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Mayo County Council consider findings of SIPOC Investigation at January meeting

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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



  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

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

Date: Tuesday 04th of December 2018

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

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.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Full information can be found here 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The frameworks relate to works associated with:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Culture Night 2018

Culture Night 2018

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

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

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

New appointment to the Mayo Sports Partnership Team

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

Joining Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ray Mc Namara, Ballyhaunis Sports Hub coordinator Elmer Pieterse, Ballinrobe Sports Hub coordinator Janette Slattery and office administrator Padraic Durcan. Deirdre will have responsibility for our Get Active Programmes including Couch to 5K, Men on the Move, Community Walking Programme, Fit4Work Workplace Programme, Operation Transformation, Primary School Daily Mile, Secondary Schools Girls Active Programme etc.

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

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


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Call for ideas for

Social Inclusion Awareness Week 2018 – ‘A Connected Mayo’


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

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

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

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

Download Brochure here:,30197,en.docx

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

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


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

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

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

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

Health & Wellbeing – It’s for Girls initiative

Supporting Tourism – Wild Mayo tourism brand development and marketing campaign

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

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


Full story:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ireland's Edge - The Creative Space

Ireland's Edge

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

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

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


More info here

Westport named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town

Westport Tidy Towns

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

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

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

Public Art Curator, Invitation to Tender, Mayo County Council

PUBLIC ART CURATOR – Contract for Services 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...

(General Council; Dated: 10/12/2018 14:01:00)

Mayo Arts Service, Mayo County Council Write Now 2018 – a speed dating writing event for Mayo writers.

Write Now 2018 is an initiative of Mayo Art Service. This event affords Mayo Writers the opportunity of 20-minute speed dating type mentoring slots with a Poet, a Playwright, a Screenwriter, a Short story writer, a Novelist and a Publisher. Write Now 2018 takes place in Castlebar on Saturday 1st o...

(General Council; Dated: 14/11/2018 11:49:00)

EXCEL 2018

EXCEL 2018 is Mayo County Council Arts Service’s annual celebration of young people’s creativity (ages 13-19). This year we have fabulous events taking place in the month of November. We have also teamed up with the various Art Venues in Mayo to provide a wide range of arts activities throughout th...

(General Council; Dated: 12/11/2018 10:14:00)

Mayo Arts Service - Professional Development for the Arts 2018

Professional Development 2018 Mayo Art Service, Mayo County Council is delighted to offer the a series of workshops for the arts community in Mayo. These include Youth arts Drama Facilitation, Writing about your work, Pricing your work, Documenting your work, Marketing for festivals and Disabili...

(General Council; Dated: 19/10/2018 13:48:00)

Laying the Foundations: A guide to Youth Drama Facilitation. One Day Masterclass.

Laying the Foundations: A guide to Youth Drama Facilitation. One Day Masterclass. As part of Mayo Arts Service's Excel Youth Arts and Professional Development programme, we are delighted to work with Youth Theatre Ireland in providing a one-day Masterclass in Laying the Foundations: A guide to...

(General Council; Dated: 11/10/2018 17:26:00)

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