Ballina

  • There were 109 reported incidents of dog-fouling from the Ice House to the Quay area of Ballina on one particular day last week.

    The issue was raised at yesterday’s Ballina Municipal District meeting by Crossmolina based Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Loftus.

    Cllr Loftus said there were 109 incidents reported to him on one day last week.

    He says it is not a problem unique to Ballina but it is a serious issue.

    There is a fine of up to €3,000 for incidents of dog-fouling and Mayo County Council has committed to enforcing this law very strictly.

  • An Post is to offer a new contract to Ardnaree Post Office in Ballina.

    There was concern expressed about the future of Ardnaree Post Office in recent weeks, as the current postmaster is to retire in March. An Post undertook a Public Consultation on the provision of post office services in Ardnaree.

    Today An Post has announced that Ardnaree Post Office will be offered a new post office contract. When a suitable candidate emerges the contract will be in place initially for two years.

    It comes after a local campaign to oppose any suggestion of closing the post office, which included a public meeting and march in Ballina recently.

  • There is a need for Mayo county council to set aside up to 200,000 euro a year specifically to be used on the restoration of footpaths across the county.

    That’s the view of Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    He says that would mean that at least, 50,000 euro would be available annually for the restoration of footpaths in each Municipal District area.

    Councillor O’Hara believes the allocation could actually save money for Mayo county council, as it is likely that insurance compensation payments against the authority over people falling and injuring themselves on broken pavement would be reduced.

  • A Mayo man was seriously injured after being hit by a bus in Budapest last weekend.

    32-year old Michael Cuffe from Ballina travelled to the Hungarian capital last Friday with three friends for a weekend away, but just hours after he arrived he was struck by a bus.

    The Irish Independent reports that Michael suffered a number of  injuries, including broken bones in his neck and back, a broken collarbone and a triple leg fracture.

    His family are now fundraising to help bring Michael home for treatment.

    It’s understood a radiologist travelling on the bus gave him CPR and stabilised him until an ambulance arrived.

    Michael’s sister Naomi told the Independent that he will have to travel home on a spinal board, and as no commercial airline accommodates spinal boards, he will need an air ambulance.

    The family have set up a GoFundMe page to try and meet the costs of getting Michael back to Ireland.

    The GoFundMe page has raised more than €13,000 in less than 24 hours and Naomi said her family are blown away by people's generosity.

    For further details, or to make a donation, you can go online to www.gofundme.com/flymichaelcuffehome

     

  • A complete review of the traffic management system around Ballina town is required now, according Independent councillor Gerry Ginty.

    He says that while the town requires an orbital route to prevent traffic congestion, any such development is a long way off and in the meantime solutions must be found to reduce severe traffic congestion at busy times in the day.

    He raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District, and his motion was supported by all councillors.

    Cllr Ginty believes that prolonged traffic congestion can be damaging to the town’s commercial business, and frustrating for local residents and tourists.

    He called for the re-adjustment of the traffic lights at the font on the Foxford / Crossmolina road and two way traffic to be re-introduced between the bridges as some of the measures that might address the problem.

  • A Ballina councillor is calling for crash barriers to be erected on a number of roads in the greater Ballina area, amid concerns that motorists who go off the road could enter rivers or streams.

    The issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Ballina Municipal District, where Councillor John O’Hara called for barriers to be installed at locations on the Bonniconlon road, Bofield Road, Tubbercurry Road and at Church Road.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio Councillor O’Hara said safety has to be the number one priority, and a number of incidents in recent months have highlighted the need for such barriers.

  • Business people in Ballina believe their business from the Sligo side, is being adversely affected because of a closure since last Monday of the main Sligo to Ballina road, between Corballa and Dromore West. That’s according to Ballina Fine Gael councillor John O’Hara.

    The road will remain closed to traffic until the 24th June, as Sligo county council is carrying out resurfacing work.

    Councillor O’Hara says he cannot understand why the works cannot be carried out, closing off just one half of the road and using traffic lights, rather than closing off the entire road for such an extended period.

    He told Midwest News today that the diversions in place are discouraging people coming into Ballina to do their business.

  • The death has taken place of former Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones.

    Bishop Jones was 82 and died at his home in Sligo yesterday.

    His successor in the Diocese of Elphin Bishop Kevin Doran said in a statement that the death of Bishop Christy is like the loss of a grandparent.

    Bishop Jones was a native of Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon and was born on March 3rd 1936.

    He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1962 and spent the first three years of his priesthood at St Muredach’s College in Ballina.

    Following that he spent the rest of his ministry in Co Sligo and became Bishop of Elphin in 1994.

    He retired in 2014.

    In a statement Archbishop Eamon Martin said Bishop Christy was a man for others and was very committed throughout his lifetime to person-centred social services.

     

  • Fianna Fáil has announced a major re-shuffle of its front bench.

    Micheál Martin has appointed Ballina based deputy  Dara Calleary as the deputy leader of the party, a position which had been vacant for years.

    Barry Cowen has been moved to Public Expenditure, with Darragh O'Brien taking the Housing brief.

    Stephen Donnelly has been appointed Health Spokesperson while Billy Kelleher moves to the jobs portfolio.

    Castlebar’s Lisa Chambers is the new spokesperson on Brexit, Niall Collins moves to Foreign Affairs, while Jack Chambers will join the front bench as Spokesperson on Defence.

     

  • An examination will take place today at the scene of a light aircraft crash in County Mayo.

    It happened just after 6 o' clock yesterday evening.

    A man in his fifties, the pilot, died after the plane came down in a field outside Ballina.

    He was the only person in the aircraft at the time.

    A team from the Air Accident Investigation Unit are expected at the scene between Ballina and Bonniconlon today.

  • The former Estoria Cinema building located in Ballina town, should be made a protected structure . That was the joint motion put forward by Independent councillors Gerry Ginty and Seamus Weir at this week’s Ballina Municipal District meeting, held in the Community Centre in Bonniconlon.

    The building owned by Mayo County Council, is leased at present to Ballina Men's Shed group.

    The councillors say the structure is of significance as a piece of art deco architecture, it also is part of the town’s social history and in addition, the Men’s Shed Group are keen to restore the structure.

    In response the Manager of Ballina Municipal District Marie Crowley explained to the councillors that there are financial implications to listing a building in this way. She said any work on a protected structure building is restricted and tends to be costly.

  • The inquest today in Dundalk, into the death of Garda Tony Golden while on duty in 2015,  has heard the Ballina native was shot five times.

    The garda was killed by Adrian Crevan Mackin on the 11th of October 2015 at a house in Omeath in Co Louth.

    The Deputy State Pathologist has told the inquest that Garda Golden died from multiple gunshot wounds.

    One of the shots hit the garda in the back, and it was said that it would have killed him very quickly.

  • A new initiative, encouraging staff and parents not to smoke near the school, will be launched tomorrow at The Quay National School in Ballina.

    “Smoke-Free School Gates” is part of the Healthy Ireland Mayo project, supported by Mayo County Council, and will see signs being erected, which were designed by 6th class pupils in the school, indicating that smoking is not permitted at or near the school gates.

    The idea is to reduce the amount of smoke or second-hand smoke being inhaled by young students, and similar initiatives are already in place at a number of schools across northern Ireland and the UK.

     

     

  •  A man was arrested following a drugs seizure in Ballina last night.

    The Crime Task Force in Ballina carried out a planned search of a house in the Quay area of the town, and seized a quantity of cannabis.

    One male was arrested on suspicion of sale and supply, and was detained at Ballina Garda Station.

    He’s since been released, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

  • A man was arrested in the Quay area of Ballina on Saturday night in connection with the theft of oil from a premises.

    There was a mobile garda patrol car in the quay area when gardai observed a person in the process of stealing heating oil.

    Gardai seized a vehicle parked close to the location and the vehicle contained a large amount of siphoning equipment and drums.

    They arrested a man on suspicion of theft and he was questioned at Ballina garda station.

    He was later released pending a file being prepared for the DPP.

    Gardai in Ballina are appealing to the public, should they see anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously in the area to contact Ballina garda station at 096 21422.

  • Gardai in Ballina arrested a man last night who was found to be in possession of a significant amount of controlled drugs.

    The man was driving a car which failed to stop on the outskirts of Ballina.

    Gardai pursued the car for a short distance and arrested the driver who was in his mid-20’s .

    He appeared before Castlebar District Court this morning on road traffic offences, and was remanded in custody to appear again at Harristown District Court in Castlerea on Friday.

    He was refused bail.

    The drugs seized in the incident have been sent for analysis.

     

  • The man who died when his plane crashed outside Ballina on Friday evening has been named locally as Michael McCarrick, from Belleek, Ballina.

    Mr. McCarrick, who was in his late fifties, was killed instantly when his two-seater plane nosedived into a field at Breaffy, on the Bonninconlon side of Ballina.

    A post-mortem on the deceased man is due to take place tomorrow.

    The wreckage of the plane has been taken to Gormanstown, Co. Meath, for examination by technicians from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) who also visited the scene of the impact.

    No funeral arrangements have yet been made for the deceased.

  • We visited the world renowned Marjorie's Kitchen on the banks of the River Moy in Ballina to get some Easter recipes from Marjorie herself. Watch below some of her mouthwatering (and we can honestly say DELICIOUS!) chocolate treats made in her very own kitchen, where she has regaled the listeners to Midwest Radio from for over a quarter of a century with Paul and Gerry. We have all the recipes below the videos so you can try them out over the Easter weekend - and we promise, you'll be trying these out all year round as well! Plus there is a bonus recipe for chocolate peppermint squares in the factsheet! Bon Appétit! 

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    Marjorie`s Kitchen

    Chocolate Chip Scones

    Makes approximately 8

    Ingredients

    227g/8 ozs, self-raising flour

    Pinch of salt

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder

    57g/2ozs butter

    10ml/2 tsp sugar

    86g/30zs chocolate chips or plain chocolate finely chopped

    150ml/1/4 pt buttermilk

    To glaze – beaten egg

    Method:

    1)         Preheat the oven 220°C, 425°f, Gas 7.

    2)         Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl.

    3)         Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    4)         Fold in the sugar and chocolate chips.

    5)         Stir in the buttermilk to give a fairly soft dough.  It is important to add all the liquid at once.

    6)         Lightly flour a board and roll out the dough to 2cm/ ¾” thickness and cut into rounds using a 6cm/2 ½ " cutter.

    7)         Place the scones on a non-stick baking sheet, brush the top of the scones with a little egg wash.  Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes until well risen and golden brown.

    8)         Cool on a wire tray. Serve warm, split and spread with butter or piped with fresh cream (whipped)

     

    Marjorie’s Tip

     

    (a)        Like all scones it is very important to add most of the milk at once.  If you add the milk a little at a time it slows the process down and the scones will not be as soft when cooked.

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    Easter Chocolate Cake

     

    Ingredients                                                                         Icing

    227g/8oz butter or margarine, soft                           142g/50z icing sugar and 27g/1ozz Bourneville

    227g/8oz castor sugar                                                            cocoa powder

    170g/6oz plain flour                                                   86g/30z butter, soft

    42g/1 ½ oz Bourneville cocoa powder                       2.5ml/1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    5ml/1 tsp baking powder                                            Approx. 30ml/ 2 tbsp. milk

    4 eggs, free range, beaten

    Approx. 86g/30z chocolate drops

                (or chocolate pieces)

     

    Method

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
    2. Grease and base line 2 x 20cm/8 “sandwich tins.
    3. Cream the butter and sugar together. Sieve dry ingredients.
    4. Beat in the eggs and flour alternatively with vanilla extract.
    5. Mix in the chocolate pieces.
    6. Place the mixture in the lined tins, spread out with a palette knife.
    7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approx. 25 minutes.

    Cool on a wire tray.

    Icing

    1. Sieve dry ingredients together
    2. Beat the butter, sugar and remaining ingredients together until the icing is a soft consistency.

    To ice:          Spread a little of the icing on both cakes, then sandwich together.  Spread or pipe the remaining icing on top of the cake. Decorate with mini Easter eggs, maltezers or sprinkles.

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    Simple Ferrero Chocolates

    A friend gave me this recipe, these chocolates are low calorie, but so delicious, you won`t know the difference.

    Ingredients:

    2-3 Weetabix

    45-60ml/3-4 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)

    Method

    1. Crush the Weetabix into a bowl.
    2. Melt the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave, then mix into the Weetabix.
    3. Roll into small balls, place in petit four paper cases or small bun cases and set.

    If wished, mould the chocolate mix around a roasted hazelnut or almond, or dust with a little cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts or desiccated coconut.  Really delicious!!

    Marjorie’s Tip: If wished dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with finely chopped nuts

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    Ena’s Chocolate Peppermint Squares

     

    Ingredients:

    227 g / 8 oz Margarine                                   27 g / 1 oz Cocoa Powder

    113 g / 4 oz Sugar                                           27 g / 1 oz Drinking Chocolate

    227 g / 8 oz Self Raising Flour                                    5ml/1 tsp. Baking Powder

    227 g / 8 oz desiccated Coconut

    Method:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°/Gas 4.
    2. Melt margarine in a saucepan, stir in sugar to dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
    3. Spread mixture on a greased swiss roll tin and bake in preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

    Icing Ingredients:

    170 g / 6 oz Icing Sugar, sieved                      Few drops of Green Colouring

    113 g / 4 oz. Butter                                         2.5ml/ ½ tsp. Peppermint Essence

    1¾ bars of Dark Chocolate – melted

    Method:

    1)         Mix icing sugar, butter and essence together, add a few drops of green colouring, if wished.

    2)         Spread over cooled mix

    3)         Melt the chocolate and pour over icing. Leave to set, then cut into small squares.

    This recipe was given to me by my late cousin Ena Walker, who was a super cook, we shared many recipes and tasty treats together.

     

    E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Web:      www.marjorieskitchen.net

    Phone No: 087 2304986

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    Marjorie`s Kitchen Tips

    Baking Powder

    Baking powder is a key ingredient in many cakes, cookies, muffins and bread recipes.  Make your own baking powder and keep your baked goods aluminium free.  Baking powder contains an acid and alkali in correct proportions.  A third ingredient is added if you are not using the baking powder immediately, this is usually cornflour, (corn-starch) or rice flour as it absorbs moisture, preventing the baking powder from becoming lumpy.

     

    Baking powder ingredients

    One part bread soda to two parts cream of tartar.

    5ml/1 tsp of bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)

    10ml/ 2 tsp of bextartar (cream of tartar)

    5ml1tsp of rice flour or corn starch (cornflour) (optional).

    Method

    1. Sieve the breadsoda and bextartar for 2-3 times until well combined.
    2. Use immediately
    3. To store: add 5ml1 tsp. of rice flour or cornflour to the mix.  This will absorb any moisture from the air and prevent the baking powder from reacting before you use it.  Store in an airtight tin.

    Did you know that most commercially produced baking powder contains aluminium –sodium aluminium sulphate to be exact?

    To test baking powder for freshness or if it is out of date

    Place 2.5ml/ ½ tsp of baking powder into a cup, top with 1/3 cup of hot tap water. The mixture should bubble enthusiastically, if not discard, make your own or buy a new one.

     

    Bread Soda (Baking Soda) Sodium Bicarbonate

    When bread soda is used with mixture and an acidic ingredients e.g. buttermilk or yogurt, its reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand under oven temperatures, causing baked goods to rise.  When using a raising agent in recipes, once you add the liquid, it is important to bake goods immediately in a pre-heated oven or else it will not rise properly.  If you wish to use baking powder in a recipe to replace bread soda – 5ml/ 1 tsp bread soda =15ml3 teaspoons of baking powder.

     

    Baking Soda

    Baking soda is made from Soda Ash (sodium carbonate) and is mined in the form of an ore called Trona.  Through a process, the soda ash is dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled into the mixture forming sodium bicarbonate (bread soda). The sodium bicarbonate quickly solidifies and separates from the rest of the mixture.

    Cream of Tartar

    Cream of tartar is a by-product of the wine making industry.  Grapes are the only significant natural source of tartaric acid.  Cream of tartar is obtained from sediment produced in the process of making wine.  It is also known as potassium, tartrate and potassium bitartrate.

  • Mayo County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day this Saturday.

    From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at the Rathroeen Civic Amenity Centre on the Killala Road in Ballina.

    Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

    Even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration.

    A full list of items accepted is available on www.mayococo.ie and also on www.facebook.com/greeningmayo.

  • With €1 billion allocated for flood defences over the next decade under the National Development Plan, a Mayo Senator is calling for flood defences in Ballina to be made a priority.

    In the Seanad this week, Ballina-based Senator Michelle Mulherin called on the OPW Minster Kevin “Boxer” Moran to prioritise the construction of flood walls along the River Moy in Ballina under the CFRAM programme.

    While 300 other at-risk areas were also examined under the CFRAM programme, Senator Mulherin says the Ballina flood walls project has been deemed one of the economically viable projects, and she hopes there’s positive news soon for residents in flood-prone areas of Ballina town.