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

A retired west of Ireland bishop on Friday warned that he saw very little hope in his native county. Retired bishop of Elphin Christy Jones said he b(...)

Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy at Lissadell House.

The owners of Lissadell House have described as a “singular honour” the Government’s decision to hold a Cabinet meeting at the historic estate next we(...)

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

During one of the headline events of his birthday celebration in Sligo, WB Yeats’ granddaughter Caitriona briefly shared a stage with Mary Plunkett gr(...)

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

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

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

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the funeral Mass of Bishop Thomas Flynn, retired Bishop of Achonry, which took place on Saturday. The fu(...)

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 Kurdish community knew they belonged when the shops in Carrick on Shannon closed their doors and local people lined the streets after the death of(...)

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

‘I have reached retirement age and that is something I did not think I would achieve,” says Joan Moore, who retired last week. She was 54 when she was(...)

Caitriona Yeats, granddaughter of WB Yeats with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Photograph: EPA 1:38

Britain’s Prince Charles has spoken of his “deep anguish” following the killing by the IRA of his “much loved grand uncle” Lord Louis Mountbatten i(...)

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

An 86-year-old woman who died following a fall at St John’s Hospital in Sligo had been told to summon nurses by banging a glass or her fist against th(...)

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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny congratulated British prime minister David Cameron on his “stunning victory” in the UK election, in a brief telephone conversatio(...)