Over 13,000 students, including pupils from eight secondary schools across Co. Mayo, have to date participated in Drinkaware’s Junior Cycle Alcohol Education Programme (JC AEP) which was the subject of the three-year longitudinal study carried out by Maynooth University.

The study, for the first time, tracks 1st to 3rd year students’ experiences of alcohol education in Ireland in real time. As the national charity working to reduce and prevent alcohol misuse in Ireland, Drinkaware commissioned Maynooth University’s Centre for Mental Health and Community Research to investigate the programme’s effectiveness in particular its primary prevention goal to delay the age of first drink. 

The programme involves 8-10 lessons delivered on a weekly/fortnightly basis by the trained teacher and to date 134 schools have undertaken the programme including St Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford, St Brendan’s College, Belmullet, Davitt College, Castlebar, Ballyhaunis Community School, Coláiste Mhuire, Tourmakeady, Coláiste Pobail, Achill, Scoil Mhuire agus Pádraig, Swinford, and Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina.

350+ students from 19 schools across the country took part in the evaluation that was conducted over the three-year period (2018 – 2020).

The report found that as the students progressed through the JC AEP, the proportion who expressed no intention or interest in drinking, rose from 30% in 1st year to 54% in 3rd year.  The findings also show that participation led to substantial and sustained improvements in students’ knowledge and understanding of alcohol when compared with pre-programme delivery data. 

A disturbing result revealed in the study was that 38% of 3rd year participating students who drink, have already experienced one or more negative effects of alcohol consumption, such as physical fights, arguments, accidents/injury, and/or feeling physically sick/vomiting.

A recurring theme identified within the report, was that of parents’ role in underage drinking.  Parental permissiveness – even if this is only perceived by the student – and the ease with which alcohol can be accessed in the home setting, may either inhibit or enable underage drinking.

The findings on the views of teachers, reflected a general consensus that parents/guardians should take primary responsibility for alcohol education (63%) and that they either were not fulfilling this role or needed support to do so.

Sheena Horgan the CEO OF Drink Aware has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley about the latest findings...

 

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    Retail Ireland calls for change to close contact rules

    Retail Ireland's calling for a change to close contact rules, with an update due to be given this week. The Tanaiste Leo Varadkar says the Government has some options to consider in new guidance from the European Centre for Disease and Control. Retail Ireland…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Car crashes into a building in Sligo

    Gardaí attended a road traffic collision near the Slip in Sligo last night. The collision occurred at approximately 7.35pm. A car collided with a building in the area. No injuries were reported.
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Over 21,000 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has reported 21,384 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today. 984 people are in hospital with the virus, of whom 83 are being treated in ICU. As demand for PCR tests continues, the HSE this week estimated that up to 150-thousand Covid-19…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    New Archbishop of Tuam to be installed later

    The new Archbishop of Tuam will be installed this afternoon. Archbishop Francis Duffy takes over from outgoing Archbishop Michael Neary who held the position for the past 27 years. The new archbishop will be installed during 2.30 Mass this afternoon in Tuam…
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Missing Leitrim woman has been located

    A woman missing from her home in Drumshanbo in Leitrim since Thursday evening has been located. 46-year-old Devon Mac Gillivray was found safe and well. Gardaí have thanked the public and media for their assistance in this matter.
  • Jan 09, 2022

    Elderly woman missing from MUH has been located

    An elderly woman who went missing from Mayo University Hospital last night has been located. Gardaí issued an appeal for assistance in tracing her whereabouts early this morning. She was last seen on the grounds of the hospital at 9:10pm last night. A search…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Gardaí appeal for assistance in tracing whereabouts of missing Leitrim woman

    Gardaí are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 46-year-old Devon Mac Gillivray, who was last seen in her home in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim on Thursday evening last.Devon is described as being 5 feet 10 in height, and of slim build.She…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Ireland records highest Covid-19 case count since the pandemic began

    The Department of Health has confirmed the highest daily number of Covid cases since the Pandemic began. Figures released this afternoon show 26,122 new cases of the virus, confirmed with PCR tests. Today's record breaking case count is widely expected to be…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Mayo's Dr Mike Ryan receives Presidential award

    Mayo native Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation has been presented with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award - in recognition of his service to global public health over a number of decades. Dr Ryan - who grew up in Charlestown - visited Áras…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    New 5-year tourism plan being developed for the North Mayo/ Erris region

    A new 5-year tourism plan is being developed for the North Mayo & Erris region. Fáilte Ireland will put the plan out to tender next Spring, according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary, who says extra focus is needed on the many facilities, amenities and…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Minister suggests opening windows 'at a lower level' if classrooms are cold

    The education minister says teachers should open windows "at a lower level" if their classrooms are cold. Ventilation requirements for pandemic safety have seen some room temperatures dip below seven degrees Celsius this week. Health and safety rules require…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Psychiatric nurses call for PCR testing prioritisation

    The Psychiatric Nurses Association is calling for its members to be prioritised for PCR testing. The union estimates up to 600 nurses in mental health services are absent due to Covid-19. The PNA says staff shortages are causing unprecedented and…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Courts Service postpones jury trials due to Covid absences

    Jury trials, pharmacy opening hours and post deliveries have all been delayed in recent days because of staff shortages. The number of people isolating means the Courts Service has had to postpone jury trials in the Central and Circuit courts until later this…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Over 380,000 households fail to file property tax return

    Over 380 thousand households have failed to file a property tax return, despite a high profile campaign by Revenue last year. The failure to report means those households are now likely underpaying their property tax. November 10th last was when every…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Covid-positive patient numbers fall for second consecutive day

    The number of people being treated in Irish hospitals for Covid 19 has fallen for the second day in a row. This morning 917 people are being treated for the disease in the country's health system - a drop of 24 since Thursday. 84 people are currently being…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Online vaccine registration for young children opens

    Online registration for Covid-19 vaccination for all children aged five to eleven is now open. Parents and guardians can register their children through the HSE's website. The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is encouraging parents to engage with the…
  • Jan 08, 2022

    Health expert says risk of long Covid shows need to minimise infection risk

    A Public health expert says the risk of long covid shows the need to do everything to minimise the risk of infection. Professor Ivan Perry from UCC believes there will be a significant burden of long covid from the Omicron wave here. It comes as 21,926 new…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Covid cases nationally remain above 20,000 this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 21,926 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 936 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised nationally, of which 84 are in ICU.
  • Jan 07, 2022

    "Golfgate" trial will resume in Galway on February 3rd

    Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, has told the Golfgate trial that he didn't see anything at the event that evening that gave him cause for concern. He was giving evidence at the trial of two politicians and two hoteliers, who were accused of…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Pharmacists urge people to order medicine in advance, due to staff shortages

    Pharmacies are encouraging people to order medicines in advance, due to the strain of staff absences. The Irish Pharmacies Union says the Omicron wave's placing them under significant pressure, and is resulting in reduced hours or temporary store closures.…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Mayo Pipe Band open tonight's Late Late Show

    Tonight’s Late Late Show on RTE television will opened with a performance by Mayo’s Clew Bay Pipe Band. Charlie Bird will in studio again with host Ryan Tubridy and his climbing volunteers to launch the inaugural Climb with Charlie Event. Charlie has spoken…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Colleges will re-open as planned on Monday next

    Third level colleges will re-open on Monday as planned. It follows a meeting between Higher Education Minister Simon Harris and student, staff and management representatives today. The re-opening will be staggered with five colleges returning on Monday and…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Councillor asks why GPs are giving booster jabs when the service is available in pharmacies and County Vaccination Centre

    Why GPs are involved in administering Covid booster vaccines to patients when there are up to one hundred people employed at the Vaccination Centre in Breaffy to do that job, as well as pharmacists right across the county, is a question that many are asking…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Man dies following single vehicle crash in County Roscommon

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N61 at Ballybay in Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon this morning. The single vehicle collision occurred shortly after 9.30am. The driver of this car, a man, aged in his 40s,…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Covid-positive patient numbers at GUH up 10 in 24 hours

    936 Covid patients are in Irish hospitals today - the first fall since New Year’s Day. It's a drop of five since yesterday. However, the total is 37 percent higher than last Friday and 138 percent up on two weeks ago. Across the region there are 53 patients…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    An Post deliveries in rural areas impacted by staffing shortages

    An Post says deliveries in some rural areas are being impacted by staffing shortages. The company says a spike in Covid-related absences has placed a "temporary strain" on its resources. It says the worst impact's being felt across its mails and parcels…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Disabled parking bay to be installed at PO in Castlerea

    A disabled parking bay is to be installed for people accessing the post office on Barrack Street in Castlerea. Roscommon / Galway deputy Denis Naughten told Midwest News today that he has been in contact with the County Council area office after he was…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    GUH will postpone some outpatient appointments to redeploy staff

    The rising COVID-19 cases in the community, along with a number of staff absences due to COVID-19, are having a significant impact on services at Galway University Hospitals. In light of this, from Monday GUH is postponing a number of outpatient appointments…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Gardaí are investigating a theft incident at a Claregalway estate

    Gardaí are investigating an incident of theft that occurred in Claregalway on Wednesday night. The incidents occurred at 20:30pm in the evening. Midwest News understands that a number of vehicles were broken into in an estate in the town. No arrests have been…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    'Golfgate' trial of those accused of breaching Covid rules continues

    The trial of two politicians and two hoteliers accused of breaching Covid rules relating to the 'Golfgate' dinner continues today at Galway District Court. Independent TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy are alleged to have organised…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    New car sales in Mayo were up 13% last year

    New car sales in Co Mayo last year were up by almost 13% on the previous year, with 1,850 new cars registered in Mayo in 2021. That's according to the latest report from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, which shows a 13% increase in new cars…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    NPHET is not recommending any fresh restrictions

    Nphet is not recommending any new restrictions, after a record number of new Covid-19 cases. 23,817 cases were reported yesterday - the highest daily figure since the pandemic began. 941 people are in hospital with the virus and 90 are in ICU. Nphet's also…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Galway TD says increased parking fines will help protect vulnerable road users

    The junior Transport Minister says increasing the fine for parking on footpaths, cycle tracks and bus lanes will help better protect vulnerable road users. From February 1st, the penalty's set to double to 80 euro. Minister of State at the Department of…
  • Jan 07, 2022

    Motorists urged to exercise caution with icy conditions across the region

    Motorists should prepare for icy stretches this morning, with a Status Yellow Snow and Ice warning in place for the country. There have been scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow overnight, which has left hazardous conditions in some areas. The alert's…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    High number of Covid cases nationally again this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 23,817 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 941 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised nationally, of which 90 are in ICU.
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Trial is continuing in Galway into so called "Golfgate" incident

    A witness who attended the dinner at the centre of the Golfgate trial says he was satisfied that all Covid-19 guidelines were observed. He was giving evidence at the trial of two politicians and two hoteliers, who are accused of organising an event in Clifden…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Efforts underway to register positive antigen test results

    The HSE says its working on allowing people who've tested positive on an antigen test to register their result with the health service. Many people who've tested positive on an antigen test over Christmas were unable to get a confirmatory PCR. These people…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Updated Digital Covid Certs are being rolled out

    Updated Digital Covid Certs won't be required to access services including indoor dining. People who've received a booster dose of a covid vaccine will start to receive their updated certs from this afternoon. The updated certs will reflect a person's…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Renewed Garda appeal for witnesses to fatal road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar last month

    Gardaí in Castlebar are renewing their appeal for information in relation to a fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the N60 at Breaffy in Castlebar, on Monday, 27th December 2021. The collision, which involved two cars, occurred at approximately…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Major drop in passenger numbers through Knock Airport over past two years due to the pandemic

    2021 has proven to be another tough year at Ireland West Airport as the impact of COVID-19 continues to have a devastating impact on passenger numbers. Last year just 175,000 passengers passed through the airport, passenger numbers in 2020 dipped to just…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Over 1300 staff on Covid-related leave across Saolta Hospital Group

    Public health officials are meeting today to discuss changing the rules around close contacts of Covid-19 cases. The National Public Health Emergency Team is holding talks on what advice to give Government on dealing with the Omicron variant. The Government…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Man remanded in custody following knifepoint robberies in Castlebar

    A 43-year-old man appeared in court this morning charged in connection with a series of knifepoint robberies in Castlebar over the Christmas and New Year period. Ian Burke of 12 Lios Na Circe, Castlebar, did not apply for bail when he appeared before Judge…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    As schools re-open, one Mayo principal has two thirds of his teaching staff out today due to Covid, but has managed to open

    Schools have re-opened across the country today following the Christmas break. It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates are having on staffing levels and student attendance. Teacher unions have warned that thousands of staff will be…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Rural regeneration funding for Roscommon, Galway, Sligo & Leitrim projects

    Regeneration projects in Roscommon, Galway, Sligo and Leitrim are to receive funding under the latest round of allocations from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund. Minister Heather Humphreys has announced a package of €21.5 million for 27 landmark…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Man charged with four robberies / attempted robberies in Castlebar

    A man is due in court this morning, charged in connection with four robberies or attempted robberies in Castlebar over the past fortnight. The man in his early 40's, who's from the Castlebar area, was arrested on Tuesday, following attempted robberies at a…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Lotto ticket worth over €305,000 sold in Crossmolina

    There's good news for the north Mayo area this morning, as one Lotto player has won over €305,000 in last night's Lotto draw. The Match 5 plus bonus winning ticket was sold at Mulhern's Applegreen Filling Station and Gala shop in Crossmolina, and is worth…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Snow & ice warning comes into effect from 4pm

    Met Eireann is warning of hazardous conditions later today, due to snow and ice. A yellow weather alert comes into effect from 4pm for the entire country and is to remain in place until 11am tomorrow morning. Met Eireann forecaster, Andrew Doran Sherlock,…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Schools reopen this morning amid concern over absences

    Schools are reopening across the country today following the Christmas break. It comes amid concern about the impact high Covid infection rates will have on staffing levels and student attendance. Teacher unions are warning thousands of staff will be absent…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Court case arising out of Golfgate controversy opens in Galway today

    A court case arising out of the so-called "Golfgate" controversy in Connemara is due to begin today. In August 2020, the Oireachtas Golf Society held a two-day golfing event in Clifden. Independent TD for Galway West Noel Grealish was captain of the society,…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    Booster vaccines available in Castlebar today for anyone over 16

    People aged 16 to 29 who had their first round of COVID-19 vaccination at least three months ago can now book an appointment to get a booster vaccine at the Breaffy Vaccination Centre. A free appointment for a booster can be booked on the HSE website.…
  • Jan 06, 2022

    NPHET meets to consider changes to rules for close contacts

    The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet later today to consider changes to rules around close contacts. Coalition leaders are seeking a reduction in the isolation period as businesses across the country struggle with staff shortages. Yesterday saw…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    40 deaths of people with Covid 19 newly notified in the past week in the Republic

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 17,656 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 928 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 94 are in ICU. There has been a total of 5,952 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Changes to the need for a negative Covid test for vaccinated passengers flying into Ireland

    Passengers flying into the country will no longer need a negative Covid test, provided they're vaccinated. The measure was introduced last month in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron variant. The changes will come into effect in the coming days.…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Owner of Castlebar jewellery store where attempted armed robbery took place yesterday is relieved no one was injured

    Gardaí in Mayo are searching for evidence in connection with an attempted robbery with a weapon which occurred at a Castlebar business on Main St. yesterday afternoon. Members of the Garda Water Unit have set up operations in the vicinity of the Town River at…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Lotto players in Claremorris urged to check their tickets

    Lotto players in the Claremorris area are urged to check their tickets, as a prize of over €22,000 remains unclaimed since last October. The winning ticket was sold at the Centra store on Lower James Street in Claremorris ahead of the draw on Wed 27th…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Snow / ice warning issued for tomorrow evening

    Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for the entire country for tomorrow. It comes into force at 4pm on Thursday, until 11am on Friday. Scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected, with hazardous travelling conditions in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Passengers will no longer need negative Covid test to enter Ireland

    The requirement for passengers to have a negative Covid test to enter the country is to be scrapped from tomorrow. Cabinet Ministers have agreed to lift the measure, which was brought in to little avail to slow the importation of Omicron cases. The decision…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    ISCA sheep chairman appeals to dog owners to keep their pets under control

     The Department of Agriculture must show greater flexibility around sheep inspections during the busy lambing months. That’s the view of ICSA sheep chair Sean McNamara. He says there are welfare issues when it comes to moving heavy in-lamb or recently lambed…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    NUI Galway’s Access Centre to hold its annual information evening on Wednesday next

    NUI Galway’s Access Centre will hold its annual information evening, on Wednesday next, 12 January, from 7-9pm. The event will focus on the needs of Mature Students and Adult Learners who may be considering full-time or part-time studies for the 2022-23…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Archbishop Francis Duffy will be installed on Sunday

    The new Archbishop of Tuam will be installed on Sunday. Archbishop Francis Duffy takes over from outgoing Archbishop Michael Neary who held the position for the past 27 years. The new archbishop will be installed during 2.30 Mass on Sunday afternoon in Tuam…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    1200 staff absent across Saolta hospital group due to Covid-19

    The impact of the Omicron variant is being felt across frontline health services. In the Saolta Hospital group - which includes public hospitals in Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal - there are currently in the region of 1200 staff absent from work…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Ice and low temperature warning in place until 10am this morning

    A status yellow ice and temperature warning remains in place across the country this morning. Met Eireann expect widespread frost and icy stretches to impact the country until 10am with temperatures as low as minus 3 in many areas. After a frosty start, today…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Man remains in custody following attempted robbery in Castlebar

    A man remains in custody at Castlebar Garda station following an attempted robbery at a jewellery shop in the town yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at a premises on Main Street at about 4pm, and the culprit was pursued on foot by Gardai. The man in…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    NPHET to review rules around close contacts

    Rules around close contacts are set to be reviewed by public health officials tomorrow. It follows a request by coalition leaders to look at reducing the current isolation period due to Omicrons impact on vital services. It comes as a further 21,302 Covid…
  • Jan 05, 2022

    Schools prepare to reopen tomorrow, amid warnings of staff shortages and Covid outbreaks

    Teacher unions are warning of staff shortages and Covid-19 outbreaks ahead of the reopening of schools tomorrow. Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says it's “inevitable” children would pick up the infection from household contacts over the coming days and…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Met Eireann issues low temperature / ice warning for tonight

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for low temperatures and ice. The warning is in place for the entire country from 7pm this evening until 10am tomorrow. Temperatures are expected to drop as low as minus three degrees tonight, with Met…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Robbery at Castlebar business premises - man arrested

    A man has been arrested following a robbery at a business premises in Castlebar this afternoon. The incident occurred at a premises on Main Street at about 4pm, and the culprit was pursued on foot by Gardai. A man in his early 40's was arrested and is being…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Over 21,000 new Covid cases confirmed this evening

    21,302 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed this evening. 884 patients are curently in hospital with the virus - 90 of these patients are in ICU. Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the current infection levels are having a major impact on…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Govt leaders agree schools should reopen on Thursday

    The Government party leaders have agreed schools should reopen as planned on Thursday. Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan discussed the issue at their meeting earlier. Meanwhile, talks are ongoing between…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Bus Eireann disruption due to Covid absences

    Bus Eireann is advising customers that its service is experiencing some disruption, as a result of Covid-19 absences among staff across its 17 depots. The bus company says its working on a daily basis to manage absences and to prioritise delivery of services…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    House price increases across Connacht in the past year

    House prices in Co Leitrim are up 42%, and by over 20% in Sligo in the past year. That's according to the latest report from MyHome.ie, which shows demand for housing outside the main cities is skyrocketing, as supply plummets. The asking price for houses…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Icy conditions tonight in sub-zero temperatures

    Met Eireann is advising of sub-zero temperatures across the West tonight, with the cold spell to continue for the most of this week. Following a cold and bright day, tonight will be dry and cold with widespread frost and some icy patches as temperatures fall…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Social welfare increases come into effect from this week

    A range of social welfare increases announced in the Budget will take effect from this week. Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon says increases for carers, pensioners, widows and widowers, lone parents, people with disabilities and people on Jobseekers payments will…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Two people died in workplace incidents in Mayo in 2021

    Two people died in workplace accidents in Mayo over the past year, according to the annual report from the Health & Safety Authority. There were 3 work-related deaths in Sligo and one in Galway during 2021, while nationally, 38 people died in workplace…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    ASTI insists the safety of both staff and students must be a priority for the re-opening of schools later this week

    The ASTI is suggesting only exam year students return to school later this week. The Union is calling for a staggered reopening to schools post-Christmas amid concerns of staff shortages and inadequate ventilation. The Department of Education will meet with…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    41 patients with Covid 19 at MUH today

    Mayo University Hospital is dealing with a high volume of patients presenting at its Emergency Dept today, and is also coping with the rising Covid-19 cases in the community, and a Covid-19 outbreak on site. As of this morning, according to the General…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    39 patients with Covid-19 at Mayo University Hospital today

    884 people are in hospital this morning with Covid-19. That's 80 more compared to the same period yesterday. The number's also up 57 percent compared to Christmas Day, 10 days ago. There are 39 patients with the virus at Mayo University Hospital at present-…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    High number of patients on trolleys at hospital across the region today

    There are 29 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Galway University Hospital today. That’s according the latest INMO trolley watch figures today. There are 27 patients on trolleys waiting for beds at Sligo University Hospital, 17 at Mayo University…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    30,000 5-11 year olds registered for a Covid-19 vaccine

    Thirty thousand 5 to 11 year olds have so far been registered for a Covid-19 vaccine. The HSE's vaccine portal opened for the age cohort yesterday. There are half a million children aged between 5 and 11 living in Ireland. The HSE's National Lead for the…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Coalition leaders meet later to discuss Covid situation

    Coalition leaders are to meet later to assess the current Covid situation. A shortening of the isolation period for close contacts is expected to be among the measures considered. It comes as the country battles record infection rates and rising hospital…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Updated Local Authority Home-Loan Scheme comes into effect

    A newly updated Local Authority Home-Loan Scheme comes in to effect from today. The scheme is aimed at helping people on low or modest incomes get on the property ladder. These new regulations will make it easier for single people to avail of a State backed…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Ballina retains clean status in latest IBAL survey

    Ballina has retained its clean status in the latest IBAL survey but has dropped 6 places to 19th position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide. It was a good performance for Ballina, with seven out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Galway and Sligo University Hospital among the top five most overcrowded in 2021

    Over 70,000 patients went without a bed in Irish hospitals in 2021, according to figures in the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s annual report. The union has branded this year’s figures as an “unacceptable rise in overcrowding while we know this adds…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    New minimum pricing laws for alcohol come into effect

    The Health Minister is welcoming new minimum pricing laws for alcohol which take effect today. Stephen Donnelly says the minimum price is directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in a drink. There'll be a minimum cost based on grams of alcohol,…
  • Jan 04, 2022

    Discussions later on the planned reopening of schools

    Education officials, union representatives and management bodies will meet today to discuss the reopening of schools. The Association of Secondary Teachers say it's deeply concerned the Education Minister's going ahead with Thursday's reopening without…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Almost 17,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    16,986 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the HSE today.The number of people with Covid-19 in hospitals has risen to 804, an increase of 87.This day last week there were 461 people in hospital with Covid-19.The number of people in intensive care…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Acute Covid Assessment Unit at Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy

    Mayo University Hospital continues to deal with high attendances coupled with the rising Covid-19 cases in the community and a Covid-19 outbreak on the site. People attending at the hospital will be clinically streamed in advance of entering the emergency…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Children between 5 & 11 who are at high risk of infection are getting vaccinations from today

    Children aged between 5 and11 who are at higher risk of infection, are starting to get their COVID-19 vaccinations from today.For all remaining 5 to11 year olds, registration will commence shortly, and vaccinations will commence next Saturday.Chief Executive…
  • Jan 03, 2022

    Hospitals under severe pressure as thousands of frontline healthcare workers are off due to covid concerns

    Thousands of frontline healthcare workers are off work due to Covid-related concerns, leaving the country's Hospitals under severe pressure, as the number of those hospitalised for Covid-19 continues to rise.Yesterday, the number of people being treated in…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Over 17,000 new Covid-19 cases

    A further 17,071 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed. 717 people are in hospital with the virus, up 61 in the past 24 hours. 87 are in ICU, up two over the same period.
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Booster programme opens to people aged 16 and over

    People over 16 will start receiving a Covid-19 booster from today. The rollout comes as cases of the virus reach record levels and put pressure on the hospital system. From today people aged 16 to 29 will start receiving a Covid-19 booster at vaccination…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Primary school students in Galway receive special letter from David Attenborough

    A group of primary school students in Galway received a special letter from David Attenborough. The 95-year-old wildlife broadcaster responded to the students of Scoil Bhríde Tír na Cille in Maam Valley, according to Independent.ie. Attenborough talked about…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    350,000 antigen tests to be posted out to people under 40 this week

    Up to 350,000 antigen tests are set to be posted out to people under the age of 40 this week. The Sunday Times reports the HSE's more than tripling its antigen testing capacity to deal with the Omicron threat. The move follows new guidance that people aged…
  • Jan 02, 2022

    Infection rate among staff at Galway Hospital has doubled in 48 hours

    The infection rate among staff at one Irish hospital has doubled in 48 hours. Galway University Hospital reported 190 infected on Friday, an increase from 100 just two days earlier. It's one of a number of hospitals experiencing severe staff shortages, as…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    Mayo University Hospital announce emergency measures

    The Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy today. The situation has been exacerbated by the rising Covid-19 cases in the community along with a Covid-19 outbreak on the site. The hospital teams are working to manage the current in-…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    All over 16s can avail of a booster vaccine from tomorrow

    The rollout of the booster vaccine is due to ramp up tomorrow when all those aged over 16 will be eligible for their jab.The health minister Stephen Donnelly made the announcement yesterday, inviting those eligible to book their appointment online.Originally,…
  • Jan 01, 2022

    Over 23,000 cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    23,281 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today.It's the highest figure recorded since the pandemic began.There are 656 people in hospital with the virus, down 26, while 85 people are in ICU.
  • Jan 01, 2022

    All weekly social welfare payments to increase this week

    All social welfare weekly payments will increase this week benefiting an estimated 1.3 million pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and jobseekers.Making the announcement Minister Heather Humphreys said the increases, delivered under…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Covid boosters will be available to all age groups from Sunday

    The booster vaccine programme will open to all remaining age groups earlier than expected, the Minister for Health has announced. Speaking on RTE Stephen Donnelly said that from this Sunday all those aged 16 and older who are eligible to receive a booster…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Galway shows an increase in road fatalities compared with 2020

    Provisional road collision statistics show that the number of road deaths in Ireland in 2021 dropped to a record low, making it the safest year since road deaths were first recorded in 1959. A total of 130 people died in 119 fatal road collisions in 2021…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Six Mayo punters share in festive lotto celebrations

    The National Lottery have revealed the selling locations where each of the 36 tickets that matched 5 numbers in last Saturday night’s draw were purchased as well as where each of the 17 tickets that matched 5 numbers in Wednesday night’s draw were purchased.…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 confirmed yet again

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 20,110 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of 8am today, 682 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 86 are in ICU. Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Once…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Status Yellow Wind Warning tonight for Mayo, Galway and Kerry

    A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Galway, Mayo and Kerry. The alert is valid from 8 o'clock tonight and will last until 8am tomorrow. Met Éireann is warning of gusts of up to 100km/h with the possiblity of wave overtopping along the coast. A…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    18 patients waiting for beds today at MUH

    There are 18 patients on trolleys waiting for admission at Mayo University Hospital today. That’s according to the latest trolley watch figures from the INMO. The same number of patients are on trolleys waiting for a bed at Galway University Hospital today, 7…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Taoiseach says jury is out on whether Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby Homes was the ideal

    The Taoiseach says whether the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was the ideal, remains to be seen. Micheál Martin says that's not casting any aspersions on those who carried out the inquiry into the institutions. He was responding to…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Increase in face masks and dog poo bags littered along our coasts

    Face masks and dog poo bags have been highlighted in a survey of litter along our coastlines. Coastwatch, which assessed 710 locations across the island, found the number of sites where one or more masks were found has risen to 21 per cent from 18 per cent.…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Walk in booster vaccination clinics continue in Mayo throughout New Year Bank Holiday weekend

    The following walk-in clinics are taking place in the Breaffy House Resort Vaccination Centre, Castlebar over the bank holiday weekend for anyone aged 30 and over who is eligible for a booster vaccine. There is no appointment needed: Friday 31 December - 8am…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Omicron now accounts for 90% of infections here

    The government has cut back on professional Covid-19 testing for most people under forty amid record rates of infection with the virus. A new record case load was set last night,prompting the Chief Medical Officer to urge people not to mix with other…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    30 percent reduction in the number of work fatalities this year

    The Health and Safety Authority has reported a 30% reduction in work-related fatalities for 2021. As of yesterday, December 30, 38 people had lost their lives in 2021, compared to 54 in 2020. This represented the lowest figure recorded since the Health and…
  • Dec 31, 2021

    Don't socialise with other households indoors this New Year's Eve, urges the Chief Medical Officer

    The Chief Medical Officer has urged people not to socialise with people from other households indoors this New Year's Eve. Dr Tony Holohan says the rate of hospital admissions is "not sustainable" , with 20,554 new infections announced yesterday. PCR testing…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    As Covid cases in the community rise, limited access available to visitors to MUH

    Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and a current outbreak within the hospital, visiting at Mayo University Hospital is limited at this time to compassionate grounds and to those visiting the elderly. Visits are by appointment only and…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Taoiseach tweets "omicron variant a serious threat"

    The Taoiseach says the Omicron variant of Covid-19 "continues to spread rapidly and is a serious threat". Earlier today Labour leader Alan Kelly said there has been "silence" from the government over record levels of infection and PCR test shortages. He said…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Severe traffic congestion in Castlebar this afternoon around the Covid Test Centre at McHale Park

    Gardai in Castlebar are advising of congested traffic in the town this afternoon as long queues are forming, to enter the Covid Test Centre at McHale Park. Traffic is almost at a standstill from McHale road back to the Cathal Duffy Roundabout, and down as far…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Mayo Vaccination Centre at Breaffy to remain open throughout New Year Bank Holiday Weekend

    The Mayo Covid Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar will remain open throughout the New Year Bank Holiday weekend. Booster walk-in clinics, for anyone aged 30 years and older are available today (Thurs) until 8pm this evening. Tomorrow,…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    The young man who died in a road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar to be laid to rest this Saturday

    The funeral takes place this Saturday of the young man who died in a two car road collision at Breaffy, Castlebar earlier this week. David Henning, of “The Spinney” Derreenascobe, Killawalla, Westport , and formerly of South Africa and the UK, died in the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    It was a busy year for the Coast Guard

    There's been a 12 per cent increase in the number of incidents dealt with by the Coast Guard this year. It responded to just under 3 thousand - with April and July the busiest months. The service says it provided help in 474 cases where a loss of life or…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Heavy rain forecast for Mayo and Galway this evening and tonight

    A Status Yellow Rain warning has been issued for counties Mayo and Galway this evening and tonight. Met Éireann is forecasting heavy rain, over a relatively short period of time, saying it may lead to localised flooding. Highest accumulations are expected in…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    New Year arrangements for Bus Éireann passengers

    Bus Éireann is advising customers of its New Year’s arrangements. Tomorrow, New Year's Eve, its city, town, commuter, and rural and Expressway services will operate a weekday service running as normal through the evening. On New Year's Day, (Saturday) Bus…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    The INMO wants all activity except urgent emergency care to be curtailed in public hospitals

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has today called on the HSE to publish and implement a Plan B for dealing with the capacity crisis that is escalating within the public acute hospital system. The INMO wants all activity except urgent emergency care…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Call on HSE to open walk-in Covid test centres across the region

    The HSE must open walk-in Covid-19 test centres across the region to keep up with demand for PCR testing. That’s the call from Galway City Fine Gael Councillor Eddie Hoare has called on the HSE to reopen the testing centre in Forster Street. A walk in test…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Mayo people can join an online celebration to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu later

    The Irish peace and human rights organisation Afri are hosting an online celebration of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu this evening. The event, which gets underway at 8pm, is in honour of the South African humanitarian and anti-apartheid campaigner who…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    New restrictions introduced at UHG and Merlin Park due to Covid

    New visiting restrictions have been brought in at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital due to the rise in COVID-19 infections in the community. One visitor per patient is allowed at the hospitals each day, for a visit lasting 15 minutes.…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Missing teen last seen in Roscommon found following appeal

    A missing Dublin teenager, who was last seen in Tarmonbarry County Roscommon, has been located. 16-year-old Joseph Jodie Burns was reported missing on St Stephens Day but has been found safe and well following an appeal yesterday. Gardaí have thanked the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Gardaí urge public to protect their household over the New Year period

    Gardaí have issued a warning to homeowners to ensure their household is protected over the New Year period. They are asking anyone going away for the weekend to consider the following security advice: Leave on some lights or using timer switches to give the…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    €15,000 allocated to footpath works in South Mayo village

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien has allocated 15,000 euro notice of motions funding for a footpath on the Dalgan Road in Shrule. The South Mayo councillor says the 80 metre stretch posed a significant hazard to pedestrians due to the raised embankment. This will now…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    CMO says everyone should consider themselves Covid infectious

    The Chief Medical Officer says everyone should consider themselves potentially infectious - as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread. Dr Tony Holohan is urging people to avoid crowded shops where possible - and that it should be considered…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Burial takes place this afternoon of Mayo nurse who died in Boston

    A Mayo nurse who died following a tragic road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest in her native Ballintubber later today. Ann O’Flaherty nee Moran of Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, and formerly of Ballintubber, died on Wednesday the 15th of…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Taoiseach admits addressing Pyrite crisis will be difficult and challenging

    The Taoiseach says addressing the Pyrite and Mica crisis in affected counties will be difficult and challenging for the Government. Micheal Martin says a significant number of families will have to live in rented accommodation while reconstruction works take…
  • Dec 30, 2021

    Weather alert for Mayo and Galway later

    Met Eireann is warning of localised flooding in parts of the south and west today. A status yellow rain alert for Cork and Kerry will be in effect from 11am until 5 o'clock tomorrow morning. There's also a warning for Galway and Mayo between 5pm this evening…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Over 16,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

    16,428 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 -- the highest number ever seen in the Republic.The Chief Medical Officer says "every individual should consider themselves potentially infectious" in light of the very high levels of transmission of the…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Gardaí seek assistance in tracing teen missing in Roscommon

    Gardaí are looking for help finding a teenager missing from Clondalkin in Dublin. 16-year-old Joseph Burns -- also known as 'Jodie' Burns -- was last seen in Tarmonbarry, Co Roscommon on St Stephen's Day. He's five-foot eleven in height and slim, with…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    N60 reopen to traffic both ways following crash in Roscommon

    Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of a road traffic collision on the N60 in Roscommon this morning. The two vehicle collision occurred on the main Ballymoe to Roscommon road near the turn off for Ballintubber at around 11:30am. Traffic was…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Mayo nurse who died in road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest

    A Mayo nurse who died following a tragic road traffic collision in Boston will be laid to rest in her native Ballintubber tomorrow. Ann O’Flaherty nee Moran of Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, and formerly of Ballintubber, died on the 15th of December after…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Anglers shed stolen from the Foxford area

    An anglers shelter has been stolen from the Foxford area. The structure in Rinnaney, Foxford was popular with fishermen from the Foxford Salmon Anglers group, who used it for dining and for setting up equipment. The Foxford Salmon Anglers group have made an…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Tanaiste believes omicron wave will be overcome faster than previous Covid waves

    The country is likely to 'overcome' the Omicron wave of Covid 19 more quickly than earlier waves, according to the Tanaiste. Leo Varadkar told the Irish Times the latest wave should peak in the next week or so. He says there will be an increase in patient…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Jump in number of Covid positive patients being treated in hospitals today

    There are 568 patients with Covid 19 being treated in hospitals today across the country. That's an increase of 47 from yesterday. 92 patients with the disease are in ICUs.
  • Dec 29, 2021

    The man who died in a road collision at Breaffy on Monday has been named locally

    The man who died in a two vehicle collision on Monday evening last on the N60 at Breaffy, Castlebar has been named locally as 33 years old David Henning,of Killawalla, Westport. David, a South African national, was a passenger in one of the cars. Four others…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    House prices in Mayo took a hike in the last quarter of 2021

    House prices rose by almost 8 percent on average during 2021. That’s according to the latest report from property website, Daft.ie. The average price nationwide in the final quarter of 2021 was €291,000 , up 0.6% on the third quarter of 2021 Fewer than 11,500…
  • Dec 29, 2021

    Senator calls for action on spate of break-ins to homes in Galway

    There have been 14 break-ins to private homes in Carnmore and Claregalway over the last ten days. According to Galway Fianna Fail Senator Ollie Crowe the incidents generally appear to follow a similar pattern. Two/three males are dropped off and carry out a…
  • Dec 28, 2021

    N60 road at Breaffy, Castlebar closed this morning following a fatal collision

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N60 at Breaffy in Castlebar, yesterday(Mon) evening. The collision occurred at approximately 5.35pm, when two cars collided. A passenger from one of the vehicles, a man…
  • Dec 28, 2021

    Covid Vaccination Clinic at Breaffy open this morning

    Vaccination clinics are continuing to operate throughout this morning at the Mayo Vaccination Centre. Traffic diversions are in place on the N60 in the area following a road traffic accident on December 27th. While the N60 routes on the Castlebar side of…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    Over 13,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    The Department of Health has reported a further 13,675 cases of Covid-19 today.378 people are hospitalised with the virus, which is a decrease of 15 patients from yesterday.87 of those are currently in ICU.It's a new highest daily total since 11,182 new cases…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    Booster vaccine available in Mayo by appointment on Monday & Tuesday

    The Breaffy House Resort Vaccination Centre is running clinics next week for people who are eligible to receive a booster vaccine to book their own appointment slot in advance. Online booking is currently available for appointments on: · Monday 27…
  • Dec 25, 2021

    CMO urging public to reduce their contacts after over 11 thousand cases yesterday

    The Chief Medical Officer says people should take all steps to protect themselves until they get their booster vaccine.Tony Holohan says it's important everyone reduces their contacts and avoids crowded places as much as possible.It comes after 11,182 new…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    More than 380,000 boosters administered since Monday

    Over 386,000 booster and additional vaccine doses have been administered since Monday. Almost 84,000 of those were given yesterday, in a combination of vaccination centres, GP surgeries and in pharmacies. So far this week more than 8,200 people have presented…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Number of covid patients in ICU at its lowest level in over six weeks

    The number of Covid patients in intensive care has fallen to its lowest level in over six weeks. 89 people are receiving critical care at the moment, of a total of 393 confirmed cases in hospital. However there are fears that those numbers could begin to rise…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Over 700 children and teenagers in County Mayo waiting for eye treatment

    Over 700 children and teenagers in Co Mayo are waiting to see an ophthalmologist, and over 200 of these children and teenagers have been on a waiting list for over a year, for basic eye assessments or treatment. That's according to local Aontú representative…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    President Higgins remembers those lost to Covid-19

    Ireland's President Michael D Higgins says he's acutely aware this Christmas of all the families who have lost loved ones over the past year, due to Covid-19. However, he says the vaccine rollout programme offers a sense of renewed hope and optimism. In his…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    RSA warning motorists to expect traffic delays today

    The Road Safety Authority is warning motorists to expect traffic delays this Christmas Eve. Thousands of people across the country are driving home for Christmas. It's advising people to have their toll fare ready to pay on motorways and DON'T stop on the…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Staff member sustains minor injuries in latest Castlebar burglary

    Gardaí are investigating a robbery that occurred at a business premises on Linenhall Street, Castlebar yesterday afternoon. A man entered the shop and threatened the staff member with a knife at approximately 2.45pm. He left the scene with a sum of money and…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    UK visitors to the West urged to take antigen tests regularly

    People coming home to the West from the UK for Christmas are being urged to take an antigen test every day for five days. It's part of efforts to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant, which is now the dominant Covid strain here as well as in the UK. Also,…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Galway Simon says the number people reaching out to them continues to rise

    The number of people reaching out to the Simon Communities continues to rise. The charity says Christmas is its busiest time of the year, with many families facing the prospect of emergency accommodation. Simon Galway Service Manager Andrea Fitzgerald says…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Brown Thomas stores are now under new ownership

    Brown Thomas Stores in Galway, Dublin, Cork and Limerick are now under new ownership. A Thai and Austrian based joint venture have purchased parent group Selfridges. The deal is believed to be worth in the region of 4.7 billion euro. Selfridges Group…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    CMO expects rapid increase in Covid-19 cases over the coming days

    The Chief Medical Officer expects to see a rapid increase in cases of covid 19 over the coming days. Tony Holohan says Omicron now accounts for almost three quarters of cases in Ireland and yesterday's high number of cases was not unexpected. 7,411 new…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Breaffy Vaccination Centre now allow scheduled appointments

    Members of the public can now book a booster vaccination appointment at a small number of clinics through an online self-scheduler on HSE.ie. This technology is similar to the scheduling system currently used to book PCR tests. Breaffy House Resort…
  • Dec 24, 2021

    Erris Chamber stream 'Nollaig Beo' music event later

    The Erris Chamber of Commerce is streaming their music event 'Nollaig Beo!' this evening. The programme was recorded on site in the beautiful former church of Ireland in Belmullet Town. Acts featured include; - 'Luz' (pronounced luce), a sky-rocketing young…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Boosters for over 30's from next Wednesday

    Over 30s will be eligible for a booster vaccine from next Wednesday. The programme will also be opened to 16-29 year olds who received the single-shot J&J vaccine. All remaining age groups will be eligible for a booster vaccine by January 10th.
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Over 7,000 new cases of Covid-19 this evening

    7,411 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. The Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, says he expects a further rapid increase in cases in the coming days. The Omicron variant now accounts for nearly three quarters of new infections.
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Second business in Castlebar targeted at knifepoint

    A second business in Castlebar has been burgled at knifepoint. It's understood a business premises on Linenhall Street in Castlebar was targeted this afternoon. At around 3pm, a man entered the shop, pointed a knife at a staff member and left after a sum of…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Coast Guard & RNLI issue water safety appeal for festive season

    The Coast Guard and RNLI have issued a safety appeal to the public for the festive season. With many traditional Christmas and New Year swims cancelled due to Covid-19, anyone planning this activity should check the up-to-date guidance, and ensure they have…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Drink-driving arrests in Mayo up over 10% on this time last year

    The number of motorists arrested in Co Mayo for drink-driving offences is up by over 10% on this time last year. That's according to Gardai, who are appealing to motorists to drive with extra care over the Christmas and New Year period. Garda Hugh McHugh of…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Shop assistant held at Knife point following robbery at Castlebar bakery yesterday

    Gardai are investigating a robbery to a Cake Shop in Castlebar where the shop assistant was held at knife point. The perpetrator entered Cake My Day on Hopkins Road yesterday afternoon shortly before 4pm and brandished the knife before instructing the young…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    HSE urges every precaution over Christmas, as Covid cases rise across the West

    Cases of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly across the West, similar to all areas of the country according to the HSE, with the new Omicron variant being blamed for the significant surge in cases. People are being urged to take every precaution over Christmas,…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Ireland’s CAP plan for farm payments approved by cabinet and will now go to Brussels for the Green light

    Ireland’s CAP plan for farm payments from 2023 to 2027 has been approved by the Cabinet and will now go to Brussels for the green light. Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue held firm on his initial proposal of a 25% ringfencing of all payments for…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Number of Covid patients in hospital has fallen below 400 for first time in over 10 weeks

    The number of Covid patients in hospital has fallen below 400 for the first time in over 10 weeks. The figure has dropped to 390 this morning - the lowest since October 10th. It's down 39 from yesterday. Latest figures show there are 100 Covid patients in…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Teaching Unions will meet Public Health Officials ahead of reopening in January

    Teaching Unions will meet with public health officials ahead of reopening in January. The ASTI says it wants to avoid a return to remote teaching in the New Year. It met with Education Minister yesterday and asked for further advice on how to spend covid…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Taoiseach encourages all parents to get their children vaccinated

    The Taoiseach has encouraged all parents to get their children vaccinated. Registration for vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds is expected to open over the coming weeks. Most will be able to get a vaccine from January 10th. Taoiseach Micheál Martin says it can be…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Councillor raises question if Mayo has adequate capacity on the grid to export renewable energy into the future

    Serious questions need to be addressed now as to whether or not Mayo has adequate capacity on the grid to export renewable energy into the future. A planning application is about to be submitted for another new wind farm in north Mayo. Sheskin South Wind farm…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    More than 135,000 people will be isolating at home this Christmas due to Covid-19

    More than 135,000 people will be isolating at home this Christmas due to Covid-19, with close to 50,000 of them confined to their bedrooms. The HSE advises anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate in their room for at least 10 days. This…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    Popular South Mayo walkway reopens following repairs

    Mayo County Council has confirmed that works on two bridges on a popular South Mayo walkway have now been completed. The Bowers Walk in Ballinrobe is a popular amenity and local Councillor Michael Burke says the bridge which was taken down for repairs has…
  • Dec 23, 2021

    NPHET urging people to stay at home if they have any Covid symptoms

    NPHET says the Omicron strain is so infectious that if someone tests positive there's a "very strong" chance they've already passed it on to everyone they live with. The group is urging people to stay home and isolate as a group if anyone gets a positive PCR…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Over six thousand new Covid-19 cases

    6,307 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening - the second highest figure since January. Latest figures show Dublin has by far the highest 14-day incidence rate in the country, at 1,703 cases per 100,000 people. 55 virus-related deaths have been…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District says lots to see and do in the town this festive season

    Towns and villages across the region are looking very festive with Christmas lighting this year, despite the Covid restrictions. Ballina is no exception - in fact, the north Mayo capital is looking better than ever with an extension of the town’s Christmas…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Online booking for booster vaccine in Mayo is now open

    The Mayo Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House Resort is one of the first in the country to offer online booking for booster vaccine appointments. Anyone who is eligible for a booster dose may go to hse.ie and select one of six vaccination centres around the…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    COPE Galway Christmas Swim taking place this week

    Hundreds of people will be braving the cold waters of Galway Bay this week, to take part in the annual COPE Galway Christmas Swim. This is the 32nd year of the swim, which raises funds for the services COPE Galway provides to people who are homeless, and to…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Covid restrictions being re-instated across Europe

    Euopean leaders are reinstating Covid-19 restrictions as the new Omicron variant continues to spread across the continent. The World Health Organisation is warning the surge in cases across Europe will push health systems towards the brink of collapse, Bars…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Record high number of positive Covid tests over last seven days

    The seven day positivity rate of Covid tests in the Republic has gone above 16 per cent for the first time since January. It's the percentage of positive swabs taken over the course of a week. The peak during the Delta wave was 15.6 percent last month, but…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    €300,000 in drugs discovered in parcels in Athlone

    Drugs worth 300-thousand euro have been seized in Athlone, as part of a routine operation by Revenue officers. 5 kilos of ketamine, 3-point-4 kilos of CMC crystals, and 1-point-25 litres of GHB worth over 300-thousand euro were seized by Revenue officials…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Mayo has lowest Covid-19 rates in the country

    Mayo has the lowest rates of Covid-19 in the country, according to the latest figures. Ireland's 14-day incidence rate is now 1,351 cases per 100,000 people. Mayo's is just over half that at 753 per 100,000 - the lowest in the country - followed by Roscommon…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    75,000 euro announced for Disability Awareness Fund in Mayo

    Funding of €75,000 is being made available to Mayo County Council from the 2021 Disability Participation and Awareness Fund. Mayo deputy Michael Ring says the purpose of the Fund is to provide monies to support the participation of people with disabilities in…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    No new restrictions before Christmas says Taoiseach

    The Taoiseach has signalled no new Covid restrictions will be announced between now and Christmas. But Micheál Martin couldn't give any guarantee that there won't be additional measures in the new year. He says they're waiting to see the impact of the…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Minister Feighin highlights changes to CE and RSS, announced yesterday

    Major reforms to Community Employment (CE) and the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) announced by government yesterday will be of direct benefit to many, according to Minister of State Frank Feighan. The main changes introduced include, Age rules: The age from which…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Gardai warn of "grandparent scam"

    Gardai are warning the public to be aware of a new text scam alert, known as the ‘grandparent scam’, where members of the public receive a random text message purporting to be from a family member stating that they require financial help or are in some sort…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Castlerea shop sells winning €500,000 EuroMillions Plus ticket

    The winning ticket in last night's EuroMillions Plus draw was sold at Corrib Oil in Castlerea. One lucky player is half a million euro richer, after matching the winning numbers of 18, 22, 29, 34 and 50 to scoop the €500,000 jackpot. There was no winner of…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Call for 2022 Leaving Cert to be a hybrid model again

    There are calls for the Leaving Cert to be a hybrid model again in 2022. Labour's Education Spokesperson says students have lost a lot of in-class learning time over the last two years. Last year's leaving cert students were able to choose between a…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Irish Water needs to invest more in Ballina to avoid water outages, says local TD

    Irish Water is being asked for extra investment in upgrading the pipework in Ballina town, to reduce the number of water outages being experienced. The latest water main burst at the weekend led to water outages in a number of areas of the town over the…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Walk-in booster clinics continuing today in Castlebar

    Walk-in booster clinics continue today at Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar for people in their 40's and 50's. The walk-in clinic will be open for this age group from 2pm to 7.45 this evening, and will be open again tomorrow for people in their 40's and 50's.…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    Increase in Covid-19 patients being treated at Mayo & Galway University Hospitals

    The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 is continuing to fall. Last night, there were 396 Covid patients being treated in public hospitals - a drop of 23 over the past 24 hours, and down 61 on a week ago. In this region, both Galway and Mayo…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    CMO warning on Omicron, while Mayo has lowest virus rates nationally

    The Chief Medical Officer is urging people to only meet over the coming days with those with whom they intend spending Christmas Day. Dr Tony Holohan says the highly transmissible Omicron variant now accounts for two thirds of new Covid cases here. It comes…
  • Dec 22, 2021

    EuroMillions Plus prize of €500,000 won in Co Roscommon

    One lucky EuroMillions player in Co Roscommon is half a million euro richer, after winning the top prize in last night's EuroMillions Plus draw. The ticketholder managed to match the winning numbers of 18, 22, 29, 34 and 50 to scoop the €500,000 jackpot.…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    5,279 new Covid cases confirmed this evening

    5,279 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. The Omicron variant now accounts for about two thirds of new infections in Ireland. 443 patients are in hospital with the virus, down 24 from yesterday, while the ICU figure is down two, to 102.…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Interval between having Covid and being eligible for booster reduced to 3 months

    People recovering from Covid-19 will no longer have to wait 6 months for a booster vaccine - that waiting time is being reduced to 3 months. That's according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, who says the recommendation from NIAC is that the interval…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Cabinet agrees measures to support businesses impacted by Covid restrictions

    Cabinet Ministers have signed off on measures to provide financial support to the businesses impacted by the latest Covid restrictions. The employment wage subsidy scheme is being reopened for businesses with a more than 30 per cent loss in turnover. While…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Ireland facing a challenging January, says Taoiseach

    The country is facing a challenging January, according to the Taoiseach. However, Mícheal Martin says the Covid-19 booster campaign will offer significant protection against the coronavirus. The Taoiseach says a combination of booster vaccines, along with…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    EU decide Digital Covid certs expire nine months after someone's last dose of a vaccine

    The EU has agreed new rules that will mean digital Covid certs expire nine months after someone's last dose of a vaccine. It's in a bid to increase vaccine uptake across the bloc. The rules apply to travel within the EU and take effect from February 2022.…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Minister welcomes progress on new Elective Hospital in Galway

    The Cabinet today gave approval to proceed with the next steps required for the provision of a new Elective Hospital in Galway. According to Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Galway based, Hildegarde Naughton the new service will be delivered…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Latest INMO trolley watch figures revealed

    339 admitted patients are waiting for beds at Irish Hospitals today, according to the latest INMO Trolley Watch figures. 257 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 82 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital system. Letterkenny University…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Drop in Covid hospital numbers in the past 24 hours

    There are 443 Covid patients in Irish hospitals - down 24 from yesterday. It's a drop of 10 percent on last Tuesday, and 12 down on two weeks ago. Across the region there are 22 patients with the virus at Galway University Hospital, 13 at Mayo University…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Tuam students announced as Junk Kouture national award winners

    Transition Year students at Scoil Bhríde Mercy Secondary School in Tuam have won the national Junk Kouture award for 2021. It's a fashion competition for secondary school students where participants design, create and model their fashions made from recycled…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    CEO of Saolta says because someone dies with Covid 19 does not inevitably mean the person died because of the virus

    The cause of death is a determination made by a coroner, according to the CEO of the Saolta Hospital group, Tony Canavan. Through a Freedom of Information request from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, details of the number of patients nationally who…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Councillor calls for public inquiry into why 45 people admitted to MUH having tested negative for Covid died with the virus.

    A public inquiry is required to establish why 45 people who were admitted to Mayo University Hospital, testing negative for Covid 19, subsequently acquired the virus in the hospital and died. That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Western Development Commission CEO insists the future is bright for the region

    Despite the pandemic, the future is bright for the region, according to the CEO of the Western Development Commission Tomás Ó Síocháin. The agency has announced one of its most successful years to date. Over the past 12 months the WDC Investment Fund has…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Walk-in booster clinics continuing at Breaffy Resort this week

    Walk-in booster clinics are continuing this week at the Breaffy House Resort vaccination centre in Castlebar. For people aged 40 and over, walk-in clinics are taking place today (Tuesday), Wed and Thursday. Additional walk-in clinics will be held on Thursday…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Mayo cinema manager says earlier closing times are 'disappointing for staff and customers'

    Pubs and restaurants are now closing at 8pm under new Covid restrictions that came into effect last night. Cinemas also have to close from 8pm, as part of the latest restrictions. Manager of Mayo Movie World in Castlebar Pat Concannon says it's disappointing…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Cabinet expected to approve updated supports for hospitality sector this morning

    Cabinet's expected to approve updated supports for businesses impacted by the latest restrictions on hospitality and live events when it meets this morning. The Irish Examiner reports changes to the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme could see affected…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    Sizeable ramp-up in booster programme across GP practices

    GPs have ordered about 250,000 more Covid boosters than expected, under the new accelerated programme. The Irish Medical Organisation says they've requested up to 700,000 over the past week. It's after the HSE asked family doctors to double the amount of…
  • Dec 21, 2021

    CMO says Covid cases rising sharply in young adults due to Omicron

    The chief medical officer says Covid cases are rising sharply among young adults, due to the Omicron variant. The positivity rate among 16 to 34 year olds has jumped to 25 per cent - one of the highest rates since the pandemic began. The five-day moving…