The tomb at Tievebaun discovered by archaeologist Michael Gibbons. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

Site on Sligo/Leitrim border may not have been found until now due to mountain setting

Twins Shayna and Orlaith Teggart, pupils at St Hugh’s National School in Dowra,  with a proof of the cover of The Scrapbook of Regrets. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Leitrim pupils ask sports stars how they’d do things differently

A surfer prepares for the evening waves on Strandhill beach at the Surf Summit in Sligo. Photograph: Elaine Kelly

Surf Summit weekend event included talks from local and international surf champions

Gardaí at the scene on Mail Coach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Oisin Conroy charged over death of Natalie McGuinness at Mail Coach Road

Gardaí at the scene on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Death of 23-year-old in Sligo this week was ‘utterly senseless’, mourners told

Gardaí at the scene on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Oisin Conroy (33) in court over death of Natalie McGuinness (23)

Gardaí at a house on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where an incident occurred resulting in the death of a woman. Photograph: James Connolly

Natalie McGuinness (23) was from Easkey, Co Sligo but who was working in Sligo town

An estimated 400 people attended a public meeting last week to oppose the downgrading of day care services at St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Locals and medics oppose downgrade of nurse-led service in Leitrim community hospital

Former Fine Gael TD John Perry with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Perry  lost out at the selection convention for Sligo-North Leitrim in a close contest over weekend. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

FG candidate says he understands why Perry would find it difficult to accept the result

 Fine Gael  leader Enda Kenny  with former minister of state John Perry. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former junior minister claims he was ‘hung out to dry’ on hospital issue

Remains of five children and an adult may be more than 1,000 years old

Strokestown House: built by the Mahon family in the 1760s and now owned by Westward Garage Group

Site to be taken over by Irish Heritage Trust, which also runs Fota House in Cork

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton,  Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford at the annual cross-border seminar on organised crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Frances Fitzgerald says ‘no blind eye’ will be turned to actions of Provisional IRA

The N4 route towards Sligo in Castlebaldwin. Photograph: Google Street View

14km stretch between Castlebaldwin and Collooney has claimed the lives of 30 people

John Carslake, gamekeeper and grouse project manager: “Because I am on the mountain full-time, I can raise the alarm if a lamb is in trouble.”  Photograph: Brian Farrell

In 2007, just four pairs of the birds were left on the mountain, now 98 have been recorded

One of six  discovered cannons from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 1588 at  Streedagh, Co Sligo,   when it was   set down for a public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, in July. Photograph: James Connolly

1,100 died when, in violent storms in September 1588, three ships from the Armada were driven ashore and wrecked

Kieran Quinn came late to both his passions: GAA and playing music

An Eircom technician surveys the aftermath of telephone line theft in the Kesh/Ballinafad area of Roscommon.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

Rural lifeline for hundreds severed as thieves ‘burn off plastic’ to harvest valuable metal

Labour Party councillor Niall McNelis says the facility, which allows people to earn up to €12,000 tax-free a year from renting a room, is “not sufficient”

Housing crisis affecting students, new employees and almost 4,500 on housing list

Flute, piano and tin whistle player, Barry Conaty,  who competed at  Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

About 450,000 go to music competition and traders report 25% increase in footfall

Sligo county councillor Séamus (Séamie) O’Boyle,  who has died after apparently suffering a heart attack while driving

Séamus O’Boyle (57) was taken to hospital after van crashed in Sligo town

Caoimhe McDermott, with her mother, Maureen, in her studio at home in Ballina, Co Mayo. Caoimhe’s positive attitude has helped her cope with being diagnosed with cancer twice. Photograph:  Henry Wills

Cancer is not going to stand in the way of this teenager, who is looking forward to a future of art and writing

Michael Hopkins from Connemara, dancing at Saorla Seisiun in An Seisiún Bar, at the the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Boys and girls came out to play in spite of rain in Sligo

Website of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2015, taking place in Sligo.

Sligo event a magnet for ‘larger Irish family’ and those with no Irish links, says President

President Michael D Higgins will launch the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil this weekend in Sligo. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Music lovers converge on Sligo for event, which will be launched by President Higgins

Gardaí have upgraded the investigation into Matt Kivlehan’s death to a murder inquiry after confirming the 59-year-old was stabbed to death. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Community left ‘absolutely numb’ from death of much respected musician (59)

File photograph of Martin “Matt” Kivlehan, who has been  found dead in Sligo.

Two held over death of musician (59) as gardaí treat incident as murder case

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Remains of man (59), found in apartment on Holborn Street on Monday afternoon

Maeve and Fintan O’Brien were involved in the incident with off-duty garda Mark Kenny and one of his colleagues, Garda Ciarán McCormack. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Judge criticises Garda witnesses and indicates he was unimpressed by evidence so far

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Handwritten letter sent to Frank Feighan says ‘I know the time you leave the house’

Joseph O’Connor welcomed students at the Hawk’s Well Theatre with ‘a poem by Yeats about friendship’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Students from around the world gather ahead of 150th-birthday celebrations

Emergence of new documents have  cast doubt over whether the  remains of Poet WB Yeats are buried in Co Sligo. Photograph: Getty

Emergence of new documents cast doubt over whether poet’s remains buried in Sligo

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health pays impromptu visit St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly: Government wanted to remove barriers for parents seeking employment. Photograph: The Irish Times

Childcare proposals ‘very much predicated on what money is available at any given time’

Residents from Leitrim protesting outside the Dáil in 2012 against fracking in their area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Geophysics professor says that the Love Leitrim campaigners’ claims are ‘off the wall’

One of the newly discovered cannon from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in Streedagh is brought ashore and set down for a brief public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Three more guns off Sligo coast to be brought ashore after lying submerged for 400 years

Sligo’s Yeats community is standing by its belief  that WB Yeats was buried at Drumcliffe graveyard, in the light of newly revealed correspondence suggesting otherwise.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Nothing will change for Drumcliffe’ according to former Yeats Society chief executive

SligoLeitrim Mountain Rescue's annual Night Walk of Ben Bulben.

Mountain-top staging of Yeats’s ‘Purgatory’ called off due to heavy rainfall

Retired bishop of Elphin Christy Jones said he believed towns in the west of Ireland were more alive socially and economically in the 1940s and 1950s, “a time of mass emigration”, than they were today. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Towns in west much more ‘socially and economically alive’ decades ago than today

Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy at Lissadell House.

Meeting will mark 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats

Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) who received the Nobel prize for literature in 1923. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

‘Absolutely Fabulous’ actor Joanna Lumley declares Sligo has stolen her heart

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

Writer the guest of honour at Nobel dinner, at start of Yeats festival in Sligo to mark 150 years since his birth

Bishop Christopher Jones and  Bishop Brendan Kelly lead the coffin from the Cathedral of the Annunciation. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Cardinal Brady led clergy members who paid their respects to retired Bishop of Achonry

Fawzieh Amiri with her daughters Dema and Kajal. They are all members of the Kurdish community in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

The community of Kurds came to Leitrim in 2006 under a UN-resettlement programme

Joan Moore, who was 54 when she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, in Douglas, Cork.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Notorious as a ‘silent killer’, the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very difficult to detect

Caitriona Yeats, granddaughter of WB Yeats with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Photograph: EPA

Mullaghmore tragedy helped him understand the widespread suffering, he says

Coroner Eamonn MacGowan, who returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure, criticised the lack of a call bell system in the hospital as well as the length of time it took to summon a doctor

Coroner Eamonn MacGowan returned a verdict of death by medical misadventure

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulated David Cameron in a brief call on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says newly elected British PM ‘wants to stay in European Union’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was heckled by anti-water charges protesters in Sligo on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About 100 people turn backs on Enda Kenny and US ambassador at Civil War event

The announcement of up to 70 jobs losses at Elanco in the Finisklin Industrial Estate in Sligo has been described as a devastating blow by local business leaders and politicians. Image: Google Maps.

Elanco says 30-day consultation phase being held to help employees ‘understand changes’

Lissadell House in Sligo: the council has already paid its own legal bill of €2 million but has been directed by the Supreme Court to pay 75 per cent of the owners’ costs, estimated at between €6 million to €8 million

Council paid own costs in right-of-way case and was directed to pay 75% of owners’ costs

 News Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry

Choice of two Sligo-based candidates provokes concern among party grassroots

Frank Hanly and Caroilin Callery at Strokestown Park prepare for Walking in the Footsteps of the Missing 1,490 – A Famine Emigrant’s Walk. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Walk from Roscommon to Dublin honours the ‘missing 1,490’ Strokestown tenants

Social solidarity: Members of the North Leitrim Men’s Group – John Maguire, Thomas Happ, Pat Love, Pat Kerrigan, Des Hand and Pat McMorrow. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Department accused of being ‘hell bent’ on closing scheme that combats social isolation

Sean Rowlette from Dromore West in Sligo with his four children Leanne (8), Abbie (6), Joseph (3) and baby Sally Jnr. His wife Sally died at Sligo General Hospital just hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photograph supplied by family.

Husband of Sally Rowlette speaks about decision to help others to live after his wife died the day after giving birth to their fou(...)

Academic staff at St Angela’s college Sligo are to stage a second one-day strike next month

Staff at St Angela’s college say they would be effectively demoted from ‘lecturers’

Spike Milligan: his father Leo was born  in Sligo where the inaugural Bright Side of Life comedy festival is taking place

Songs written by the Goon were found by actor daughter Jane who will perform them

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents US president Barack Obama with a  volume of WB Yeats’s poetry,  hand-printed by Mary Plunkett, in the White House in Washington, DC,  today.  Photograph: Dennis Brack/EPA

Poetry volume presented by Taoiseach to president made by grandniece of 1916 leader

The work  etched on his face: Leaving the pit at Arigna in July 1990. Photograph Derek Speirs

Ex-miners, now guides, recall savage working conditions

  Joanne Flanagan: “We take hand hygiene very seriously. We swab hands constantly.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joanne Flanagan is the infection prevention and control nurse specialist at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin

File photograph of IT Sligo. A 23-year-old student  whose body was discovered in his  apartment on Monday has been named as Jamie Shaw, a first-year performing arts student at the institute.

Jamie Shaw (23), was a first-year performing arts student at IT Sligo from Belfast

TUI deputy general secretary Annette Dolan said given the level of anger among academic staff at St Angela’s College (above), she was not surprised 95 per cent voted in favour of industrial action.  File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

TUI says issues at Sligo college include plan to demote many from ‘lecturer’ to ‘university teacher’

The finds (pictured) follow the discovery last year of part of a 20ft rudder from one of the vessels on the beach. Photograph: Ciaran McHugh Photography

Low tides at Streedagh this weekend may expose more wreckage

Eddie Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy are owners of Constance Markievic’s ancestral home Lissadell House. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Women involved in 1916 Rising ‘were almost written out of the historical record’

Jan O Sullivan: Local Fianna Fáil senator Marc MacSharry appealed to the Minister for Education to intervene. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jan O’Sullivan asked to get involved in row over merger of St Angela’s College Sligo and NUI Galway

St Angela’s College, Sligo. Photograph: Pat Langan

Concern expressed over lack of consultation with union representatives

Minister for Local Government Alan Kelly: his department has already signalled its unhappiness with a recently submitted 10 year financial plan from Sligo County Council. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Council deputation facing uphill battle to convince the Minister to sanction funding

Seán Rowlette said  that he told his children where he was going, they sat down and wrote a letter to Minister Leo Varadkar.

Seán Rowlette and Michael Kivlehan had meeting with Minister about safety of maternity services

Hazelwood House, Co Sligo, on the shores of Lough Gill. Software developer David Raethorne plans to establish a craft distillery, restaurant and arts initiatives on the site. Photo:Wiki

Software developer’s pledge to restore Hazlewood House is welcomed by heritage society

 Michael Kivlehan husband of Dhara Kivlehan, who died after having a baby at Sligo Reional  Hospital: “If I am out with the children shopping or having a meal I am often approached by people asking me questions – they are worried [about having a baby in Sligo Regional Hospital].”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sally Rowlette and Dhara Kivlehan died after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital

Bryan Rooney: catalogue of ill-health left him unable to play fiddle for a time. Photograph: Brian Farrell

TG4 documentary shows why fiddler Bryan Rooney is so revered

Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Fr Tom Healy and Bishop Francis Duffy in St Mel’s Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy

Building transformed following €30m restoration project

 Sally  and Seán Rowlette of Dromore West in Sligo. Ms Rowlette died at Sligo General Hospital  in February 2013     hours after giving birth to her fourth child. Photo supplied by family

Second apology comes two weeks after public apology was issued to them through PR firm and media

Sean Rowlette arriving at Sligo Court for the inquest into the death of his wife Sally Rowlette. Photograph: James Connolly

Two months ago a jury recorded the same verdict in respect of Dhara Kivlehan

File photograph of Sean Rowlette and his children. Photograph: James Connolly

No reference in hospital’s computerised records to Ms Rowlette’s history of HELLP

Mother who died after birth ‘never suffered from any illness prior to her death’

Sally Rowlette (36) from Dromore West, Co Sligo with her husband Sean. She died in the hospital on February 5th 2013 the day after her fourth baby was born.

Inquest hears Sally Rowlette (36) died in Sligo the day after her fourth baby was born

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made it clear he does not wish ‘to close down Sligo County Council’, elected members have been told. Image: Google Street View

Department questions whether draft budget a ‘credible step to financial recovery’

Annie West with ‘Prime Time’ presenter David McCullagh at the launch of Yeats in Love in the Yeats Building, Sligo.

Annie West’s book ‘Yeats in Love’ has irreverent drawings of the poet’s four proposals

A small group of anti-water charges protesters surrounded the Taoiseach’s car, kicking and banging it with placards, while one man who climbed on the bonnet had to be pulled away by gardaí.  Photo: James Connolly / PicSell

Protest leaders had urged crowd to ensure picket remained peaceful

The court had heard that 110 gardaí were involved in a 13-hour siege in Sligo last December. Photograph: Frank Miller

Michael O’Connor reloaded a shotgun on 23 times during Sligo siege

A good egg: Keen GAA man Luke Dolan attributed his longevity to a boiled egg every day, plenty of sugar in his tea and a devoted wife. He was also off the cigarettes for almost 50 years, having kicked the habit at 60. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Tributes paid to Roscommon man who credited long life to boiled eggs and sugary tea

Barry Feely reflects on his family’s 230 years of making headstones

Some protesters in Sligo carrying placards reading ‘let them have phones’, a reference to recent remarks by Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Crowd of 4,000 directs anger at Taoiseach in demonstration against new charges

Most common refrain in Leitrim today was “it wasn’t me” as speculation mounts who the winner might be

Actor Chris O’Dowd pictured in King House, Boylet when he received The Freedom of Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Moone Boy creator accepts freedom of Roscommon before crowd in Boyle

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commenting on the outcome, Luke Ming Flanagan said a seed had been planted

Newly elected Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice (right) celebrates winning the Roscommon South Leitrim byelection with MEP Luke Ming Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Independent candidate defeats Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton on seventh count

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Anti-Austerity Alliance tops SF in Dublin SW; Independent beats FF in Roscommon-South Leitrim

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheal Martin with Cllr Sinead Guckian in Roscommon on Monday. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took to campaign trail in Roscommon-South Leitrim

 Seán with his children Leanne (9), Sally jnr (20 months), Joseph (4) and Abbie (7). “I am conscious that her inquest starts in December, when the children will be getting excited about Christmas, but the waiting is really hard and I don’t want anyone to delay it further now.”

Hearing into Sligo hospital death to be held in December

Dhara Kivlehan’s husband  Michael says he feels no anger towards hospital staff over her death. Photograph: PA

Dhara Kivlehan’s husband to set up foundation for bereaved parents who lose a partner

Michael Kivlehan appealed to other fathers not to be afraid to challenge doctors.

Jury reach unanimous verdict and call for national database of critical-care beds

An undated picture  of Dhara Kivlehan and her husband Michael.

Expert witness gives evidence on final day of hearing into woman’s death

 Dhara Kivlehan: died in 2010,  days after giving birth, from multi-organ failure in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital having  suffered a severe strain of pre-eclampsia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nurse denies telling Michael Kivlehan to ‘stop eavesdropping’ on doctors

Inquests hears of angry exchanges between staff and husband of seriously-ill woman

Dhara and Michael Kivlehan.

Delay after diagnosis ‘not appropriate’ but did not affect overall care, inquest told

Michael Kivlehan with his late wife Dhara Kivlehan: staff at Sligo Regional Hospital tried in vain to find an ICU bed for her in a number of hospitals before she was airlifted to Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, where she died. Photograph: PA Wire

Woman died in Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast of multi-organ failure a week after her first baby was born in Sligo Regional Hospit(...)

Dhara Kivlehan (left), who lived with her husband Michael (right) in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, died in the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast, in September 2010, a week after giving birth at  Sligo Regional Hospital.

Dhara Kivlehan died in Belfast a week after giving birth at Sligo Regional Hospital

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