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Richard Finn

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Storm Ali – Updated Statement Mayo County Council

Clearing Trees

Mayo County Council crews have been working since early morning dealing with issues arising from Storm Ali across all four Municipal districts. Fallen trees, branches and debris are an issue in many areas. The clean up operation continues this afternoon and owing to the volume of trees and branches down in a wide variety of locations, the clean up will continue into tomorrow and beyond.   


Mayo County Council advise the public to remain vigilant while out and about. Please be aware of fallen trees and branches on local roads, be mindful of electricity wires, debris on the roads and walk-ways. 


For further updates, visit

Storm Ali - Mayo County Council attending to fallen trees

Wind Warning Level 2

Mayo County Council is currently on the scene at numerous sites around Mayo dealing with fallen trees.

Here is the latest information.




-          R315 Moygownagh Crossmolina Road in the townland of Behy.

The road is currently closed (as it is currently too dangerous to cut up the tree due to the possibility of other trees falling). Local diversions are in place.


-          N59 Crossmolina Bangor Road at Eskeragh. A crew is on the way to the scene to remove the tree.


-          L1110 Cooneal to Kincon Road at Cloonalough. A crew is on the way to remove the tree.














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Weather Update

Wind Warning Level 2

With the strong winds promised to last for another number of hours, Mayo County Council teams are already dealing with fallen trees and debris caused by the storm overnight.

We will continue to keep you updated as we have information throughout the morning and afternoon

Mayo County Council announce Level 2 Alert for Wind - Effective 05.00 to 13.00 Wednesday 19th September

Wind Warning Level 2

Mayo County Council have announced Level 2 Alert for Wind - Effective 05.00 to 13.00 Wednesday 19th September following Met Eireann's announcement of Status Orange weather alert for Mayo and 12 other Counties as storm Ali approaches.

We advise that you take precatautionary measures should you be outside during this period and please be aware that there may be debris on roads and walk ways.

More information can be found 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

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 

Mayo County Council encourage public to explore different transport modes

Duncan Stewart Mobility Week

European Mobility Week begins next week and Mayo County Council is encouraging staff and the public to try out different transport modes: cycle to the gym to get a head start on burning calories, walk to school to get some fresh air in the morning, or carpool to work and catch up on the gossip.

Mayo County Council are hosting a number of staff events for European Mobility Week such as Carpool Tuesday, Walk on Wednesday, Cycle on Thursday, Dr Bike, Lunchtime Walk, After Work Cycle and a Culture Night Bike Buffet.


Full story here: QChM

Culture Night 2018

Culture Night 2018

Switch on Culture Night with venues and public spaces across the county of Mayo as they open their doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Now in its thirteenth year, Culture Night returns on Fri Sep 21st 2018.

Culture Night is brought to you by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Mayo County Council and participating groups & venues in Mayo.

A full, detailed list of events happening in Mayo can be found on our events page: or download the brochure here:  Culture Night Brochure

Great Western Greenway shortlisted for RTPI Ireland 'Best Places' award.


Mayo's Great Western Greenway has been shortlisted by the Royal Town Planning Institute's independent judging panel as one of Ireland's 'Best Places'.

Now the Institute is asking the public to decide who comes out on top as Ireland's Best Place.

You can help by voting using one of the below three methods:

  • Go straight to the TRPI website and vote online. You access the link by clicking here, clicking Vote Now and selecting the Greenway from the options available
  • Email your vote for the Great Western Greenway to
  • Tweet your vote by typing Great Western Greenway and accompany with the following hashtag #RTPIIrelandsBestPlaces

Further info here:

Building contractors urged to register for minor works contracts worth €100m - Briefing Castlebar Regional Training Centre 7pm Monday 17th September

Construction worker

Up to €100m worth of minor building works contracts are to be tendered by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre for the provision of Minor Building Works to public service bodies including 31 local authorities, the HSE, the OPW, the Department of Education and Teagasc.

This is a significant opportunity for SMEs to deliver key contracts across the public sector. The value of the frameworks is estimated at €100m. While the scope and complexity of the works will vary significantly, it is likely that the average contract value will be in the region of €50,000 for residential works and €100,000 for commercial works.

Read more here:

New appointment to the Mayo Sports Partnership Team

Deirdre Donnelly MSP

Head of Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert welcomes newly appointed Community Sports Development Officer Deirdre Donnelly to the Sports Partnership team.

Joining Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ray Mc Namara, Ballyhaunis Sports Hub coordinator Elmer Pieterse, Ballinrobe Sports Hub coordinator Janette Slattery and office administrator Padraic Durcan. Deirdre will have responsibility for our Get Active Programmes.

Full story:

Papal Visit to Knock

MCC Pope Knock 2

Representatives of Mayo County Council pictured at Knock Airport, waiting on the arrival of Pope Francis, are:

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive - Mayo County Council; Martina Hughes, Head of Communications – Mayo County Council; Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach – Mayo County Council; Minister Michael Ring T.D; Archbishop Michael Neary; Bishop Brendan Kelly; Bishop Kevin Doran; Arthur French – Chairman of the Board, Ireland West Airport Knock

Road Works Speed Limit Order

Speed Limit Kilmeena

Please see notice of order to apply a Road Works Speed Limit at the outlined location as part of the N59 Kilmeena Re-alignment Road Improvement.

The Road Works Speed Limit shall apply for a period of 12 months, commencing 27th August 2018.

Representations in relation to this order may be made to Mayo National Roads Design Office, Mayo County Council, Glenpark House, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Kilmeena 2

Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award Winner Announced

Film Mayo - Fergus Sweeney

Film Mayo, a Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council initiative is delighted to announce that Mayo filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney, is the successful recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre.

The aim of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award is to benefit the successful filmmaker in their own practice. This residency award will allow Fergus time to develop new work, dedicate time to research, develop new ideas and to work with the local community.  A key component of this residency award is that it has a mentoring aspect to it, which will support the filmmaker.

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Civil Defence Supporting the Principal Response Agencies at the Papal Visit

Civil Defence

Civil Defence volunteers will play a major role in the Papal visit this weekend, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August. They will be involved on the ground in both the Phoenix Park and at Knock Shrine in supporting the Principal Response Agencies of the Gardaí and the National Ambulance Services.

Full press release:

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:


Visit of Pope Francis to Knock – F.A.Q’s

Pope Francis

Please follow the below link for some F.A.Q's in relation the visit of Pope Francis to Knock this Sunday, August 26th.


Social Inclusion Cropped

Call for ideas for Social Inclusion Awareness Week 2018 – ‘A Connected Mayo’

Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 October 2018.

The closing date for submissions to brochure of events has been extended to 5th of September

Full details here:

Advance Notice of Road Closure for Papal Visit to Knock - Sunday August 26th 2018

Pope Francis

Ahead of the visit of Pope Francis to Knock on Sunday 26th of August, please follow the below link for details of Advance Notice of Road Closures due to take place between midnight and 6pm on the 26th of August

The ful road closure document can be found 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 .

Funding for Men’s Sheds under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018

Community Image

Additional funding of €0.5m has been allocated nationally to the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. This is ring-fenced for small capital grants for Men’s Sheds.

€21,739 has been allocated to Mayo County Council.

The application process for this ring-fenced funding will be administered by Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.  All Men’s Sheds in Ireland that are affiliated with the Irish Men’s Shed Association are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available here:  Application Form for Men's Shed Funding 2018 or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064377.

Completed Applications should be returned to Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by email to

The closing for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday 31st August 2018

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.


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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.


Supporting Documents available at:


Statement from Mayo County Council Chief Executive Welcoming Fort Wayne Metals Announcement

Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Metals Ireland is preparing an investment of €5 million at a site owned by the IDA. Planning permission was granted by Mayo County Council in October 2017 for the new facility at an IDA owned site adjacent to the existing Fort Wayne Metals premises at Moneen.

Since commencing its operations in Castlebar in 2002, Fort Wayne Metals Ireland now employs 60 staff. Mayo County Council Chief Executive Peter Hynes welcomes this morning’s significant announcement:

"Fort Wayne Metals has been an important employer in Castlebar since 2002. It is a real success story and this morning’s announcement further safeguards its position as an international organisation thriving in the county.

This announcement is testimony to the positive, enterprise focused environment for international and local business that has been fostered in Co Mayo by Mayo County Council through the Enterprise and Investment Unit and the wider Council in the delivery of its services and supports."

Full story here:

Funding for three Mayo island projects welcomed

Clare Island - Air Corps

Funding of €339,000 has been allocated for important works on three of Mayo’s offshore islands: Inisturk, Clare Island and Claggan Island.

Full story here:

Photo: Irish Air Corps

Best of Luck to Mayo U-20’s in All Ireland Final

Mayo U20 AIF

With the weekend looming, the members and staff of Mayo County Council wish the very best of luck to the Mayo GAA U-20 players and management in the All Ireland U-20 Final this Sunday at Croke Park.

County Mayo Parks receive Green Flag Awards for excellence

County Mayo Parks receive Green Flag Awards for excellence

48 Irish Parks and Gardens from across the Republic of Ireland received prestigious Green Flag Award for 2018, including Mayo County Council‘s Jackie Clarke Memorial Garden and Turlough Park.

The 2018 awards were available to public town parks, country parks, gardens, cemeteries, and green spaces from across the whole country. The 2018 season has seen an additional 12 applicant parks and gardens qualify for an award, resulting in some of our most significant landmark parks and estates being recognised for the quality of their recreational and historic green space, as well as newer up and coming green space projects that are equally worthy of recognition.  Read more here: County Mayo Parks receive Green Flag Awards for excellence


Go On Go On! Take a Break!

August Bank Holiday Road Safety

Mayo County Council Road Safety is undertaking an eye-catching initiative for this bank holiday weekend.


Mayo County Council have teamed up with An Garda Siochana to organise a road safety campaign. The campaign has been given thumbs up by Pauline McLynn who played the part as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted and also by the production company Hat Trick productions LTD which produced Fr. Ted. They have given the road safety office of Mayo County Council a licence to use the images.


The campaign is called  'Go on Go on Take a Break’. It's aim is to encourage drivers to plan their actions before they head out on their travels.


Full story here:

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