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

 Sloan’s Shop, Main Street, Boyle. But there are too many retail units still empty in the town.  Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Greenway linking the town with Lough Key Forest Park a priority for local development team

Customers Paddy Shannon, Pat Cosgrove, Paulis Ungerechts and Francis Hannon wishing good luck to postmistress Eileen Carty. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Locals say post office is also an advice centre, tourist office and occasional medical centre

Bashar Samiz and his cousin Yamen in Ballaghaderreen: locals have won national and international plaudits for their response to refugees.

Roscommon town and reception centre get set to welcome 22 more Syrian families

A woman confronts Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy as he addresses the crowd. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Local councillor Paddy Kilduff says event in Strokestown taken over by rival factions

People marching in support of two Castlerea  men who allege they were  assaulted by a garda  last week. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Garda Ombudsman investigating incident in which two men and a garda were injured

The scene at a house outside Strokestown, Co Roscommon, where a group of men arrived early on Sunday morning and ejected security personnel from the property. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Number of vehicles set on fire and dog killed after overnight attack in Co Roscommon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: struck by the dynamism of all the applicants which included projects involving heritage, greenways, tourism, telecommunications and public transport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar says money will facilitate all parts of Ireland to share in State’s prosperity

Members of Karl Collins’s family  arriving at Sligo Coroners Court to attend the inquest into his death (from left to right) Roslyn, Maria, John, Irene (mother , holding family photograph), Jennifer and Aisling. Photograph: James Connolly

Karl Collins, an outdoor activity instructor, died in Sligo mental health unit in April 2017

Silent procession: the event was organised by the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company to mark the loss of 607 Sligo lives during the first World War. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Armistice Day: Poppy Langan Hunt remembers her two grandfathers who fought during the first World War

Kevin “Boxer” Moran: he said the €9m funds for Co Leitrim would come from a previously-announced €1bn investment in flood-risk measures

Lough Allen to be lowered for the third winter in a row to help prevent downstream flooding

Publican Adrian Tansey on the road through Gurteen, Co Sligo, outside his pub the Crossbar. Photograph: Brian Farrell

It was a quiet bank holiday in Gurteen, as the automatic ban for drink-driving came into force

Actors Jim Norton and Cathy Belton during filming of Prisoners of the Moon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘Creative documentary’ tells of Nazi rocket scientist who played key role in 1969 event

Butcher Hugh Logan shines up the shop’s name on Main Street, Mohill, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Co Leitrim town fights the slump with positivity and shopfront painting

 Mother-of-three Natalia Karaczyn was reported missing by her sister on April 29th last. File photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Natalia Karaczyn whose body was discovered in April died from asphyxia, court hears

Unless rough sleepers were clearly visible on the streets, the authorities and the public seemed unaware of the homelessness crisis, Mark Kane of North West Simon said.

North West Simon encountered 141 homeless children from January to July this year

The report by the former High Court president Nicholas Kearns has been  criticised by a leading member of the judiciary.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Marie Baker takes issue with findings of High Court’s ex-president on compensation

Gemma O’Doherty: clashed with council chairman  Martin Baker over filming of the  hearing.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Businessman appears with other would-be candidates at Sligo County Council meeting

The school has 47 pupils enrolled but needs at least 51 to maintain three teachers.

St Joseph’s National School in Aughavas faces September 30th deadline

The Rock of Cashel: a potential ‘dark tourism’ site as, according to O’Brien, 600 people were massacred there in 1647

Irish fascinated with ‘misery, death and macabre’, says academic

Inishcrone or  Enniscrone?  Locals expressed dismay  after it emerged  the council has received legal advice that the vote on the name change should be deferred pending the enactment of new legislation.

Sligo campaigners want Inishcrone to be formally re-named Enniscrone

Jim Gartlan looks out the window of his shop, which closed on Friday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Leithrim council should conduct exit interviews with traders who shut, officials told

 Seán Gallagher has said he believes the RTÉ Frontline programme featuring ‘Tweetgate’ changed the outcome of the 2011 presidential election. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Would-be presidential candidate says 2011 RTÉ incident caused him to doubt himself

Jim Gartlan looks out the window of his shop, which closed on Friday. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘I was often sitting here for eight hours not talking to anyone,’ says one owner

Judge refuses jurisdiction due to seriousness of allegations after death of father and son

Nicholas Murtagh died in Sligo University Hospital on June 17th, 2017, two weeks after the crash near his home at Doocastle, Ballymote, Co Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jury urges cutting of overgrown hedges after possible blocking of Nicholas Murtagh’s view

Louise Haughney at her home in Cranmore, Sligo.

‘I spend my life fighting for basic human rights,’ says woman enduring cerebral palsy

GlaxoSmithKline said its other operations in Ireland (manufacturing sites in Cork and Dungarvan, and commercial operations in Dublin) will not affected by the Sligo closure

GSK-owned Stiefel to shut down plant on a phased basis over the next three years

Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy at Lissadell House. Mr Walsh  said he has tried a number of different providers but has never got a satisfactory broadband connection. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The owner of Lissadell House in Sligo says it is embarrassing watching people walking around the grounds trying desperately to get(...)

From the “Cornameeltha: Portrait of an Irish Townland and its People” exhibition at the Boyle Arts Festival. Photographs: Tony Murphy

Photographer Tony Murphy has created a visual record of the people and the area

In 2015, John Perry, then a TD, took a High Court challenge after failing to gain a spot on the ticket. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gerry Reynolds and Sinead Maguire selected as party’s two candidates in the constituency for next election

Former Fine Gael TDs John Perry and Frank Feighan will face a tough battle to get on the party’s ticket in Sligo-Leitrim for the next general election when members vote in a selection convention on Thursday night.

Gerry Reynolds, Noel Merrick regarded as likely choices for Sligo-Leitrim constituency

Forget him not: John Perry of Fine Gael. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former TD took legal action against FG over convention selection process last time round

An old  road sign in Enniscrone

Tourists complain of problems finding Sligo seaside resort due to confusion over its name

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: confirmed he would raise the issue this week with the Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Naughten to be pressured by families over home for adults with mental health issues

 Darragh McGowan (18-months-old) checks out his family’s entry, ‘Does my Bum Look Big in This’ at the stylish silage competition in Drumshanbo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Fellows worked in sheds and behind fences ‘because they didn’t want anyone to see what they were doing’

Phibro develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the globe

Company to establish a new biotech facility producing a range of vaccines

Independent councillor Declan Bree, who   voted against the plan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Families to be affected by plan say they do not get on and will refuse to live side by side

Sligo County Council: two Traveller families are expected to take part in separate protests outside meeting

Opposition to plan to move family to halting site despite animosity with current residents

Sligo Together for Yes campaigner Lorri Kelly said it was a historic day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘A light has come on for all people affected by this, both women and men and families.’

The toil is long: One of those involved in erecting the slogan said it was a “mammoth task”.

Ben Bulben no longer says ‘No’ as fresh slogans are proposed for Sligo mountain

The “No” sign on Ben Bulben mountain in Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Campaigners describe sign as a ‘cry from the mountain to save Ireland’s babies’

Hubert McHugh with his Leitrim Person of the Year 2017 award and his colleague Valerie Cogan

When men talk its all about Man United or who’ll win the All-Ireland but it’s never about anything of substance, says veteran ment(...)

Community spirit: locals turned out in force during the campaign to save Aughavas post office.

Trio of rural areas launch online campaigns in bid to save services and grow population

Natalia Karaczyn’s coffin is brought from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo following her funeral Mass. Photograph: James Connolly

Funeral of mother of three Natalia Karaczyn told her death was ‘unspeakably painful’

The family of the late Andrew Dolan from Carrick-on-Shannon  feature in a video promoting an anti-violence campaign  made by teenagers in Leitrim.

Families involved in campaign promoted by Leitrim youths could save lives, says garda chief

Keith Clarke on his boat in the harbour of Inishmurray Island,  Co Sligo, before the ban.

Brendan Griffin hopes to find a ‘common sense solution’ for Inishmurray

Keith Clarke at Inishmurray Island off Co Sligo

Boat operators were told they risk prosecution if they continue trips to Inishmurray Island

Ellen O’Malley Dunlop: she  said women seeking treatment for mental health or addiction problems were often dependent on neighbours to get to appointments.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Longford meeting told it is a myth that homelessness is confined to cities

An angler who had been fishing nearby when  the incident happened rang the coastguard. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ukrainian man Vitaliy Pecheroha had been spearfishing with friend in Co Sligo

Eighth Amendment repeal campaigners in Sligo stressed there was little hostility on doorsteps, and a talking point was the high level of support among older people, especially women. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Questions from public centre on future legislation, say repeal campaigners in Sligo

‘Out of hundreds of houses, I reckon we came across six negatives’

Alan Sayers, spokesman for mountain rescue team, said it was “very good news” and meant the team would be fully operational within 48 hours , after an audit of the equipment and a health and safety check was carried out. Image: iStock

Money donated by public to Sligo mountain rescue to replace gear to be returned

Fiona De Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham said Ireland was one of a only a handful of countries in the world to regulate abortion in its constitution.

Couple felt they had no option but to travel to Liverpool to have her longed-for daughter Grace induced, Sligo meeting told

Break-in at Sligo base sees €3,500 worth of equipment stolen, including new torches

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

More articles