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 hit TV series ‘Normal People’ has received 15 nominations.

 

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    The family of a Mayo man, who body was recovered from a river in Georgia, say they're devastated at his loss. A murder investigation is underway after the body of 28-year old Tom Kennedy from Lahardane was found in a river in Gori last Saturday. Police in…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Galway's 7-day Covid incidence rate is higher than national average

    Waterford, Carlow and Donegal currently have the highest Covid-19 rates nationally, while Galway is now the only county in Connacht with a 7-day rate above the national average. Galway has recorded 568 new cases of the virus over the past week, with a rate of…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Covid patients as young as 17 being treated in ICU

    Intensive Care units around the country are treating people as young as 17 years old who are sick with Covid-19. 402 people are currently in hospital with the virus, 73 of whom are in intensive care. This includes 19 Covid patients in University Hospital…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Mayo author will not sell translation rights to new novel to Israeli publisher

    Castlebar author Sally Rooney has confirmed that she will not sell translation rights to her bestselling new novel "Beautiful World, Where Are You" to an Israeli publisher, in solidarity with a boycott of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Her first…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Work to start next week on accident blackspot near Dunmore

    There's some good news for motorists in the Dunmore area of Co Galway, as work is expected to start next week on a road-widening project at an area known locally as Twenty Minute Hill. A stop-go traffic light system has been in place at this location between…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Minister for Agriculture to visit Balla Mart tomorrow

    The Minister for Agriculture will visit Balla Mart tomorrow, as part of his Common Agricultural Policy consultation tour. Minister Charlie McConalogue is currently travelling around the country, to hear directly from farmers as part of the consultation…
  • Oct 13, 2021

    Child Rescue Ireland alert stood down as 2-year old girl found safe and well

    A Child Rescue Alert was stood down last night after a young child taken earlier in the day from Co Mayo was located safe and well in the Dublin area. Gardai issued a Child Rescue Ireland Alert shortly before 6pm yesterday evening, appealing for information…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Body of Mayo man discovered in a river in Georgia

    A murder investigation is underway after the body of a Mayo man was discovered in a river in Georgia. The body of 28-year old Tom Kennedy from Lahardane was found in a river in Gori last Saturday. Efforts are now underway to repatriate his body to Ireland,…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    1,466 new cases of Covid-19

    The Department of Health has reported a further 1,466 further cases of Covid-19 this evening. 402 people are currently in hospital with the virus, of whom 73 are being treated in ICU. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Ronan Glynn, has expressed concern over…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    2-year old girl missing from Swinford - Gardai issue alert

    Gardai have issued a Child Rescue Alert after a two year old child was taken from a health centre in County Mayo today. At about 10 past 10 this morning, 2-year old Aoife Haynes Murphy was taken from the Swinford Health Centre in contravention of a court…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Mayo SF TD says Budget gives with one hand but takes away with the other

    Mayo Sinn Fein spokesperson Rose Conway-Walsh says that, while social welfare increases in the Budget are welcome, the Government is giving with one hand, but taking away with the other....
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Mayo TD Dara Calleary welcomes Budget 2022

    Listen now - Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary welcomes investments outlined in today's Budget.....
  • Oct 12, 2021

    BCP gone live today at Sooey Community Hall

    A Broadband Connection Point (BCP) has gone live at Sooey Community Hall, in county Sligo today. Sligo Drumcliffe Cllr Thomas Walsh says National Broadband Ireland have today confirmed to him that the connection for fibre broadband has gone live. The BCP will…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Further Budget announcements

    In relation to social welfare, there are 5 euro per week increases in weekly welfare payments and the State pension, along with the weekly fuel allowance from midnight tonight, while thousands more carers are in line to receive the Carer's Allowance . A…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Cllr exposes lack of any register for people seeking affordable housing

    There is no record of the number of people seeking affordable housing in Mayo, as there is no place where anyone can register for such housing and that’s not acceptable, according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne. The Independent councillor raised the…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Ministers announce details of Budget 2022

    The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath are announcing details of Budget 2022 this afternoon. The total budget package is 4.7 billion euro -which includes 4.2 billion on expenditure and half a…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Investigations underway into arson attack at football club in Galway

    Investigations are underway into an arson attack at Galway Bohemians Football Club which occurred around 9pm on Saturday night. Club members and the local community raised the alarm to ensure crews were on-site very quickly. Severe damage was done to a…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Trolley numbers across the West today

    Trolley numbers are on the increase once again today at hospitals across the country. The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation is reporting 506 patients on trolleys - the highest figure since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes 30 patients on…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Gardaí investigate criminal damage to a van in Westport

    Gardaí are investigating an incident of criminal damage by fire at the weekend. The incident happened at approximately 10:30pm on Friday night. Members of the Westport Fire Brigade attended the scene. Midwest News understands a small van was set alight in a…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Nearly one in three 12-15 year olds haven't registered for a Covid-19 vaccine

    Nearly one in every three 12 to 15 year olds haven't been registered for a Covid vaccine. 68 per cent of this age-group have been signed up, and 60 per cent are fully vaccinated. Nearly 92 per cent of the adult population are fully protected, which is the…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Work underway on €9 million euro upgrade of the Lough Mask Water Treatment Plant

    Work is underway on a €9 million euro major upgrade of the Lough Mask Water Treatment Plant, to increase its capacity and in turn facilitate development across counties Mayo, Roscommon and Galway. The treatment plant, serving the Lough Mask Regional Water…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Galway West TD hits out at comments surrounding objections to Traveller accommodation

    Traveller sites tend to be associated with increased levels of crime, violence, anti-social behaviour, illegal dumping and burning. That's according to the County and City Management Association, which represents local authorities. It'll tell an Oireachtas…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Additional Budget 2022 spending aims to address rising cost of living

    Half price public transport for young people, a hike in the fuel allowance, and a rise in pensions are among the measures to be announced in today's budget. The 1.5 billion euro in additional spending will be largely aimed at addressing the rising cost of…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    Sligo-Leitrim TD concerned by Garda suspension figures

    24 gardai have been suspended from duty so far this year. Justice Minister Heather Humphreys says 41 officers were suspended in all of last year, and 21 in 2019. There's been an increase since Drew Harris was appointed Garda commissioner three years ago.…
  • Oct 12, 2021

    National school campaign to plant trees to combat climate change

    Primary school children in Mayo are being urged to sign up to support a nationwide campaign that’s aiming to plant tens of thousands of trees in a single day, to combat climate change. Schools that support the initiative will receive a native Irish tree…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    1,358 new cases of Covid-19

    1,358 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening. The five-day moving average has risen to 1,578. The counties with the highest incidence rates are Longford, Waterford and Carlow, according to the latest figures, while Mayo has the lowest 7-day…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Final Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Belmullet on Friday

    The HSE says a final Covid-19 vaccination clinic will take place in Belmullet on Friday next. The clinic will be open from 1-5 pm on Friday 15th October at the Belmullet Civic Centre. Anyone who has received their first dose in Belmullet and will be due their…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Rescue operation in Kilcummin Harbour

    A rescue operation took place in Kilcummin Harbour in north Mayo yesterday, after a diver got into difficulty. The Irish Coast Guard has confirmed to Midwest News that the alarm was raised at about 11.15 yesterday morning, when a diver was reported as feeling…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Mayo Lotto winner of €250,000 has come forward to claim prize

    The winner of a Lotto prize of €250,000 in north Mayo last week has come forward. The National Lottery has confirmed that the Lotto Plus 2 top prize winner from last Wednesday's draw has come forward, after buying their ticket at Bangor Erris Post Office,…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Public want speed reduced on Creagh Road Ballinrobe

    A petition with up to 200 names calling on Mayo County Council to address the speed of traffic on the Creagh Road in Ballinrobe was handed into the local authority by councillor Patsy O’Brien at the October monthly meeting of the Claremorris/ Swinford…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Councillor hits out at 'cloak and dagger' approach to Galway car meet

    Independent Councillor Mike Cubbard says it’s frustrating to see car enthusiasts staging unofficial car meets in Galway City. 'Galway Car Scene' had organised an event to take place in Salthill on Sunday through Facebook, which caused outcry from locals and…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    100 new jobs being announced at VistaMed in Carrick-on-Shannon

    There's a jobs boost for Co Leitrim today, as 100 new jobs are being announced at VistaMed in Carrick on Shannon. The company is a leading catheter and extrusion provider to the global medical device industry. VistaMed already employs over 500 people in…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Highest number of patients on hospital trolleys since start of pandemic

    Today sees the highest number of patients on hospital trolleys in one day since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation is reporting 477 patients on trolleys - including 87 at University Hospital Limerick. In this region,…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Increasing number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals nationally

    The number of patients in hospital with Covid-19 has risen to 400 today, according to the latest figures. It is the highest number since 8 March. 74 of these patients are in intensive care. HSE CEO Paul Reid says the number of people in intensive care units…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Call on Mayo County Council to tackle the unauthorised conversion of houses into flats

    The increasing number of unauthorised developments in Castlebar, where property owners are converting houses into flats or apartments needs to be addressed. That’s the view of Castlebar Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere. The councillor has called on Mayo county…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Status Yellow fog alert in effect across the region

    The country is under a status yellow fog warning this morning. Met Eireann says fog formed overnight will become dense in parts and leading to poor visibility, in particular in the midlands. The warning is due to be lifted at 11 o clock this morning.
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Rural Independent Group says BoI branch closures are a significant blow

    The Rural Independent Group says the closure of 88 Bank of Ireland branches, including three in Mayo, is a significant blow to the country. It's describing it as a 'whittling away' of rural services. Leader of the Rural Independent Group, Deputy Mattie…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Government TD calls for full public enquiry into defective blocks issue

    A government TD's calling for a full public inquiry to finding out who's culpable for the use of defective mica blocks. Fine Gael's Joe McHugh says a state redress scheme should extend to all homes with the building blocks. Officials have estimated the total…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Mayo native named 'Solicitor of the Year- Private Practice' by Law Society of England and Wales

    Mayo native Anne Kavanagh has been named ‘Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice’ by the Law Society of England and Wales. The Ballina woman, who is a Partner with the Irwin Mitchell firm in Sheffield, won the award for her work with women and children…
  • Oct 11, 2021

    Gardaí are investigating a number of burglaries in West Sligo

    Gardai in the Enniscrone area are advising homeowners in the sub-district of a number of burglaries over the weekend. The incidents happened over the course of Saturday evening and the early hours of Sunday morning. Gardaí are seeking assistance from the…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Over 1300 new Covid-19 cases confirmed today

    The Department of Health has reported a further 1,384 new Covid cases today. There are 382 patients with the virus in hospital. 74 of those are in an intensive care unit.
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Mayo writer selected for National Mentoring Programme

    Mayo based writer, Edel Burke, has been selected by Words Ireland to receive professional literary mentoring over the next eight months from an acclaimed Irish writer of their choice.Mayo County Councils Arts Service funded this literary mentorship along with…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Family Carers Ireland launch nominations for annual awards

    Family Carers Ireland has launched a nationwide call for nominations for its Netwatch ‘Family Carer of the Year Awards’. The national charity is calling on members of the public to help shine a light on Ireland’s forgotten frontline by nominating family…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Lotto player from Sligo scoops over €1.2 million in last night's draw

    An online lotto player from Sligo won over €1.2 million euro in last night’s draw. Lotto players across the country still have the chance to become the largest Lotto jackpot winner ever seen in Ireland as there was no winner of the huge €19.06 million amount…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Midlands North-West MEP says more needs to be done for young peoples mental health

    A Fine Gael MEP says not enough is being done to help prevent serious mental health issues in young people around the EU. Maria Walsh was speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg where mental health issues were discussed this weekend by young people…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Man charged in relation to drugs seizure in the west

    Gardaí in Leitrim have charged one man in relation to a drug seizure in Ballinamore yesterday. Cannabis herb and cocaine with an estimated street value of 55,000 euro were seized. One man, aged in his twenties, was released without charge last night, and a…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    New scheme for Creches & Childcare facilities expected to be announced in Budget

    Creches and childcare facilities could be offered more money to improve staff pay, in return for a freeze on fees for parents. The Sunday Independent reveals that the new scheme is due to be announced in the Budget on Tuesday, It reports that Children's…
  • Oct 10, 2021

    Bill for compensation to Mother and Baby Homes survivors to reach over 1.5 billion euro

    The Government expects the bill to the exchequer for compensation to Mother and Baby Homes survivors to reach over 1.5 billion euro. According to the Mail on Sunday, there's little confidence that Churches will contribute significantly based on previous…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Four people taken to hospital following collision in Ballina

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a two vehicle collision this evening, at Knockanillaun in Ballina.The collision, involving a van and a car, occurred on the N59 road at approximately 5.30pm. The four occupants of the car, all male, were…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Two men arrested following drugs seizure in Leitrim

    Gardaí in Leitrim have seized drugs with a combined value of €55,000 and arrested two men following a search this morning. At approximately 9am, Gardaí attached to Ballinamore Garda Station, with assistance from the Armed Support Unit executed a search…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    The Department of Health has reported 1,940 new covid cases today. It's a small decrease on yesterday's figure. There's 352 Covid patients in hospital, with 74 in ICU. It was also announced today that 92 percent of adults in Ireland are fully vaccinated…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Mayo Deputy says students feel misled regarding access to third level campuses

    Students feel misled regarding access to third level campuses. That’s the view of Mayo Deputy Rose Conway Walsh. The Sinn Fein spokesperson on Further and Higher Education says it’s welcome that third-level students have returned to campus after studying…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Growing frustration at NUIG as systems remain offline

    NUI Galway has said additional software will have to be installed on the university's IT systems as part of an ongoing effort to deal with a cyber attack. Internet traffic into and out of the college network has been disabled since last week after the initial…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Boost for pensioners in next weeks Budget

    Childcare, pensioners and people working from home look set to get a boost in the upcoming Budget. The Budget White Paper, released last night by the Department of Finance, confirmed a deficit of thirteen billion euro for this year, meaning the government has…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    20 Mayo schools awarded the Green Flag this week

    20 schools from Mayo were awarded the Green Flag this week for their dedication to sustainability and protecting their environment. Despite two school years with closures and challenges posed by COVID-19, 526 schools across Ireland were awarded Green Flags…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Mica Action Group says they won't back down in their bid for 100% redress

    The Mica Action Group says the Government has been 'kicking the can down the road' for the majority of 10 years on the Mica problem. It comes after thousands of homeowners and supporters marched through Dublin city yesterday, calling for 100 per cent redress…
  • Oct 09, 2021

    Quarter of the country not yet vaccinated

    A public health expert says a quarter of the country is not yet vaccinated. Trinity College Dublin Associate Professor Tomás Ryan says this is because children have not received a vaccine. He says Ireland has an R number of around 1, after a jump to 2,002 new…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Over two thousand new Covid-19 cases confirmed this evening

    The Department of Health has this evening been notified of 2,002 new Covid-19 cases. As of 8am today, 354 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU. The five-day moving average is 1,242. Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn said:…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Residents in Crossmolina on flood alert this evening

    Residents in Crossmolina are on alert for the next 24 hours as heavy rain is forecast for this evening putting the town at an increased flooding risk. A Status Yellow weather warning for rain remains is in place today for counties Mayo, Galway, Leitrim,…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Success for Mayo Business woman at Network Ireland Awards

    A Mayo woman has today been highly commended in the solo business woman of the year category at the Network Ireland Awards. Elaine Kennedy from Hawthorn hand care based in Partry on the shores of Lough Carra was today announced as the winner. After living in…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Anger & disappointment in Ballyhaunis today over Bank closure

    A third of Bank of Ireland branches will shut their doors for the final time today. 88 branches are closing as part of a move towards online transactions. While other services will be offered via the Post Office. In Mayo, branches will close their doors for…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Hundreds of farmers protest today in Roscommon town

    Farmers from across Connacht are out in numbers, many on tractors, on the street in Roscommon this lunchtime. They are taking part in a protest rally organised by the IFA. It’s one of four regional rallies being held today in Cavan, Roscommon, Portlaoise and…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Disruption to water supply today in Mulranny

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are working to restore water supply to customers in Mulranny. Crews were mobilised this morning when raw water quality deteriorated following heavy rainfall. Irish Water and Mayo County Council say they regret any…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Thousands turn out for Pyrite/ Mica protest in Dublin this afternoon

    People from across the region are in Dublin this lunchtime taking part in a pyrite/mica protest. Thousands of campaigners have gathered at the Garden of Remembrance and will proceed down to the Customs House in the city to demand that the government commit to…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Flood alert activated for Crossmolina due to heavy rainfall

    A Status Yellow weather warning for rain remains is in place today for counties Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo,Donegal, Cork and Kerry. Met Eireann is warning that rain is expected to be heaviest and most persistent later this evening, with significant…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Protest today in Dublin demanding 100% Redress for householders with pyrite in their homes

    People from across the region are heading to Dublin this morning to take part in a pyrite/mica protest. Campaigners will arrive in the capital to demand that the government commits to 100% redress. A draft report estimates that the total cost of the Redress…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    IFA protest rally in Roscommon today

    Farmers from across Connacht will converge in Roscommon Town this morning (Friday) for a rally organised by the IFA. This is one of four regional rallies being held today in Cavan, Roscommon, Portlaoise and Cork, to protest against CAP cuts, climate change…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Jobs boost for Drumshanbo and Strandhill announced

    The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar is in both Leitrim and Sligo today. He will officially open the Shed Distillery Experience, a €3.5m investment by the makers of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and will also turn the…
  • Oct 08, 2021

    Bank of Ireland Branches in Kiltimagh, Charlestown and Ballyhaunis to close from today

    88 Bank of Ireland branches across the country will close their doors for the last time today. The bank is ceasing services at approx a third of all of its branches. It claims that over the last three years, there has been a 60% drop in the number of…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Just over 1200 new cases of Covid 19 confirmed this evening

    The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been notified of 1,207 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. 355 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised nationally, of which 69 are in ICUs. The five day moving average of the virus now stands at 1,052
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Number One for Mayo singer

    A Mayo native reached number one on the iTunes Charts for Ireland yesterday with her debut single. Nicola O’Haire of Ballinrobe, and her cover of the folk song ‘Orphan Girl’ surpassed stars like Ed Sheeran and Elton John to the top of the 100-song chart.…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Met Eireann warns that the heaviest rainfall can be expected tomorrow (Fri)

    A Status Yellow weather warning for rain remains is in place for counties Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo,Donegal, Cork and Kerry. Met Eireann is warning that rain is expected to be heaviest and most persistent later tomorrow (Fri), and significant accumulations…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Tanaiste says many companies on the current 12.5% corporation tax rate will retain that rate

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the vast majority of Irish businesses won't be impacted by the Government entering a new deal on a global minimum corporation tax rate. It's expected Ireland will confirm it's joining the OECD deal after a Cabinet meeting this…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Eight Mayo Producers win at the 2021 Blas na hÉireann Awards

    Eight food producers from Co Mayo are among the winners in the Blas na hÉireann Awards 2021, which were held virtually once again this year. This is the 14th year of the awards, which recognise the best Irish food and drink products. Awards are presented in…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Irish Chair Display on exhibition at the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough

     A new exhibition entitled “Our Irish Chair:Tradition Revisted “ has opened at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, and displays a group of Irish chairs, which have been collected by the Museum for almost a century, and are…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Big lotto win in North Mayo

    There was one winner of the last night’s Lotto Plus 2 prize of 250,000 Euro. The winning ticket was bought in Bangor Erris Post Office in North Mayo. Mandy Carrabine of Centra in Bangor Erris which operates the Post Office says there is palpable excitement in…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Trolley numbers high across the West, as INMO says nurses "mentally exhausted"

    Trolley numbers remain high across the region today. The latest figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation show 49 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 25 at Mayo University Hospital, 26 at Sligo University Hospital and 15 patients…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Mayo Pyrite group calls for "feet on the street" at Dublin rally tomorrow

    People from across Co Mayo who are impacted by pyrite damage in their home, or who know anyone in this situation, are being urged to travel to Dublin tomorrow to take part in a national demonstration. Campaigners are seeking 100% compensation for the cost of…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    New poll shows Sinn Fein most popular party in Connacht / Ulster

    Sinn Fein is the most popular political party in the Connacht / Ulster region, according to the latest Irish Times/ IPSOS / MRBI poll. Sinn Fein is on 35% support in this region, with 23% for Fine Gael and 21% for Fianna Fail. The poll was carried out between…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Cheshire Mayo to receive new van, funded by donations to Christmas lights display

    A new van will be presented tomorrow to the O'Dwyer Cheshire Home in Bohola from funds raised during a Christmas lights display last year. The Coolegrane Lights near Foxford - organised by Kevin and Brendan Hughes -are one of the country's largest displays of…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Bishops' Mass at Knock Shrine next month to remember all who died during Covid-19 pandemic

    A special Mass will be held at Knock Shrine next month in memory of all who died on the island of Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic. The issue was discussed this week at the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference in Maynooth, where the bishops reflected on the…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Mayo Deputy calls for action as over 1200 passport applications from the county currently within the system

    A Mayo Deputy has voiced his frustration with the passport service citing a severe backlog in the system and a lack of response to queries. There are 1,232 passport applications from Mayo currently in the system and Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary says this…
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Winning Lotto ticket from last night sold in Mayo

    There was no winner of last night's Lotto jackpot of 19 million Euro. The top prize was last won in July. There was one winner of the Lotto Plus 2 prize of 250,000 Euro. The winning ticket was bought in County Mayo.
  • Oct 07, 2021

    Status Yellow rainfall warning in effect across the West

    A Status Yellow Weather Warning's in effect for five western coastal counties. Up to 50 millimetres of rain's forecast for parts of Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal over the next 48 hours. A similar alert's due to take effect in Cork and Kerry from…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Just under one thousand new cases of Covid-19

    31 people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the past week. It brings the total number of deaths related to the virus in Ireland to 5,280. 984 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the Department of Health in the last 24 hours. Latest figures show…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Attorney General looking at ways to penalise quarries which sold defective mica blocks

    The Attorney General is looking at ways to penalise quarries which sold defective mica blocks. Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has said he believes those responsible should play a role in fixing the problem. The Minister hasn't ruled out a 100 per cent…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Status Yellow rainfall warning for Mayo to last until the weekend

    A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning has been issued by Met Eireann which will come in to effect at Midnight. The weather advisory is for Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal and will remain in place until 3am on Saturday as heavy rain and flooding are…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Residents living in fear of anti-social behaviour in some Castlebar estates

    Residents in some housing estates in Castlebar are terrorised and living in fear because of the anti-social behaviour of their neighbours, and in a number of these cases the perpetrators are housed by Mayo County Council in private residences. The issue was…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Contract signed for €200m N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue

    The contract is being signed today for the €200 million N5 road project from Ballaghadereen to Scramogue. It involves 34 km of new single carriageway road, extending from the western end of the existing N5 Ballaghadereen bypass to the townland of Scramogue in…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    IFA rally in Roscommon town on Friday

    An IFA rally will take place in Roscommon town this Friday at 12.30. This is one of four such rallies being held across the country on Friday, under the title "Save Irish Farming". IFA President Tim Cullinane will attend all four rallies in Cavan, Roscommon,…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Well-known New York restaurateur, Sligo's Jimmy Neary has passed away

    The death has taken place of Sligo-born Jimmy Neary, a well-known publican and restaurateur in New York. A native of Tubbercurry, Jimmy Neary emigrated to America in 1954 at the age of 24 and went on to establish the legendary Neary's restaurant on East 57th…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Mayo's 14-day Covid rate now below national average

    Ireland will continue to see Covid-19 cases for many months to come, but a NPHET member says the country is currently "in a good place" in the fight against the disease. Professor Philip Nolan said "people should not be fearful, but they should be careful" as…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Age-friendly apartments approved for Westport

    There's good news for Westport this morning, as approval has been given for the construction of 17 age-friendly apartments. The new units will be constructed on the former Convent of Mercy site on Altamont Street, which has fallen into disrepair in recent…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    New €1 million fund to develop sensory gardens

    A new €1 million fund has been announced to develop sensory gardens, to benefit children and adults with disabilities. Galway East TD, and Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte has launched the €1 million fund, which is open to organisations…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Garda checkpoints today to check for defective tyres

    Today is Tyre Safety Day, and the Road Safety Authority, Gardai and the Irish Tyre Industry Association have teamed up to remind all road users to check their tyres to ensure they're roadworthy. It's estimated that defective tyres are contributory factor in…
  • Oct 06, 2021

    Galway named among top ten Best Small Cities in the World

    Galway has been included in a list of the top ten Best Small Cities in the world. Over 800,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveller filled out a survey for the 2021 Readers' Choice Awards, with Galway making it to number 9 in the top ten list. In its citation, the…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    1,124 new Covid-19 cases reported this evening

    1,124 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening. The five-day moving average of cases has continued to fall, for the fourth day in a row. Meanwhile, latest figures show there are 349 Covid-positive patients in hospitals nationally, which is 16…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Update on new Coast Guard Station in Westport

    It's hoped the contract will be awarded before the end of this year for the new Coast Guard Station in Westport. That's according to Mayo FG Deputy Michael Ring, who sought an update on the project from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Deputy…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Heavy rain across Connacht on Thursday & Friday

    Heavy rain is expected over the western half of the country this Thursday and Friday. Met Eireann has issued a weather advisory for the Connacht counties, as well as Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Donegal. The forecaster says a band of rain is approaching…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Medical evacuation off Inishboffin overnight last night

    A man was evacuated from Inishbofin island overnight by Achill Island RNLI. He was brought to Cleggan Pier in Galway and brought to University College Hospital Galway for treatment. The volunteer lifeboat crew of six with Dave Curtis as Coxswain, left Achill…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Minister says exclusion infrastructure projects from NDP should not been seen as Govt turning back on the West

    The exclusion of the Western Rail Corridor and the N26 road project should not be seen as the Government turning its back on the West -that's according to the Minster of State for Business Damien English, who says only projects at the end of reviews and…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Achill Island RNLI involved in night-time medical evacuation

    The Achill Island RNLI was involved in a night-time medical evacuation from Inishbofin overnight. The volunteer lifeboat crew left Achill shortly before 10pm last night in the all-weather lifeboat, travelling 20 nautical miles to reach the casualty on…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Patients facing lengthy waiting times at UHG due to high numbers attending

    Management at University Hospital Galway are warning that patients attending the Emergency Department are facing lengthy waiting times, due to the high number of people attending. The Saolta Hospital Group says there's pressure on bed availability in the…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Sligo's Dr Mike Ryan of the WHO to speak at Hospice forum

    The Irish Hospice Foundation is holding a two-day forum to examine our relationship with death and bereavement. The online event will include discussions on how we care for people at the end of their lives, and how best to support someone experiencing grief.…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    €981,000 in funding for CAMHS and perinatal services across the region

    €981,000 in funding has been announced for CAMHS services across the region and perinatal services in Galway. That’s according to the Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fail TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte. The Department of Health details says an…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Mayo Dark Sky Park to secure a new Planetarium and Observatory

    A Planetarium and an Observatory are two exciting, well advanced new developments planned for Mayo’s only National Park - whether it’s called Ballroy National Park or Wild Neiphin National Park or Wild Neiphin Ballycroy National Park. Details of both projects…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    NPWS admit change to the name of Mayo's National Park is "not written in stone"

    The National Parks & Wildlife Service has committed to “looking again” at its decision to rename Mayo's only national park. The decision by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to rename “Ballycroy National Park” to– “Wild Nephin National Park”, has evoked…
  • Oct 05, 2021

    Pyrite problem in Mayo impacting on more than private homes

    110 homeowners in Mayo have qualified for the Pyrite Redress Scheme , however, the number of premises with defective blocks in the county is set to be significantly higher. That was outlined yesterday at a Special Meeting of Mayo County Council.…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Lowest daily number of Covid-19 cases since mid-July

    The Department of Health has reported 892 new cases of Covid-19 this evening. It's a 15% decrease on yesterday's figure, and the lowest daily figure reported since the 14th of July. There are 333 people in hospital with the virus, of whom 64 are being treated…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Some visiting restrictions eased at Roscommon University Hospital

    Visiting restrictions introduced last week at Roscommon University Hospital following an outbreak of Covid-19 have now been lifted on two wards. The visiting ban no longer applies to St Bridget's Ward or St Coman's Ward, but visiting to both wards will still…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Lack of commitment to Western Rail Corridor in National Developent Plan "very disappointing"

    Two Mayo TDs have expressed anger that there's no firm commitment to the Western Rail Corridor in the revised National Development Plan launched today by the Taoiseach and Government leaders in Cork. The plan outlines €165 billion euro in spending, which…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Westport Councillor calls on local authority to do more to ease the housing crisis

    It’s almost impossible at present for ordinary people to rent a house, or even room in Mayo and buying a house is completely out of the reach of many. That’s according to Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn. The councillor says the situation could…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Galway East TD says more investment is needed at UHG to tackle MRI waiting lists for children

    The Government must put more investment into University Hospital Galway to tackle waiting times for children in need of MRI scans. That’s according to Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney, who received confirmation that children are waiting up to 24 months…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Gateway Leisure in Belmullet to close next Sunday

    A popular family entertainment centre in north Mayo is to close its doors permanently, with the loss of up to 20 jobs. Gateway Leisure in Belmullet, which is in business since 2009, is closing next Sunday, due to rising insurance costs. The business consists…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Roscommon man elected new President of the INHFA

    Ballaghaderreen native Vincent Roddy is the new President of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association (INHFA). His election was ratified at the organisation’s National AGM which was held in Donegal last Thursday. Roddy will lead a new team consisting of…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Baboró Festival gets underway in Galway later

    Baboró, Ireland’s International Arts Festival for Children, will celebrate twenty five years in existence with a very special festival beginning in Galway from today. This unique event had at its heart a vision of access to the arts for all children, inspired…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    COPE Galway win community housing award

    Modh Eile House, the new home of COPE Galway’s domestic abuse services for women and children in Galway, has secured an Irish Council for Social Housing Allianz Community Housing award for 2021. COPE Galway says all of Galway can take pride in this…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    BusConnects commitment for Galway expected as part of revised NDP

    The Government will launch its revised, 165 billion euro National Development Plan this afternoon. Cabinet Ministers are gathering in Cork to sign off on the plan for capital spending over the next decade. Among the commitments expected is a BusConnects…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    HSE urges vulnerable people to get the flu jab this winter

    The HSE's urging people who need the flu jab to get it, as there's more chance the virus will spread this winter. Covid-19 restrictions around travel, social distancing and masking has cut flu levels across Europe to much lower levels than normal. People with…
  • Oct 04, 2021

    Tributes paid following death of former Killala Councillor

    Tributes have been paid following the death of former Mayo County Councillor Vinnie Munnelly. He served two consecutive terms on Mayo County Council as a Fine Gael elected representative for the Killala area. Mr Munnelly was first elected in 1979 and was a…
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

    There are 1,051 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland today - a decrease of 535 on yesterday's figure. 319 people are in hospital with the virus, up from 298. 60 Covid patients are in ICU.
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Sinn Fein TD hits out at vandalism of plaque remembering Mayo hunger striker

    Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway Walsh has hit out at those responsible for vandalising a plaque remembering Mayo hunger striker Michael Gaughan in Ardnaree. The Provisional Irish Republican Army hunger striker died in Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight in…
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Health expert says toll of post-viral Covid-19 will hit the poor hardest

    A public health expert says the toll of post-viral symptoms after contracting Covid-19 will hit the poor hardest. Professor of Health Systems at DCU, Anthony Staines, says up to a tenth of that number will require medium or long-term care for "Long Covid". He…
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Health Minister says hospital waiting lists are have worsened since before the pandemic

    The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced the creation of a Taskforce to tackle Hospital waiting lists. In a letter to the recently resigned members of the Slainte Care Implementation Advisory Council, Minister Donnelly said waiting lists were…
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Highest Covid-19 hospital numbers for more than two weeks recorded

    319 Covid-positive patients are being treated in Irish hospitals today - the highest for more than two weeks. Figures show there's a rise from 298 since yesterday, while the total has increased by 7 percent. Latest figures from the HSE show there are 56…
  • Oct 03, 2021

    Government to designate data centres 'strategic infrastructure' despite energy crisis

    The Government is to press ahead with plans to class data centres at 'strategic infrastructure' despite the energy crisis. It'll allow developers to access fast track planning according to The Business Post newspaper. The move comes almost a week after…
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Over 1,500 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed

    The Department of Health has been notified of an additional 1,586 Covid-19 cases today. This is an increase 527 on yesterday's figure. 298 patients are in hospital with the virus - 56 of which are in ICU.
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Four LEA's in Mayo have above average 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19

    Four Local Electoral Areas in Mayo have recorded 14-day Covid incidence rates above the national average. In the two-week period that ended on Monday, Castlebar, Ballina, Westport and Claremorris were all above the national figure of 389 per 100,000 people.…
  • Oct 02, 2021

    New Covid-19 pill may cut chance of death or hospitalisation by up to half

    A new drug being developed to treat Covid-19 may cut the chance of death or hospitalisation by up to half. The news comes as the Department of Health announced last night there were 1,059 new cases of the virus recorded yesterday. The pharmaceutical giant…
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Government accused of 'dragging its heels' on Mica redress

    The Government is being accused of dragging its heels on redress for Mica families. Aontú Leader Peadar Toibín says after first committing to 100 per cent redress for them, that commitment has been thrown in doubt. A government working group report suggests…
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Gardaí locate missing Limerick man last seen in Sligo

    Gardaí have located a missing Limerick man who was last seen in Sligo town on Tuesday. 34-year-old Kevin Power from Castletroy has been located safe and well. Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance in this matter.
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Two men arrested in Mayo as part of murder investigation in England

    Two men were arrested in Mayo on Tuesday last in connection with the death of a 24-year-old man in England. The suspects were arrested at an Airbnb property in the Carracastle area. The men, who are both reported to be from the north Cumbria area, were…
  • Oct 02, 2021

    Galway Councillor elected Vice Chair of the Regional Women's Caucus

    Galway County Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn has been elected Vice Chair of the Regional Women’s Caucus. 13 councils across the Midlands, Northern and Western region met online for the inaugural women’s regional caucus meeting. Cllr Carmel Brady of Cavan…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

    1,059 new cases of Covid 19 have been reported this evening, that's an increase of 11 on yesterday's figure. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says there are 308 people in hospital. 59 patients being treated in ICU.
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Irish Water customers in Louisburgh advised of possible overnight interruptions

    Irish Water customers in Louisburgh are advised of possible overnight interruptions to their supply this weekend due to the deterioration in raw water following recent heavy rainfall. Irish Water and Mayo County Council say intermittent or low pressure may be…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Man arrested as part of investigations into numerous thefts at a Sligo church grounds

    Gardaí have been carrying out investigations into a number of thefts that have occurred at the Church grounds in Drumcliff, Co. Sligo. This is a place commonly known to many as the location of W.B.Yeat’s grave. As part of this operation a man was arrested…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Official opening marked of four wastewater treatment plants in Sligo

    Irish Water and Sligo County Council today marked the official opening of Grange, Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad Wastewater Treatment Plants following a €16m investment. The new infrastructure ensures that treated wastewater is now fully compliant…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Ballina Cllr says Transport Minister has reiterated support for infrastructure projects in the West

    The Minister for Transport has reiterated support for the Western Rail Corridor along with upgrading the N26 road network in Mayo. That’s according to Independent councillor Mark Duffy, who spoke to Minister Eamon Ryan ahead of the publication of the updated…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    It will be next year at the earlierst before Day Care services for the Elderly will re-open at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar

    It will be next year, before Day Care Services for the Elderly at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar will re-open. That was confirmed today by management of HSE to Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne. On Tuesday last, HSE Management…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Councillor claims new N5 dual carriageway will be detrimental to business in Castlebar

    There is an increasing view among businesses in Castlebar that the new N5 Turlough to Westport dual carriageway is an undesirable and unnecessary development for the county town. That’s according to Mayo fianna Fail councillor Al McDonnell. He re-iterated…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Ireland West Airport welcomes return of Aer Lingus Gatwick service in December

    Ireland West Airport has today welcomed the news that Aer Lingus will resume operations on their hugely popular London Gatwick service on December 18th 2021 in time for the busy Christmas period. The service will return on a phased basis initially ahead of a…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    3 community organisations in Mayo secure funding today under the Covid Stability Fund

    Covid Stability Funding of over €160,000 has been announced today for three Mayo community services. Mayo Fine Gael deputy Alan Dillon says the fund assists community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, which have suffered as a…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Mayo GAA Clubs to examine viability of Lough Lannagh Project

    The proposed Mayo Centre of Excellence at Lough Lannagh project will be discussed by clubs this week after new information has been learned by the Executive. Mayo County Board held a meeting with delegates in Castlebar last night where it emerged that the…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    One person taken to hospital following road collision in East Mayo

    Gardaí are investigating a two vehicle road traffic collision that occurred in Ballyhaunis, this morning at approximately 9.30am. One vehicle lost control due to wet road conditions and collided with a second vehicle. No injuries were reported during the…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    New Head of Research at GMIT

    GMIT has appointed Dr Eoin Cullina to the new post of Head of Research at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), having previously worked in the college’s Department of Enterprise and Technology, School of Business, as a lecturer and researcher. Dr…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Bellacorrick bridge closed to traffic this morning for a short period to facilitate roadworks

    Motorists are advised that access through Bellacorrick Bridge will be closed this morning for approximately 30 minutes to facilitate road-works. Belmullet Gardai say that the roadworks are due to commence at 10:30am and should take no longer than a half hour.
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Funding of €6.4 million allocated this year for energy upgrades at projects throughout Mayo

    Government funding of €6.4 million has been allocated this year for energy upgrades at community and commercial projects throughout Co Mayo. The funding for community and home energy projects is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland -…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    A section of old water mains to be replaced by Irish Water in Castlerea

    Irish Water says that Castlerea homes and businesses can look forward to a more reliable water supply with water mains replacement works due to begin in the coming days. Working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, Irish Water will replace almost 300…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    600,000 euro in development levies secured in Westport and no footpaths or public lighting in place

    A 60 unit housing estate on the Lodge road in Westport, has been built for some years now, and not a foot of footpath or public lighting has been installed by Westport Municipal District for the householders. That’s according to Westport based Fine Gael…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Decision on Galway City Ring Road has been delayed

    It has been confirmed that a decision on a proposed ring road in Galway city has been put back for at least six weeks. An Bord Pleanála has now set a date of November 19th as the target for a ruling on the project. The planning board is still considering…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    Missing Limerick man spotted in Sligo

    A missing Limerick man was last seen in Sligo town on Tuesday, September 28th, according to his family. The family of Kevin Power (34) from Castletroy in Limerick are concerned for his well-being. They have renewed their appeal for information and are asking…
  • Oct 01, 2021

    WHO warning of further surges of Covid cases later this month

    The World Health Organisation says Ireland is likely to have further 'surges' of Covid cases - beginning later this month. The country's 14-day incidence rate fell by almost 25 per cent during September, and now stands at 395 per 100,000. It was over 500 at…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Disruption to traffic this evening at Bellacorrick bridge

    Gardai in Belmullet said the cause of traffic disruption at Bellacorrick bridge this evening was due to re-surfacing works. Traffic was backed up for more than 2kms either side of the bridge this evening. A garda spokesperson said that a quarry had secured a…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Over a thousand new cases of Covid 19 confirmed this evening nationally

    1,271 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening. Latest figures show the country's 14-day incidence rate is 395 per 100,000 people - and it's highest in Donegal, Carlow and Monaghan. 297 Covid patients are in hospital - down three from yesterday…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    IFA President in Mayo today says farmers are willing to do more to mitigate emissions but they need supports

    IFA President Tim Cullinan has responded to comments made by the EPA about agricultural emissions. Speaking in Mayo today following comments made in the media this week by Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, he said, “singling out a specific sector is…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Boil Water notice imposed on Glenamaddy Public Water Supply

    A Boil Water Notice has been imposed on Glenamaddy Public Water Supply in the areas of Glenamaddy, Cloonminda, Bushtown and the Knockmascahill Group Water Scheme. Irish Water says the Boil Water Notice has been put in place due to issues with the ultra…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    NUI Galway subjected to attempted cyber attack

    NUI Galway has been subjected to an attempted cyber attack. The university says its IT systems have been targeted and, as a result, it has disabled access between the campus network and the wider internet. It says at this point there's no evidence of any data…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Over 800 patients on trolleys this month at University Hospital Galway

    University Hospital Galway is one of five hospitals that have experienced their worst-ever overcrowding this September. New figures show there were 805 patients on trolleys at the Galway hospital over the past month - compared to 21 in September last year -…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Covid-19 outbreak in Roscommon Hospital confined to one ward

    Latest figures show there are 297 people in hospital at present with Covid-19 - and 60 of these patients are in ICU. In this region, 13 Covid patients are being treated at University Hospital Galway, 9 at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals and 2 at…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Irish Water announces new wastewater treatment plant in Mayo

    Twenty one additional wastewater treatment plants have been selected By Irish Water for upgrade as part of the Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme. It follows the announcement of 15 projects earlier in the summer. Working in partnership with Local…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Residents in Breaffy outline to councillors the impact on their lives as construction continues on the new N5 Turlough to Westport road

    A number of residents at Breaffy Castlebar living close to the quarrying and rock blasting that is ongoing now, for 18 months, as the new N5 Turlough to Castlebar dual carriageway is being built, addressed yesterday’s monthly meeting of Castlebar Municipal…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Death has taken place of Stanley Tollman, owner of Ashford Castle

    The death has taken place of Stanley Tollman, Chairman of The Travel Corporation and owner of Ashford Castle in Cong. Mr Tollman passed away at the age of 91 following a battle with cancer. A native of South Africa, he was involved in the hotel business all…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    The death has taken place of Midwest Radio broadcaster Seamus O'Dubhthaigh

    The death has taken place of long-time Midwest Radio broadcaster Seamus Duffy from Aghamore. Seamus passed away in hospital yesterday at the age of 91, following an illness. He was one of Ireland's oldest broadcasters, as well as former All-Ireland winning…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Mayo Mica representatives say they are none the wiser after meeting with Housing Minister

    The Minister for Housing is to make a presentation to cabinet about the Mica redress scheme in the coming weeks. Darragh O'Brien met with representatives of people from Mayo and Donegal who have been affected by the defective building blocks scandal last…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    200 new jobs announced for Galway

    Global communications company Poly is to open its new Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) centre of excellence in Galway, which is expected to create more than 200 jobs over the next five years. The Galway office is Poly’s first in Ireland, designed to…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Six-Day feast of literature set to get underway in Castlebar from Tuesday

    A six-day feast of literature is promised for this year's Wild Atlantic Words Festival in Castlebar which runs from Tuesday (October 5th) to Sunday (October 10th). Book launches, celebrity presentations, poetry, prose, history and biography, all find a place…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Weather Warning in place across Mayo & Galway

    Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for three counties as thunder and rain is set to batter the country. The alert is in place until 9pm tonight and applies to Mayo, Galway and Donegal. It comes as cold temperatures, plenty of rain, strong…
  • Sep 30, 2021

    Verdicts of homicide returned at inquest into the deaths of two young friends in Mayo road traffic accident

    Verdicts of homicide were returned by a coroner yesterday at inquests into the deaths of two young friends who died in a road traffic accident in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, over four years ago. The Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor said he was returning the homicide…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures revealed

    40 Covid-related deaths have been confirmed in Ireland over the past week. This is an increase on the past two weeks, when 30 and 24 fatalities were reported. Health officials have also reported 1,453 new cases in the latest 24-hour period. 300 Covid patients…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Members of Mica working group not very hopeful of full redress from this evening's meeting

    A meeting is underway between the Housing Minister and those affected by the Mica scandal. Darragh O'Brien says everything is on the table as he listens to their demands for a 100 per cent compensation package. Thousands of homes in Mayo and Donegal have been…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Mayo Inquest returns verdict of Medical Misadventure into the death of a young mother

    A coroner has returned a verdict of medical misadventure at an inquest into the death of a 28-year-old biopharmacist who had been living in Ballyhaunis and died at Mayo University Hospital (MUH) last October hours after she gave birth to a healthy infant…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Water supply restored in the Charlestown area today

    The water supply to customers in the Hagfield and Cashel areas of Charlestown has been restored this afternoon. Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council, completed urgent repairs to a pump in the Charlestown area. Crews were on site this morning to…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    More than 200 job vacancies at Mayo University Hospital at present

    There are over 200 job vacancies at Mayo University Hospital at present and more than 100 of these posts are for nurses and midwifes. These figures were confirmed by HSE Management to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne at yesterday’s virtual HSE West Forum…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    State has moral duty to compensate pyrite homeowners, says Housing Minister

    The Housing Minister says the country has a moral duty to compensate those affected by the pyrite / mica scandal. Minister Darragh O'Brien will meet homeowners this evening who are looking for 100 per cent compensation for their homes which are damaged by…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    "Crisis" in ambulance services across the region raised by councillors at yesterday's HSE West Forum meeting

    Concerns over what was termed “a crisis in ambulance services” across west, north west and midland counties was highlighted by a number of councillors at yesterday’s HSE West Forum meeting. At the start of the virtual meeting, Donegal councillor Gerry…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Visiting restrictions imposed at Roscommon University Hospital following Covid outbreak

    Visiting restrictions have been introduced at Roscommon University Hospital, as a result of an outbreak of Covid-19 at the facility. There is no visiting allowed to St Bridget’s Ward, St Teresa’s Ward and St Coman’s Ward. However, hospital management say that…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    No dementia day care services at present in Mayo, Roscommon or Galway

    Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Leitrim are among 11 counties that do not currently have a day care service for people with dementia. This is affecting hundreds of people with dementia across the West and their families, according to the Alzheimers Society of…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Second board appointment for former Taoiseach Enda Kenny

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has joined the board of Dublin-headquartered CO2 extraction company Carbon Collect as a non-executive director. It's Mr Kenny's second board appointment in as many months, after the Mayo native joined the board of PR and lobbying…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    New rail freight service between Ballina and Waterford Port

    A new rail freight service has been announced between Ballina and Waterford. Iarnrod Eireann and XPO Logistics - a leading global provider of freight transportation solutions - has today launched a new rail freight service in each direction between Ballina…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Contracts signed for Ballina Innovation Quarter at former military barracks

    There's good news this morning for Ballina, as the contract has been signed for the Ballina Innovation Quarter, which will see the 18th century Military Barracks being transformed into a digital hub. That's according to Ballina-based Councillor Mark Duffy,…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Housing Minister to meet pyrite homeowners from Mayo & Donegal this evening

    The Housing Minister will meet homeowners from Mayo and Donegal this evening for a crucial meeting on the pyrite redress scheme. Minister Darragh O'Brien will receive the final report on the scheme tomorrow, before bringing recommendations to Cabinet early…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Majority of vacant nursing posts at Sligo Hospital expected to be filled in coming months

    83 of the 99 vacant nursing and midwifery posts at Sligo University Hospital are expected to be filled in the coming months. That’s according to Ann Cosgrove of the Saolta University Healthcare Group. She was responding to a question from Sligo councillor…
  • Sep 29, 2021

    Mayo's 14-day Covid incidence rate higher than national average

    A member of the National Public Health Emergency Team says the incidence rate of Covid-19 is 'stable but high'. Professor Philip Nolan says we are striking a delicate balance between increasing social contact and vaccine immunity. He's urging people to follow…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    Almost 1500 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed this evening. The Department of Health has announced 1,499 new cases of the virus. 300 patients with Covid-19 are currently in hospital - with 63 of these in intensive care. The latest breakdown shows 10…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Some older people "scared to answer their phone" claims Westport Councillor

    Some older people are scared to answer their phone, due to the high volume of scams going on at present. That's according to Westport Councillor Christy Hyland, who raised the matter at a recent meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee. Councillor Hyland…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Connemara native to be appointed Chair of the Shannon Group

    Connemara native Padraig O'Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group. The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O'Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role. He's…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    41 patients on trolleys today at UHG

    With 41 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway, hospital management have apologised for the delays in the Emergency Department. The Saolta Hospital Group says there's ongoing pressure on bed availability at the Galway hospital, and regrets…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Just five Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo are now open

    Just 5 of the 13 Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo are open at present. All Day Care Centres for the Elderly in Mayo directly provided by the HSE are closed at due to Covid 19 restrictions. That was confirmed this afternoon by Breda Crehan –Roche Chief…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Saolta CEO says we're on the downward slope of the 4th wave of Covid 19

    “We’re on the downward slope of the 4th wave of Covid 19, however, there is no certainty that incidents won’t rise again”, that’s according to the CEO of Saolta, Tony Canavan. Mr Canavan was speaking at this afternoon’s virtual HSE West Forum meeting and he…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Council offices in Castlerea, Ballaghadereen & Strokestown will not reopen to the public

    Roscommon County Council has confirmed that the council offices in Castlerea, Ballaghadereen and Strokestown will remain closed to the public. The council offices were closed to the public during the Covid-19 lockdowns and were expected to reopen, but at…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Drop in the number of Covid-19 patients in ICU at UHG

    310 Covid-positive patients are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals this morning. It's a slight increase from 296 yesterday, and is an 8 percent rise since last Tuesday. There are 10 covid-positive patients at University Hospital Galway- down 3, 8 at Sligo…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Inquest continues into death of Ballyhaunis woman following childbirth

    An inquest is continuing into the death of a Ballyhaunis woman who died hours after giving birth to her first child. 28-year-old Nayyab Tariq died after suffering a cardiac arrest following the birth of her daughter on March 22nd 2020 at Mayo University…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Public urged to "sleep out" for the homeless this Friday night

    This Friday (1st Oct ) the North West Simon Community are calling on the people of the region and beyond to swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night only. Everyone is invited to take part in the Virtual Sleep Out for the homeless charity. People can’t…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Galway Senator contending for Green Party Chair

    Leader of the Green Party in the Seanad Galway Senator Pauline O’Reilly has announced her candidacy for her party Chair. She says she is putting her name in the hat for Green Party Chair as it’s an honourable Party built on pacifism and she is determined to…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Public urged to plant bulbs for bees this Autumn

    To celebrate 35 years of Gaisce, The President’s Award, people across the region are encouraged regardless of age, location or size of back garden to take up their own Gaisce challenge this autumn and plant a pollinator-friendly bulb to protect bees. If…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Mayo Gardai part of new pilot anti-fraud initiative

    The Mayo Garda Division is now part of a new national pilot anti-fraud initiative that launched this week. Two areas in the country are being piloted, the Mayo Garda Division and the Limerick City Division. Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna told a recent…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Memo on new elective hospital in Galway to go to Cabinet shortly

    A memo is expected to go to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin. The memo from the Minister for Health seeks to reduce waiting times for elective surgery. According today’s Irish Times, a taskforce…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Gardaí attended the scene of a single vehicle crash in Knock

    Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a single vehicle road traffic collision in Knock yesterday evening. A car collided with a fence on the Ballyhaunis Road at around 5.15pm. No injuries have been reported Midwest News at this time. Gardaí say…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Bus Eireann announces reintroduction of numerous Mayo services

    Bus Eireann has announced the reintroduction of a number of Expressway services in Mayo. The services were temporarily suspended in mid-May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but have now been reintroduced since Sunday last, 26th Sept, due to growing demand. The…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Mayo road safety officer urges motorists to 'light up'

    Drivers are being reminded to 'light up' and ensure their rear lights are on, as darker evenings approach. Mayo County Council's 'See and Be Seen' campaign urges motorists to remember to turn all lights, especially if their car has a 'daytime running' light…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Roughly two thirds of ICU Covid-19 patients are unvaccinated

    About two thirds of the 66 Covid patients in ICUs are unvaccinated, according to the Intensive Care Society. The number of patients in hospital with the virus dropped to 291 last night - after rising above 300 over the weekend. The five-day moving average of…
  • Sep 28, 2021

    Pop-up vaccination clinic begins at NUI Galway this morning

    A pop up vaccination clinic begins operations at NUI Galway this morning, as thousands of first years commence their college experience. In conjunction with the HSE, pop-up vaccination clinics are opening at campuses across the country to ensure maximum take…
  • Sep 27, 2021

    Latest Covid-19 figures

    The Department of Health has reported a further 1,049 new cases of Covid-19 this evening. 310 people are in hospital with the virus - an increase of 14 in the past 24 hours. 66 people are being treated in ICU - up 1 in the same period. Latest figures show the…
  • Sep 27, 2021

    €586,000 additional funding approved for The Atlantic Story in Aughleam

    €586,000 in additional funding has been provided for “The Atlantic Story” in Aughleam by Údarás na Gaeltachta. This was confirmed by Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring - a former Minister for Rural and Community Development. Previously, €2.4 million was allocated…