Westport

  • A local Councillor says that something has to be done about flooding on the access road to Allergan and Portwest in Westport.

    Independent Cllr Christy Hyland says the access road flooded again yesterday, following heavy rain as part of Storm Diana yesterday.

    He says that once Allergan found out that the road was flooded, they provided access to the two sites by opening up a road at the rear of their plant.

    However Cllr Hyland says the situation must be resolved, as it has occurred on a number of occasions over the past few years.

    He says that both Allergan and Portwest are major employers and it is not good enough to have the access road to the plants flooded.

    Cllr Hyland says employees were worried about getting home from work or getting into work yesterday because of the issue.

    He told Midwest News he has been in touch with the Executive of Mayo County Council about the matter.

  • An Independent Councillor has voiced his frustration at the state of the footpath in the Market Lane area of Westport.

    Christy Hyland says this has been an issue going back for at least ten years.

    It came to light again recently when a person fell in the Market Lane area and sustained injury.

    Cllr. Hyland says that there is an accident on that lane way once every two or three weeks and someone has to take full responsibility to carry out repairs.

    It emerged at a recent meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District that the laneway is owned by Nama and Council management say upgrade works in that area would be a very substantial investment.

  • Councillors at the West Mayo Municipal District meeting today voted in favour to grant permission for the Portwest construction on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    A total of 93 submissions have been submitted by members of the public and a number of local organisations to West Mayo Municipal District on the proposed new 10 million euro Global Head Office of Portwest at Roman Island, the Quay, Westport.

    The matter came before elected councillors at today’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo  Municipal district, in Westport.

    Councillors were asked to approve what’s termed a “material contravention” of the Westport Town and Environs Development plan in order to grant permission for the Portwest construction. The area at Roman Island, The Quay, Westport  is not zoned for such a development under the present area development  plan.

    The proposed development by Portwest includes an office building and café and is predominately 4 storeys in height. It will include office space for the Portwest Global Head Office . It also includes 91 car parking spaces and 30 covered bicycle spaces, signage, hard and soft landscaping and all associated infrastructure and site development works on a site area of 0.6ha at the Quay.

    At today’s meeting the number of submissions received from the public both in favour and against the proposal were presented to councillors.

    Councillors voted 6-1 in favour of the Material Contravention.

     

     

  • Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group Members have decided to proceed with a mountain path on Croagh Patrick, to help to preserve the mountain into the future.

    It follows and evaluation process of the trial path work undertaken on Croagh Patrick in recent weeks. The work was done by Scottish mountain path specialist’s contractor Mr. Matt McConway of Upland Access Ltd over a period of two weeks. The trial section of stone pitching is two metres wide, consisting of irregular steps and platforms, using only stone and material from the mountain. Work took place in two locations, along the traditional summit path and at a lower level near the access gate to the mountain.   

    The objective of the trial path work was to establish if the proposed methodology for constructing the path would work using the small stone blocks found on the steep slope of the summit. The path work was evaluated against Helping the Hills (the Guiding Principles for Upland Path work produced by Mountaineering Ireland) and included the assessing the quality of path work construction technique; landscape impact and environmental impact. It also provided an insight into the value of progressing the implementation of the project with strong emphasis on training and voluntary inputs, building the capacity locally to repair and long-term care for the mountain.

    The result of the evaluation process is that The Stakeholder Group is confident to proceed with the proposed path solution together with a maintenance and management regime.

    The Stakeholder Group has acknowledged with gratitude the assistance of the Mountain Shareholders; Murrisk Development Association; GMIT Mayo Campus; South West Mayo Development staff and RSS workers; Mountaineering Ireland; Mayo Mountain Rescue and all other volunteers who assisted with the physical creation of the path work.

    The next steps for the project are to obtain planning approval through Part 8 procedure in partnership with Mayo County Council and then proceed to implementation.

    Midwest News will have a special feature on this latest development on our local news next week.

  • The death has taken place in Westport of former Town Councillor John Joe O’Malley.

    Mr O’Malley, from Horkan’s Hill, was a member of the now defunct Westport Town Council for 20 years, from 1979 to 1999, and he served as Cathaoirleach of the Council in 1986 and 1987. 

    He retired from politics in 1999 after two decades of service in Westport, but he remained a very active member of the Westport community, until a battle with illness in recent years. 

    John Joe is survived by his wife Breda, three sons, three daughters and extended family.

    John Joe's remains will be repose in Navin’s Funeral Home, Westport, this evening (Wednesday), from 5pm to 7pm.

    His funeral will arrive at St Mary’s Church, Westport, on Thursday at 10.30am for Mass at 11am.

    Burial will take place afterwards in Aughagower Cemetery.

  • The death has taken place of well-known Mayo photographer Liam Lyons from Westport.

    Mr Lyons was the first Irish photographer to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Irish Professional Photographers Association in recognition of his outstanding landscape photography.

    He held many successful exhibitions across Europe and the United States, and his work is on display in many homes around the world, including the White House and Aras an Uachtaráin.

    In recent years, Mayo County Council worked with the photographer to digitise and archive 50 years of his photo images from the 1950's, and the collection is available to the public through local libraries.

    His work was also published in international newspaper, magazines and books.

    Liam Lyons is survived by his wife Mabel, daughters Fidelma and Fionnuala, sons-in-law, grandchildren, his brother Fr Fintan and extended family.

    His remains will repose at his residence, Rosswood, West Road, Westport this evening from 5-8pm.

     Funeral service tomorrow at 12.30 in St Mary's Church, Westport with burial afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery.

    Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Easter Monday at 12.30.

  • There were delays today on both the 7.35am Heuston to Westport service and the 9.45am Westport to Hesuton service.

    This was as a result of a motorist driving through a barrier on the Castlerea to Ballyhaunis line.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    However, there was significant delay as repairs had to be carried out to the barrier.

    Full service has since resumed.

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    A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport on Saturday afternoon, as part of a nationwide rally against the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm Saturday in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It's understood the Health Minister Simon Harris is to bring the Bill before the Cabinet later this week, but it's unsure if it can be introduced before the Summer recess.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, says Saturday's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind, to show support for the women involved and their families...

  • A demonstration will take place at The Fairgreen in Westport at 2pm this afternoon  (Saturday), as part of a nationwide rally following the Cervical Check scandal.

    The demonstrations are being organised by the Standing4Women campaign, and will take place at 2pm in 26 counties across the country.

    The organisers are calling for the new Patient Safety Bill, which will provide for mandatory open disclosure, to be enacted without any further delays.

    It emerged in April that an audit of smear tests showed 209 women with cervical cancer would have benefited from earlier treatment.

    Tara Bleeks is regional organiser of Standing4Women, and says today's demonstration in Westport is the second of its kind in Mayo, to show support for the women involved and their families.

  • Election posters went up in the town of Westport in the early hours of this morning, despite a motion by sitting councillors in the District that Westport would ban election posters.

    The urban area of Westport has banned election posters for many years

    The decision by sitting councillors to retain the ban, is not legally binding – and election candidates by law can erect posters from midnight last night in both the local and European elections.

    Independent councillor in Westport Christy Hyland told Midwest News that he is raising the matter with council officials as he says he’s disappointed that the ban in the town is not being respected.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.

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    A new Educate Together school in Westport is to open next year.

    The Department of Education & Skills has given sanction for the Westport Educate Together School to open in September 2019.

    It follows a local campaign for an Educate Together school in the town.

    A spokesperson for Educate Together says talks are at an advanced stage in relation to the location of the school, and the principal recruitment process will commence soon.

    Educate Together currently runs 84 primary schools around the country including two in Mayo - in Newtownwhite and Castlebar.

     

     

  • Today marked the first day of the new on-street parking charges in Westport.

    Up to now, parking was free but restricted on the streets of the town, while there were charges in the town's car parks.

    From today on, motorists will have to purchase parking discs to park in both the Pink and Blue zones in Westport town, to ensure a regular turnover of parking spaces.

    In addition, drivers with a disabled sticker, who cannot find a disabled bay in which to park, can park free on the streets or in the carparks.

    Westport is one of very few towns in Ireland offering this service to disabled drivers, according to Westport-based Independent Councillor Christy Hyland.

    Councillor Hyland says the new parking arrangements will be reviewed in 6 months time, and amendments can then be made if needed.

     

  • A fishing boat, which was stolen from Westport Quay over the weekend, was later located off the coast of Achill Island.

    The Aingeal na Mara fishing boat was taken from Westport Quay sometime between 7pm Saturday evening and 6.30am yesterday morning, and its owners issued an appeal for information.

    Gardai, assisted by the local Coastguard unit, located the catamaran being sailed off the Achill coast between 7 and 8am yesterday morning, and the vessel has been returned to its owner.

    Gardai say they're following a definite line of enquiry into the incident.

     

     

     

     

  • Too high a price is being paid by Westport for success in Tidy Towns, if it means that the local GAA club cannot erect a banner this week to wish 6 members of their club, good luck as members of the Mayo U20 all Ireland Football squad. That was the view expressed by the Cathaoirleach of West Mayo, Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Mulroy at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District yesterday.

    The Mayo U 20 side take on Kildare in the All Ireland final in Croke Park this Sunday and Westport councillors are adamant that having 6 members of the county’s All Ireland squad from the Westport GAA club is a remarkable achievement and should be honoured. The club want to erect a banner in the town wishing the best of luck to the 6 young men, but Mayo county council executive say it can’t be done, as there is an agreement in place to erect a banner at just one location in the town, and that spot was already booked by another club this week.

     The Cathaoirleach Brendan Mulroy asked that an additional location for the erection of a banner be allowed at the top of Bridge street, due to the occasion, but that request was denied.

    Council official Padraig Walsh outlined to councillors that judging in the national Tidy Towns competition is taking place at this time, and it would not be appropriate to locate a banner in a separate location.

    He said the authority had suggested both clubs could share the one location where a banner is allowed, but that had not happened.

    The Cathaoirleach cllr Mulroy said he was disappointed and frustrated with the response.

  • Tributes are being paid to former Mayor of Westport Ollie Gannon, who has passed away following an illness.

    Mr Gannon, from St Patrick's Terrace, Westport was a Fine Gael member of the former Westport Town Council for 15 years and served as Mayor on a number of occasions.

    He was a former employee of Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and was a lifelong member of Westport United where he was a player, coach, committee member and former Chairman.

    Ollie Gannon is survived by his mother, brothers and extended family.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring has expressed sympathy to the Gannon family following Ollie's death, and says Westport has lost a man who had tremendous community spirit, who served on the Westport Town Council until its abolition in 2014, and was an avid soccer supporter.

    Minister Ring said Ollie Gannon was a loyal and personal friend of his all his life, and a friend to the entire community in Westport.

    Westport-based FG Councillor Tereasa McGuire has also paid  tribute to her former colleague, and says the people of Westport are saddened at news of his passing.

    Ollie's remains will repose at Navin's Funeral Home, Westport on Saturday evening from 5pm with removal to St Mary's Church, Westport at 7pm.

    Ollie will be laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery on Sunday following 12 noon Funeral Mass.

     

     

  • Four men in their twenties have been arrested after a fight broke out last night on the Westport to Dublin Train.

    The incident happened after the 5.45pm service stopped at Tullamore.

    Gardai later boarded the train at Sallins in County Kildare.

    Two of the men have been charged with public order offences and released on bail, while another two remain in custody and are due to appear tomorrow at Naas District Court.

    At least one person was injured, however a Garda spokesperson says there was no stabbing incident despite reports that a knife had been spotted at the scene.

  • The funeral will take place in Cork later this week of Valerie Kilroy, nee French, who was found dead at her home in Westport last Friday.

    The body of the 41-year old mother-of-three was discovered by Gardai at her home in Kilbree, Westport and her husband James has since been charged with her murder.

    Mr Kilroy was brought before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court on Sunday and was remanded in custody to Harristown Court in Castlerea next Friday.

    Valerie French Kilroy ,a HSE occupational therapist, was formerly from Leap, Co Cork.

    Her Funeral Service will take place in St Fachtna's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Rosscarberry, Co Cork on Thursday at 2.30pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

    She's survived by her husband and three children, her mother, brother, three sisters, and extended family.

     

  • Gardai are at the scene of a three vehicle collision this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road close to Westport.

    There are no indications yet if anyone has been injured in the incident but Gardai are at the scene.

    The road is not closed to traffic but there are long delays this morning on the Westport to Castlebar road as a result.

  • Gardai are continuing to question a man in his forties in connection with the death of a woman in Co. Mayo.

    The woman has been named locally as Valerie Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three.

    Her body was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport yesterday morning and the scene remain sealed off this afternoon.

    A post-mortem examination is being carried out today to establish the circumstances around the woman's death.

    The arrested man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda Station.

    Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the death.

    Local independent councillor Christy Hyland says there is a huge sense of shock and sadness in the area.