• A 17-year-old from Kilmeena, Westport has been named the overall winner of the 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

    Hetty Lawlor, a pupil at the Sacred Heart School in Westport, won the competition with her portrait of a young neighbour called Grainne.

    Her entry was described by judges as "a captivating portrait, beautifully composed, perfectly executed and life-like in its use of colour, tone and texture."

    Hetty has followed in the footsteps of her father Jimmy who won the competition in 1984.

    It has been quite a year for the young Westport artist, as Hetty was a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition, which was broadcast earlier this year on British television.

    Hetty is currently preparing for  the Leaving Cert and hopes to study Fine Art in Dún Laoghaire.

    Her prize for winning the Texaco Children’s Art Competition includes a €1,500 cheque and a visit to Tokyo in August at the invitation of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

    Following her win, Hetty said: "Knowing of the many renowned and highly talented artists who have won prizes in the competition down through the years, I feel hugely honoured to be amongst them."


  • Results from last night's Connacht Minor A Club Football Semi Finals


    Westport       0-21                       Salthill/Knocknacarra         1-09


    St Brigid's, Roscommon       2-11    St Mary's Kiltoghert            1-05


    Westport and St Brigid's will meet in the final on Friday evening at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence




  • Westport will play host to a major international conference between Sunday and Wednesday of this week.

    Hosted by the British Society of Animal Science – Bull Fertility, Theory into practice, will bring experts from across the world back to Westport again to discuss the challenges and innovations in cattle breeding and managing bulls to maximize fertility.

    The event has been organised by scientists in Teagasc, University College Dublin and University of Limerick and is back in Westport for the second time in four years.

    Teagasc’s Michael Diskin is Chairman of the Group organising the event and told Midwest News that it is a major boost to Westport and the surrounding areas.

  • The sudden death has taken place of Adam Mulchrone, a talented young soccer player from Westport.

    21-year old Adam passed away suddenly at Mayo University Hospital after falling ill.

    He had trained with his team Westport United on Saturday - ahead of a big Connacht Cup game next Sunday.

    Westport United Club Chairman Myles Staunton said they're shocked and deeply saddened to hear news of Adam's death.

    He described him as a key member of the Super League team, and an exciting and skilful player whose talents were recognised recently when he was nominated as Young Player of the Year at the Mayo Football Awards.

    Westport United team manager Padraig Burns said there are no words to describe the devastation and heartbreak in the team.

    He described Adam as a genuine, decent and respectful young man who was loved dearly, and one of the most skilful and accomplished footballers he's had the pleasure of working with.

    Westport United has extended deepest sympathies to Adam's parents Paul and Mary, his brother, sister and extended family.

    Adam Mulchrone's remains will repose at McGings Funeral Home in Westport on Wednesday evening from 5-7 pm.

    Funeral Mass will take place in St Mary's Church, Westport n Thursday at 2pm followed by burial in Aughagower Cemetery.


  • Women's FAI U14 Cup Quarter Final
    Westport 2-1 Evergreen 
    Saoirse Byrne and Cliodhna Casey with the goals for Westport Utd

  • The official route for Cannonball 2018 has been announced and County Mayo will once again be hosting the supercar spectacle on Friday September 8th.

    The event was in Westpost in 2016 and it was such a huge success that it has been chosen once again in 2018 to host the event for the 10th anniversary year with free family entertainment. 

    Last year (2017) Cannonball got a rapturous welcome in Claremorris but it was only a lunch pitstop for a few hours.  Thousands lined the streets to welcome the event.

     Cannonball is set to roll on September 7th – 9th with over 190,000 people expected to line the streets all around Ireland. Top mark cars will blaze a trail through  the country.

    It has already raised €960,000 for Irish charities and this year, the milestone of €1,000,000 raised for charities will be broken. The official charity of Cannonball 2018 will be Ireland’s 24-hour listening service for children and young people, Childline.

  • Westport-based company Portwest was named Exporter of the Year at the Export Industry Awards which took place in Dublin at the weekend.

    This was the 18th year of the awards, which recognise the achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland.

    Portwest designs, manufactures and distributes personal protective equipment, workwear and outdoor leisure wear throughout the world.

    The family business is headquartered in Westport and employs over 3,500 people worldwide.

    CEO Harry Hughes said they were surprised and delighted to win the Exporter of the Year award, which he said represents hard work and commitment from their staff worldwide.




  • Westport-based start-up company Payslip, which is led by former Taxback chief executive Fidelma McGuirk, has secured €1 million in investment.

    The Irish Times reports that the founding round was led by AIB and early-stage venture capital firm Frontline Ventures. Other backers including Tribal, Hban Bloom Equity and Enterprise Ireland.

    Headquartered in Westport, Payslip provides software that simplifies and reduces the costs of managing a global payroll for businesses with employees in multiple jurisdictions.

    Its cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform includes functions that enable clients to meet General Data Protection Regulations, which come into effect in May.

    Payslip said it intended to use the funds for expansion purposes, which included taking on 12 new staff this year.

    Ms McGuirk said the company had already begun hiring for a number of roles, including chief technology officer, international payroll, operations and sales roles. Other planned hires include software engineers and integration specialists.




  • Westport, Knock, Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are among seven town centres that will become free public wi-fi zones.

    The new initiative will see free high speed broadband installed in Sligo, Westport, Knock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan and two further locations to be confirmed in Kerry and Donegal.

    The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which costs the local towns nothing, involves local businesses allowing Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the town centre.

    Carrick-On-Shannon is the first of the six towns to go live this weekend with Sligo, Knock and Monaghan commencing in June and the remaining towns going live by August.

    This initiative follows on from the success of the firm's public-private partnership in Galway - the first of its kind in Ireland.

  • Alex Wright has claimed a 10th place finish in the 20km Race Walk final at the European Championships.


    The 27 year old walked a seasonal best time of 1 hour 22 minutes and 18 seconds - 1 minute and 36 seconds off the Spanish winner Alvaro Martin.


    Ireland's other competitor in the race Cian McManamon from Westport finished in 21st.

  • Westport’s Leeson Enterprise Centre is to be enabled with a 1 Gigabit broadband connection provided by Westnet and powered by SIRO.

    As a result, the Leeson Enterprise Centre, which was officially opened by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring last week will have access to the same level of broadband connectivity that is typically only available to international companies in cities like Hong Kong or Tokyo.

    The Leeson Enterprise Centre is an innovation hub designed to help local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Mayo succeed, with a range of facilities such as hot desks, co-working office space, private office space and meeting room facilities.

     SIRO’s Gigabit connectivity, which is three times as powerful as the market leading service in Dublin and 10 times as powerful as the market leading service in rural Ireland, will help firms based in the Leeson Enterprise Centre to benefit from the best broadband network in Ireland and face no restrictions due to poor connectivity when selling their products and services online or using services like video conferencing to communicate with their customers.

    Westnet is a Mayo based broadband provider and is one of SIRO’s retail partners.

    Westnet CEO and founder Paul Kinnane told Midwest News todayabout the value of this level of connectivity.

  • Connacht Minor A Club Football Final
    St Brigid's 1-11 
    Westport 1-10 

    Minor B Final 
    Mountbellew/Moylough 0-09
    Tourlestrane 0-07

  • When we read that the guys over at Westport House were hiring staff, it got us thinking about how cool it would be to work in somewhere as iconic as Westport House! Here are just five reasons why it would be a brilliant place to work!

    You Get to be a Pirate!

    Part of the job description for the Pirate Adventure Park is, and we quote, "...operating the Pirate Ship and the Pirates Plunge." OPERATING THE PIRATE SHIP! Where do we sign up?? Seriously, how great would that be though? It would be one of the greatest answers to that age old question "What do you do with yourself?" "Me? I operate a Pirate Ship." Imagine! And that's not all, you get to work on the Giant Swan Boats, the Cannonball Run, Indoor Soft Play, Bouncy Castle, Go Karting, AND drive the Miniature Rail Train! Why did we not see this job application sooner!? cry

    Work Outdoors

    Ok, the Irish weather isn't *always* perfect but we've got it on good authority that the 2018 summer is going to be a cracker...and anyway, what's a drop of rain every now and again when you get to spend your days out in the fresh air, having the craic in the Pirate Adventure Centre. No one likes being stuck inside in a stuffy office so to get the chance to be outside AND having fun... it's a no brainer really!

    Dressing Up

    Fancy something a bit more refined? How about getting to wear a traditional Victorian uniform and deliver an authentic 19th century experience... that's right, you get to dress up at work! It's basically like working on a film set the whole time we reckon. Delivering the Afternoon Tea & Tour experience in the stunning Drawing Room - historical and fun... why wasn't school more like that?

    Every day is different

    When you're working somewhere that people are always in holiday mode, it's bloody great! Every visitor to Westport House has a different story to tell and when you're getting visitors from all over the world, that's a lot of stories! No two days would be the same as you meet tourists from all over the continent, the UK, the US, Australia, Japan, China.. you name it, Westport House draws them in! 

    That View

    Last but not least - imagine walking in to this view every day?

    Stunning!laughing There's not many workplaces that look, or indeed, are as cool as Westport House and we could got on about why it'd be such a great place to work but the boss is getting suspicious now! If you would like to go along to the Westport House Seasonal Recruitment Day this Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 2pm-5pm, you can find out more by clicking here


  • Work has started this week on a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures on the Newport Road in Westport, which will benefit children attending the Holy Trinity and Scoil Phadraig National Schools.

    Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy says he has campaigned for a number of years for works at this location to improve safety for children being dropped off and collected in the mornings and afternoon.

    He told Midwest News that work has now started on the safety improvements.

  • Mayo County Council has confirmed that work will start shortly on safety improvement measures close to Corrib Oil on the N5 Westport-Castlebar road.

     A number of serious collisions have occurred at this location, and Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland has been campaiging, for some time, to have traffic calming measures installed.

    Councillor Hyland raised the matter again at this week's meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, where he was told that the TII - Transport Infrastructure Ireland- has allocated funds for safety improvement works at this spot, and the works will start - if not before Christmas - then shortly afterwards.