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  • 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.

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    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.

    Goalkeepers:

    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),

    Midfield:

    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.

  • Mayo will likely be without yet another player for Sunday's Super-8s meeting with Kerry.

    The Connaught Telegraph reports that wing-back Paddy Durcan is the latest to succumb to injury.

    His place is set to go to Donal Vaughan, but leaves Mayo without Durcan, Diarmuid O'Connor and Matthew Ruane for the game in Killarney.

    Throw-in for the match is at 4 o’clock on Sunday and we’ll have live coverage of the game on Midwest Radio Sport with Michael D. McAndrew and Martin Carney, with thanks to JJ Burke Carsales Ballinrobe.

  • Passengers on the Westport to Dublin train had to stand in the toilet area due to the overcrowded conditions on the train, that’s according to Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Brendan Mulroy.

     

    The Cathaoirleach has again called on Irish Rail to add additional carriages and trains on the Westport route to Dublin.

     

    With people standing in the aisles, in between carriages and in the toilets, the Cathaoirleach stated it wasn’t possible for a ticket collector to walk up the aisles on Sunday.

  • Westport United denied Celtic Super League honours at the weekend, with an industrious 2 – 1 victory over their local rivals.

    Celtic are still in search of an allusive 3 points to win the league.

    Meanwhile, Glenhest Rovers and Swinford will be playing Super League football next season.

    Premier League Champions Ballina Town B cannot be promoted as a B side to the top League.

    Swinford defeated Conn Rangers 5-3 to secure promotion, while Glenhest were promoted despite a 3-1 loss to Ballina Town B.

    Bangor Hibs and Achill Rovers are relegated to League One.

    In the League One Westport United B are Champions and receive promotion to the Premier League alongside Killala.

    Elsewhere, Ballyglass B and Claremorris B are relegated to League 2.

    Moy Villa are champions of League 2 and they are promoted to League one football for next season alongside Newport/Mulranny Wanderer’s.

  • Projects in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon have been awarded funding from Inland Fisheries Ireland to support fisheries conservation and protection initiatives, and to give the public greater access to fishing sites.

    In total, €1 million is being allocated to 25 projects in 16 counties, under the National Strategy for Angling Development.

    Angling clubs, sports clubs, community groups, tourism providers and local authorities are among those who were successful in securing funding under this scheme to improve and protect their local fisheries.

    In Mayo, funding of €22,400 has been granted to Shean Lodge Fishery for the Tarsaughan River Salmon Conservation project.

    The river is currently eroding and has become shallow and is not ideal as a salmon habitat.

    This project will assess potential works to repair the eroding river bank, to improve the habitat.

    In Roscommon, €50,000 has been allocated for Lough Ree Angling Club, to create a wheelchair accessible angling centre and provide a wheelchair-accessible boat.

    In Sligo, €33,000 has been allocated for the River Easkey Angling Club, to provide stiles and footbridges at 32 locations along the river to give greater accessibility to fishing sites.

    This is the 3rd phase of the project.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says they look forward to working with all of the successful applicants in delivering these projects for their communities.

  • Protests at meat factories across the country have entered their second week.

    Gardaí were called to a number of sites over the weekend, as tensions remain high over beef prices.

    Meat Industry Ireland has said more than a dozen sites have stopped operating, and staff have been laid off since the pickets began.

    A farmer at Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis has been telling Midwest News this morning that they're not going to give up anytime soon.

  • There's racing at Roscommon this evening with action getting underway at ten-to-five.

    There's a seven card race with the last going to posts at 7:50.

  • A county Roscommon attraction centre will host a group of international scientists tomorrow showcasing land features and settlements formed since the last Ice Age.

    The International Quaternary Association (INQUA) are visiting the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre as part of a series of field trips run in conjunction with their international congress.

    Daniel Curley is the manager of the Roscommon visitor centre and he explained that the congress delegates are coming to see the results of glacial processes on the landscape and ancient settlements in the heartlands of Ireland.