• The decision to hold last Sunday's Connacht senior club football championship match between Ballintubber and Tourlestrane in Enniscrone GAA pitch has been criticised by a Mayo councillor.

    The Ballintubber side recorded a one-point win over the Sligo champions, but Castlebar-based Fianna Fail Councillor Al McDonnell claims the lack of parking facilities and spectator facilities made Enniscrone pitch a poor choice.

    Enniscrone is also the venue for the meeting of Balla and Easkey in the Junior football club championship semi-final next Saturday.

    At this week's meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District, Councillor McDonnell requested that the local authority write to the GAA Connacht Council, to outline why the pitch was inappropriate for last Sunday's game.


    However John Prenty, secretary of the GAA Connacht Council, insists that the pitch in Enniscrone was a suitable venue for last weekend's senior quarter final, and that there were no complaints from either club about the facilities at the pitch.



  • Enniscrone / Kilglass GAA club has called on Castlebar Councillor Al McDonnell to apologise for comments he made at a council meeting earlier this week, where he criticised the selection of Enniscrone pitch as the venue for last Sunday's Connacht Club senior football championship game between Mayo champions Ballintubber and Tourlestrane of Sligo.

    Councillor McDonnell was critical of the parking facilities, spectator facilities and the dressing rooms provided for the two teams.

    Yesterday, the Connacht Council defended its selection of Enniscrone pitch for the match, and said there was adequate parking and spectator facilities at Enniscrone, which is the secondary county grounds.

    Today, the local GAA club has issued a statement, in which it outlines the level of parking facilities and spectator accommodation that was available last Sunday.

    It also outlines that both teams were provided with two dressing rooms and access to an indoor astro turf pitch for warm up activities.

    The club requested that Councillor McDonnell apologise to "the 80-strong team of stewards who gave five hours of their Sunday to ensure a safe and enjoyable afternoon for supporters of both teams".

    In response, Councillor McDonnell told Midwest News that he was never critical of the Enniscrone / Kilglass Club, the officers of the club, the many volunteers or the local landowners that facilitated parking and access to the grounds last Sunday – but he has reiterated his criticism of the Connacht Council.

    He said it is the Connaught Council that failed to provide the Enniscrone/ Kilglass Club with the resources that are required for a game of that significance.

    Councillor McDonnell said he applauds the efforts of the club, the officers of the club, the many volunteers and the local landowners that assisted in the parking needs on Sunday last and concluded that the matter is now closed.



  • More than 2000 customers are without electricity in the Enniscrone/Quay area of Ballina today.

    ESB Powercheck is indicating a large fault which is stretching from the Ballina area to Enniscrone, where the majority of the outages are.

    According to the ESB it will be around 6.30pm this evening before power is restored to most of the areas affected.