• A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.



  • A very famous face made an appearance in the west yesterday.

    U2 frontman Bono was spotted in Roscommon and Achill over the course of the day.

    Pictures on social media show the singer at Keenan’s in Tarmonbarry and then later in the day, at Lourdie’s Pub in Dooagh in Achill.

    It is believed he was visiting the island for a birthday party.


  • Co Roscommon-born actor Chris O'Dowd is being congratulated on his latest Emmy award achievement.

    The Boyle native won the Emmy award in the short-form comedy or drama category for his role as Tom in the comedy TV series "State of the Union".

    This is not the first time Chris has had success at the Emmy awards, as his comedy series "Moone Boy" won an international Emmy award several years ago.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Chris O'Dowd on his latest award, and says that, despite his huge success, he has never forgotten his roots, and is always keen to promote Boyle and Co Roscommon at every opportunity.



  • There's a Roscommon connection to the Oscar nominations announced earlier today.

    Paul Young, a native of Boyle, is CEO of animation studio Cartoon Saloon, and the company's short film "Late Afternoon" has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category.

    This is the fourth nomination for Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny - having being already nominated three times previously for Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy awards.

    Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Boyle native Paul Young and his company for once again putting Ireland on the world stage, thanks to this latest nomination.

    Senator Feighan is sending best wishes to the Cartoon Saloon team in the upcoming Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles next month.

  • The West Roscommon ambulance base at Loughglynn is currently understaffed and under-resourced, providing only a part-time ambulance service.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane, who says the Loughglynn ambulance base only operates during the day Monday to Friday, leaving no evening or night-time service and she's calling for a full 24-hour, 7 days per week service.

    It's a number of years ago since West Roscommon was identified by HIQA as an ambulance blackspot, along with Mulranny and Tuam - both of which now have a 24 / 7 ambulance service.

    Deputy Kirrane is now calling for the resources to be provided to ensure the Loughglynn ambulance base also operates 24 / 7.


  • A Roscommon TD is calling on the Courts Service to ensure that court sittings are retained in Roscommon Town, despite plans to renovate the courthouse.

    Major refurbishment of the courthouse is planned under the Government's capital building programme, which could take several years.

    In the interim, renovation works are to take place that could take 2 months, according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the deputy said it's imperative that the Courts Service rent an alternative building in Roscommon Town, rather than moving court sittings to neighbouring towns

    Meanwhile, Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has met with the Minister for Justice this week in relation to the Courthouse.

    She says the Minister informed her that he's been in contact the with Courts Service to point out that an alternative venue should be secured in Roscommon Town immediately, in order to allow for the continuation of court sittings in the county town.

  • According to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Castlebar is now ‘Cleaner than European Norms’ and is 12th from the top in the ranking of 40 town and cities nationally. Sligo town also achieved Cleaner than European Norms designation and was ranked 6th best town nationally

    FOR Castlebar, 12th positionis a jump of 8 places over the previous survey.

    An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented on Castlebar in its report: “With 70% of sites surveyed getting the top litter grade, Castlebar has again scored very well and has come a long way from a few years ago in the IBAL litter league.  There were no seriously littered sites.  Some examples of top ranking sites included Market Square, Market Street, County Council Car Park and the residential area of Maryland – these sites were not just good with regard to litter but also overall presentation and maintenance. “

    Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, will present the awards at a ceremony today, crowning Fermoy as the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again Ireland’s cleanest city.

    Just under 90% of towns surveyed were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year. 

    Roscommon town ranked 14th and was designated as Clean to European Norms, Ballinasloe was deem Moderately Littered and ranked 33rd.

    While Galway city centre improved in its ranking, the Ballybane area of  the city ranked 39th and is designated as Seriously Littered.



    Castlerea boxer Aoife O'Rourke is one of a number of Irish boxers fighting for Olympic berths at the European Olympic Qualifying Tournament in London this week.

    The Castlerea boxer, and 2019 European champion, will take on an Viktoriya Kebikava of Belarus tomorrow - St Patrick's Day.

    This is the first of two opportunities for Irish boxers to gain qualification to the Tokyo games this Summer - boxers who don't achieve qualification in London will have a second chance to qualify at the World Tournament in Paris in May.

  • The Castlerea Festival will get underway later this evening and runs for 10 days. This is the 30th year of the festival.

    The opening parade starts at 8.30pm and over the next 10 days there is a variety of events taking place in the town. There will be some traffic restrictions while the parade is making its way through the town tonight.

    They include the opening of the new park and playground at the Demense on Sunday afternoon, a food exhibition in the Hub on Monday evening, a walk to Clonalis House on Tuesday, a photo exhibition in the Trinity Arts Centre on Wednesday evening, Michael English live on Thursday night, Pig Racing on Friday, the RSA Safety Shuttle and a Guns N Roses tribute band on Saturday August 4th, the Swimming Gala and Rose of Castlerea on Sunday week and the agricultural show on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two burglaries in the town overnight.

    A business premises at The Square was broken into at about 1am this morning, and a sum of money was taken which was later recovered.

    A house on St Patrick Street was also broken into.

    Gardai arrested a suspect a short time later, and he's being detained at Castlerea Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai are asking any witnesses, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the town centre between 1am and 3.30 this morning, to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.


  • Gardai in Castlerea are investigating two separate incidents that took place over the past week.

    On Saturday morning last, an aggravated burglary occurred at a house in the Knockroe Park area of Castlerea, shortly before 5.30am.

    A man in his 20's was seriously assaulted after confronting two men in his home.

    The man was taken to Sligo University Hospital, and Gardai in Castlerea are investigating.


    Gardai are also investigating an armed robbery that took place at a service station in Frenchpark last week.

    Two men, allegedly armed with a slash hook, entered the business premises at about 9.10 pm last Thursday night and stole a small sum of cash.

    No-one was injured in the incident, and investigations are ongoing.


    Gardai in Castlerea are asking anyone with information on either incident to contact them at 094 - 96 21630.



  • A Garda who was shot and seriously injured in Castlerea last night has died from his injuries.

    The shooting incident took place on Main St in the town shortly before midnight.

    It's understood an ambulance crew that were in the area treated the detective, but he has since passed away from his injuries.

    In a statement, An Garda Siochana says it's with deepest sadness that they have confirmed the death of a colleague.

    His identity will be confirmed once family and relatives have been informed.

    Midwest News understands the detective's firearm was taken from him and he was shot a number of times with the gun.

    The incident occurred near the AIB Bank on Main Street.

    One man was arrested and is being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

    Main St and St Patrick Street are sealed off this morning as forensic examinations get underway.

    Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says the shooting incident has shocked the local community....

  • The Ireland boxing squad for the European qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 in London has been confirmed.

    There will be 13 Irish boxers at the Copperbox Arena for the event, which gets underway on the 13th of March.

    Current European Middleweight champion Aoife O'Rourke from Castlerea is included.

    A total of 77 Olympic places will be up for grabs in the eight weight classes for males and five for females.

    There will also be one final World qualifier for the Tokyo Games in Paris in May.




  • The Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Ivan Connaughton has confirmed that he will not be running in next year's local elections.

    The Athleague-based councillor says he's making his intentions known now, ahead of the party's closing date for nominations next Monday.

    In a statement posted on Facebook, Ivan Connaughton confirmed he would not be contesting next May's local elections for reasons previously stated.

    He was first elected to Roscommon County Council in 2014, and stood for Fianna Fail in two by-elections in 2011 and 2014 - narrowly missing winning a seat in 2014.

    Shortly after that by-election, he said he wouldn't stand for Fianna Fail again while Micheal Martin was party leader, and Councillor Connaughton has confirmed again today that he's not happy with the party leadership or the direction of the party.





  • The centenary of women's suffrage is being marked in County Sligo today.

    A seminar in honour of the achievements made by women in the trade union movement and politics is being held in Lissadell House.

    SIPTU's hosting the summer school to recognise the contribution Constance Markievicz made to women in politics and to the people of the North West.

    SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council Secretary, John McCarrick says she helped women get the vote.

  • A ceremony will take place in Co Roscommon this afternoon to mark the 40th anniversary of the fatal shooting of two Gardai near Loughglynn.

    Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne - both from Knock - lost their lives at Shannon's Cross on 7th July 1980, after responding to a call about a bank robbery in Ballaghadereen.

    The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is among those attending today's ceremony at the memorial monument at Shannon's Cross, which gets underway at 2pm.

     Road closures are in place from 1 to 3pm to facilitate people attending the service.

    Church bells will ring out in Loughglynn, Fairymount, Ballaghadereen, Castlerea and Knock at 2.20pm - the time the incident happened 40 years ago today.


  • A child reported missing from the Ballaghadereen area 10 days ago has been found safe and well, along with her father.

    Gardai had launched a public appeal for information on the whereabouts of 23-month old Jasmine Arshad, who was reported missing on Friday evening 3rd July.

    Jasmine and her father Shiraz Arshad went missing from their home in Ballaghadereen and were believed to have travelled to Dublin on public transport that afternoon.

    A missing persons search has been underway since, and Gardai in Co Roscommon have confirmed this afternoon that the young girl and her 38-year old father have been located, both safe and well.

    Gardai have thanked the public and the media for their assistance.


  • A visit by a Chinese delegation to a meat plant in Co Roscommon, which was cancelled on Monday, will go ahead following negotiations between the meat plant and protesting farmers.

    The visit could see Kepak Athleague being approved for Chinese exports.

    It's reported that Monday's visit to the Athleague plant was cancelled after protesters refused to allow animals into the factory to be slaughtered in preparation for the Chinese inspection.

    Negotiations between senior management at Kepak and protesters took place yesterday, assisted by local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who told Midwest news that the Chinese delegation have arrived at the plant this morning....

  • A delegation of Chinese inspectors has failed to gain access to the Kepak meat plant in Athleague, Co Roscommon, due to a protest outside the factory.

    Inspectors have been visiting meat plants across the country to approve them as exporters to China, and are expected to visit Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis tomorrow.

    Farmers protesting outside the Ballyhaunis factory said they will not hinder the Chinese delegation.

    Efforts are continuing to find a resolution to the dispute over beef prices, as  protests at meat factories are now in their second week.

    Farmers taking part in the protests are unhappy with the price they are being paid for cattle they present for slaughter at factories.

  • The decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close the Cuisle Centre in Donamon, county Roscommon by the end of this month, has come as a shock to the area, according to local councillor Liam Callaghan.

    The Fine Gael councillor is now calling on the Association to re-think and reverse its decision to close the facility that serves as a respite centre for wheelchair users.The facility employs over 40 people and they were notified on Friday last of the imminent closure of the facility.

    Cllr Callaghan says rather than close the facility every effort should be made to develop and expand it.

    Speaking to Midwest Radio’s John Morley,  Cllr Callaghan says there is widespread support from the local community to preserve the facility.