The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’ and it takes place in Ballaghader(...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

Brian Leyden, who came to Sligo as a student, says one of the nicest changes has been the makeover of the riverfront
My Sligo/Brian Leyden

I came to live in Sligo town as a student, and for the last 30 years, I’ve been living in or near the town. Like a lot of country towns, it doe(...)

What is it with the northern counties and motorcars? Folk from that part of the island just can’t get enough of squealing tires and thick petrol fumes(...)