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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. 


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Storm Ali - Mayo County Council attending to fallen trees

Storm Ali Wind Warning

Storm Ali – Scenes currently being attended to

Wednesday 19th September



-          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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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:

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

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

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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 

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

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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. 

The contracts will be tendered by way of two new Frameworks. Contractors who register for the Frameworks will receive alerts to all future minor works projects that meet their stated preferences in terms of scope and location and can choose whether to  compete.

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.

The frameworks will provide the flexibility for contractors to indicate the geographic areas that they want to be notified about when mini-competitions are taking place. Contractors will be able to accept or decline mini-competitions as they arise.  Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) competency will be a requirement at the application stage of both frameworks but service providers can nominate a third party to carry out this role.

The frameworks will be advertised in October 2018 and all building contractors are encouraged to engage with the procurement process. 

This is a great opportunity to win business from the public sector, whether you are gaining a first contract or stepping up to tender for a larger or commercial contract.

Contractors are reminded that the public sector is a very good client for small businesses.  Payment for services delivered within the terms of a contract is guaranteed and, in line with the requirements of the Prompt Payment of Accounts Act, public bodies have a legal obligation to pay their bills on time.

Building contractors already registered on should ensure that they have registered for tenders at a minimum under CPV Code 45000000-7 Construction work and CPV Code 45210000-2 Building construction work.

 The frameworks relate to works associated with:

  •  General repairs and maintenance to the building fabric;
  • Roofing works
  • Modifications for disability access;
  • General electrical repairs and maintenance;
  • General plumbing, heating and mechanical system repairs and maintenance;
  • Replacement of windows and internal and external doors;
  • 2nd fix internal carpentry works;
  • Installation of new kitchens;
  • Floor coverings and painting and decorating;
  • Construction of small extensions;
  • Repairs and maintenance to external works such as driveways, steps, paths, fences and boundary walls;
  • Minor demolition works;
  • External site works, landscaping, drainage and residential waste and foul water treatment works;
  • Clearance works in preparation for re-letting/re-occupation.

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP), together with four key sectors - Health, Defence, Education and Local Government - has responsibility for sourcing all goods and services on behalf of the Public Service. In the case of minor works, the local authority sector takes the lead through the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre.

Want more information – come the briefing in Castlebar Regional Training Centre next Monday evening 17th @7pm

This session will outline the frameworks and the opportunities for businesses and will be supported by InterTradeIreland who will provide advice to businesses about registering and tendering on, the Irish Government’s electronic tendering platform administered by the Office of Government Procurement.  

Full details are available at Details of the briefings are available at, Register your attendance through

Further information and support is available from the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre Helpdesk at Ph. 076 1064020 or Email:


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

New appointment to the Mayo Sports Partnership Team

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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 including Couch to 5K, Men on the Move, Community Walking Programme, Fit4Work Workplace Programme, Operation Transformation, Primary School Daily Mile, Secondary Schools Girls Active Programme etc.

She will also support smaller National Governing bodies in promoting their sports and also Dormant Account funded programmes such as Youth Sport Leadership Training, Community Coaching, Volunteer Training.

Deirdre can be contacted directly by phone at 094 9064386 or by email


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Call for ideas for

Social Inclusion Awareness Week 2018 – ‘A Connected Mayo’


Social Inclusion Awareness Week takes place from 15-21 October 2018. The aim of the week is to support and organise initiatives throughout the county that foster inclusion, equality and social connectedness. It is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people in County Mayo, to showcase the work of your organisation and/ or to organise a special activity or event which promotes inclusion.

Following on from the success of last year’s Social Inclusion Awareness Week where over 40 showcase events were held throughout the county, this year’s theme is ‘A Connected Mayo’. We are particularly interested in initiatives that explore community responses to social isolation and loneliness.

Types of events and activities could include interesting speakers, exhibitions, coffee mornings, sports events, drama, story- telling, talks and debates, seminars, information events, displays, music recitals, initiatives to improve accessibility, films etc. (the list is not exhaustive). Bear in mind, in keeping with the theme, events should be accessible to all.

A brochure of events is currently being compiled. If you would like to be included in the brochure please complete the attached booking form and return it to the Community and Integrated Development Section Mayo County Council (contact details listed on form) by September 5th  2018. Only free events can be included in this year’s brochure. Please submit a separate booking form if you plan to run more than one event.

Download Brochure here:,30197,en.docx

The up-to-date schedule, further information on events and booking details for all events will be available from mid-September.

 Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week is being co-ordinated by Mayo LCDC’s Social Inclusion and Community Working Group. If you would more information or would like to explore ideas please drop an email to  or contact Cora or Síofra on 094 9064337.


Mayo Local Community Development Committee is made up of community and statutory representatives working to make Mayo a more inclusive county. It is a sub-committee of Mayo County Council. For further information on Mayo LCDC visit  -

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

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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:

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

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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.

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Excel 2017

EXCEL 2017 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 November. We have a particular emphasis on youth drama and theatre. We have also teamed up with the various Art Venues in Mayo to provid...

(General Council; Dated: 24/10/2017 12:51:00)

Awards deadline announced 2017

Amateur Drama, Music Recording, Tyrone Guthrie and Film Mayo awards 2017. Now open for application.Deadline: 6 November 2017. For more information and application forms Or contact Mayo Arts Service:T:094 9047558,E:mayoarts@mayococo.

(General Council; Dated: 12/10/2017 09:22:00)

Up Cycle Challenge

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(Environment: Waste Management; Dated: 28/09/2017 12:01:00)

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Drop into your local Charity Shop during national reuse month this October.

(Environment: Waste Management; Dated: 28/09/2017 09:43:00)

Beware of Bogus Waste Collectors

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(Environment: Waste Management; Dated: 27/09/2017 11:17:00)

Mayo County Council Arts Plan 2018 - 2022

Mayo County Council Arts Office is currently developing a new five-year strategic arts plan for the county, which will be produced early next year. We are actively seeking the views of those involved and interested in the arts, at all levels, within the county. We would welcome your contribution by...

(General Council; Dated: 26/09/2017 10:35:00)

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