river Moy

  •  The source of the spill that entered the river Moy in Ballina recently must be identified and a prosecution is necessary for the incident not to happen again.

    That’s the view of Independent Ballina councillor Gerry Ginty.

    At this week’s Ballina Municipal District he raised his concerns, but at the same time recognised the swift action of Mayo county council in dealing with the spill  that does not appear to have caused any damage to fish in the famous salmon river.

    Councillor Ginty has been telling Midwest News why it’s now imperative that the source of the spill, is located.

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is warning that a number of salmon are returning to Irish rivers with an unknown skin disease.

    The fish show signs of bleeding, ulceration and haemorrhaging mainly along the area on the belly and on the head and tail.

    There were reports of affected fish in at least six rivers both on the east and west coast of the country.

    All anglers are being advised not to remove any affected salmon from the water until it is clear what is causing the infection.

    Dr. Paddy Gargan, Senior Research Officer at Inland Fisheries Ireland says it’s unclear at this time what is causing these symptoms.

  • A verdict of accidental death has been returned by the Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O'Connor at an inquest into the death of a 52 year-old salmon angler on the River Moy at Foxford last May.

    John Newcombe, who lived in Foxford, fished the Moy regularly.

    An inquest today was told that the medical cause of his death on May 28th was freshwater drowning.

    The inquest was told that Mr. Newcombe had a history of epileptic seizures and, for this reason, did not like to go fishing alone on the river.

    However, he apparently ended up fishing alone on May 28th.

     The alarm was raised when a local woman, Arleen Campbell, having spotted his body in the river, entered the water and held onto the body to prevent it being carried downstream.

    Garda Patrick Coleman and local resident Michael Tiernan removed the body from the water.

    After returning a verdict of accidental death, the coroner expressed his deepest sympathy with the relatives of the deceased and said Mr. Newcombe had died doing what he loved best – freshwater fishing.

    Sergeant Gerry McNally, on behalf of An Garda Siochana, joined in the expressions of sympathy.

  • A man in his fifties drowned yesterday afternoon while fishing for salmon on the River Moy close to Foxford.

    His body was recovered later and brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem will be carried out today.

    Other anglers in the area were unable to save the fisherman who apparently lost his footing.

    The tragedy occurred close to Foxford Bridge.

    Gardai are withholding the name of the victim until relatives have been notified.

  • The six year old boy who died tragically in a drowning accident in a stream close to the River Moy in Ballina yesterday has been named locally as Louis Chen.

    Shortly after 1pm (Sunday) Gardaí received reports that a child had gone missing from his home at Rehins Fort, Ballina.

    Following a search, involving Gardaí and local residents, the boy was rescued a short time later from a nearby stream close to the river Moy.
    CPR was administered at the scene and the child was removed to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

    He was pronounced dead at about 6.30pm yesterday evening.

    Ballina based, Garda Supt Joe Doherty last night expressed his deepest sympathy to the child’s family and the local community for what he described as “a tragic accident”.
    He said immense praise was due to the civilians and members of the rescue services, as well as garda personnel who took part in the rescue operation.

    The coroner has been notified of the death and a post-mortem examination will take place.

    Local councillor Mark Duffy told Midwest News this morning that the local community is devastated and said they are with the bereaved family in spirit, unable to mourn with them directly during this pandemic.

  • The latest litter survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has found the River Moy at Ballina to be ‘moderately littered’, as is the River Corrib in Galway city and the Garravogue River in Sligo town.

     In this latest nationwide survey of rivers, harbours and beaches, the beach at Salthill was deemed “clean to European norms” as was Loughrea in Galway and the River Shannon at Carrick on Shannon.

    While the majority of our towns are now deemed “clean”, our beaches and waterways are not, according to this study.                       

    Of the 42 areas surveyed across the country in this IBAL survey, only 1 in 6 were deemed ‘clean’, while 14% were classed as ‘littered’ or ‘heavily littered’.

    Beaches, harbours, rivers and their immediate environs were monitored by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce over the course of the summer.

    The An Taisce report for the River Moy at Ballina stated: Much of the area surveyed was well presented and maintained and enhanced by an abundance of colourful planting. However, there was a wide variety of land-based litter, much of it food and alcohol related. It was noted that cigarette butts were present in large amounts, not just isolated accumulations but throughout the area surveyed.  Full / over-flowing bins could become future litter if not addressed e.g. near Salmon Weir.  Care needs to be taken at the derelict build at the end of the salmon weir bridge as it could become a magnet for further litter.

    Once again Salthill emerged as one of the cleanest beaches, while Lough Rea and the River Shannon at Carrick-on-Shannon are classified as  clean.

    Conor Horgan of IBAL says the group’s  regular surveys consistently show 80% of Irish towns to be clean. We cannot say the same for our beaches and waterways. For us as a business group this is about protecting tourism and our recreational assets, but it is equally about global impact and our future - the litter we encounter in these areas will typically enter our seas and add to the problem of marine litter, which is threatening our very survival.”

    The need for action around plastic pollution in the marine and aquatic environment is now well established. Worldwide, billions of kilos of disgarded plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans, making up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces.Recent studies have also highlighted the potential impact of marine litter on our climate, as plastic consumed by plankton may impair a key role of the ocean in trapping CO2 from our atmosphere.

    The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were food wrappers, plastic bottles, cans and cigarette butts. Irish Business Against Litter has been conducting surveys of towns and cities since 2002 and has witnessed a spectacular rise in cleanliness over that period. This is the second year that the study has extended to coastal areas and waterways.


  • The first nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours has revealed that the River Moy in Ballina is ‘moderately littered’.

    While Salhill in Galway and the river Shannon at Carrick on Shannon were two of only four locations nationwide in this study that were Clean to European Norms

    The study of beaches, harbours, rivers and their immediate environs, carried out by An Taisce, showed only 4 of 50 areas surveyed were deemed “Clean to European Norms”. Almost 40% were littered or heavily littered, with some areas in Cork Harbour and Doolin Pier in Clare classified as litter blackspots.


    The river Corrib in Galway city was  like the river Moy in Ballina was deemed Moderately Littered as was the river Garravogue in Sligo town and both Kinvara and Loughrea


    The An Taisce report for the River Moy reads: “As well as some building materials there were scattered collections of litter - e.g. food and beverage related litter and some dog fouling (all land based).  Water based litter included significant numbers of cans, a crutch and a child's buggy.”

    The results from this first national survey by IBAL of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours contrast with those of IBAL’s recent surveys of towns across the country which show 75% of areas to be clean, compared to just 8% in this survey.

     Conor Horgan of IBAL says if we can call our towns clean, we cannot say the same for the areas around our beaches and rivers. It took almost ten years of naming and shaming for local authorities to get to grips with litter in our towns. IBAL has set about pushing for a similar turnabout in respect of coastal areas and waterways.”

    IBAL has been publishing litter surveys since 2002 as part of its Anti-Litter League programme, which has helped bring about a spectacular shift in litter levels. 16 years ago, less than 10% of the towns surveyed were deemed ‘Clean’. The most recent report shows three-quarters of towns attaining Clean status.

    “The objective of this new campaign is to rid our coasts and waterways of litter, as they are central to the country’s appeal to visitors and an integral part of the clean image we project. Aside from this commercial motivation, our research brings into focus the broader issue of marine litter and the need to stem the vast amounts of plastic and other litter which is entering and killing our oceans.”

    The most common forms of litter found by the assessors were cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, plastic bottles and cans.       




    Litter survey – rivers, beaches and harbours*

    *areas surveyed comprise waterfront and immediate environs


    Clean to European norms


    Kinsale Harbour




    River Shannon (Carrick-on-Shannon)


    River Shannon (Lanesboro)


    Moderately littered






    River Blackwater (Fermoy)


    River Blackwater (Youghal)


    River Boyne (Navan)


    Brittas Bay


    Cork Harbour (Crosshaven)


    River Corrib (Galway City)




    River Dargle (Bray)


    Dun Laoghaire


    River Garravogue (Sligo town)






    Kilmore Quay




    River Laune (Killorglin)




    River Moy (Ballina)


    River Nore (Kilkenny)




    Rosslare Harbour




    River Shannon (Athlone)


    River Shannon (Foynes)




    River Suir (Clonmel)






    River Avoca (Arklow)




    River Barrow (Carlow town)






    Grand Canal Dock, Dublin




    River Shannon (Limerick UL)


    River Slaney (Wexford)


    Heavily littered




    River Boyne (Drogheda)


    Clogher Head 


    River Shannon (Portumna)


    River Suir (Waterford City)


    River Tolka (Annesley Bridge)


    Litter blackspots


    Cork Harbour (Ballinacurra, Midleton)


    Cork Harbour (Blackrock Castle)


    Doolin Pier






  • The man who drowned tragically in the river Moy in Foxford  yesterday afternoon has been named as John Newcombe of 47 Moyview, Foxford.

    John, aged in his early fifties, was fishing for salmon on the River Moy close to the bridge in the town.
    Other anglers in the area and members of the gardai were unable to save the fisherman after he apparently lost his footing.

    His body was recovered and brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar where a post mortem examination was carried out.

    Local councillor Neil Cruise told Midwest News today the community is saddened at his death and described John as an able fisherman.

    His remains will be reposing at Clarke’s funeral home Foxford tomorrow evening (Wed) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm with removal to St Michael’s Church Foxford to arrive at 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest after 12 noon Mass in Craggagh cemetery on Thursday.