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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.

  • 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.

  • Tyrone referee Sean Hurson will be the man in the middle for Mayo and Kerry's opening Super 8's clash in Fitzgerald Stadium, at 4 o'clock on Sunday.

    The Red Hand official refereed the division two final between Donegal and Meath earlier in the year and will officiate the match between James Horan and Peter Keane's men.

    Kerry will look to avenge two league losses to Mayo this year in Tralee and in Croke Park in the league final, while Mayo will look to continue their momentum from the qualifiers and come one step closer to an All-Ireland semi-final place.

    Mayo will play Meath in Croke Park on the following weekend and will host Donegal at home in the final round of the last eight competition.

    You can follow the game live on Midwest Radio, with live commentary from Michael D. McAndrew and Martin Carney with thanks to JJ Burke Car sales Ballinrobe.

  • David Gough has been confirmed as the referee for the Mayo Donegal Super 8’s tie at the weekend.

    The Meath man has refereed high profile matches in the past including the 2015 All-Ireland final meeting of Kerry and Dublin.

    Throw-in at MacHale Park is confirmed for 6pm for Saturday evenings sell out Super 8 tie.

    Mayo must win to stay in the championship, while Donegal need a draw or more.

    We’ll have live commentary and coverage of the game on Midwest Radio’s Sunday Sport, kicking off at half past five.

  • Sligo Rovers and Bohemians shared the spoils as they played out a 1-1 draw in the Showgrounds lastnight.

    Galway United suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Longford Town in the League of Ireland First Division, continuing their poor run of form at the bottom end of the second tier.

  • TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-finals

    Roscommon 2-18 Kildare 2-10

    Sligo 2-14 Offaly 2-10

     

     

    TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-finals

    Sligo v Tipperary

    Meath v Roscommon

     

    Last year’s beaten finalists Meath are back in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with Roscommon waiting in the last four.

     

    Tipperary had a narrow win over Clare and they will take on Sligo in the second semi-final, with both games taking place at Nowlan Park on 17 August.

     

    Roscommon clashed with Kildare in the first of the quarter-finals on Sunday and having topped Group 4 the Connacht outfit continued their bright form in Kinnegad with a 2-18 to 2-10 success.

     

    Kildare had the wind but the sides were level 2-5 to 1-8 at half-time. Aimee O’Connor scored Roscommon’s goal and although Orlaith Sullivan and Neasa Dooley hit back, Roscommon scored the final four points of the half.

     

    Molly Price scored first for Kildare after the resumption but Roscommon took a two-point advantage before the turning point in the 53rd minute when Jenny Higgins scored the winning goal.

     

    And in the second of the double-header at Kinnegad, Sligo moved into the semi-finals but it was much closer than the 13-point difference earlier in the league.

     

    Ciara Gorman scored the Sligo goal in the first half but that was cancelled out by Marie Byrne and Grainne Egan, with Lauren Boles’ strike decisive in the four-point win for the Yeats county.