• The 5-year old boy who died tragically on Lough Mask has been named locally as Ben Duffy from Tourmakeady.

    It's understood he had been in a dinghy which capsized after drifting from the shoreline on Monday evening.

    Ben, the youngest of five children of Alan and Tracey Duffy from Tourmakeady, had been playing with family members in a shallow area of the lake when it's believed a sudden gust of wind caused the dinghy to drift rapidly out of reach, and he fell out of the inflatable.

    A search operation got underway when the alarm was raised at about 6.30 on Monday evening.

    Ben's body was recovered from the lake at about 8.30 yesterday morning and removed to Mayo University Hospital for post-mortem examination.

    His funeral arrangements are not yet available.

  • The 5-year old boy who lost his life in a drowning tragedy on Lough Mask earlier this week will be laid to rest tomorrow (Friday).

    Ben Duffy from Treen, Tourmakeady fell from a dinghy which drifted from the shoreline on Monday evening.

    Ben had been playing with family members in a shallow area of the lake when it's believed a sudden gust of wind caused the dinghy to drift rapidly out of reach.

    He's survived by his parents Alan and Tracey Duffy, siblings Matthew, Daniel, Darcey and Dolan, grandparents and extended family.

    The funeral will leave his grandparents home in Sraheen at 11 am tomorrow morning, arriving at Tourmakeady Church for Mass at 12 noon with burial afterwards in Aghagower Cemetery.

    The funeral cortege will travel via Trianlaur, Srah and Killawalla en route to the cemetery.

    In accordance with Government guidelines, Ben's funeral Mass will be for family only.


  • A man in New York has pleaded guilty to drink driving and causing a crash that claimed the lives of Tourmakeady man John Heneghan and his wife, last May.

    33 years old John Heneghan, along with his wife, Caitlyn Holtzman (aged 32) were travelling to a wedding in New York when a pick-up truck crashed into their car as it was stopped at a red light killing them instantly.Three passengers who were with the couple in the vehicle sustained injuries.

    At court in recent days in Saratoga County, New York, the truck driver, 59-year-old Dickie Winn admitted he was drunk and driving recklessly in his Dodge Ram jeep when he crashed into the couple’s car.

    Mr. Winn, who had a blood alcohol reading twice the legal limit, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in return for a promised sentence of six to19 years in prison. He could otherwise have faced a sentence of 25 years.

    The plea agreement also calls for restitution and for Mr. Winn to use an ignition interlock device, which requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting a vehicle.

    Dickie Winn, who served in the US Army for nearly 30 years and did several tours of duty, was ordered to surrender his driver’s licence and will be on probation for three years on release.

    John Heneghan, who had lived in the States for a number of years, married Caitlyn from Pennsylvania in 2016.

    Following the tragedy earlier this year couple’s ashes were brought to Tourmakeady for a private interment.




  • The environmentally sensitive area of Tourmakeady village on the shores of Lough Mask urgently requires an extension to the public sewerage scheme. That’s according to local Fianna Fail councillor Al McDonnell.

    The councillor says he has been calling for an extension of the public sewer eastwards of the main village for some time now, and has called on Mayo county council to put pressure on Irish Water to deliver the same.

    Lough Mask is the source of the water supply for a large part of counties Mayo and Galway, the councillor told the monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal District and that the extension of the public sewerage scheme is of particular significance in this area.