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Richard Finn

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Mayo County Council welcomes announcement of new Ryanair service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Cologne, Germany

Ireland West Airport Knock Logo

Mayo County Council are delighted to welcome the announcement from Ryanair of its new service connecting Cologne, Germany, to Ireland West Airport in Co. Mayo.

The announcement of this twice-weekly direct service connects Mayo with Germany’s fourth largest city and one of its most beautiful tourist spots.

Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, expressed his delight at Ryanair’s announcement; “This announcement is great news for Ireland West Airport and for Mayo as a whole. Tourism is vital to Mayo and this new link has the potential to bring thousands of German tourists to our doorstep ”

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council , Cllr Blackie Gavin welcomed the news outlining “This new route offers people from the Rhine area of Germany a new holiday destination and with the Wild Atlantic Way, Westport House, Foxford Woollen Mills, The National Museum of Country life  and many other prominent tourist attractions in our county, Mayo is a must-see destination for visitors. Ryanair’s commitment to Ireland West Airport with this new route only confirms that.”

Syrian children write book on experiences in Mayo

A Strong Heart

Great to see a feature on 'A Strong Heart', a book written by Syrian children detailing their experiences since moving to Mayo, on RTÉ News last night, as part of Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week 

The project - overseen by Mayo County Council and South West Mayo Development Company - will see the book distributed around the county.

You can view the clip and read more at this link:


Weather Response

Full updates on areas and roads affected by Storm Callum and Mayo County Council response can be found at this link:

Information will be updated at that link as it becomes available

Boil Water Notice issued for Ballycastle Public Water Supply

Irish Water with MCC Logos 900

Issued 12th October 2018 - Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and the Corrower/Sea Road Group Water Scheme and Lisbrin Group Water Scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following a detection of cryptosporidium in the water.

For full informatio please click here:

Preparing for Status Orange Weather Warning - 11th October 2018

Status Orange Weather Warning

In anticipation of Storm Callum, MET Éireann have issued a Status Orange Weather Warning for Wind, coming into effect for Mayo and surrounding Counties this evening, Thursday 11th October and continuing into tomorrow, Friday 12th  October.

It is important that people within the affected area of a weather warning are prepared appropriately for anticipated conditions. We have listed a number of guidelines that we would advise to follow to help be prepared for such weather conditions at this link:

Ballinrobe Heritage Iron and Craft Festival 12th to 14th October

Ballinrobe Iron & Craft

Master blacksmiths and craftspeople from all over Ireland will be in Ballinrobe this weekend (12th to 14th October), along with local craftspeople, musicians, dancers and food producers, for the Ballinrobe Heritage Iron and Craft festival.

Ballinrobe Library Grounds will be bustling with the sights and sounds of the blacksmith’s forge as master craftsmen repair and breathe new life into heritage ironwork and create new pieces. Over the weekend there will be demonstrations and masterclasses, including basic forging skills, heritage forging techniques, and making decorative and small pieces.

Along with blacksmithing, there will be basket weaving, pottery making, woodturning, traditional straw craft, food, walking tours, storytelling, talks and lots more free events for all the family to enjoy.


For full details of the festival see


Road Closure Update

An updated list of affected/closed roads due to flooding is available at this link:

Roads include: R312, R316, L1723, R315, L1400, L5708

Please exercise extreme caution and avoid closed roads

Ex gratia funding for animal welfare organisations 2018


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 2018.

Application form is available here:  Application Form Ex-gratia funding 2018

Further information contact the Veterinary Department at or on 094 9024444

The closing date for completed application forms is 4.00 p.m. Friday, 26th October, 2018

Mayo County Council to deliver 708 housing units as part of Housing Capital Programme 2016 - 21

Housing Focus

Mayo County Council is progressing a comprehensive Housing Capital Programme for the planned provision of 708 units from 2016 to 2021.To date, 216 units that span the length and breadth of the county,have been completed. These projects include Buy & Renew, Construction, Acquisitions, Leasing, Voids and the Voluntary Sector.

Mayo County Council continues to be committed to providing social housing with many developments underway throughout the county, five projects are currently on site that will deliver a further 29 units, with eleven projects at tender stage to deliver 124 units, along with additional projects in the pipeline.


Full story here


Fire Safety Week 2018

Fire Safety Open Days

During fire safety week, three of the county’s retained fire stations will be open to members of the public. Local Fire Officers will be in attendance to offer advice in relation to fire safety. Read more about fire safety week here: rMkBR

Other Voices in Ballina Review

Other Voices

Other Voices took over Ballina last weekend and proved to be a phenomenal success.

Top acts from at home and abroad entertained the crowds at St. Michael's Church, with the Music Trail likewise proving to be immensely popular with a tremendous line up of talent.

Ireland's Edge provided engaging conversation and the Food Fleadh provided culinary delights.

Click here for a fantastic review of Friday's events at St. Michaels Church. 

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

Social Incusion

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place this year from October 15th to 21st 2018. The purpose of this week is to highlight and celebrate social inclusion groups, initiatives and activities within Mayo and the valuable supports that are provided throughout the year.

For more information on the week and for the full brochure please click here

Awards deadline 2018 announced

Arts Awards

Amateur Drama and Music Assistance Recording Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency now open for application for 2018. 

Deadline: 23rd October 2018 at 5pm. 

For more information and application forms go to: Funding Application Form

Mayo Arts Service: T:094 9064376 / 094 9064367, 

Awards deadline 2018 announced-read the full story.

Westport named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town

Westport Tidy Towns

Well done to Westport Tidy Towns as Westport was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town and also won the county award for Mayo at today's National Tidy Towns Awards.

It was one of six communities in Mayo to receive special recognition in this year’s awards. Castlebar and Westport both received a Gold Medal and with it a prize of €900.

Full information on the medal wins and commendations for Mayo towns and villages can be found here 

Irish Water replacing 1.7km of old problematic water mains in Ballina

Irish Water with Council Logo

IRISH Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality, and reduce high levels of leakage.

The works involve the replacement of approximately 1,700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

Full information can be found here 

Ireland's Edge - The Creative Space

Ireland's Edge

As part of Other Voices this weekend, Ireland's Edge will host a mixture of debate, performance and discussion which will position Ireland as a dynamic location and environment for world leading developments in creative technology See full story here entices you to enjoy Other Voices

Other Voices is delighted to be the main partner in securing the internationally acclaimed Other Voices to Ballina Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September.

Throughout its past 17 years in residency in Dingle, Other Voices has brought huge tourism and international interest to the town and the entire Slea Head region, we are excited to have delivered this incredible opportunity for the people of Co Mayo, to be part of a festival that captures the interest of so many throughout Ireland and around the world.


More info here at the National Ploughing Championships Ploughing Champs is at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Our stand is situated on Row 5 Stand No 130 so if you are calling to the championships please feel free to pop over and say hello!

Some images from our stand are available to view at

Mayo County Council in a collaborative partnership with Mayo GAA acquire land at Lough Lannagh for unique sport and tourism development

Lough Lannagh

Mayo County Council in a collaborative development with Mayo GAA is delighted to announce that it has acquired land at Lough Lannagh and intends to develop it for the purposes of sport, tourism and recreation. The property being acquired comprises approximately 27 acres of land adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, the new Castlebar Swimming Pool and GMIT.


Full press release available here:


UPDATE: Mayo County Development Plan Review Process is paused

County Development Plan Paused

Mayo County Development Plan Review Process is paused until after the Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) is published.

The RSES is due to be published in early 2019, for more information on this, please visit .

Mayo County Council short-listed for four Excellence in Local Government Awards

Chambers Ireland

Chambers Ireland has today revealed the shortlist for the Excellence in Local Government Awards 2018.

Mayo County Council has been short-listed in four categories:

Health & Wellbeing – It’s for Girls initiative

Supporting Tourism – Wild Mayo tourism brand development and marketing campaign

Sustaining the Arts – Mayo Arts Service, Hearth project – art for older people at home

Festival of the Year – Mayo County Council’s communications department for Mayo Day: Made of Mayo.


Full story:

Proposed Graveyard at Aghagower, Co. Mayo



West Mayo Municipal District


Planning and Development Act 2000 – 2018

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2018


Proposed Graveyard at Aghagower, Co. Mayo


Pursuant to the requirements of Section 179 of the Planning and Development Acts, 2000 – 2018 and Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001 - 2018 as amended, notice is hereby given that Mayo County Council proposes to carry out development, particulars of which are set out in the Schedule hereunder. 


Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during normal opening hours at Westport Civic Offices from 14th August 2018 to 11th September 2018. 


Submissions or observations with regard to the proposed development, dealing with proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development would be situate, may be made in writing to John McMyler, Senior Planner, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar not later the 5.00p.m on 25th   September, 2018.







Aghagower                    Provision of new graveyard, boundary walls,

Westport,                      roadside parking, internal footpaths and

Co. Mayo                        landscaping.


Dated this 14th August 2018.


Catherine McConnell,

Director of Services,

West Mayo Municipal District,

Westport Civic Offices,

Altamont Street,


Co. Mayo.


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