Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

A Syrian refugee who made a violin from scratch after arriving in Ireland last March has presented the instrument to President Michael D Higgins at Ár(...)

Towey town: Main Street Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Recently someone suggested that I should put my name forward to become the new Chairperson of the Towey Clan Gathering. This title changes intermitte(...)

Al, a Syrian refugee,  makes violins in his new workshop in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

“It’s a miracle really, my life. I came here to Ireland without anything, but now I have a lot. In six months I have got a lot of things and I am sure(...)

Garry Hynes: ‘When we lose our communities we lose, at a fundamental level, the sense of who we are.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sometime in December 1959, a 6½-year-old girl looked at a familiar yellow electric clock on top of the wireless in her kitchen. She noticed the clock (...)

Diarmuid Martin, said he was no longer going to send seminarians to St Patrick’s College because of “poisonous” atmosphere.  Photograph: Getty

Fr Michael Mullaney has been appointed president of the national seminary, St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, for the next three years as the Catholic(...)

Sophie Beveridge, Diarmuid Geever and Jessica Fahy from Ballaghadereen Foróige club in Roscommon with the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship trophy in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

A youth club that welcomed teenage Syrian refugees to the heart of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, through social evenings, pool games and other activi(...)

Ballaghaderreen cigar-manufacturing plant ECMI will close in May and move its operations to Sri Lanka with a loss of 38 jobs. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon is “very much on the radar” after news this week of 38 job losses i(...)

Members of the Defence Forces and the US army will today attend the unveiling of a plaque to honour an Irish man killed in Vietnam. Corporal Patrick(...)

The Abbey Field Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, where the refugees are due to be housed. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Government has committed to providing medical services, language training, education, cultural orientation and social protection services to the 8(...)

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

The woman who will run the centre for more than 80 Syrian refugees in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, said she hopes it will be a sanctuary for those (...)