Whitebeam Avenue lies just off Whitebeam Road, on the boundary of Ranelagh and Clonskeagh. Number 7 is a semi-detached property located on the quiet t(...)

To fully appreciate the architecture of 34 Monkstown Road, one must stand in the rear garden. This is because the roadside facade – which is now the (...)

Monica Corish: Gleanings – Poetry Inspired by the Leitrim Observer also features essays and stories by Brian Leyden, DBC Pierre, Vincent Woods, Belinda McKeon and Tom Sigafoos; poetry from Alice Lyons, Owen Gallagher and Angela McCabe; and contributions from four Leitrim writing groups

In May 2014, 40 assorted artists and writers boarded a bus to visit the offices of the Leitrim Observer. The newspaper had been chosen to take part i(...)

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

Maurice Cullen remembers being in the Miner’s Bar in Arigna village one summer’s evening with a gang of other thirsty pit men when “a few yanks” drift(...)

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(...)