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  • Mayo’s Carlagh Mullarney and Roscommon’s Shakira McCrudden have both won bronze medals in the European boxing championships in Georgia.

    The 12-year-olds from Ballyhaunis boxing club and Riverside Boxing club Ballinlough both won bronze with Mullarney losing out on silver by split decision to Sophie Harker of England.

    Mullarney will return to the square in Ballyhaunis at 2:30 today for her homecoming and McCrudden will arrive in Ballinlough’s Clubhouse at 2 o’clock.

  • Mayo manager James Horan is not concerned by the quick turnaround his side faces against Dublin this weekend.

    Dublin effectively rested many of their key men last weekend in their surreal Super 8's clash with Tyrone.

    Mayo have played seven championship games so far this season as they traversed the qualifiers and the Super 8's.

    Horan disregarded suggestions that Jim Gavin's charges will be fresher than his side on Saturday evening.

    After the Donegal game he said their focus was on tweaking improvements in their performance ahead of the Dublin match.

  • Mayo manager James Horan argues that his team can take a lot from 2019 despite their ten-point defeat to Dublin.

    With younger players coming through and winning their first national title since 2001, he argues that the year had positives to take into 2020.

    A rip-roaring league final victory over Kerry, a first championship victory over Galway since 2015 and the return of injured players like Tom Parsons and Matthew Ruane bode well for the Green and Red next year.

    Horan alluded to tired legs from the Donegal match a week previous, but admitted that Dublin were full value for their win.

  • Every day at University Hospital Galway, the emergency dept is in what’s termed in “full capacity Protocol”  - that is, it is coping with far in excess of the acceptable number of patients waiting on trolleys for beds in the hospital.

    This was confirmed to Galway city based Fianna Fail councillor John Connolly at this week’s HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park.

    Today according to the INMO trolley watch figures there are 44 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital.

    Cllr Connolly told Midwest News today that  the situation is simply not acceptable daily for patients or staff at the hospital and he says he will continue to raise the crisis in the Emergency Dept at UHG at every meeting of the HSE Forum until the situation is resolved.

    There are plans to build a new ED at the hospital but the new facility is still a long way off, as planning permission for the new development has not yet been sought.

  • Since tickets went on sale at 10 o’clock there have been large queues across Supervalu and Centra stores throughout the morning.

    Dublin and Mayo’s clash in Croke Park is expected to be a sell-out and fans from across the county have queued online for the first championship meeting of the sides since 2017.

    Ballyhaunis Supervalu has a constant queue of 30 people since 10 o’clock this morning.

    We have received pictures of substantial queues in Castlebar Supervalu and in Ballyhaunis Supervalu, where there has been a constant stream of 30 people since 10 this morning.

    People trying to access tickets online have been having serious difficulty, with some people queuing online on Tickets.ie for more than two hours.

    Tickets.ie took to their twitter account to apologise for the delays, saying:

    “Tickets for both semi finals are still on sale - retail and online.

    There are no issues with the listing however there is a queuing system in place to manage the very high volume of traffic on the website.

    We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope you get your tickets.”

    People have been taking to social media to complain about server errors as the website appears to struggle with the volume of ticket requests.

    With the Dubs on a quest for five in-a-row, moral and expectation is still high across the county.

  • The IFA claims a new trade deal between the US and the EU is another huge blow to Irish farming.

     

    Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an agreement that will allow the States to export a lot more beef to Europe.

     

    It follows the Mercosur deal, which would give South America much more access to the market also.

     

    Both agreements have to be approved by the European Parliament - but IFA President Joe Healy is hitting out.

     

    “We export 90% of the meat we produce in Ireland, 95% of that goes either into the U.K or Europe. So, any deal that means more meat coming into Europe is bad for Ireland,” said Mr Healy.

  • An interim management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies after the existing joint manager’s step aside.

    The Sligo ladies issued a vote of no confidence in current joint management team of John O’Hara and David Curran, causing an emergency county board meeting to be held on Thursday.

    The Sligo County Board voted to retain the current management team, but both O’Hara and Curran declined the offer.

    In their absence a temporary management team has been appointed to manage the Sligo Ladies Intermediate team, consisting of Kathleen Kane, Ted Maloney and Oliva Flannery-McLoughlin.

    A win on Sunday against Limerick would get the ladies team passage into the Intermediate All-Ireland quarter-finals.

    Sligo LGFA offered their thanks to O’Hara, Curran and their management team as focus now shifts to today's game with Limerick at 2 p.m. in Tubbercurry.

  • The Ireland Under 20 women’s team stormed through to the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B semi-finals this evening thanks to a thrilling 66-53 point win over Croatia.

    The win saw Ireland top their group in Round 2 and advance through to Saturday’s semi-final where they will face Bulgaria at 3.30pm Irish time, with promotion to Division A and a medal all up for grabs.


    Despite what the scoreline may suggest though, this game was neck-in-neck right up until the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands 20 times throughout the game in a pulsating and absorbing contest. Ireland had heroes across the floor, with a superb team display on defense shutting down the threats of Croatia’s sharpshooters Andjela Katavic and Karla Erjavec to see them score just a combined 13 points in the game. With stand-out performances across the court, some of the key performers for Ireland included Enya Maguire, who finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, two assists, Claire Melia who notched another double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, Sorcha Tiernan was also a stand out with 12 points, while Dayna Finn top scored with 20 points. Rachel Huijsdens and Annaliese Murphy were also key players in an all round superb display.

    It was the fourth quarter where the game was well and truly won though, as the sides were level 14-14 at the end of the first, Croatia led 27-29 at the end of the second, while Ireland had just edged ahead at the end of the third, 49-46. A massive three pointer from Tiernan got the scoring underway for the Irish in the fourth quarter and this, followed by huge boards from Huijsdens, set Tiernan up for another score moments later to see Ireland suddenly ahead 55-48. The momentum was firmly in Ireland’s favour as Dayna Finn drove inside for two, while superb work from Maeve Phelan sent Melia through to the basket. Another huge three-pointer from Tiernan followed and it was game over, as Ireland powered through the remaining minutes to win out in thrilling fashion, 66-53.

     

  • For the first time in history the Irish Dressage team at Tokyo secured Olympic qualification after a stunning performance at the European Championships in Rotterdam today.

    The Irish team of finished on a final score of 213, to finish second and claiming one of three tickets that were on offer to Tokyo at the final Olympic qualifier for European teams. 

    Ireland were just outside the Olympic qualifying places when Kildare's Judy Reynolds entered the arena as last to go with her horse Vancouver K.

    Under huge pressure, Reynolds delivered a stunning performance to set a new Irish record of 76.351 which guaranteed Ireland a team place in Tokyo 2020.

     

  • The Irish Red Cross launched their new ambulances for the Mayo, Tipperary and Laois divisions today at the Claremorris centre, alongside a rescue boat for the Corrib/Mask Search and Rescue unit.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring launched the new vehicles for the first responders which were partly funded by his department’s LEADER programme.

    E98,000 was donated towards the vehicles by the Government this year as well as E45,000 from Irish betting company Lottoland.

    Irish Red Cross Chairman and National Director of Units Pat Carey and Tony Lawler applauded the funding to the first responder units.

    They told Midwest Radio News that the renewal of their fleet is of vital importance to the organisation.

    Minister Michael Ring highlighted the importance of making sure first responder units like the Red Cross are adequately funded.

    He told Midwest Radio News that the volunteers in the Red Cross should spend their time doing their important work rather than fundraising.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council are working to restore the water supply for some 1500 customers in the Kilkerrin & Moylough areas.

    Areas that are supplied by the Slieveroe Water Tower may suffer loss of water supply due to deterioration in raw water quality as a result of exceptionally heavy rain.

    Homes are urged to conserve water and avoid using dishwashers or washing machines if at all possible until the full supply returns.

    In a statement this morning, Irish Water apologizes for the inconvenience caused but, it is unlikely that the water supply will be restored before 6pm tomorrow evening.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 274274.

  • Kerry forward James O'Donoghue will be fit for the Super 8's showdown against Mayo in Killarney on Sunday.

    The Legion player missed the Munster final win over Cork with a hamstring injury.

    Sean Hurson has been confirmed as the referee for this crucial Super 8’s tie.

    Elsewhere, Roscommon will host Tyrone in Dr Hyde Park at 5 on Saturday evening as part of a triple header, with David Coldrick confirmed as the referee.

    The Roscommon ladies take on Leitrim the Intermediate Championship at 3 o'clock and the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final between Galway and Meath serves as the curtain raiser at 1 o'clock.

  • Kevin Walsh has stepped down as Galway football manager, saying he was 'honoured' to be able to leave football in the county in 'a better place'.

     

    The Tribesmen won two Connacht titles during his five years in charge and contested two other provincial finals.

     

    Walsh also led the team to last year's National Football League final and All-Ireland semis, losing both games to Dublin.

     

    Galway exited the Championship against their neighbours Mayo in the qualifiers this year.

     

    In a statement, Galway County Board have thanked Walsh for his 'tremendous dedication' and for putting 'professional structures' in place.

  • Midwest Radio continues to command the highest listenership of any local station in the country.

    The latest JNLR / Ipsos MRBI radio survey, covering the 12 months from January to December 2017- shows a Yesterday Listened figure of 61%, with an equally impressive market share of 55.7% - consolidating Midwest Radio’s position as market leaders in local radio.

    The survey is good news for radio generally, as it shows that 83% of Ireland’s adults – that’s 3.1 million people – listen to radio every day.

  • Boris Johnson hadn’t sufficient reasons to convince the High Court he was justified to suspend Parliament, that’s the view of Mayo Barrister John Walsh.

    The UK's highest court ruled Boris Johnson broke the law by deciding to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

    The Supreme Court in London says there was "no justification" for the shutdown.

     

    Barrister John Walsh of Hollymount believes the British PM may be trying to avoid telling parliament about his plans for the Northern Ireland backstop.

    He said Boris Johnson may yet suspend parliament to avoid disclosing his backstop plans.

  • Our Local Election Lunchtime News Debates continue today at 1pm here on Midwest Radio.

    Some of the candidates contesting the 7 seater Castlebar Municipal District will join us this afternoon

    They are sitting Fianna Fail  councillor Martin McLoughlin, former Fine Gael councillor Eugene McCormack, People Before Profit candidate Joe Daly, and Independent contender Gerry Loftus

    If you have any questions for the panel you can email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring the newsroom at 094 9630985

  • The gates will open at 3.30 for the Mayo match on Saturday for an unconfirmed music artist.

    Connacht Council GAA Secretary John Prenty, confirmed to Midwest Sport that the gates would open early to facilitate fans going to the 6pm throw-in, to avail of the music act before the game gets underway.

    All tickets are allocated for the Green and Red’s clash with the Donegal as both teams seek an elusive All-Ireland semi-final spot.

    Donegal need a draw or more, while Mayo must win to advance to the last four and set up a meeting with the winners of Tyrone and Dublin.

    We’ll have live coverage of the game on Midwest Radio from half past five.

  • Gardaí are investigating a two vehicle fatal road traffic collision in Carrownurlar, Milltown, Co. Galway.

    Shortly after 1am on Monday 2nd September 2019 Gardaí, Ambulance Services and local Fire Services attended the scene of a serious collision involving a car and a van at Carrownurlar, Milltown, Galway.

    The driver of the car (Male 30s) was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the van, a man in his 50s, was taken to Castlebar General Hospital as a precautionary measure.

    The scene is currently preserved and Garda forensic collision investigators have been requested to examine the crash site. The road remains closed and local traffic diversions remain in place.

    Gardaí at Tuam are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward, particularly any motorists who were travelling in the area at the time and may have dash cam footage.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

  • A man has died at University Hospital Galway after being taken from the water in Salthill earlier today.

     

    The alarm was raised around midday when the man was taken from the water near Blackrock

     

    Emergency services quickly transported the man to UHG for treatment, but he has since passed away.

     

    Gardaí are not releasing details of the man’s identity at this point.

  • We visited the world renowned Marjorie's Kitchen on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina to get some Easter recipes from Marjorie herself. Watch below some of her mouthwatering (and we can honestly say DELICIOUS!) chocolate treats made in her very own kitchen, where she has regaled the listeners to Midwest Radio from for over a quarter of a century with Paul and Gerry. We have all the recipes below the videos so you can try them out over the Easter weekend - and we promise, you'll be trying these out all year round as well! Plus there is a bonus recipe for chocolate peppermint squares in the factsheet! Bon Appétit! 

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    Marjorie`s Kitchen

    Chocolate Chip Scones

    Makes approximately 8

    Ingredients

    227g/8 ozs, self-raising flour

    Pinch of salt

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder

    57g/2ozs butter

    10ml/2 tsp sugar

    86g/30zs chocolate chips or plain chocolate finely chopped

    150ml/1/4 pt buttermilk

    To glaze – beaten egg

    Method:

    1)         Preheat the oven 220°C, 425°f, Gas 7.

    2)         Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.

    3)         Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    4)         Fold in the sugar and chocolate chips.

    5)         Stir in the buttermilk to give a fairly soft dough.  It is important to add all the liquid at once.

    6)         Lightly flour a board and roll out the dough to 2cm/ ¾” thickness and cut into rounds using a 6cm/2 ½ " cutter.

    7)         Place the scones on a non-stick baking sheet, brush the top of the scones with a little egg wash.  Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

    8)         Cool on a wire tray. Serve warm, split and spread with butter or piped with fresh cream (whipped)

     

    Marjorie’s Tip

     

    (a)        Like all scones it is very important to add most of the milk at once.  If you add the milk a little at a time it slows the process down and the scones will not be as soft when cooked.

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    Easter Chocolate Cake

     

    Ingredients                                                                         Icing

    227g/8oz butter or margarine, soft                           142g/50z icing sugar and 27g/1ozz Bourneville

    227g/8oz castor sugar                                                            cocoa powder

    170g/6oz plain flour                                                   86g/30z butter, soft

    42g/1 ½ oz Bourneville cocoa powder                       2.5ml/1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder                                            Approx. 30ml/ 2 tbsp. milk

    4 eggs, free range, beaten

    Approx. 86g/30z chocolate drops

                (or chocolate pieces)

     

    Method

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
    2. Grease and base line 2 x 20cm/8 “sandwich tins.
    3. Cream the butter and sugar together. Sieve dry ingredients.
    4. Beat in the eggs and flour alternatively with vanilla extract.
    5. Mix in the chocolate pieces.
    6. Place the mixture in the lined tins, spread out with a palette knife.
    7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approx. 25 minutes.

    Cool on a wire tray.

    Icing

    1. Sieve dry ingredients together
    2. Beat the butter, sugar and remaining ingredients together until the icing is a soft consistency.

    To ice:          Spread a little of the icing on both cakes, then sandwich together.  Spread or pipe the remaining icing on top of the cake. Decorate with mini Easter eggs, maltezers or sprinkles.

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    Simple Ferrero Chocolates

    A friend gave me this recipe, these chocolates are low calorie, but so delicious, you won`t know the difference.

    Ingredients:

    2-3 Weetabix

    45-60ml/3-4 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)

    Method

    1. Crush the Weetabix into a bowl.
    2. Melt the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave, then mix into the Weetabix.
    3. Roll into small balls, place in petit four paper cases or small bun cases and set.

    If wished, mould the chocolate mix around a roasted hazelnut or almond, or dust with a little cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts or desiccated coconut.  Really delicious!!

    Marjorie’s Tip: If wished dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with finely chopped nuts

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    Ena’s Chocolate Peppermint Squares

     

    Ingredients:

    227 g / 8 oz Margarine                                   27 g / 1 oz Cocoa Powder

    113 g / 4 oz Sugar                                           27 g / 1 oz Drinking Chocolate

    227 g / 8 oz Self Raising Flour                                    5ml/1 tsp. Baking Powder

    227 g / 8 oz desiccated Coconut

    Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°/Gas 4.
    2. Melt margarine in a saucepan, stir in sugar to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    3. Spread mixture on a greased swiss roll tin and bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

    Icing Ingredients:

    170 g / 6 oz Icing Sugar, sieved                      Few drops of Green Colouring

    113 g / 4 oz. Butter                                         2.5ml/ ½ tsp. Peppermint Essence

    1¾ bars of Dark Chocolate – melted

    Method:

    1)         Mix icing sugar, butter and essence together, add a few drops of green colouring, if wished.

    2)         Spread over cooled mix

    3)         Melt the chocolate and pour over icing. Leave to set, then cut into small squares.

    This recipe was given to me by my late cousin Ena Walker, who was a super cook, we shared many recipes and tasty treats together.

     

    E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Web:      www.marjorieskitchen.net

    Phone No: 087 2304986

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    Marjorie`s Kitchen Tips

    Baking Powder

    Baking powder is a key ingredient in many cakes, cookies, muffins and bread recipes.  Make your own baking powder and keep your baked goods aluminium free.  Baking powder contains an acid and alkali in correct proportions.  A third ingredient is added if you are not using the baking powder immediately, this is usually cornflour, (corn-starch) or rice flour as it absorbs moisture, preventing the baking powder from becoming lumpy.

     

    Baking powder ingredients

    One part bread soda to two parts cream of tartar.

    5ml/1 tsp of bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)

    10ml/ 2 tsp of bextartar (cream of tartar)

    5ml1tsp of rice flour or corn starch (cornflour) (optional).

    Method

    1. Sieve the breadsoda and bextartar for 2-3 times until well combined.
    2. Use immediately
    3. To store: add 5ml1 tsp. of rice flour or cornflour to the mix.  This will absorb any moisture from the air and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you use it.  Store in an airtight tin.

    Did you know that most commercially produced baking powder contains aluminium –sodium aluminium sulphate to be exact?

    To test baking powder for freshness or if it is out of date

    Place 2.5ml/ ½ tsp of baking powder into a cup, top with 1/3 cup of hot tap water. The mixture should bubble enthusiastically, if not discard, make your own or buy a new one.

     

    Bread Soda (Baking Soda) Sodium Bicarbonate

    When bread soda is used with mixture and an acidic ingredients e.g. buttermilk or yogurt, its reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand under oven temperatures, causing baked goods to rise.  When using a raising agent in recipes, once you add the liquid, it is important to bake goods immediately in a pre-heated oven or else it will not rise properly.  If you wish to use baking powder in a recipe to replace bread soda – 5ml/ 1 tsp bread soda =15ml3 teaspoons of baking powder.

     

    Baking Soda

    Baking soda is made from Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) and is mined in the form of an ore called Trona.  Through a process, the soda ash is dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled into the mixture forming sodium bicarbonate (bread soda). The sodium bicarbonate quickly solidifies and separates from the rest of the mixture.

    Cream of Tartar

    Cream of tartar is a by-product of the wine making industry.  Grapes are the only significant natural source of tartaric acid.  Cream of tartar is obtained from sediment produced in the process of making wine.  It is also known as potassium, tartrate and potassium bitartrate.