• The Annual New Year’s Day Swim in Enniscrone Co Sligo, organised by the Enniscrone Events Committee,  takes place tomorrow at 2pm at the Pier. 

    This year’s beneficiaries are Spinal Injuries Ireland, North West Hospice and  Meals on Wheels. 

    Participants must register just prior to taking part in the office beside the pier. 

    Everyone is welcome to take part or to spectate and join in the fun. 

  • Aurivo has received the 2019 Most Sustainable Business Award from the Compass Group, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to sustainability and the environment.

    The announcement was made at the Compass Group's 9th annual "Food That Works" Summit at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, which was attended by over 400 people.

    Aurivo, which is headquartered in Sligo, says it's committed to maintaining the highest standard of food quality for its products, and sustainability is a key focus of their 5-year growth plan.

    Recently Aurivo introduced a new carton for its Connacht Gold milk brand which contains 75% less plastic than the previous 2-litre carton, and has undertaken a number of other sustainability investments, including the installation of heat pump technology at the liquid milk plant in Killygordon allowing the plant to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 80%.

  • The first full week of general election campaigning is underway, with education and health on the agenda.

    Fine Gael will be looking to get back on track after an opinion poll over the weekend had Fianna Fáil twelve points clear at the top.

    Sinn Fein placed just a point behind them, and their focus today is on housing.

    Elsewhere, the Social Democrats will address biodiversity and Labour will focus on ending inequality for women in the workplace.

    The Fianna Fail leader is expected to visit Sligo today.

    Micheál Martin will visit the offices of Deputy Marc MacSharry, and will make a number of stops in the town before heading to other areas of the county this afternoon

    There are three Fianna Fail candidates contesting the election in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency. They are Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon – both  sitting deputies, together with Shane Ellis

    In other election news, Independent councillor in Ballina Mark Duffy has confirmed to Midwest News this morning that he will not be contesting the 4-seater constituency of Mayo on February 8th.

    There had been some speculation locally that he may throw his hat into the ring.

    In a statement this morning he says that for the rest of his term as councillor he will work to deliver for Ballina and North Mayo and tackle the neglect that the region has experienced over a number of generations. He will then decide on whether or not he wants to continue in politics into the future.



  • Ballina Rugby Club have this morning launched a competition to see which of their supporters can be the 'greenest' as they prepare for Sunday's big Junior Cup final clash on Sunday against Sligo at 3pm.

    They're asking their fans to get dressed in green from head to toe and send pictures to their Facebook page.

    It promises to be a very green weekend!

  • The N59 Ballina to Sligo road has reopened, following major forest fires yesterday evening.

    The road was closed for a number of hours due to smoke from the fire crossing the roadway near Culleens.

    Residents in Culleens were advised to close their windows, because of the extent of the smoke.

    A spokesperson for the Sligo FIre Service has confirmed that the road reopened last night, but motorists should take extra caution this morning due to heavy smoke in the area.

    7 units of the fire service from Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim and Donegal were called out to assist fighting two fires - at Culleens and at Dromore West.


  • Ballina, Roscommon and Sligo are among six historic towns nationally that  will share €1m funding under the Historic Towns Initiative 2020.

    The Heritage Council, along with the new Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan announced the details today. 

    The €1m in capital funding will help to provide jobs and economic stimulus through heritage-led regeneration and will aid the rebuilding of local economies with heritage as a focal point.

    Tralee, Co Kerry, Ramelton, Co Donegal and Clones, Co Monaghan are the other three towns to benefit from toady’s announcement.

    The six towns were selected following a competitive process inviting local authorities to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area, with the selection process completed in February 2020, but delayed in line with public health restrictions.

    For further information on the Historic Towns Initiative, visit

  • Gardai have confirmed that the Ballymote to Gurteen road in Sligo has reopened.

    The road was closed for a time earlier this morning after a lorry overturned, emergency services attended the scene and diversions were in place.

    Gardai say no serious injuries were sustained in the incident, and the road has reopened.



  • The bathing ban enforced at Rosses Point and Mullaghmore beaches earlier in the week has been lifted.

    A high level of bacteria was found in water samples taken at the sites of the two Sligo beaches.

    The HSE conducted a further test on the 1st of August and this test returned a result of ‘excellent water quality.’

  • The bathing water quality at 12 out of Mayo's 15 beaches has been described as excellent in the latest EPA report.

    The Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2019 shows that, overall, bathing water quality improved across the country last year, with 95% of bathing waters meeting or exceeding the minimum required standard - up from 94% the previous year.

    In Mayo, 12 beaches were described as having excellent water quality - including Bertra beach in Murrisk, Carrowmore beach in Louisburg, Clare Island beach, Dooega, Dugort, Keel and Keem beaches in Achill, Mulranny beach, Elly bay and Mullaghroe in Belmullet, Rinroe beach Carrowtigue and Ross beach, Killala.

    The other three Mayo beaches - Carrownisky, Louisburg; Golden Strand in Achill and Old Head. Louisburg are described as good water quality.

    In Co Sligo, 3 of the 5 beaches are described as excellent - Rosses Point, Dunmoran and Streedagh beaches, while Enniscrone is "good" and Mullaghroe beach is described as "suffiecient".

    In Co Galway, 2 of the county's 17 beaches are of poor water quality, according to the EPA - these are Ballyloughane beach in Galway city and Clifden beach.

    12 Galway beaches are of excellent bathing water quality, and 3 are sufficient.

  • Beaches in Galway and Sligo have been included in TripAdvisor’s top ten best beaches in Ireland – this year’s list is dominated by the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry takes the top spot for 2018, followed Inchydoney strand near Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

    In third place is Dog's Bay Beach, Roundstone in Galway, while Strandhill Beach in Co. Sligo in number 9 on the list.

    TripAdvisor says its Travellers’ Choice awards are determined based on traveller reviews gathered over a 12-month period.

  • The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting this morning that the Beef Plan Movement is in turmoil, with its national commi­ttee at war with its founders Hugh Doyle and Eamon Corley over financial and governance issues.

    Members of the national committee and a county commi­ttee have said they have “grave issues and concerns surrounding transparency in the organisation including membership numbers”.

    The committee has called for an independently audited set of accounts to be made available to it immediately. 

    A power struggle has seen county commi­ttees take votes of no confidence in Doyle and Corley including Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Kerry, Sligo, Monaghan and Donegal.

    County elections in many counties won’t be held before an extraordinary general meeting takes place on 26 January.

  • A body which was exhumed in Co Sligo is not that of a missing Tyrone schoolgirl. 

    According to the BBC, the family of Arlene Arkinson said tests were carried out on the remains which were found in Co Sligo and they are not that of the 15-year-old who disappeared following a night out in Donegal in 1994. 

    She was last seen in the company of convicted child killer Robert Howard, who was cleared of her murder but remains the main suspect.

    Arlene’s sister Kathleen Arkinson told the BBC: "My hope in finding the remains of my sister, Arlene, have been dashed again."

    Howard died in a UK prison in 2015 while serving a life sentence for rape and murder.


  • A body has been found by Gardaí investigating the disappearance of 30-year-old Natalia Karaczyn in Sligo.

    Ms Karaczyn has been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town since early Sunday.

    The discovery was made around 10am in the Holywell Road area on the outskirts of Sligo town. 

    A wooded area close to Lough Gill has been sealed off.

    This morning a man who was being questioned about her disappearance was released without charge.

    The 32-year-old man was released from Ballymote Garda Station early this morning.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to advise customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 will remain in place during the high risk cryptosporidium season which runs until the end of April/beginning of May.

    Following a meeting with the relevant stakeholders this afternoon (Friday), the HSE advised that the BWN should continue during this time. It was agreed that weekly sampling will continue until the end of April after which time all results will be reviewed collectively by all stakeholders and further actions will be advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    Out of 18 samples collected over the past few weeks, six have returned with exceedances for cryptosporidium.

    In the meantime, Irish Water will continue to engage with Sligo County Council to prepare a suitable planning application for submission which, if granted, will ensure the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium are installed at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water will be submitting a planning application to Sligo County Council to provide an emergency water treatment plant on the existing site towards the end of April

    Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.


  • A boil water notice for customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply in Co Sligo and part of Co Mayo has been lifted after being in place for over eight months.

    The notice came into effect on 5th February, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply, affecting some 13,000 customers in south and west Sligo as well as the area supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme in Co Mayo.

    The notice has now been lifted following a meeting yesterday between Irish Water, the HSE and Sligo County Council.

    The decision was made to lift the notice with immediate effect as there have been no reported cases of illness in the community and no detections of the cryptosporidium parasite recorded since the end of August. 

    However, Irish Water has warned that, until the Lough Talt water treatment plant is upgraded, there is a risk of further detections in the supply and it is possible a boil water notice will be re-imposed if there are more detections.

    A planning application lodged by Irish Water in 2015 for a new treatment plant at Lough Talt was refused for reasons of protected habitat at the lake.

    A new application was made in May of this year to upgrade the current plant, which Sligo County Council is currently considering.

  • Over 13,000 people are affected as a boil water notice has been reissued for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    This affects the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland of south Sligo including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

    The boil water notice also affects customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme, as well as customers in the Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield areas of Co Mayo.

    A boil notice was originally issued for the Lough Talt water supply last February, and wasn't lifted until October.

    However, the supply has been monitored closely by Irish Water since then, and following the recent detection of cryptospodidium and two cases of illness, a boil notice has again been issued for the Lough Talt water supply.

    Consumers are advised to boil water for drinking, preparing salads and uncooked foods, brushing teeth, and making ice.



  • Irish Water is reminding customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme that the boil water notice remains in place until further notice.

    The boil alert was issued two weeks ago, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme is continuing, and once the results have been received and reviewed by all stakeholders involved, further action will be advised by the HSE.

    In the meantime, customers are reminded to continue boiling water before consumption, including the washing of teeth, making of ice and preparing food that’s not cooked.

    Areas affected by the boil water notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, as well as a number of Sligo villages and townlands, and the Mayo villages of Cloontia, Doocastle as well as for customers supplied by the Moylough Group Water Scheme in Mayo and the Ogham group water scheme in Co Sligo.



    Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 remains in place until further notice.


    Sampling and testing was impacted this week due to the adverse weather conditions and will resume once conditions permit next week. As a result an update meeting that was due to take place today has been postponed until Friday, March 9. The results of the second set of samples will be reviewed collectively before further actions are advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.


    Commenting on the Boil Water Notice, Seamus Granahan, Regional Asset Operations Manager from Irish Water said: “We would like to remind customers to continue boiling their water before consumption. We would also like to stress that this is NOT a Do Not Use Notice. Once boiled and cooled the water is perfectly safe to consume.


    “Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice. Irish Water sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this Boil Water Notice has caused and we will continue to communicate with local stakeholders and elected representatives to keep the community updated.”


    In the meantime Irish Water is urgently progressing with an alternative design proposal and will be in consultation with the relevant stakeholders regarding this detailed option over the next few weeks.


    The priority for Irish Water is to ultimately provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are affected by this Boil Water Notice in the shortest possible time.


    Over the past couple of weeks Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.


    Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan,Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.


    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.


    Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.


    A map of the scheme is available on the Irish Water and Sligo County Council’s websites.


    Irish Water and Sligo County Council sincerely apologise to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice.


    Water must be boiled for:

    • Drinking
    • Drinks made with water
    • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
    • Brushing of teeth
    • Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.


    What actions should be taken:


    • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
    • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
    • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
    • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
  • The management company that runs a Direct Provision centre in Sligo have refuted claims of a rat infestation problem at Globe House Accomodation Centre.

    The issue was highlighted in the Irish Times yesterday, but Bridgestock has denied the claims.

    The company has also forwarded a statement to Midwest News from Rentokil – the pest control company – which confirmed there has never been any issues with rats at Globe House, and no rat-related incidents have been noted during routine inspections.


  • Senator Frank Feighan has said it was disappointing that the three day British Irish Parliamentary Assembly conference set to open in Sligo later today was postponed but did emphasise that people’s safety took priority during this period of severe weather.

    Senator Feighan said, in the interests of the safety of all of members, guest speakers and support staff, a decision was made to postpone this plenary but he is confident that revised dates for Sligo will be agreed as soon as possible. 

    The Assembly comprises politicians from many different persuasions but all with a unified purpose of promoting co-operation on both sides of the Irish Sea and for the benefit of the people they represent.