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Cabinet approval for €241 million N5 Westport to Turlough Road

CONFIRMATION Michael Ring Michael Duffy

Michael Ring, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has this afternoon confirmed that the Cabinet has given its approval for the construction of the N5 Westport to Turlough Road. The proposed road development, which will cost €241 ...

2019-10-15 17:43 open_in_new
Husband to face trial for murder of wife near Westport

Anton McNulty

A 46-year-old man has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court charged with the murder of his wife last June. James Kilroy with an address at Kilbree Lower, Westport, appeared before a sitting of Castlebar District Court this morning. Detective Sergeant ...

2019-10-15 17:43 open_in_new
Westival a world of creative wonders

Preview Ciara Moynihan

Still riding high on the stellar success of 2018’s festival, Westival (Westport Music and Arts Festival) returns for another six days of creativity and craic – and some shockin’ shenanigans for Halloween – from Wednesday, October 23, to Bank Holiday Monday, ...

2019-10-15 17:43 open_in_new
League win was highlight for Higgins

Mike Finnerty

WINNING a National League medal was the highlight of an ‘up and down sort of year with Mayo’ according to Keith Higgins, who says he intends to sit down with James Horan ‘to figure out what the story is for 2020’ once Ballyhaunis’ run in the club championship ends. ...

2019-10-15 16:40 open_in_new
Observing the Irish criminal-justice system

Opinion Edwin McGreal A week spent in Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court can be very illuminating. Not just about how the Irish criminal justice system works in general, but how it is interpreted by all sides. Be it the judge, barristers and lawyers, gardaí, media, defendants, ...

2019-10-15 16:40 open_in_new
Antarctic Explorer returns

CREAN OF THE CROP Aidan Dooley stars in ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic Explorer’. Back by popular demand, Aidan Dooley returns to the stage at Westport Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, October 30, with his highly acclaimed one-man theatrical performance of ‘Tom Crean – Antarctic ...

2019-10-15 16:40 open_in_new
Toxic Portuguese man-of-war ‘jellyfish’ wash up on Mayo beaches

DANGEROUS  A Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish washed up on Keel beach in Achill last week.  Pic courtesy of Michael Lavelle Anton McNulty Swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts have been warned to be aware of the dangerous Portuguese man-of-war, large numbers of which have been washing ...

2019-10-15 15:37 open_in_new
Extra rail carriages for Mayo train won’t arrive until 2022

Presentation made to county council meeting yesterday (Monday) Anton McNulty IRISH Rail will introduce extra carriages to deal with overcrowding on the Westport to Dublin line but passengers may have to wait until 2022 until they arrive. Representatives from Irish Rail, Jane Cregan and ...

2019-10-15 15:37 open_in_new
Chambers rounds on Green leader

‘PROPOSAL NOT FEASIBLE’ Deputy Lisa Chambers. Anton McNulty The leader of the Green Party was accused last week of ‘talking down to people living in rural Ireland’ following his controversial comments on car usage in rural communities. Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan came in for ...

2019-10-15 15:37 open_in_new
Missing bulldozer found buried in Foxford


Accused men charged with handling stolen property deny charge

Two men are charged with handling stolen property after a missing 22 tonne bulldozer was found buried in Foxford in 2016. Edward McAndrew of Curradrish, Foxford and Vincent Lawless of Killimordaly, Attymon, ...

2019-10-15 15:37 open_in_new
Budget cuts needed to ‘plug’ council coffers

Councillors asked to come up with cuts to bridge massive deficit

Anton McNulty

Councillors have been warned to ‘get their thinking caps on’ to come up with cuts in the 2020 Budget to help plug the €2.7 million deficit in Mayo County Council’s finances. Mayo county ...

2019-10-15 15:37 open_in_new
Mayo’s Sheila wins €40,000 on RTÉ’s Winning Streak

WINNER ALRIGHT  Sheila Leneghan from Castlebar won €40,000 including a holiday to Madeira on last Saturday’s Winning Streak Game Show on RTÉ. Pictured here at the presentation of the winners cheques were from left: Marty Whelan, Winning Streak Game Show co-host; Sheila Leneghan the ...

2019-10-15 14:34 open_in_new
Uninsured driver who lied to judge jailed on appeal

An uninsured Westport driver who was jailed at district court level after lying to the court has failed in an attempt to appeal his imprisonment to the circuit court. Artur Lesiak (44) of 11, Parnell Court, Westport appeared before Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday last. He was ...

2019-10-15 14:34 open_in_new
Mayo football – the hypomanic obsession

MUTUAL SUPPORT Wherever he goes, Liam Gildea supports Mayo, the team that gave him a reason to go on during dark times. He is pictured here in Malta Ahead of World Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday, Ballyhaunis man Liam Gildea describes how Mayo football kept him going during troubled ...

2019-10-08 16:40 open_in_new
McStay: Mayo GAA needs a CEO

FAMILY TIES Kevin McStay is pictured at the launch of his bew book ‘The Pressure Game’ in the Great National Hotel Ballina last week with, left to right: his mother, Maidie, daughter Emma, and wife Verona. Pic: John O’Grady Mike Finnerty

FORMER Mayo footballer Kevin McStay ...

2019-10-08 15:37 open_in_new
Property porn and the Irish psyche

An Cailín Rua Anne-Marie Flynn Isn’t it quite the reflection on the Irish people that after a devastating economic crash fed by an over-inflated property bubble, our national obsession with property remains as fierce as it ever was? Examples of this are plentiful, but it really struck ...

2019-10-08 15:37 open_in_new
Gallen’s gallivanting again

COMEDY CAPER ‘Caught in the Act’ sees three actors take on nine rolls, with hilarious consequences.

Award-winning comedian Conal Gallen is returning to Westport Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, October 19, with his brand-new comedy play, ‘Caught in the Act’ as part of his ...

2019-10-08 15:37 open_in_new
Will love tear us apart — again?

SPECTACULAR SETTING The Cipriani on Broadway in New York was the venue for the launch of the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation last May. The latest Mayo GAA dispute seemed impossible a few short months ago Sketch Colin Sheridan

IT was the most New York of love affairs; ...

2019-10-08 14:34 open_in_new
Cathaoirleach calls for Portwest planning appeal

PLANS Pictured is an artist’s impression of the proposed Portwest development at the Quay that has now been refused by An Bord Pleanála, and a picture of Portwest’s current headquarters in Westport. Local councillor says people are ‘horrified’ by decision

Anton ...

2019-10-08 13:31 open_in_new
Mayo farmer pleads guilty to starving sheep

‘Grave concerns’ over man’s ability to keep animals in the future

A WESTPORT sheep-farmer has pleaded guilty to ten offences under the animal cruelty and welfare act after 34 of his flock were found dead on his lands due to ‘malnutrition’. Martin Walsh (44) of Ballintleva, ...

2019-10-08 13:31 open_in_new
Lough Lannagh GAA centre delayed

Authorities confident planning will be submitted before end of the year Edwin McGreal Although running behind schedule, both Mayo County Council and the Mayo GAA Board remain confident their ambitious plans for a €5 million collaborative facility at Lough Lannagh will proceed. ...

2019-10-08 13:31 open_in_new