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     Conor lane will referee the All-Ireland semi-final meeting of Mayo and Dublin at 5pm this Saturday.


    The Cork man will be the man in the middle in charge of the first meeting of the two teams since the 2017 final.


    Maurice Deegan is in charge of the Kerry and Tyrone semi-final on Sunday as the championship nears its’ conclusion.


    The Mayo match is part of a super Saturday of sport on Midwest Radio Sport, with the Mayo Ladies quarter final, the Mayo minor’s semi-final and the senior game, all being broadcast live.


    The Saturday sport schedule;


    1pm - Mayo v Armagh ladies - Benny O'Brien & Diane O'Hara


    3pm - Mayo v Cork minors - Tom Carney & Declan O'Reilly


    5pm - Mayo v Dublin seniors - Michael D McAndrew & Martin Carney




  • Mobile phone users can take action to improve the phone coverage in their homes, that's according to Galway based Minister Sean Canney.

    Minister Canney's call follows recent legislation of Mobile Phone Repeaters by the communications regulator, Comreg.

    The Galway East TD believes that people in poor areas of coverage may not be able to recieve or make calls because of the density of their homes.

    He said that mobile phone users who need to leave the four walls of their home for signal may need to install a device called a repeater, which can be found and supplied at www.comreg.ie/repeaters

    Minister Canney said that the onus is on individual homes to seek repeaters to improve their mobile network quality.

  • The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed access to the Japanese market for Irish sheep meat.

    Minister Michael Creed said the deal was ‘agreed in principle’ during a Trade Mission to Tokyo last month and that an export certificate as proposed by my Department will take effect from next Friday 19 July.

    According to CSO trade statistics, total agri-food exports to Japan in 2018 amounted to €115 million, double the level of exports in 2016.

    Minister Creed said that the trade deal was a ‘strong endorsement of Irish food safety and quality credentials’ and thanked Japanese officials for the rapid conclusion of the formalities of sheep meat access.

    Details will be confirmed to industry shortly via a Trader Notice.

  • Mayo minor manager Tomas Morley believes his side lacked the aggression in their quarter-final defeat to Cork.

    The minors were picked apart by a second half surge from the Rebels, who ran out 4-12 to 1-13 winners.

    The Mayo manager thinks his side lacked the same aggression that they had brought to their matches against Dublin and Galway.

    Lamenting the loss he gave praise to the brilliance of the Cork minors in their ability to shut out his sides’ key men.

  • Former Kiltimagh United and Ballina Town player John Mountney was part of the Dundalk team who lost their opening Europa league leg to Slovan Bratisalva lastnight.

    Dundalk lost 1-0 to their European opponents in their third qualifying round tie in Slovakia last night.

    David Holman scored the winner 5 minutes from time.

    The return leg is at Tallaght Stadium next Tuesday.

  • Members of the public can have their say on a new study of the Moy Estuary at one of a series of public consultation meetings.

    First Western, a company providing Learning and Development Solutions for Tourism Businesses and Destinations, has organised the study to look at how to boost tourism in the areas along the river Moy, from Killala, Ballina through to Enniscrone.

    Meetings will be held...

    Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm in The Ocean Sands, Enniscrone.

    Thursday, August 1st at 7pm in Killala Community Centre.

    Thursday, August 8th at 7pm in Kennedy Glasgow House, The Quay, Ballina.

  • Moycullen Basketball Club’s James Connaire is part of the Irish U-18 basketball squad competing at the European Championships in Romania.

    The underage men’s side get their Euro campaign underway this evening when they take on Macedonia at 6.45pm.

    The Irish youngsters will have a further four clashes against Slovakia, Ukraine, Denmark and Georgia, before classification ties over the bank holiday weekend.

    Speaking to Basketball Ireland, the Galway man said that the Ireland team were excited to get going against Macedonia.

  • Irish food retailer Musgrave has today announced it is accepting applications for 17 roles in its' Graduate Programme.

    Successful applicants will get the opportunity to build a career with Musgrave, who operates Irish brands like SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak.

    Established in 1876, the company  supports more than 41,000 jobs, in more than 1,400 stores and offices, with combined total retail sales of €5.2 billion.

    Representatives from Musgrave will visit GMIT’s Careers Fair on September 30th and NUIG’s Graduate Jobs Fair on October 1st to talk to graduates.

    As part of the Programme, participants are set a strategic business challenge and must present their recommendations to the CEO and Executive team.

    The emphasis of the recommendations must align with the company's sustainability strategy ‘Taking Care of our World’.

    To apply for the 2020 progamme visit www.musgravegraduates.com

  • 54% of Mayo GP’s are not taking on new patients at their clinical practices- according to a survey by the Irish Independent.

    The survey asked GP practices across the country if they are taking on new patients to their GP practice.

    The worst figure in the west comes from Sligo, with only 17% taking on new patients and a further 17% of GP’s requiring an assessment.

    In Roscommon, 33% of GP’s have stopped taking on new patients with a further 17% requiring an assessment.

    While Galway sees 16% of GP's not taking on new patients while a further 20% require an assessment.

    Leitrim is the only county in the province to have all GP’s accepting new patients.

  • A new Interdepartmental Committee on Island Development will hold its first meeting next Tuesday, 24th September.

    Minister of State for the Islands, Galway-based Séan Kyne says he knows the significance of the islands to our heritage and language, and knows the support island communities need to continue to be sustainable.

    In recent years, priority has been given to the development of island infrastructure, and subsidising access to the islands, which Minister Kyne says has improved the quality of life for island populations.

    To tackle the challenges that island communities face, and Government is setting up an Indepartmental Group, and Minister Kyne says he's looking forward to working with officials from across all of the relevant Government Departments to develop a cross-Government Islands Policy and action plan.

    The first meeting takes place next Tuesday, and the committee will consult with island communities to ensure their voices are at the heart of the policy.


    Midwest Radio continues to be the most successful local radio station in the country, according to the latest survey published today.

    The JNLR / MRBI radio listenership figures show Midwest Radio with a yesterday listened figure of 61% - the highest of any independent station in Ireland - while the market share of almost 51% is the strongest of any of our competitors in the West.

    Station Manager Tommy Marren says it's encouraging that people are tuning into programmes at all times of the day and night.

    Midwest Radio Chief Executive Paul Claffey paid tribute to the listeners, staff and advertisers for their support and loyalty to the station.



  • Award winning New York Times reporter and Ballina native Declan Walsh has made international headlines today.

    Around two years ago a US government official warned the Times of the imminent arrest of Declan Walsh in Egypt.

    The official believed the Trump administration was refusing to intervene - so the US paper asked Irish diplomats to escort the Mayo man to safety.

    Irish officials got Walsh to safety 'within an hour.'

    The New York Times revealed today it had to turn to the Irish Government to help their Cairo Bureau Chief, as they claimed the Trump administration refused to intervene.

    The story was revealed today by A G Sulzberger, the publisher of the US newspaper.

    Walsh was educated in St Muredach’s College in Ballina and went on to study a Master in Journalism and Mass Communication in DCU.

    After stints reporting as an African reporter for the Irish Times and the Independent, as well as a Pakistani correspondent for the Guardian, Walsh made the move to the American news giant.

  • The TG4 Ladies football All Star nominees have been announced.

    Three-in-a-row champions Dublin lead the way with 13 nominations.

    There are 9 nods each for finalists Galway, as well as Connacht rivals Mayo.

    Munster champions Cork have seven nominations, with Tipperary, Tyrone, Donegal, Armagh and Meath also represented.


    Lisa Murphy (Galway),

    Full-back line

    Sinéad Burke (Galway)*, Danielle Caldwell (Mayo) Éilis Ronayne (Mayo)

    Half-back line

    Nicola Ward (Galway), Ciara McManamon (Mayo)  Ciara Whyte (Mayo),


    Louise Ward (Galway),

    Half-forward line

    Olivia Divilly (Galway), Sinéad Cafferky (Mayo) Megan Glynn (Galway), Niamh Kelly (Mayo), Mairéad Seoighe (Galway)

    Full-forward line

    Sarah Rowe (Mayo), Tracey Leonard (Galway) Rachel Kearns (Mayo) Grace Kelly (Mayo), Róisín Leonard (Galway)

  • Iarnrod Éireann issues a statement to remind customers in Mayo that there will be no alcohol permitted on the Dublin bound services.

    It comes as Mayo prepare to make the journey to Croke Park to play Meath this Sunday afternoon in the Super 8’s.

    A spokesperson from Irish Rail revealed that all normal train services for Sunday on the Dublin-bound route are booked out; however, there are a limited number of seats remaining on the match day train which departs Westport at 8:25.

    To book a seat on the train visit www.irishrail.ie or call 1850 366 222.

  • It is expected that the Dublin Mayo clash will be a sell-out in GAA HQ with tickets on sale from GAA clubs, Ticketmaster, and selected Supervalu and centra stores as of 10 o’clock this morning.

    Iarnrod Eireann is refusing as of yet to confirm special train services for the Mayo match this weekend.

    A spokesperson for the company told Midwest News that there were no details as of yet for extra services this Saturday but that information will be put up across all their social media in the coming days.

    In previous years extra train services have been added to Iarnrod Eireann services for big football clashes in Croke Park involving Mayo sides.

    This Saturday fans are hoping that additional services will be added to Iarnrod Eireann's train schedule if the train is to be an option with a throw-in at 5pm.

  • Sligo Rovers have been advised that no tickets will be on sale on the gate for their EXTRA.ie FAI Cup match against Glebe North at 745 tomorrow.

    There are a number of ticket outlets where tickets will be available between now and kick off, on a first come, first served basis.

    The outlets are as follows:

    Supervalu, Balbriggan

    The harvest Bar, Balbriggan

    Pappagilanos (beside harbour), Balbriggan.

    It has been advised that all supporters purchase their tickets as early as possible on the night to avoid disappointment.

    Rovers have a limited number of tickets available for the clash, which can be obtained at the Showgrounds office by noon tomorrow (Friday). 

  • Cillian O’Connor breaks the all-time championship scorer in Mayo’s defeat at the hands of Kerry yesterday.

    The Ballintubber sharp-shooter overtook Colm Cooper when he kicked over a free in the second half of their ten-point hammering by the Kingdom.

    O’Connor set a new scoring record of 23-285 and looks set to raise the record to greater heights this year in Mayo’s Super 8’s games against Meath and Donegal respectively.

    Aged 27, O’Connor still has plenty of football left in his career to leave create a record that will take serious beating for future high-scoring hotshots.

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic accident in Kilkelly.

    The one car collision occurred close to the Applegreen station on the Knock road.

    Motorists are advised to approach with caution as the road is described as treacherous at present as a result of oil on the road as a result of the collision.

    The road remains open to traffic going both ways.

    Ambulances are en route to the scene of the crash.

    We’ll have more information as we get it.

  • Would you like to brush up on your gaeilge? Well Gnó Mhaigh Eo are offering you some insights with their #OperationGaeilge campaign to help you rediscover your grá for the teanga! Check out the first of our podcasts with Dáithi and his guests below and stay tuned for more over the coming week as we explore ways to bring Gaeilge into your comhrá!

    Seachtain Amháin


  • This weekend is the busiest of the year on Mayo's Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick, with the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage attracting large numbers of pilgrims from across the country and overseas.

    Order of Malta is urging those planning to climb the Reek to take the necessary precautions, in terms of wearing good footwear such as hiking boots, and being suitably equipped for all weather conditions - bringing rain gear and warm clothes as well as sun protection - along with water and snacks.

    Over 100 Order of Malta volunteers will be on duty this Sunday, along with the Mayo Mountain Rescue team, to support pilgrims.