Castlebar the most expensive as fuel prices continue to rise
With fuel prices set to rise in the coming days and weeks due to the war in Ukraine, we sent our reporters out the length and breadth of Mayo last week to see what the prices are like before they start to rise further.
Indeed, some filling stations raised their prices over the weekend.
Our survey – conducted by our reporters on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week – shows quite high prices to begin with. Indeed, the prices at the pumps for this survey are the highest since we started doing our fuel survey over a decade ago.
Our reporters charted the prices at 61 filling stations from Belmullet to Ballyhaunis and Louisburgh to Lahardane.
Claremorris is the cheapest town by some distance in our survey.
Its three filling stations are the top three for petrol in the county while they are all in the top six for diesel.
More particularly, the cheapest petrol and diesel prices in the county were to be found at one filling station – Higgins’s Applegreen on the Ballyhaunis Road.
At €1.72.8 per litre of petrol, it is over one cent cheaper than the nearest competitor. With a price of €1.62.8 per litre of diesel, it is over two cents cheaper than the next cheapest.
The most expensive town in the county is Castlebar, which comes in more expensive than even geographically remote locations like Achill and Belmullet. Averaged across the nine stations in the town, it is over eight cents more expensive per litre of petrol and diesel than the average price for the three stations in Claremorris.
The gulf is even greater if you compare some individual filling stations. Six filling stations in Castlebar are over ten cent dearer per litre than Higgins’s in Claremorris while, incredible, Maxol at the Cathal Duffy Roundabout was 14.7 cents dearer than Higgins’s for diesel.
That means for a 50 litre tank fill, you would save over €7 by going to Higgins’s than Duffy’s.
The value of shopping around has never been more apparent with people often spending upwards to €90 to fill their car. While Castlebar is expensive, value is to be had with Tommy Robinson’s on Spencer Street and McHale’s in nearby Ballyvary cheaper than many bigger filling stations in the town.
Global oil prices
Ballinrobe’s prices have been consistently high across our surveys down the years and they are the next highest town after Castlebar with an average of €1.79.6 for petrol and €1.69.6 for diesel. Westport is not far behind, with €1.78.4 for petrol and €1.69.4 for diesel.
Comparisons year on year are instructive on the impact of global oil prices and taxation.
Figures provided by the AA show that there are 98 cents per litre of petrol paid in various taxes with the corresponding figure for diesel being 85 cent.
Our first survey was in 2010 when the cheapest in the county was Gallagher’s in Charlestown (now Supermacs) which was €128.9 for petrol and €1.19.9 for diesel.
Prices climbed considerably in the coming years with prices in our 2013 survey the highest in our survey before this year. Four petrol stations in Ballina and Foxford were the joint cheapest at €1.49.9 per litre of petrol and €1.41.9 per litre of petrol.
By 2016, the prices had went considerably back from there. Tesco in Claremorris were charging just €1.26.9 per litre of petrol and €1.09.8 per litre of diesel. Not long after, some stations in the county were charging less than €1 per litre of diesel.
The prices climbed up again by the time of our 2019 survey. The cheapest in the county were the Applegreens in Foxford and Crossmolina with petrol at €1.39.8 and diesel at €1.28.8 per litre.
The prices now are at their highest point ever and climbing. It seems only a matter of time until we see €2 per litre.
Cheapest by year Petrol Diesel
2010 Gallagher’s Charlestown 128.9 119.9
2011 Staunton’s Knappagh, Westport 145.9 136.9
2013 Four Ballina and Foxford stations 149.9 141.9
2014 Cosgrave’s Castlebar 145.9 136.9
2016 Tesco Claremorris 126.9 109.9
2019 Applegreens Foxford & Crossmolina 139.8 128.8
2022 Higgins Applegreen, Claremorris 172.8 162.8
Top 5 cheapest petrol
1 Higgins’s Applegreen, Claremorris 172.8
2= Hillside, Ballyhaunis Rd, Claremorris 173.9
2= Certa Tesco, Claremorris 173.9
4 Applegreen, N17 Kilkelly 174.8
5 Hennigan’s Maxol, Ballindine 174.9
Top 5 cheapest diesel
1 Higgins’s Applegreen, Claremorris 162.8
2 Hennigan’s Maxol, Ballindine 164.9
3 Applegreen, N17 Kilkelly 165.8
4= Certa Tesco, Claremorris 165.9
4= Hillside, Ballyhaunis Rd, Claremorris 165.9
4= Gillespie’s, Killala Road, Ballina 165.9
Stations Surveyed Petrol Diesel
Achill Lavelle’s Circle K, Cashel 179.9 170.9
Balla Roche’s Circle K 179.9 171.9
Ballina Gillespie’s, Killala Road 175.9 165.9
Ballina Clarke’s Top, Pound St 176.9 166.9
Ballina Casey’s Circle K, Circular Rd 178.9 168.9
Ballina Judge’s Top, Sligo Rd 176.9 168.9
Ballina Mangan’s Top, Ardnaree 179.9 169.9
Ballina Tuffy’s Texaco, Foxford Rd 176.9 166.9
Ballina Circle K, Foxford Rd 176.9 166.9
Ballina Texaco Ballina Tool Hire 179.9 169.9
Ballina Top Oil, Crossmolina Rd 179.9 169.9
Ballindine Hennigan’s Maxol 174.9 164.9
Ballindine McHugh’s Texaco 177.9 167.9
Ballinrobe Corrib Oil Circle K, Neale Rd 178.9 168.9
Ballinrobe Emo, Castlebar Road 179.9 169.9
Ballinrobe Top, Bowgate Street 179.9 169.9
Ballintubber Corrigan’s Emo 178.9 167.9
Ballyhaunis Corrib Oil Circle K 177.9 167.9
Ballyhaunis Top, Ballinlough Rd 176.9 166.9
Ballyheane Top 178.9 167.9
Ballyvary McHale’s Inver 177.9 170.9
Bangor Erris Texaco, Erris Motors 180.9 170.9
Barr na Trá Healy’s Spar 180.9 170.9
Belmullet Coyle’s Top 180.9 170.9
Belmullet Texaco, Belmullet Motor Factors 178.9 168.9
Castlebar Mulroy’s, Dublin Rd 182.9 172.9
Castlebar Top, Moneen 179.9 171.9
Castlebar Mulroy’s, Breaffy Rd 182.9 172.9
Castlebar Maxol, Cathal Duffy’s 182.9 177.5
Castlebar Tommy Robinson’s, Spencer St 176.9 169.9
Castlebar Corrib Oil, Humbert Way 179.9 169.9
Castlebar Casey’s, Lannagh Road 182.9 172.9
Castlebar Duffy’s Texaco, Old Turlough Rd 182.9 172.9
Castlebar Cosgrave’s, Westport Rd 182.9 176.9
Charlestown Top, Swinford Rd 176.9 167.9
Charlestown Cassidy’s Circle K, Sligo Road 178.9 168.9
Charlestown Top (Supermacs), Knock Rd 177.9 167.9
Claremorris Hillside, Ballyhaunis Rd 173.9 165.9
Claremorris Higgins’s Applegreen 172.8 162.8
Claremorris Certa, Tesco 173.9 165.9
Crossmolina Mulhern’s Applegreen 177.8 167.8
Foxford Applegreen, Ballina Rd 177.8 167.8
Foxford Reape’s, Swinford Rd 178.9 168.9
Hollymount Fahy’s 178.9 167.9
Kilkelly Applegreen, N17 174.8 165.8
Kilkelly Cunniffe’s 176.9 170.9
Kiltimagh Walsh’s Circle K 175.9 170.9
Killala McDonnell’s Top 178.9 168.9
Lahardane Leonard’s Top 179.9 171.9
Louisburgh Corrib Oil Circle K 179.9 169.9
Mulranny Doherty’s Applegreen 176.8 168.8
Newport Kelly’s Circle K 177.9 170.9
Swinford Corrib Oil Circle K 177.9 167.9
Swinford XL Foxford Rd 177.9 167.9
Swinford Applegreen, Kiltimagh Rd 177.8 167.8
Westport Hoban’s Top, The Fairgreen 177.9 168.9
Westport Corrib Oil Circle K 177.9 168.9
Westport Texaco, Sheeaune 177.9 168.9
Westport Gannon’s Emo, Belclare 179.9 170.9
Westport Top, Knappagh 177.9 168.9
Westport Holland’s Emo, Carrabaun 178.9 169.9