Ballinrobe

  • The €400,000 target for the community of Ballinrobe to raise, to build a new Town Hall – is well on track to be achieved, with 340,000 euro now secured under the voluntary fund raising Campaign to Rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    Michael Sweeney, chairperson of the Ballinrobe Town Hall committee says they are now just €60,000 short of the ambitious target set two years ago. Support for the project continues to come through from Ballinrobe people at home, around Ireland and abroad, he says, but support is still required with a price tag of 1.5 million euro on the project.

    Mayo County Council has committed to supporting the project and an application to LEADER has been submitted and the committee are hopeful that there will be a successful outcome in early autumn.

    The old Hall in Ballinrobe closed in 1996.

    The proposal is now to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

  • 20 new jobs have been created with the opening of a new Aldi store in Ballinrobe today.Featuring Aldi’s award-winning Project Fresh layout and design, the new store boasts a large shop floor spanning 987m², 71 free car parking spaces, wide aisles and hi-spec fixtures and fittings.

    The new Ballinrobe store is Aldi’s third store in Co. Mayo. Aldi now has a total of 133 stores in Ireland, with the other locations being Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The new store is part of Aldi’s €160m investment in its Irish store network. Aldi has committed €100m to constructing and opening 20 new stores by the end of 2019, while Project Fresh sees Aldi invest a further €60m in revamping the layout and design of all its 133 stores nationwide.

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    Galway United have announced that Alan Murphy has signed a contract extension with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

     

    Over the last two seasons, Murphy has guided United's under-17 team to the semi-final stage of the league play-offs and the midfielder wrote his name into the club's history books when he became United's record league goalscorer when he scored his 75th league goal for the Tribesmen against Cobh Ramblers in April.

     

    Murphy's impressive work at youth level at Eamonn Deacy Park lead to his first position in senior management when he took over from Shane Keegan in July.

     

    With United experiencing a disappointing league campaign, Murphy introduced a number of the club's most promising academy players at the tail end of the season and the Ballinrobe man is looking forward to shaping a United team of his own ahead of the 2019 season.

  • Aldi is to open its new store in Ballinrobe this Thursday.

    The new supermarket is located on The Neale road, and will be Aldi's third store in Mayo - with stores already operating in Castlebar and Claremorris.

    The Ballinrobe supermarket opens at 9am on Thursday morning.

    meanwhile, a new Iceland store has opened in Roscommon Town today, creating 20 new jobs.

    This is Iceland's 24th store to date in Ireland, and has opened its newest supermarket at the Roscommon Retail Park on the Circular Road in the town.

     

  • Ambulance cover in south Mayo is set to improve, as an ambulance will be deployed to alternate between the Primary Care Centres in Ballinrobe and Claremorris.

    That's according to Ballinrobe-based Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Ryan, who raised the matter again at a recent meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

    Councillor Ryan outlined what he calls the "deplorable" waiting times for ambulances in the south of the county, where often it can take an hour for an ambulance to respond to an emergency call.

    Speaking with Midwest News, he said he has now received assurances from the ambulance service that an ambulance will be deployed to the area, to help improve response times.

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    The Ballinrobe #Be Active Festival of Sport Night takes place on Saturday week 29th September.

    The event is being held in conjunction with the "European Week of Sport".

    It gets underway at 5.30 on the Saturday evening and will incorporate a family sports challenge, traditional games, bouncy castles, fitness master classes, orienteering, inclusive games, a 5K Fun Walk / Run and a Family Daily Mile Challenge.

    Sporting clubs and groups in the community have come together for the event to showcase Ballinrobe as an active town, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate.

     

     

  • Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe has lost €10,000 worth of equipment after ten top of the range bikes were stolen from its premises.

    Thieves climbed in a small window of the old factory building on the Kilmaine road and targeted the cycling club’s facility.

    Gardai are anxious to speak to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious around the club’s home on the Kilmaine Road on Friday night, November 3rd last.

    Padraig Marrey who is a coach at the club says those bikes were used for the development of the sport in the area and the members feel deceived by this theft.

  • Ballinrobe is one of 6 rural towns nationally that have been chosen to take part in a new pilot programme - aimed at encouraging more people to live in rural town centres.

    Ballinrobe, Boyle, Banagher, Callan, Castleblaney and Cappoquin will each receive funding of €100,000 to develop proposals and solutions to increase the number of people living in smaller, rural towns.

    Mayo County Council welcomes the announcement from Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., that Ballinrobe has been named as one of six towns nationally to receive funding of up to €100,000 towards increasing the number of people living in rural towns.

    The council will engage and work alongside the local community and businesses in Ballinrobe to ensure the pilot scheme is a success both for Mayo and the country as a whole. 

    Chief Executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, welcomed the news stating; “We are delighted to see funding of €100,000 coming to South Mayo in order to encourage more people to come and live in our rural towns. This pilot scheme will hopefully lead to many ideas on how we can achieve that goal coming from the local community and local businesses in Ballinrobe.”

    Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin also welcomed todays announcement; “I am delighted to see Ballinrobe has been chosen for this pilot scheme. The e people of the South Mayo town will no doubt embrace the opportunity  and will bring forward their ideas for how we can entice more people to live in these rural areas.

     

  • A Ballinrobe Cllr has called for any proposed traffic alleviation measures for Ballinrobe to be implemented as soon as possible.

    A report is being carried out at present to look at the traffic congestion in the town and come up with possible solutions.

    Funding has granted by TII to carry out works to alleviate traffic congestion in Ballinrobe.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan says he is happy that progress is being made but he wants no delay to the report being completed or the proposed works being carried out.

    He says the situation cannot be let continue as it is, because of the problems the congestion causes but also because he is worried that if an emergency vehicle had to get through the town at a very busy time, it would not be able to do so.

  • Ballinrobe Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run event) will cause some traffic disruption around the streets of Ballinrobe on Friday February 8th from 6-8pm especially at The Lakeside Sports and fitness centre, Station Road, Ballinrobe and again on Saturday Feb 9th from 8-10am, where participants will be registering.

    Event day:

    On Saturday Feb 9th hundreds of participants will be gathering in Abbey St from 9am with the event start  proper at 10am at the top of Bridge St, running down towards  High st, Carnlecka Rd onto the Cloongowla Rd back to Abbey St from 10am to 10.40am.

    The cycle will take the Claremorris Rd out of town proceeding towards  Robeen and onto the Cloongowla rd regathering at Abbey st.

    The final run will take the participants down through Brewery court and up onto Creagh Rd and onto The Bowers Riverside Walk finishing at Abbey St from 10.50 to 12 noon.

    Please can all motorists slow down and allow 1.5m when passing either runners or cyclists. 

     

  • Ballinrobe Musical Society and the Mask Swim Challenge have donated €1,250 and €300 respectively to the campaign to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall.

    This latest boost to the coffers means that local fund-raising in Ballinrobe has now passed €325,000.

    The Musical Society staged My Fair Lady this year and the €1,250 was a portion of their raffle takings for the week of the show. The Mask Swim Challenge is a popular local event among young and old and attracts a large crowd to Cahir Pier each year to cheer on the participants.

    The Town Hall committee is now trying to access public funds to propel the campaign to build the hall.

    The proposal is to build a hall with a gross floor area of 1000m2. It will consist of an auditorium and main hall area with seating for over 400 people.

    Anyone interested in supporting this major project should contact Chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 2588 615) or Secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 207 2307). 

  • A member of Ballinrobe Racquetball Club enjoyed a very successful World Senior Racquetball Championships in New Mexico recently.

    Joe Devenney from the club competed in the Over 45 Singles and Doubles.

    He took a gold medal in the doubles with his partner Roman Corrales and also a silver medal in the singles section.

  • Ballinrobe is one of seven towns that will receive capital funding under the 2018 Historic Towns Initiative.

    The Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has announced a total of 1 million euro to be shared among seven historic towns, including Ballinrobe.

    The scheme is operated by the Heritage Council, and the funding follows a competitive process where local authorities were invited to propose projects for heritage-led regeneration in one historic town in their area.

     

  • The CCTV system in Ballinrobe is not being monitored at present because a Data Controller has not been appointed in the area.

    This was confirmed to local Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O’Brien by the Superintendent in Claremorrris recently.

    Because of stipulations under GDPR, the CCTV footage must be overseen by a Data Controller.

    Cllr O’Brien has called for a Data Controller to be put in place immediately, so that the CCTV is being utilised to its full potential.

  • The R331 Claremorris Road out of Ballinrobe is closed to traffic at present following a road collision this afternoon.

    Midwest News understands that a wheel came off a slurry tanker, which caused to tanker to shed a large amount of slurry onto the road. A gas line was also damaged in the incident.

    The clean-up will take some time and the road will remain closed for a period. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible and to expect delays.

     

  • A Ballinrobe native, who died while on peacekeeping duty in the Lebanon, should be officially remembered on the 30th anniversary of his death.

    That’s according to Fianna Fail Cllr Damien Ryan.

    Corporal Fintan Heneghan died alongside Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on March 21, 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion of the United Nations’ Interim Force in the Lebanon.

    They were killed when a landmine detonated in the ‘Green Rooms’ area of Lebanon, on a track that was not frequently used by peacekeeping personnel there.

    Cllr Ryan was speaking at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District and said it would be only fitting that the local authority architects design a memorial to be placed in Ballinrobe and to plan a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of Corporal Heneghan’s death.

  • Gardaí are advising that diversions will be in place on the main N84 Westport to Ballinrobe road this afternoon due to a large funeral in the Townland of Ballinvoy.

    The diversions will come into effect shortly before 4pm and will remain in place until 8pm.

  • A draft Public Realm Plan has been approved for the town of Ballinrobe and its environs.

    The collaborative plan was compiled by Paul Hogart Consultants working with local people and Mayo County Council.

    Ballinrobe is described as having a vibrant community located in a Heritage rich town.

    The draft plan was approved by Councillors at this week’s monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

  • The Gradaim Gnó Mhaigh Eo awards earlier in the year was a huge success for all involved and we caught up with the different winners in each category of the awards - The Castle Bookshop in Castlebar, Ballinrobe Dental in Ballinrobe, Saileen Drum based in Newport and An Port Mór in Westport - and they gave us an insight into how the awards have helped their business and what their plans are for the future to further integrate the Irish language into their business gach lá.

     

     

     

     

  • The Tommy Joe Gibbons second annual memorial tournament was held yesterday at the Lakeside Sports & Fitness club in Ballinrobe.

    22 players took part in the doubles handball tournament.

    The overall winners were David Davoren from Ballinrobe handball club and Jack McHale from Belcarra club.

    Runners-up were Seamus Hughes and Séan Cunnane from Ballinrobe.

    The Plate winners were Tom Sweeney and John Coyne from Ballinrobe.

    Runners-up:   Peter Davoren,Ballinrobe and Jack Lally, of Carnacon club.