• 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.



  • Strandhill Beach in Co Sligo is No. 4 in Ireland's top ten best beaches.

    That's according to TripAdvisor's annual list of best beaches.  

    Inchydoney Beach in Clonakilty, Co Cork is named Ireland's best beach, followed by  Banna Strand and Inch Beach, both in Co Kerry.

    In fact, Kerry dominated the list, claiming 6 out of the top 10 beaches.

    Lahinch in Co Clare and Portmarnock in Dublin also made the top ten.



  • Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

    However, in a statement the company says the action is unwarranted and the stores will remain open on the two days in December pencilled in for strike action.

    They say they have always abided by agreed procedures and expect the union to do so.

    The union today announced the action is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and Friday 14th over a number of issues.

    Mandate's Ciaran Campbell says if necessary they will look for support from other stores.

  • The summer of 2018 was one of the hottest, driest and sunniest on record.

    New data from Met Eireann shows that some parts of the country recorded their highest temperatures in decades.


    June, July and August this year marked a turning point from recent summers with some of the hottest, driest and sunniest conditions recorded.

    The Met Eireann data showed heatwave and drought conditions affecting many parts of the country, with temperatures above and rainfall amounts below, normal.

    Heatwaves were recorded in many parts during June and July with northern counties cooler.

    Shannon Airport recorded the summers highest temperature at 32 degrees. Other stations such as Oak Park in Carlow and Markree in Sligo also saw their highest numbers in years.

    Over the three months, Cork Airport recorded it's driest summer since 1962, while the Phoenix Park in Dublin only saw 38 percent of the average rainfall for the season.

  • 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

  • Sligo Senior Club Championship 

    Quarter Final 
    Coolera/Strandhill 4-10 
    St Mary's 0-11 

    Intermediate Quarter Final 
    Castleconnor 0-13
    Bunninadden 0-6


  • Kennedys Intermediate Football Championship Group 1

    Sun, 05 Aug,

    (Round: Round 1), Curry 1-19 Geevagh 2-12
    (Round: Round 1), Coolaney/Mullinabreena 0-14 St Mary's 1-15

    Sun, 05 Aug,

    (Round: Round 1), Ballymote 0-8 Shamrock Gaels 2-13

    Kennedys Intermediate Football Championship Group 3

    Sun, 05 Aug,

    (Round: Round 1), Castleconnor 0-11 Enniscrone/Kilglass 1-10


  • Senior Group 1
    Coolaney Mullinabreena 0-12
    Tubbercurry 1-08

    St Mary's 1-14
    Eastern Harps 1-12 

    Intermediate Group 2
    Bunninadden 3-15
    St Michael's 0-07 

    Group 3
    Castleconnor 1-13 
    St Patrick's Dromard 2-05

  • A suspect device was removed from a house in Sligo last night.

    The device, which is believed to be an old one, was found in a house on the Cleveragh Road around 5pm yesterday evening.

    Gardai evacuated the area around the house and the road in the area was also closed.

    The Explosive Ordnance Dispostal Team removed the device and the road reopened overnight.

  • A swimmer has been airlifted to safety in County Sligo.

    It happened yesterday afternoon when he was spotted in difficulty near Rosses Point. 

    Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations Manager Gerard O'Flynn says it underlines the importance of being alert at sea.Sw

  • 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




  • Tesco staff in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon will go on strike today in a row over pay and conditions.

    This is the third time staff in Sligo have walked off the job this year, while it is the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate Trade Union claims Tesco has not engaged with them in an effort to resolve the dispute.

    In a statement Tesco Ireland says they are extremely disappointed that Mandate is proceeding with strike action at our Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon stores today. The statement says despite the strikes, the stores will remain open today and they thanked their colleagues and customers for their co-operation.

    The statement says Mandate should revisit its decision to refuse to take up the offer from the WRC for a conciliation conference on Sligo which was originally scheduled for October 24th. In Carrick-on-Shannon the local issues have not yet even been referred back to the WRC by Mandate indicating these strikes are pre-emptive.

    Tesco says they remain committed to resolving this dispute.  They requested that Mandate, even at this late stage, desist from the industrial action and refer these issues back to the WRC where we are willing to engage with the union.  They say Mandate should return to the agreed norms in industrial relations as is provided for in our current agreement and call off this unnecessary and damaging action.

    Tesco Ireland says they reject Mandate’s claims that the union is left with no option but to have strikes in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon or that it is Tesco’s failure to follow and implement agreed collective procedures.  It is in fact the complete opposite they say,and  they remain committed to the State’s industrial relations machinery.  

    They say they regret this action by Mandate and the disruption inflicted on their colleagues, customers and to other businesses in the two towns by these unjustified strikes.  It is particularly disappointing action by Mandate for these close-to-the-Border towns in the run up to Christmas.

    It is unfathomable that Mandate is taking this approach when Tesco fully respects our colleagues’ right to choose to be represented by a trade union, unlike many other retail stores and businesses this Christmas who do not recognise or engage with Mandate.


  • The N4 between Castlebaldwin and Collooney has re-opened to traffic this morning following a fatal collision yesterday afternoon.

    A man in his forties was fatally injured following a collision between a car and a truck.

    The man who died was the driver of the car.

    A forensic examination of the scene caused the road to be closed to traffic yesterday  - but it has been re-opened this morning.

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact Ballymote Garda station on 071 9189500

  • Three candidates were last night selected to run for Fianna Fail in the next election in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency.

    Sitting TDs Eamon Scanlon and Marc MacSharry, along with Leitrim’s Shane Ellis were all selected for the party.

    The convention was held in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon and was chaired by Roscommon/Galway Deputy Eugene Murphy.

  • 3 people including a teenager, have been arrested as part of an investigation into illegal money lending in Co. Sligo.

    A 46 year old man and 42 year old woman were arrested today on suspicion of extortion and are currently detained at Ballymote and Carrick on Shannon Garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

    Gardai also arrested a 17 year old girl as part of the investigation, but she has since been released from custody, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.



  • Three people are due in court this morning, following a weekend drugs seizure in Co Sligo.

    Gardai searched a house in Cloonloo at about noon on Saturday and discovered a cannabis cultivation operation, seizing cannabis plants and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of over €200,000.

    A man and woman in their 30's and a man in his late 20's were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

    The three are due to appear before Donegal District Court this morning


  • Met Eireann has issued a status yellow thunderstorm warning for the northwest.

    The alert is for Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim,  and Northern Ireland and runs until 10am.

    The forecaster is predicting localised heavy downpours.

  • Today is the worst day of this year so far for hospital overcrowding.

    There are 679 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country - the highest daily figure in 2019, and the second-highest ever recorded.

    That's according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation - and general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says it's "simply obscene".

    She says Winter is only starting, and Irish hospitals are already overwhelmed, with nurses facing an inhumane working environment, while patients are put at ever-increasing risk.

    In this region, there are 39 patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital, 34 at University Hospital Galway - where trolley numbers have almost halved since yesterday - and 17 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital.



  • A fire at a premises in Sligo town was brought under control overnight.
    It occurred at a building on Ted Nealon St. that houses a Polish store and a casino.
    Local fire brigades fought the blaze.
    No one was reported injured in the incident, however, as a result, Ted Nealon Rd and Adelaide road in the town are closed to traffic this morning and diversions are in place.

  • A 43-year-old truck driver from the Czech Republic, who was found guilty of careless driving causing the death of one man and injuring two others in Co Sligo in 2015, has been banned from driving for seven years and fined a total of €4,000.

    Following a three-week trial at Sligo Circuit Court last year, Vlastimil Zachar, with an address in Newbridge, Co Kildare, was found not guilty of dangerous driving but guilty of careless driving causing the death of Padraig Noone.

    Mr Noone was one of a number of Sligo County Council workers clearing grass verges on the N4 near Castlebaldwin on 13 August 2015 when an articulated lorry being driven by Mr Zachar veered into the hard shoulder and hit a council truck and JCB.

    Mr Noone, a 62-year-old married man with two adult daughters, was pronounced dead at the scene, and two of this colleagues were injured.

    During his trial, evidence was given that Mr Zachar did not remember what had happened but following the accident he was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnoea.

    At Sligo Circuit Court yesterday Judge Francis Comerford  said he accepted the defendant had fallen asleep and said this was not a case which warranted a custodial sentence.

    He imposed fines totalling €4,000 and a 7-year driving ban.