• There are concerns that a number of horses have been let loose from their paddocks in the Straide Foxford area recently.

    The owner of the horses believes they have been let loose lately and have made their way up to the railway line in the area.

    Drivers in the area are asked to take caution when driving in case the animals break loose again.

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who notices any suspicious activity in the area to contact them on  (094) 903 8200.

  • Emergency services are at the scene of a two vehicle collision on the N58 Castlebar side of Straide village.

    Gardai are at the scene and there is a stop/go system in place.

  • Minister Michael Ring has a number of engagements in the county today.

    The Minister will officially open the Department of Social Protection’s new Intreo office in Claremorris at noon.

    At 3pm Minister Ring will officially open the new National Council for the Blind Ireland retail shop in Westport.

    Then at 7pm, he will officially launch a new video highlighting the impact of his Department’s SICAP initiative in Straide.

  • On Sunday next (Aug 25th) the extensively renovated Straide Davitt Community Hall will be officially opened by the Minister for Community and Rural Development Michael Ring. 

    The Minister is due to officiate at 5pm, and the festivities, open to the entire community, get underway at 4pm. 

    The new centre is located along the N58 between Ballyvary and Foxford. It has a range of upgraded facilities and was funded under the Leader programme, together with contributions from Mayo county councillors and local fund raising events. 

    The ambitious €220,000 project has had two major local fundraising efforts, a memorial wall on the entrance to the centre where Straide family names are displayed, and a monster raffle. The draws in the monster raffle will take place on Sunday. 

    Sunday is the second big day on the Straide calendar this Summer, as last month the community came together to show what it had to offer as finalists in the national Pride of Place Awards. 

    Kate O’Hara the Vice Chairperson of the Straide Community Development Group and committee member Rosa Meehan have been telling Midwest News today more about
    the huge local effort and the excitement- as they prepare for this Sunday’s celebration 

  • The Sinn Fein councillor to replace Castlebar based, Therese Ruane on Mayo county council was formally welcomed to the chamber yesterday evening at the monthly meeting of the authority.

    Joe McHale, originally from Straide was coopted into the seat, after Therese resigned due to work commitments.

    A large number of supporters of the new councillor, Joe McHale, were in the public gallery, for the occasion.

    He was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Richard Finn and was invited to address the meeting.

    In his maiden speech, councillor McHale outlined his commitment to social housing, farming, and community issues but then went on to look at national and international  concerns around Brexit.

    He suggested that the decision by the UK to remove themselves from the EU could be advantageous to Ireland, stating “it could be a stepping stone for political change”.


  • A number of events will take place tomorrow in Mayo to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

    At 11am tomorrow church bells will be ringing all over Europe and in America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere.

    They will also ring out in towns and villages in Mayo. Events are taking place throughout the county with the primary one in the Mayo Peace Park, Garden of Remembrance in Castlebar at 10.30am. There will be prayers, poetry, music and song. The last post will be sounded at 11am and the church bells will ring out.

    The 20th annual Mayo Remembrance Sunday Mass will be held at 11.30am in Louisburgh Parish Church, while other events will take place in Straide, Ballina, Killala and the Church of Ireland in Foxford.


  • The speed limit along the N58 Foxford to Ballyvary road is to be reduced to 80km per hour, down from 100 km, and reduced further to 60 km per hour through the village of Straide.

    It follows extensive lobbying by local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise, who says the people living along this very busy stretch of road, that links Ballina to Castlebar, are living in fear of traffic speeds along the route.

    The councillor insists the changes are not designed as a revenue collector for the state, but rather arefor health and safety reasons.

    Speed limit reductions are also to be reduced on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road, the main Dublin road from Ballina.

    Councillor Cruise told Midwest News that these are all necessary changes  and the new limits will be enforced.

     They have been approved by both Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Mayo county council.


  • Straide are finalists in the national Pride of Place Awards 2019 and every effort is underway locally to ensure the village, the birthplace of the founder of the land league, Michael Davitt, will be at its best when the panel of adjudicators visit the village early next month.

    On Tuesday, July 9th, everyone is asked to come out and join in the celebrations in the local community hall where short presentations and talks on Straide and its community spirit will take place, together with music and refreshments.

    Rosa Meehan is a member of the Pride of Place Committee and she told Midwest News today about the excitement locally and what Straide as a community has to offer.

  • The Co Mayo village of Straide won a special award at the 2019 Pride of Place awards over the weekend.

    This is the 17th year of the awards, organised by Co-Operation Ireland and local authorities to acknowledge the work being done every day by communities across the island of Ireland.

    The competition is based on communities demonstrating directly to the judges their pride in their local place, by oral presentation, exhibitions of community activities and culture, and a tour of the area.

    Straide won a special award,and was described as a small rural community with a vibrant community spirit pride in a rich local heritage.

    In their citation, the judges said Straide, which is the birthplace of Land League founder Michael Davitt, is "a beautiful small village with many wonders, but whose flagship initiative is undoubtedly its fantastic (Michael Davitt) museum".

    Three other areas of Co Mayo were runners-up in the Pride of Place awards.

    Ballinrobe was runner-up in the 2,000-5,000 population category, while Knock was a runner-up in the 1,000-2,000 population category, and the Mayo Age Friendly Intergenerational Programme was a runner-up in the Age Friendly category.




  • The official opening of the extensively refurbished Straide Davitt Community Hall takes place next month.

    Over two years of commitment and community support have resulted in a welcoming, purpose built facility now available for everyone to use and enjoy. 

    On Sunday 25th August the hall will be officially opened by Minister Michael Ring and everyone is welcome.

    There will be refreshments, music and the much anticipated Monster Raffle Draw.  It will also be an opportunity for the local community to view the recent Pride of Place Presentation.

    The €220,000 project secured €167,000 in Leader funding, and the balance comes from local fund raising efforts which are ongoing.

    The Straide Hall Donor Wall raised significant funds for the project and now has pride of place in the Hall entrance, and is a lasting record of Straide families located all over the world. 

    Straide Hall is now available for bookings for meetings, workshops, sports and  parties