5 more deaths have been confirmed this evening from Covid-19, with 322 new cases.

In this region, there are 8 new cases in Sligo, 7 in Mayo, 5 in both Galway and Roscommon and less than 5 in Co Leitrim, which has the lowest 14-day incidence rate of the virus nationally.

The average 14-day rate nationally is now 228 per 100,000 people - Sligo, Galway and Roscommon all have incidence rates above the national average.

Mayo's 14-day rate is now at 214 per 100,000 people.

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  • May 14, 2021

    All novice and learner drivers are now subject to a 7 point disqualification limit

    Over 2,000 drivers will receive letters informing them of a change in the penalty points system. All novice and learner drivers are now subject to a 7 point disqualification limit. The figure had been 12 points under a system from 2014. No novice or learner…
  • May 14, 2021

    Three Mayo Students appearing on the Late Late Show tonight

    Three Mayo students will appear on tonight’s RTE Late Late Show. Emily Foy, Aoife Heaney and Kellyann Walsh who are all first-year students of Mount St Michael secondary school, Claremorris are finalists in the Student Enterprise Awards which are taking place…
  • May 14, 2021

    Sligo deputy critical of Government's delivery on housing

    A Sligo TD has slammed Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TDs for turning their backs on young families who are trying to buy a home for themselves. Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny says his party brought a motion to the Dail this week that would end the tax breaks that allow…
  • May 14, 2021

    Four more deaths from Covid-19 and over 400 new cases

    The Covid-19 pandemic is 'shrinking' and the R number is below 1, according to NPHET. 425 new cases and four additional deaths have been reported today. The five-day moving average is 417 cases, which is almost exactly the same as this day last week.…
  • May 14, 2021

    MUH services disrupted today due to cyber attack on HSE IT systems

    The ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems is having considerable impact on hospital services in Mayo University Hospital today. In general terms some outpatient, chemotherapy and maternity appointments are continuing and patients should attend their…
  • May 14, 2021

    Former RTE producer pleads guilty to child abuse offences

    A former RTÉ producer has admitted charges of child sexual exploitation in Dublin. Kieran Creavan, of Adelaide Street in Dún Laoghaire, also pleaded guilty today to sexually assaulting and exploiting children in the Philippines. He also admitted a charge of…
  • May 14, 2021

    Twice-weekly rail freight service to run between Ballina and Waterford soon

    A new rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford has the potential to remove over 5,000 truck movements from Irish roads every year. That's according to Iarnród Éireann, which is working with XPO Logistics to introduce the twice-weekly service by the…
  • May 14, 2021

    Minister urges savings from free entry to OPW heritage sites be spent locally

    Visiting Office of Public Works heritage sites will be free for the rest of the year. The Junior OPW Minister has announced the step to remove fees takes effect immediately. Its part of the Government's recovery plan after inter-county travel resumed and…
  • May 14, 2021

    800,000 euro grant aid for repair works on non public, rural, Mayo roads

    Almost 800,000 euro been allocated for repairs and improvement works on non-public roads in rural communities in Mayo as part of the Government’s “Our Rural Future”project. Deputy Michael Ring says the funding will improve access to rural homes and farms, as…
  • May 14, 2021

    Search operation underway for a missing person in Galway

    Gardaí are currently conducting a search in the Inverrin area of Co Galway. This search is part of an ongoing missing person’s investigation relating to 24-year-old Stephen Hilton, who is missing from the Rahoon area of Galway since Saturday last. The…
  • May 14, 2021

    Covid-19 testing facilities not affected by cyber attack on the HSE

    The HSE has shut down all of its IT systems after a "sophisticated" cyber attack overnight. The executive is liaising with Gardai and the National Cyber Security Centre to assess the extent of it. Community Healthcare West has confirmed to Midwest News that…
  • May 14, 2021

    Mayo County Council confirms that a record 36 milion people were reached on Mayo Day 2021 at the start of this month

    There was record engagement with people worldwide during Mayo Day 2021 at the start of this month. The virtual event is estimated to have reached in excess of 36 million people. 44 different countries took part in the celebration of “everything Mayo”. These…
  • May 14, 2021

    Communities across Mayo to mark Decade of Centenaries

    Thirteen projects in communities around county Mayo are to be funded under the Mayo County Council Decade of Centenaries Grant 2021. Details of the projects were outlined today at Mayo County Council's Culture and Heritage SPC The aim of the commemorative…
  • May 14, 2021

    Burial takes place tomorrow of man who died in a workplace accident in Galway

    The funeral takes place tomorrow (Sat) of the man who was fatally injured in a workplace accident in Galway city on Wednesday. Brian Callinan, aged in his thirties, from Inagh, county Clare was carpenter by trade. He was working on a construction site on the…
  • May 14, 2021

    Castlebar hotel expands its outdoor dining area to meet Covid regulations ahead of June re-opening

    A town based hotel, bar and restaurant in Castlebar is extensively expanding its outdoor dining facilities in an effort to meet all the new Covid regulations ahead of re-opening in June. The Ivy Tower Hotel on New Antrim Street in the county town is…
  • May 14, 2021

    Six Mayo community groups share 36,500 euro under Community Heritage Grant Scheme

    Under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme, €36,500 has been allocated to six community groups and not-for-profit organisations in Mayo. €1,680 has been granted to the Straide Community Development Group to prepare a biodiversity plan for the village, while…
  • May 14, 2021

    South Mayo library will reopen to the public shortly following enhancement works

    The library in Ballinrobe will fully reopen to the public shortly following enhancement works at the amenity. €200,000 has been spent on the project to preserve the Old Protestant Church and Grounds. The upgrades included planting, resurfacing works, window…
  • May 14, 2021

    Iarnród Eireann is working on the introduction of a new rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford by the end of June

    A new rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford has the potential to remove over 5,000 truck movements from Irish roads every year. That's according to Iarnród Éireann, which is working with XPO Logistics to introduce the twice-weekly service by the…
  • May 14, 2021

    Festival organisers in Sligo are holding a demonstration later to show how live events can run safely during the pandemic

    Festival organisers in Sligo are holding a demonstration today to show how live events can be run safely during the pandemic. The Wild Roots Festival is due to be held in Sligo this August. The protest will show their eight minute rapid antigen testing system…
  • May 14, 2021

    Visiting OPW heritage sites will be free for the rest of the year as part of recovery plan

    Visiting Office of Public Works heritage sites will be free for the rest of the year. The Junior Minister with responsibility for the OPW has announced the step to remove fees takes effect immediately. It's part of the Government's recovery plan after…
  • May 14, 2021

    Post mortem examinations are due to take place on the bodies of two people killed in a house fire in South Roscommon

    Post mortem examinations are due to take place on the bodies of two people killed in a house fire in Co Roscommon. The remains of a man and a woman in their 40s were found at 2 o'clock on Thursday morning in Gurth, near Moore. Emergency services were called…
  • May 13, 2021

    No additional Covid related deaths reported this evening in the Republic

    There were no additional Covid 19 related deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre this evening. As of midnight last night (Wed) 456 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic. There were 17 new cases of the virus in Galway, 7…
  • May 13, 2021

    Westport B&B secures top ten rating in TripAdvisor's Top Ten Irish B&Bs

    A B&B in Westport has been listed in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish B&Bs for 2021. Coming in at number 6 is Woodside Lodge, located on the Golf Course Road in Westport. The guesthouse is operated by Helen and Patrice Goberville. It's the only Mayo B&B included in…
  • May 13, 2021

    Three Quarters of a million euro of funding announced for three Mayo islands

    Almost 750,000 euro has been announced this afternoon in grant aid for Mayo islands The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced almost €1.1 million to support a range of capital works on the country’s offshore islands.…
  • May 13, 2021

    Hair and Beauty back and busy

    At the start of the week the queues to secure appointments with hairdressers and beauticians were extensive throughout the region, with these services re-opening to customers for the first time this year, on Monday last. A few days down the line, and many…
  • May 13, 2021

    Doors of Westport Bookshop remain open through this year's lockdown

    As the country re-opens in stages from the Covid lockdown restrictions, some bookshops have remained open this year, despite the pandemic. Bookshops that also sell essential school supplies have continued to trade since Christmas, but are doing so with…
  • May 13, 2021

    One of the largest passenger planes in the world landed today at IWAK

    One of the largest passenger aircrafts in the world, landed at Ireland West Airport Knock this morning. Just after 11am an Airbus A330 touched down. It's the first time ever that an A330 landed at the airport. Over a year ago,(Feb 2020), a larger Airbus A380…
  • May 13, 2021

    Protest at Sligo University Hospital over maternity restrictions

    A protest is taking place today outside Sligo University Hospital, in relation to maternity restrictions. It's part of a week of rolling protests at hospitals around the country organised by AIMS Ireland - the Association for Improvements in Maternity…
  • May 13, 2021

    Shock in south Roscommon as two people in their 40's die in house fire

    Two people have died following a house fire on the Roscommon / Galway border in the early hours of this morning. Gardai have confirmed that a man and woman, both in their 40s, died in the fire. The blaze was discovered at about 2am at a house at Gurth, about…
  • May 13, 2021

    Tributes paid following death of former Sligo Councillor Patsy Barry

    The death has taken place of former Sligo County Councillor Patsy Barry from Grange. Mr Barry passed away yesterday at the North West Hospice in Sligo. He was co-opted to Sligo County Council in 1997 to replace Senator Willie Farrell, and was elected to the…
  • May 13, 2021

    Two people die in Co Roscommon house fire

    Two people have died following a house fire on the Roscommon / Galway border in the early hours of this morning. A man and woman, both in their 50s, died in the fire, which happened at Gurth, Ballinasloe at around 2am. Three units of the fire brigade and an…
  • May 13, 2021

    Cocaine worth €90,000 seized from car near Tuam

    Gardai have seized €90,000 of suspected cocaine following a search of a car in Co Galway yesterday evening. Gardai attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit stopped and searched a car on the outskirts of Tuam at about 7pm, and during the search, a quantity…
  • May 13, 2021

    Over 200 bikes stolen in Galway last year

    Almost 7,000 bikes have been reported stolen since January 2020. Gardaí have released figures this morning, which show that more than 1,000 bicycles have been taken since the start of this year, while over 5,600 were stolen in 2020. Last year saw over 200…
  • May 13, 2021

    Over €2.6 million investment confirmed for Castlebar Regional Training Centre

    Investment of over €2.6 million has been announced for new facilities at the Castlebar Regional Training Centre. The centre provides training in the areas of roads, water, environment and fire services for local authority staff in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon,…
  • May 13, 2021

    Fire lit in Strandhill woods delayed take-off of rescue helicopter

    Gardai in Sligo have warned that a recent bonfire lit in the forest at Airport Road in Strandhill resulted in a delay in the Rescue 118 helicopter from taking off, due to smoke from the fire. Gardai say that, while lighting a fire in the woods might seem like…
  • May 13, 2021

    Everyone who wants vaccine could be offered one by end of June says Tanaiste

    Every person who wants a Covid-19 vaccine could be offered one by the end of June, according to the Tanaiste. Leo Varadkar told the FG parliamentary party last night it's possible, based on international evidence that 10 to 15 percent refuse the jab. However…
  • May 13, 2021

    Roscommon now has 4th highest incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally

    110 people are being treated in public hospitals this morning for Covid-19 - a drop of 9% in the past week. 34 of these patients are in Intensive Care. It comes as 448 new cases of the virus and 8 deaths were reported yesterday. The deaths date back to…
  • May 12, 2021

    Eight additional deaths from Covid-19 and over 400 new cases

    There has been a further eight Covid-19 deaths and 448 new cases. Across Connacht there are eleven new cases in Roscommon and less than five in Galway. There are no new cases in either Mayo, Sligo or Leitrim. 109 patients are in hospital with the disease, 34…
  • May 12, 2021

    Gardai appeal for information following discovery of viable explosive device in Tuam

    The Army EOD team from Athlone attended the scene of an unexplained device in Tuam earlier today, and have now made the device safe. They have left the scene and removed what has been deemed to be a viable explosive device from the location. An Garda Síochána…
  • May 12, 2021

    Westport Chamber of Commerce say they are gearing up to welcome back visitors to the town

    Businesses in Westport are doing all they can to prepare for welcoming back visitors to the town in a safe manner - that's according to the Westport Chamber of Commerce. While inter-county travel is allowed from this week, hotels and B&B's do not open until…
  • May 12, 2021

    Belmullet student in All-Ireland Final for debating

    A Student from Saint Brendan's College, Belmullet is in the All Ireland Final of Gael Linn Debating. Maria Conroy takes part in the Comortas Oraide an Phiarsaigh Ghael-Linn and will be competing with seven other students from all over Ireland for this…
  • May 12, 2021

    Councillor condemns actions by those responsible for Tuam incident

    Houses have been evacuated and the Army bomb disposal squad has been called to deal with the discovery of an unexplained device in county Galway. Gardai sealed off the area at 8.30am following the discovery of an unexplained device at the Cuirt na Cora estate…
  • May 12, 2021

    Galway Gardai issue appeal for missing man

    Gardai in Galway have issued an appeal for assistance in tracing a 24-year old man. Stephen Hilton has been missing from the Rahoon area of Galway since last Sunday. He's described as 6' 3" in height, of slim build with brown eyes, long brown hair and a long…
  • May 12, 2021

    12 Mayo beaches have "excellent" water quality says EPA

    Water quality at 12 beaches in Mayo is "excellent", while the quality is "good" at another three beaches in the county, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Its annual report for 2020 shows that 96% of Ireland's bathing waters…
  • May 12, 2021

    Ballyhaunis auctioneer welcomes return of property viewings this week

    From this week, estate agents can arrange private viewings of properties with prospective buyers. The easing of restrictions in relation to property sales have been welcomed by Kevin Kirrane of Kirrane Auctioneering, with offices in Ballyhaunis and Galway.…
  • May 12, 2021

    Westport hotelier looking forward to reopening three weeks from today

    Hotels across the region are reporting an uplift in bookings for June, July and August, following the recent go-ahead from Government to reopen their doors from 2nd June. Darren Madden, owner of the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport, says his team are now busy…
  • May 12, 2021

    Houses being evacuated in Tuam, following discovery of unexplained device

    The Army bomb disposal team are currently on their way to Tuam, following reports of an unexplained device. Gardai responded to a report of a device in the Tuam area this morning, and have requested the assistance of the Army EOD team, who are on their way to…
  • May 12, 2021

    20 new jobs at PennEngineering in Galway

    20 new jobs will be created at a company in Galway. PennEngineering, a global leader in innovative fastening technologies and solutions, has announced a major digital transformation of its Galway facility. This will involve up-skilling all its 200 staff based…
  • May 12, 2021

    Clifden beach "declassified" as bathing water, due to poor water quality

    96% of Ireland's bathing waters are meeting the EU's minimum standards. The Environmental Protection Agency's annual report shows 111 out of 148 bathing waters were deemed "excellent" in 2020 - an increase of four on 2019. Ballyloughane Beach in Galway is one…
  • May 12, 2021

    No Covid-19 testing at MacHale Park this Saturday

    In relation to Covid-19 testing, the test centre at MacHale Park in Castlebar will NOT be available for Covid testing this Saturday, due to GAA matches. Testing will resume again on Sunday from 11am to 5pm for those referred for a test by their GP, and for…
  • May 12, 2021

    12 new Covid cases in Roscommon, 17 in Galway

    The Chief Medical Officer says high vaccination levels and low case numbers are vital as the country tries to exit the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Tony Holohan says if we can keep cases low and continue to vaccinate as many people as possible, we will find…
  • May 12, 2021

    Mayo Senator welcomes Cabinet approval of Fair Deal reform

    The Cabinet has approved new legislation to reform the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme. The proposals will cap the financial contributions on farm and business assets at three years. Under the Fair Deal scheme, participants contribute to the cost of…
  • May 12, 2021

    Rents in Connacht rise by almost 8% in Q1

    Rents in Connacht rose by almost 8% in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest report from property website Daft.ie This increase reflects a sharp fall in availability. In Mayo, rents were on average 8.3% higher than a year ago, with the…
  • May 11, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures across the province

    9 additional deaths have been reported this evening from Covid-19, with 379 new cases of the virus. 17 of the new cases were confirmed in Galway, with 12 in Roscommon. Elsewhere in Connacht there were less than 5 new cases in Mayo and none reported in Sligo…
  • May 11, 2021

    Funding doubled for Summer school programmes this year

    The funding for summer school programmes for disadvantaged students and those with special needs has been doubled. Education Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan have announced an expanded summer provision of extra courses at a cost of 40 million euro.…
  • May 11, 2021

    Mayo Senator urges hospitals to lift maternity restrictions

    The Taoiseach says there's no need for Covid-19 restrictions in maternity hospitals. It comes as protests were staged at four hospitals earlier today, calling for partners to be allowed access to appointments, scans and the early stages of labour. Despite the…
  • May 11, 2021

    Former Mayo politician Michelle Mulherin returning to work as a solicitor

    Former Mayo TD and Senator Michelle Mulherin has announced she's returning to her previous job as a solicitor. Ms Mulherin was first elected to Ballina Town Council in 1999 and was also a Mayo County Councillor from 2004 until her election to Dail Eireann in…
  • May 11, 2021

    N59 road reopens in Mulranny following single-vehicle accident

    The N59 road has reopened in Mulranny, following a single vehicle collision. It's believed a car overturned earlier on the Achill / Ballycroy side of Mulranny. Emergency services attended the scene, and two people have been taken to hospital. The road was…
  • May 11, 2021

    Man on trial for killing his wife in Sligo in 2018

     A trial has heard that a man, who strangled his wife to death in her bedroom in Sligo, was due to move out of the family home within a couple of weeks. 35-year old Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to…
  • May 11, 2021

    Emergency services attend collision in Mulranny

    A car has overturned in Mulranny. The incident occurred on the N59, at the Achill crossroads in Mulranny. Emergency services are on their way to the scene, and it's understood the incident is leading to traffic delays in Mulranny.
  • May 11, 2021

    Work gets underway on refurbishment of old Royal Hotel, Boyle

    Roscommon County Council has confirmed that the long-awaited refurbishment work on the old Royal Hotel site in Boyle is getting underway this week. The project will see the complete refurbishment of the former hotel into an exhibition space and enterprise…
  • May 11, 2021

    21-year old becomes newest member of Roscommon County Council

    Roscommon County Councillors have today welcomed their newest and youngest colleague. 21-year old Emer Kelly from Ballyforan was officially co-opted to the Council this morning, following the resignation of former Councillor Ivan Connaughton from Athleague.…
  • May 11, 2021

    LISTEN: Galway TD's discuss housing crisis and property investment funds

    The housing crisis is the Government's number one priority according to the Taoiseach. Cabinet Ministers are meeting to discuss ways to prevent investment funds from bulk buying in new housing estates. The Housing and Finance Ministers have been working on…
  • May 11, 2021

    Libraries reopen for browsing and borrowing

    As part of the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions, libraries across the region have reopened for browsing and borrowing. The Call & Collect service operated by the library staff during lockdown will also continue for those who wish to call or email, and…
  • May 11, 2021

    Congregation delighted to be able to attend Castlebar Church again this week

    Many people are returning to morning Mass this week in parishes throughout the region as the country moves further along in the re-opening journey from Covid lockdown. At the Church of the Holy Rosary in Castlebar this morning the Rosary was being said ahead…
  • May 11, 2021

    Major developments planned for South Mayo pier

    Plans are being developed for Lisloughrey Pier in Cong - the main access point to Lough Corrib. Mayo County Council is working with Lough Corrib Navigation to plan essential works at the pier, and develop car-parking and marine facilities. Almost 4 acres of…
  • May 11, 2021

    Sligo among hospitals where protests on maternity restrictions will take place

    Protests will be held outside a number of hospitals from this morning to highlight how the Covid-19 restrictions are affecting maternity patients and their partners. Maternity advocacy group AIMS will be at Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal, Holles Street and…
  • May 11, 2021

    Cabinet set to approve the right to access birth certs for adopted people

    Adopted people will be given the opportunity to scrutinise proposed legislation that will give them access to their early life information. The Children's Minister Roderic O' Gorman is bringing the heads of the Birth Information and Tracing bill before…
  • May 11, 2021

    Covid-19 hospital figures reach lowest point since September

    104 patients with Covid-19 were being treated in public hospitals last night - the lowest number since the end of September. It's a fall of more than 22 percent in a week, while there are 32 people with the virus in ICU. The five-day moving average of…
  • May 11, 2021

    Galway RNLI Lifeboat assist in recovery of a yacht that broke its moorings

    The Galway RNLI Lifeboat assisted in the recovery of a 32 ft yacht that broke its moorings in Renville, Oranmore, yesterday evening. The Irish Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat at about 5.40pm and the lifeboat crew launched a short time…
  • May 10, 2021

    No deaths of people with Covid 19 reported this evening in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of no additional deaths related to Covid-19. As of midnight last night (Sunday) 381 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic. There were 11 new cases of the virus in Galway, 5 in…
  • May 10, 2021

    Quarter of a million Covid vaccines to be administered this week in the Republic

    Over 250 thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to be administered this week. Starting from today, over 50s who registered on the online portal will be given their first dose. Over 1.8million doses have been administered to date, which is expected to…
  • May 10, 2021

    Dr Holohan expects to advise government by the end of this week on rollout of Johnson and Johnson vaccine

    The Chief Medical Officer says he expects to give advice to government on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine by the end of the week. Use of the jab has been limited to over 50s due to concerns over rare blood clots. The government is now reviewing…
  • May 10, 2021

    DSPCA urge public not to buy ducklings online

    The DSPCA is urging the public not to buy ducklings online, and to report the sellers urgently. It's issued the warning after adverts were posted online, offering the animals for five euro each. The charity says anyone who is offered one of the ducklings…
  • May 10, 2021

    Deputy warns of spate of farm machinery theft in the region

    Farmers need to be aware of what cover their insurance policy provides, according to independent TD for the Roscommon-Galway,Michael Fitzmaurice . In the wake of a spate of recent thefts on farms across the region, including farm machinery, trailers, power…
  • May 10, 2021

    As the country emerges further from lockdown, Midwest News hits the streets of Castlebar...

    As the country takes another step in the re-opening journey today, Midwest News was on the streets of the county town and we spoke to hairdressers, barbers, outdoor gym owners and shoppers to gauge the level of excitement out there as the economy returns to…
  • May 10, 2021

    Westcare Homecare announces 70 new jobs in Roscommon and Galway

    Westcare Homecare has announced the creation of 70 new jobs in Roscommon and Galway. These new roles will be based out of the company’s two new offices in Roscommon Town and Tuam and will come on stream over the next twelve months. The company provides…
  • May 10, 2021

    Councillor says urgent legislation is needed to ensure CCTV can be used to identify dumpers

    Urgent legislation is needed to ensure that CCTV footage can be used in identifying those responsible for illegal dumping. That's according to Ballinrobe Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who says the legislation is needed to close a loophole, whereby -…
  • May 10, 2021

    US company announces multimillion digital transformation of Galway facility

    PennEngineering has announced a major digital transformation of its Galway facility. This multimillion-euro investment will involve the up skilling of all 200 staff in Galway and will create approximately 20 new roles over the next three years. The technology…
  • May 10, 2021

    €818,000 for local authorities across Connacht to support community groups

    €818,000 in funding has been allocated to local authorities across Connacht to support community groups impacted by Covid-19. There’s €145,000 for Mayo, €143,000 for Galway County, €132000 for Galway City, €133,000 for Roscommon, €134,000 for Sligo and…
  • May 10, 2021

    Large reopening of society gets underway as Covid restrictions ease

    A major relaxing of Covid restrictions gets underway today for the first time this year, with 12 thousand businesses expected to reopen this week. Travel across counties and haircuts are allowed, as well as click and collect. Religious services are also…
  • May 09, 2021

    Two further deaths from Covid-19 & over 500 new cases

    Two additional deaths and 514 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed here. Of today's cases, 75 per cent are under 45 and 28 is the median age. There has now been a total of 252,809 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 4,921 virus related deaths. There were…
  • May 09, 2021

    Call for Mayo County Council to facilitate outdoor dining as restrictions ease

    Mayo County Council must facilitate and encourage outdoor dining wherever possible as Covid-19 restrictions ease. That's according to Fine Gael Councillor Michael Burke, who says many hospitality businesses have been closed for 14 months and now need a break.…
  • May 09, 2021

    Mayo Councillor says its 'ridiculous' people are asked to sit their theory test in Letterkenny

    Despite the huge advances in technology over recent years, people living in Erris are still being asked to drive to Letterkenny to complete the Driver’s Theory Test over recent weeks and that’s ridiculous, according to local councillor Gerry Coyle. The…
  • May 09, 2021

    HSE proposes reducing age limit for J&J vaccine

    The HSE is proposing reducing the age limit for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from 50 to 45 years of age. The Sunday Times reports the health service wants to use the single shot jab on the over 45s, once people over 50 are vaccinated. The National…
  • May 09, 2021

    Businesses preparing for phased re-opening

    Businesses are preparing to re-open for the first time this year - as more Covid restrictions are eased at midnight tonight. Hairdressers and barbers can welcome customers back - and shops can offer click and collect or in-store visits by appointment.…
  • May 09, 2021

    Online Theory tests to be made available to all drivers later this month

    The Road Safety Authority says it will be making online theory tests available to all drivers later this month. Over 100 thousand people are now waiting to sit the test after centres had to close during the Level 5 lockdown. At the moment, online assessments…
  • May 09, 2021

    New figures show that 49 former Garda Stations have still not been sold

    Over 40 rural Garda stations that were closed almost a decade ago have still not been sold. Figures obtained by Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy show there's currently 78 vacant OPW buildings, 49 of which are former Garda stations. Deputy Murphy's…
  • May 08, 2021

    Two additions as Health Minister updates the hotel quarantine list

    Two more countries have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list. It means passengers on flights from Nepal and Anguilla will have to stay in a hotel for 14 days when they arrive here. The Health Minister says the new rule for both states added to…
  • May 08, 2021

    Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 and one additional death

    There has been one additional death from Covid-19 and 408 new cases. 110 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. There has been nine additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
  • May 08, 2021

    55-year-olds can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today

    Half a million people have now registered on the online portal to get their Covid-19 vaccine. 55 year olds can use the HSE system from today to sign up for the jab. Thursday saw more than 46 thousand doses administered - a new daily record. Around a third of…
  • May 08, 2021

    Woman whose sons were murdered in Mayo says families are angry and frustrated by court orders preventing their children being named

    A woman whose sons were murdered by their father in Mayo says families are angry and frustrated about court orders preventing children who were victims of violent crimes from being named. Kathleen Chada's 5 and 10 year old sons were found murdered in their…
  • May 08, 2021

    Gardaí locate Galway woman missing from Dublin

    Gardai have located a Galway woman missing in Dublin since last week. 36 year old Michelle O’Riain, originally from Moycullen, had been missing from the Sandymount area of Dublin since Thurs the 29th of April. She has been located by Gardaí following an…
  • May 08, 2021

    Draft local area plan for Ballina is open for Public Consultation

    The draft local area plan for Ballina is open for public consultation until Wednesday afternoon. Local Independent Councillor Mark Duffy is encouraging as many people in the area to contribute and make their voices heard. Cllr. Duffy is submitting plans to…
  • May 08, 2021

    EU approves large vaccine contract with Pfizer

    The European Commission has approved a contract with Pfizer for 900 million doses of its Covid vaccine between 2021 and 2023. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says there's also the option of a further 900 million doses. She says the next stage in the…
  • May 08, 2021

    Mayo Senator calls for an end to mandatory hotel quarantine

    The number of arrivals into Dublin Airport increased by 6 per cent last week - despite mandatory hotel quarantine for 71 countries. Over 10,700 people flew into the facility, over 600 more than the previous week. 11 per cent more foreign residents arrived…
  • May 08, 2021

    Covid-19 hospital numbers have halved in past month

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has halved in the past month. It dropped to 111 last night - the lowest since September 27th. Four hospitals have only one Covid patient and seven have none at all, including Sligo Hospital. There are seven…
  • May 08, 2021

    Immunology expert says young people need to be vaccinated against Covid-19

    An immunology expert thinks young people here need to be vaccinated in the autumn as they're at huge risk of being infected with Covid-19. Professor Kingston Mills says most cases of the virus are in the 19 to 24 year old age group, followed by 14 to 19 year…
  • May 08, 2021

    Gorse fire brought under control in West Mayo

    Fire crews brought a large gorse fire under control in the Louisburgh area last night. The blaze took hold in boglands near the Derreen area. The fire was brought under control at around midnight.
  • May 08, 2021

    More than six million euro raised for Pieta House

    More than six million euro has been raised for Pieta House through its Darkness Into Light fundraiser. Over 140,000 people across the world took part in the annual event today. People walked, ran, cycled and swam despite wind and rain in many parts of the…
  • May 07, 2021

    Gardai appeal for information on missing Galway woman

    Gardai are seeking public assistance in locating the whereabouts of a Galway woman missing in Dublin since last week. 36 year old Michelle O’Riain, originally from Moycullen, has been missing from the Sandymount area of Dublin since a week ago yesterday…
  • May 07, 2021

    MCC sign order today for three week road closure in Islandeady this summer

    The order was signed today by Mayo County Council to close the main road ( L-1811) through the village of Islandeady, Castlebar for three weeks this summer to allow work to continue on the construction of the new N5 dual carriageway between Castlebar and…
  • May 07, 2021

    Spike in Covid 19 cases in county Roscommon this afternoon

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to Covid-19. As of midnight last night (Thurs) 434 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the Republic. There were 19 new cases of the virus confirmed in county…
  • May 07, 2021

    Departmental review concludes Summer Gaeltacht courses won't be going ahead this year

    Summer Gaeltacht courses won't be going ahead this year after a Departmental review. Course operators and Mná Tí expressed health and safety concerns about hosting students from across the country. The decision follows a consultation process with the sector.…
  • May 07, 2021

    Gardaí seize six dogs and €21,950 cash in Roscommon

    Gardaí have seized €21,950 in cash following multi-agency searches conducted in Roscommon yesterday. During an initial search, a Gucci watch and €21,950 was seized for suspected offences contrary to the Money Laundering Act 2010. Further follow up searches by…
  • May 07, 2021

    Claregalway GMIT student designs waste removal robot for waterways

    A GMIT Engineering student’s prototype of a water surface waste cleaner which can be used to safeguard against ecological degradation has won him Engineers Ireland West Project Award at the annual GMIT Mechanical and Industrial Student Expo (2021). Cian…
  • May 07, 2021

    Community resolution on the cards for controversial speed limit reduction sought for Breaffy village, Castlebar

    Community resolution on the cards for controversial speed limit reduction sought for Breaffy village, Castlebar Breaffy Community Council is, despite a pandemic, engaging with local people to secure their views on the speed limit option on offer at present…
  • May 07, 2021

    HSE looks for 'flexibility' to use the J&J vaccine in the under 50s

    The HSE's Chief Clinical Officer says he's confident a positive outcome will be reached regarding the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and who it can be given to. The Health Service has asked for 'flexibility' to allow the vaccine to be administered to people…
  • May 07, 2021

    Up to €780,000 in funding for Mayo under disability and improvement work schemes

    Mayo has been allocated just under €780,000 under the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme and the Improvement Works in Lieu of Local Authority Housing Scheme. Government funding meets 90% of the cost of the works in each property, with the local authority providing…
  • May 07, 2021

    Mayo SF deputy insists there is a solution to the present housing crisis

    There is a solution to the present housing crisis and the impact of investment companies and vulture funds on the housing market, according to Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael in government have devised the tax breaks and…
  • May 07, 2021

    Online portal opens for Penneys appointments

    An online portal has opened for people to book a time to go shopping at Penneys. From Monday, the store opens by appointment-only before a full reopening on May 17th. The website opened at 10am with some customers already in a queue of an hour. Penneys will…
  • May 07, 2021

    56-year-olds can now register to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

    The HSE says the pace of the vaccination programme is going up a gear from here-on-out. From today people aged 56 are being asked to register for an appointment to receive a coronavirus vaccine. It comes as the Chief Medical Officer says now is the time for…
  • May 07, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for witnesses to the alleged assault of a woman in Galway

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following the serious assault of a woman in Galway City almost two weeks ago. Sometime between 7.30pm and 8pm on Saturday the 24th of April a young woman was assaulted by another woman in Salthill Park. Gardaí are anxious to…
  • May 07, 2021

    Ballina people urged to avail of free walk-in Covid-19 test service

    People in the Ballina area are encouraged to avail of the last day of the free walk-in Covid 19 test service, today in the town. The service is in operation by the HSE at the Stephenites GAA ground since Wednesday and remains open until 5pm this evening…
  • May 07, 2021

    MEP says small farmers in line for increased payments under new CAP

    An Irish MEP says small farmers are in line for increased payments under the new Common Agricultural Policy. EU countries are negotiating the new CAP budget, which will take effect in 2023. The Irish Farmers Journal says over 54,000 farmers with high…
  • May 07, 2021

    CMO says it's time to be 'hopeful' and start planning for the summer

    The Chief Medical Officer says it's time for people to be hopeful and to start planning for the summer. Dr Tony Holohan says he wants next week to be a 'significant turning point' in the pandemic, as restrictions ease. It comes as 393 new cases and eight…
  • May 07, 2021

    All local electoral areas in Mayo have a below average incidence of Covid-19

    All Local Electoral areas in Mayo have an incidence rate of Covid-19 below the national average. Ballina remains the area with the highest rate in Mayo, at 120 per 100,000 people. This compares to the national average of 134 cases per 100,000 in the two-week…
  • May 06, 2021

    Almost 400 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed this evening in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 8 additional deaths related to Covid-19. Of the deaths notified today 3 occurred in May, 2 occurred in March and 3 occurred in February or earlier. As of midnight last night (Wed) 393 new…
  • May 06, 2021

    CPOs may be required to progress some Mayo greenways, according to Westport councillor

    There may be a need to impose compulsorary purchase orders, CPOs, along main roadways for cycle/ greenways if the long anticipated Clew Bay Looped Trail is to be delivered any time soon. That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn. The…
  • May 06, 2021

    Indian Covid 19 variant detected in Northern Ireland

    Seven cases of the Indian coronavirus variant have been confirmed in Northern Ireland. The north's Chief Medical Officer says the news is not entirely unexpected and plans are in place for such an eventuality. Dr Michael McBride added confirmation of these…
  • May 06, 2021

    Knock Shrine will officially reopen on Tuesday next for public Mass

    Knock Shrine will officially reopen on Tuesday next, (11 May) for public Mass. Parish Priest Fr Richard Gibbons says it also includes the facilitation of private prayer and the resumption of confessions. From Monday to Friday, Mass will take place in Knock…
  • May 06, 2021

    Planning approval for new cemetery for Ballinrobe

    A new cemetery is to be developed in Ballinrobe. At yesterday's meeting of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District, Councillors approved the Part 8 planning for the new cemetery to be constructed on the Neale Road. Ballinrobe-based Councillor Damien…
  • May 06, 2021

    UNESCO designation sought for an area of south Mayo and north Connemara

    An area of south Mayo stretching out to North Connemara is ready to seek UNESCO designation for a geopark. A geopark is unique landscape, with an exceptional geology that tells a story spanning millions of years. The globally recognised UNESCO status, if…
  • May 06, 2021

    Mayo Senator calls for partners to be allowed attend during labour

    A Mayo Senator is calling for an end to maternity restrictions, which exclude partners from the labour ward. Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says women's voices are being ignored, as 14 months into the Covid pandemic, the HSE and hospitals still haven't…
  • May 06, 2021

    Fire at Galway business premises

    Fire crews in Galway attended a blaze at a building in the Liosban Industrial Estate in the early hours of this morning. The fire broke out at the Golfstyle premises, and the alarm was raised at about 3am. While it's understood the blaze has now been brought…
  • May 06, 2021

    File being prepared for DPP following large wedding party in Longford

    Gardai say a file is being prepared for the DPP following a large wedding party in Longford. Over 100 people attended celebrations in a marquee in the town yesterday evening. Gardai say they will enforce any Covid 19 breaches, particularly current travel…
  • May 06, 2021

    10 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway - low cases elsewhere in the region

    Seven further deaths were reported from Covid-19 last evening, and 418 new cases of the virus. This includes 10 new cases in Galway, while figures were low elsewhere across the region - less than 5 new cases were reported in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim, and…
  • May 06, 2021

    Warning of fourth wave of Covid-19 as restrictions ease

    The World Health Organisation is warning of the danger of a fourth wave of Covid-19 in Ireland, as restrictions ease. The Taoiseach told his parliamentary party last night the country's still 'on track' for the gradual lifting of the lockdown. Countrywide…
  • May 06, 2021

    Five fishermen brought to safety by Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew

    Five crew members on board a fishing vessel which got into difficulty off Erris Head in north Mayo earlier this week were brought to safety by the Ballyglass RNLI lifeboat crew. The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 10pm on Tuesday night at the…
  • May 05, 2021

    More than 400 new confirmed cases of Covid 19 this evening in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to Covid-19. Of the deaths notified today, 5 occurred in April, 1 in February and 1 in January. As of midnight last night (Tues) 418 new cases of the virus were…
  • May 05, 2021

    Information sought on stolen Jim Murphy Aerlite Cattle Trailer

    Gardai investigating the theft of two trailers in the East Mayo area last Friday have recovered one of the stolen items. A Jim Murphy Aerlite Cattle Trailer and an Ifor Williams trailer were stolen from a premises between Swinford & Bohola sometime between 12…
  • May 05, 2021

    New minimum unit price for alcohol to be introduced from January next

    It's never the wrong time to do the right thing". That's according to Sligo-Leitrim TD, and Minister of State Frank Feighan, following Cabinet approval yesterday of minimum pricing for alcohol, which will be brought in from next January. Minister Feighan says…
  • May 05, 2021

    Public advised to check that door to door collectors of household goods are registered charities

    The public are being advised to check if they are donating clothes, electrical, tech or household items to groups that drop leaflets door to door, that the donations are going to a registered charity with a license to collect in this way. At present door to…
  • May 05, 2021

    ICMSA urges road safety as silage season is underway

    Rural roads users are being asked to exercise patience and awareness as this year’s silage season begins. The Chairperson of ICMSA’s Farm & Rural Affairs Committee Denis Drennan says rural roads will see a massive increase in heavy traffic over the next four…
  • May 05, 2021

    30 % of over 16s have had at least one Covid jab in the Republic to date

    Just over 2.1 million covid 19 vaccines have been delivered to Ireland up to and including last Sunday. As of Monday more than 1.6 million doses had been administered. The Department of Health says 30 per cent of the population aged 16 and older have had at…
  • May 05, 2021

    The late Séan Tobin remembered in Memorial 999 Walk this month

    A fund raising campaign for the oncology units at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals is underway in memory of the late Castlebar man, Séan Tobin. Séan was an emergency medical technician and was one of the first employees of Murray Ambulance Service. A…
  • May 05, 2021

    Knock Shrine prepares to reopen for public Masses from next week

    As part of a further easing of Covid-19 restrictions during the month of May, public Masses can resume from next Monday 10th May, with a cap of 50 on the number attending. Knock Shrine will reopen for public Masses from next Tuesday, and three Masses per day…
  • May 05, 2021

    Plans unveiled for redevelopment of Galway Harbour

    Plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour have been unveiled today. The plan aims to deliver a sustainable urban quarter in Galway city, providing housing as well as commercial, recreational and cultural facilities along the water's edge. The plan for…
  • May 05, 2021

    Mayo records highest number of Covid deaths, per head of population

    New figures show Mayo and the border counties have recorded the highest number of deaths from Covid-19 per head of population. The CSO figures show that between March last year and April 27 this year, Mayo recorded 180 deaths due to the virus. The border…
  • May 05, 2021

    58-year olds can register for Covid-19 vaccine from today

    From today people aged 58 years are being invited by the HSE to register for a Covid-19 vaccination. Meanwhile, the Department of Health is still considering a revised national vaccination plan submitted by the HSE. The issue was raised briefly at Cabinet…
  • May 05, 2021

    Walk-in Covid-19 test centre opens in Ballina this morning

    A new walk-in testing centre for Covid-19 opens in Ballina this morning, following high numbers of the virus in the Ballina electoral area in recent weeks. The testing will take place at the Stephenites sportsground from today until Friday this week from…
  • May 05, 2021

    Increase in Covid-19 cases in Co Roscommon

    The five day moving average of new Covid-19 cases has increased by 8% in the past week. The figure was 437 last Tuesday but has increased to 470 this week. 2 further Covid-19 deaths were reported yesterday evening, and 383 new cases of the virus. In this…
  • May 05, 2021

    Death has taken place of Mayo solicitor Rory O'Connor

    Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for well-known Mayo solicitor Rory O'Connor, who's passed away at the age of 74. A native of Bellaghy, Charlestown, Mr O'Connor lived in Pontoon, Castlebar and practised at the firm of Garavan & O'Connor on Main…
  • May 04, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures across Connacht

    There has been 2 further Covid-19 deaths and 383 new cases reported this evening. 129 of the new cases are in Dublin, 40 in Kildare, 32 in Meath, 25 in Donegal and 25 in Louth. In this region, there are 16 new cases in Co Roscommon, 11 in Galway and less…
  • May 04, 2021

    No serious injuries sustained in collisions in Castlebar and on N17

    Emergency services attended the scene of two separate road collisions in Mayo this afternoon. At about 2.30, a truck and a car collided on the N17 near Claremorris. The crash occurred at the Ballinrobe turn-off, and led to traffic delays for a time. Gardai…
  • May 04, 2021

    Single vehicle collision in Castlebar this afternoon

    Emergency services are attending the scene of a single vehicle collision in Castlebar at present. The incident occurred on the Lannagh road between the roundabout at Next and the traffic lights towards Chapel road. Traffic in the area is asked to take due…
  • May 04, 2021

    Collision at Ballinrobe turn-off on N17

    Emergency services are attending the scene of a collision on the N17 near Claremorris. The crash involving a truck and a car occurred at the Ballinrobe turn-off on the N17. Gardai and ambulance crews are currently at the scene, and motorists can expect some…
  • May 04, 2021

    ESB technicians take industrial action over "lack of consultation on outsourcing" by the company

    Up Up to 12 ESB workers, members of the Independent Workers’ Union, are protesting with placards at the entrance to the ESB site in Castlebar today. They are part of a national action by more than 500 network technicians (NTs) at ESB who are undertaking a…
  • May 04, 2021

    The death has taken place of Kathleen Reynolds

    The death has taken place of the wife of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds. Kathleen Reynolds, who had been ill for some time, passed away this morning at the family home in Dublin. The 88-year-old was a native of Culfadda, Co Sligo and was the mother of seven…
  • May 04, 2021

    LISTEN: Mayo Restauranteur and Roscommon Deputy discuss the split reopening of the hospitality sector

    Restauranteurs have sharply criticised the Government’s reopening plan for the hospitality sector. Under the plan for easing restrictions hotels can reopen with indoor dining for residents from June 2nd, while other hospitality outlets will be allowed to…
  • May 04, 2021

    Three patients with Covid-19 currently being treated at Mayo University Hospital

    The number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals has fallen by 10% in the past week. There were 135 patients were on public wards last night, with 40 of these patients in Intensive Care. This includes 6 Covid patients at Galway University Hospital, 3 at Mayo…
  • May 04, 2021

    Nursing home visits can increase from today

    From today, nursing home visits can increase to four per week where 80% of residents are fully vaccinated. Up to now, only two visits per week were allowed to a resident. The changes also mean that two people are allowed at each visit, whereas up to now, only…
  • May 04, 2021

    Westport native, elected Chairperson of the Mayo Association in Dublin

    Westport native, Bernadine MacBride Walsh was elected Chairperson of the Mayo Association at its annual general meeting last week. The meeting was hosted virtually for the first time ever due to current government restrictions. The very active Mayo…
  • May 04, 2021

    Trains return to full schedule today, but still with reduced capacity

    Trains have returned to a full schedule today for the first time since January, ahead of capacity increasing next week. Capacity remains at 25% until next Monday, when it increases to 50%. Irish Rail says the services are running for essential travel only,…
  • May 04, 2021

    Third highest number of patients on hospital trolleys nationally today at MUH

    21 patients are waiting on trolleys for admission to Mayo University Hospital today, and 28 are awaiting beds at University Hospital Galway. That figure of 29 at University Hospital Galway is the second highest nationally today, and the numbers waiting at the…
  • May 04, 2021

    US based IT company to create 25 new jobs in Galway

    US based company Oomnitza is to create 25 new jobs in Galway, establishing its European Headquarters in the city. The jobs, backed by the IDA, will come on line over the next three years. Oomnitza is headquartered in San Francisco and is an IT asset…
  • May 04, 2021

    NUIG study shows young women are less likely to say they'll take a Covid-19 vaccine

    Young women are less likely to say they will take a Covid-19 vaccine. New research by NUI Galway with University of Huddersfield found that 75 per cent of those surveyed intend on getting a Covid-19 vaccine. However, women under the age of 30 were less likely…
  • May 04, 2021

    €835,000 awarded to eight piers and harbours across Mayo

    €835,000 in funding has been awarded to eight piers and harbours across County Mayo. This funding has been allocated under Ports & Harbours through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The recipients of the funding include Kilcummin, Belderrig,…
  • May 04, 2021

    Temporary walk-in Covid-19 test facilities open in Mayo from today

    Two temporary Covid-19 test facilities are opening in county Mayo this week. A walk-in centre is opening at MacHale Park in Castlebar later this morning, and will operate alongside the existing referral centre, for seven days, after which time its use will be…
  • May 04, 2021

    Emergency services rescue faller along the Mayo coastline

    The Achill Island Coast Guard assisted paramedics responding to a faller in Mulranny, Co. Mayo yesterday. Achill Island Coast Guard was tasked by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre shortly before 10:30am on Monday morning. On arrival at the scene they…
  • May 04, 2021

    Camper rescued from the Twelve Bens in Galway during bad weather conditions

    A person who went camping at the Twelve Bens in Galway overnight on Sunday was rescued by local mountain rescue teams yesterday. Galway and Mayo Mountain Rescue Teams responded to a call for assistance in the South Bens, at Derry Clare. The camper had become…
  • May 03, 2021

    Over 450 new cases of Covid-19 and no further deaths

    453 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today, and there have been no further deaths. It brings the death toll in the republic to 4,906, while there have been 250,290 cases since the start of the pandemic. 78% of the cases notified are under 45 and the…
  • May 03, 2021

    CMO urges vaccinated people to have confidence in the jab

    "Have confidence in your vaccine" -- and don't be afraid to meet friends and family again when restrictions ease next week.That's the message from the Chief Medical Officer to older and medically vulnerable people who've been coccooning during the pandemic.In…
  • May 03, 2021

    Status Yellow wind and rain warning in effect across the region

    The south and west of the country is being battered by strong winds and heavy rain this afternoon.A yellow wind and rain warning is in place for 11 counties, including Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and…
  • May 03, 2021

    Emergency services attended the scene of a car on fire in Galway

    The N6 dual carriageway has reopened to traffic in Galway City after emergency services dealt with a car on fire. Gardaí and local fire crews attended the scene at 11:30 this morning between the Tuam and Ballybane junctions. The road was closed for a time as…
  • May 03, 2021

    1.6 Million doses of Covid vaccines now administered in Ireland

    1.6 million doses of covid 19 vaccinations have now been administered in Ireland.The latest figures show that over 788,000 doses were given out in the month of April- almost 200 thousand in the last week alone.From tomorrow, those aged 59 can apply online for…
  • May 02, 2021

    New National Hairdressing Apprenticeship sites set for Mayo and Sligo

    The Higher Education Minister's welcoming the expansion of the National Hairdressing Apprenticeship across six new sites. The new locations will include Mayo, Sligo and Wexford, Limerick, Dundalk in Louth and Crumlin in Dublin. It's after Simon Harris…
  • May 02, 2021

    402 new cases of Covid-19 and one further death

    402 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today, along with one additional death. It brings the death toll in the republic to 4,906, while there have now been 249,838 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. 79% of the cases notified this…
  • May 02, 2021

    Head of NPHET's modelling group has 'no concerns' about reopening plan

    The head of NPHET's modelling group says he has "no concerns" about the plan to reopen society over the summer. Professor Philip Nolan says the measures announced by government last week have been "carefully calibrated". He says the planned reopening can work…
  • May 02, 2021

    Public consultation launched on establishment of a National Food Ombudsman/Regulator

    The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has launched a public consultation on the establishment of a National Food Ombudsman or Regulator. The new Office will have a role in analysing and reporting on price and market data in…
  • May 02, 2021

    Pregnant women urged to get a Covid-19 vaccine once offered

    Pregnant women are being urged to get the Covid-19 vaccine once it's offered to them. The Government has given the green light for the vaccine to be made available to expectant mums between 14 and 36 weeks gestation. It comes on the back of NIAC updating its…
  • May 02, 2021

    Mayo TD says some farmers are being left behind by the REAP scheme

    A Mayo TD claims farmers in the West of Ireland are being left behind in the Government's REAP scheme. The Results Based Environment-Agri Pilot Project, as it's envisaged, excludes farmers with commonage and mountain grassland - even though commonage was…
  • May 02, 2021

    Wind and rain warning issued for coastal Connacht counties

    A status yellow wind and rain warning has been issued for 11 counties. It'll be in place for Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Donegal, and Wexford from 3am until 10pm tomorrow. Met Eireann says heavy rain can be expected…
  • May 02, 2021

    Two temporary Covid-19 test facilities to open in Mayo

    The HSE will operate two temporary Covid-19 test facilities in county Mayo next week. A walk-in centre will operate at MacHale Park in Castlebar, alongside the existing referral centre, for seven days from Tuesday. The facility will be open as a pilot from…
  • May 01, 2021

    Over 560 new cases of Covid-19 and three more deaths

    569 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening, along with three further deaths. It brings the death toll in the republic to 4,906; while there have been 249,437 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic 78% of today’s cases are under the age…
  • May 01, 2021

    Galway fashion retailer did not go ahead with planned reopening in stand against multiples

    A clothes retailer in Galway did not go ahead with their planned reopening in breach of public health restrictions this afternoon. Lanidor of Eyre Street in the city were due to reopen to take a stand against large multiple shops, which they claim were…
  • May 01, 2021

    Lots of events taking place online for Mayo Day 2021

    Mayo people at home and abroad are celebrating their culture and heritage today, on the 7th annual Mayo Day. Events are taking place virtually once again this year, due to the pandemic, with a jam-packed programme of activities lined up for people to enjoy…
  • May 01, 2021

    New vaccination timeline shows key junctions for age cohorts

    The vaccination of 35 to 59-year-olds is set to begin next month. Under a new timeline published last night, 25 to 34-year-olds will get their first doses of the Covid jab in July. The programme for over-60s and 'very high risk' people is expected to be 'well…
  • May 01, 2021

    Pfizer asks EMA to approve jab for adolescents

    The makers of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine have asked the European Medicines Agency to approve its jab for use in children aged 12 to 15. Pfizer and BioNTech say their request is based on a study of more than 2,000 adolescents that showed the vaccine to be…
  • May 01, 2021

    Five countries added to hotel quarantine list

    Passengers arriving into Ireland from India will have to enter quarantine. India's among five countries that have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list. Passengers from Costa Rica, Georgia, Iran and Mongolia will also have to isolate in a…
  • May 01, 2021

    Deadline approaches for CAO late applications

    The CAO deadline for late applications is at a quarter past 5 this evening. Leaving Cert students are being reminded to get their application in on time. To apply for the CAO late application facility, students need to go to cao.ie and click on 'Apply',…
  • May 01, 2021

    Covid-19 hospital numbers expected to drop below 100 shortly

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has dropped by a third in two weeks. It fell to 122 last night - compared to 151 only 48 hours earlier, and the lowest since October 2nd. HSE chief executive Paul Reid welcomes the decline, noting how it's…
  • May 01, 2021

    Rail services to Westport and Galway affected by engineering works

    Several rail services will be impacted by engineering works this bank holiday weekend. Iarnrod Eireann says works will take place between Heuston and Sallins, as well as Portarlington and Athlone, today. Services will be altered on the Galway, Westport,…
  • May 01, 2021

    Man released without charge following cocaine seizure in Sligo

    A man has been released without charge following a large drugs seizure in Sligo on Thursday. Gardaí seized €65,000 worth of suspected cocaine following the search of a property in Sligo town shortly after 9pm on Thursday night. During the course of the search…
  • May 01, 2021

    Gardaí seize €40,000 worth of drugs in Sligo

    Gardaí have seized approximately €40,000 worth of illegal drugs following the search of a property in Sligo. Sligo Gardaí searched a house in the Cranmore area of Sligo Town yesterday. They uncovered €40,000 worth of cannabis (pending analysis) during the…
  • May 01, 2021

    Mayo County Council launch 'Cathaoirleach's Awards'

    Mayo County Council has today launched the first ‘Cathaoirleach’s Awards’ in County Mayo. The Mayo County Council Cathaoirleach’s Awards will honour and celebrate individuals and groups that work quietly behind the scenes to make our communities stronger,…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Mayo County Council urging the public to leave no trace this weekend

    On this Mayo Day weekend, Mayo County Council calls on people to be responsible when enjoying the outdoors and to leave no trace. Mayo County Council is calling on people right across the County to be responsible when visiting beaches, amenity areas and…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Westport Councillor calls for affordable housing units to be included in future developments in the town

    Councillors in the Westport/Belmullet Municipal District , earlier this week, approved a Part 8 planning to allow the development of 50 local authority houses at Golf Course Rd in Westport to be constructed. Funding of 11.5 million euro has been secured by…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Four additional deaths from Covid-19 and 545 new cases

    There have been an additional four covid related deaths and 545 new cases. The number of coronavirus patients in ICU is unchanged since yesterday at 44. Across Connacht there are 28 new cases in Galway, seven in Mayo and less than five in Sligo, Roscommon and…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Man missing from Mayo University Hospital has been found safe and well

    A man who was missing from Mayo University Hospital since this morning has been found safe and well. Video footage of the man saw him leaving the hospital at around 11:50am today. The man has been found and his family have thanked the public for their…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Man arrested following large drugs seizure in Sligo Town

    Gardaí have arrested one man and seized €65,000 worth of suspected cocaine following the search of a property in Sligo town yesterday. Gardaí attached to Sligo Garda Station conducted a search of an address in Sligo town shortly after 9pm last night. During…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Gardai investigating theft of two trailers in East Mayo

    Gardai are investigating the theft of two trailers in the East Mayo area today. A Jim Murphy Aerlite Cattle Trailer and an Ifor Williams trailer were stolen from a premises between Swinford & Bohola sometime between 12 midnight and 7am this morning. Anyone…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Public urged to park responsibly at county beauty spots

    This Bank Holiday Weekend, visitors to the county’s beauty spots are urged to park responsibly. Mayo Road Safety Officer, Noel Gibbons says with the county’s green spaces attracting more visitors as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, many locations are much…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Man arrested following drugs seizure in Galway

    A man has been arrested following the seizure of €18,000 worth of suspected cocaine at a house in Galway yesterday. Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit carried out a search of a house in the Headford Road area of the city at approximately 1pm…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Buyers can return to Marts from May 17th

    The Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has confirmed that buyers may return to mart rings, while adhering to public guidelines, from 17th May next. The decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet yesterday. Online trading will continue to be…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Visiting people at home resumes with restrictions from May 10th

    Visiting people at their house is back on the cards from Monday week, May 10th. Yesterday evening the Taoiseach announced an increase in the number of people that can meet outdoors for social/recreational purposes, including in private gardens. From May 10th,…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Over 50s expected to be allowed sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine next week

    The Taoiseach says 50 to 59-year-olds will be able to sign up for a Covid-19 vaccine within the next week. They'll be able to register on the online portal, and the majority will get a jab in a mass vaccination centre. Micheál Martin says 1.5 million vaccines…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Pilot programme to examine return of large events over summer

    A pilot programme is set to examine the return of large sporting events, gigs and festivals over the summer. The government is preparing to host trial events to see how they can be safely managed before everyone is vaccinated. The new plan for easing…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Covid-19 hospital numbers continue downward trend

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has fallen by 21 per cent in the past week. The figure fell significantly last night to 136 - the lowest in more than 200 days. 474 new cases of the virus were confirmed yesterday, along with three further…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Three areas across Mayo and Galway record less than five Covid-19 cases over two weeks

    Three Local Electoral Areas across the region recorded less than 5 new cases of Covid-19 over two weeks. Belmullet, Westport and Connemara North all had some of the lowest levels of infection across the country in the period that ended on Monday. The…
  • Apr 30, 2021

    Man hospitalised following alleged assault in Galway City

    Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in Galway City during the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident happened on the Canal Walk between O'Brien's Bridge and the Salmon Weir Bridge in the Newtownsmith area of the city at…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Details on country's re-opening outlined this evening by the Taoiseach

    These are some of the details the Taoiseach has announced this evening in connection with the re-opening the country from Level 5 Covid Restrictions From May 10th, three households will be allowed to meet up in a back garden - or a maximum of six people from…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Over 400 cases of Covid 19 reported nationally over the past 24 hours

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to Covid-19. As of midnight last night (Wed) 474 new cases of the virus have been confirmed in the Republic. There were 28 new cases reported in Galway, 8 cases…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    The Cabinet has approved the plan for the re-opening of the country

    Cabinet Ministers have approved the plan for re-opening the economy over the next few months. There will be a significant easing of restrictions from May 10th with the Taoiseach to address the nation around 6pm. May 10th will be a significant day with the…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Alarming increase in phone and computer scams, according to Westport garda

    A Mayo Garda has described as "alarming" the number of people who are falling victim to scams, on a daily basis. Recent scams have involved people pretending to be from An Garda Siochana, Social Welfare, banks, delivery companies and other businesses. Gardai…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Gardai appeal to anyone who wishes to report a crime relating to a Mother and Baby Home to contact them

    Gardai are appealing to anyone who wants to report a crime relating to their stay at a Mother and Baby home to contact them. An Garda Siochana says there is insufficient detail in the Mother and Baby Homes Commission report to launch criminal investigations…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Cllr claims there are too many planning restrictions for a house in rural Mayo

    There’s all sorts of restrictions and barriers being put in the way of anyone building a one-off house in Erris. That’s the strong view of Erris based councillor Gerry Coyle. At this week’s Westport-Belmullet Municipal District meeting, councillors were…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    MEP Maria Walsh welcomes approval of EU Covid-19 passport

    The European Parliament has approved plans for a so-called Covid-19 passport. It would show whether someone's been vaccinated, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus. 540 MEPs supported the measure, with 119 voting against and 31 abstentions.…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Hope starting to break through, says Minister Coveney

    The Cabinet is meeting today to sign off on plans for a significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions from May the 10th. Intercounty travel, click and collect, religious services and hairdressers will be the first to resume from next Monday week 10th May. This…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Mayo Lotto player wins over €50,000 in midweek draw

    One lucky Lotto player from Mayo will share last night's Lotto prize of over €100,000 with a player in Dublin. Both matched five numbers and the bonus to win €50,123 each. The Mayo ticket was sold in The Store in Ballintubber on Tuesday, and was a Quick Pick…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    First of the Mayo Day events takes place virtually this evening

    This Saturday is Mayo Day, with a programme of events planned for Mayo people around the world to enjoy virtually. The first event takes place this evening, promoting Mayo as a place to do business. In collaboration with the Irish Times, Mayo - A World Class…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Ballymoe woman who died in London house fire will be laid to rest today

    A Co Galway woman who died in a house fire in London will be laid to rest today. 57-year old Kathleen Christina Edwards, known as Chrissie, died when fire engulfed her home in Croydon on 27th March. A number of firefighters attended the scene and Ms Edwards,…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    No new Covid-19 cases recorded in Mayo

    The five-day moving average number of new cases of Covid-19 has risen by 13 per cent in the past week. It now stands at 424 - compared to 376 seven days ago. 371 new cases and 13 additional deaths were reported yesterday - 3 of the deaths occurred this…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    A number of restrictions will be eased from 10th May

    Inter-county travel is set to return on Monday week next the 10th of May as part of a sweeping easing of COVID restrictions. The Cabinet is due to meet this afternoon to sign off on plans to re-open most of the country for the summer. The first easing of…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    Mayo schools take part in My Green & Red Thumb Day

    Ahead of Mayo Day this Saturday, schools across the county will take part in the My Green and Red Thumb day tomorrow. This is a road safety campaign, designed to raise awareness of the risks of distraction from using a mobile phone while on roads and streets.…
  • Apr 29, 2021

    180 new jobs announced for Athlone

    180 new jobs have been announced for Athlone. Pharmaceutical company PPD Lab has announced the creation of the new roles over the next three years as it expands its operation at its Athlone laboratory. PPD plans to increase the size of its facility in Athlone…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    13 further deaths from Covid-19 & 371 new cases

    There has been 13 additional Covid-19 deaths and 371 new cases. There are ten new cases in Galway and less than five in Roscommon. There are no new cases in Mayo, Sligo or Leitrim. 153 people are in hospital with the virus - 45 of those in ICU. The 5 day…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Outdoor hospitality being considered for late May

    Ministers meet this evening to discuss how quickly the hospitality sector can open. There is speculation in political circles that outdoor pubs could open as early as the last week in May. Among the proposals to be considered by senior Ministers tonight is a…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Arlene Foster stepping down as DUP Leader and First Minister

    Arlene Foster says she's stepping down as DUP leader and Northern Ireland's First Minister. It follows calls from within her party for a leadership contest. She'll step away from heading the DUP on the 28th May - but will remain first minister until the end…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    US visitors to Ireland needed before the end of the year, according to the GM of Ashford Castle

    The economy of this region has been severely hit by the loss of millions of euro worth of revenue from international tourists over the last 12 months. That’s the view of Niall Rochford, general manager, Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford. He has welcomed…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Gardai in Mayo seize cannabis in two separate searches yesterday

    Gardai in Mayo seized cannabis herb and plants in two separate searches yesterday in Castlebar and Ballyhaunis. The Garda Divisional Task force, under warrant, searched an apartment in Castlebar town and recovered in excess of 750 euro worth of cannabis herb.…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Man taken to hospital following road traffic collision in East Mayo

    A man has been taken to hospital following a two car collision in East Mayo this afternoon. The collision occurred on the N17 near Kilkelly at around 12:15pm. Emergency services attended the scene and a man has been taken to hospital where his injuries are…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Improved ambulance service needed to bring patients to Major Trauma Centre, says Roscommon TD

    The Government has announced that a major trauma centre is to be developed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, and a second such centre in Cork servicing the south of the country. The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Major Trauma Units will provide…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Four Mayo photographers move to next stage of national astrophotography competition

    Four Mayo photographers have advanced to the next stage of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition launched by the Tanaiste Leo Varadkar. ‘Reach for the Stars’ aims to find the best astro-photographs…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Two Mayo lifeboat crews brought 16 people to safety last year

    Volunteer lifeboat crews at the two RNLI stations in Mayo launched 21 times last year, bringing 16 people to safety. The RNLI operates lifeboat stations at Ballyglass and Achill Island. Nationally, RNLI lifeboats launched 945 times last year - with half of…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Mayo householders reminded to recycle batteries

    Householders in Mayo recycled 4,500 less batteries through retailers last year than in 2019, according to new figures from WEEE Ireland. The study shows that consumers in Co Mayo brought 152,680 used batteries – that's 3.8 tonnes - back to supermarkets,…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Awning over business premises no longer needs planning permission

    There's some good news for business owners hoping to put up an awning over their premises. Up to now, an awning required planning permission from Mayo County Council, but that is no longer the case - according to Westport Councillor Christy Hyland. He told…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    "Normal People" nominated for seven BAFTA awards

    "Normal People" - the TV adaptation of Castlebar author Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel - has received 7 nominations at this year's BAFTA TV awards, including best mini-series. Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal have both been recognised in the leading actor…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    IFA says those responsible for wildfires should face full rigour of the law

    The IFA is calling for a full investigation to be carried out into recent wildfires, and says those responsible should face the full rigours of the law. The farming organisation made the call following a massive fire in the National Park in Killarney at the…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Additional facilities needed for campervans, says Westport Councillor

    The increase in campervans across Co Mayo, particularly since the start of the Covid pandemic, demands additional facilities to accommodate the tourists that choose to travel this way. That’s the view of Westport based councillor Peter Flynn, who raised the…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Gardai warn of increasing numbers of people falling victim to scams

    Gardai are warning that people are falling victim to scams, on a daily basis. Recent scams have involved people pretending to be from An Garda Siochana, Social Welfare, banks, delivery companies and other businesses. Their goal is to access sensitive…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    19 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway and 6 in Mayo

    The number of Covid-19 patients in public hospitals has dropped below 150, for the first time in nearly seven months. The figure fell to 148 last night - the lowest since October 6th - while there are 47 patients in intensive care. There are still two Covid…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Maternity restrictions to ease at Mayo University Hospital

    Some maternity restrictions are set to ease at Mayo University Hospital, in a move welcomed by Mayo TD Alan Dillon. Deputy Dillon says pregnant women and their partners have been severely impacted by the restrictions over a number of months, and he's now been…
  • Apr 28, 2021

    Govt considers plan to reopen hospitality sector in June

    Hospitality could begin to reopen in June under plans being considered by government. The Taoiseach told his party last night it's looking at the likes of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation. The plan, which is set to be announced tomorrow, is also…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    426 new cases of Covid-19 reported this evening

    10 additional deaths have been reported this evening from Covid-19, and 426 new cases. 4 of the 10 deaths occurred this month. In relation to new cases of the virus, 156 of the cases are in Dublin, 39 in Donegal, 28 in Kildare, 28 in Meath, 25 in Limerick and…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Closure of Joe Walsh Tours does not impact on ongoing trading of Paul Claffey Tours

    Joe Walsh Tours, one of the country's longest running tour operators, has closed down. The company has announced it has ceased trading. Any customers impacted by the closure should contact the Commission for Aviation Regulation. The company has thanked…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Pregnant women to be offered faster access to Covid-19 vaccine

    The Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have been approved for use in people over the age of 50. Cabinet ministers signed off on the move this morning following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. The single-shot Johnson and…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Increase in Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the West

    The number of people being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals continues to fall, but has risen again across the West. Last night, there were 151 Covid patients in public hospitals - the lowest since 6th October - with 45 of these patients in ICU. In this…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Mayo TDs urged to support USI Bill on student accommodation

    Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TDs in Mayo are being urged to support a Bill which will come before the Dáil tomorrow (Wed) to provide greater protection for students renting accommodation. The Residential Tenancies Bill has been drafted by the Union of Students…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Health Minister says Covid vaccination programme remains "on track"

    The Health Minister says the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme remains on track following recent developments which he's described as 'good news'. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has recommended the Johnson and Johnson vaccine be offered to…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Temporary Covid-19 Test Centre set for Castlebar and Galway

    Temporary walk-in Covid-19 Test Centres will be rolled out in Castlebar and at Galway Airport over the coming weeks. That’s according to the Chief Officer at Community Healthcare West Breda Crehan-Roche, who been speaking following the opening of a temporary…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Online jobs portal launched today by the WDC

    The Western Development Commission (WDC) today launched a new online jobs portal aimed at attracting professionals and their families to make new lives in the West of Ireland. Westernjobs.ie will help job seekers to find open roles across the region and…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Fire crews have brought a gorse fire in Clogher under control

    It’s understood a gorse fire in the Clogher area, near Belcarra was brought under control yesterday evening. Gardai in Castlebar confirmed that a blaze broke out near the GAA pitch in Clogher. Mayo County Council staff attended the scene of the fire, and…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Disruption to water supply this morning in the Monivea area of county Galway

     Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is advising that a burst watermain is causing an impact on water supply to customers in the Monivea area of county Galway , including Tysaxon, Ballydavid, Shraugh and areas to the east and west…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    NIAC expected to recommend J&J vaccine for over 50s later

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is today expected to recommend the Johnson and Johnson vaccine be used on people over 50. NIAC is also likely to say it can be used on under-50s if another vaccine is not available. The European Medicines Agency…
  • Apr 27, 2021

    Covid-19 patient numbers in hospitals at lowest point in over 200 days

    151 Covid-19 patients were in public hospitals last night - the lowest in over 200 days. The figure dropped by 22 in 24 hours, to its lowest since October 6th, while there are 46 in intensive care. 437 new cases were reported yesterday, along with one death.…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Latest daily Covid-19 figures

    437 new cases of Covid 19 have been reported this evening and one additional death. There were 21 new cases of the virus reported in Galway, with 6 in Mayo. Three Connacht counties - Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim - reported no new cases. Meanwhile, 184…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Fire service tackles gorse fire in Clogher

    The fire service is tackling a gorse fire in the Clogher area, near Belcarra. Gardai in Castlebar have confirmed that a blaze has broken out near the GAA pitch in Clogher. Mayo County Council staff are also at the scene, and roads in the area are closed, with…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Food Safety Authority issues warning on sweets containing cannabis components

    A warning has been issued about the dangers associated with jelly sweets that contain cannabis components. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued the warning, following a number of recent incidents whereby edible products containing significant…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Announcement expected Thursday on further re-opening of society

    Ministers are gearing up for the announcement on Thursday of what restrictions will ease over the coming months. They're also awaiting a decision on the roll-out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. A number of big decisions are due to be made this week. Over…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    New walk-in Covid-19 test centre opens temporarily in Tuam

    A new Covid-19 test centre has opened temporarily in Tuam. The walk-in centre is operating at the Irish Wheelchair Association centre at the Glebe, Dublin Road, Tuam and opened this morning at 11am. People who do not have symptoms of the virus but wish to be…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    The need for consistency in numbers highlighted by Westport priest for attendance at funerals, weddings, masses

    There needs to be consistency by the government in the numbers that can attend funerals, Masses and weddings. That’s the clear view of the Administrator of Westport, Fr Charlie McDonnell. Fr Charlie says the inconsistency in numbers to date, is making things…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Graune Pet Farm will reopen to families across the region this weekend

    Graune Pet Farm is reopening to the public from Friday, following the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Pet farms, zoos and heritage sites are welcoming visitors back today and Graune Pet Farm and Play Centre is waiting until the end of the school week…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Man dies following a single vehicle crash in Galway

    Gardaí are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred in Carna, Co. Galway, this morning. A car collided with a wall in Carna village at approximately 7am. The driver of the car, a man aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Anglers urged to return 2020 angling logbooks

    Inland Fisheries Ireland is requesting all salmon and sea trout anglers who have not returned last seasons (2020) angling logbook and unused gill tags to do so immediately. The logbooks and unused gill tags are necessary to provide vital data to make evidence…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Great atmosphere and full time sheets this week, as Westport Golf Course re-opens today

    Since 8am this morning members of Westport golf course are out on the course with time sheets booked up for the rest of the week. Golf Clubs are among the facilities allowed to re-open today, for the first time this year, under the easing of some Level 5…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Councillor says lack of public lighting is contributing to anti-social behavior in a Mayo housing estate

    The lack of adequate public lighting is among the problems contributing to anti social behavior in a Ballina housing estate. Greenhills Estate, one of the county’s oldest local authority developments has been experiencing a range of different problems in some…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Outdoor attractions and sports are back as restrictions ease

    Zoos and heritage sites can reopen to the public while some outdoor sports can resume from today as part of the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Young people can resume non-contact training in pods of less than 15, and the number of people allowed to…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Infectious disease expert says lowering Covid-19 cases further is unlikely

    An infectious diseases expert says it’s unlikely that Ireland will be able to get covid-19 cases lower than they are now. 429 new cases of Covid-19 were reported yesterday along with one additional death. Of those cases, 78 per cent are under the age of 45.…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    Connacht-Ulster sees biggest rise in cost of building commercial property

    The cost of building commercial property is rising but at lower levels than before the pandemic. The latest Tender Price Index from Chartered Surveyors Ireland shows an inflation rate of 2.2 percent last year, significantly lower than the figure from 2019.…
  • Apr 26, 2021

    €600,000 for additional Personal Assistance hours in 2021

    The HSE and service providers surpassed the delivery target of Personal Assistance (PA) hours for people with disabilities last year. This was commended by the Minister of State for Disabilities, Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte. PA hours allow people with…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Gardaí renew appeal for witnesses to fatal Galway crash

    Gardaí are renewing their appeal for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Galway last night. The crash occurred on the R336 between Inverin and Spiddal, Co. Galway at around 8pm on Saturday evening. Gardaí and emergency services attended at…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 and one further death

    429 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today along with one additional death. It brings the death toll in the republic to 4,873, while there have been 246,633 confirmed cases of the virus. 78% of the cases notified this afternoon are under 45 years of…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Slight rise in Covid-19 hospital figures

    Latest figures show a slight increase in the number of patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals. As of 8 o'clock this morning, there were 174 patients being treated for the virus, compared to 162 yesterday. Across the region there are nine patients…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Castlebar woman urges support for the Irish Guide Dogs fundraising appeal

    A Castlebar woman, who considers herself very lucky to have a Guide Dog, is urging people to support the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind fundraising appeal during the month of May. 100K for Guide Dogs is the name of the challenge, and people are asked to run,…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Report shows level of workplace accidents involving vehicles across the region

    A new report shows the level of workplace accidents in Ireland that have involved vehicles. In the ten years up to 2019, there were 490 work-related deaths of which 217 involved vehicles - with 10 of these fatal accidents in Co Mayo. A new report by the…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Indoor dining, inter-county travel and reopening of hotels expected in July

    Indoor dining, inter-county travel and the re-opening of hotels may not happen until July. The Business Post reports outdoor dining at pubs and restaurants as well as beer gardens could be allowed in June. The plan to ease lockdown may see click and collect…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Ballina pedestrian bridge reopens after being closed for a year

    The Salmon Weir Pedestrian Bridge in Ballina has reopened this weekend ahead of schedule. The bridge has been closed for almost a year, after worrying levels of corrosion were detected on its support structures. Work started on the bridge last Monday and it…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be rolled out immediately if given green light

    The head of the HSE says the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be rolled out immediately - if it's given the green light. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is due to make its decision in the coming days - after considering links to very rare blood…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Emergency services bring Mayo gorse fire under control

    Emergency services have brought a gorse fire under control in Pontoon. Gardaí in Castlebar attended the scene of a gorse fire around the Pontoon Road in Castlebar, Co. Mayo yesterday evening. Gardaí assisted with the movement of traffic, which was building up…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Gardai appeal for witnesses after man in his thirties dies in a road crash in Galway

    A motorcyclist has died in a road crash in Co Galway. His bike and a car collided on the R336 between Inverin and Spiddal yesterday evening around 8pm. The motorcyclist, aged in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the car, a man and…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Latest political poll shows slight gain for Fianna Fail

    Fianna Fáil has made a two-point gain in the latest political poll - but at 13 percent, it has less than half the popular support of either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael. Fine Gael leads with 30 percent, while Sinn Féin has dropped two points to land 27 percent…
  • Apr 25, 2021

    Gardai dispersed a large number of people from Salthill beach yesterday

    Gardaí dispersed a crowd at Salthill beach in Co Galway yesterday. Large crowds were seen in the area, with some on social media sharing videos of the crowds. Gardaí confirmed that “a number of persons” were gathered in the area and they attended the beach…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Motorcyclist dies following collision in Galway

    Gardaí are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the R336 between Inverin and Spiddal, Co. Galway, this evening. A motorcycle and a car collided shortly after 8pm. The driver of the motorcycle, a man aged in his 30s was…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Major gorse fire burning through kilometres of land in Mayo

    A gorse fire in Co Mayo is now burning across ten kilometres of bogland -- making it the third major wildfire burning on the island this weekend.A major blaze which broke out in Killarney National Park last night is still spreading towards the Gap of Dunloe,…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    461 new cases of Covid-19 and five further deaths

    5 additional deaths related to COVID-19 have been confirmed this evening, along with and 461 new confirmed cases of the virus. It brings the death toll to 4,872, while there have been 264,204 confirmed cases of the disease in the republic since the start of…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    One case of Covid-19 confirmed at MUH

    Only two countries in the EU have had fewer Covid-19 cases per capita than Ireland over the past two weeks. Only Portugal and Finland had lower incidence rates, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 163 Covid patients are in…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    New Covid Test Centre to open in Tuam

    A new walk in Covid Test Centre will open in Tuam from Monday morning. The HSE has confirmed that the facility will be located at the Irish Wheelchair Centre at the Glebe and will be open from 11am to 7pm from Monday to Wednesday. No GP Referral will be…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Fire Service tackle gorse fire in West Mayo

    The Mayo Fire Service and Gardaí are currently at the scene of a large gorse fire in West Mayo. Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in between Killawalla and Partry shortly before 1pm this afternoon. The Westport and Ballinrobe Fire Units are at the…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Roscommon Deputy frustrated over vaccine roll-out

    “It is frustrating to see that a 103 year-old person still hasn’t received their first Covid-19 vaccine and the HSE are calling for people 40 years younger to register for their vaccine.” That’s according to Roscommon based Independent Deputy Denis Naughten…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Online facility for booking vaccination appointments opens to 63-year-olds from this morning

    The Covid-19 vaccination roll-out continues this weekend with GP vaccination clinics in Galway and Cork delivering second dose vaccinations to more than 1,500 people aged over 75. In addition, the HSE will continue to make calls to house-bound patients over…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Irish Water replacing ageing watermains in Ballina

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are embarking on a significant project to replace approximately four kilometres of cast iron water mains which will improve the quality of drinking water supplied to customers in the Currower and surrounding areas of…
  • Apr 24, 2021

    Emergency Services bring Sligo fire under control

    Sligo Gardai are investigating after emergency Services attended the scene of a fire at the ‘old’ building at Summerhill College last night. Sligo Fire Service received the call at 9.10pm with three units from Sligo, Ballymote and Tubbercurry bringing the…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Significant investment in Galway Technology Centre

    Plans have been unveiled for the expansion of Galway Technology Centre, a move which is expected to lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in the West over the coming years. The office space for start-ups in Galway city was established 25 years ago, and so…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    One further death from Covid-19 & over 400 new cases

    There are 434 new cases of Covid-19 and one additional death. Today's total is a big drop from yesterday, when 617 cases were reported. Across Connacht there are ten new cases in Galway, less than five in Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim while there are no new…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Gardai attend road collision in East Mayo

    Gardai are currently at the scene of a minor road traffic collision in Knock this afternoon. The collision occurred on the Ballyhaunis road. The road remains open to traffic and there isn't believed to be any serious injuries sustained in the incident.
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Covid test centre in Castlebar moving over the May Bank Holiday weekend

    The COVID-19 Testing Centre at McHale Park, Castlebar will not be available for Covid Testing over the May Bank Holiday weekend. This news has been confirmed by the HSE Community Healthcare who be setting up a COVID-19 Testing Centre at Mayo County Clinic,…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    New walk in Covid testing Centre to open in Castlerea

    A new walk in Covid testing centre will open at the Fire Station in Castlerea from Tuesday. This is a walk in Covid testing facility without the need for an appointment for anyone who feels they need a Covid test. These testing centres are being set up to try…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    New Aqua Park on Lough Conn set to open in June

    A provider has been secured for the new Aquapark on Lough Conn, Crossmolina. The new facility is expected to be open shortly, and it’s hoped will be a major tourism attraction for the region. The new provider was appointed to the position by Mayo County…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Call for clarity on when numbers at weddings will increase

    From next Monday, the maximum number of people permitted to attend a funeral is to increase from 10 to 25. However there has been no clarity on whether the numbers attending weddings will increase from 6 guests when restrictions are slightly eased. Wedding…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Call for MCC to provide serviced sites for homes in areas of the county under housing pressure

    Mayo County Council should look at providing serviced sites for new houses in areas of the county where there is pressure for housing. That’s the view of Foxford based Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise. The councillor outlined his idea to a meeting of the…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Best of the weather this weekend in the west

    Temperatures are set to soar as high as 20 degrees in parts over the weekend. The good conditions are also expected to continue into the early part of next week: Met Eireann's Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack says the best of the weather will be in the…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    "Riskier" activities by a small number of people may be spreading Covid 19

    The chief medical officer says 'riskier' activities by a small number of people may be spreading Covid. He says this could put the majority of the population at risk of the virus. Dr Tony Holohan says people need to stick with the Covid restrictions...
  • Apr 23, 2021

    64 year-olds can register for Covid Vaccine today

    64 year-olds are being invited to register for their Covid 19 vaccine today. The HSE says they'll receive the AstraZeneca dose. Those who are aged 64 are being asked to register today on the HSE website or any time after, followed by 63 year-old's tomorrow.…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    14 million euro fund to develop outdoor adventure activities in rural Ireland

    A new 14 million euro fund has been set up by government to develop outdoor adventure activities in rural Ireland. Minister Heather Humphries will launch the scheme today. It's open to local authorities, development companies and state bodies to develop…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Former revolutionary and Minister to be commemorated in Ballina

    A plaque is to be erected at Pearse St in Ballina in honour of the late PJ Rutledge who served as the Minister for Justice in the first Fianna Fail led government. He was a solicitor and served as the Chairman of Ballina Urban District Council. He was a…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    Covid 19 cases across Connaught counties yesterday were on the rise

    The number of Covid 19 cases across Connaught counties yesterday were on the rise. There were 17 new cases of the virus confirmed in Mayo, 21 in Galway, 9 in Leitrim, 8 in Sligo and less than 5 new cases in county Roscommon. The Health Protection Surveillance…
  • Apr 23, 2021

    New scam alert highlighted by the Gardai

    Gardaí are warning the public in relation to recent attempted fraud incidents where scammers are impersonating members of the Gardaí. It’s a slightly different variant of the scam which aims to obtain personal information such as bank account details and/or…
  • Apr 22, 2021

    More than 600 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed nationally this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 10 additional deaths related to Covid-19. 7 deaths occurred in April, 1 in March, 1 in February and 1 in January. As of midnight last night (Wed) 617 new cases of the virus have been…
  • Apr 22, 2021

    No decision today on the roll-out of Johnson and Johnson jab here

    The Health Minister has said there won't be a decision on the roll-out of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine until early next week. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has been examining the use of the single shot vaccine at meetings today. It's also…