-ever ratings, in the latest JNLR/Ipsos Radio Listenership survey of all radio stations in Ireland published today.

    The figures reveal that Midwest Radio is clearly the preferred choice amongst radio listeners with a Yesterday Listened figure of 65% - up 2% from the previous survey. The stations market share – which determines the amount of time listeners stay tuned to the station – has increased by a massive 3% and now stands at 57.8%.

    Midwest Radio’s CEO Paul Claffey said he was extremely proud of the latest figures and said that the loyalty people in Connacht have to the station is unique and that Midwest Radio is an integral part of life in the west of Ireland.

    “The results are phenomenal and great credit has to go to our entire team who have put their shoulder to the wheel and made sure that we deliver the service that people want.  Midwest Radio is very much a team effort and every single member of our staff in every department of our business deserves great credit for keeping us where we are”.

    Mr. Claffey also said that whilst other media competitors such as local newspapers were experiencing a worrying decline within their industry it appeared that there were no signs of local radio becoming extinct - citing the fact that local radio was more popular in practically every franchise area in the country that the national stations. 

    “Midwest Radio has more listeners than the combined listenership of all the RTE radio stations, Newstalk, Today FM and all the other stations available in the region it tells its own story.  Thankfully, we continue to be the preferred choice and we hope to keep it that way”.

    2019 sees Midwest Radio celebrate its 30th birthday and plans are underway to celebrate this milestone with a number of projects in the pipeline to be announced in the coming weeks.

    “We never underestimate the importance of our loyal staff and also our exceptionally supportive advertisers.  At the end of the day the service we provide couldn’t happen without the financial supports which businesses across the west give us.  I would like to thank them for their loyalty and assure them that we are delivering the listenership figures that allow them to promote their businesses to the largest radio audience in the region”.

     

     

     

     

  • Midwest Radio has further increased its listenership, according to the latest JNLR / Ipsos/ MRBI survey.

    It shows that over the 12 months to December 2019, Midwest Radio increased its daily listenership by 1% to 63%, making it one of the most popular local stations in the country.

    The station's market share is at 55.9%.

    Midwest Radio managing director Paul Claffey says it's another phenomenal result, and has thanked listeners, advertisers and staff for their ongoing support.

     

  • Midwest Radio has recorded another impressive set of results in the latest JNLR/Ipsos published today and has retained its position as Ireland’s most listened to local radio station.

    With a yesterday listened figure of 63% and a market share figure of 54.9% the station continues to attract a huge audience across Connacht with a varied mix of news, current affairs and light entertainment programmes.

    Commenting on today’s figures Midwest Radio’s Managing Director Paul Claffey said that the station had yet again catered to the interests of a wide age profile and delivered a service that was relevant and appealing to the west of Ireland.

    “Midwest has always been a unique station and our aim is to keep it that way.  We have that ability to connect with people in a way no other radio station does and the loyalty of our listeners reflects that.  This week we are celebrating our 29th year on air and our success if due, in no small way, to our dedicated staff, our enthusiasm to want to remain as the country’s leading local radio station and our advertisers who ultimately provided the funding to allow us to do what we do”.

    Mr. Claffey also had a special word of thanks to the listeners all over Ireland and abroad for their “unwavering support” for the best part of three decades.  He said that despite all the predicted ‘doom and gloom’ expressed by many people about the future of the media industry Midwest Radio were bucking the trend and would continue to do so for many more years to come.

     

    JNLR July 2018-2 from Orangeye Media on Vimeo.

  • Following the release today (Thursday) of the latest JNLR/Ipsos Radio Listenership survey of all radio stations in Ireland Midwest Radio remains the dominant force in local radio in Ireland.

    The figures reveal that Midwest Radio is clearly the preferred choice amongst radio listeners with a Yesterday Listened figure of 63% - up 2% for the previous survey. However, the stations market share – which determines the amount of time listeners stay tuned to the station – has increased by a massive 3.9% and now stands at 54.8%.

    Midwest Radio’s CEO Paul Claffey said he was extremely proud of the latest figures and said that the loyalty people in Connacht have to the station is unique and that Midwest Radio is an integral part of life in the west of Ireland.

    “The results are phenomenal and great credit has to go to our entire team who have put their shoulder to the wheel and made sure that we deliver the service that people want.  Midwest Radio is very much a team effort and every single member of our staff in every department of our business deserves great credit for keeping us where we are”.

    Mr. Claffey also said that whilst other media competitors such as local newspapers were experiencing a worrying decline within their industry it appeared that there were no signs of local radio becoming extinct - citing the fact that local radio was more popular in practically every franchise area in the country that the national stations. 

    “When you consider that Midwest Radio has more listeners than the combined listenership of all the RTE radio stations, Newstalk, Today FM and all the other stations available in the region it tells its own story.  Thankfully, we continue to be the preferred choice and we hope to keep it that way”.

    2019 sees Midwest Radio celebrate its 30th birthday and Mr. Claffey said that in the coming weeks a number of initiatives would be launched to coincide with this milestone.  He said, however, that the success-story of Midwest Radio belonged to its staff and advertisers.

    “We never underestimate the importance of our loyal staff and also our exceptionally supportive advertisers.  At the end of the day the service we provide couldn’t happen without the financial supports which businesses across the west give us.  I would like to thank them for their loyalty and assure them that we are delivering the listenership figures that allow them to promote their businesses to the largest radio audience in the region”.

  • Midwest Radio is still the most listened to local radio station in the country, according to the latest JNLR listenership figures published today.

    Midwest Radio has a yesterday listened figure of 61%, the highest in the country.

    The station also has a market share of 55%, the second highest in the country. Market share is the length of time people stayed tuned to the radio station.

    The figures consolidate Midwest Radio’s position as the number one station the country.

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    Midwest Radio has retained its top rating in the latest listenership survey.

    According to the Ipsos / JNLR / MRBI survey, Midwest Radio has again recorded an impressive 62% "Listened Yesterday" figure, while the station has also recorded an increase in market share - which now stands at 58.4% - an increase of over 2%.

    Commenting on the latest performance, Midwest Radio Managing Director Paul Claffey said the figures prove yet again that Midwest Radio remains the most popular media platform in the country, and said the ongoing support of advertisers and staff were the backbone of the latest successful figures.

     

  • Midwest Radio has announced this evening that three masses each week will be broadcast on the station for the foreseeable future.

    Management at the station said they were reacting to a huge number of requests from listeners to increase religious broadcasts in the wake of the corona virus epidemic. 

    As well as the weekly Sunday morning broadcast of Mass Midwest Radio will also broadcast a 10 o’clock morning mass each Wednesday and Friday commencing this Friday morning.

    Station Manager Tommy Marren said this evening that at a time when the general public were feeling anxious and vulnerable it was timely for the station to introduce a number of masses as part of the weekday schedule.

     

    The masses on Wednesday and Friday morning will be broadcast live from St. Patrick’s Chuch, Ballyhaunis and the celebrant will be Fr. Stephen Farragher.