North Mayo

  • €50,000 in funding has been allocated for the digitization of a unique archive based in the Gaeltacht area of north Mayo. The private, extensive collection of Pap Murphy and his wife Catherine, of Cartron, Clogher , Belmullet  has received the funding from Minister Michael Ring’s dept of Community and Rural Affairs.

    Pap and Catherine have a museum called “Turas Siar” in Clogher and he has spent his life collecting folklore, placenames, and taling and recording the people of the region.

    Local Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle says Pap’s contribution to the region and to the country is enormous and he believes the digitization of his collection is comparable yet different from the Jackie Clarke collection in Ballina.

  • At a moving event in Eachléim community hall, in North Mayo on Thursday evening, members of the community were surprised and emotional when they were honoured by members of the Coast Guard for their outstanding contribution supporting the search and rescue efforts for the crew of Rescue Helicopter 116 in March 2017 in which 4 crew members lost their lives.

    Fifteen members of the Coast Guard attended at Eachléim Hall in full uniform where they presented 15 representatives from the greater Eachléim area with red and white roses, mirroring the colour of the rescue helicopter. They also presented a plaque to John Ó’Gallachóir who led the community at the time. Each were volunteers who gave their time endlessly over the 42 day search period.

    Gathered together to recall the events of March 2017 for the filming of a new TG4 documentary ‘Bailte’, presented by Síle Nic Chonaonigh, the community were not expecting to have the attendance of 15 Coast guard members from the Bally glass Coast Guard Unit. Michael Hurst, Officer in Charge of co-ordinating the ground search operations for over 42 days as well as his Deputy Frank Murphy and 13 other members of the unit gathered last night at the hall, much to the surprise of the local people. Nor were they expecting a fly over by SAR helicopter rescue 118 who were in attendance for over 15 minutes as a mark of respect to the community for their efforts in searching for their colleagues. Rescue 118 was Captained yesterday by Captain Brendan Jackman. 

    The contribution by the people was unquantifiable. Food came from all over the country and over 30 mouths were fed three times if not more a day. Not only did they provide sustenance but also comfort and consolation to all those who searched and to the families. 

    John Ó Gallchóir recalled the dedication of one woman in particular, Winnie, who was there from morning till night to ensure all was done to feed the hundreds each day, serving options of five meals to an array of national agencies including the coast guard, Navy, Gardai, Civil defence, army, RNLI.

    Most of the locals were moved to help because its what we do - and because they'd lost people sea themselves. How could you be at home when you needed to be here. You'd rush out of work just to make sure you got back here. 

    Many of the locals also took in people and gave them beds - divers, etc. 

    Despite winning a people of the year award the OIC Michael Hurst remarked that this is on film now - recognition for these people - and it can be viewed pulled out and remembered and viewed for years to come.

    The new documentary series ‘Bailte’ telling the stories of communities in townlands all around Ireland, including the community of Eachléim in Co Mayo, and presented by Síle Nic Chonaonaigh, will be screened on TG4 early in 2019.


  • North Mayo U16 B Championship 2018

    Erris St. Pats




    Cill Chomain

    South Mayo Under 16B Championship






    West Mayo U16A Championship 2018

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    Westport GAA

    West Mayo U16B Championship 2018






  • Gardaí in Sligo have disrupted ongoing criminal activities in North Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim, after recovering €17,800 worth of stolen property this week.

    On Wednesday last Gardai from Sligo and Ballymote Districts conducted an operation targeting individuals involved in stealing property from commercial properties in counties Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim.


    The operation followed the theft of more than €23,000 worth of tools and equipment from four separate businesses in the region. These occurred between March 23rd, and March 25th.


    In the course of this operation Gardaí intercepted individuals engaged in criminal activities in a remote location in Co Sligo.


    An Garda Siochana carried out a number of searches, seized two vehicles believed to have been used in the commission of a crime, recovered €17,800 worth of stolen property, and seized assorted items and electronic equipment.


    Supt John Lawless of Ballymote Garda Station said, "Investigations are ongoing and further actions are planned as part of this operation. We are satisfied that we have disrupted criminal activities, which has been operating in County Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo”.


    This investigation is ongoing and to date no arrests have been made, however Gardaí are satisfied they have a definite line of enquiry.


    "I want to reassure the public that our members are patrolling on a 24hour basis and that our service to the public hasn’t been effected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Supt Lawless said.



  • An investigation is underway into the death of a fisherman off the North Mayo coast yesterday, after a fishing vessel capsized.

    Two other men onboard the crab-fishing boat were brought to hospital, and were later discharged.

    All three men are from the Erris area.

    The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the three men from a life raft about 16 miles off Eagle Island.

    They were airlifted to Sligo University Hospital, but one man in his 50’s was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    He’s believed to be from the Inver area.

    Rescue agencies were notified of the emergency after Malin Head Coast Guard Rescue Co-ordination Centre picked up a mayday call shortly after 12.30 yesterday afternoon.

    The Air Corps' Casa maritime patrol aircraft happened to be patrolling the area at the time and spotted the men on the life raft after they set off flares.

    The Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter R118 and Ballyglass RNLI were immediately tasked to the area.

    The helicopter located the life raft at about 1.20pm and the crew were rushed to hospital after being winched aboard the helicopter.

    However, a 57-year old man from the Inver area was pronounced dead at Sligo University Hospital.

    The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation.

  • Midwest News understands that a woman was left waiting for three hours for an ambulance after being injured when she fell off a bicycle in the Glenamoy area of north Mayo yesterday.

    The woman is believed to have suffered an injury after coming off her bike yesterday afternoon. When the call was made for an ambulance, if it understood the available ambulance was in Clifden at the time.

    A GP is understood to have assessed the woman at the scene and said she was fit to be moved, at which point she is understood to have been brought to the Garda Station to wait for the ambulance.

    Local Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says while yesterday’s situation was shocking, it is not surprising to people in Erris.

    She says that situations like this have occurred before and it is something that will have to be dealt with in some way or another.

  • Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes has issued an update following a local crisis management team meeting earlier today. 

    Following snow overnight in much of the county, Mayo County Council gritting teams have been out since early morning dealing with main roads and priority routes across the County. 

    While main routes are treated they are encouraging the public to exercise caution on secondary routes that are not gritted. 

    Mayo County Council is monitoring weather conditions in the North Mayo area where significant snow fall overnight has left many sideroads in a challenging condition.  

    Again the message for the public in that particular area is to exercise caution. 

    The emergency contact numbers for specific area offices are listed on the Mayo County Council website.   Further updates from Mayo County Council will be posted across our social media channels.

  • SCÓR NA bPÁISTÍ (North) 

    Figure Dancing: Crossmolina NS.

    Solo Singing: Dearbhla Donoghue, Shraigh NS, Bunnahowen. 

    Instrumental Music: Behy NS, Ballina.

    Recitation: Edmond Maughan, Crossmolina NS.

    Ballad Group: Cooneal NS, Ballina.

    Sean Nós Dancing: Oisín O’Donnell, Behy NS, Ballina.

    Novelty Act: Carn NS, Moygownagh.


    Tonight: West Mayo Final, Carnacon Community Centre 7pm

                  South Mayo Final, Hollymount Hall 7pm 



    Tráth na gCeist - Claremorris GAA. ?

    Solo Singing - Cian McNamara, Achill GAA

    Recitation - Angela Dowd, Claremorris GAA. 

    Ballad Group - Achill GAA 

    Léiriú - Kilfian GAA. 

    Ceol Uirlise - Achill GAA 

    Rince Seit - Aghamore GAA. 


    Achill GAA were winners also of the trophy for best overall club. 

    The Connacht Final takes place this Sunday March 10th at 3pm in Balla Community Centre. 

  • Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), through its affiliate Shell Overseas Holdings Limited, has completed the sale of its shares in Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL), which holds a 45% interest in the Corrib gas venture, for up to $1.30 billion (€1.14 billion), to Nephin Energy Holdings Limited (NEHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Completion follows receipt of all necessary partner and regulatory consents and the transaction’s effective date is 1 January 2017.

    The transaction includes an initial consideration of $958 million (€840 million), interest of $54 million (€47 million), and additional payments of up to $285 million (€250 million) between 2018-2025, subject to gas price and production. Completion of the deal represents Shell’s exit from the upstream sector in Ireland.

    The sale will contribute to Shell’s $30 billion divestment target for 2016-2018.

    Shell Energy Europe Limited (SEEL) has signed an offtake agreement to purchase Corrib gas following completion.

    Shell retains a presence in Ireland through its aviation joint venture, Shell and Topaz Aviation Ireland Limited.


  • Simon Clark and Rachel Winter have reached North Mayo’s Mullet Peninsula, on their 2,200-mile, clockwise-circumnavigation of Ireland’s coastline. Running 15-25 miles per day, they have covered 1,500 miles. With no support team, they run with all that they need on their backs, and often camp out in bivi bags. Simon, who is keeping up with his architectural business en route, and Rachel, Ecologia’s former Administrator & Volunteers Coordinator, are fundraising in aid of Ecologia Youth Trust’s work with orphans and vulnerable youth: aiming to raise over £10,000, their total is currently £4,127.

    Around the country, they have been protected from rain-driven storms on many nights by being given refuge in the homes of friends; in hotels, B&B’s, and holiday homes, by accommodation providers keen to support their charitable efforts; and even, on some of the wettest nights, in cow sheds, stables and the floors of community centres.

    Simon and Rachel started running from Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Bridge, on the 7th August. In the west, the Wild Atlantic Way and small coastal paths are making their route even more dramatic. Staying as close as possible to the shore, they hope to finish back in Dublin and return home to Findhorn, Scotland by early March.


  • The good news keeps on coming for the world renowned Céide Fields in Mayo. The centre, which celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year was awarded the prestigious award, The International Carlo Scarpa Prize for Gardens, earlier in the year. 

    On Monday it was announced that the centre would be receiving over €1million in funding from the Fáilte Ireland and the OPW for upgrading the centre - you can find out more on that here

    With all of that happening we thought it would be an ideal time to head down and find out more about one of the jewels in the crown of the West of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Check out our video now.

  • U21 C Championship Quarter Final 
    Mayo Gaels 2-15 Cill Chomain 1-06 

    North Mayo Winter League Final 
    Ardagh 2-07 Knockmore 0-8

  • Midwest News understands that a woman was left waiting for a substantial period of time for an ambulance after being injured when she fell off a bicycle in the North Mayo area yesterday.

    The woman is believed to have suffered an injury after coming off her bike yesterday afternoon. When the call was made for an ambulance, if it understood the available ambulance was in Clifden at the time.

    A GP is understood to have assessed the woman at the scene and said she was fit to be moved, at which point she is understood to have been brought to the Garda Station to wait for the ambulance.