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  • Castlebar student Dara Ludden was awarded a Naughton Foundation scholarship worth €20,000 at a ceremony in Trinity Business School in Dublin last Saturday.

    The award gives third level scholarships to students studying in the areas of engineering, science and technology.

    The former student of the St. Gerald’s College was presented with the scholarship by Dr. Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel, the founders of the Naughton Foundations.

    Mr Ludden is studying Engineering at NUIG and he joins 36 other Irish students to benefit from the award.

    His former secondary school, St. Gerald’s College was also presented with a prize of €1,000 on the day towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.

    More than 200 schools have benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.

    Last year’s winner was Thomas McCarthy from St. Gerald’s College Castlebar and the school has won the award on 11 occasions.

  • The Catholic Church has confirmed for the first time that a seriously ill women was healed during a pilgrimage to Knock 30 years ago.

    Marion Carroll, who was in her late 30s, was wheelchair bound, incontinent and almost blind when she visited the shrine in 1989.

    She said that after she attended the 'Anointing of the Sick' in the Basilica, she was cured and could walk.

    Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Francis Duffy, said that the healing of Marion Carroll 'defies medical explanation.'

  • Claremorris handballer Paddy Murphy advanced to the junior 60x30 finals after an impressive performance in Castlebar over the weekend.

    Paddy defeated Conor O’Gorman by 21-9 to 21-2 in the junior semi-finals.

    He now awaits the Limerick champion in the junior final on the 8th of September in Limerick.

  • A Mayo man got the Irish riders off to the perfect start yesterday at the Dublin Horse show in the RDS.


    The opening competition of the day saw Claremorris’ Cormac Hanley give partner the Heathman Farm-owned Copain Z to victory in the Speed Stakes.


    The equestrian competition continues until Sunday and the Irish continue dominated the opening day of competitions.

  • Roscommon Fixtures Saturday

    SFC Group B

    18:45  St. Faithleach's                            Roscommon Gaels

    SFC Group C

    17:00             Clann na nGael               Boyle      

    18:45          Pádraig Pearses               Western-Gaels         

    IFC Group A

    17:00                      Kilglass Gaels             Creggs

    18:45                     Kilbride            Tulsk Lord Edwards  

    IFC Group B

    18:45                  Castlerea St Kevins              Eire Og     

    IFC Group C

    17:00                 Oran (Football)      St. Dominic's

    17:00                  St Aidan's                    Kilmore            

     25/08/2019 Sunday

    SFC Group A

    16:00              St. Croans           Elphin     

    SFC Group B

    13:30                        Michael Glaveys        Strokestown

    IFC Group B

    14:00             Naomh Bearrai                Shannon Gaels     

    Junior Football Championship Group A

    14:00                   St Brigids           Pádraig Pearses          

    15:4             Roscommon Gaels             Castlerea

    Junior Football Championship Group 2

    14:00           St Joseph's             St. Faithleach's          

    15:45              Ballinameen                St. Dominics       

    Junior Football Championship Group 3

    14:00                 Clann na nGael       Western-Gaels             

    14:00              St Michael's                   St Ronan's         

  • The Connacht Eagles make the trip to Ospreys in the Celtic Cup on Saturday.

    After defeating dragons in the Showgrounds last Friday in the opening round, the Connacht young guns will hope to continue that form into Saturday’s away clash.

    Kick-off in Bridgend is at 12 noon on Saturday.

  • The Connacht Eagles team has been named for tomorrow’s Celtic Cup clash with Ospreys A in Bridgend, Wales.

    Head Coach Mossy Lawler has made four changes from the side that beat Dragons A last weekend, with Cillian Gallagher captaining the side from the back row.

    Three changes are in the pack where there's starts for Rory Burke and Ireland U20 Grand Slam winner Dylan Tierney-Martin in the front row, while Cormac Daly is named in the second row alongside Niall Murray.

    Aran Hehir comes in to the side at scrum-half.

    Kick-off at Morganstone Brewery Field is at 12pm tomorrow.

  •  The Connacht Ladies will take on the Leinster ladies in the opening game of the inter-provincial championship.

    Donnybrook's Energia Park is to host its first ever Leinster double-bill next month.

    The men's side will face Coventry in a pre-season friendly from 3pm on August 17th as a curtain raiser.

  • Connacht Rugby mourn the loss of former IRFU President Dr. Anthony (Tony) Browne, who passed away peacefully at his home in Kingston, Galway, surrounded by his loving family.
    Hailing from Moygownagh in Mayo, Tony was the recipient of Connacht Rugby’s ‘Lifetime Contribution to Rugby Award’ earlier this year.

    From 1982, as Connacht Rugby Branch Rep, he was a member of the IRFU National Committee and was Chairman of some of the most important National Sub Committees including those dealing with Schoolboy Rugby and Refereeing Standards.
    In 1990 he was appointed President of the Connacht Rugby Branch and a year later he became the first and only person ever in the history of Corinthians to hold the office of President of IRFU.
    Tony will be reposing from his home (Eircode H91 YH W4) on Sunday 18th August from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

    Removal on Monday (19th) to the Sacred Heart Church, Seamus Quirke Road to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery.

  • Connacht Rugby has announced a new home kit for the 2019/2020 season and it is available across all Elvery’s Sports stores in the province.

    The Pro 14 side have launched their new kit this morning with Bundee Aki, Jarad Butler and Sean O’Brien among the poster boss for the new blended green look.

    The first chance to see the new jersey in action will be in the developmental Celtic Cup games at the end of August, as Connacht’s young guns put their hands up for senior selection next year.

  • Lidl Ireland invest over €125,000 in this new initiative which aims to reduce the drop-off rate in sport participation amongst girls aged 11-14 years.


    The ‘Serious Support’ Programme will see 33 chosen schools across Ireland partner with one of Lidl’s ten athlete mentors who are current or former elite-level ladies Gaelic football players.


    Three of the mentors involved are Lucy Hannon and Sinead Burke of Galway and Mayo’s Cora Staunton.


    All schools involved will receive talks, workshops from their mentors and will then undertake a Ladies Gaelic Football project of their own throughout the year, applying the concepts they’ve learnt through the workshops.

  • Midwest News understands a two-vehicle collision has taken place this evening on the N17 between Claremorris and Ballindine.

    The collision isn’t believed to be serious as the road remains open.

    However, there are some delays along this route.

  • In the SSE Airtricity League, Sligo Rovers will look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Derry City when they host Bohemians tonight, in the Showgrounds, at eight o’clock.

    Currently sixth in the top flight, the clash with Bohs has been set us as a season defining match for Liam Buckley’s side.

    There’s a question over the fitness of Ronan Murray and Johnny Dunleavy for the home side, while Niall Morahan returns from international duty and new signing Niall Watson has also received clearance. 

    In the First Division, Galway United travel to Longford town at half past seven.

    Despite being facing relegation, Galway drew against promotion-chasing Bray Wanderers last Friday 2-2.

    Alan Murphy's coming side will look to make a big push to carry into next season, as their under 17s and 19s consolidate places.

  • Former Midwest Radio presenter, Eurovision song contest winner and politician Dana Rosemary Scallon is to receive a six-figure sum in damages to settle a newspaper libel action.

    An apology was also read out at the High Court in Belfast on behalf of the Sunday World’s publishers over false claims connected to her brother John Brown.

    In 2014, Mr Brown was acquitted of historic child sex abuse charges.

    Outside court Dana Rosemary Scallon, who formerly presented the Sunday Choice programme on Midwest Radio, said she brought the lawsuit because the online article falsely stated she had covered-up child abuse.

    She said the story was "a direct and brutal attack" on her good name, her integrity, her character and her public and private life.

     A jury was set to be sworn in for a defamation trial, which was expected to last for up to three days, but instead, following discussions, Mr Justice Maguire was told the two sides had reached a resolution.

    As part of the settlement, counsel for the Sunday World read out a statement confirming an undisclosed pay-out is to be made to the singer.

    The paper has also apologised to Dana for the distress and harm caused to her family.






  • Mayo’s Danielle Caldwell wins the Women’s Gaelic Players Association’s Player of the Month for July.


    The tenacious defender impressed in Mayo’s group games against Tyrone and Donegal throughout the month of July.


    Her manager, Peter Leahy has compared Caldwell to the former Player of the Year Lee Keegan in her ability to nullify opponents.


    The Castlebar woman will be hope for a big performance against Galway at 2pm this Sunday.


    We’ll have live coverage of that match on Midwest radio with thanks to Corrigan’s Stores, Ballintubber.

  • Its day five of racing in the Galway races as people flock to the east of the city for fun and festivities.

    Today's feature race at Ballybrit is the 70-thousand euro Guinness Handicap which is due off at 10-to-7.

    The first of a seven-race card is off this evening at 5.10.

    Our racing tip comes in the 7.25 race, number 5 Invitation.

  • Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn is in action tonight for the Ireland U20 women’s basketball team against Croatia at 6pm.

    The vice-captain will look to continue her stellar form as the U20’s look to recover from a disappointing loss to Israel yesterday.

    Despite receiving attention from Israel, Finn managed to finish the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.

  • The Ireland U20 women’s team scooped a big opening day victory at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo this afternoon, running out 63-53 point winners over Ukraine.

    Kiltimagh woman Dayna Finn was one of the many standouts for the squad on the day, leading her team home with a 20-point game along with seven rebounds and four assists.

    She captained the U18’s to second place in the European championships, narrowly losing out in the showpiece.

    The Mayo Ladies footballer is the vice-captain of the women’s U20 team and she hopes to go one better this year.

  • A do not drink notice has been issued for the Cloonmore/Cloonlavish Group Water Scheme.

    Mayo County Council issued the warning today for the scheme, located west of Knock, as it emerged that the group’s water scheme is contaminated by oil.

    Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Mayo County Council issued the do not drink notice, which means water cannot be used for drinking, preparing or cooking food, brushing teeth or making ice.

    The county council has warned people to discard ice cubes and water in fridges and freezers and that domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink.

  • It is confirmed that Jason Doherty suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury after the Donegal game..

    Doherty featured in every championship game in 2019 and will be a big loss as James Horan and his team prepare for the Dublin game this Saturday

    Mayo GAA confirmed that Doherty will be out until the middle of next season recovering from his injury.

    Meanwhile James Horan looks to have a full complement of players to pick from for the All-Ireland semi-final.

    Tom Parsons made a return to the match day 26 against Donegal and Horan expects Diarmuid O’Connor to be fit for the last four encounter.