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Blackie K. Gavin

Blackie K. Gavin

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Motorists asked to take on the challenge for EU mobility week

Mobility Week Bike Picture

With bike week in full swing EU mobility week Mayo County Council is setting a challenge to motorists to park the car for just one day this week or one trip and take the bike .

With the country fully focused on Climate Change we have 12 reasons why you should take on this challenge, check them out here:

Ex Gratia Funding For Animal Welfare Organisations 2019

Applications are invited from animal welfare organisations who wish to be considered for Ex Gratia funding under the allocation for Animal Welfare within the Council for 2019.

Application forms and further particulars are available here:  Application for Ex Gratia Funding – Animal Welfare Organisations 2019  or contact the Veterinary Department at or on 094 9024444

The closing date for completed application forms is 4.00 p.m. Friday, 11th October, 2019

Mayo County Council welcomes formal approval of funding for Ballin Innovation Quarter

Ballina Military Quarter 2019

Mayo County Council welcomes good news today from the Minister of Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD, that the Council has received formal approval of Urban Regeneration and Development Fund funding for the Ballina Innovation Quarter project.

A sum of €3.2 million government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018 was approved for the transformation of Ballina's military Barracks in November 2018.

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Culture Night 2019 - Wrap Up In Culture

Culture night 2019 Launch

Culture Night returns on Friday 20th September. It is a free, country-wide event that promotes our culture and the sharing of it. It celebrates all kinds of creativity and with over fifty events happening across county Mayo on the night, you’re bound to find something exciting in a venue near you.

Last year almost 4,000 people visited venues and events in Mayo and we expect even more to join in the cultural celebration this year. It is in the spirit of generosity and inclusivity that these events are specially programmed, with the aim of having people connect and joining in the celebration of our culture – it belongs to everyone.

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Roadside hedge cutting urged to ensure road safety

Roadside Hedges

Mayo County Council are calling on all landowners, farmers and householders to ensure their roadside hedges and overhanging trees are cut and maintained so that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can travel safely on our roads. The hedge cutting season is open since September 1.

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Strategic Development Zone at Ireland West Airport Knock heralds new opportunity for the West Region

SDZ Knock September 2019

Mayo County Council Planning Department will present the draft Planning Scheme for a new Strategic Development Zone at Ireland West Airport Knock, at the September Council meeting, taking place later today.

The purpose of the planning scheme is to set out an overall vision and set of guiding principles for the SDZ area. It will serve as a design framework for the future development of the lands in and around Ireland West Airport Knock.

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Free Recycling Event - Knock - September 14th

Free Mattress Recycle 2

We will be holding a free recycling event for householders on Saturday September 14th from 9am to 3pm at the Council car park beside the national school in Knock Village.

Items should be dry and not heavily soiled.

No more than 3 beds or mattresses and one suite of furniture per customer please. Items other than couches, armchairs, beds or mattresses will not be accepted.

Strictly household use only and remember to secure your items carefully during transport. For further information please contact the Environment office of Mayo County Council on 094 9024444.

Substantial Mayo County Council investment on Dooncarton mountain prevents serious damage in North Mayo

Pollathomas Kinetic Fencing

A substantial investment of €1.5 million in the early 2000’s has paid off in Pollathomas in North Mayo following heavy rainfall in the area last week.

Kinetic Fencing, a highly durable wire mesh made with steel upright poles and horizontal tensioning wires, was installed on Dooncarton mountain following devastating landslides in September 2003.

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Mayo Business Awards 2019 now open for applications

Mayo Business Awards 2019

Mayo Chambers and local organisations, in association with and Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mayo, are delighted to announce that the prestigious Mayo Business Awards will take place on Friday November 15th 2019.

There are twelve categories which businesses can enter for the 2019 Awards with no limit to the amount of categories that your business can enter as long as it meets the criteria for each award.

Entries are now open and are free and can be made online at:

Major clean-up completed at Dun na mBó cliffs

Dun na mBo Clean Up

Mayo County Council can confirm that the major clean up operation at the Dun na mBó cliffs near Belmullet has been completed.

Following notification from a passing kayaker, Mayo County Council hired a specialist team of rope access experts from ‘Over The Ground Rope Access’, a Dublin based company, to clean the cliffs on last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 28-30.

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Growing for Biodiversity Workshop Series

Growing for Biodiversity Workshop

Our Heritage Office are presenting a series of four workshops on 'Growing Plant Stocks for Biodiversity', beginning next week in Ballinrobe and Cong. 

The workshops are free but booking is essential, please see further info here:

Amateur Drama and Music Recording Assistance Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency deadline announced.

Arts Grant Logo

Mayo County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce that applications are open for the following Awards and Bursaries for 2019:

- Amateur Drama Award
- Music Recording Assistance Awards
- Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursaries

Deadline: 24th October

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First Climate Fest to take place in Mayo this September

Climate Fest 2019 Committee

Climate Fest, co-hosted by Mayo County Council, the Mercy Sisters, Castlebar Parish and GMIT Green Campus with support from LECo, Mayo PPN and Green-Schools is a day of talks, workshops, performances and conversation aimed at helping you to make simple changes to your day-to-day life that will help tackle the climate emergency.

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Public Consultation: for sustainable access and habitat restoration work on Croagh Patrick


The Croagh Patrick Stakeholders Group was formed in November, 2015 as a Community response to concerns over the condition of the mountain together with concerns around safety, liability of shareholders and landowners, the status of the Croagh Patrick as Ireland’s Holy Mountain  and the absence of structures to manage the impact of growing numbers of recreational users on the natural environment, habitats and ecosystems of the area.

The group has a broad representation of stakeholders including Mountain Shareholders, Church, Murrisk Community, Mayo County Council, South West Mayo Development Company, Mountaineering Ireland, Mayo Mountain Rescue, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Society and Tourism and Adventure Sectors. The Group is chaired by Mr. Martin Keating, Head of Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture, Mayo County Council.

The Croagh Patrick Stakeholder Group in partnership with Mayo County Council will hold a public consultation evening in Westport Town Hall Theatre from 4:30pm -7:30pm on Thursday 15th August 2019. This drop-in event will have the plans on display to gain feedback for this part of the process.


Public Alert Notice - Cloonmore/Cloonlavish Group Water Scheme - Do Not Drink Water

Do Not Drink - Cloonmore GWS

It has come to the attention of Mayo County Council that the water supply served by the Cloonmore/Cloonlavish Group Water Scheme is contaminated by hydrocarbons (i.e. Oil contamination).

Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Mayo County Council are issuing a Do Not Drink Notice to protect the health of users of the Cloonmore/Cloonlavish Group Water Scheme.

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It’s Not In Our Nature – Is It In Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

Anti Dumping 2019

Local Authorities across the country are running an Anti Dumping campaign – “Its Not in our Nature – Is it in Yours? Lets tackle illegal dumping.”  This campaign builds on a successful initiative carried out by the Connacht Ulster Waste Region in 2018.  The campaign will be communicated through various platforms including newspaper, radio, social media, and county council websites.

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