Gary Cahill, food and beverage director at the Shelbourne, serving coffee in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalists sample the post-lockdown tourism experience

Boyle Family Resource Centre manager Louise Moran (left) unloads food supplies with volunteers and gardaí at the centre in Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Fine weather and local business help Boyle Family Resource Centre keep wheels turning

Lisfannon beach in Co-Donegal, where the local council had to block off the beach with concrete blocks and warning signs. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

‘Busy summer’ visitor numbers led to Sliabh Liag facilities closure amid Covid-19 concerns

Maureen Daly at home in Arigna, Co Roscommon: “When everything clears away, I’d like to go back to the centre because we are like a big family.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

Day centre in Roscommon does best to juggle safety with the good spirits of its visitors

The Sligo railway line between Dromod and Carrick on Shannon pictured on Tuesday. Photograph: Iarnród Éireann

Flood-hit families in Co Clare call on Government to relocate them

Almost 3,000 people have signed online petitions in support of Loveth Oyiboka (29), who has lived in the Globe House direct provision centre in Sligo for four years but is facing deportation.

Asylum group says Loveth Oyiboka (29) was only member of her family to survive 2015 massacre

Flooding in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Residents of Carrick-in-Shannon want action so they can 'get on with our lives'

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister of State with responsibility for flooding,  stands in flood water in Athlone, Co Westmeath, on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Businesses and homeowners in Carrick-on-Shannon also bracing for more floods

The residents of the townland of Drumgoon in Co Cavan celebrate after they were presented with a cheque for €256,142 by National Lottery officials. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography

The 295 winners in the Cavan parish of Drumgoon include former GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail

Gardaí found two containers of harvested cannabis, worth over €32,000 and 250 cannabis plants at various stages of growth, the court heard. File image: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Three Polish nationals, all aged 35, pleaded guilty to two charges

Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

It is expected Tipperary TD Alan Kelly will be among candidates looking to succeed him

Emma Donoghue: “My advice to anyone with an eating disorder would be don’t try and deal with it on your own. Talk to anyone, a friend, a teacher, a parent or a professional. Get that stress off your chest.”

Along with the chronic physical illnesses of diabetes and fibromyalgia, Emma Donoghue (26) has had postnatal depression and anorex(...)

Frank Feighan: Lowest point came for him when he received an anonymous letter hand-delivered to his Boyle constituency office containing a sinister death threat. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sligo-Leitrim Senator was elected on the 15th count

Independent TD Marian Harkin has indicated   she believes Independent TDs can and should play a key role in the next Dáil

Sligo-Leitrim – Elected on 14th count

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the press at a count centre in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Gerry Adams compares party’s election performance to vote for first Dáil in 1918

Independent Marian Harkin said there had been a tsunami of Sinn Féin TDs elected as well as ‘an avalanche of Independents’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Outgoing Eamon Scanlon (FF) in running until end but lost out to Feighan (FG)

 Helen Rochford Brennan said a key clause of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities had been deferred - deliberately. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than 1,200 parents over the age of 70 acting as primary carers of adult children

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

FF leader dismisses results of opinion poll which placed his party ahead of FG

Most pundits believe Marian Harkin will win a seat. File photograph: Alan Betson

A lot will hinge on order of eliminations in this constituency with 19 candidates running

Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny TD canvassing Karen Dockery from Annaghduff, Co Leitrim, in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Voters in Carrick-on-Shannon are looking at the Hs – health, housing and hyper-inflation

John Perry had hinted strongly that if he was not selected to run for the party that he would contest the election as an Independent.

Former minister says he will be appealing to voters across the political spectrum

Eileen Flaherty (91), from Riverstown, Co Sligo, marks her bingo card at St Ronan’s Hall, Keadue, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell/Irish Times

‘That legislators even considered it without realising the effects makes you wonder’

International showjumper Michal Kearins (36) of Knockbeg, Collooney, Co Sligo, was found guilty by a majority verdict last April.

Michael Kearins sent inferior ‘dead ringer’ when one of the animals agreed on could not be sold

Oweney Cull with his niece Ailbhe in front of him, his daughter Leah behind and his son James.

Leah Cull calls for greater action after losing father and brother in space of five years

A large crowd  attended  the rally in Roscommon town on Saturday  to protest at a decision by the Irish Wheelchair Association to close a holiday centre for people with disabilities from next Friday. Photograph: Denis Naughten/Twitter

Cuisle centre in Roscommon due to close next Friday over lack of funds to upgrade it

International showjumper Michal Kearins (36) of Knockbeg, Collooney, Co Sligo, was found guilty by a majority verdict last April.

Michal Kearins (36) of Knockbeg, Collooney, Co Sligo suffered ‘a minor injury’, court hears

There may be armed Garda vans patrolling the streets of Ballyconnell, but people are still afraid to say too much about Cyril McGuinness. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Even after his death, locals in Ballyconnell only talk anonymously about Cyril McGuinness

People in Tubbercurry are ‘boiling kettles dozens of times a day and buying containers of water’, according to the chamber of commerce

People in the west are well used to having their water supply restricted

Leitrim County Councillors condemned an arson attack on Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny’s car last week. Photograph: supplied by Brian Farrell

Department of Justice asked to amend its plan to place 130 people in one location

Martin Kenny: The Sinn Féin TD ’s  car was set alight in an apparent arson attack outside his home a week ago.

Group formed as ‘alternative voice’ to those holding round-the-clock protest in town

Protestors outside the proposed accommodation for 130 asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Cleric concerned protests and attack on TD’s car could give Ballinamore a negative image

The car is seen on fire outside the family home. Photograph supplied by Brian Farrell

Sinn Féin TD says burning of car outside his home reminded him of Kevin Lunney attack

 Protestors outside the proposed accommodation for 130 asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Martin Kenny spoke in support of centre for asylum seekers in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny and his family were inside their Co Leitrim home on Monday when the burning car was noticed.

Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny supports plan to house asylum seekers in Ballinamore

Some people in Ballinamore are opposed to plans to move up to 130 asylum seekers to the town. Photograph: Google Streetview

Local Sinn Féin TD backing plan says he has reported receiving death threat to gardaí

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Man charged with assault at scene of eviction near Roscommon town

An aerial view of the building, which includes an apartment complex, in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim that has been proposed to accommodate 130 asylum seekers. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Action over ‘lack of facilities’ and ‘not wanting to throw these people into concrete jungle’

A view of High Street, Ballinamore. Photograph: Google Street View

Meeting held over proposal to accommodate up to 130 people in Co Leitrim town

The Department of Justice said it was working to secure new accommodation centres for International Protection applicants, and had reached agreement with a provider in Ballinamore. Image: Google Streetview.

Locals to stage protest outside apartment block expected to be used as accommodation

Fishing vessels tied up in Killybegs, Co Donegal.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell/Irish Times

Concerns rise of conflict between trawlers from different countries once rules change

Jubilant protesters  at  the Connemara Gateway hotel  outside Oughterard on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘We are not finished. We will probably have another march, and, yes, I would like to see asylum seekers join us’

David Madden, the first man to lead a rape crisis centre in Ireland, said there were people leading lives ‘of quiet desperation’ who had never talked to anyone about their experiences of abuse. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Psychotherapist David Madden appointed chief executive of Sligo Rape Crisis Centre

Mabel Chah has teamed up with Sligo musician Owen Kilfeather, who has put together a band for the launch of her EP. Photograph: James Connolly

Cameroonian singer who arrived here in 2013 says music helped her through bad times

Barney Moran and Eileen Gibbons. Ms Gibbons says ‘can you imagine the outcry if someone proposed putting giant turbines near the Lakes of Killarney?’. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Coillte says proposal for 10 ‘giant’ turbines on Sligo/Leitrim border is based on new guidelines

Police officers at the scene of an explosion in the area of the Cavan Road at its junction with the Wattle Bridge Road.

‘There is fear and there is anger and there is absolute revulsion,’ says FF councillor

Nora Quoirin's father Seabastien and mother Meabh at a press conference during the search for their daughter. Photograph: Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via Reuters

‘We are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “As a father of two daughters myself, like I am sure every parent in the country, our hearts go out to the family.”  Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Nóra’s uncle questions how could she have survived for five days in jungle

Andrew Dolan’s funeral in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, in 2011. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister launches Carrick-on-Shannon system with help of bereaved family

Mary Caulfield from Co Roscommon with her son, Seamus, who participates in social farming, supported by the Brothers of Charity, Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Social Farming Ireland opens up farm life to adults with physical or intellectual disability

The Metal Man at Rosses Point was cast by sculptor Thomas Kirk who also created Nelson’s Pillar and the figures on top of the GPO in Dublin with Coney Island in the background. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Sligo County Council accused of neglecting the well-known landmark in Rosses Point

Viktoria Gagkaeva and her daughter, Alina (4), in the bedroom of their Galway home. Photograph: Brian Farrell

A Galway-based woman whose husband was deported wants him to be allowed to return

Cian Mulry with his parents, Liz and Tommy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Summer tuition scheme excludes those with mild or moderate learning disability

Fracking extracts natural gas by drilling into rocks and injecting pressurised water, sand and various chemicals to force out the gas. Photograph: Getty Images

Exploration company Tamboran claims Fermanagh’s natural gas resources could be worth £20bn over 25 years

Actor Donal O’Kelly and dancer Edwina Guckian, two of the organisers of the Jimmy Gralton commemoration in Effrinagh, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gralton was banished for building dance hall despite being convicted of no crime

File image of Manus Kelly. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Death of Manus Kelly, FF councillor and business man, described as ‘an immeasurable loss’

The man who located the sparrowhawk’s nest in the Leitrim forest said he had been a bird watcher for 50 years. File photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

Department of Agriculture suspended licence for felling at Leitrim forest

Alex Lustig  near his home in Sligo  on the shores of Lough Gill. He was paying $1,500 a month for a small bedroom with a shared bathroom and kitchen in New York

According to a Daft.ie report it is far more prudent to buy a property in Sligo than to rent one

Joan Gleeson (81) cutting WB Yeats’s  birthday cake on O’Connell Street,  Sligo. Photograph:  Donal Hackett

Minister of State for the Diaspora composed a piece of music, An Tur, for the occasion

Tiasha Kelly  in her home in west Sligo. A home help used to visit her house to assist her at lunchtime but that service stopped a while back. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

TD says it seems HSE ‘depending on people to die, or to get better’ before others assisted

Sonya Connolly, a Sligo native and HR manager with Avenue Mould/GW Plastics, said she and her family had not looked back since making the decision to move home to Sligo.

Study says 91% of 217 respondents recommend switch to Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil dominate, taking six and five seats respectively

 A legal action may be mounted by Fine Gael challenging the result of the local elections in Sligo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fine Gael makes complaint to gardaí amid surge in number of postal votes in Sligo

The late Katie Ryan who died age 23 on Friday 9th December 2016, was happy as long as she had lipstick and a new dress, her mother said .Photograph: Michael McCormack

Gall bladder operation may have contributed to condition causing death of Katie Ryan (23)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the National Famine Commemoration in  Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Taoiseach attends National Famine Commemoration in Sligo

Sean Fallon and his wife Carmel  at their Co Leitrim home. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Northwest Stop offers 24-hour service but can no longer survive on voluntary funding alone

An investigation was carried out after a serving prison officer alleged  conversations between inmates and solicitors had been monitored. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan said he is concerned by some of the findings of the report

In just one week last March, 50 packages, some containing drugs, were either thrown into or conveyed by drones into Wheatfield Prison, a conference has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fifty packages thrown or flown into Wheatfield Prison in one week, conference told

Bríd Torrades of Osta Cafe and members of the Sligo Global Kitchen serve up their first supper club at the Model Arts Centre. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Current and ex-residents of direct provision centre hope project will lead to more job opportunities

Teagasc student Killian Faulkner; Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland; Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc;  European Commissioner Phil Hogan; and Teagasc student Noel Prunty at Ballyhaise Agricultural College in Co Cavan on Saturday. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

‘It is clear the commercial sector has abandoned rural Ireland,’ says Commissioner

A consultant cardiologist said the elderly man is bed-blocking through no fault of his own. Photograph: Getty

Sligo cardiologist says man could do well at home with ‘just a bit of assistance’

Callum Woods and his twin brother, Shea, in Gurteen, Co. Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Sligo boy Callum Woods had his therapy cut from three hours a day to one hour a week

The blockade, which lasted more than an hour, at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea when the first of 12 residents was being transferred to an alternative facility. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘It’s all about money,’ says family of one resident regarding closure of facility

Local TD Denis Naughten: Relatives have urged the former minister to withdraw support for the Government unless the decision to close the unit is reversed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

HSE to close Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, leaving 12 residents needing alternative care

Inspector Ray Mulderrig applied to have the inquest adjourned pending criminal proceedings which he said were still being contemplated.  File image: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thomas Ward (23), an amateur boxer, was struck with ‘an axe-like object’ in Sligo

The Ewing family said Spot (pictured), a skewbald pony sent to them in Majorca by Co Sligo showjumper Michael Kearins, was an inferior pony to Buddy, who they thought they were set to receive.

Seán Ewing said animal he received from showjumper Michael Kearins was inferior

International showjumper Michael Kearins.

Michael Kearins claims Terri Ewing agreed to take different animal when neighbour changed mind

International showjumper Michael Kearins

Teddy the Connemara mare was lame, and Spot the skewbald was ill, court hears

Kristen O’Reilly (far right) with her siblings Nicola, Lorraine, Keith, Nora and Michelle

Their parents died within 13 months of each other, but together they faced the adversity

Helen Rochford-Brennan in her Tubbercurry home, Co Sligo, where precautions must be taken when using the water. Photograph Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

‘I really believe that if it happened on the east coast it would have been sorted out long ago’

Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, after it had been damaged by fire a month ago, on January 10th. File photograph: Brian Farrell

Decision not to open centre at former hotel follows ‘difficulties with lease agreement’

Woodlawn House, Co Galway, taken from Abandoned Mansions of Ireland II – More Portraits of Forgotten Stately Homes by Tarquin Blake, published by  Collins Press

Many in danger of collapse because owners 'cannot afford' to preserve them

Laura Tully leads a group of participants in a Fit Farmers programme session at Pádraig Pearse’s GAA club in Clooneen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Moore Movers group in Co Roscommon promotes fitness for rural dwellers

The Taoiseach was speaking in Co Sligo where he and Minister for Transport Shane Ross were turning the sod on a €150m road upgrade between Castlebaldwin and Collooney. Photograph: Twitter

Taoiseach confirms plan in Sligo at launch of new stretch of road where 30 have died

Sean Egan (17) died after a car crash in Co Sligo in March 2016

Barber Sajjad Hussain cuts hair in his  shop in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph:  Brian Farrell.

Pakistan-born Sajjad Hussain hopes to be first Asian person to win local authority seat

One of the rally organisers, Leah Doherty (centre) confronts Rowan Croft who was broadcasting live from the rally Photograph: Brian Farrell/Irish Times

Tensions at No to Racism event in Co Roscommon as gardaí investigate recent fires

Tony McLoughlin: “I have been raising this every week with the Minister and the OPW, and, indeed, before that with the previous minister Frances Fitzgerald”

Local Fine Gael TD says he hopes the budget fallout from the new children’s hospital will not impact on the station

The truck driver was  fined  a total of €4,000 at Sligo Circuit Court, which included €2,000 in respect of a charge of careless driving causing the death of Padraig Noone, and a further €1,000 on each of two charges of careless driving causing serious injury to two other council workers.

Judge bans driver for seven years, accepting he had undiagnosed sleep apnoea and did not deliberately put public at risk

Andy McGovern at home in Cloone , Co Leitrim.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irishman Andy McGovern recalls contact with the late Prof Stephen Hawking

Members of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on the picket line at Mercy University Hospital, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘We are very resolved..... it has to continue, it has to finish,’ INMO member says

 An impromptu rehearsal in Gurrie’s Launderette, Sligo with Dean Gurrie on guitar,   father and son Rory and Paul Maitland, and husband and wife Kieran Quinn and Sinead Maguire in song. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

‘You hear ads on the radio for all these big names playing in Vicar Street and I can’t believe we will be there’

 Mayor of Sligo Rosaleen O’Grady (C) a former nurse with nurses Elaine Coleman (left) and Yvonne Cunningham (right) at Sligo University Hospital. Photograph: Marese McDonagh

Nurses at Sligo University Hospital say staff shortages adding to increased pressure

Fine Gael’s  John Perry: said he would “not rush into a decision”on whether he would run as an Independent in the next general election

Former minister says imposing a geographical rule for selection ‘is a denial of the most basic element of representative democracy(...)

Sabine Walsh and Noel Mulkeen at the Build Block business centre in Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Business people in Sligo think the Government was right to press for the backstop

Burned-out vans and cars in the yard of the house in Strokestown in December. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Angry scenes at court after Donegal man charged with violent disorder remanded

More than 100 people gathered at Gurteen post office on Sunday morning. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Villagers warns of 30 job losses if planned closure on January 31st goes ahead

John Lannon from Rooskey  speaks at the rally. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘We are all the one race, the human race’, rally which followed suspected arson attack on hotel earmarked for asylum seekers hears

Maeve’s Cairn: megalithic tomb on a limestone mountain in Co Sligo

Sligo County Council urges protection of landmark reputed to be Queen Maeve’s grave

Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, which was damaged by fire on Thursday night. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister ‘deeply concerned’ over fire at disused hotel earmarked for asylum seekers

The 39-room Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey. Image: Google Street View

Fire may have been started deliberately in reception of Shannon Key West Hotel

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