St Patrick's Day


    The Hayes High School marching band from Delware Ohio will be special guests at the third annual St Patrick Day parade in Lahardane

     The north Mayo village will host the band members in their homes for the occasion.

    It will be a weekend of celebrations in Lahardane, following the parade on Saturday March 17th, on Sunday , the 18th, the band will host a concert in the Church.

    Ray Lynn is one of the organizers of the parade and he’s been telling Midwest News more about the festivities.

  • Seventy-four people nationally were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving on St Patricks Day.

     Over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend, 164 people were arrested for getting behind the wheel while impaired.

     Gardai say 11 of the arrests took place when people were pulled over the morning after a night out, between 8am and 11am.

  • A leading cancer doctor says protecting the sick and infirm from covid-19 should be enough reason to cancel the St Patrick's Day Parade.


    Professor John Crown says evidence from China shows cancer patients and survivors have the highest rates of critical illness if infected.


    Four people were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on the island yesterday -- three in the North and one in the Republic.


    He says it's not good enough for authorities to say a bout of covid-19 is a mild illness for most.

  • Yesterday was a St Patrick's Day like no other, with no public Masses, no parades or concerts and no bars or pubs open to celebrate the national holiday.

    Church bells rang out across the Archdiocese of Tuam at the request of Archbishop Michael Neary, in support of Irish people and home and abroad affected by coronavirus.

    Archbishop Neary said the ringing of church bells in unison across the country on our national saint's day was a simple reminder that the Church stands with, and supports, the people during this public health emergency.

  • A five member delegation from Mayo county council is in the US since last Saturday for the St Patrick Day Festivities.

    The group led by the Cathaoirleach Richard Finn, is joined by councillors Annie Mae Reape, Michael Holmes and Gerry Coyle together with Director of Services for Mayo County Council,Peter Duggan.

    They arrived in New York for the presentation of the Mayo Association Person of the year gala event in Queens.

    Yesterday morning (Sunday) they headed to Philadelphia to take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

    They are travelling to Rhode Island today and will stay until Wednesday as they meet with business interests working with local employment offices  under the Ireland West International Trade Centre initiative.

    On Thursday they travel to Boston to meet the Mayo Association there and other business interests.

    On Friday they return to New York to march in the be in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city.

  • The Gardai have issued their usual road safety message ahead of the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend festivities.

    Gardai says they are appealing to all road users to take extra care this weekend, as there will be an increase in traffic due to people travelling to different parts of the country and parades.

    A total of 34 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, which is up nine on the same period in 2018. Drivers and passengers account for nearly three-quarters of all road fatalities and Garda figures show that, in one in three fatalities, no seat-belt was worn.

    Gardai are advising that they will have a Bank Holiday Weekend Enforcement Campaign which will, in particular target failure to wear seat belts, distraction driving like the use of mobile phones and/or mobile devices, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

    Superintendent Noel Kelly Regional Roads Policing Superintendent for the Western Region told Midwest News that Gardai will be on duty across the region this weekend.

  • Leprechauns are taking to social media to help promote road safety this St Patrick's weekend.

    Cut-out selfie boards are being set up all around County Mayo to remind people not to risk drinking and driving.

    The council's Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons told Midwest News today that he hopes the selfie boards will resonate with drivers.

  • A number of Government Ministers from the West will be travelling abroad in March for the St Patrick's Day festival.

    In total, Government Ministers and representatives will visit more than 50 countries in what will be a final pre-Brexit promotional opportunity for this country.

    The plan released by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows 37 Ministers and other dignitaries travelling to 57 countries.


    From the West of Ireland, the Mayo-based Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring is travelling Stateside - he will pay a visit to Chicago for St Patrick's Day.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State Séan Canney will visit Greece, Romania and Bulgaria.

    Also from Galway East, Minister of State Ciaran Cannon will visit Vancouver and Calglary in Canada, and Seattle in the US,

    and Galway West TD, Chief Whip and Minister of State Séan Kyne goes to Boston and Pennsylvia.




  • The Cabinet will meet this morning ahead of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Government ministers leaving for trips around the world to mark St Patrick's Day. 

    Mr Varadkar will meet US President Donald Trump on Thursday in Washington,

    Ministers will visit all of the the EU's capital cities, however, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is to cut short his planned trip to Paris and Brussels due to uncertainty caused by Brexit.

    From this region, the Minister for Rural & Community Affairs, Mayo's Michael Ring will travel to Chicago for St Patrick's Day.

    The Government Chief Whip and Galway West TD Séan Kyne will travel to Boston and Pennsylvania.

    From Galway East, Minister of State Séan Canney will visit Greece, Romania and Bulgaria, while Minister of State for the Diapsora Ciaran Cannon will travel to Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle.




  • The throw-in times for the All Ireland Club Championship finals have been confirmed.

    The football final meeting of Corofin and Nemo Rangers will be first up at Croke Park on Patrick's Day, with a 2pm throw-in time.

    That's followed by the hurling final meeting of defending champions Cuala and Limerick's Na Piarsaigh at quarter-to-4.