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Mayo County Cathaoirleach

Blackie K. Gavin

Blackie K. Gavin

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Invitation to Tender - Mayo County Council Arts Service - Public Art Curator - Contract for Services

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Mayo County Council is preparing to commission a number of Public Art projects that will result in the creation of new artwork and artistic projects in the county across a variety of artistic disciplines.

These projects are funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Mayo County Council is inviting, on a contract for services basis, suitably qualified and experienced individuals or companies:

  • to assist in the scoping and development of projects
  • to engage with relevant stakeholders
  • to manage and deliver projects in collaboration with the Arts Service
  • to provide advice to the local authority in relation to Public Art

A Public Art Curator is to be engaged on a part-time basis, over a two-year period, for a fixed annual fee. The programme of work will be Mayo-based. (The Arts Service is based in Castlebar).

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Angelina Nugent, Gerry Hussey and Brian Mooney confirmed as speakers for Mayo Careers Fair 2019

Mayo Careers Fair 2019

Broadcaster Angelina Nugent, internationally acclaimed sports performance psychologist and coach Gerry Hussey, and guidance counsellor and educational expert Brian Mooney have been confirmed as speakers for a major school-leavers event in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, next month.

The trio will deliver talks at the Mayo Careers Fair 2019 in GMIT, Castlebar, on Saturday, January 12 (11am to 3pm).

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Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019 & Historic Structures Fund 2019

Mayo County Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are

inviting applications for funding under the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019 (BHIS) and the

Historic Structures Fund 2019 for the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under

the Planning and Development Acts. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4pm

on Thursday 31st January 2019.

Application forms and particulars are available to download here;

Irish Water delivers two new on road/off road vehicles to Mayo County Council to ensure better service delivery to customers on Inishturk and Clare Island

Irish Water Inishturk

Irish Water has delivered two new work vehicles to Mayo County Council as part of its ongoing strategy to improve the service delivered to customers on Iniskturk and Clare Island.

The provision of these new on road/off road vehicles will help ensure staff working on the two islands continue to deliver an efficient and reliable service to our customers in greater safety, while at the same time significantly reducing overall operating costs.

The new vehicles will be operated by Mayo County Council on behalf of Irish Water, and will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the water networks on both islands, in routine, reactive and emergency situations.

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Mayo County Council and Gardai Launch Christmas Anti-Drink and Drug Driving Campaign

Christmas Road Campaign 2018

THE road safety office of Mayo County Council and Gardai in Mayo launched their annual Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign this morning on the N5 where motorists were handed out information leaflets and lollipops with a road safety message at a Garda check point .

People who decide to get behind the wheel with alcohol or drugs in their system are being warned they run the risk of killing themselves or somebody else.

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Lifting of Boil Water Notice for Ballycastle Public Water Supply

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Lifting of Boil Water Notice
Ballycastle Public Water Supply
Irish Water & Mayo County Council

Date: Tuesday 04th of December 2018

Irish Water and Mayo County Council wishes to notify all customers on the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and consumers on the Corrower/Sea Road and Lisbrin group water schemes which are served from the Ballycastle supply, that after consultation with the Health Service Executive, that the boil water notice imposed on the supply on the 12th of October 2018, is now lifted with immediate effect.

Lift Areas: All persons served by the Ballycastle Public Water Scheme and the following Group Water Schemes: Corrower/Sea Road GWS and Lisbrin GWS.

Further information and a map of the Ballycastle scheme, detailing the areas where this BWN lift notice applies can be found here:

Mayo Public Participation Network are holding a Plenary & Information evening for all Community Groups in Mayo.

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Mayo PPN is to be the main link through which Mayo County Council connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors in the county.  The main aim of Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN) is to enable the public to take an active role in policy making and oversight activities of the local authority and to have an input into future development in their community, county and country. The network works at municipal district level and at county level. 

The Information evening will take place in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Castlebar on this Wed 5th Dec 2018 at 7.30pm.

It’s a free event but you must register


Or call Mary at 094 906 4358


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Minister Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach Blackie K Gavin turn sod on Irish Water’s €19m investment projects in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown

Irish Water Foxford

Works will stop the discharge of untreated sewage

Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie K Gavin today (Friday) officially turned the sod for three wastewater treatment plants in Co Mayo as part of a €19 million investment by Irish Water

Working in partnership with Mayo County Council, Irish Water is investing €19 million in upgrading the Foxford and Charlestown wastewater schemes replace the existing ageing infrastructure and providing new and efficient treatment systems in order to meet the current and future needs of the communities.

The new Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the bay is not acceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem in conjunction with Mayo County Council by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure that effluent discharging to Killala Bay meets appropriate discharge standards.

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‘Peas BE Kind and Leave the Plastic Behind’ - Mayo County Council launch new reusable veggie bag campaign

Peas Be Kind

Mayo County Council and Liam Cannon’s Vegetable shop Castlebar have partnered on a unique environment campaign where customers can support Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Ireland, and also help the environment at the same time. The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr. Blackie Gavin launched the campaign last week with a colourful photoshoot in Liam Cannon’s Fruit & Veg Shop.

The campaign, which has been branded with the slogan ‘Peas be Kind & Leave the Plastic Behind’ aims to encourage customers visiting the shop to reduce their use of plastic by placing their produce in durable cotton bags which they can use over & over again. Customers can donate €3 to the MS Society and receive a beautiful reusable branded freetrade cotton bag.

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UPSTART: A Programme of Events Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018


Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is nationally recognised for its work in the area of Arts & Disability and has been leading, supporting and developing relevant programmes throughout Mayo and beyond. In 2010 the Arts Service initiated the UPSTARTscheme, centred around International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd. This scheme provides support for arts projects/events in Mayo which provide access to quality arts experiences for people with disabilities in their own locality.

This year, five projects received funding through both the UPSTART and Creative Ireland Mayo funding schemes. A series of launches of project outcomes will happen between December 3rd and 11th 2018.

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Mayo Career Fair 2019 - GMIT Castlebar 12th January 2019 - Helping Teens With Career Choice


Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the Mayo Career Fair 2019, in GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, January 12 (11am to 3pm).

The purpose of Mayo Career Fair 2019 is to arm students and families with key information on the various options available to them upon completing their second-level education. Admission will be free of charge.

Brian Mooney, a Guidance Counsellor and educational expert, will be in attendance as a guest speaker on the day. As an educational analyst with a weekly column in the Irish Times, he will deliver a comprehensive presentation with the most relevant, current and strategic information useful in researching and preparing for career pathways. 

Angelina Nugent has also been confirmed as a guest speaker on the day. Angelina Nugent is Sports Editor with Midwest Radio and also works as part of the news team at the station. Additional speakers will be announced closer to the event.


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Mayo County Council welcomes confirmation of €3.2m government funding for Ballina under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018

Ballina Military Barracks

Mayo County Council welcomes confirmation of €3.2m government funding, under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018 for the transformation of Ballina's 18th century military barracks into Ballina Innovation Quarter, facilitating the creation of 210 jobs within three years.

As a key part of Project Ireland 2040 – the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan – the fund will help to rejuvenate significant but underused areas in Ireland’s five cities and large towns, including Ballina and Castlebar. The aim of the URDF is to stimulate new residential and commercial development, which will be supported by new services and amenities and will aim to achieve the ‘compact growth’ that was set out in Project Ireland 2040

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Official opening of €10 million investment in the Lough Mask Water Supply Scheme

Lough Mask Opening

Today, Mayo County Council working in partnership with Roscommon and Galway County Councils and Irish Water, celebrated the official opening of the €10 million investment in an extension of the Lough Mask Water Supply Scheme in Co Mayo to Ballinlough in Co Roscommon, and Williamstown in Co Galway. This is the first time a major water supply is supplying three counties and underpins the importance of a one-utility approach. 

The official opening took place in Williamstown and was performed by Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;  Leas-Chathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus; Leas-Chathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr Peter Keaveney; Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Ivan Connaughton and Declan Geraghty from Williamstown. 

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Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy


The Draft and the associated environmental documents, an SEA Environmental Report (ER), a Natura Impact Statement (NIR) and a Regional Flood Risk Assessment (RFRA) are available at:

 The consultation process period for submissions will extend to 17.00 on 8th February, 2018 and may be made in the following ways:



Mail:         ‘RSES Submissions’, NWRA, The Square, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. F45 W674

Dept of Housing, Planning & Local Govt. Transboundary Espoo/EIA Consultation - Proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear Power Plant, Wales

Please find related documentation here

Draft Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy - Public Consultation


The Northern & Western Regional Assembly has published a Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the region. This will replace the current Regional Planning Guidelines and is drawn up in conjunction with the various enterprise and economic development agencies.

The consultation period for making submissions on the Draft RSES to the Regional Assembly is open until 5pm on 9th February 2019.

The Draft RSES and supporting documents are available to view/download from

13 Mayo Firefighters honoured for long service at National Fire Service Awards in Dublin

Fire Long Service Awards

Thirteen Mayo firefighters with a combined service record of 270 years were honoured at the National Fire Service Awards in Dublin on Thursday, November 15.

Frank O’Malley, Louisburgh, Iain Smyth, Castlebar, and Henry Mellott, Ballinrobe, were all in receipt of 40-year service to the fire brigade awards.

John Brady, Claremorris, Eugene McIntyre, Charlestown, and Desmond Maughan, Crossmolina, were in receipt of 30-year awards.

Thomas Moran, Achill, Michael Moran, Kiltimagh, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer Aileen O’Connell, Assistant Fire Officer Donal Reilly, Simon Craig, Charlestown, Christopher Walsh, Charlestown, and Bernadette Murray, Achill, all received awards for 20-year service.


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Dog Microchipping Day on Thursday 29th of November

Dog 900 Wide

Please be advised that all appointments for free microchipping are now filled.

Thank you for your interest.

Mayo County Council promoting responsible dog ownership

Mayo Pride of Place Winners

Balla Pride of Place Winners

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

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Cleaner Community Awards Night 2018

Cleaner Community

Mayo County Council is hosting its 27th annual Cleaner Community Awards, next Tuesday night the 20th November in Breaffy House Hotel.  This night is one of the main highlights of the Council’s calendar which brings together MCC Staff, Councillors and Community groups from around the County.

The Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture Section of Mayo County Council organise this Cleaner Community Campaign and Litter Action League each year.  These competitions would not come to fruition without the huge voluntary involvement and dedication of the many community groups throughout the County.

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Development of Sports Hubs a Key Priority for Mayo Sports Partnership

Sports Partnership Report

21,004 people participating in 57 local programmes,  Dormant Account funding for two Community Sports Hubs in Ballyhaunis and Ballinrobe, Healthy Ireland funding for a sports equipment library and Women in Sport seminars, 1,200 people participating in the Operation Transformation Mayo programme, further expansion of the Mayo parkrun network in Claremorris, 2,000 participants in the 8th West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon/Primary Schools Mini Mini Fun Run and 42 sports initiatives supported through the annual Special Participation Initiative small grants scheme were key outcomes from the recently published 2017 Annual Report of the Mayo Sports Partnership.

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Potential jobs boost for Castlebar, as acquisition of CloudStrong by Dublin company Arkphire is announced

Cloudstrong Arkphire

Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement of the acquisition of CloudStrong, the Castlebar based specialist cloud solution provider, by consulting and managed-services firm Arkphire.

Founded in 2011, CloudStrong currently employs 12 people in Castlebar and provides cloud consultancy services and solutions to the small and medium sized enterprise market.

Speaking of this new development in the local enterprise sector John Magee Head of LEO Mayo stated “We are delighted to learn of the acquisition of local company Cloudstrong by Arkphire. The new deal will likely see a period of investment in the Castlebar operation and has the potential to lead to significant job creation, which would further boost the local economy”

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Excel 2018 - Youth Arts Programme

Excel 2018

EXCEL 2018 is Mayo County Council Arts Service’s annual celebration of young people’s creativity (ages 13-19).  This year we have fabulous events taking place in the month of November. We have also teamed up with the various Art Venues in Mayo to provide a wide range of arts activities throughout the County. Through 'Snack Sized' Workshops school groups get a chance to take part in the arts and explore their creativity. We also have a series of workshops and masterclasses taking place with specific youth organisations throughout Mayo. These groups get a chance to upskill with arts professionals. 

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Public Consultation – Ireland’s New National Digital Strategy

Digital Strategy

The Government launched a Public Consultation on a new National Digital Strategy on the 22nd of October, running for one month, inviting members of the public and interested stakeholders to make submissions. Your submission will help identify the issues and priorities that matter to the citizens, businesses, and communities of Ireland, and create a strong new National Digital Strategy.


Find out more about the Public Consultation on Ireland’s New National Digital Strategy here.

N60 Contract Signing

N60 Road Signing

The contract for the construction of the upgrade of the N60 at Lagnamuck between Mayo County Council and P&D Lydon civil engineers was signed this morning at Aras an Chontae Castlebar, with works commencing in the coming weeks and due for completion before the end of 2019.

The project is the first of a number of minor improvements planned for the N60 Castlebar to Claremorris Road. The N60 Lagnamuck scheme is located immediately west of Balla town.

“The N60 is a vital link connecting the vibrant community of Balla to the county town and is part of an important commuter route between Claremorris and Castlebar. This is an investment in our local communities, the enhancement of our roadways is imperative for the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. We are always mindful that the better our roads infrastructure, the better our opportunity to attract tourism, enterprise and direct investment.” Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council.

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N26 Roadworks - Ballina


Mayo County Council are aware of the inconvenience which has been caused by the ongoing essential Mainline Works on the N26 approach road and have introduced measures in an attempt to reduce delays.

The works, which are part of a €1.2 million Road Improvement Scheme, will see the lifespan of the N26 approach road to Ballina extended by more than 20 years.

The council apologises for the delays to motorists, particularly at peak hours, due to the essential works and can confirm that the traffic management system in place will not operate between Friday evenings and Monday mornings up to the works expected completion on Saturday, December 8th.

Mayo County Council would encourage motorists to allow for additional time at peak hours on weekdays.

Ireland and Argentina to contest for cup named after Mayo man

Admiral Brown Cup

Did you know that this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, the Ireland vs Argentina November rugby international will see the two nations compete for the Admiral Brown Cup.

Mayo County Council are delighted to be associated with the Admiral Brown Cup, named after the first Admiral of the Argentinian Navy, Foxford native Admiral William Brown.

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Irish Water’s new €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet to serve 2,500 people and ensure capacity for economic and population growth

Belmullet Treatment Plant

Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council today officially opened the new wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, has completed a €9 million wastewater treatment plant in Belmullet which will benefit over 1,000 local people and visitors to the town and provide the capacity to treat wastewater for a population of up to 2,500 people. The new wastewater treatment plant at Corclough, together with a new treated water outfall into Blacksod Bay, will bring benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all.

The development was officially opened by Deputy Michael Ring, Minister of State for Regional Economic Development and Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.

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Boil Water Notice issued for Ballycastle Public Water Supply

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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.

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