• St Nathy's College in Ballaghadereen will reopen tomorrow, after a bomb scare led to the evacuation of students and staff this morning.

    It's understood a call was made to Gardai claiming an alleged device had been left on the school premises.

    The decision was made to close the school to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

    Gardai attended the scene and nothing was found during a thorough search of the school.

    The Garda investigation is ongoing.

    In a statement to Midwest News this afternoon, the principal of St Nathy's College has confirmed that the school will reopen as normal tomorrow for all students.



  • St Nathy's College, Ballaghadereen lost out narrowly to St Joseph's Secondary School, Ballybunion in the All-Ireland Schools Basketball Cup Finals yesterday.

    The Kerry girls secured their first All-Ireland Schools Cup in Tallaght when they held out under late pressure from St Nathy's to win by 37-31 in the Under 16 C girls final.

    Amy Doory was the standout player for St Nathy's, scoring 16 points.


  • St Nathy's College, Ballaghadereen are in action today (Tuesday) in the All-Ireland Schools Basketball Cup Finals.

    In the Under 16 C girls final, St Nathy's College take on St Joseph's of Ballybunion at 4pm this afternoon in Tallaght, Dublin.


  • State buildings and heritage sites across the country will be lit in green this weekend, for the St Patrick's festival.

    The OPW will light heritage sites and State buildings from tomorrow until Monday using green filters, specialist lamps and existing lighting control systems.

    In the West, Athenry Castle in Co Galway and Boyle Abbey in Co Roscommon are among the sites included in the Greening celebration.

    in Dublin, Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, Custom House, Leinster House and Government Buildings, Iveagh House, and the National Museum are among the buildings going green for the weekend.


  • A status yellow rain warning remains in place for 7 counties until nine o'clock this morning.

    The counties affected include Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.

    There will be showers across the country today, but some dry spells in the afternoon.


  • A status yellow snow-ice warning has been issued for Munster and Leinster.

    It also applies to counties Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Roscommon.

    It's valid from 2 pm today until 8 am tomorrow morning.

    Met Eireann Forecaster Harm Luijkx says low temperatures will see rain turning to snow this afternoon.

  • A status yellow thunder warning is in effect across counties Mayo, Roscommon and Galway together with counties in the south of the country.

    It came into effect at 1pm this afternoon and will remain in place until valid until 9pm tonight.

    Met Eireann says there's a risk of thunderstorms bringing localised heavy downpour, hail and localised flooding.

    There's also a yellow rainfall warning in place for Wexford, Cork and Waterford.

  • Storm Hector is at its worst at the moment with two separate weather warnings in place.

    An orange wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo - while there's a yellow warning for 13 other counties including Roscommon, Leitrim, Dublin, Kildare, Clare and Kerry.

    There's also a risk of coastal flooding as the winds coincide with high spring tides.

    Met Eireann's Gerry Murphy says the winds will east throughout the day:

    The warning remains in place until 10am this morning.

    Storm Hector has left many areas without power this morning.

    There are over 1450 homes without power in the Castlerea area – power is expected to be restored there around now.

    There are over 540 without power in the Knock area, and another 450 in the Claremorris area with power expected to be restored there between 11-12 noon. There are over 160 homes without power in Knockaphunta, Castlebar with an estimated restoration time of 11.45. Also the Westport area where 65 homes are without power and the same estimated restoration time. And 111 in the Louisburgh area, with about 14 in the Newport area.

    There are 31 without power in Cong and again power is expected to be restored there around 11.45.

    There are 220 homes without power in the Ballyhaunis area with power expected to be restored around 11am.

    In the Ardnaree area there are 74 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 12 noon.

    In the Ballaghaderreen 271 homes without power, where it is expected to be restored around 2pm, while there are around 30 homes without power in the Moyne area.

    In Headford there are 1120 homes with power with an estimated restoration time of 10am.

    In the Athenry area there are 1240 homes without power with an estimated restoration time of 11am.

    Another 22 homes in Boyle are without power with no estimated restoration time.

    The storm has left debris on many roads this morning so motorists are advised to take care.

    A tree is blocking the road at Mountain, Aghamore, just after the turnoff for Tooreen if you are heading for Ballyhaunis.

    The road is blocked just after Robeen School, with trees down. There is also a large tree down on the Rinnaney to Foxford Road on a bend. There is a tree down as you approach the Rathfran Crossroads from Tooreen, Carrowmore Lacken and one down before Templemary NS and just after it as well.

    There is also a tree down on the way into Ballymoe from the Castlerea side, just before the bridge. The road is passable but half blocked there.

    There are branches down on the Kilmovee Road, the first bad bend after Crennane turning. Very dangerous as the road is half covered.

    Also branches down in the Lisacul area this morning as well. There are heavy branches down on the Castleplunkett to Tulsk Road and the Castlecoote to Oran Road, via Donamon is littered with debris, branches and open gates. Caution advised.

    Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes confirmed “ Road crews at Mayo County Council have been mobilised since early morning to deal with the damage caused with Storm Hector in the County overnight.

    Fallen trees and branches together with debris on roads appear to be the main concerns across the various areas.  In the wider Claremorris Municipal district 9 trees are down and work has commenced in clearing these trees. In the Ballina Municipal district road crews are clearing fallen trees in Pamerstown Killalla  and Carramore-lacken .  Clean up operations are also underway in the wider Castlebar and Westport areas.

    Mayo County Council would encourage the public to drive safely on the roads this morning and to adhere to the weather warning while in place. Please be aware of the potential of fallen trees, branches, electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways and flooding.  Please exercise caution in coastal areas”

    Please contact your local area office if you have any concerns as a result of storm damage.



  • Strokestown GAA club in Co Roscommon has confirmed that a non-playing member of the club has tested positive for Covid-19.

    The club cancelled its minor game against Oran / St Croan's last Monday night after a club member did not feel well.

    The member has since tested positive, and will now follow public health guidelines and isolate for the required duration.

    All close and casual contacts of this person have been contacted and advised of the procedures they should follow.

    Strokestown GAA Club says that, having consulted with the HSE and public health officials, club activities resumed yesterday, and all the GAA Return to Play guidelines will continue to be adhered to in the club grounds.

    The club is urging any members feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of the virus to contact their GP and alert the club immediately.

  • The Minister for Education Norma Foley will address the Dail this afternoon after mistakes were discovered in the Leaving Cert's calculated grades.

    It emerged yesterday that 6,500 students were marked down over errors in the algorithm.

    The Department of Education has said students who get better course offers as a result of the new grades will be accommodated.

    But Irish Universities Association says moving students from one course to another won't be possible in some cases.

    The Leaving Cert students impacted by these errors must be catered for by the Department of Education and the CAO - that's according to Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    The Independent TD says that, if this requires additional course places, then they must be provided.

    And if a student receives an improved CAO offer on the back of this announcement, but chooses to defer for a year, then they must be guaranteed to gain entry to the course- regardless of any potential point increases.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice says the Department needs to ensure that every student who was impacted by the errors is accommodated in the coming days.


  • The sudden death has taken place of Castlerea pharmacist John Tully, who was the secretary and a founding member of the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice.

    Mr Tully died suddenly at his home yesterday at the age of 72.

    He's survived by his wife Maura, three sons Vincent, Ross and Niall, daughter Sheena, his brother Paul, three sisters - Mary, Leonie and Hilary, grandchildren and extended family.

    John Tully was involved with the Mayo / Roscommon Hospice since its foundation in 1992 to provide hospice and palliative care services to the two counties.

    His funeral arrangements have not yet been confirmed.

  • Allianz Football League Division 1:

    Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-11,

    Donegal 3-8 Meath 0-7

    Allianz Football League Division 2:

    Fermanagh 0-13 Roscommon 0-12

    Clare 0-11 Kildare 0-10,

    Allianz Football League Division 3:

    Tipperary 0-11 Louth 1-7,

    Cork 1-15 Leitrim 0-9,

    Offaly 0-10 Longford 0-10

    Allianz Football League Division 4:

    Sligo 0-15 Antrim 0-14,

    Limerick 0-8 London 0-7,

    Wicklow 2-11 Waterford 1-6

  • Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh is a guest speaker at a forum on insurance costs, which takes place in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon next Monday evening 4th November.

    The insurance forum is being organised by Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who says the Government must take action to tackle insurance costs - particularly for businesses.

    Deputy Murphy says many smaller businesses are seeing massive increases in their insurance premia, for motor, public liability and employer liability cover, and he claims many will go out of business unless this issue is tackled.


    The insurance forum gets underway on Monday evening next in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon at 8pm.

  • Supermac’s has announced that it will introduce 100 percent recyclable cups, paper straws, and create Green teams in each of its outlets nationwide as part of a major initiative to Go Green.

    Glan and Glas / Clean and Green Initiative will begin to be experienced by customers from September.

    The announcement was made by Minister Denis Naughten at the official opening earlier this week of the newly redeveloped Casey’s Service Station in Roscommon town.

  • The Supreme Court has ordered the extradition to the UK of a Co Roscommon man in connection with a £5 million tax fraud.

     Thomas O’Connor of Cloughbeirne, The Walk, Roscommon - who opposed extradition on grounds including the impact of Brexit - is to report to Gardaí within 24 hours arising from the five-judge court’s ruling yesterday.

    Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke said Mr O’Connor had been given “more than every opportunity” to raise any points which might be deployed to resist his surrender.

     The Irish Times reports that Thomas O’Connor was on bail pending the outcome of his battle to prevent his surrender to serve a four-and-a-half year sentence in connection with a £5m tax fraud.

     He was sentenced in January 2007 following a six-week trial in London and faces further charges of absconding and breaching his bail in England.

    After being arrested here under a European arrest warrant, the High Court ordered his extradition in December 2014.

    The Court of Appeal later dismissed his appeal over that order and he then appealed to the Supreme Court which last February referred Brexit points raised by him to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) for determination.

     However, earlier this month, the Supreme Court decided a judgment given in September by the CJEU on another case effectively decided the Brexit points raised by Mr O’Connor.

    The Supreme Court dismissed Mr O'Connor's appeal and ordered his surrender to the UK.



  • The Justice Minister's welcomed 22 Syrian families to Ireland today under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme.

    Charlie Flanagan says it's important to remember at this time of year, that across the world, people have been forced away from their homes and families by war and terror.

    In total, 105 people have been resettled to Ireland today including 58 children.

    James Gannon, volunteer coordinator with Refugee Support Ballaghaderreen, says the refugees that have arrived in Ballaghaderreeen today had a painful journey to get here.

  • The Taoiseach says the Covid-19 situation over the next ten days is "critical" for a number of counties.

    Cases are rising in a number of areas - and people are being urged to reduce the amount of people they socialise with.

    The warning comes are three counties have Covid-19 14-day incidence rates of more than 100 - Dublin, Donegal and Louth.

    Roscommon's 14-day incidence rate has been rising for 12 days and the county now  has 57 cases per 100,000 people per fortnight, while Leitrim's rate has been falling for the last 6 days and is now at 34.3, while Mayo's 14-day incidence rate is 29.9.

    The counties with the lowest incidence rates are now Kerry, Sligo and Tipperary.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting today to discuss if more counties should be moved to Level 3 of restrictions alongside Dublin.

  • The Taoiseach says social media posts that incite hatred and violence should be taken down by the companies that provide platforms for their publication.

    He was speaking this week, following the fallout from the recent farm eviction in Strokestown in County Roscommon.

    Leo Varadkar says it’s unacceptable that social media companies aren't held accountable for posts that stir up violence and it's something the Government will be looking at in the New Year.

  • Below are the venues where some of the remaining Western Alzheimers Tea Day events are taking place. Please support your local Tea Day if you can.



    Ballyhaunis Active Retirement Group will be hosting a tea day from 2pm – 5pm in

    Clarecourt Communal House, Tea, Food & Live Music, Everyone welcome, please support

    Ballyheane over 55’s hosting Tea Day in Stauntons Gala Supermarket, Ballyheane all day.  A special word of thanks to Marie Staunton for use of premises and supplying tea’s & coffee


    FRIDAY  27th APRIL

    Maura Walsh in McGuiness House, Aclare from 10am – 1pm, Everyone Welcome, please support

    Carmel Gaughan, hosting tea day in Belmullet Tourist Office, Main Street across the road from Post office from 10am - 1pm


    FRIDAY 4th May

    Kiltimagh Credit Union from 10am - 4pm




  • Tedd Webb Academy Day 16th August results

    Group 1

    Sligo 0-10     Galway CW 1-7

    Galway Blue 2-2      Mayo EW 1-15

    Galway CW 0-9       Mayo EW 1-5

    Sligo 3-9         Galway Blue 0-5


    Group 2

    Mayo NS    4-7    Leitrim 0-5

    Roscommon 1-3    Galway North 0-10

    Galway North 2-5     Mayo NS  3-10

    Leitrim 0-9     Roscommon 2-10