Shane Grogan: “Shane was minding his own business and look what happened to him.” Photograph: Ray Ryan

Shane Grogan suffered a brain injury. His father warns against danger of excess drink

Garai at the scene in Connolly Street, Sligo, where the body of a young man was found. Photograph: James Connolly

Man charged over murder of Jimmy Loughlin (20) whose body was discovered on Saturday

Gerry Nicholson, fourth generation owner of the oldest pub in Sligo, Thomas Connolly. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Some Sligo residents worried about plan’s 22-year timescale, others more hopeful

Brothers Fergal and Kevin Quinn, co founders of Hen and Stag Sligo: the business brings €4 million to the town, says Bloomberg. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘All Sligo got out of its gateway status was a sign at the entrance to the town’

Geraldine Lavelle has been living in a so-called congregated setting in Sligo for three years. She says it would have been “mentally crippling” to move home

NUI Galway neuro science graduate caught in regulatory limbo with HSE and council

Elena and Costel Focsa with their daughter Cezy Focsa (11)  and Padraig McIntyre and Barbara Frow with their daughter Grace McIntyre (10) outside the Dail. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘You have to ask why other countries have been happy with the clinical evidence but not here’ - mother of girl (10)

Sligo Town. Parents of a number of young adults attending day services at Cregg House, Sligo, say they will refuse to comply with a HSE proposal to transfer the service to “a disused farm” three miles outside the town.  Photograph: Getty Images

Families say proposed move to ‘disused farm’ takes service from heart of Sligo community

Tammy Barrett and her children Aidan and Jessica in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim. “I love it to bits. This is like a fairy tale in my head.” Photograph:  Brian Farrell

‘Now children are back playing on the street. It’s lovely to hear those sounds’

A grey squirrel in Santry Forest.  Photograph: Michael Keating

‘You see a sparrowhawk chasing a pigeon at the old shopping centre’

The funeral of Andrew Dolan in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, in January 2012. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The mother of a victim of a fatal assault is backing campaigns to make Irish streets safer

Flood waters entered houses on Fr Griffin Road, Galway, during Storm Eleanor on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

ESB deals with 55,000 faults as gusts of up to 140km/h are reported off the west coast

Richard Cullen prepares the former public phone box at Clooneyquinn in Co Roscommon for Christmas. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Nativity scene recreated in former Eircom kiosk on Co Roscommon trunk road

James Brennan, Ray Belverstone and Mathew McGauran take part in the ‘Bright Sparks’ drama initiative. Photograph: Tony Fahy

Bright Sparks drama workshop has created a new entry point to youth theatre for those who may feel marginalised

Rank and file Gardaí in Sligo are refusing to work in the town’s garda station on health and safety grounds. Photograph: Google Maps

The report highlighted serious issues including ‘rodent invasions’, an antiquated heating system and ‘third world’ toilet faciliti(...)

Sligo performed particularly poorly in labour-intensive sectors such as construction and industry. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Five of the six counties with lowest rates are in the west, along with Tipperary

 Architect Peter O’Rourke from  Ballinaglera, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Fees of €55,000 for council recommended Danish sewage system proving prohibitive

Zak Moradi was the first Iranian Kurd to play in Croke Park - for Leitrim last summer

Zak Moradi says disaster could not have happened at worse time as temperatures dropped

Gyreum Eco-lodge, Co Sligo: The green roof, made of torched-on mineral felt, slopes into the landscape.

Eco-lodge inspired by Sligo's ancient cairns offers a very different living proposition

Canadian Maysen Forbes walking across Kilronan Mountain, between Ballyfarnon and Arigna, Co Roscommon as she makes her way from Castletownbere, Co Cork to Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Maysen Forbes, a former soldier in the Israeli army, has struggled with depression and anxiety

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

Jackie McBrearty and her guide dog  Rhum  in Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Most Irish people are sympathetic to those with a disabilty. But that’s not always what they want

Darren Collins who will address the “Travellers and the Importance of a Healthy Mind” conference in Sligo

Suicide in Traveller community an ‘emergency situation’

Saturday’s Sligo Global Kitchen at the Model Art Gallery, where lunch was cooked by Syrian refugees based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Monthly lunch invites people living in direct provision to make dishes from their country

An actor with the Blue Raincoat theatre company, which is staging three Beckett plays in disused former factory in Sligo. Photograph: Peter Martin

Plays to be presented in different parts of building are A Piece of Monologue, Play and Footfalls

In the past 12 months, North Leitrim Men’s Group has dealt with two clients who were homeless, including one man in his early 20s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jobseeker’s Allowance for under-26s much lower than standard payment of €193 a week

Lawyers have called for a  reform of the system to deal with medical negligence cases. Photograph: iStock

Lawyer says with 160,000 injured by such errors State is failing medical litigants

New Kiltyclogher residents Tammy Barrett and her children, Aidan and Jessica. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Kiltyclogher launched a ‘families wanted’ campaign to save its school – and it worked

Cancer survivor Isobel Cullinan gets ready for school with her mother Laura, in Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

First day at school arrives for Isobel after surviving cancer twice

Gardaí are carefully monitoring visitors to both men amid concerns that the feud could escalate

Armed officers retaining presence at hospital amid fears Traveller feud could escalate

Leitrim County Council refused permission for the proposed new development. It said the proposed increase in retail space involved would breach local guidelines. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German supermarket hopes to relocate to site that is closer to rivals Tesco and Aldi

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs:  all benefited from mirror therapy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

How mirror stroke therapy is changing people's lives

Stroke patients Helen Cassells, Edward Blake and PJ Wymbs. They have all  benefited from the new mirror therapy. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Researchers at IT Sligo use mirrors to ‘trick’ brain into thinking weak limb is working properly

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho on Strandhill Beach, Sligo. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho says her experience was traumatic but she bears no ill will

 Aileen McGee from Donegal, whose son takes part in the Social Farming Programme. Photogragh:  Brian Farrell

Extension of Social Farming Network unveiled on family farm near Mohill

Michael McDowell, Síle de Valera and Brenda Power were among the speakers at Markievicz Day 2017 at Lissadell House, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

90th anniversary of death of revolutionary and first Irish woman minister

Lidl  had proposed closing its current store at Cortober on the Roscommon side of Carrick-on-Shannon,  and developing a two-storey outlet on a greenfield site close to a retail park on the Dublin side

Chairwoman of Leitrim County Council says rejection a victory for ‘people power’

Gardaí and Defences Forces personnel began searching land close to the home of a Leitrim man, Pat Heeran. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Gardaí now treating disappearance of Pat Heeran as a murder case

Up to 14 uniformed gardaí, some carrying riot shields, formed a protective barrier around Sligo county council staff  at a car park on  Connaughton road (above) in Sligo. File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí in protective barrier around Sligo council staff carrying out works at car park

When it comes to the end of the week, a couple with a huge mortgage and huge childcare costs  are left with almost nothing to pay for food. Photograph: iStock

Working couples going without meals because of burden of financial commitments

Gardaí assist council workers as they removed fencing around a caravan at Connaughton Road car park in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Confrontation as council staff with gardaí moved to dismantle fence around caravan

Nikesh Patel and Colm Meaney in  ‘Halal Daddy’

Film about the opening of a halal meat factory stars Colm Meaney and Art Malik

Keeping the memories of lost loved ones alive: the StoneyWoods Festival in the village of Kiltyclogher has been organised with the help of a number of bereaved families

StoneyWoods Festival has been organised with the help of bereaved families

A computer-generated image of Lidl’s planned new supermarket in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.

Local campaigners say the proposed development would be a ‘garish carbuncle’

A stag party pictured in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Professor Michael Hall says he would not recommend Dublin visit

Joni Crone on The Late Late Show in 1980: during the 23-minute segment she never flinched, not even when asked whether her parents regarded her as “mentally deficient, or sinful or culpably ignorant”.

‘Anna Livia Lesbia’ writer Joni Crone came out to Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show in 1980 to help others and encourage law reform

Shirley McEntee: “I thought with skin cancer they just cut it out and that’s that”

Shirley McEntee was diagnosed with skin cancer at 31. She puts it down to sunbed use

Regular sunbed use by under-35s increases the risk of skin cancer by 75 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Survey finds number of teens using sunbeds up from 7.4% to 8.8% since ban

Gardaí stopped a car in Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, because of a report that it had driven away from a filling station in Sligo without paying for petrol.

Car stopped in Leitrim had fake plates, gun and pipe bombs in Dunnes Stores bag

Mourners were told the father and son were found locked arm in arm in the flat on Market Street, Sligo after the fire.

Christopher ‘Sunny’ Harte and his son Sean found ‘locked arm in arm’ after Sligo blaze

The scene of the fire on Market Street, Sligo. Two men were taken to Sligo University Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Blaze began in first floor apartment and spread into second floor flat where men were staying

Main Street, Boyle, Co Roscommon. The town has struggled with the closure of businesses over the years.  File photograph: Google Street View

Roscommon community hope to capitalise on attention given to town after Moone Boy

A monument to the memory of Thomas “Freddy” McHugh is unveiled in  Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Sculpture dedicated to memory of Freddy McHugh is unveiled on Wild Atlantic Way

 Milliner Wendy Knight with fashion and  marketing expert Eddie Shanahan:  “I just can’t get reliable broadband so I have given up and I now use a Vodafone dongle,” says Shanahan. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Small businesses in rural – and not so rural – areas are at the mercy of erratic wifi

 Syrian refugees and members of the Pakistani community in Ballaghaderreen take part in a 10-a-side soccer match at the local community playground on Saturday. Above is Sajjad Hussain, the Pakastani barber in Ballaghaderreen who organised the game, on the attack. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Pakistani locals in Co Roscommon town put best footballers forward to welcome refugees

Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim, where the body of a man and a woman have been recovered from the River Shannon. Photograph: Google Maps

Couple on boating trip in Carrick-on-Shannon; Garda treating deaths as tragic accident

Rural fracking. Cllr Declan Bree said the ban had been welcomed by the Sligo community “who fully recognise the dangers fracking poses to water quality, to human safety and to the general environment”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Council chief, backing activity, cites conflict between national and local government needs

Claire O’Brien from Ballinlough, Cork with her son Conor attempting to travel to Dublin for the soccer international, at Kent Train Station, Cork during industrial action halting services. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Among thousands left stranded were Ireland fans travelling to World Cup qualifer

A sign inside the  former Abbey Field Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, welcoming the  76 Syrian refugees who arrived there on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Ballaghaderreen community warmly welcomes first contingent of refugees to town

A jury at Sligo Coroner’s Court has returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of musician Martin (Matt) Kivlehan (59), who died in August 2015.

59-year-old suffered deep stab wounds to left and right sides of his neck in his home

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh said she was concerned at the plan to expand the shellfish operation at Braade Strand, Gweedore Bay, which is close to her home. Photograph Colm Hogan

Farms approved by Minister could lead to industrialisation of ‘most beautiful county’

Judge Keenan Johnson in Roscommon Circuit Court condemned what he called  “systematic and protracted” abuse perpetrated by Robert Sumner (76). File photograph: Getty Images

Woman tells court her childhood and innocence were stolen by Robert Sumner (76)

Davy Walsh and Aodán Conneely, from GMIT Mayo, trying out the play area which was built by  students  from donated and upcycled materials. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Finishing touches are being applied to the former hotel that will house the new arrivals

Frank Feighan: said he had received death threats after voting with his party to close Roscommon Hospital’s emergency department. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senator says public attitude has shifted over Roscommon Hospital A&E closure

 Artists Maria  Fleming and Paul Cole put the finishing touches to the Ballaghaderreen welcome wall: interpreters will be available at Duffy’s Supervalu to translate messages   into Arabic. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Playgrounds built as Welcome to Roscommon group prepares centre for 37 children

Oliver Williams, of Loughrea, Co Galway, has received a five-month suspended sentence.

Oliver Williams convicted under Charities Act for unregistered soup kitchen in Sligo

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

Jacqueline Mullen overwhelmed with offers of help from locals in Ballaghaderreen

Bus Feda driver Donal Sweeney at IT Sligo on the company’s Donegal/Galway route. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Brian O’Donnell says his Donegal-Galway service is not undercutting Expressway

A member of the project’s board said the closure was ironic given the spotlight now on Ballaghaderreen and the need for facilities there because of the decision to accommodate 82 Syrian  refugees, including 37 children and teenagers, in the town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD says move by department leaves vacuum for 500 young people who use service

Pupils from Taunagh National School, Riverstown, Co Sligo with The Assumption by Mainie Jellet, one of 11  artists featured in the Punc 1x1 project. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Model arts centre outreach scheme takes paintings out of gallery to inspire children

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: 82 Syrian refugees, including 37 children, will arrive to area in  early March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil TD calls for child psychologist appointment ahead of arrival of 37 children

Mary Gallagher: “Wouldn’t it break your heart to see Aleppo ... It’s like a broken jigsaw.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

'I think Irish people are sympathetic because after the Famine, where would we have been?'

A view down  Main Street in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Council chief: ‘This is a good news story for desperate people who are in desperate need’

Flooding on the river Shannon just over a year ago. Seán Canney TD says a maintenance programme on the Shannon will get under way shortly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Work on demountable barrier at Castleplunkett turlough stalled over access row

Mary Jameson: “Five years ago banks were not repossessing homes. We never had to deal with people in that category but that has all changed”

Over 1,000 on housing list while numbers contacting Focus Ireland up 50 per cent

An Bord Pleanála cited concerns over flooding in denying permission for the development of a Lidl shop outside Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Board overrules council in blocking Carrick-on-Shannon development

Teenager Aoife McCormack (14) has to have her finger pricked 10 times a day.

Freestyle Libre can monitor glucose levels in blood through skin instead of finger pricks

Farms and houses along the River Shannon were badly affected by floods last winter. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Not before time’ say locals as OPW pledges to undertake strategic maintenance works

Carrick Cineplex owner Liam Farrell estimates he lost close to €400,000 due to flooding in 2009 and 2015. Photograph: Brian Farrell

OPW proposals to build flood defence wall have met scorn, anger and derision from locals

Sam Smith was shot twice when he answered a knock on the door where he was living at Carroll Drive, Cranmore, Sligo, on December 30th, 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sam Smith was shot aged 23 in 2005 at the door of his sister’s house in Sligo

A protest last week in support of Ballygawley post office in Co Sligo.

Priest speaks out as company reviews contract after death of Ballygawley postmaster

By 2025 there will be a ton of plastic in the oceans for every three tons of fish worldwide. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Tonnes of plastic waste being dumped into the oceans affecting bird and marine species

 Globe House direct provision centre in Sligo: Iranian asylum seeker Amjad Rosstami had stopped taking liquids at the weekend, sparking concerns for his wellbeing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister lifted deportation threat on Monday but Iranian (44) waited for confirmation

Globe House direct provision hostel in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kurd refused food for 35 days as he would ‘rather die of starvation than go back to Iran’

Globe House in Sligo, where the unnamed hunger striker is said to be very weak and  losing his eyesight. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry appeals to Minister to review case as matter of urgency

A man who drove at speed while a Garda was clinging onto the open window of his car has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Judge says Garda John Walsh lucky not to have been killed in Co Sligo incident

A coroner has criticised our “binge” culture after hearing a 19-year-old girl died after ingesting a cocktail of illegal drugs mixed with alcohol. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Toxicology results show evidence of drug and alcohol consumption mix in Leitrim fatality

Anglers and canoeists held a rally at a Border lake on Saturday in a bid to put pressure on political parties to support a Private Member’s Bill to ban fracking.

Bianca Jagger and Glen Hansard among those backing the Love Leitrim campaign

Man pleads guilty to endangering Sligo officer who tried to search him for drugs

Members of the local party faithful were at a Fine Gael function in Coady’s pub in Castlebar  shortly after the February election, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny introduced his daughter Aoibhinn. File photograph: Google Street View

Locals evenly split between supporters and those saying someone else should get chance

Author Annie Proulx and Iron Mountain Literature Festival director Vincent Woods  on the way to a holy well in Co Leitrim.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Writer praises Dermot Healy at literature festival but has a pop at John Steinbeck

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, announced in October 2015 that Sligo would get a new station

Engineers’ report highlighted antiquated heating system and ‘third-world’ toilet facilities in station

A threat to close libraries in Co Sligo has been lifted following approval from a Government department for the recruitment of six staff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four full-time library staff plus two librarians to get six-month contracts

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: met with Ciarán Hayes, chief executive of Sligo County Council on September 21st to discuss staffing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Section 140 motion to force council chief executive to keep branch libraries open

A witness told gardaí the deceased had pulled up in his van to admire a pitbull terrier before he was shot through the open window of his van. The shooting happened outside EJ’s Menswear on Grattan Street (above), Sligo, on April 28th, 2005.  File photograph: Google Street View

Hughie McGinley (26) died after gunman put small weapon to left temple and shot him once

 Strokestown House in Co Roscommon. Strokestown locals are joining forces with the estate in a bid to transform their community into an internationally-known heritage attraction.

Local community plans partnership with Strokestown House to transform town

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney has been urged to rethink the Government’s attitude to local authority debt.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

County associated with WB Yeats may lose two of its three libraries if staff cuts go ahead

 Stanley Richardson, of Newtowngore, Co Leitrim, a cattle breeder,  at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Tuesday.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

Stanley Richardson convicted of selling bull which had been given phenylbutazone

The Shamrock Gaels GAA club in Coola, Co Sligo where the alleged assault took place last Friday. Photograph via Google

Violence erupts after supporters say referee played eight minutes of extra time

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