Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

Jackie McBrearty and her guide dog  Rhum  in Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Most Irish people are sympathetic to those with a disabilty. But that’s not always what they want

Darren Collins who will address the “Travellers and the Importance of a Healthy Mind” conference in Sligo

Suicide in Traveller community an ‘emergency situation’

Saturday’s Sligo Global Kitchen at the Model Art Gallery, where lunch was cooked by Syrian refugees based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Monthly lunch invites people living in direct provision to make dishes from their country

An actor with the Blue Raincoat theatre company, which is staging three Beckett plays in disused former factory in Sligo. Photograph: Peter Martin

Plays to be presented in different parts of building are A Piece of Monologue, Play and Footfalls

In the past 12 months, North Leitrim Men’s Group has dealt with two clients who were homeless, including one man in his early 20s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jobseeker’s Allowance for under-26s much lower than standard payment of €193 a week

Lawyers have called for a  reform of the system to deal with medical negligence cases. Photograph: iStock

Lawyer says with 160,000 injured by such errors State is failing medical litigants

New Kiltyclogher residents Tammy Barrett and her children, Aidan and Jessica. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Kiltyclogher launched a ‘families wanted’ campaign to save its school – and it worked

Cancer survivor Isobel Cullinan gets ready for school with her mother Laura, in Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

First day at school arrives for Isobel after surviving cancer twice

Gardaí are carefully monitoring visitors to both men amid concerns that the feud could escalate

Armed officers retaining presence at hospital amid fears Traveller feud could escalate

Leitrim County Council refused permission for the proposed new development. It said the proposed increase in retail space involved would breach local guidelines. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German supermarket hopes to relocate to site that is closer to rivals Tesco and Aldi

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs:  all benefited from mirror therapy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

How mirror stroke therapy is changing people's lives

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs. They have all  benefited from the new mirror therapy. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Researchers at IT Sligo use mirrors to ‘trick’ brain into thinking weak limb is working properly

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho on Strandhill Beach, Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho says her experience was traumatic but she bears no ill will

 Aileen McGee from Donegal, whose son takes part in the Social Farming Programme. Photogragh:  Brian Farrell

Extension of Social Farming Network unveiled on family farm near Mohill

Michael McDowell, Síle de Valera and Brenda Power were among the speakers at Markievicz Day 2017 at Lissadell House, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

90th anniversary of death of revolutionary and first Irish woman minister

Lidl  had proposed closing its current store at Cortober on the Roscommon side of Carrick-on-Shannon,  and developing a two-storey outlet on a greenfield site close to a retail park on the Dublin side

Chairwoman of Leitrim County Council says rejection a victory for ‘people power’

Gardaí and Defences Forces personnel began searching land close to the home of a Leitrim man, Pat Heeran. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Gardaí now treating disappearance of Pat Heeran as a murder case

Up to 14 uniformed gardaí, some carrying riot shields, formed a protective barrier around Sligo county council staff  at a car park on  Connaughton road (above) in Sligo. File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí in protective barrier around Sligo council staff carrying out works at car park

When it comes to the end of the week, a couple with a huge mortgage and huge childcare costs  are left with almost nothing to pay for food. Photograph: iStock

Working couples going without meals because of burden of financial commitments

Gardaí assist council workers as they removed fencing around a caravan at Connaughton Road car park in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Confrontation as council staff with gardaí moved to dismantle fence around caravan

Nikesh Patel and Colm Meaney in  ‘Halal Daddy’

Film about the opening of a halal meat factory stars Colm Meaney and Art Malik

Keeping the memories of lost loved ones alive: the StoneyWoods Festival in the village of Kiltyclogher has been organised with the help of a number of bereaved families

StoneyWoods Festival has been organised with the help of bereaved families

A computer-generated image of Lidl’s planned new supermarket in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.

Local campaigners say the proposed development would be a ‘garish carbuncle’

A stag party pictured in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Professor Michael Hall says he would not recommend Dublin visit

Joni Crone on The Late Late Show in 1980: during the 23-minute segment she never flinched, not even when asked whether her parents regarded her as “mentally deficient, or sinful or culpably ignorant”.

‘Anna Livia Lesbia’ writer Joni Crone came out to Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show in 1980 to help others and encourage law reform

Shirley McEntee: “I thought with skin cancer they just cut it out and that’s that”

Shirley McEntee was diagnosed with skin cancer at 31. She puts it down to sunbed use

Regular sunbed use by under-35s increases the risk of skin cancer by 75 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Survey finds number of teens using sunbeds up from 7.4% to 8.8% since ban

Gardaí stopped a car in Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, because of a report that it had driven away from a filling station in Sligo without paying for petrol.

Car stopped in Leitrim had fake plates, gun and pipe bombs in Dunnes Stores bag

Mourners were told the father and son were found locked arm in arm in the flat on Market Street, Sligo after the fire.

Christopher ‘Sunny’ Harte and his son Sean found ‘locked arm in arm’ after Sligo blaze

The scene of the fire on Market Street, Sligo. Two men were taken to Sligo University Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Blaze began in first floor apartment and spread into second floor flat where men were staying

Main Street, Boyle, Co Roscommon. The town has struggled with the closure of businesses over the years.  File photograph: Google Street View

Roscommon community hope to capitalise on attention given to town after Moone Boy

A monument to the memory of Thomas “Freddy” McHugh is unveiled in  Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Sculpture dedicated to memory of Freddy McHugh is unveiled on Wild Atlantic Way

 Milliner Wendy Knight with fashion and  marketing expert Eddie Shanahan:  “I just can’t get reliable broadband so I have given up and I now use a Vodafone dongle,” says Shanahan. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Small businesses in rural – and not so rural – areas are at the mercy of erratic wifi

 Syrian refugees and members of the Pakistani community in Ballaghaderreen take part in a 10-a-side soccer match at the local community playground on Saturday. Above is Sajjad Hussain, the Pakastani barber in Ballaghaderreen who organised the game, on the attack. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Pakistani locals in Co Roscommon town put best footballers forward to welcome refugees

Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim, where the body of a man and a woman have been recovered from the River Shannon. Photograph: Google Maps

Couple on boating trip in Carrick-on-Shannon; Garda treating deaths as tragic accident

Rural fracking. Cllr Declan Bree said the ban had been welcomed by the Sligo community “who fully recognise the dangers fracking poses to water quality, to human safety and to the general environment”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Council chief, backing activity, cites conflict between national and local government needs

Claire O’Brien from Ballinlough, Cork with her son Conor attempting to travel to Dublin for the soccer international, at Kent Train Station, Cork during industrial action halting services. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Among thousands left stranded were Ireland fans travelling to World Cup qualifer

A sign inside the  former Abbey Field Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, welcoming the  76 Syrian refugees who arrived there on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Ballaghaderreen community warmly welcomes first contingent of refugees to town

A jury at Sligo Coroner’s Court has returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of musician Martin (Matt) Kivlehan (59), who died in August 2015.

59-year-old suffered deep stab wounds to left and right sides of his neck in his home

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said she was concerned at the plan to expand the shellfish operation at Braade Strand, Gweedore Bay, which is close to her home. Photograph Colm Hogan

Farms approved by Minister could lead to industrialisation of ‘most beautiful county’

Judge Keenan Johnson in Roscommon Circuit Court condemned what he called  “systematic and protracted” abuse perpetrated by Robert Sumner (76). File photograph: Getty Images

Woman tells court her childhood and innocence were stolen by Robert Sumner (76)

Davy Walsh and Aodán Conneely, from GMIT Mayo, trying out the play area which was built by  students  from donated and upcycled materials. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Finishing touches are being applied to the former hotel that will house the new arrivals

Frank Feighan: said he had received death threats after voting with his party to close Roscommon Hospital’s emergency department. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senator says public attitude has shifted over Roscommon Hospital A&E closure

 Artists Maria  Fleming and Paul Cole put the finishing touches to the Ballaghaderreen welcome wall: interpreters will be available at Duffy’s Supervalu to translate messages   into Arabic. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Playgrounds built as Welcome to Roscommon group prepares centre for 37 children

Oliver Williams, of Loughrea, Co Galway, has received a five-month suspended sentence.

Oliver Williams convicted under Charities Act for unregistered soup kitchen in Sligo

The hotel site of the Emergency Reception & Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Jacqueline Mullen overwhelmed with offers of help from locals in Ballaghaderreen

Bus Feda driver Donal Sweeney at IT Sligo on the company’s Donegal/Galway route. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Brian O’Donnell says his Donegal-Galway service is not undercutting Expressway

A member of the project’s board said the closure was ironic given the spotlight now on Ballaghaderreen and the need for facilities there because of the decision to accommodate 82 Syrian  refugees, including 37 children and teenagers, in the town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD says move by department leaves vacuum for 500 young people who use service

Pupils from Taunagh National School, Riverstown, Co Sligo with The Assumption by Mainie Jellet, one of 11  artists featured in the Punc 1x1 project. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Model arts centre outreach scheme takes paintings out of gallery to inspire children

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: 82 Syrian refugees, including 37 children, will arrive to area in  early March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil TD calls for child psychologist appointment ahead of arrival of 37 children

Mary Gallagher: “Wouldn’t it break your heart to see Aleppo ... It’s like a broken jigsaw.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

'I think Irish people are sympathetic because after the Famine, where would we have been?'

A view down  Main Street in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Council chief: ‘This is a good news story for desperate people who are in desperate need’

Flooding on the river Shannon just over a year ago. Seán Canney TD says a maintenance programme on the Shannon will get under way shortly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Work on demountable barrier at Castleplunkett turlough stalled over access row

Mary Jameson: “Five years ago banks were not repossessing homes. We never had to deal with people in that category but that has all changed”

Over 1,000 on housing list while numbers contacting Focus Ireland up 50 per cent

An Bord Pleanála cited concerns over flooding in denying permission for the development of a Lidl shop outside Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Board overrules council in blocking Carrick-on-Shannon development

Teenager Aoife McCormack (14) has to have her finger pricked 10 times a day.

Freestyle Libre can monitor glucose levels in blood through skin instead of finger pricks

Farms and houses along the River Shannon were badly affected by floods last winter. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Not before time’ say locals as OPW pledges to undertake strategic maintenance works

Carrick Cineplex owner Liam Farrell estimates he lost close to €400,000 due to flooding in 2009 and 2015. Photograph: Brian Farrell

OPW proposals to build flood defence wall have met scorn, anger and derision from locals

Sam Smith was shot twice when he answered a knock on the door where he was living at Carroll Drive, Cranmore, Sligo, on December 30th, 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sam Smith was shot aged 23 in 2005 at the door of his sister’s house in Sligo

A protest last week in support of Ballygawley post office in Co Sligo.

Priest speaks out as company reviews contract after death of Ballygawley postmaster

By 2025 there will be a ton of plastic in the oceans for every three tons of fish worldwide. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Tonnes of plastic waste being dumped into the oceans affecting bird and marine species

 Globe House direct provision centre in Sligo: Iranian asylum seeker Amjad Rosstami had stopped taking liquids at the weekend, sparking concerns for his wellbeing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister lifted deportation threat on Monday but Iranian (44) waited for confirmation

Globe House direct provision hostel in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kurd refused food for 35 days as he would ‘rather die of starvation than go back to Iran’

Globe House in Sligo, where the unnamed hunger striker is said to be very weak and  losing his eyesight. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry appeals to Minister to review case as matter of urgency

A man who drove at speed while a Garda was clinging onto the open window of his car has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Judge says Garda John Walsh lucky not to have been killed in Co Sligo incident

A coroner has criticised our “binge” culture after hearing a 19-year-old girl died after ingesting a cocktail of illegal drugs mixed with alcohol. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Toxicology results show evidence of drug and alcohol consumption mix in Leitrim fatality

Anglers and canoeists held a rally at a Border lake on Saturday in a bid to put pressure on political parties to support a Private Member’s Bill to ban fracking.

Bianca Jagger and Glen Hansard among those backing the Love Leitrim campaign

Man pleads guilty to endangering Sligo officer who tried to search him for drugs

Members of the local party faithful were at a Fine Gael function in Coady’s pub in Castlebar  shortly after the February election, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny introduced his daughter Aoibhinn. File photograph: Google Street View

Locals evenly split between supporters and those saying someone else should get chance

Author Annie Proulx and Iron Mountain Literature Festival director Vincent Woods  on the way to a holy well in Co Leitrim.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Writer praises Dermot Healy at literature festival but has a pop at John Steinbeck

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, announced in October 2015 that Sligo would get a new station

Engineers’ report highlighted antiquated heating system and ‘third-world’ toilet facilities in station

A threat to close libraries in Co Sligo has been lifted following approval from a Government department for the recruitment of six staff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four full-time library staff plus two librarians to get six-month contracts

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: met with Ciarán Hayes, chief executive of Sligo County Council on September 21st to discuss staffing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Section 140 motion to force council chief executive to keep branch libraries open

A witness told gardaí the deceased had pulled up in his van to admire a pitbull terrier before he was shot through the open window of his van. The shooting happened outside EJ’s Menswear on Grattan Street (above), Sligo, on April 28th, 2005.  File photograph: Google Street View

Hughie McGinley (26) died after gunman put small weapon to left temple and shot him once

 Strokestown House in Co Roscommon. Strokestown locals are joining forces with the estate in a bid to transform their community into an internationally-known heritage attraction.

Local community plans partnership with Strokestown House to transform town

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney has been urged to rethink the Government’s attitude to local authority debt.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

County associated with WB Yeats may lose two of its three libraries if staff cuts go ahead

 Stanley Richardson, of Newtowngore, Co Leitrim, a cattle breeder,  at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

Stanley Richardson convicted of selling bull which had been given phenylbutazone

The Shamrock Gaels GAA club in Coola, Co Sligo where the alleged assault took place last Friday. Photograph via Google

Violence erupts after supporters say referee played eight minutes of extra time

Former Fine Gael Frank Feighan: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘I do not think enough people were willing to stand up and be counted,’ says former TD

Jimmy Gralton: suspected of being a Communist and was denounced by the Catholic Church

Jimmy Gralton denounced as a communist by Fianna Fáil government in 1933

Neisha Wratten at the Carrick-on-Shannon workhouse from which her ancestor Bridget Cannon was taken to Australia in 1849. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Descendants of orphans transported to Australia want memorial in Carrick-on-Shannon

 Circuit Court Judge Keenan Johnson: said  the bedroom after the assault was  like something out of a horror movie. Photograph: Collins Courts

Comments made after case of ‘vicious’ assault which left victim afraid to come to court

A Department of Social Welfare official has been found not guilty of coercion at Sligo Circuit Court. The complainant in the case Martha Rooney had alleged that the defendant had asked her for her oral sex in return for not being prosecuted for fraud. Photograph: James Connolly

Judge says he was satisfied the prosecution case did not establish the offence of coercion

Andrew Gilmartin (46) ‘absolutely and totally refutes’ an allegation that he asked a woman for oral sex in return for her avoiding prosecution for fraud, Sligo Circuit Court heard on Friday. Photograph: James Connolly

Woman who made allegation denies in Sligo court that the case was ‘all about money’

Andrew Gilmartin (47), of Drumfad, Grange, County Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of coercion. He denies compelling a woman to do an act which ‘she was lawfully entitled to abstain from’ at the Social Welfare offices in Cranmore, Sligo on April 9th, 2014. Photograph: James Connolly

Sligo Department of Social Protection worker Andrew Gilmartin denies charge

Minister of State Andrew Doyle visited Leitrim  on Tuesday to meet farmers who say they are being forced to compete for land with foreign and Irish investors who were getting involved in forestry and securing  favourable treatment from the banks. File photograph: Getty Images

Leitrim IFA chair says county does not want to be a ‘carbon sink for aristocrats of Europe’

Adrian Kelly from Cloone, Co Leitrim, passing a former shop (left) and a house which are both surrounded by forestry. “How can you live with trees coming up to your door?” Photograph: Brian Farrell

The planting of trees is causing tension in the area and turning farmer against farmer

A Garda before the courts on seven counts of disclosing information obtained in the course of her duties was further charged on Thursday under the Data Protection Acts. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jimell Henry (34) is accused of revealing personal data obtained during her duties

Dominic Fallon, of Kiltrustran, Strokestown, Co Roscommon - who was admitted to Sligo University Hospital the day after a catheterisation  procedure - died there 90 days later, coroner Eamon MacGowan heard.  File photograph: Getty Images

Coroner returns verdict of medical misadventure in case with ‘three months of torture’

Seán Mac Diarmada was executed at dawn on May 12th, 1916.

Mac Diarmada’s grandniece among those who gathered in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim

Mary McInerney and Jorn Bjerknes on their ‘Lovely Leitrim’ boatel at Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

A couple keen to make a living on the river have launched tailor-made stays on board ‘Lovely Leitrim’

Whiskey will soon be distilled in Sligo’s Hazelwood House, which was designed by architect Richard Cassels. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Production of single malt whiskey to start in the Lough Gill distillery within 12-18 months

Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, says mediation costs a fraction of the cost of litigation, and the route to resolving conflict is speedier.

Mediation is about dealing with the nitty gritty

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Journalist decided ‘he could wait no longer for government to be formed’, mourners told

MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, a distant relative of Fr Michael O’Flanagan who was a local curate and a key figure in Sinn Féin during the period, launched ‘Ardcarne Remembers 1913 to 1923’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Teenage boy shot by Black and Tans among those to be commemorated in Ardcarne

Radiocarbon dating of the bear’s knee bone, one of some 15,000 bones found in the cave, confirmed it was 12,500 years old. Photograph: James Connolly

Find pushes back earliest evidence of human habitation of island by 2,500 years

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Strong sunshine drives numbers and exuberant atmosphere at events around country

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