Old Head

  • A transatlantic fibre optic cable is on course to make land at Old Head in Mayo this Autumn. The America Europe Connect 2 subsea fibre optic cable is currently at the foreshore licensing application stage.

    At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Westport-Belmullet Municipal District councillors were told that public consultation on the proposal is still open for submissions.

    Andy Hudson of Aqua Comms attended the online meeting and explained that once operational, the line will provide high speed and significantly increased capacity between the US, Ireland and Europe.

    The cable, when landed at Old Head, will connect into an existing Aurora network, which connects to Dublin and on into Europe.

    There will be no trench digging required to get the system operational.

    The proposed route into Clew Bay is south of Achill Island and north of Clare Island, terminating at Old Head beach.

    A community fund is also part of the project.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Peer Flynn says it may be difficult to immediately see the benefit of this development to Mayo at present, but long term it could be responsible for enticing a major data centre.

    Cllr Flynn has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the developer and what’s planned...





  • Two young sailors were safely rescued close Old Head in Clew Bay yesterday.


    Just before 4pm the Beach Lifeguards on Old Head beach near Louisburgh raised the alert when they observed the crew of a small sailing dinghy about 1.5 nautical miles north east of Old Head in difficulty.


    The Irish Coastguard Radio Station at Malin Head deployed the Coastguard Helicopter, Rescue 118, the Achill Island Lifeboat and the Westport Coastguard Unit to the scene.


    A short time later, Rescue 118 lifted the two young sailors from the sea and they were flown to the Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.


    The Lifeboat took the sailing dinghy in tow to Old Head Pier where it was handed over to the members of the Westport Coastguard Unit. The Lifeboat returned to its moorings, refueled and was ready for service again at 7.10pm.


    Met Eireann has issued a Small Craft Warning for all coasts today which means that winds of Force 6 or greater can be expected.


    Shore fishermen and beach and coast walkers are also advised to be vigilant and careful as freak waves are always a possibility.


    Achill coastguard say if you ever observe anyone in difficulty on our seas, rivers or lakes, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.