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CLÁR 2019 – Open for Applications

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The CLÁR funding scheme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage.

Funding is available for the following measures:

Measure 1    Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Measure 2    Schools/ Community Play Areas (including MUGAs)

Measure 3   Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising:

  • First Response Support
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
  • Sensory Gardens

Expressions of Interest for Measures 1, 2 and 3c must be submitted to Community & Integrated Development, Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo or by email to by Thursday the 11th of April 2018.

Measure 3a and 3b applications must be submitted directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Please note only 15 projects under Measure 1 and 2 will be shortlisted by Mayo County Council. Please refer any queries to the Community & Integrated Development Section, Mayo County Council on 094 9064397 or

The following are the minimum criteria for qualification:

  1. Match funding is available and ringfenced for the project.
  2. All necessary permissions are in place.
  3. Evidence of ownership/lease is available (if applicable).
  4. The facility is/will be open to the public without appointment.
  5. The project conforms to the LECP and/or other local or regional plans.
  6. No funding has been allocated for the same project from any other sources.


Full scheme details available here:

CLAR Ireland

Mayo County Council welcomes €31 million funding for offshore Wind Project off Belmullet Coast

Belmullet Town

Mayo County Council has welcomed the approval of a €31 million project for a four-year floating offshore wind project off the coast of Belmullet.

With funding now secured from Interreg North West Europe it is planned that the first full-scale floating wind turbine will be deployed for testing at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland test site within three years.

Mayo County Council have worked tirelessly alongside the SEAI over the past three years to ensure this project received the green light and funding.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, welcomed the funding announcement said ; “We are delighted with the announcement of the proposed Floating Wind Project to be deployed off the coast of Belmullet. This places Mayo at the heart of the Renewable Energy Industry and offers huge opportunities for the development of supply chain and supporting industries to develop and flourish here in Mayo.”

Michael O’Boyle, Head of Marine Development with Mayo County Council, added; “Mayo County Council have been facilitating the SEAI over the last three years in developing its Offshore Test Site off the Belmullet Coast. We see this as the first step in harnessing what is the now considered the greatest Renewable Energy Resource anywhere in Europe if not the world.”

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Blackie Gavin also welcomed the announcement; “This breakthrough is great news for County Mayo and a reward for all the hard work of our Enterprise and Investment Unit and is a major step forward for Marine development on the West Coast. We look forward to seeing it being pushed ahead as a matter of urgency.”


Earth Hour 2019

Earth Hour 2019

Mayo County Council is joining the global movement to protect our planet and you can get involved too!

On Saturday March 30th from 8:30 – 9.30pm millions of people around the planet will take part in WWF’s Earth Hour. By turning off non-essential lights for one hour, people can demonstrate their care and concern for the environment in a collective worldwide effort. Mayo County Council will be powering down and we would like you to join us. You can learn more about Earth Hour here or by watching the videos at these links:

If you or a community group or business you are involved with are planning on taking part in Earth Hour we would love to hear from you. Contact Mayo County Council Climate Action Officer Laura Dixon at to register your event or for more information.

Mayo County Council will be using Earth Hour as their launch pad for Climate Action Month. During the month of April Mayo County Council will focus on a climate action theme every week including biodiversity to correspond with Tree Week ( 31st March – 7th April), Plastic and waste, energy and transport. Climate Action month will come to a close on Mayo day with a section dedicated to Climate Action at the Mayo day celebrations on May 4th in Turlough House.

Celebrating our communities on Mayo Day

The Big Hello - Mayo Day

National Community Weekend 4th – 6th May 2019

Mayo Day, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities and unquenchable spirit of Co Mayo, returns for its fifth year on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Mayo Day, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s ‘Big Hello’ National Community Weekend initiative have funding available for community events taking place from May 4th – 6th 2019.

We’re inviting communities to get involved by organising a

‘Big Hello’ local event under the theme of Mayo Day

Mayo Day and the ‘Big Hello’ Community Weekend are about connecting with neighbours and friends, strengthening relationships that are already established, opening new lines of communication to one another and fostering inclusivity for everyone.

There are many types of events that you can arrange from a Mayo Day ‘Street-feast’ to a coffee morning in the local Community Centre, a story-telling night, a sing-song or poetry reading, a performance or workshop.  The ways you can get involved in the name of Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are endless.

Typical grants will be in the €100 - €400 range per event.  If a community group has a larger initiative in mind, please contact us at or at 094 9064397 to explore your idea further.  Applications for Irish language events are particularly welcome.

You can easily apply at for funding. Download here (PDF) or here (MS Word)  The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is Friday, 22nd of March 2019.


Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme 2019

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The Regional Festivals & Participative Events Programme is aimed at supporting events which drive domestic tourism while also appealing to our best practice visitor segments. It is a competitive grant process. There is no guarantee of funding for festivals/events that achieve the minimum eligibility conditions. The fund is limited and all eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria set out in this document

To be considered for funding, applicants need to demonstrate the following:

  • That the festival/event must generate a minimum of 500 visitor or tourist bednights. Participative sporting events must generate a minimum of 800 visitor or tourist bednights. In the absence of valid accommodation surveys or audience surveys, the tourism impact may be estimated by Mayo County Council.
  • That the festival/event has a minimum expenditure of €10,000.
  • Other criteria are set out in the programme guidelines. All applicants are encouraged to read the programme guidelines carefully before applying for funding.

Owing to their limited tourism appeal, the following categories of festival and events are ineligible for funding from this programme:

  • Agricultural shows and countryside fairs.
  • Circuses and carnivals.
  • Christmas fairs and markets.
  • Purely commercial events with limited tourism appeal.

Applicants must consult the attached guidelines when preparing their applications.

Apply directly (by post only) to: Anna Connor, Tourism Officer, Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Completed applications must be received by Mayo County Council before 5pm on Friday, March 29th 2019.

Download the 2019 Criteria and Application Forms Here:


Mayo Day Jersey Initial Launch Image

One County, One Team, One Jersey, ONE DAY

Mayo County Council, Mayo GAA and Elverys have come together for a very special campaign in celebration of one of the best-loved days of the year. This year’s #MayoDay on Saturday 4th May will be celebrated in Mayo, New York and around the globe. To mark the day in a special way, a strictly limited-edition Mayo Day GAA jersey will be worn by our beloved footballers for their first-round championship game against New York in Gaelic Park on Sunday 5th May.

The inspiration behind the #MayoDayJersey campaign comes from Mayo people, both at home and abroad, their pride and passion for the green and red has been running through the veins of Mayo, and the streets of New York for centuries. The Mayo Day jersey is an emblem for all the men and women who wear and have worn the colours with great pride, as we do here in

The retro design of the jersey reflects the quintessential GAA look and is modelled on the traditional style of a football jersey as a nod to the many pride-filled days in MacHale Park, Croke Park and Gaelic Park, where the green and red of Mayo has shone brightly from the stands.

Speaking of today’s exciting announcement, Peter Hynes, CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is an award-winning campaign that connects with our Mayo people around the globe. It is a unique initiative, in that we are the first and only County that celebrates the achievements of our people, our rich heritage, culture and community spirit on one dedicated day. if you are from Mayo, have visited Mayo, or like many people have a Grá for Mayo, Mayo Day connects us all on this one special day. This joint campaign for Mayo Day 2019 reinforces the pride and passion of the green and red that runs through the veins of Mayo people irrespective of where they are located in the world”

Mike Connolly Chairperson of the County Board outlined “Mayo GAA touches the lives of so many people at home and abroad through our clubs and our county teams. The combination of both Mayo Day and Mayo GAA into one campaign of green and red, is momentous and we hope people will get behind it whether they are at the match or enjoying Mayo Day at home or further afield!”

Managing Director at Elverys, Pat Rowland outlined “We are delighted to work with MAYO.IE and Mayo County Board on this campaign. The Mayo Day campaign has garnered worldwide attention over the last five years and the MayoDay jersey is a perfect fit for 2019.  Our designers here at Elverys worked closely with on the design of this limited-edition Retro style jersey which has already been received positively by players and supporters alike”

Manager of the Mayo Football team James Horan commented “It is great to be part of the launch of the Commemorative jersey which will be worn for the New York game as part of this year’s Mayo Day celebrations. Putting on a Mayo jersey is a huge source of pride for every Mayo player and is something that they are very aware of. We want to thank for all their support for the Mayo team and for running the #MayoDay campaign over the past 5 years.”


Mayo Entrepreneurs Win Innovation Award at Westmeath's Enterprise Award 2019

LEO Week - Efficient Farm

Westmeath's Enterprise Awards Part of Local Enterprise Week

Mayo man Alan Heaney along with business partner Niall McGauran won the Innovation Award for their business Efficient Farm Solutions Ltd at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards which took place in the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar on March 7th.

Efficient Farm Solutions Ltd (EFS Ltd) is a Westmeath Agri-tech company involved in the assembly, installation, commissioning, start up and service support of robotic milking, feeding and cleaning equipment. Their customers are both fulltime and part-time Irish dairy & beef farmers who want to improve performance and save labour through the use of farm automation.

Alan Heaney, together with business partner Niall Mc Gauran have agricultural degrees from UCD, and MBA qualifications from TCD in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Management Institute, and  collectively have over 25 years experience in export sales and global business from a young age. In June 2012, they established EFS Ltd and have not looked back since. Alongside EFS Ltd, they also run another Agri-Tech business that specialise in animal health monitoring and are in the middle of developing some of our own tech devices to help farmers increase production, save time and reduce labour.


LEO Week - Power Washing Ireland

A power washing business from Mullingar was Westmeath’s Overall winner on the night.

Enda and Syl Geoghegan of Exterior Building Cleaning Ltd T/a Power Washing Ireland took the top prize of €2,500  and will now represent Local Enterprise Office Westmeath at the 21st National Enterprise Awards on Wednesday 29th May in the Mansion House in Dublin

LEO Week - Slice of Life

Other winners at the Westmeath Enterprise Awards held at Annebrook House Hotel on Thursday March 7th included Elaine Allen of A Slice of Life Catering who took home the Best Start Up Award.

Judging is taking place in April and May and Exterior Building Cleaning Ltd T/a Power Washing Ireland will be competing against 30 other finalists from every local authority area for a share of the €40,000 prize fund. The Mansion House in Dublin is the venue for awards ceremony in May and categories this year include ‘Best Export Business,’ ‘Best Start Up Business’ and ‘Innovation,’ in addition to eight regional awards.

The Westmeath Enterprise Awards, by the Local Enterprise Office Westmeath are taking place as part of Local Enterprise Week 2019.  There are over 370 events taking place across the country for this year’s Local Enterprise Week, being organised by the network of Local Enterprise Offices nationwide.

Speaking during Local Enterprise Week Christine Charlton, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Westmeath said: “Power Washing Ireland has already become a success story and the judges were particularly impressed by their business strategy and their success in domestic markets. The National Enterprise Awards are a great barometer for what the Local Enterprise Offices are doing and every year the standard is getting better and better and we are delighted to have Power Washing Ireland representing us in Dublin in May.”

5 other local Westmeath businesses were also shortlisted this year, and they were Conor Cochrane of Social Media Elite, Geoff Allen of Mersus Technologies, Paul Comiskey of Socrates Workforce Solutions, Tao Cui of OneFam  and Michéal Coughlan of Intersearch Ireland.

Among the special guests at the ceremony were PatGallagher, Chief Executive of Westmeath County Council, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Dolan and Cllr. Una D’Arcy and Deputy Peter Burke. Members of the judging panel included NualaAnneCurley of Mullingar Chamber, Bernie Leavy of Westmeath Community Development and MarieManning of Manning Financial.

The awards were just one of the many highlights of Local Enterprise Week, which comes to an end on March 8th. All over the country, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices have been jointly running over 370 events aimed at start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in their area, to mark the week.

Other high-profile events during Local Enterprise Week included Women Making It Happen Event to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th and the Money Matters Seminar & Networking Event aimed at informing Westmeath entrepreneurs of avenues of funding they can avail of to help grow their business.

Older Road User Information Day

Older Driver Conference Launch

Are you aged 50 and over? Do you enjoy driving, cycling and walking but sometimes feel anxious on the road with all the changes there has been over the years?

To help you through some of the more stressful aspects of being a Road User today, an Older Road Users Information Day is being held in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, on Thursday, 14 March 2019, from 9.30am to 1.00pm.

The event is free and is an Age Friendly initiative, organized by Mayo’s Older Persons Council, Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Section and the Community Section.

The event will cover a range of topics including changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs, how vehicles have changed over the years and how driving skills and habits have evolved.  Another element of the day will include a physiotherapist, optician and also those involved in the importance of physical activity.

The overall aim of the information day is to help improve the experience for Older Road Users and increase their awareness and knowledge on the current road systems/environment.

Representatives from Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Team, the Traffic Corps, an Optometrist, Disabled Drivers Association, Insurance Representative and an approved RSA Driving Instructor, along with many more, will be in attendance and will give presentations on the importance of being fully versed around the new road environment. They will also be available to give advice to drivers and to discuss any driving concerns that people may have.

Special guests on the day will include former RTÉ Newsreader; Michael Murphy and current Mayo Footballer; Andy Moran.

Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council, said: “Driving provides independence and is a valuable skill that should be nurtured for as long as possible, this unique conference will instill confidence in not only the driver but also older cyclist and pedestrians too.

“It is important for senior members of our community to be aware of changes to road rules and how to stay safe on our roads, both as an older driver, cyclist or pedestrian.

“Some Older Road Users are also choosing to use mobility scooters to maintain their independence and stay connected as they give the operator freedom and independence they would not normally have. With an increasing number of people using this mode of transport, the information provided on the day will be designed to assist operators to use the road and footpaths safely.

Marie Flanagan, Chairperson on Mayo’s Older Persons Council said;

 “The event is designed to help our older citizens to confidently navigate the roads and for longer. It will feature a range of helpful services and is completely free, so well worth a visit.”

Refreshments will be served on the day and the atmosphere is relaxed, you don't even have to be 50+ to come along!

As places are limited, its important to book in advance. To book and to learn more about the event please contact: Celena McCormack on 094-9064336 or e-mail or Mary Blowick on 094-906 4348 or

Mayo Arts Service is delighted to present, Grounded – A Youth Theatre Event

Grounded - Youth Event

Grounded has been supported by Creative Ireland. The event will take place on Saturday March 9th in GMIT, Castlebar from 10-5pm and the cost of running the event is covered by the funders.  It is aimed at those attending youth theatre or those with an interest in finding out more about youth theatre, and those in the 14-20 age range.

It promises to be a creative day.  Some of the highlights include a Dance Masterclass with Catherine Donnelly and a Physical Theatre Masterclass with Jed Murray.  There will also be an opportunity for the participating youth to get a free Acting headshot with a professional photographer.  The Event will be videoed.  Participants will have a chance to meet with other youth theatres in Mayo.  There will be a brief talk with Orla Henihan Arts Access officer Linenhall Arts Centre regarding attending theatre.  And if that’s not enough there’s also free Theatre tickets to Fishamble’s Underneath in the Linenhall (April 17th).  In line with the location of existing youth theatres there will be a free return Bus departing Ballina Arts Centre and Scoil Phádraig Westport to the event.  

Booking is essential for Grounded – Youth Theatre Event, via Mayo Arts Service: 094 9064367/094 9064376.  There are limited Spaces.  First come, first served.  A filled parental/guardian consent form is compulsory and can be obtained from the Arts Office.

Catherine Donnelly Dancer: Catherine Donnelly is a performer / choreographer member of Dance Ireland, living and based in Mayo, has been working as an independent dance artist for nearly 20 years. 

Jed Murray Performance Theatre:  is a writer, director, actor and drama facilitator from Dublin City centre. He has worked on projects such as ‘The Boys of Foley St’ (Anu). ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Love Hate’ and ‘Vikings’. 

Information Sheet:  Grounded - Youth Event - Info Doc

KCAT Residency in Mayo

KCAT Residency 2019

Mayo County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce details of their forthcoming Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT) Residency. The residency will see five artists from the Callen based artists’s collective spend a week facilitating visual arts workshops with groups and artists with disabilities throughout Mayo from 19th to 22nd March 2019. Groups participating in the residency include Carrowbeg Artists Collective in Westport, Mayo Artsquad in Castlebar, Luisne Art Group in Ballinrobe and Western Care Visual Arts Group in Erris.

KCAT is a multi-disciplinary Arts Centre dedicated to the fostering and nurturing of creative ambition and professional development in the arts. Founded in 1999 the centre has continued to grow, develop and evolve according to demand and need since then. The ethos of the work at KCAT is firmly committed to realising the artistic ambition of the individual artists at the centre, a flexible approach to their development, access and inclusion for all and sustainability and continuity.

Artists from KCAT have a long history of exhibitting work nationally and internationally and will spend four days facilitating and shairing their skills and knowledge with local groups in Mayo. For further information go to

The residency project is one of a number of projects that have been made possible with funding from Creative Ireland, Mayo.

For further details on the residency please contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts’s Coordinator, Mayo County Council on 094 906 4363 or

Exercise “Tolerance” on Rural Roads

Drive It Home

With the fine weather we are experiencing at the moment farmers are busy spreading slurry so Mayo County Council has appealed to road users to exercise “tolerance” if they are caught behind farm machinery in the coming weeks and to ‘give farmers a break’, it’s one time of the rear that rural road rage peeps its head up. Car drivers who are used to keeping up a steady 80kph on country roads at other times of the year find their heart rates soaring and steam coming out of their ears as they stare at the rear end of a tractor, the tractor driver, (if he has a 50kph gearbox) has a maximum speed of 50kph to play with.

With the warmer weather of spring comes one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for farmers –Spreading slurry or preparing ground for planting season. As farmers head to the fields to plant, farm-vehicle traffic increases on rural roads. The farming community encourage all drivers to exercise caution when approaching tractors and farm implements to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

Motorists should recognize that farm machinery has a legal right to use public roads, as does any other motor vehicle.

Farm equipment is so big and slow, how could you possibly hit a farm vehicle? Consider this: A car travelling 90kph can close a 300-foot gap (the length of a football field) and overtake a tractor moving at 24 kph in about four seconds. If you do not begin to slow as soon as you see a farm vehicle, you might not have time to avoid a collision.

The road safety office of Mayo County Council offers some safety tips for motorists who find themselves sharing the road with farm equipment.

Farmers -- who drive their equipment on the roads -- will often try to get out of the way when they can, but they need drivers to be patient and wait for equipment to find a place to pull over.

Noel Gibbons Road safety officer said  that “drivers’ anxiety levels sky-rockets” when they find themselves stuck behind farm machinery, but that it is likely to delay the road user by just a couple of minutes.

The keys to sharing the road with farm equipment are caution and patience.

Even if you have to slow down to 30 kph and follow a tractor for two miles, it only takes six minutes of your time, which is equivalent to waiting for two Traffic lights.

“Country roads are unpredictable and, therefore, present far more challenges to drivers,” he warned.

Country crashes often result in greater numbers of fatalities and injuries because vehicles are usually travelling at higher speeds.

70 per cent of fatal road collisions between 1996 to 2010 occurred on rural roads.

Farmers are reminded to be cognizant of high traffic times, usually mornings and late afternoons. While it often is impossible to avoid operating on the roads during these times, it may be possible to limit road transportation and if there is a build up of traffic behind farm vehicles pull in and let traffic pass where it is safe to do so .

"It can often lead to drivers taking unnecessary risks and overtaking at the most inopportune times, creating a danger to themselves and to other road users."


  • Begin to reduce your speed immediately after seeing a slow moving vehicle emblem. Remember at 55 mph, a driver has about four seconds before colliding with a tractor a football field away.
  • Farm machinery operators may not be able to see you because the large equipment or load can block part of their rear-view mirror. If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you.
  • Be extra cautious on wet pavements or when mud and debris from tractor tires are deposited on roadways, creating slippery conditions. On wet roads, stopping distance can be increased as much as five times.
  • Yield to wide approaching vehicles. Farm equipment is often wider than a normal traffic lane.
  • It is illegal and very dangerous to pass farm equipment in a no passing area. The relatively slow speed of farm equipment does not make it safe to pass in situations that are not otherwise lawful.
  • When passing be extra cautious. Tractors and other equipment maybe wider than they look from behind. Machinery that is half on the road and half on the shoulder may suddenly move completely on the road to avoid hitting obstacles such as mailboxes, road signs, and bridges.
  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to clear the equipment and pass safely.
  • Check to be sure the machinery is not turning. Because of the size of today’s equipment, farmers often have to make wide left turns. Don’t assume that when the equipment veers right, the operator is pulling over for you to pass. The operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn, the driver must fade to the left.
  • Be patient. Farm machinery can’t travel at high speeds. While most farmers will move to the side of the road to let traffic pass when they are able to do so safely


The next time you find yourself sharing the road with farm equipment, take a moment to appreciate the farmer’s life and be thankful for the food they provide. Making good driving decisions will help get you both safely to your destinations.

Coder Dojo Training Workshop at Castlebar Library this Saturday, March 2nd

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Mayo County Library is delighted to host a Coder Dojo training workshop this Saturday, 2nd March, at Castlebar Library. The aim of the workshop is to support youth workers to create spaces where local young people can learn programming and digital making to create change in the local and global communities.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Places are limited and registration can be found at this link: Further information can be found by contacting 01 6573839 or

No experience is required so come along to learn something new.

Please note, to facilitate the training workshop, the library computer room will be closed to the public on the day.

Achill Sheepdog Neutering and Microchipping Scheme

Achill Sheepdog Neutering 2

Laura Mulligan, Dog Warden with Mayo County Council, attended and gave a presentation along with Mary Kane M.V.B. from West Vets at an Information evening in Achill last week for a Subsidised Scheme for Neutering and Microchipping Collies in the Achill Parish area.

This Scheme is being funded by Solar 21 who were represented on the night by Clare Herbert, Marketing & Communications Manager and is being facilitated by West Vets in Westport represented by Tom Fabby M.V.B. and Mary Kane M.V.B.

Anyone wishing to avail of this scheme should contact West Vets 098 25618.

- Border Collies/Sheep Dogs Only
- Maximum of 1 Dog Per Person
- Proof of Ownership Required
- Available at West Vets, Westport

Supported by: The Bradley Brothers, Solar 21, West Vets

Free Family Fun Day trí Ghaeilge Returns

Free Family Fun Day 2019 in Irish

Oifig na Gaeilge, Mayo County Council in conjunction with Conradh na Gaeilge are delighted to announce the return of Lá Spraoi Teaghlaigh trí Ghaeilge (Free Family Fun Day trí Ghaeilge).

A fun filled day out for all the family at Macalla Hall, Lough Lannagh, Castlebar; it takes place place during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 (1st-17th March) on Sunday 10th March, with events taking place between 2pm and 5pm.

With a wide range of activities taking place on the day, we extend an invitation to you and your family and hope you can join us on the day and make use of the Cúpla Focal.


Lá Spraoi Teaghlaigh trí  Ghaeilge ar ais linn

Tá sé de phléisiúr ag Oifig na Gaeilge, Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo i gcomhar le Conradh na Gaeilge a fhógairt go mbeidh Lá Spraoi Teaghlaigh trí Ghaeilge Ghaeilge saor in aisce (Free Family Fun Day trí Ghaeilge) á reáchtáil arís i mbliana.

Lá lán de spraoi is spórt a bheidh ann don teaghlach ag Halla Macalla, Loch Lannagh, Caisleán an Bharraigh; tá an ócáid á reáchtáil le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2019 (1-17 Márta) Dé Domhnaigh,10 Márta, idir 2pm agus 5pm.

Tugaimid cuireadh duit féin agus do theaghlach freastal ar an ócáid seo ag a mbeidh réimse leathan gníomhaíochtaí ar siúl – ag súil go mbeidh tú ábalta bheith linn le triail a bhaint as do Chúpla Focal.

Comórtas Amhrán Nua-Chumtha Gaeilge

La Maigh Eo - Conradh na Gaeilge

Mar ullmhúchán do cheiliúradh Lá Mhaigh Eo ar an 4 Bealtaine 2019, tá Oifig na Gaeilge, Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo agus Conradh na Gaeilge - Togra Mhaigh Eo ag tabhairt cuiridh do na Bunscoileanna agus do na Meánscoileanna uile i Maigh Eo cur isteach ar Chomórtas Amhrán Nua-Chumtha Gaeilge. Is é sprioc an chomórtais teacht ar amhrán nua-chumtha i nGaeilge a bhfuil ‘Contae Mhaigh Eo’ mar théama aige. Fáiltítear roimh iontrálacha i seánra ceoil ar bith, idir cheol traidisiúnta, rac-cheol, popcheol srl. agus is é an t-aon choinníoll atá ann ná gur ceol agus liricí nua-chumtha i nGaeilge a bheidh i gceist. Tá seans go ndéanfar gearrliosta de na hiontrálacha agus beidh deis ag na buaiteoirí an t-amhrán a chasadh beo ag ceiliúradh Lá Mhaigh Eo (The Mayo Word) ag Teach Thurlaigh, Caisleán an Bharraigh ar an 4 Bealtaine 2019. Sonraí an Chomórtais:

  • An Chéad Duais do Bhunscoileanna - €500. An Chéad Duais do Mheánscoileanna - €500.
  • Casfaidh na buaiteoirí a gcuid amhrán ag ceiliúradh Lá Mhaigh Eo ar an 4 Bealtaine 2019.
  • Seoltar iontrálacha chuig mar aon le sonraí faoin Scoil agus faoin Cheoltóir / na Ceoltóirí
  • Is gá iontrálacha a chur isteach mar thaifeadadh MP3 nó CD amháin.
  • Níor cheart go mbeadh na hamhráin níos faide ná 5 nóiméad ar fhad.
  • Is gá gur ceol agus liricí nua-chumtha i nGaeilge a bheidh i gceist.
  • Ba cheart cóip de na liricí a chur isteach leis an taifeadadh MP3 nó CD.
  • Is féidir le ceoltóirí aonair, grúpaí nó cóir cur isteach ar an chomórtas seo.
  • Is é Dé hAoine, 5 Aibreán 2019 ag 5pm an dáta deiridh le haghaidh iarratas.
  • Tá tuilleadh eolais le fáil ach ríomhphost a sheoladh chuig

In the lead up to the Mayo Day celebrations on the 4 May 2019,  Oifig na Gaeilge of Mayo County Council and Conradh na Gaeilge of Togra Mhaigh Eo are inviting all National and Secondary Schools in Mayo to enter Comórtas Amhrán Nua-Chumtha Gaeilge.  The purpose of the competition is to find a newly composed song in the Irish Language with ‘County Mayo’ as the theme.  Applications are welcome in any genre from traditional, to pop, rock etc. and the only stipulation is that both music and lyrics be newly composed and in the Irish Language.  The entries maybe shortlisted and the winners will perform live at Mayo Day, (The Mayo Word) at Turlough House, Castlebar on the 4 May 2019.Competitions Details:

  • 1st Prize National School €500. 1st Prize Secondary School €500.
  • The Winning Songs will be performed at Mayo Day celebrations on the 4 May 2019.
  • Entries to be made by email to giving full details of School and Performer/s.
  • Entries to be made by means of MP3 or CD recording only.
  • Performance Piece to be no more that 5 minutes in duration.
  • The music and lyrics must be newly composed and in the Irish Language.
  • A copy of the lyrics must be submitted with the MP3 recording.
  • This competition is open to an individual performer, band, or choir.
  • Closing Date for submission must be no later that 5pm, Friday 5 April 2019.
  • Further information is available by emailing

Funding For Creative Events For Children - Cruinniú na nÓg 2019

Creative Ireland

Do you have an idea for a creative event for children and young people? Now you can make it happen! Mayo County Council is seeking proposals for events for children and young people during Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of creativity on June 15th.

Artists, crafters, dancers, storytellers, makers, street artists, heritage workers, musicians, re-enactors, coders and workers in science and technology and all manner of experienced creative professionals, in any artform, craft or creative sphere are invited to make a proposal. Traditional skills practitioners or others with an expertise in landscape, flora & fauna/biodiversity, folklife, archaeological heritage, built heritage, history, vernacular architecture or any related field are also encouraged to consider how they might engage with Cruinniú na nÓg and its aim of doing, making, creating.

Closing date: Monday March 11th at 5pm

Information and application form at

For queries contact Austin Vaughan at or at 094 9047922

Mayo County Council exceed targets in social housing figures released today by Minister Murphy

Social Housing Target Infograph Feb 2019

Minister Eoghan Murphy has today (Wednesday) announced Social Housing figures delivered across the Country outlining individual figures per Local Authority

Head of Housing at Mayo County Council, Simon Shevlin outlined. “ The figures released today shows the progress that is being achieved here in Mayo as a result of a variety of solutions, that we are applying  to our housing need.  Our overall Social Housing Target achieved is up by almost 20% while our Build, acquisition and leasing target is up by 12%.  We are very aware that there is no quick fix, but our housing plan here in Mayo is showing real progress and as a local authority we will continue to deliver on our housing programme 2016-2021”

Minister Eoghan Murphy publishes breakdown of social housing delivery in 2018 on a local authority basis 

As part of a commitment to drive greater transparency and accountability for the delivery of social housing across the country, Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy today (20 February, 2019) published social housing delivery figures for the high-level programmes of build, acquisition, leasing, HAP and RAS for all 31 local authorities.

In 2018, delivery against target has been published, on a quarterly basis, on the Rebuilding Ireland website and the full year of activity by each local authority can now be reviewed on the website.

Overall, the target for social housing delivery in 2018, under Rebuilding Ireland, was exceeded by 6% and the housing needs of over 27,103 households were met.

Of note is the following:

  • 8,422 new homes were brought into the active social housing stock through build, acquisitions, voids and leasing programmes in 2018. (4,251 build; 560 renovated voids; 2,610 acquisitions & 1,001 long-term leased).
  • There was an 85% increase in new build social homes in 2018 when compared to 2017 (excluding voids).
  • The number of new social housing homes built in 2018 was eight times greater than the number built in 2015, the year before Rebuilding Ireland (excluding voids).
  • Construction figures from December 2018 show almost 5,000 new social housing homes currently being built across 291 sites and this is being added to on a weekly basis.
  • 38% delivered by AHB’s in partnership with local authorities.
  • New build and long term leasing is helping us move away from HAP solutions as demonstrated by the fact that new HAP solutions did not increase significantly in 2018, but all other delivery streams did.

At last week’s Housing Summit Minister Murphy took the opportunity to discuss individual rates of delivery for each local authority against their target and also stressed the need to further accelerate and enhance delivery pipelines, in particular new-build activity.

Minister Murphy again reaffirmed the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government commitment to supporting local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies deliver much-needed homes across the country. He emphasised that funding and resources are not an issue and that any delivery targets set for local authorities are minimum targets and stressed the importance of each local authority doing as much as possible.

In Galway, where there are significant delivery challenges, Minister Murphy is establishing a Galway Housing Delivery Task Force, which will be chaired by Ms. Geraldine Tallon, former Secretary General. Ms. Tallon currently chairs the Cork Housing Delivery Task Force, which has supported Cork City Council deliver 117% of their build target and Cork County Council 126% of their build target.

Mayo County Council Plays Their Part In A 'Recycle For Sight Campaign'

Recycle For Sight Campaign

As spring cleaning gets under way, Westport Lions Club has partnered with Mayo County Council’s Derrinumera Civic Amenity Centre to collect used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of the Lions Club Recycle for Sight campaign. The collected glasses will be sent by Westport Lions Club to a Regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre where they will be cleaned, categorised by prescription and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eyecare is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

“We were delighted when Killian Farrell, Deputy Manager of Derrinumera Civic Amenity Centre contacted Westport Lions Club to partner in this initiative. We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses. In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people. In addition, it fulfils our aim of contributing to Climate Action through recycling.” said Tanya Whyte, President of Westport Lions Club, and employee of Mayo County Council.

Eyeglasses can be brought to Derrinumera Civic Amenity Centre and left in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes located at Reception. Additional drop-off location in Westport: O’Farrell Optician, The Mall.

Photo: Tanya Whyte, President Westport Lions Club & Killian Farrell, Deputy Manager, 
Derrinumera Civic Amenity Centre

Mayo Association Dublin Networking Breakfast

Mayo Association Dublin Network Breakfast

Mayo Association Dublin is hosting a networking and mentoring breakfast for Mayo people based in Dublin, with the idea being to connect Mayo people who are starting in their career with people who have already made progress - allowing for mentoring and networking at all levels. The event will take place in Byrne Wallace on Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, on Friday 1st March with a 7.30am sharp start time, concluding just before 9am.

Looking for both mentees and mentors to sign up and come along on the day.

Further details and the booking system are linked below:

Please do feel free to forward this email on to any Mayo people who you think might enjoy/benefit from the event.

If you have any questions, you can contact one of the organisers, Adrian Langan, on 087 9331014 or

Drivers urged to take car at roadworks

My Daddy Works Here

The Road Safety Office of Mayo County Council is calling on all motorists to take extra caution at roadworks on our roads.

Reports have come in of people jumping the red light at roadworks and speeding through work sites throughout the county, especially on the Newport-Westport road at Kilmeena.

Mayo County Council have liaised with An Garda Siochana and Inspector Dennis Harrington has deployed Garda cars to undertake speed and road safety checks in and around the roadworks.

The Road Safety Office are also bringing back the ‘My Daddy Works Here’ campaign which proved successful in the recent past. A number of signs depicting pictures of children appealing to motorists to drive with care have been erected at the Kilmeena roadworks.

These works are continuing until the end of 2019.

Road Safety Officer with Mayo County Council, Noel Gibbons, said; ““As the evening begin to get a little bit longer, road works become increasingly familiar sights along Irish roads. But we should not let familiarity become complacency.

"Even though many of us will be driving through road works every day, we should continue to keep our eyes wide open and obey the posted rules of the road. Lives depend upon it.”



Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is now inviting applications for UPSTART 2019.  The deadline for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Mayo County Council’s Arts Service has made a considerable commitment to the development of quality Arts and Disability activity in County Mayo through flagship projects and ongoing programmes. 

Since 2010, through the UPSTART programme, the Arts Service has provided funding for 46 collaborative projects involving arts organizations, artists, venues, disability organizations/ groups of people with disabilities.

The collaborative projects in Mayo have led to a variety of extremely high-quality artistic outcomes including exhibitions, films, workshops, music, theatre and dance performances.   For information on UPSTART projects to date, see:

If you would like to apply to the scheme please download an application form, with information about the eligibility criteria, at this link:

If you would like to book a place on a One to one information session to discuss a project application on this year’s scheme, contact Damien O’Connor on 094 906 4363 or

Information sessions will be held at: 

  • Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet on 27th February from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar on 6th March from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina on 13th March from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

For further information on the UPSTART programme, contact Damien O’Connor, Disability Arts coordinator, Mayo County Council, 094 906 4363, |

Diversions in Place at N17 - Charlestown

Charlestown Diversion 14-02-2019

Mayo County Council are aware of an incident in Charlestown this morning, following which the main street is closed to traffic.

The area has been closed off due to health and safety as remedial works are underway.

Mayo County Council are liaising with Gardai, who are at the scene, and diversions are in place for cars but HGVs and larger vehicles are advised to take an alternative route.

The N17 is closed in both directions for Heavy Goods Vehicles.

HGV’s heading North on the N17 are advised to use the N5 east and the R293 and rejoin the N17 at Collooney.

HGV’s heading South on the N17 are advised to use the R294 west, N26 & N5 and rejoin the N17 at Charlestown.

It is expected these diversions will be in palce until at least 6pm this evening (February 14).

Further updates will be available throughout the day.

Mayo County Council collects two awards at Local Authority Awards night in Dublin

LAMA Awards

Two Mayo County Council projects picked up awards at the Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) Awards in Croke Park, Dublin, on Saturday night, February 9.

Community Representatives and Mayo County Council joined together at the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards where Westport Leisure Park Running Club were crowned overall national winner in the Best Community Sports Club category and ‘The Tubber Hill Housing scheme and master plan, a piece of Urbanism – An alternative to 9 bungalows’ took the Silver award in the Best Social Housing Initiative category.

These national awards, presented by LAMA, and IPB Insurance highlight and celebrate community and councils working together in our communities, bringing national recognition to novel and progressive projects and developments that may otherwise go unacknowledged.

Mayo County Council were shortlisted as a finalist this year in five categories and as a contender for ‘Council of the Year’, having won the award previously in 2018.

Speaking after the council collected two awards in Croke Park, Mayo County Council Chief Executive, Peter Hynes, said; “I would like to acknowledge all of the projects that were submitted for this competition and in particular the five projects that were named as finalists from Mayo”.

“Significant work takes place all around this county where Mayo County Council and communities come together to deliver on new and novel initiatives that benefit all who live in our county and it is great to see the county bring home two awards”.

Leas-Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus, said; “A well-deserved congratulations to the two projects which took home national awards and to our other finalists who deserved their recognition on the night”.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for Mayo projects to continue to do so well and bringing success to the county on a national stage”.

The full list of Mayo County Council projects announced as national finalists were:

  • ‘Drive Safer for Longer’ – Mayo County Council and Mayo Older People’s Council in the Best Community Health Initiative category.
  • Running Club at Westport Leisure Park in the Best Community Sports Team/Club category.
  • Mayo Cancer Support, Rock Rose House, Castlebar, in the Best Community Based Initiative.
  • ‘Soundworlds Early Years Music Programme’ – Mayo County Childcare Committee and Music Generation Mayo in the Best Education/Training Initiative category.
  • ‘The Tubber Hill Housing Scheme and Master Plan, A piece of Urbanism – An alternative to 9 Bungalows’ – Mayo County Council Architects Section in the Best Social Housing Initiative.

Westport Running Club - LAMA

Westport Leisure Park Running Club, National Winners Best Community Sports Club/Team Category.  From left Yvonne Byrne, Westport Leisure Park, Cllr PJ Reilly (Longford), LAMA Executive Board Member, Colette Sweeney, Westport Leisure Park, Paul Feeney, Westport Leisure Park, Cllr Mags Murray (Fingal), Chairperson LAMA Executive Board.

Mayo Architects - LAMA Awards

Mayo County Council Architects Section, Silver Award Winner in the Best Social Housing Initiative Category.  From left Liam Hanrahan, A/Director of Services, Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus, Leas-Cathaoirleach, Mayo Council, Noelle Angley, Architects Section, Mayo County Council.

Notice of New One-Way Traffic Systems - Westport

One Way Traffic - Westport

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 10(3) of the Roads Act 1993 that Mayo County Council is changing the direction of roads in Westport at Knockranny Slip Road and Patrick’s Terrace/Reek View Terrace/Pearse Terrace commencing Thursday 7th February 2019 at 7 a.m.  


Knockranny Slip Road:                                     To change one-way direction of LT –28014-1 from east – west to one-way direction west – east from junction with N5 to junction with Knockranny Road LT -58521-20


Patrick’s Terrace /Reek View Terrace

Pearse Terrace:                                                  To change from two-way direction to one-way direction anticlockwise from Patrick’s Terrace LT-68001-0 to Reek View Terrace LT-68001-4 to Pearse Terrace LT-68001-7


These changes will come into effect at 7 a.m. on Thursday 7th February 2019.



Signed:  Padraic Walsh,

                Head of West Mayo Municipal District.


See maps attached:


Knockranny Link Road

Pearse Terrace, Reek View & St. Patricks Terrace


Free Electrical Recycling Day in Claremorris and Ballyhaunis

Free Recycling February 2019

Two free electrical recycling days are coming up in Claremorris and Ballyhaunis for any household waste electrical items, batteries or energy saving lightbulbs

- Claremorris: Saturday February 16th, 10am to 4pm at Market Square Car Park

- Ballyhaunis: Saturday February 23rd, 10am to 4pm at Knox Street Car Park reports 250 vacant units being brought back into use

Vacant Homes 2

Good news on the housing supply front as, the portal website initiated by Mayo County Council which allows the public to anonymously log empty homes, is reporting 250 vacant units are in the process of being renovated or have been brought back into use.

With more than 2,500 properties currently on the site identified as being vacant, Tom Gilligan, Director of Services with Mayo County Council, is thankful for the public efforts towards solving the housing crisis: “Bringing vacant homes back into use benefits everyone. Apart from providing much needed social housing, it also helps communities by breathing new life into areas that need rejuvenation. We all know that increasing the supply of housing will help in our efforts to solving the homeless situation. Bringing empty units back into use helps protect local services and stimulates the local economy. It also makes sense from an environmental and climate change perspective, as a lot of the key infrastructure such as roads and utilities are already in place. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

To date vacant homes logged on the site: Leinster 50%, Munster 33%, Connacht 14%, Ulster 3%.

Properties registered: Detached 34%, Semi-detached 31%, Terraced 26%, Flat/Apartment 6% and Other 3%.   

The information that provides is assisting Local Authority Vacant Home Officers in their efforts to contact owners of empty homes in order to advise them of options available to help bring their property back to life. Schemes such as the Repair and Leasing and Buy and Renew schemes are routes that owners can avail of upfront finance and both schemes are currently complimenting each other.

In County Mayo alone, there are Agreements to Lease signed under the Repair and Leasing Scheme for 11 units and there are definite signs that interest in this scheme is growing and further units are anticipated. To date 3 units have been completed in Co Mayo via the Buy and Renew scheme and the Council is currently assessing projects with the potential to deliver another 19 units.

Although, the Repair and Lease Scheme has failed to reach the targets which were initially set, there are signs that’s the new revamped scheme is gaining traction with more and more enquiries happening on a daily basis. has also seen recent modifications and enhancements, which will assist further the work of local authorities and will help accelerate the continued drive towards modernisation and better exploiting the potential of digital in the delivery of services. This new technology will aid the Government’s efforts in reducing homelessness and the terrible eyesore of empty units across the country.

The support of the Vacant Homes Unit in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has been instrumental in assisting Mayo County Council’s work and development of

Hard-hitting show to drive home road safety message to young drivers

Road Safety Roadshow - Richard Al

More than 1,600 teens will attend a hard-hitting road safety event tomorrow (Thursday 7th) at 11am  in the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.

The AXA road safety road show used graphic crash imagery to tell the story of how a night out ended in tragedy and permanent disability for one young driver.

The students also hear from a funeral undertaker, a family member of a deceased road traffic accident victim, a car crash survivor, and others, on the real-life, tragic, consequences of dangerous driving.

In order to ensure ‘street cred’ amongst the young audience it is considered appropriate to display hard-hitting images and to use strobe lighting during the presentations. The Traffic and Road Safety Section believe that this is a very worthwhile event, which will hopefully leave a positive and lasting impression on the young people present.  With fatal collisions at 18 to date, and 150 killed in 2018 this highlights the importance of the road safety message.

And most fatal and serious injury collisions happen during winter months - due to the dark nights and poorer road conditions, statistics show.

Astonishingly, one in five accidents are a result of occupants not wearing a seatbelt.

Noel Gibbons road safety officer said “The effects are well documented - too many people are being killed on our roads or seriously injured for life.”

“We hope that young people will learn from this event, think twice about the seriousness of safety when driving and realise the consequences of taking risks on the road.”

Mayo County Council welcome Meissner to Mayo

IDA Building - Meissner

Today, Mayo County Council welcomed the announcement by IDA Ireland that Meissner Filtration Products are set to become the main tenant in the IDA's Advanced Technology Building Castlebar, resulting in up to 150 jobs for Co Mayo over the next 5 years. This is a much-welcomed result of the ‘Invest in Mayo’ campaign, which was launched in February 2018.

Peter Hynes, CE of Mayo County Council said, “Together with the support of Mayo County Council, the IDA has significantly developed the foreign direct investment interest in the west of Ireland in recent years, the presence of leading international companies such as Allergan, Hollister, Baxter and Ballina Beverages in Mayo is testament to our joint efforts. Today's announcement further deepens the IDA’s commitment to Co Mayo and we whole-heartedly welcome Meissner Filtration Products to their new home in the Advanced Technology Building in Castlebar.  I know that the ‘will do’ attitude of the Mayo people will compliment Meissner’s excellent track record, helping them to earn further success into the future

Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach Mayo County Council, said “Today’s announcement of the investment from Meissner Filtration Products is another landmark day for Castlebar. Demonstrating that we have the skills, infrastructure and talent available here to allow companies like Meissner to grow and embed their operations in the west of Ireland.

The state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Building is a magnificent building that greatly adds to Castlebar’s offering and with Meissner Filtration Products as the lead tenants the future looks bright for Castlebar.

Mayo County Council going Green for a Brighter Future

MCC Electric Car 2

Mayo County Council is going green with the purchase of two Citroen Berlingos replacing old petrol and diesel vehicles.

The first of a fleet of new electric council vehicles was launched on Wednesday, January 30, by the Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, at Aras an Chontae, Castlebar.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Hynes said he was proud of the County Council for taking this step towards a greener future; “When we talk about Mayo and the organisation we are trying to build here, Sustainable, Inclusive, Prosperous and Proud. Well today I am proud that we are moving on to the next phase of the transformation of this organisation to being more energy efficient, greener, more environmentally aware and more environmentally friendly.

“The role that we would like to see this organisation take is one of leadership, we don't want to be following other people, we want to be green and we want to be seen to be green as it is an important aspect of our future in a whole lot of areas including Tourism and food production. Whatever it is we are doing, Green is going to be a big part of the future of this county.

“Well done to Martin Keating and all the team in Environment, as well as everybody else who had a hand in getting this project off the ground and over the line.”

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, added; “I'm delighted as Cathaoirleach to see our Chief Executive launch the county's first electric vehicles. Well done to Martin Keating, Laura Dixon and all the staff of the Environment section on this great initiative. Let's roll it out and hopefully it is a successful scheme and we'll see more of these vehicles in the future.”

There are two charging points in front of Aras an Chontae, available to Mayo County Council and the General Public, and further dedicated charging points will be installed for Mayo County Council to charge the new vehicles.

Each vehicle can cover up to 170 kilometres on a full charge. The vehicles can take up to 30 minutes to charge 80 per cent of their batteries at fast charge points or eight hours at regular charge points.

The two vehicles are now operational and being used across the county with more electric vehicles hopeful to follow in the future.

West Mayo Municipal District Business Parking Permit Application Form

Please find attached Business Parking Application Forms and Maps for parking in Westport (West Mayo Municipal District)

West Mayo Business Parking Permit Application Form

Map - The Quay

Map - Town Core

Have your say - Mayo County Council invites citizens to have their say about a new website for the county!

Have your say - online survey

Mayo County Council is undertaking the development of a new website which will see the merging of the key elements of its existing websites, and, into one overall site that will be fit for purpose and will be a key element in the digital transformation of Mayo County Council. 

In order to develop a modern, informative, easily accessible website we are asking citizens of the county and beyond, to share their thoughts on how we can work together in developing a new website that will provide online services and information for citizens of and visitors to the county. 

The information and thoughts that the public provide in this survey will help the Council create a website that is innovative, current and easy to use. One lucky entrant will also have the opportunity of winning a One-for-All voucher to the value of €200! 

To share your thoughts click here →

Safety message for the Mayo vs Roscommon Match at Elverys McHale Park

Map of Castlebar A huge turnout – possibly up to 15,000 – is expected for the joust, under lights, between the arch-rivals at Elvery’s MacHale Park. But the contest has created significant health and safety concerns due to GAA fans parking on the hard shoulder of the N5 national primary route as it approaches Castlebar. Fears have been raised of possible injuries, even death, as fans leave and return to their vehicles under cover of darkness. 

The game has a 7 p.m. throw-in.Gardai, the GAA and Mayo County Council have been consulting over the issue in the past week.

Parking by fans along the N5 is not recommended for health and safety reasons. There will be ample free car parking for fans within the environs of Castlebar itself. (see Map of Castlebar above)

“Most supporters do not wear reflective jackets,”. “They will be coming to town wearing hats and scarves. As it will be dark, visibility will be an issue.

“Not every motorist along the N5 on Saturday evening will realise there is a football match on.” Any vehicle causing an obstruction or dangerously parked on Saturday evening will be towed away. Extra gardai will be on duty to enforce the stricter parking policy for Saturday’s game.

Road safety officer Noel Gibbons said “ We would advise all fans who are attending the game to avail of official car parking spaces available which are highlighted on the map been circulated and if your walking please make yourself visible to other road users “

Mayo County Council consider findings of SIPOC Investigation at January meeting

MCC Crest_small

Mayo County Council can confirm that the findings of the SIPOC investigation published on Thursday, December 13, 2018, were considered by the members of Mayo County Council at the January monthly meeting, held on Monday, January 14, 2019.

The Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, who had no findings against him and was completely vindicated by the SIPOC investigation, read a statement to councillors ahead of discussions on the findings, before excusing himself from proceedings with Director of Services John Condon taking over as Deputy CE.

Mr. Hynes’ statement in full reads as follows:

“Cathaoirleach and Members

‘This is an important consideration for you at the end of what has been a difficult and disruptive time for this Council

There has been an intensive and exhaustive investigation, which has extended over four years.  I welcome the fact that, as I expected the Standards in Public Office Commission has found not a single shred of evidence of any wrong doing on my part.

I welcome their findings in my case and my complete vindication.

The reports also confirm that the planning process operated by this Council is robust. I would like to thank my Management team, the staff and the elected members for their constant support over that period.

It is a matter of considerable regret that Mayo County Council has yet again been the subject of National headlines because of another melodrama instigated by Cllr Durcan. This latest saga has again wasted time, resources, effort and energy.

Cllr Durcan’s disruptive and abusive behaviour, featuring vindictive personalised attacks going back over many years has impeded the work of this Council. The sanctions for such continuous disruptive and abusive behaviour need to be urgently reviewed.

Some people believe in Karma and there is at least some poetic justice in this case in that Cllr Durcans own actions have backfired and have came back to haunt him. The situation is perfectly summed up by the old Irish adge @ Fileann an feal ar an bhfeallaire”

Finally Cathaoirleach, it is in my view not appropriate that I should be a participant in this discussion.  I am therefore leaving the meeting and I have delegated all appropriate authority to Mr John Condon, Director of Services “

Mr John Condon, Director of Services progressed the item and outlined the findings of each of the three reports to the Chamber. The first report he addressed was that of Peter Hynes CE and informed the Council as there was no findings against the Chief Executive that there was no action for them to take. 

Cllr Damien Ryan proposed that that the report and its contents be welcomed and accepted. The proposal was seconded by Cllr Jarlath Munnelly and resolved by the Council 

Mr Condon progressed on to the second report and outlined the findings made against Cllr Frank Durcan (findings below)

8.3     Decision: In relation to this alleged contravention, the Commission is satisfied, onthe evidence before it, that Councillor Durcan contravened Section 168 of the Local Government Act in the manner alleged in the Statement of Alleged Contravention. The Commission is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the contravention was committed intentionally and that it was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The contravention is not continuing. The basis for this determination by the Commission is set out below.

8.28 Decision: In relation to this alleged contravention, the Commission is satisfied, on the evidence before it, that Councillor Durcan contravened Section 169(3) of the Local Government Act in the manner alleged in the Statement of Alleged Contraventions. The Commission is satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the contravention was intentional and that it was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The contravention is not continuing. The basis for this determination by the Commission is set out below.

Mr Condon drew the attention of the council to page 40 of the SIPOC report which contained the details of the extent of financial gain in which Cllr Durcan was seeking (excerpt below).   He informed the chamber that SIPOC concluded in both findings against Cllr Durcan that on the balance of probabilities each contravention was committed intentionally and not in good faith.

8.22 Despite Councillor Durcan being equivocal and unconvincing in his oral evidence before the Commission as to whether planning permission would have been of financial benefit to him, the Commission believes that the value of the land would have increased substantially if it had been rezoned and/or planning permission for a mixed or housing development granted. Councillor Durcan admits as much himself in his written statement when he explains “I had a good motive to take the planning permission. I could have repaid the bank the loan I took out for the 3 commercial premises I bought for my children. The value of the land, at Aghalusky, without planning permission was €40,000. In 2007 with planning permission, it was worth about €6.8 million. I had borrowed €2.5 million against the lands in Aghalusky. In 2014, with planning permission, it was worth about €1.5 million.” When questioned whether he thought his participation in the purported agreement would be unethical, he made a distinction between ‘lining the pocket’ of his bank as opposed to lining his own pocket.

Cllr Durcan responded to the Council in relation to the findings. 

Following discussion, Cllr Damien Ryan proposed that the findings of the report be accepted and that the actions of Cllr Durcan be condemned in the strongest possible terms. This proposal was seconded by Cllr Jarlath Munnelly and resolved by the Council.

Moving on to the third report, Mr Condon outlined the findings against Cllr Burke.  It should be noted that Cllr Cyril Burke made a short statement to the meeting before any discussions on the three reports commenced and then excused himself from the meeting.

Mr Condon outline to the Council that there were two findings against Cllr Burke

Decision: In relation to this alleged contravention, the Commission is satisfied,on the totality of the evidence before it that Councillor Cyril Burke contravened Section 168 of the Local Government Act, in the manner alleged in the Statement of Alleged Contravention. The Commission is satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the contravention was committed recklessly and that it was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The Commission finds the contravention is not continuing.


In relation to this alleged contravention, the Commission is satisfied,on the evidence before it that Councillor Burke contravened Section 169(3) of the Local Government Act, and specifically Section 2.2, Section 2.3 and Section 4.1 of the Code of Conduct for Councillors. The Commission is satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the contravention was committed recklessly and that it was in all the circumstances a serious matter. The contravention is not continuing.

Mr Condon went on to explain that the commission deemed his behaviour reckless and not in good faith but also confirmed that no evidence suggested that Cllr Burke was seeking any personal gain from the proposed arrangements.  

Following some discussion on the matter Cllr Damien Ryan proposed that the findings of the report be accepted and that the behaviour of Cllr Burke be admonished in the strongest possible terms. Cllr Jarlath Munnelly seconded this proposal which was resolved by the Council.

With the SIPOC investigation, publication of its findings and consideration of same at the Council meeting concluded, Mayo County Council welcome closure on the matter at this time.

An Bord Pleanala decision will pave the way for further connectivity and investment in Mayo

N5 upgrade map

Mayo County Council welcomes today’s decision by An Bord Pleanala to approve the road development of the N5 between Ballaghaderreen and Scramoge, Co. Roscommon.

This stretch of road will improve the N5 from the existing Ballaghaderreen by-pass to the eastern side of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, has welcomed the news as important for Co. Mayo and the West of Ireland; “It is vitally important to improve the road network connecting the east of the country with the west and the improvements planned for the N5 is a critical piece of infrastructure.“It is critical for the ongoing economic, social and tourism development of Mayo that a high quality road network links us to the wider western region and to the rest of the national route network which serves the entire country.I would like to thank all citizens who made a submission to An Bord Pleanala in support of the upgrade works.”

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news as vital for the county; “It is important to keep Mayo connected with the rest of the country and the proposed N5 upgrades will do just that.It will also make the travel to and from the eastern part of the country smoother and easier.”

Reports of a Crash – Photographic Exhibition and Talk by local filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney.

Reports of a Crash – Photographic Exhibition and Talk by local filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney.

Feature image shows Orlagh Heverin Film Mayo Mayo Arts Service, Sean Walsh Director of Ballina Arts Centre, Fergus Sweeney Film Mayo Creative Award Resident, Cllr Blackie Gavin Cathaoireach Mayo County Council,  Ann Maire McGing, Mayo Arts Office

Mayo filmmaker, Fergus Sweeney, was the successful recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award in partnership with Ballina Arts Centre. Film Mayo is a Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council initiative. As part of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Residency Award, Fergus is currently in the process of making a feature length documentary focused on the Rescue 116 tragedy when four Irish Coast Guards lost their life’s in a helicopter crash off Blacksod.  The focus of Fergus’s documentary is to tell the story through a series of interviews with local Erris people who found themselves very much affected by the tragedy and resulting 42 day search.

As Fergus residency draws to a close, he currently has an exhibition of photography that relates to the crash and community involvement on display in Ballina Arts Centre.  During the launch, Fergus also gave a talk on his residency and his experience reporting those events at the time and his plans for the forthcoming documentary.  Fergus also showed a promo of the documentary. The main sense from those attending the launch was a sense of healing from such tragic circumstances, which will be at the heart of Fergus’s documentary.

The launch took place in Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday the 12th of January.  The Official Launch was by Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.  The photographic exhibition runs until 2nd March. Free admission. All welcome.

For further information

contact Film Mayo:  094 9064367

Mayo County Council appoints consultants to develop a feasibility plan for the joint development of Castlebar and Westport

Castlebar square Westport town square

Mayo County Council has appointed McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan, Environmental and Planning Consultants, to develop a plan around the joint development of the towns of Castlebar and Westport. The key objective is to develop a feasibility strategy combining the joint development of both growth centres into a focal point, to attract foreign direct investment and employment in the region, and as a result, advancing integrated economic development in Co. Mayo.

Welcoming the study Cathaoirleach Blackie Gavin stated

“Combining the strengths of Castlebar, Mayo’s main shopping and administrative town and the tourism town of Westport, into one economic centre for trade and development allows us to work with a lot more agencies like the IDA to sell Co Mayo to foreign investors.”

Mayo County Council Director of Services for Planning, Economic and Community Development, Catherine McConnell says “Already Castlebar and Westport are socially and economically interlinked and the enhancement of the N5, which will be under construction shortly, will reduce the travel time between both to 10 minutes. It makes socio-economic sense to combine the strengths of both vibrant towns with distinct characteristics to create a joint entity with critical mass of a scale similar to other Regional Growth Centres. This will assist the IDA and other development agencies to attract serious interest and potential investment that will in turn create jobs in the region.”

The team of consultants will assess:

The National & Regional development policy context and the potential of such a strategy to influence the emerging (RSES) Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.


Consideration of the Atlantic Economic Corridor and the role of the joined towns in same.


Identify examples of international best practice of strategies for the joint growth of towns of similar scale and proximity as Castlebar and Westport.


Identify and liaise/consult with stakeholders, including Mayo County Council, Chambers of Commerce, IDA/EI, Mayo PPN, etc.

The public will have the opportunity to find out more and express their opinion at Community Consultation Meetings which will take place in the coming weeks. Further information will be posted on, and Mayo CoCo social media channels.


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

(General Council)
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.

Mayo Career Fair 2019 - GMIT Castlebar 12th January 2019 - Helping Teens With Career Choice-read the full story.

Posted: 09/01/2019

Mayo County Council welcomes Minister Michael Ring’s funding announcement for four tourism projects

(General Council)
Mayo County Council welcome the announcement today (Tuesday, January 8) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, of €800,000 for four tourism projects in the county.

Mayo County Council welcomes Minister Michael Ring’s funding announcement for four tourism projects-read the full story.

Posted: 08/01/2019

GMA Funding Application Forms are now available

Notice is hereby given that Mayo County Council invites application for grants in accordance with Section 66 of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Section 43 of the Local Government Act 2014 under the following headings:-

1)      Applications for funding from Residents Associations for 2019

2)      Applications for funding from Clubs/Organisations for 2019

3)      Applications for funding from Festival/Event Organisers for 2019

4)      Applications for funding from Burial Ground Committees for 2019

Funding applications will be considered for activities or projects which promote directly or indirectly the social, economic, environmental, recreational, cultural, community or sporting development of the Mayo area.

Preference will be given to projects which are community based and demonstrate that they have or can attract matching funding.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4:30pm on Friday, 25th January 2019.

Application Forms are available here  or by contacting the following district offices:



Contact Number/Email

Ballina Municipal District Office

(096) 76100 or email

Castlebar Municipal District Office

(094) 9064044 or

Claremorris Municipal District

(094) 9372310 or

West Mayo Municipal District

(098) 50400 or



Declan Turnbull, Head of Ballina Municipal District

Marie Crowley Head of Castlebar Municipal District

Padraic Flanagan, Head of Claremorris Municipal District

Padraig Walsh, Head of West Mayo Municipal District

Dated this 7th January 2019

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Mayo Day 2019

Saturday 4th May 2019

Mayo Day, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year, Saturday 4th May 2019.

It has garnered international recognition as a highly anticipated yearly celebration of Mayo community ethos, with activities taking place locally, nationally and internationally, catapulting the ties of Mayo togetherness onto a global scale. The Mayo Day 2018 ‘Made of Mayo’ event in Ballinrobe Racecourse was a great success, bringing people from throughout the county and far beyond together in celebration.

2019 sees the launch of a new theme for Mayo Day: The Mayo Word, representing our communities, our creativity, our connection to a pride of place both here in this county and around the globe. The Mayo Word will be discussed, celebrated and defined through this Mayo Day campaign that will be launched in Spring 2019, culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Announcing Mayo Day 2019, Blackie Gavin Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day is a leading campaign of Mayo County Council that has gone from strength to strength over the past four years, from local national and international events, to an online social media presence that saw #MayoDay trending around the world. Mayo Day is a force to be reckoned with! I am delighted to see the 2019 flagship event take place at the National Museum in Turlough, the perfect setting for a festival of all things Mayo. it will be a wonderful opportunity for people from across the county and country to celebrate with the Mayo community”

Involving writers, poets, historians, musicians, business leaders and thinkers, athletes, innovators, communities and children; the campaign will focus on all the elements of where the Mayo Word can be found in discourse, stories, poetry, song, even non-verbal communication.

Peter Hynes CE of Mayo County Council says “Mayo Day 2019 is all about asking ourselves the questions; what does being part of the Mayo community mean to me? How do I communicate my sense of pride of being from Mayo? The Mayo Word and how it is conveyed into action will be represented throughout all elements this year’s Mayo Day campaign and we ask people at home and away to start thinking about how they might like to get involved this year”

Now more than ever Mayo writers are achieving awards, accolades and top positions on best-selling lists around the world. Castlebar native Sally Rooney’s widely-acclaimed ‘Normal People’ scooped the coveted Eason Book Club Novel of the Year and was also shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Mike McCormick’s ‘Solar Bones’ is a one of the most celebrated new novels by an Irish writer in recent times. Cora Staunton’s award-winning biography and Mary Robinson’s ‘Climate Justice’ are two contemporary new releases thatare making waves on the Irish bestsellers’ lists. Mayo writing has never been so relevant and the Mayo Word will honour and celebrate these achievements, along with many others.

Getting involved in Mayo Day 2019 will be easy for everyone. Communities, schools and third-level institutions will be involved in this year’s campaign, as well as businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators. The theme will be considered and cultivated through many local events and get-togethers .  The flagship festival event will see the beautifully set Turlough house and gardens , transformed into a hive of Mayo Day celebration and creative wonderment with something for all the family and admission is free – further details will be announced in early 2019.

For further information, news and updates stay tuned to     

And follow #MayoDay2019 to find out more.


Cloongullane Bridge

Cloongullane Bridge

Mayo County Council has this morning welcomed the news that An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for works to take place at Cloongullane Bridge, Swinford.

After a waiting period for An Bord Pleanala to make their decision it is with delight that the Council can confirm permission has now been granted.

The realignment of 1.8km of the N26 and an 83m bridge across the River Moy has been a priority of the council for some time and it is anticipated works will begin by Q4 2019 following further design,  land acquirement and putting the project out for tender.

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, outlined “It is great news that permission has been granted for works at Cloongullane bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford. This is an important stretch of road between Swinford and Ballina and the works will improve access from East Mayo through to the North of the county.”

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, also welcomed the news; “I welcome the decision by An Bord Pleanala to give the realignment works at Cloongullane Bridge approval to progress. These works are a priority for Mayo County Council and I look forward to seeing the completed project.”

Head of Roads  with Mayo County Council, Paul Dolan, said; “We hope to begin work in late 2019 following a period of design and land acquirement. Once a tender has been chosen we anticipate works to begin.”

‘The Movement’ to take Gym Tenancy at Lough Lannagh Leisure Facility

The Movement

Mayo County Council are pleased to announce ‘The Movement’ as the new tenants of the Gym and support elements of the new Lough Lannagh Leisure Facility.

The Castlebar based Gym sought to become a key tenant of the facility following an Expressions of Interest Competition earlier this year. Mayo County Council have appointed an Operations and Facility manager to work alongside the staff of the current Castlebar Swimming Pool & The Movement staff.

Mayo County Council pool staff are eagerly awaiting the transition to the new facilities at Lough Lannagh where they will be able to continue their work in top class surroundings. The Swimming Pool will be ran through the existing staffing structure of Mayo County Council. The Gym element will be ran by Andy Moran’s ‘The Movement’

Proprietor of ‘The Movement’, Mayo footballer Andy Moran, said; “We are delighted to have been chosen to take over the tenancy of the gym facilities at the Lough Lannagh Leisure Facility. It is a proud day for the team at The Movement to be able to expand into a partnership with Mayo County Council and provide a high quality service to the people of Mayo within a top class facility which will be the envy of many across the country. We can’t wait to get up and running”.

The new state of the art facility comprises an eight lane competitive swimming pool, toddler learning pool, gym and aerobics studios, steam room, sauna and general purpose rooms.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin, welcomed the announcement; “This facility is an important component in realising Mayo County Councils overall vision for Lough Lannagh as a nationally important centre of excellence for sports, sports tourism, recreational and adventure tourism. Lough Lannagh will be home to one of the best facilities in the West of Ireland and with a top sportsman like Andy Moran involved I have no doubt the gym will be one of the best around. I look forward to officially opening the new swimming pool and gym in early 2019.”

The new swimming pool and gym facility is finishing the final fit out and aims to open during Quarter 1 of 2019 and following the agreement between Mayo County Council and ‘The Movement’ full swimming pool and gym facilities will be available.

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

Mayo Arts Service Logo

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).



  1. Evidence of previous commissions or programmes curated
  2. A current C.V.
  3. Tender Price, including all expenses

Further information and brief available at:



All Tender submissions should be in hard copy and addressed to

Mr. Liam Hanrahan

Acting Director of Service,

Mayo County Council,

Áras an Chontae,


Co. Mayo

All submissions should be clearly marked ‘Public Art Curator – Tender’

Closing Date for Submissions: 4pm on Friday 25th January 2019

Only tender responses received by the deadline stated will be considered

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.

The Irish Water fleet team collaborated with fleet suppliers, Mayo County Council and Local Authority staff to develop a fit for purpose vehicle specification that would meet all operational requirements. This resulted in the selection of an on road/off road type utility vehicle as the most suitable for operation on these islands.

Ger Greally, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Mayo, commented: “We are delighted to be in a position to hand over these two new vehicles to Mayo County Council. This investment in modern, efficient vehicles will enable personnel to carry out their work in a much safer and more efficient manner, ultimately improving the service we offer to our customers.

“This investment is in line with Irish Water’s commitment to developing a systematic approach to the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater networks in order to continue to deliver a quality service to all our customers.”

Iarla Moran, Head of Water Services with Mayo County Council added: “We are very pleased to take delivery of these new service vehicles. Having efficient, modern vehicles will ensure that our staff can continue to provide top class delivery of water services to the people of Inishturk and Clare Island.”

Irish Water, in partnership with local authorities, will have invested over €16m in upgrading its fleet nationally by the end of 2018. This is essential in order to deliver on its commitment to deliver quality, fit-for-purpose water and wastewater services for all our customers.


Pictured are: Dominic Mulchrone, Mulchrone Bros Westport, (suppliers); JJ Lewis, Fleet Manager, Eriva; Michael Moran Clare Island water caretaker; Robert O’Toole Inishturk water caretaker; Patrick Corcoran, Executive Engineer, Mayo Co Co; Paddy Cummins, GSS Mayo Co Co; Iarla Moran, Head of Water Services, Mayo Co Co; and Ger Greally, Asset Operations Lead, Irish Water. Photo: Frank Dolan.

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.

In the first three days of the national campaign there were 108 arrests on suspicion of intoxicated driving. Up to 14 of those arrests occurred between 9am and 12pm.

Shocking figures were revealed at a recent joint police committee meet by chief superintendent Patrick Diskin .

Chief Supt. Patrick Diskin informed the meeting to date in 2018 that 195 motorists have been arrested for drink driving and 14 people arrested for drug driving in Mayo. That’s an average of four detections per week.

Garda Sergeant James Malone of Castlebar said: "Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is stupid, reckless and irresponsible.

“Drink and drugs effect your ability to react while behind the wheel. Sadly we’re still seeing people taking the risk."

“In particular, we’ve seen the number of people we’re catching drug drive really increase in recent months."

"In fact we’re seeing almost as many drug driving arrests and drink driving arrests."

“Part of that is down to the fact that we’ve got more equipment to test drivers but it also shows the extent to which people think it’s OK to drive under the influence of drugs."

“This huge rise coincides with new drug driving laws put into place in April 2017,which added a number of prescription drugs to the list of banned substances. Under changes to the Road Traffic Act 2016, gardaí can now carry out roadside testing to see if motorists are under the influence of drugs."

“The changes to the law also gave gardai new 'drugalyser' devices, which they can use to test drivers for cannabis, cocaine and other drugs at the roadside.”

The Medical Bureau for Road Safety received 3,020 specimens of blood and urine in 2016 and found that 24% confirmed positive for drugs other than alcohol.

“Young male drivers were the biggest offenders, with 91% of these positive specimens coming from male drivers who were mostly in the 17-44 age range."

While the most common drugs used by arrested drivers were illegal substances, prescription medications like diazepam and codeine also made it into the list.

Noel Gibbons, Mayo road safety officer, said “It’s not ok. It risks lives and could lead to someone being seriously injured or killed."

“Officers attend and investigate the most serious collisions on our roads and it’s their hard job to tell families that their loved ones aren’t coming home."

“They know first-hand how it feels to deal with the worst crashes and they don’t want anyone else to have that experience."

“Our message this Christmas is drive safe, drive sober.”

The prescription drugs which you can be arrested for driving under the influence of are: Amphetamine, Clonazepam, often used to treat seizures, Diazepam, typically prescribed for anxiety

Flunitrazepam, a sleeping medicine, Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug, Methadone, a substitute drug used to treat heroin addiction, Morphine or other opiate and opioid-based drugs, like codeine, tramadol and other painkillers, Oxazepam, often used for anxiety disorders and Temazepam, another sleeping drug.

“Most doses of these prescription drugs fall under the legal limit, and if you've been prescribed these drugs and they're not impairing your driving, they are legal to use. If they affect your performance on the road, however, you may break the law."

“Gardai will be carrying out proactive operations throughout the campaign but the community can play a part in keeping our roads safe too."

“Information and intelligence from the public is really important to help us identify those breaking the law. A driver who is discovered to have drugs in their system can be disqualified from driving for a year (or two years if it is their second offence), a fine of up to €5,000 and up to six months in prison."

“In terms of disqualification periods, for those above the threshold for cannabis, cocaine and heroin — with no proof of impairment necessary by gardai — the disqualification period is not less than one year for the first offence and not less than two years for the second."

“If you see someone you believe drug driving or if you’ve got information about someone who does it regularly I need you to call us and let us know."

“I believe communities around Mayo find drug driving as abhorrent as we do and they can help us tackle those doing it. The best gift you could give someone this Christmas is the gift of a lift home and we have produced a card.”

Lifting of Boil Water Notice for Ballycastle Public Water Supply

Irish Water with Council Logo

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.

A map of the Ballycastle scheme, detailing the areas where this BWN lift notice applies, is available on and

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

The level of treatment provided at the Ballycastle Water Treatment Plant does not provide adequate protection against Cryptosporidium. Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advising customers that in the absence of a validated cryptosporidium barrier that there is a risk of further Cryptosporidium detections in the supply. If this scenario occurs, it is possible that the boil water notice may be re-imposed and remain in place until the scheme is connected to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply. Irish Water will continue to monitor this supply closely for the presence of Cryptosporidium in the interest of public health and will liaise with the HSE on a regular basis.

Irish Water and Mayo County Council confirm that customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

The Irish Water Customer Contact Centre (1850 278 278) is available to answer customer queries in relation to this water notice. Further information is available on the Irish Water website at

Ballycastle PWS

Irish Water and Mayo County Council acknowledge the patience, cooperation and assistance of the general public during the period of the boil water notice and greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to householders, the farming and business community.

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

PPN Logo

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.

The evening will include:

Information on Mayo PPN and the benefits to Community Groups in joining Mayo Public Participation Network


Community Liaison Officer Sargent Michael Toland will be in attendance to speak on topics to include:

Home Security & Burglary prevention advice

Crime fear within our Farm Community 

Neighbourhood Watch & Community Alert Programmes

The importance of getting a car reg number acting suspiciously in your area


It’s a free event but you must register


Or call Mary at 094 906 4358


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.

The new upgraded wastewater treatment works will also improve the water quality of the River Moy in Foxford and the Mullaghanoe River in Charlestown.  The Mullaghanoe River is a tributary of the Moy Catchment which is an EU protected Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under that Habitats Directive

Speaking at the event today Paul Fallon Irish Water commented “This necessary project will ensure environmental protection, improved water quality and underpin the developmental potential of the three towns.

Work on these essential projects has commenced and it is expected that the project will be completed by early 2020. Once fully commissioned, the newly upgraded plants will have the capacity to serve a combined future population equivalent of over 9,000.  Ryan Hanley and Glan Agua are carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water.”

Minister Ring stated “Today is a red letter day for these three towns that will benefit greatly from this €19 million investment by Irish Water.

These upgrade works will increase the treatment capacity of each of the plants to meet the current needs of the towns and to allow for future growth. The works will also ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations and with the conditions of the Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

Mayo County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Blackie Gavin, added “The local communities of Foxford, Killala and Charlestown will benefit greatly from the investment into treatment plants in their areas. We at Mayo County Council have a mandate to ensure the well-being of the citizens of this county, and we want to ensure, in tandem with Irish Water, that these works are fully commissioned and upgraded to provide future growth for these prosperous communities.””

“Mayo County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Irish Water on this essential project. Providing modern infrastructure for improved water quality is an essential ingredient of modern living in Co Mayo. The effective treatment of wastewater to the highest standards is vital for the quality of our aquatic environment and in turn will bring economic and developmental benefits to Mayo communities” said Peter Hynes, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council.

Since its inception in 2014 Irish Water has invested over €40 million in Mayo between water and wastewater projects and will be spending a further €70.5 million between now and 2021.  That’s a total investment of €111 Million with a projected investment of an additional €9 million after 2021.

Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.

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.

In Ballina, the redevelopment of the Military Barracks, built in 1742, into a digital hub and innovation quarter will act as a catalyst for urban regeneration of the town and its surroundings. The facility will be transformed into a place of vibrancy, energy and entrepreneurialism, culminating in the creation of a high-quality addition to the regional enterprise infrastructure.

Ballina Innovation Quarter will play a transformational role in positioning the town as an attractive location for investment, whilst providing local start-ups with an ecosystem and a platform from which they can grow and sustain their entrepreneurial endeavours. The digital hub will provide 20 spaces for technology, digital media and internet companies to scale and grow alongside local enterprises and a distillery which will be established by SMAKS, an international private investor which will create jobs in the production of high-end rum.

Welcoming the announcement today, John Magee, Mayo County Council’s Head of Enterprise says:                                                                                                                     

The project is a unique collaboration between Mayo County Council, a private investor, Moy Valley Resources and the Blackstone Launchpad at NUIG. Not only does the project address issues around urban decay and public realm improvements, but it also provides an important addition to the enterprise infrastructure in the region, thus becoming a genuine catalyst for urban transformation. When delivered, the Ballina Innovation Quarter will significantly increase the attractiveness of Ballina and North Mayo from an economic perspective and will unlock significant enterprise and entrepreneurial activity”.


What will the Ballina Innovation Quarter bring to Ballina?

  • It will help to address population loss, and significant levels of social & economic disadvantage
  • Bringing into use an historic building in the centre of the town
  • Raising the attractiveness of the town as a location for enterprise
  • Establishing third level university outreach and delivery in the region.

The project will deliver an important addition to the enterprise infrastructure of the region and is fully match funded and has significant capacity to leverage further private sector investment. The Digital Hub element of the project will host up to 20 start-ups, each of which will bring human capital and resources investment to the building, while an international private partner has committed funding towards project development. Meeting demand for a tailored manufacturing facility and for high quality cutting-edge workspace, the project will facilitate the creation of 210 jobs within 3 years.

Commenting on todays announcement, Billy Lewis CEO of Moy Valley resources outlined. “Moy Valley Resources are delighted to be part of the project for the Urban Regeneration of the Military Barracks, led by Mayo Co. Co. in Ballina.  The project will provide, as part of the development, an Innovation and Technology hub which will be managed by Moy Valley Resources and will have a significant impact on the economic development of the town.  It will liberate the potential of the fibre-cable infrastructure of the town.  This is a true partnership project and we are grateful for all the support we have received in the town to date and are looking forward to seeing the benefits of the development for the North Mayo region”

The Urban Regeneration and Development Fund 2018 also announced funding for two Mayo County Council projects in Castlebar with €980K allocated to the development of the Castlebar Urban Greenway Link and resources for Castlebar Military Barracks, details of which will be confirmed in the coming days

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.

This essential project included the construction of over 22 kilometres of new water mains, a new water pumping station at the Ballyhaunis reservoir and the construction of a new reservoir and control building at the site of the existing Granlahan water tower near Ballinlough. As a result of this robust solution to the long-standing water problems experienced in both of these areas the existing Ballinlough and Williamstown water treatment plants have now been decommissioned, and the communities have been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.

Speaking at today’s launch, Leas-Chathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus said: “Today is an important day for the people of Williamstown, Ballinlough and the surrounding areas. This new pipeline carries water from our  Lough Mask Regional Supply in County Mayo into  Roscommon and Galway and  will ensure  quality drinking water and a reliable service.”

Minister Cannon added:The Government, through Irish Water, has invested €10 million in this project, and it’s fantastic to be here to see first-hand the positive impact of the investment here in Williamstown. The works were made possible through the wonderful teamwork of Irish Water working in partnership with  Mayo, Roscommon and Galway County Councils  and, without a doubt, the project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when people  work together to deliver results for our communities. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to bring this project to fruition, which is already greatly benefitting the local area.”

Speaking about the project Michael Tinsley, Irish Water commented: “This project has provided a long-term solution to water problems experienced by 5,000 consumers in Ballinlough and Williamston.  It outlines the importance of a one-utility approach to the provision of water services where a major supply, in this case Lough Mask in County Mayo will now supply three counties and ensure compliance with requirements set out in the European Union Drinking Water Directive and national Drinking Water Regulations. This is good news for the consumers on the Ballinlough, Granlahan and Williamstown who have all had to put up with the major inconveniences of Boil Water Notices in the past.”

Declan Geraghty, Chairman of the local community group who have worked with Irish Water during their Boil Water Notice added: “We are delighted to be celebrating the official opening of this new  water main. Consumers, both residential and business, are now benefitting from a modern water supply  capable of serving the existing and future residential and commercial development needs of Williamstown and the surrounding rural areas. Water is one of the most essential substances on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. A safe reliable supply is critical to rural Ireland’s economic and social development.”

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.

The award in recognition of 20 years’ service takes the form of a medal bearing the traditional logo representation of the fire service – a helmet and crossed axes. The medal ribbon bears the Irish national colours, with a central column in red to represent the fire service.

The 30 years’ and 40 years’ awards are both representations of a flame in emblematic form.  All of the awards are accompanied by an appropriate certificate.

The awards were set up by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to give recognition to fire service personnel with over 20, 30 and 40 years’ service. The awards are run on the Minister's behalf by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.

Presenting the awards, Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, stated the awards scheme is the Government’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for “being there over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers”.

Congratulating the recipients of awards, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Blackie Gavin, said the commitment and professionalism of these long-serving firefighters is indicative of the highly experienced personnel employed by Mayo Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, stressed Mayo County Fire and Rescue Service has a proud tradition of service to the people of Mayo.

“Presently, our fire and rescue staff are among the most highly trained in the country and we are continually pushing to raise staff training levels even further. We remain fully committed to providing a multi-skilled approach not alone to the areas of firefighting but also to rescue and fire safety engineering”, he said.


Pictured: Members of Mayo Fire Service with Chief Fire Officer, Seamus Murphy, Minister Eoghan Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Mayo Co Co, Blackie Gavin, and Mayo Co Co Chief Executive, Peter Hynes.

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

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”

“Mayo is a fantastic location from which to start, scale and sustain a business and this development shows what is possible. Our quality of life factors makes Mayo a highly desirable place to live and I’m confident that Arkphire will attract and retain a high-quality workforce here. We look forward to seeing Arkphire grow their operation and will continue to play our role in supporting further technology start-ups in Mayo

Arkphire’s headquarters resides in Sandyford and currently employs over 90 people across its various divisions providing a range of IT services. The company said it is on track to become a €100m business this year, providing a full range of technology solutions from the desktop to the data centre and the acquisition of CloudStrong is a key element in the achievement of this objective.

Paschal Naylor, Arkphire's CEO, said the two companies have had a very effective working relationship going back many years says, "The acquisition formalises this relationship, I am very confident and look forward to building out a really effective cloud technology team from our new hub in the West and providing new career opportunities for people wanting to live in the region".

- Pictured are Paschal Naylor, CEO of Arkphire and Oliver Surdival, CEO of CloudStrong.

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.

The road scheme will comprise of approximately 1.4km of mainly online upgrade and consist of the following elements:

Widening and realignment of the existing road to a Type 2 Single Carriageway –

Including 7.0m carriageway,

2 x 0.5m hard strips and 2 x 2.5m verges;

Cycle tracks and footpaths; Drainage works; Earthworks; Utility Diversions;

Road Pavement; Road Markings; Access and Accommodation Works;

Ancillary Road Works; Traffic Management; Landscaping and Environmental Mitigation Works.

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.

The trophy was first presented when Ireland hosted Argentina in the 2012 November international series and has been played for on three occasions, including the two game Irish tour of Argentina in 2014, with Ireland coming out on top each time.

Admiral William Brown is a national hero in Argentina who was born in 1777 in Foxford, County Mayo.

William Brown emigrated at an early age, at first to Philadelphia and then to Buenos Aires where he went on to be regarded as a national hero for his efforts in setting up and leading the Argentinian Navy.

The Admiral Brown Cup will be presented to the winning captain of this Saturday’s clash between rivals Ireland and Argentina and began in 2012 as a joint initiative between the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin and Ireland in Buenos Aires, the UAR and the IRFU<strong>.</strong>

It is a great honour for both Mayo County Council and the Foxford Admiral Brown Society to be associated with the international trophy for a legendary figure both in East Mayo and throughout South America.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Blackie Gavin, said; “It’s a great honour for a Mayo native to have a trophy named after him which is competed for by two of the best teams in World Rugby. Ireland already claimed the Six Nations earlier this year and will hopefully keep hold of the Admiral Brown Cup this weekend.”

Mayo County Council Chief Executive, Peter Hynes’ also said; “Argentina honors this Irishman as a national hero and many streets and parks, as well as sports stadiums throughout the country are named in his honor. It’s great that he is being honoured in this capacity by both his home countries.”

The Irish Navy cooperates with ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Brown performed in Foxford and Dublin annually.

In his hometown of Foxford, is a museum and a park dedicated to Brown, and in the capital city, Dublin, located on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, is an imposing statue of the naval hero of Argentina.

Ireland and Argentina have one of the newest rivalries in the world game, dating back to their first meeting in 1990. Since 1999 the two sides have met on 16 occasions. Despite Ireland having a superior record, 11 wins against six, it is the South Americans who own the main bragging rights, knocking Ireland out of three World Cups in 1999, 2007 and 2015.

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 Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and Councillor Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council. 

Belmullet was one of 44 towns around Ireland where wastewater was discharged untreated. The new wastewater treatment plant has ended this practise in Belmullet. Roadbridge and EPS carried out the works on behalf of Irish Water to ensure a robust wastewater treatment system maintaining Belmullet’ s place as a leading tourism area with capacity for future population and economic growth. 

Speaking at today’s opening Minister Ring stated: “The investment of €9 million by Irish Water in this new treatment plant will ensure Belmullet can retain its position as a tourism hub in addition to providing the capacity for future economic development.”

Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council also commented on the value the new wastewater treatment plant will have on the area: “Belmullet is a modern and vibrant town at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, attracting many visitors and it deserves top quality infrastructure. I am very proud to be here today to open the new plant and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Mayo County Council and Irish Water for bringing this long-awaited project to fruition.”

Speaking at the event Colm Claffey, Irish Water added: “The new wastewater treatment plant will ensure that wastewater is treated and discharged in compliance with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Regulations 2001 and conditions as set out in the EPA’s Wastewater Discharge Licence (WWDL). This project will also improve the water quality of nearby coastal areas, protecting bathing areas and the aquatic environment from pollution.”

The €9 million investment in the new wastewater treatment plant for Belmullet has also been welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce President Damien Lagan: “Erris Chamber welcomes this much needed infrastructure. This project has always been high on the list of priorities for Erris Chamber and I am sure it will have an extremely positive effect on the town both for tourism and local business.”

Irish Water is investing a further €19 million in sewerage schemes in Killala, Foxford and Charlestown. The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay and the Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for the towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

Also in Mayo, water treatment plants in Mulranny, Kiltimagh, Swinford, Foxford, Erris, Wherrew, Newport, Westport, and Louisburgh are undergoing upgrades to improve the performance of the plants.

Since 2014 Irish Water has upgraded or built new wastewater treatment plants in 55 locations across the country including 12 towns where raw sewage was going directly into the water. These new and upgraded plants have improved the environment, supported tourism and in many cases built capacity for new homes and businesses.

Irish Water invested  €215 million last year to ensure the development and delivery of solutions to support the safe return of wastewater to the environment from almost 1.1 million homes throughout Ireland after it has travelled through 30,000 kilometres of public sewers and been treated at 1,100 wastewater treatment plants. This forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan which has committed almost €2 billion in improving wastewater quality and capacity up to 2021 and a total investment of €5.5 billion in capital spending on both drinking water and wastewater quality, capacity and infrastructure up to 2021

Lough Talt boil water notice lifted with immediate effect

Irish Water with MCC Logos 900

Issued October 25 2018 - Following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water working in partnership with Sligo and Mayo County Councils advise that the boil water notice for the area supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply is lifted with immediate effect.


The boil water notice was put in place on February 5 2018 following a detection of cryptosporidium during routine sampling at the water treatment plant. An increased continuous weekly sampling plan was implemented and five further detections of cryptosporidium were found both at the plant and in the supply network during the month of February.


Following several consultations with the HSE over the intervening months, it was advised that the boil water notice should remain in place due to inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium, cryptosporidium detections at the plant and investigations of associated illness in the community. Continued weekly monitoring demonstrated zero detection since February 28 2018 until the end of August when further detections of cryptosporidium at the plant were recorded. 


Following a consultative meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday 24 October) between Irish Water, the HSE and Sligo County Council it has been agreed to lift the notice with immediate effect as there have been no reported cases of illness in the community and zero detections recorded since the end of August. In the meantime, Irish Water  will continue to monitor this supply closely for the presence of cryptosporidium in the interest of public health.


Commenting, Anthony Skeffington, Regional Asset Operations Manager from Irish Water said: “Public health is our number one priority and we aim to provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply in the shortest possible time and that is where our attentions are focused.

“This detection of cryptosporidium came to light due to heightened sampling by Irish Water on this scheme. Irish Water is acutely aware that this water supply lacks the necessary barriers and will continue to monitor it closely to ensure public health is safeguarded.”

The level of treatment currently provided at the Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium. Irish Water is advising customers that until the plant is upgraded and a validated cryptosporidium barrier is provided there is a high risk of further cryptosporidium detections in the supply. If this scenario occurs, it is possible that the boil water notice may be re-imposed. Irish Water will work with the HSE to protect the health of those on the water supply and take any and all measures necessary to do this.


In 2015 Irish Water proposed to construct a water treatment plant downstream of the existing water treatment plant site but was refused planning permission by Sligo County Council and subsequently on appeal by An Bord Pleanála. The 2015 application was refused permission because An Bord Pleanála could not exclude the possibility that the development, in combination with the abstraction from Lough Talt, would adversely affect the Lough Hoe Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the River Moy SAC (within which Lough Talt is located). Irish Water applied for planning to upgrade the water treatment plant on 28 May 2018 for the provision of an emergency water treatment plant to address the absence of an effective crypto barrier, but also to provide mitigation against the formation of Trihalomethanes (THMs). Sligo County Council requested further information on 19 July 2018 and Irish Water is currently reviewing the draft further information request and expect to return the information to Sligo County Council in November 2018.


The Lough Talt supply is currently on the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL) for both cryptosporidium and THM risk. A validated barrier against cryptosporidium will be provided and the risk of THM formation will be significantly reduced at the Lough Talt water treatment plant if the planning application is approved.  All options are being investigated including the standard planning process and the emergency IROPI process. However, the long term solution will be the provision of water from an alternative source and this option is also being investigated by Irish Water.

Since the implementation of the boil water notice Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the Lough Talt catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.  Scouring of the network took place along with the cleaning of all reservoirs associated with the scheme. A leakage reduction campaign has detected and repaired over 180 leaks on this scheme since the beginning of March 2018. Find and fix repair crews continue to operate in the area in an effort to reduce the amount of treated water being lost to leaks and the volume of water abstracted from the Lough Talt SAC. 

Customers in the Bellaghy area were removed from the boil water notice in June and given a secure supply of water from the Charlestown supply. They will remain on this supply until such time as a new treatment plant is built to supply the Lough Talt scheme.

Irish Water and Sligo County Council regret the inconvenience this boil water notice has had on businesses and residents and would like to thank all customers for their continued co-operation during the period of the notice. Business customers will shortly receive a 40% rebate (backdated to March 2018 when the BWN was first issued) on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the boil water notice.

Further information and additional advice for customers on the boil water notice is available by calling Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care helpline on 1850 278 278, billing enquiries on 1850 778 778.

Keeping your dog safe at Halloween

Dog 900 Wide

Advice from L. Mulligan, Dog Warden   


  • Exercise your dog well and earlier in the day.
  • Keep them on a lead at all times when outside.
  • Make sure they are wearing a collar with an ID tag and your contact number.
  • Check your dog’s microchip details are up to date. 
  • Keep your dog inside during fireworks, making sure that there is someone at home with them.
  • Close all doors, windows and curtains.
  • Play calming music (yoga or mediation music is good).
  • If your dog is sensitive to loud noises, make them an area that they can retreat to where they can feel safe i.e. a crate with a blanket over it, a cardboard box or under a table with a blanket covering it. don’t try to coax them out they will come out when they feel safe.
  • Give them something to do, play with their favourite toy or give them a treat to chew on.


If your dog goes missing or you find a dog contact the Dog Warden Service at Mayo County Council

or your local Garda Station giving them a description of the dog, where it went missing/found and your contact details.


Mayo County Council promoting responsible dog ownership.

Winter’s on its way and the gritters are ready for action


With the winter season upon us, Mayo County Council is urging drivers to always drive to the weather conditions in order to keep safe on the roads.
Gritters are geared up for call outs of the winter season and Local salt barns have been piled to capacity ahead of this winter.
Mayo County Council delivers an annual winter maintenance service with gritters on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the season, which runs from the 15th October until 30th April each year.
Salt barns and salt storage facilities will contain over 5000 tonnes of salt. The County Council’s fleet of 2 No. 9m salt spreaders, 12 No. 6m salt spreaders, 6 No. 2m salt spreaders and 3 No tractor spreaders are available when required. Precautionary gritting is normally done late in the evening, before the coldest temperatures arrive, consideration is made not to send gritters out too early, especially if rain water could wash salt away. The TII procures bureau weather services to assist Mayo County Council in predicting when frost, ice or snow may occur on the road network. These services are currently provided by a combination of Met Éireann and Vaisala.

There are over 60 staff involved in the provision of the winter service during normal winter weather including Winter Service Manager, Duty Engineers, District Engineers, and Winter Service Operatives. This number is increased during severe weather as resources allow.

Mr Paul Dolan Head Of Roads, said:
“Keeping the roads safe during winter is both a science and an art. Our carefully planned gritting routes cover 1,075 km of road across 23 treatment routes which equates to 100% of the national primary network,100% of the national secondary network, 82% of regional roads and 3% of the local road network.
“We monitor and analyse a range of forecasts so roads are treated when the salt will be most effective. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water, making ice less likely to form, so we have to carry out precautionary gritting before any ice. We then undertake reactive gritting as needed in response to accumulations of snow and ice during severe wintery weather.”
“Even with the most careful and thorough planning, the use of special Met Office forecasts and the latest ice prediction technology, winter service is really a battle against the elements and ice-free roads cannot be guaranteed. Motorists have to play their part by taking extra care during wintry conditions. The best advice is in the rules of the road – drive with care even if roads have been salted, be prepared for road conditions changing over short distances and take care when overtaking gritters.”
• Despite the resources that are applied to providing the winter service, ice-free roads cannot be guaranteed. The motorist should remember the following:
In Ireland there are a high risk proportion of marginal nights when temperatures are very close to zero. This makes it more difficult to accurately predict ice than in colder countries.
It takes a number of hours to organise salting operations and salt a route, so any journey may start or end on an untreated section of the route.
In heavy rain or high winds, salt can be washed away or blown away and the wet surface may subsequently freeze if the temperature falls below zero.
Tips for staying safe on the roads this winter:
• When clearing snow, do not use hot water – this will melt the snow but will replace it with black ice!
• Always consider if your journey is necessary when contemplating driving in wintery weather. Check local traffic bulletins and if you have to drive, make sure all windows and lights are clear of snow or frost. Make sure you have de-icer and a scraper with you.
• Adjust your driving to the conditions. Brake earlier and gently and manoeuvre with care. Also take a torch, blanket, some food, warm clothing, a mobile phone and a spade with you just in case you have any problems.
• If you do have to abandon your vehicle in really bad conditions, be careful and try not to cause an obstruction. Emergency vehicles and gritters are large vehicles and may need to get past.

To explain more about what happens behind the scenes as the County council prepares for winter, Mayo County Council are advising people to visit . The site aims to get people talking about how science and data can be used to overcome the challenges of winter.
For information on the winter maintenance service in Co. Mayo, including maps of gritting routes, visit Mayo County council’s website.

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.

Of the projects underway eight housing units are currently under construction at Knockmore and four housing units are almost complete at Kilmeena. Further on-site projects such as Newport are in progress and a number of other projects are due to begin soon around the county, such as in Balla and Binghamstown.

To highlight the ongoing work, Mayo County Council is running a week-long information campaign to provide social housing solutions and to facilitate increased building in the public and private sector.

Mayo County Council wants to assure people in the county that it is working hard to solve the housing issue. We want to make people aware of the actions the local authority is taking to do that in the right way, and we also want to alert people to the various ways in which we are working to build new units and bring vacant properties back to life. We are determined to get this right; the homes we are building are quality homes and we are developing them with the needs of the occupants and the community in mind.”  

“We are making progress on the housing supply issue. We are adding to the stock we have available for social housing by delivering new units, and by acquiring or leasing existing units. Marian Crescent in Ballina is a great example of one of our recently completed projects, housing seven people in its four units in May of this year, it is built to the highest standards and is close to many amenities in the town.”

Tom Gilligan, Director of Services, Housing, Road and Development

Mayo County Council is focused on planning for sustainable communities and liaising with tenants, by providing public amenities such as playgrounds and Multi Use Games Areas in many housing estates, offering safe places for families to gather and children to play.

Mayo Fire Station 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 

Fire Safety Open Days

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

Mayo Social Inclusion Awareness Week

A Connected Mayo

October 15th to 21st 2018

Brochure of Events

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.

This year’s theme is ‘A Connected Mayo’ and the events and activities which will be happening during the week are all centred around connectedness.

The brochure can be downloaded from this link and will be available in community venues and libraries from next week onwards.

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates:

The website will be updated in the next few days with all events listed:

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.

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 .

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

Irish Water with MCC Logos 900

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

Construction worker header

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.

Ireland's Edge - The Creative Space

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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

Westport named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town

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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 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

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:

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Open call to Artists – OnSight 2019

OnSight 2019 is open for project proposals. The annual arts project is a partnership initiative involving the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Mayo Artsquad and Mayo Arts Service. The purpose of the project is to have artists create work in a site-specific location and to encourage visito...

(General Council; Dated: 05/03/2019 11:41:00)

Mayo Day 2019: Open call Mayo Visual Artists

OPEN CALL FOR MAYO VISUAL ARTISTS Mayo Day 2019 – Words of Mayo Mayo Day, dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities, and unquenchable spirit of County Mayo returns for its 5th year on Saturday 4th May 2019. Following the success of the ‘Made of Mayo’ art exhibition in 201...

(Arts & Culture; Dated: 01/03/2019 11:13:00)

Grounded - Youth Theatre Event

Mayo Arts Service presents Grounded – A Youth Theatre Event. This event has been supported by Creative Ireland. Date: Saturday March 9th. Venue: GMIT, Castlebar. Duration: 10-5pm ...

(General Council; Dated: 28/02/2019 16:40:00)

Comórtas - Newly Composed Song as Gaeilge 2019

In the lead up to the Mayo Day celebrations on the 4 May 2019, Oifig na Gaeilge of Mayo County Council and Conradh na Gaeilge of Togra Mhaigh Eo are inviting all National and Secondary Schools in Mayo to enter Comórtas Amhrán Nua-Chumtha Gaeilge. The purpose of the competition is to find a newly c...

(Corporate Affairs; Dated: 21/02/2019 12:58:00)


Mayo County Council’s Arts Service is now inviting applications for UPSTART 2019. The deadline for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. ...

(General Council; Dated: 13/02/2019 11:09:00)


REPORTS OF A CRASH – PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY LOCAL FILMMAKER, FERGUS SWEENEY Runs till March 2nd in Ballina Arts Centre. Fergus was the successful recipient of the Film Mayo Creative Ireland Award Residency.

(General Council; Dated: 21/01/2019 10:08:00)

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 av...

(General Council; Dated: 09/01/2019 11:32:00)

Mayo County Council welcomes Minister Michael Ring’s funding announcement for four tourism projects

Mayo County Council welcome the announcement today (Tuesday, January 8) by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, of €800,000 for four tourism projects in the county.

(General Council; Dated: 08/01/2019 16:58:00)

Recycling of Christmas Trees 2019

Mayo County Council has made arrangements for the recycling of Christmas Trees after the Christmas season. Any person who wishes to avail of this free service is invited to deposit their real Christmas tree at any of the following locations before Saturday, 26th January 2019 ...

(General Council; Dated: 02/01/2019 16:50:00)

Awards and Residency Recipients 2018 Announced

Mayo County Council Arts Service is delighted to announce the recipients of Awards and Bursaries for 2018; Music Recording Assistance Award, Amateur Drama Award and Tyrone Guthrie Regional Bursaries.

(General Council; Dated: 17/12/2018 16:56:00)

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