A Status Yellow thunderstorm warning is in effect across the region.

The alert covers all of Connacht and the much of the Republic except for Donegal, Dublin and Wicklow.

Met Eireann says there will be scattered thunderstorms through this afternoon and evening, bringing some heavy downpours with the risk of hail and spot flooding.

The alert is valid until 9pm tonight.

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    More than 300 new cases of Covid 19 reported in the Republic today

    The Department of Health has this evening reported 304 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic. The number of people with the virus in ICUs nationally remains unchanged from yesterday at 13. There are 47 patients in hospitals across the country with Covid 19.
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Ireland fifth from top in the EU for highest number of Covid 19 cases over two week period

    Ireland has the fifth highest 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the EU. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the country's rate is 90 cases per 100,000 people. Only four countries have higher rates - with Portugal the worst, at 124.…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    10 month extension to Learner Permit announced today

    Minister Hildegarde Naughton TD has today, announced details of a further 10-month extension to the validity period of learner permits in response to the level 5 restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions on accessing many of the services…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Limited Edition "Mayo for Sam" Heinz bottle to be launched

    Heinz has launched a new limited edition Mayo For Sam bottle. Just under 2,000 limited edition mayonnaise bottles will be released on Monday, to mark 70 years since the western county won the men's Senior All Ireland Football Final. The company has also…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Tarmon National School, Castlerea wins national award

    There's great excitement today at Tarmon National School outside Castlerea, as the school has won a national Agri-Aware award. Over 2,000 schools across the country were involved in the Incredible Edibles project - a healthy eating initiative for primary…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Students can now avail of school transport to their second nearest school

    Galway Senator Seán Kyne has welcomed the relaxation in the School Transport Scheme which will give transport to qualifying students attending their second nearest school. He says it’s a significant change which gives students the opportunity to attend the…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    National award for Galway Chamber

    Galway Chamber is the inaugural winner of the Partnership for Business Award in the Chambers Ireland Chamber Awards 2021. At the start of the pandemic, it focused its efforts on a business recovery programme, aiding businesses on financial and cash flow…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Mayo farmers set to gain from CAP Reform deal, according to local MEP

    As the CAP Reform deal is set to be wrapped up by the weekend, local Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan says the majority of Mayo farmers are set to benefit greatly from it. MEP Flanagan says the European Parliament is playing hardball and is sticking to 100…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Westportif event to attract cyclists from all parts of the country this weekend

    The annual Westportif cycling weekend will attract cyclists from all parts of the country this weekend, and motorists and road users around the Westport area are asked to take extra caution. Cyclists will be checking in at Westport Bike Shop on the Newport…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Walk-in Covid-19 test centre opens in Ballyhaunis

    The HSE has opened a walk-in Covid-19 testing centre in Ballyhaunis this morning. No appointment is needed to attend for a test at the Friary on Abbey Street. Testing will be carried out between 11am and 7pm today and tomorrow, for people over the age of 16…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Mayo has lowest incidence rate of Covid-19 nationally

    Mayo currently has the lowest 14-day incidence rate of Covid nationally - according to new figures. Daily figures were unavailable since the cyber attack on the HSE, but data for the past 2 weeks has now been published. It shows that, nationally, there were…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    More than 9,000 apprentices left without access to their off-job training at present

    The government needs to immediately deal with the “elephant in the room” when it’s talking about apprentices and the extension the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme. That’s the clear view of Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh. The reality is that…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Call for Mayoral reception in Galway for Dr Ronan Glynn

    The deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn should be awarded a Mayoral reception in Galway for his work during the Covid-19 pandemic. That's according to Galway City Councillor Alan Cheevers. Dr Ronan Glynn is a native of Claregalway, and has served as…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    Mayo Co Co should attend to overflowing bottle banks, rather than interfering with Bonfire Night celebrations says local Councillor

    Achill Councillor Paul McNamara has hit out at Mayo County Council for interfering with Bonfire Night celebrations on the island. 23rd June marks the celebration of St John, and the tradition - which dates back years in Achill - saw families coming together,…
  • Jun 24, 2021

    NPHET's advice next week will be crucial in reopening indoor hospitality, says Tanaiste

    The Tanaiste says NPHET's advice next week will be crucial when it comes to reopening indoor hospitality. The restrictions are set to ease on July 5th, but that's now in doubt due to a rise in cases of the more transmissible Delta variant. Leo Varadkar told…
  • Jun 23, 2021

    Patient numbers with Covid 19 in the country's ICUs remains stable this evening

    The Dept of Health has confirmed 348 new cases of Covid 19 in the Republic today. The number of patients in ICUs with the virus is unchanged from yesterday and stands at 13. There are 41 patients with the virus in hospitals nationally today.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    Man airlifted from Neiphin Beg mountains yesterday afternoon

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Fishermen call on government to intervene as EU quotas are reduced

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Emergency funding secured for the Sacred Heart School, Westport

    The Sacred Heart School, Westport has been approved for funding under the Emergency Works Scheme. Local deputy Michael Ring says the school has been approved funding in respect of structural works. The funding will go towards the replacement of the gym floor…
  • Jun 23, 2021

    New Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District elected today

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    "Wave" EP to be released at the end of the month

    ‘Waves’ is a collection of four songs that originated during the lockdown in 2020 by Mayo’s Breda Mayock. Her background is in traditional and folk music but her more recent work transverses indie folk sounds and moves into more abstract soundscapes. The EP…
  • Jun 23, 2021

    Mayo fishermen take part in Dublin protest over quota cuts

    A flotilla of over 70 fishing trawlers has taken over the River Liffey in Dublin today, as fishermen are protesting over the change in EU quotas as a result of Brexit. The new deal will only allow Irish fishermen to catch 15 percent of the stock in Irish…
  • Jun 23, 2021

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Westlife postpone their Cork gigs this summer to summer 2022

    Westlife have rescheduled their gigs at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork in August, to next summer. The shows had been moved from August 2020 and are now being changed once again due to the pandemic. The new dates are August 12th and 13th 2022. Westlife say they…
  • Jun 23, 2021

    Cllr calls for urgent capital funding for Mayo University Hospital

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  • Jun 23, 2021

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Belmullet Gardai warn of scam calls in the area today

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Controversial railings to be removed from bridge near Louisburg

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Erris fishermen taking part in national protest in Dublin today

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  • Jun 23, 2021

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Grant scheme for employers to take on apprentices extended to year end

    A Mayo TD says he hopes to see more employers across the county taking on apprentices, as the Minister for Further Education Simon Harris has announced that the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme has been further extended to the end of December. The scheme…
  • Jun 23, 2021

    Break-in at boat repair company's office in Lecanvey

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  • Jun 23, 2021

    Taoiseach says reopening of indoor dining will depend on public health advice

    The resumption of indoor dining on July 5th will depend on public health advice, according to the Taoiseach. A number of Ministers have expressed confidence the re-opening plans can go ahead in advance of a meeting next week. But there are concerns about the…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    294 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed this evening

    The Department of Health has confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 this evening. 39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, that's down 14 since yesterday, and is the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st. 13 people are in…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Health Minister concerned about Delta variant of Covid-19

    The Health Minister says the data emerging on the Delta variant of Covid-19 is sobering. The strain, first detected in India, now accounts for around one in five new cases of the virus here. The Government says the further reopening of the country in July…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Call for Ballina Athletic Track to be renamed after local legendary athletic coach

    The Ballina Athletic Track should be renamed after the late John McDonnell, the legendary American college athletics coach who passed away earlier this month at the age of 82. That's according to Councillor John O'Hara who proposed the move at a recent…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Fresh appeal for information on disappearance of Connemara woman 36 years ago

    Gardai have today issued a renewed appeal for information into the disappearance of 33 year-old Barbara Walsh (nee Lydon), who went missing from her home in Connemara over three decades ago. Today marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of the mother…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    July reopening remains on track for now, says Tanaiste

    The Taoiseach is urging people to remain vigilant, as the cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 are rising. The strain, first detected in India, accounted for 20% of new covid cases here last week, which the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says is…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Funding approved to develop gteic digital hub on Aran Islands

    The Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta have approved funding of up to €62,000 to develop a digital hub on Inis Meáin. This investment will provide for a gteic hub in the new Community and Enterprise Centre that is being developed on the island at the moment. Users…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Vaccine portal opens for 37-year-olds

    37-year-olds can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from today. Sign-ups can be done online or by phone, with appointments to be set for the coming weeks.
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Garda Commissioner urges discretion on policing outdoor drinking areas

    The Garda Commissioner has issued an instruction that gardaí should use their discretion in relation to policing outdoor spaces licensed premises. Drew Harris said officers should also continue to respond to any public complaints received on matters such as…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Over 12,000 drivers in Galway remain on learner permits

    Nearly 1,400 people have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years. According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county. According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Fur farming set to be banned under proposals going to cabinet

    Fur farming is set to be banned in Ireland under proposals going to cabinet this morning. Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue will ask his cabinet colleagues to allow him to draft a bill banning fur farming from early 2022. It's estimated there are…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    WHO says 'real chance' Delta variant will become dominant strain in Ireland

    The World Health Organisation says there's a 'real chance' the Delta variant will become the dominant strain of Covid-19 in Ireland. It comes as the chief medical officer says there's been a 'concerning increase' in cases of the strain here. About a fifth of…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Number of Covid patients in hospital at its lowest in over nine months

    The number of Covid patients in intensive care has fallen to its lowest level in over nine months. The figure dropped to 13 yesterday - the lowest since mid-September - compared to a peak of 221 in January. A total of 53 Covid patients are in hospitals across…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Possible outbreak of Delta variant identified in Athlone

    A possible outbreak of the Delta variant has been identified in Athlone. But health officials in the midlands say it's not yet confirmed as the strain first discovered in India. The HSE says the Covid-19 cases were linked to socialising on Friday the 11th of…
  • Jun 22, 2021

    Galway Gardaí will renew appeal for information on longstanding missing person case

    Gardai will today renew their appeal for information into the disappearance of a woman in Galway 36 years ago. 33-year-old Barbara Walsh vanished in Carna in Connemara on this day in 1985. In the hours before the disappearance the mother of seven along with a…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Concerning increase in spread of Delta variant in Ireland

    There's has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the Chief Medical Officer. Dr Tony Holohan says it's estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20% of cases reported in the last week. It…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Councillor Joe Murphy is new Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council

    Fianna Fail Councillor Joe Murphy has been elected Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council for the coming year. Councillor Murphy from Scramogue is a brother of Senator Eugene Murphy -who also held the position of Cathaoirleach during his time on the local…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Galway Gardai raised concerns about outdoor drinking in early May

    Gardai in Galway claim they raised concerns about pubs serving alcohol outside as early as May 7th. The Justice Minister Heather Humphreys has spoken with the Attorney General and the Garda Commissioner in relation to legal issues that have arisen around…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    New Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council unanimously selected today

    Fianna Fail Councillor Paul Taylor is the new Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council. The Gurteen based councillor was unanimously selected for the position at the AGM of Sligo County Council today. Councillor Donál Gilroy is new Leas Cathaoirleach of the…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Strong economic case made for Galway to Mayo rail line in latest report

    A report published today by economist Dr. John Bradley, a former Professor with the ESRI, has found that there is a strong business case for the reopening of the railway from Galway to Mayo as part of the wider Atlantic Railway Corridor. The 210 page report,…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Four festivals & Summer Schools in Mayo receive grants

    Four events in Mayo will receive grants, as funding has been announced today for Small Scale Local Festivals & Summer Schools. Arts Minister Catherine Martin has allocated over €96,000 for 28 events taking place across the country. In Mayo, €5,000 has been…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    23 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital

    It's another busy day at the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital, with 23 people on trolleys waiting for admission to a bed. Elsewhere across the region, there are 19 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 17 on trolleys at Portiuncla…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    HSE boss confident 70% of adults will have received a Covid jab by the end of this month

    47,000 people registered for a Covid-19 vaccine when the portal opened for 39 year olds yesterday. It comes as 340,000 jabs were administered last week, with 52,000 given out on four days. Previously the Government had set a target of 82 percent of people…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Reek Pilgrimage 2021 expanded out through the month of July

    The Reek Sunday pilgrimage 2021 has not been cancelled but rather is being expanded throughout the month of July this year. That’s according to Fr Charlie McDonnell, the Administrator in Westport. In keeping with Covid restrictions and regulations, the plan…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Seven Mayo schools receive funding under Safe Routes to School programme

    Seven primary and post-primary schools in Mayo are to receive funding to improve their walking and cycling infrastructure. It’s part of the government's Safe Routes to School programme that’s being rolled out to 170 schools nationally, to make children's…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Mayo VFI Chair says things are pretty desperate for publicans without latest obstacles

    Things are pretty desperate for many publicans at present trying to get their businesses up and running, and they could do without being told now that they are not legally permitted to serve alcohol in new temporary seating areas outside their premises.…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Roscommon service station sold winning Dailymillions ticket

    A well-known family run service station store in Roscommon Town has been confirmed as the winning location for Wednesday night’s Daily Million top prize worth €1,000,000. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold on the day of the draw at Casey’s Service Station…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Call for intervention on university's plans to increase student accommodation rent

    The Minister for Further and Higher Education must intervene on a university’s plans to increase student accommodation rent. That's according to Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers, who was commenting on University College Dublin's plans to charge students…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    38-year-olds can now register for a Covid-19 vaccine

    Registration for a Covid-19 vaccine opens for people aged 38 today. It’s expected they will be given an appointment for a jab in the coming weeks. People can sign up online, or by phone.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Government urged to intervene after it emerges its illegal to serve alcohol in many outdoor areas

    The government's being urged to find a resolution after it emerged it's illegal for pubs and restaurants to serve alcohol in many outdoors seating areas. Gardai say drinking alcohol in temporary outdoor locations isn't allowed if they don't have a licence.…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Temporary Covid-19 testing facility to open Ballyhaunis

    An additional ‘pop-up’ COVID-19 testing facility will be available in Ballyhaunis this Thursday and Friday. The pop-up site will offer free testing without appointment from 11:00am to 07:00pm at The Friary on Abbey Street. The testing is available to those…
  • Jun 21, 2021

    Rural Ireland Organisation to hold protest outside the Department of Agriculture

    The Rural Ireland Organisation, in conjunction with Extinction Rebellion is holding a protest outside The Department of Agriculture Offices on Friday afternoon. Other like-minded organisations have been invited to attend the 1pm demonstration, which is being…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Funding secured for feasibility study into greenway from Ballina to Enniscrone

    55,000 euro has been secured under Leader funding for a feasibility study to look at developing a greenway/ trail linking Ballina to Enniscrone. Local Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary says the funding is welcome as community groups in the area are all keen to…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    New Mayor of Galway City to prioritise inclusivity

    The new Mayor of Galway City Colette Connolly hopes to use her platform to make Galway a more inclusive and tolerant city. She took over the role from City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard following her election on Friday. The Independent Councillor is the 8th…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Mayo is among the counties to benefit from McDonald's jobs boost

    McDonald's is creating 800 new jobs across the country. The fast food chain says the positions will be in 19 counties. The jobs will be in restaurants nationwide, including counties Galway, Mayo, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Sligo and Westmeath. McDonald's says the…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Over 250 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    There are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. The Department of Health says there are currently 49 patients with the virus in hospital. The number of people being treated in ICU is up one to 15.
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Bishop Patrick Rooke has today announced his retirement

    The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has offered his congratulations to Bishop Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, whose retirement was announced today and will take effect from October 31st this year. Bishop Patrick has been a true pastor to…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Growing concerns over the Delta Variant

    The Chief Medical Officers in the Republic and the North have highlighted their 'growing concerns' with the Delta variant. Tony Holohan and Michael McBride have appealed to the public to avoid activities that may put people at risk of contracting Covid-19.…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Total cost of redress scheme could exceed 1.5 billion euro

    Half of all the houses assessed under the mica redress scheme have been recommended for demolition. Donegal County Council originally said one in three would have to be torn down but that rate has now jumped to 50 percent, as more engineers reports are…
  • Jun 20, 2021

    Vaccine Portal now open for people in their thirties

    The Covid-19 vaccine portal is now open for people in their 30s. Those aged 35 to 39 can register for a vaccine from today. It's expected people in that cohort will be given their jabs next month, while vaccination of people in their 20s will start in late…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Tanaiste is not optimistic about pursuing building suppliers over defective blocks

    Leo Varadkar says the government is not optimistic about pursuing building suppliers for compensation over Mica. It's expected to improve a redress scheme for people whose homes were impacted by the defective blocks. And it's estimated the final cost to the…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Galway feminist and women's rights campaigner dies

    Galway feminist and women’s rights campaigner Mamo McDonald has died. Ms McDonald, a Tuam native, was a leading figure in the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) and its chair from 1982 to 1985. She was also a former chair of the Age and Opportunity…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    New city Mayor and County Cathaoirleach elected in Galway

    Colette Connolly has been elected as the new Mayor of Galway City. She takes over the role from City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard. The Independent Councillor is the 8th female Mayor of Galway and follows in the footsteps of her sister Catherine - Galway…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Over 390 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19. There are currently 48 people in hospital with the virus, down 10 on the same day last week. While 14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 8 over the same period.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Funding for two Mayo projects under Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme

    Over 20,000 euro has been allocated for two projects in Mayo under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme. The Ballinglen Arts Foundation will receive over 9,300 euro for a project entitled Exhibition: On a North West Shore. The Jackie Clarke Collection Mayo…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Ireland is set to receive its biggest Pfizer delivery to date

    The head of the Covid Vaccine Taskforce says the country's set to receive its biggest delivery of Pfizer jabs to date. Professor Brian MacCraith's told the Irish Independent 600-thousand doses will be delivered over the next fortnight. He says the vaccine…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Finance Minister says pubs and hotels will again be 'safe places to meet'

    The Finance Minister says pubs and hotels will again be 'safe places to meet'. Speaking last night at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Paschal Donohoe said "hospitality is an incredible part of society". He paid tribute to the way they coped when asked to close - and…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Health Minister makes changes to mandatory hotel quarantine list

    Canada has been removed from the mandatory hotel quarantine list. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly's announced Mongolia will be added to the list following advice from the Chief Medical Officer. From 4am on Tuesday, passengers that arrive in Ireland from…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    HSE boss says we are seeing benefit of vaccination as hospital numbers decrease

    The head of the HSE says the country is seeing the benefits of vaccination as hospital numbers are now down to 44. Paul Reid says 15 of those patients with Covid-19 are in ICU. He says there are 21 hospitals with just one case or less. Immunology Professor Dr…
  • Jun 19, 2021

    Detective Garda Colm Horkan to be remembered in Castlerea

    Detective Garda Colm Horkan will be remembered in the community he served today. A service will take place in Castlerea in Co Roscommon this morning, where he was shot dead just over a year ago. He was the 89th officer to be killed while in the line of duty.…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Over 300 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    321 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in Ireland this evening.New figures just released show 53 patients are in hospital, and 15 are in intensive care
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Sligo-Leitrim TD threatens to leave Fianna Fail over pyrite/mica scandal

    A Fianna Fail back bench TD says he'd resign if a Mica redress scheme is not changed to meet 100 per cent of the costs. The government is under pressure from homeowners to meet the full costs of remediation works. Thousands of people protested in the capital…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Works starts on new Mental Health Day Hospital in Tuam

    Work has started on the construction of a new Mental Health Day Hospital in Tuam. The facility is being built at the former Bons Secours Hospital at The Grove in Tuam, which closed over 20 years ago. The building and site was subsequently bought by the HSE,…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Ballyglass RNLI and Belmullet Tidal Pool Swimmers win golden welly award

    Ballyglass RNLI and Belmullet Tidal Pool Swimmers have won a golden welly award for their recent fundraising efforts for the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI award for ‘Best Community Partnership Fundraiser’, one of only six awards across Ireland and…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Mayo woman will be recognised for her role in helping the allies safely complete D-Day

    A Mayo woman will be formally recognised for her role in helping the allies successfully complete the D-Day landings during the Second World War. John J. Kelly, a retired Aerospace Engineer, is leading a tribute to 98-year-old Maureen (Flavin) Sweeney at the…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Public urged to share "keepsakes" from the War of Independence

    To commemorate the Decade of the Centenaries, Mayo County Council Arts Service, in partnership with the Jackie ClarkeCollection, commissioned Achill born, Margo McNulty, as the Decade of Centenaries Artist Residency. Her commission, entitled, Keepsakes,…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Roscommon Lotto player scoops Daily Million top prize

    Daily Million players in Roscommon are being urged to check their tickets carefully after one lucky player scooped the top prize of €1,000,000 in Wednesday night’s draw. The winning store where the Quick Pick ticket was purchased will be announced in the…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Restoration of freight service from Ballina to Dublin to be raised in the Dail on Tuesday

    Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary says he is confident that a solution can be found to restore the freight train service that has ceased operation from Ballina to Dublin Port. The decision by Dublin Port to stop the service occurred suddenly last week,…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Restricted visiting to get underway at UHG and Merlin Park from Monday next

    Galway University Hospitals, in line with guidance issued by national HSE, will be implementing changes to visiting arrangements at both University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital with effect from Monday next ( 21st June). From Monday, the…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Man remanded in custody in connection with cannabis seizure in Frenchpark on Wednesday

    A 20 year old Lithuanian man was remanded in custody yesterday in connection with the seizure of almost 600,000 euro worth of cannabis plants and herb at a house in Frenchpark on Wednesday. As part of an intelligence led operation, divisional drugs officers…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Woman who died in Athleague house fire is named locally

    The county Roscommon community of Athleague are said to be in shock at the death yesterday morning in a house fire of a well known local resident. The victim, a woman in her fifties, has been named locally as Noreen Flanagan. Investigations are continuing…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    Galway Senator says solar-powered schools are the future

    The schools of the future will be solar-powered. That's according to the Green Party which is bringing a bill forward to help get more solar panels on public buildings. The junior coalition party says the move is needed as our planning laws are too…
  • Jun 18, 2021

    "Up and Away" again today from Ireland West Airport Knock

    Today sees the first commercial flights in and out of Ireland West Airport Knock for almost six months now. Today the Ryanair services to London Gatwick and Luton, and flights to Liverpool resume, following the suspension of flights since last January due to…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Covid 19 almost eliminated in vaccinated population, despite more than 300 new cases of the virus today

    A further 373 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening in the Republic. In a statement, the Dept of Health says that 18 patients with the virus are currently in ICUs nationally. There are 54 patients with Covid 19 in hospitals. The Chief Medical…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Mayo Mountain Rescue tasked yesterday evening for a woman climbing Croagh Patrick

    A woman sought assistance on her decent from Croagh Patrick yesterday evening (Wednesday). At about 8.10pm, Mayo Mountain Rescue were tasked to assist a walker on the mountain with severe leg cramps due to the cold. The Deputy Team Leader of Mayo Mountain…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    NUIG study indicates use of sunbeds in tanning salons by underage clients

    33 percent of a sample of tanning salons in Dublin agreed to take a booking for an underage client, a new study has found. Researchers from NUIG sent a "secret shopper" to tanning bed operators in the capital and found 40 outlets to be in breach of current…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Woman dies in house fire in county Roscommon

    A woman in her 50s has died in a house fire in county Roscommon. The alarm was raised this morning. It happened in Athleague with the fire breaking out early this morning, with emergency services notified at 6.30am A woman in her 50s, was the only occupant of…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Grant scheme for outdoor seating extended to pubs not serving food

    Pubs that do not serve food are to be included in the new outdoor seating and accessories grant scheme, supported by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with local authorities, and the inclusion is welcome according to Independent Galway deputy Sean Canney. The…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Man due in court following drugs seizure in Frenchpark

    A man has been charged, following a major drugs seizure in the village of Frenchpark yesterday, where cannabis worth over half a million euro was seized. Members of the Roscommon & Longford Divisional Drugs unit searched a house in Frenchpark under warrant at…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Outdoor dining in Castlebar enhanced this summer

    Castlebar Municipal District has acquired a number of new picnic tables and has placed the outdoor furniture on Market Square earlier this week, and this morning on the Mall in the county town. They should be a welcome addition to the many outdoor coffee/tea…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    35-39 year olds can register for vaccine from Sunday

    The Minister for Health has announced that people aged 35-39 can register for a Covid-19 vaccine from Sunday. In a post on Twitter, Minister Stephen Donnelly said registration will open on Sunday for 39 year olds, Monday for 38 year olds and so on.…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Tributes paid on first anniversary of Det Garda Colm Horkan's death

    Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. The 49-year-old from Charlestown became the 89th member of An Garda Siochana to be killed in the line of duty, after he was shot and fatally injured in Castlerea shortly before…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Ferry service to Clare Island to be increased to four sailings per day

     Residents on Clare Island have won their battle for an improved ferry service to and from the island. Currently, there are two sailings per day between Clare Island and Roonagh Pier near Louisburg, but islanders have been calling for this to be increased to…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Residents, Gardai and Tidy Towns work together to enhance Castlebar Estate

    An Sruthán is a housing estate located just off the Turlough Road in Castlebar, and it was a hive of activity last weekend when the Castlebar Community Garda Unit, local residents and members of Castlebar Tidy Towns combined their talents in an effort to…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    New poll shows increase in support for Sinn Fein

    Support for Sinn Fein has risen to its highest level in its history, in a new Irish Times / IPSOS MRBI opinion poll. It shows 31% support for Sinn Fein compared to 27% for Fine Gael and 20% for Fianna Fail. Both Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have seen an increase…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Further Garda warning on scam phone calls

    Gardai are again urging the public not to fall victim to scam phone calls concerning PPS numbers. In recent days, Gardai have received reports from a number of areas relating to automated scam calls. The recipient is called and advised, by recorded message,…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    25% increase in Louisburg house prices

    It now costs more to buy a property close to the sea. A new report from the property website Daft.ie reveals the price of a home close to the coast has risen by an average of 23% since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Homes in Kilmore Quay in Wexford and Dunmore…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    329 cases of Covid-19 confirmed yesterday evening

    The Department of Health last night confirmed an additional 329 cases of Covid-19. 57 people are currently being treated with the illness in hospital, 19 of those are in intensive care. Health officials say the daily case numbers could change in future due to…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    One-year anniversary of death of Det Gda Colm Horkan

    Today marks the one- year anniversary of the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. The 49-year-old officer from Charlestown became the 89th member of An Garda Siochana to be killed in the line of duty, after he was shot and fatally injured in Castlerea…
  • Jun 17, 2021

    Cannabis worth €592,000 seized in Frenchpark, Co Roscommon

    Cannabis herb worth over half a million euro was seized yesterday in Co Roscommon. Members of the Roscommon & Longford Divisional Drugs unit searched a house in Frenchpark under warrant at about 3.30 yesterday afternoon. They discovered a sophisticated…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    More than 300 new cases of the virus confirmed this evening in the Republic

    There has been a further 329 Covid-19 cases reported in the Republic this evening. 57 patients with the disease are in hospital - down 3 in 24 hours. The number in ICU has also dropped by 4 over that time to 19.
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Minister says next month's re-opening plans from restrictions set to be met

    The finance minister says the government is sticking to its plan to ease restrictions in July. There had been calls to speed up the reopening as the vaccination programme has accelerated and Covid deaths have dropped. But Paschal Donohoe says patience is…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Minister seeks AG's view on companies contributing to Mica redress scheme

    The attorney general has been asked to look at legal issues around getting companies to contribute to the Mica redress. It's expected the final bill for the scandal, where thousands of homes suffered structural defects, could be over € 1.5 billion. Housing…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Councillors call on Dublin Port to reverse its decision re freight service from Ballina to the port

    A long-standing rail freight service between Ballina and Dublin has ceased operating, without warning. The freight service, with up to 7 return runs each week, has been operating for the past 10 years, carrying up to eighteen 45 ft containers, and…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    34 North Mayo communities allocated funding from the Oweninny Windfarm Fund

    Mayo County Council and Oweninny Power Designated Activity Company has announced the allocation of €162,400 to 34 local community groups from North Mayo. The funding comes as a result of a benefit fund to the local communities from the Oweninny Windfarm.…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    HSE West say there were no issues at the Mayo Vaccination Centre today despite traffic build up reported

    Despite a significant build up of traffic entering the county Covid 19 vaccination centre in Mayo at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, earlier today, the HSE West insist there were no issues at the centre. Listeners to Midwest Radio reported delays at the…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Irish Rail disappointed rail freight service between Ballina and Dublin Port has ceased operating

    Irish Rail says it's very disappointing that a long-standing rail freight service between Ballina and Dublin has ceased operating, without warning. The freight service, with up to 7 return runs each week, has been operating for the past 10 years, carrying up…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Big public reaction to new wall murals in Foxford

    The Foxford Wall Art Project committee, is a voluntary group of young Foxford natives keen to ensure the town remains vibrant and attractive, and to that end have commissioned two large painted wall murals on two premises in the town. With the backing of the…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Mayo homeowners will be included on new pyrite working group

    Mayo homeowners, whose properties are impacted by pyrite damage, will be represented on a new working group being set up to advise Government on altering and changing the current remediation scheme. Following a rally in Dublin yesterday attended by thousands…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Over €66,000 allocated for archaeological heritage projects in Mayo

    Funding of over €66,000 has been announced today for four archaeological heritage projects. Mayo FD Deputy Michael Ring says the grants are being allocated under the Community Monuments Scheme, which supports the conservation, maintenance and protection of…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Two new wall murals almost complete on the entrance to Foxford from the Castlebar side

    There is a lot of excitement and pride in Foxford at the moment, as renowned wall artist “Friz” is putting the final touches to two huge murals / wall paintings that now dominate entry into the town, from the Castlebar side. Located on the river Moy, the town…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Teenager missing in south Roscommon has been found safe and well

    A teenager reported missing from her home in south Roscommon has been found safe and well. Yesterday, Gardai issued a public appeal for information on the whereabouts of 15-year old Abbie O'Brien who was missing from her home in Monksland, near Athlone since…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Single-vehicle road collision near Bunninadden

    Emergency services are attending a road collision in Co Sligo. The single-vehicle crash occurred this morning on the R294 Tubbercurry-Gurteen road, past Quarryfield. It's not believed there were any serious injuries sustained in the collision, but the road…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Second doses of AstraZenica vaccine to be administered by mid-July

    People waiting for a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can expect to be vaccinated before mid-July. The HSE says it expects that the remaining 450,000 people, waiting for their second dose, will receive the jab within 5 weeks. The health service…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Dáil adopts SF motion calling for 100% redress for homeowners impacted by pyrite

    The Dail adopted a Sinn Féin motion last night, calling for a 100pc redress scheme for homeowners affected by pyrite and mica, as the Government did not oppose the motion. Earlier yesterday, thousands of people gathered in Dublin for a protest demanding a…
  • Jun 16, 2021

    Garda Commissioner to attend commemoration event for Det Gda Colm Horkan

    The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will be in Castlerea this Saturday, to attend a commemoration event, marking the first anniversary of the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan. The Charlestown native was shot and fatally injured while on duty in Castlerea…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    283 new cases of Covid-19 reported this evening

    283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening by the Department of Health. 60 people are currently in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours. 23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.
  • Jun 15, 2021

    A new film will be shot in Boyle later this month

    Shooting of a new film will take place in Co Roscommon later this month. Hillsixteen.com will be filming "13 Hours" in and around Boyle. The feature-length film, written and directed by Ciaran Creagh, will centre around a tragedy that happened in Ireland in…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Three quarters of a million euro announced for Mayo under the Live Performance Support Scheme

    Funding of over three-quarters of a million euro has been announced for 9 proposed events in Mayo, under the Live Performance Support Scheme. Nationally, the Government has announced 25 million euro in funding to help gigs and festivals to happen this year.…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Adoption rights group cautiously welcomes Tusla apology

    Aitheantas has cautiously welcomed an apology from Tusla to people who have been adopted. Maree Ryan-O'Brien, the founder of the adoption rights group says that while the apology is welcome, she still believes a new agency should be used to house people’s…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Mayo homeowners join pyrite rally in Dublin

    Hundreds of people from Mayo and Donegal have descended on Dublin this lunchtime for a demonstration, calling for a 100% redress scheme for homes affected by pyrite and mica damage. Those taking part are assembling about now outside the Convention Centre,…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    €516,000 allocated for additional outdoor infrastructure across Co Mayo

    Towns across Co Mayo are to benefit from funding of over half a million euro for additional outdoor infrastructure, as Ireland gears up for an Outdoor Summer, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Gardai seek information on missing Co Roscommon teenager

    Gardai are seeking assistance from the public in tracing a teenager missing from her Co Roscommon home. 15-year old Abbie O'Brien is missing from her home in Monksland near Athlone since Sunday. Abbie is described as 5' 6" in height, of slim build with long…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Crime reporter highlights problem of cannabis grow houses in Mayo

    Mayo has been identified as a county with a real problem of cannabis grow houses. That’s according to the Investigations Editor of the Sunday World Nicola Tallant, who says these criminal enterprises are largely run by foreign gangs. The crime journalist says…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    TV adaptation of Castlebar novelist's book reels in IFTA nominations

    The TV adaptation of Castlebar novelist Sally Rooney's Normal People has reeled in the IFTA nominations. This year's Irish Film & Television Academy Awards will be held virtually, with nominations released across 25 categories in Film and Drama. In Drama, the…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Funding for two projects in Mayo under LEADER programme

    Funding has been allocated for two projects in Mayo through the LEADER programme. A grant of over €135,000 has been allocated for Darragh McGee of Newport, to build a purpose-built accessible boat for angling and tours. And a grant of €46,000 goes to South…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Head of Tusla to issue an apology to adopted people

    The head of Tusla will apologise to adopted people for the hurt caused when dealing with the agency. Chief Executive Bernard Gloster will make the comment when he appears before the Oireachtas Children's committee today. He'll say he recognises many people…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Cabinet to be briefed on plans to reopen college campuses

    A full return to college campuses is on course for the autumn. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will brief his colleagues today on the plan to re-open third level education. Numbers are likely to be managed and staggered - but smaller lectures,…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Call for antigen testing to be used on flights between Ireland and Britain

    A Roscommon TD is calling for antigen tests to be used on a pilot basis on flights between Ireland and the UK. It comes as the Cabinet is due to consider changing the rules for travellers from Britain, amid concerns about the spread of the more contagious…
  • Jun 15, 2021

    Mayo homeowners affected by pyrite to take part in demonstration later

    Hundreds of people from Mayo and Donegal, whose homes have been damaged by pyrite and mica, are expected to travel to Dublin today to take part in a demonstration, calling for 100% compensation for repairing and rebuilding their homes. The Government…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    242 new cases of Covid-19 reported this evening

    There has been a further 242 Covid-19 cases reported this evening. 67 people are currently in hospital with the disease - a drop of 2 compared to this day last week. 23 of these patients are in ICU - down 3 over the same period.
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Foxford homeowner says they should not have to pay for rebuilding their home, due to pyrite

    A Mayo homeowner affected by the pyrite scandal says she faces paying out up to €100,000 to repair her house. Louise and Joe Pye discovered last year that their house in Foxford was among hundreds in Mayo and Donegal affected by pyrite and mica which cause…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Mayo gardai advise public of prevalent phone scam in operation today

    Gardai in Mayo are advising the public of a phone scam that appears prevalent today across the county. An unsuspecting member of the public receives a call from an 087 number and they hear the recorded voice purporting to be from a member of the gardai and…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Councillors welcome new CE of MCC at today's monthly meeting

    This afternoon was the first meeting of Mayo County Council with it's new CE Kevin Kelly. Councillors warmly welcomed Mr Kelly to the position. They also paid glowing tributes to the outgoing interim CE of the county, Peter Duggan. Peter remains as the…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Tributes paid to the late Pauline Murray at today's monthly County Council meeting

    At the start of today's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council tributes were paid to the late Pauline Murray, nee Lavin, of Charlestown who died last month. Pauline, a native of Kiltimagh, was a well known publican in Charlestown and was the wife of Sinn Fein…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Young Ballyhaunis golfer through to World Championships

    Young Ballyhaunis golfer John William Burke has been crowned the Under 12 US Kids Golf North of Ireland Summer Tour champion for 2021, and has now qualified for the World Championships in Pinehurst, USA. John William - son of John and Paula Burke from Devlis,…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Mayo TD calls for support of motion to provide 100% redress to homeowners affected by Pyrite

    Erris-based TD Rose Conway-Walsh has called for support of the Sinn Fein Pyrite motion which will be debated in the Dail tomorrow evening. The motion seeks cross party agreement to provide 100% redress for homeowners who have been devastated by the pyrite…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Second highest number nationally of patients on trolleys awaiting admission to MUH today

    There are 26 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Mayo University Hospital today. That’s the second highest number of patients nationally on trolleys waiting for hospital admission today, according to the INMO trolley watch figures. There are 12…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Planning permission sought for new Lidl store in Tubbercurry

    Planning permission is being sought for a new Lidl store in Tubbercurry. The proposed investment of €6 million will see up to 35 new jobs being created. This would bring to three the number of Lidl stores in Co Sligo. Lidl Ireland has confirmed it has lodged…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Covid 19 vaccine available in pharmacies from later this week

    1300 pharmacies nationwide are receiving Covid-19 vaccines from today, and will be administering the jab from later this week. They'll start administering the vaccine to people aged over 50 able and will be giving the one-shot Johnson and Johnson dose.…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Man taken to hospital and numerous parked cars damaged in Galway crash

    Gardaí are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Headford, Co Galway at approximately 4:00am on Sunday morning. A number of parked vehicles were damaged as a result of the collision. The driver, a man aged in his early 20s,…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Gardai recovered drugs in a house search in north Mayo on Thursday night last

    Gardai in Belmullet siezed a quantity of drugs following the search of a house in the Belmullet area on Thursday night last. Cannabis herb with an estimated street value of 415 euro was recovered when gardai entered the house at 10.40pm on Thursday night…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Sligo Yeats Society starts crowd funding campaign to guarantee its survival

    The Yeats Society in Sligo is under threat of closure. The group say it was thriving before the pandemic with the Yeats International Summer School, but revenue have dried up. It's launching a crowd funding campaign today to try and raise 100 thousand euro by…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Government to consider travel restrictions with Britain due to Delta variant

    The Government will continue to consider possible travel restrictions with Britain amid fears surrounding the Delta variant. Its said the strain, which first originated in India is making up around 90 percent of new Covid-19 cases in the UK. Ministers here…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Mayo GAA legend is special guest at Men's Health week webinar

    Men are being urged to 'make connections' as Men's Health Week kicks off today. The HSE is encouraging all men to support their health and wellbeing by contacting those they've been apart from by phone or if safe, in person. A third of all men who die, lose…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    Tuam pharmacist says local pharmacies can begin administering vaccines

    Over 1,300 community pharmacists can start administering Covid-19 vaccines from today. They'll start by giving the Johnson and Johnson shot to the over 50s, while the Pfizer jab will also be used later in the programme. The vaccine portal is also expected to…
  • Jun 14, 2021

    MMRT come to the assistance of a walker on Nephin

    Mayo Mountain Rescue Team undertook a second call out in two days over the weekend. They were put on standby for a mission in Nephin shortly before 1pm on Saturday afternoon, following a difficult rescue on Mweelrea the previous day. A walker with a lower leg…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Over 300 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has been notified of 315 new cases of covid-19 here. 62 people are currently in hospital with the disease, up 4 since yesterday. While there has been no change in the number of people in ICU, with 22 people receiving intensive care…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Community pharmacists to start administering vaccines from tomorrow

    Over 1,300 community pharmacists will start administering Covid-19 vaccines from tomorrow. They'll start by giving the Johnson and Johnson shot, while the Pfizer jab will also be used later in the programme. The vaccine portal is also expected to open for…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Concern grows in Government over the threat of the Delta strain

    The government is growing increasingly concerned at the threat from the Delta variant of Covid-19 ahead of a further easing of restrictions. A cabinet source has told the Sunday Independent they're in a "race against time" to get as many people as possible…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Government parties see drop in support in latest opinion poll

    The Government parties have seen a drop in support in the latest political opinion poll. According to the Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes survey, Fine Gael's fallen by four to 24 percent. That's ten points behind Sinn Fein, which has gained four to top…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Taoiseach to meet Attorney General over mica defects

    The Taoiseach is to meet the Attorney General in the coming days over the mica scandal. Micheal Martin's told the Sunday Independent it's to discuss how the Government can deal with the issue of defective blocks and pursue those responsible. He says he'll…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    One country added to mandatory hotel quarantine list

    One more country is being added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list. The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says Uganda is now included on the list of 'high risk' countries. People arriving here from that state will have to stay in a designated hotel for 14…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Galway Mountain Rescue Team respond to casualties in the south Bens

    Galway Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for assistance in the south Bens area yesterday. The team made contact with the casualties late last night. One person was walked off, while the second received further first aid care from the team. After a long…
  • Jun 13, 2021

    Two hikers were rescued from a steep section of Mweelrea Mountain

    Mayo Mountain Rescue team rescued two walkers who got into difficulty hiking Mweelrea Mountain on Friday afternoon. Two walkers strayed into steep ground on their descent of the mountain. The team was tasked with a full call out at 2:45pm. Using the GPS on…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 here. There are 58 people currently in hospital with the virus, of which 22 are in ICU. The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation. The…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Gardaí locate man missing from Sligo Town

    Gardaí have located a man who went missing from Sligo Town earlier this week. Gary Dalton from Annagry, Co. Donegal has been located safe and well. An Garda Síochána have thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Six Kayaks stolen from Keem Adventure centre

    Six Kayaks were stolen from Keem Adventure centre in Achill this week. The Kayaks went missing sometime between Tuesday and Thursday and are worth around three thousand euro. The outdoor pursuits company works weekends only throughout the month of June and…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Aer Lingus cancels all Stobart Air regional flights

    All Aer Lingus regional flights operated by Stobart Air have been cancelled, after Stobart announced it's ceased trading. The company says a failed takeover and the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the decision. Aer Lingus says the…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Hottest day of the year expected this weekend

    This weekend could see the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures of up 26 degrees are expected tomorrow. Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather says it will be warm today but Sunday will be a scorcher:
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Over 100,000 children await hospital treatment

    Over 100,000 children are waiting for hospital treatment. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says 40,000 are on lists longer than a year. It's warning a shortage of consultants across all paediatric specialties is restricting children from accessing…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Public health expert says slight rise in Delta variant a 'real worry'

    A public health expert says the slight rise in the Delta variant in Ireland is a 'real worry' given the trends in the UK. There were 126 cases of the Delta strain here by May 29th - which is reported to be an increase of ten. It comes as 319 new cases of…
  • Jun 12, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for assistance in tracing a missing man

    Gardaí in Sligo are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of 59-year-old missing man Gary Dalton from Annagry, Co Donegal. Gary was last seen in Sligo Town on the 8th June 2021. He is described as approximately 5ft 8 inches in height, of thin…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Mayo deputy disappointed with refusal again of members of the Report into Mother and Baby Homes to appear before Oireachtas Committee

    Members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission have refused to appear before an Oireachtas committee for a third time. Children's Minister Roderic O'Gorman says their decision is 'disappointing' and is urging them to reconsider. The commission had been…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Young boy has died following a tragic incident in Tulsk earlier this week

    A young child has died in hospital after a tragic incident in county Roscommon earlier this week. Emergency services attended the boy's home in Tulsk on Monday. and Gardaí and paramedics treated the toddler at the scene and he was taken to University College…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Gardai appeal for public assistance in connection with damage to a boat in county Galway

    Gardai are appealing for information after a boat was damaged at Oughterard Pier in Co Galway last month. Gardaí in Oughterard are investigating an incident of criminal damage which occurred on a date between May 12, 2021 and May 17, 2021. Significant damage…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Authors of the Commission Report into Mother and Baby Homes again refuse to appear before an Oireachtas Committee

    Members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission have refused to appear before an Oireachtas committee for a third time. The three members of the commission delivered a letter to the committee this morning, refusing to appear to address concerns about the…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Hottest day of the year expected this Sunday

    It's set to be a mostly dry weekend ahead, with the hottest day of the year expected on Sunday. Met Eireann says temperatures could soar to 26 degrees in some places. Overall, the weekend is set to be mostly dry, with the south, east and midlands area to…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    The EU Council has adopted the proposals that will facilitate travel between member states

    Regulations giving effect to the Digital Covid Certificate will be signed at EU level on Monday. The EU Council's adopted the proposals that will facilitate travel between member states. Earlier this week, MEPs at the European Parliament backed the proposals.…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Traffic disruption this afternoon following a road collision close to Collooney, county Sligo

    A road collision is disrupting traffic in the Collooney area this afternoon. The R293 by Clarke’s Bridge near Collooney, at Bellinaball, is down to a single lane following the incident that occurred around 2pm. There are no reports of serious injuries.…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    30 patients on trolleys today awaiting admission to MUH

    There are 30 patients on trolleys awaiting admission to Mayo University Hospital today, according to the latest INMO trolley watch figures. That’s the second highest number of patients on trolleys today at any hospital in the country. Nationally there are 212…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    CE and TÚS participants' contracts to be further extended

    The Department of Social Protection has today announced that Community Employment and TÚS participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021. Deputy Michael Ring says “these supports will ensure the schemes can fully re-commence in…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Tucker Street Castlebar may be closed to traffic in the evening to allow outdoor dining

    Castlebar councillors are to consider closing Tucker Street in the town to traffic, each evening, to facilitate an outdoor dining area for local businesses. The proposal that will be discussed next week in detail by elected councillors and council officials…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Intersport Elverys team up with Energia to use 100% green electricity in its sports stores

    Electricity supplier Energia has announced that it is partnering with Intersport Elverys to supply 100% green electricity to all their sports stores across Ireland. Intersport Elverys now has 50 stores nationwide. The Intersport Elverys brand is one of the…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Plans for proposed IDA industrial park in Ballina remain on track

    Plans are still on track to apply for planning permission for the proposed IDA Ireland industrial park in Ballina in the third-quarter of this year. That's according to Minister of State Robert Troy, who was responding to queries from Mayo TD Dara Calleary on…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Mayo Senator welcomes rise in people flying into the country

    The number of people who arrived into Dublin Airport rose by nearly 36 per cent last week - despite mandatory hotel quarantine for over 50 countries. Over 21,100 people flew into the facility - compared to 15,600 the previous week. Nearly 12,000 were Irish…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Fans will return to sporting events across the country this weekend

    Today will mark the return of fans to sports events - with crowds of about 1,000 attending three matches. They're the first of 16 trial events taking place during June and July. Leinster Rugby are playing the Dragons at the RDS, while two League of Ireland…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Number of Covid patients in ICU at lowest level this year

    The number of people being treated in intensive care for coronavirus is at its lowest level this year. 23 patients with covid 19 are currently in ICU, while 59 people are in hospital - the lowest in nearly 9 months. 398 new cases of the disease have been…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Farmers to hold nationwide rally over CAP proposals

    Farmers will take to the streets in towns across the country today for a nationwide rally. They'll be highlighting the importance of commercial farming to the rural economy and will warn against the dangers of current CAP proposals. The IFA says the current…
  • Jun 11, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Galway

    Gardai are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash in County Galway. It happened at a junction on the N84 at Grange, Corandulla at around a quarter past 9 on Wednesday night. Two cars collided and one of them veered off course and collided with a third…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    23 Covid patients are in intensive care units this evening in the Republic

    There are 398 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic. 23 Covid patients are in intensive care units nationally and that is the lowest number of such patients this year. A total of 70 patients are in hospital with the virus. As of Tuesday, the country's 14-day…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Significant delays for patients today at GUH

    Patients attending the Emergency Department, outpatient and other appointments at University Hospital Galway are facing significant delays as the impact of the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to affect the delivery of hospital services. In a…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    "I am What I am" is an exhibition celebrating gender and identity in Ballina Arts Centre

    Mayo Arts Service in partnership with Creative Ireland is presenting I am What I am, an exhibition celebrating gender and identity in Ballina Arts Centre I Am What I Am is a nuanced celebration of artists who work with gender, sexuality, identity and politics…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    INHFA Chair in favour of CAP reform proposals on offer

    The Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) is contesting the narrative that the current CAP proposals will undermine the income of Irish farmers. Mayo Chair Seamus Cosgrave argues that nationally, under a full flattening of payments, 72,710 farmers…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Three projects to be developed through 20 million euro Failte Ireland funding for Westport House Estate and Gardens

    Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of over €20 million euro for Westport House Estate & Gardens towards its development as a world-class visitor attraction. A key element of the investment will be in the "Wild Realms" project, which will allow visitors to…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    16,000 euro of drugs recovered in garda searches of a number of Mayo houses over the last number of days

    Gardai in Mayo seized more than 16,000 euro worth of drugs and one man was arrested, following searches of a number of houses in Castlebar, Ballina and Westport over the last number of days. The searches were all carried out under warrant by the members of…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Failte Ireland investing over €20 million in Westport House Estate & Gardens

    Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of over €20 million euro for Westport House Estate & Gardens. It's part of a €73 million euro investment in four major projects in Mayo, Cavan, Donegal and Dublin. The largest allocation - €20.2 million - goes to Westport…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Chair of the Rural Ireland Organisation claims IFA CAP reform protest tomorrow is anti farmer equality

    The Rural Ireland Organisation, formally known as Ireland’s Future claims the IFA CAP reform protest planned for Mayo tomorrow (Fri) is against equality and against 72,000 small farmers getting any increase in their payments. Chairperson of The Rural Ireland…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Final report published into aircraft accident in Co Galway last Summer

    The final report has been issued into an aircraft accident in Co Galway last Summer. On 11th July 2020, the Cessna aircraft with one crew member and one passenger on board was en route from Rathcoole Aerodrome in Co Cork to the Tibohine Airfield in Co…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    N84 Headford Road reopens following collision last night

    A section of the N84 Headford road, which was closed to traffic following a collision last night, has just reopened within the past few minutes. Two vehicles were involved in a collision at about 9pm last night, which caused one vehicle to veer off path and…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    IFA drive-thru demonstration in Ballina tomorrow

    The Irish Farmers Association will hold a demonstration in Ballina tomorrow morning (Friday), as part of a nationwide campaign to highlight the importance of commercial farming to the rural economy. In the first large-scale demonstration by the IFA since the…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Housing Minister says Govt not ignoring devastation caused by pyrite damage

    The devastation and stress for homeowners caused by pyrite damage is not being under-estimated or ignored by Government. That's according to the Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien who gave an update to the Cabinet yesterday in relation to the Defective Concrete…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Man to go on trial next January charged with murder of Co Galway pensioner

    The trial of a man accused of murdering a Co Galway pensioner will go ahead at the Central Criminal Court next year. 55-year old Michael Scott from Gortanumera, Portumna is charged with the murder of Chrissie Treacy, also from Portumna, on April 27th, 2018.…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Vaccine portal to open next week for 30-39 year olds

    People in their 30s are set to be able to register for a Covid-19 vaccine next week. The HSE says it expects registration for 30 to 39 year olds to open online shortly. Over 3.1 million vaccines have been administered so far - with registration still open…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    Renewed appeal for information on pipe bomb found in Tuam last month

    Gardai are renewing their appeal for information following the discovery of a pipe bomb in Tuam last month. Members of the Army bomb disposal team from Athlone attended the scene on the morning of May 12, and made the area safe. However, it was established…
  • Jun 10, 2021

    N60 reopens between Ballyhaunis & Claremorris following collision

    The N60 road between Ballyhaunis and Claremorris has reopened to traffic following a collision yesterday evening. A car overturned at Ballygowan bridge, and Midwest News understands one person was taken to hospital from the scene. The accident occurred…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Lowest number of new Covid confirmed cases in the Republic this year, reported today

    The lowest number of Covid-19 cases this year has been recorded today. NPHET has reported 259 new cases this evening - the lowest since December 12th. There are 76 Covid patients in hospital, with 27 in intensive care. Galway GP, Dr Martin Daly, a former…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Emergency services are at the scene of a road collision on the Headford Road out of Galway this evening

    The emergency services are attending a road collision on the Headford road out of Galway city this evening ( 5.15pm) , about 10 miles from the city. There are significant traffic delays along this busy route as a result. There are no further details…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Pharmacies to start administering Covid vaccines

    Pharmacies will start administering COVID vaccines from next week. It's expected around one-thousand community pharmacies will begin issuing Johnson and Johnson vaccines to the remaining over-50s from next Monday. Around 350 pharmacies will be issuing Pfizer…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Public warned not to look directly at partial solar eclipse tomorrow

    People are being urged not to look directly at the partial solar eclipse tomorrow. The cosmic event will be visible from Ireland between 10am and 12:30pm tomorrow. During those few hours, nearly half of the sun will be blocked out by the moon. David Moore…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    New Circle K opens on Achill Island

    Circle K, Ireland’s largest forecourt and convenience retailer, has opened a new franchise Circle K on Achill Island. The family-run business, currently operated by Margaret Lavelle, has been on Achill Island for over 35 years. The grand opening took place at…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Green light for 200 million euro N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road

    The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, has announced that the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge Road Project has been approved by Cabinet today and will now progress to the construction phase. The project involves the construction of 34km of new single…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Kiltimagh students mostly happy with first Leaving Cert exam paper

    The first exam of Leaving Cert 2021 is over. Students sat English Paper One this morning, while those studying Home Economics will have another exam this afternoon. It's a very different Leaving Cert this year, as candidates had the option of choosing…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Cong hotels first in Ireland to provide guests with onsite Covid PCR tests

    Ashford Castle and sister hotel, The Lodge at Ashford are the first hotels in Ireland where guests can avail of an onsite Covid-19 PCR test, with results available within 12 hours. Working in partnership with Communicare Medical Supplies and available now,…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Call for Commission Report into Mother and Baby Homes to be repudiated

    Tuam Mother and Baby Home Alliance PRO Breeda Murphy insists the Commission of Investigation Report into Mother and Baby Homes needs to be rejected as invalid. She says the lack of respect for survivors’ testimony in the Report, makes it an invalid record of…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Walk-in Covid-19 test centre reopens in Ballina

    A walk-in test centre for Covid-19 will open in Ballina tomorrow morning, and will be available on Thursday and Friday. No appointment is necessary for people to attend the testing facility at the Stephenites Ground on Lord Edward Street, which will be open…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    101 complaints from Mayo to the Ombudsman last year

    Over 100 complaints were made to the Ombudsman last year from people in Mayo. The 2020 report shows that, nationally, complaints to the Ombudsman about public services fell by 6% last year compared to the previous year. 3,418 complaints were made in 2020, a…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Two paddleboarders rescued after drifting out to sea off Co Sligo

    Two people on paddleboards were rescued after they had drifted out to sea in Co Sligo yesterday. The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to launch on Tuesday evening after reports that two paddleboarders had been blown out to sea off Mermaid's Cove.…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Cabinet to hear costs involved in fixing houses damaged by pyrite

    Government Ministers will be told today that the cost of fixing defects in houses in the West and northwest caused by pyrite could go beyond €1 billion. Housing Minster Darragh O'Brien is expected to brief Cabinet colleagues on the Government's support scheme…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Twin sisters from Ballaghadereen meet up to celebrate 90th birthday

    Twin sisters from Co Roscommon, who've been separated for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, met up yesterday to celebrate their 90th birthdays, by travelling from Dublin to Galway by train for a short holiday. Kathleen Galligan and Margaret Gilna nee…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    €187,000 allocated for Mayo sporting projects under Dormant Accounts funding

    €187,000 in funding has been approved for Mayo sporting projects under Dormant Accounts Funding. Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the investment package for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures in the county. Just under…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    NUI Galway slips down in latest world university rankings

    NUI Galway is one of four of Ireland's universities that have slipped down in the latest world university rankings. The new QS World University Rankings for 2022 saw NUI Galway drop 20 places to 258th overall, University College Cork (UCC) drop 12 places to…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Rise of Delta variant of Covid-19 in Ireland " a concern"

    A leading immunologist says the rise of the Delta variant of Covid-19 on the island of Ireland is worrying. There have been at least 115 confirmed cases of the variant sequenced in the republic. It comes as the latest daily figures from the Department of…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Gardai find siphoning pump and drums during search of vehicle in Sligo

    Gardai on patrol in Sligo on Monday night stopped a vehicle for road traffic offences. Following a search, a siphoning pump and drums were located. Gardai believe that stopping the vehicle and its male occupants prevented a crime that was about to take place,…
  • Jun 09, 2021

    Over 1500 students in Co Mayo begin Leaving Cert exams today

    Over 1,500 students across Co Mayo will sit their first Leaving Cert exam today. 1,605 candidates in Mayo applied for accredited grades this year, while 1,424 are sitting the exams - the figures indicate that the majority of students in the county opted for…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    271 Covid-19 cases reported this evening

    271 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland this evening. It's the second lowest daily tally this year. 77 patients are currently in hospital with the virus - with 27 in intensive care.
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Councillor defends weekend scenes in Westport

    A Westport Councillor has defended those who enjoyed outdoor drinking and dining facilities in the town over the bank holiday weekend. Pubs and restaurants with outdoor facilities enjoyed a bumper weekend, as the town was very busy with tourists. However, a…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Upgrade of water services in Ballaghadereen gets underway

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have today commenced upgrade works for water services in Ballaghadereen. Local TD Claire Kerrane says work is starting on a 2 km stretch of problematic old water mains between Lung River and Cooneys in Tibohine. This…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Outpatient clinics resume at Mayo University Hospital

    Outpatient clinics at Mayo University Hospital have restarted, following the recent cyber attack on the HSE's IT systems, which resulted in the widespread cancellation of services. The HSE says outpatient clinics have resumed, with a combination of…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Gyms reopen as covid restrictions lift

    Mayo Leisure Point is an indoor entertainment complex in Castlebar, with a bowling alley, a cinema that re-opened yesterday , a Leisure Club including a swimming pool that opened today, restaurants/ diners and Hogs Heaven Sports Bar among it facilities. Cora…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Take-away business busy, but Castlebar cafe owner looking forward to sit-down customers from next month

    The Tara Café is located in the Penneys / Supervalu shopping centre in Castlebar and is open for takeaway only at present, but looking forward to reopening for indoor dining next month. Owner Fiona Ryan has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa about the…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Mayo looks set to be Ireland's premier destination this summer

    Breaffy House Resort on the outskirts of Castlebar is looking forward to a very busy Summer, and has opened new outdoor food and drink facilities for customers on it over 100 acre site. The hotel fully reopened for residents last Wednesday, in line with…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    TF Royal Hotel and Theatre, Castlebar expands outdoor dining facilities

    While theatres and concert halls are still awaiting clarification on the numbers that can attend individual concerts, Kodaline has today announced details of an acoustic nationwide tour in November and December, including a concert at the TF Royal Theatre in…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Two car collision on the N5 at Swinford junction this morning

    Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision outside Swinford this morning. The two car crash occurred on the Swinford junction of the N5 at around 8:45am. Two people were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Thousands of Leaving Cert students spending last day preparing for exams

    Tens of thousands of Leaving Cert students are spending their last day studying ahead of the exams getting underway tomorrow. The class of 2021 have had the option of sitting the exams, accepting calculated grades or choosing both. This year's results won't…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    High temperatures forecast across the country this week

    Temperatures could hit as high as 24 degrees in parts this week. The good conditions over the past couple of days are set to continue, however there's the chance of some patchy showers in places. The best of the weather is expected to hit the country from…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    In-person driver theory tests resume today across the country

    In-person driver theory tests resume today at the 40 testing centres across the country. The Road Safety Authority says it'll initially do 25,000 theory tests per month, increasing to 50,000 over time. More than 120,000 people are currently waiting to take…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Galway Councillor calls for designated outdoor drinking areas

    A Galway Councillor is calling for designated public spaces for outdoor drinking to be piloted this summer. Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Cheevers argues that a lot of public drinking is currently happening in green spaces and is taking away from city…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Covid-19 patients in hospitals at lowest point since mid-September

    The number of Covid-19 patients in Irish hospitals has fallen to its lowest point since mid-September last year. There are 69 people with the virus on wards, down 29 percent on last week. In ICU there's a similar trend - last night there were 26 patients - 25…
  • Jun 08, 2021

    Woman taken to hospital following single vehicle collision near Clifden yesterday

    Gardaí are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision that occurred on the N59 near Clifden yesterday at approximately 12 noon. A woman, in her 30s, was air lifted to University Hospital Galway to be treated for serious yet non-life threatening…
  • Jun 07, 2021

    377 new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    The Department of Health has reported an additional 377 cases of Covid 19.69 people are receiving treatment in hospital for the disease, of which 26 are in ICU.The Chief Medical Officer is asking people to continue to work from home unless it's necessary to…
  • Jun 07, 2021

    Walk-in Covid test Centre to open in North Mayo

    The HSE is continuing with its programme of COVID-19 walk-in test centres which enable people in those communities local to the centre get a free COVID-19 test without having to make an appointment in advance. These test centres are an important part of the…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Gardaí locate man missing from Galway since mid-May

    Gardaí have located a 64-year-old man who has been missing from the Salthill area of Galway since the middle of May. Billy Hill has been located safe and well. Gardaí have thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Over 300 cases of Covid-19 confirmed, as vaccine portal opens to 40-year-olds

    Health officials have confirmed 313 new cases of covid-19. 70 people are currently in hospital with the virus. 27 are being treated in ICU. The Health Minister says 3 million Covid vaccine doses will be given this bank holiday weekend. Stephen Donnelly says…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Hill walker airlifted to hospital near Blacksod

    Ballyglass Coast Guard Unit were tasked with a callout this morning by MRSC Malin following a request from NAC. A hill walker had fallen ill while walking along the coastline between Blacksod lighthouse and Faulmore. Once on scene the local HSE paramedics and…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Gardaí close road to Achill beach due to large volumes of traffic

    Gardaí are appealing to people heading to the Mayo coastline this afternoon to avoid Keem Bay. Heavy traffic has been reported in the area since mid-morning and Gardaí have closed the road at Dooagh for safety reasons. It is expected the road will remain…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    The Rural Ireland Organisation will hold a demonstration in Mayo tomorrow

    A demonstration will be held in Newport tomorrow calling for the redistribution of Common Agricultural Policy funds to small farmers. The Rural Ireland Organisation, formerly Ireland's Future have organised the meeting for 11:30am on Monday morning, with…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    An online player in Galway has won the Lotto jackpot

    Last night's Lotto jackpot has been won by a player in Galway. They scooped the 2.4 million euro prize by playing online. The National Lottery says they've notified the user's online account and sent them a separate email. It's the third week in a row that…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Gardaí appeal for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Galway

    Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Loughrea this morning. Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of the collision on Gort Road at approximately 2.10am. The collision involved a motorcycle and another vehicle.…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Call on Government to prevent Delta variant taking hold in Ireland

    A public health expert says the Government needs to act now to prevent the Delta variant from taking hold here. A small number of suspected cases of the strain have been identified in the North. People in Kilkeel, Co Down are being urged to get tested. It…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    WHO says crowded outdoor spaces still pose risk of contracting Covid-19

    The World Health Organisation says being in crowded areas outdoors still puts people at risk of getting Covid-19. Pubs and restaurants will re-open for outdoor service tomorrow for the first time in months. The easing of restrictions will also see gyms…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Size of national dairy herd must stabilise to meet climate targets

    The Agriculture Minister says the size of the national dairy herd must stabilise to ensure climate action targets are met. Charlie McConalogue's told the Business Post he'll only consider a cap as a last resort. He says the sector's made progress in reducing…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Religious orders still haven't committed to Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme

    Religious orders still haven't committed to contributing to the redress scheme for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes. The Children's Minister wrote to the orders in January after the commission of investigation's report was published. Roderic O'Gorman has…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Over 60,000 premises could miss out on high-speed broadband this year

    Over 60,000 homes and businesses who were due to get high-speed broadband this year could miss out. The rollout of the National Broadband Plan has only reached 4 thousand premises so far this year - out of a target of 115,000 by the end of the year. The…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    19 people arrested following a second night of violence in Dublin

    19 people have been arrested in Dublin after large groups of young people threw bottles at gardai. A number of streets were sealed off and the public order unit cleared crowds for a second night in a row. Two gardai were injured and a patrol car was also…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Public urged to leave no trace of eating outdoors this weekend

    Day-trippers and holiday makers are being urged to leave no trace when eating outdoors this weekend. MyWaste.ie says over 2 million single-use cups and plastic bottles will be used over the bank holiday weekend. The waste management resource is asking people…
  • Jun 06, 2021

    Adaptation of Mayo novelist's book in line for BAFTA glory

    Graham Norton and Paul Mescal will be flying the flag for Ireland at tonight's Bafta awards. Cork's Graham Norton is in the running for the entertainment performer award. Kildare's Paul Mescal is up for the leading actor prize for his role in Normal People.…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Over 400 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    Health officials have confirmed 416 new cases of covid-19. There are currently 74 patients in hospital being treated with the virus. 29 are in intensive care. Meanwhile, Stephen Donnelly has received his first dose of a Covid vaccine. The Health Minister,…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Plans revealed for a village enhancement scheme in Bohola

    Plans for a village enhancement scheme in Bohola was revealed at the recent meeting of the Claremorris-Swinford Municipal District. The aim is to enhance the village green, enticing passing visitors to stop, and to have a pedestrian/cycling friendly route…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Roscommon TD says no point in holding Beef Taskforce if real problems aren't addressed

    There is no point in holding meetings of the Beef Taskforce if the real problems facing the industry are not examined thoroughly. That’s the view of Independent Roscommon-Galway Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, who was reacting to Thursday’s meeting. The…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Dog fouling problem being tackled in Belmullet

    Belmullet Tidy Towns have launched a campaign aimed at tackling the persistent problem of dog fouling around the town. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight to dog owners the importance of cleaning up after their pets. The initiative includes the…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Calls for Pfizer vaccine to be rolled out to 12-15 year olds with underlying conditions

    The Health Minister says he'd like to see the Pfizer vaccine rolled out to 12-15 year olds with underlying conditions as quickly as possible. The European Medicines Agency has approved the jab for children of that age after a trial found it was safe to use.…
  • Jun 05, 2021

    Government set to consider proposals on redress for survivors of mother and baby homes

    The Government's set to consider proposals on redress for survivors of mother and baby homes in the next few weeks. The Irish Times reports the Children's Minister will bring a memo to Cabinet at either the end of this month or the start of July. The paper…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Over 500 new Covid-19 cases

    There are 529 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic. 86 patients are in hospital with the virus. 28 Covid patients are in intensive care - which is the lowest figure since before Christmas.
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Green light given to reduce time between administering doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine

    The green light has been given to reduce the time between administering doses of the Astra Zeneca Covid vaccine from 12 to 8 weeks. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says there will be a gradual reduction in the interval between the first and second doses in…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Bin stickers community road safety campaign underway on Achill Island

    A new road safety campaign involving wheelie bins and life-sized child stickers in Achill are an attempt to make Mayo roads safer as we head into a busy bank holiday weekend. The stickers shaped to look like a child about to run out on the road have been…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    GMIT President confident of a return to on Campus learning

    The President of GMIT says she is confident that they can welcome back all students and staff on Campus in September. Dr. Orla Flynn was commenting after the Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said he expects students and staff to be…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    "Leave No Trace", if visiting outdoor beauty spots across the county this Bank Holiday weekend

    This bank holiday weekend, Mayo County Council is calling on everyone to be responsible when enjoying the outdoors and to leave no trace. People visiting beaches, amenity areas and beauty spots over the weekend, enjoying the outdoors, are urged to take home…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Clerical changes in the Diocese of Achonry announced

    Clerical changes in the Diocese of Achonry haven been announced this afternoon by Bishop Paul Dempsey. Fr Vincent Sherlock, Parish Priest of Kilmovee is appointed Parish Priest of Tubbercurry Fr Joseph Gavigan, the Parish Priest of Ballaghaderreen is…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Gardaí seek help in locating calf missing from West Mayo

    Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a calf missing from the Mulranny area since Wednesday. The white charolais calf was reported missing from Bunnahowna Hill. Anyone who may have seen the animal or who has any information is asked to…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    International supplier insists Foxford Woollen Mills is "completely innocent and never buys animal fur items" from him

    The supplier of the item that caused social media controversy for the Foxford Woollen Mills last weekend, is adamant that the Foxford store is completely innocent and never buys animal fur items from him. For the last 60 years, internationally renowned Dublin…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    14 jobs approved for the Rosalie Unit this year

    14 jobs have been approved for the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea this year. That’s according to Senator Eugene Murphy, who says €1.4M in revenue is allocated for 2021. The Fianna Fail Senator says that the release of funding is imminent, adding that local…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Ballyhaunis Community School approved temporary modular accommodation

    Ballyhaunis Community School has been approved temporary modular accommodation. This news has been confirmed by Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary who says these units were required as a direct result of Covid. Three prefabs have been approved for…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Meat processors attend meeting of Beef Taskforce ahead of price report

    Meat processors have attended a meeting of the Beef Taskforce with future challenges and opportunities topping the agenda. The Agriculture Minister says a third report on prices along the supply chain will be published later this week. He says strong…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Calls for Government to reject Mother and Baby Homes report

    There are calls for the Government to reject a Commission of Investigation report into Mother and Baby Homes after it emerged 100s of people's testimony was discounted as it didn't meet a legal standard of evidence. Commission member Mary Daly told a seminar…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Drop of three percent in five-day moving average of Covid-19

    The national five-day moving average of Covid-19 cases has dropped by three percent over the past week to 392. 465 new cases were confirmed last night by the Department of Health. In hospitals there are 84 patients with the virus - down 16 percent on a week…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Sligo TD mistakes photo of a cornered off bench being repainted as a crowd control measure

    A Sligo-Leitrim TD has been forced to clarify after tweeting a photo of a cornered off bench in Strandhill, after it turned out the seat was simply being repainted. Fianna Fail Deputy Marc MacSharry tweeted a photo of a wooden bench yesterday, which was…
  • Jun 04, 2021

    Gardaí attended the scene of a car on fire in Galway yesterday

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a vehicle on fire in Galway yesterday evening. The incident occurred at Carnmore Cross near Galway Airport and resulted in significant delays to traffic during rush hour. No further information available at…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Lowest number of Covid patients in hospitals nationally this evening in over 8 months

    There are 465 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic. 84 patients are in hospital with the virus this evening. That's the lowest number in over eight months. 30 Covid patients are in intensive care , which is the lowest figure this year. There are no county…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Status yellow thunderstorm warning this evening for counties Mayo and Galway

    Met Eireann has issued a status yellow warning for thunderstorms in 4 counties. Residents of Mayo, Galway, Limerick and Clare are being advised of heavy downpours. That rain may also result in spot flooding. Forecaster Linda Hughes expects them to pass…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Garda drug seizure last night in Ballinrobe

    6,000 euro worth of drugs were seized late last night by gardai in Ballinrobe. Members of the Divisional Drugs Task force assisted by local gardai searched a house in Ballinrobe town just before midnight last night (Wed). They recovered 6,000 euro worth of…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Green light for major extension to Headford school

    Presentation College Headford has been approved for a large-scale capital programme. It involves the demolition and refurbishment of existing buildings and a new school extension. When completed, the school will be able to cater for more of 1000 students.…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Changes to vaccine rollout programme likely

    Two significant changes could be on the way to the vaccine rollout programme. The HSE is considering reducing the weeks between doses of the AstraZeneca jab from 12 to 8. While a large number of people under the age of 50 may only need one dose of a jab. It's…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Sinn Fein call for review into cost of Direct Provision Centres

    Sinn Féin's calling for a review into the cost of direct-provision centres, after its been revealed today that the fees paid to such centres rose to 175 million euro last year. The money was paid by government to private firms for running nearly 50 centres…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Petmania opens new store in Sligo today

    Irish owned pet-retailer, Petmania is to create 30 new jobs this year with an expansion spanning three locations in the North West. Petmania Sligo, the new pet super-store and grooming studio in Sligo town, officially opened its doors today.…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Further heartache for survivors of Mother and Baby Homes as its been confirmed their testimony was not used in Report of Commission into Mother and Baby Homes

    It has emerged that hundreds of survivors’ testimony was not used by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, and this is further heartache for survivors and their families, according to Tuam historian Catherine Corless. Yesterday, at an…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Over €1.5 million allocated for Mayo roads damaged by severe weather

    Funding of over €1.1 million has been allocated for road improvement measures across Co Mayo, where severe weather events have damaged local and regional roads. It will allow for flood alleviation measures, bridge repairs, road protection works and the…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Limited number of services resuming at Mayo University Hospital

    A limited number of services are being resumed at Mayo University Hospital following the recent HSE cyber attack. While all systems have not yet been restored, management say they are in a position to resume a limited number of services this week, on a…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Former Sligo Councillor Paul Conmy has passed away

    Tributes are being paid to former Sligo Fine Gael Councillor Paul Conmy from Culleens who passed away yesterday. He was elected to Sligo County Council in the Dromore area in 1979 and held his seat until 2009. The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Dara…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Lotto players in Castlebar & Athlone urged to check tickets

    The National Lottery is continuing to appeal to Lotto players in the Castlebar and Athlone areas to check their tickets carefully, as the latest Lotto millionaires have yet to make contact. On Saturday 22nd May, the Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1 million was…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    London Sky Pool installed by Roscommon developer

    A company owned by Roscommon-born property developer Sean Mulryan has created a suspended swimming pool, 35 metres in the air, between two apartment blocks in London. The Sky Pool allows residents to swim in the unique pool, which spans 15 metres, is…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Ballina Hotel developing outdoor Spa facilities with views over the River Moy

    Many hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and hostels reopened yesterday, as the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on the tourism and hospitality sector begins. The Ice House Hotel in Ballina will open their doors tomorrow (Friday) after being…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Jet-ski users should avoid encroaching swimming areas

    An increase in water safety incidents involving jet skis has led to a joint appeal for responsibility being issued by multiple water safety agencies. It's urging jet ski users to be careful of their own safety as well as "respect the safety and wellbeing of…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    Disruption of health services will continue into next week, says Saolta

    The HSE is warning people to expect 'significant interruption' to health services again next week. It says the situation has improved a little, with some computer systems working again after the ransomware attack, but many services remain cancelled. Up to…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    NIAC says AstraZeneca second dose can be given after 8 weeks

    The National Immunisation Advisory Committee has advised reducing the gap between doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. It has recommended 8 week intervals instead of the current 12 weeks. The advice could see thousands of people who've had a first dose fully…
  • Jun 03, 2021

    WHO warns of fourth wave of Covid in Ireland if people socialise too much

    The World Health Organisation says there could be a fourth wave of Covid-19 in Ireland - if people socialise too much. The warning comes ahead of the Bank Holiday Weekend, with large crowds gathering in Dublin, Cork and Galway last weekend. The Taoiseach says…