Plunkett House resident Peter Harrison welcomes a visit from his daughter Lynda as visiting restrictions are lifted. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Plunkett Home in Boyle is bustling as personal visits help dispel lockdown loneliness

John Mullaney (88) back at work in the  family  store Mullaney Brothers in Sligo. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Mood among traders and the public is one of guarded optimism as people obey rules around outdoor masks and social distancing

‘Who the hell do they think they are giving us permission to have 50 people in?’ Fr PJ Hughes at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran, Co Cavan. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Fr PJ Hughes criticises State and archbishops for Mass restrictions around Covid-19

The wooden travelling case belonging to artist Jack B Yeats which had 19 of his original watercolour drawings pasted on to the inside lid. Photograph: Sotheby’s

Travel Case belonging to artist had 19 of his original drawings pasted on to the inside lid

Arthur Henry Saunders from Mullagh Co Cavan who celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday

Arthur Henry Saunders was shocked when he opened front door to be greeted by well-wishers and friends

‘The Catholic Church is prioritising public health measures for the sake of the common good,’ said Bishop Francis Duffy. Photograph: iStock

Fr PJ Hughes says Level 5 restrictions banning public Mass like ‘living in a police state’

Joe Blewitt, a  cousin of US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a mural in his ancestral home of Ballina: “He’s flying now.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Presidential candidate’s relatives and well-wishers poised to toast White House win

 Joe Biden relative Joe Blewitt and Cllr Mark Duffy check the latest results in the US presidential election on Wednesday, in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Locals praise Democratic candidate and say his win would be good for Co Mayo town

Maureen Meehan, Cootehall, Co Roscommon: “I miss my neighbours and having people in for a cup of tea.” Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘The worst thing about cocooning was the feeling that it would never end’

A pair of bullfinches can sell for up to €200, said the specialist in wildlife crime. File photograph: Getty

A pair of bullfinches can sell for up to €200, says senior garda

Dr Jerry Crowley said ‘social distancing got less important with every pint’. File photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Doctor calls for school approach to be kept under review as virus is ‘devious’

Bronze Age pendant found by schoolboy Darragh McDaniel during a community archaeology project in Co Sligo.

Archeological discoveries cast light on past and show value of local interest in heritage

Gardaí perform random vehicle checks in the village of Muff, Co Donegal, on the Border with Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘The restrictions should be the same on both sides,’ says Ballyconnell local

Spectators watch Crosserlough versus Kingscourt Stars in the Cavan senior football  final replay at Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Locals point to celebrations after county final as a contributory factor in rise of cases

Businessman Seán Quinn: One worker said the passage of time meant more younger workers with no loyalty to the company founder. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Rebranding of Quinn empire ‘inevitable’, says locals as name had become ‘toxic’

Patrick Farrell is facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Photograph: NSW Police

Patrick Farrell has served jail sentence in Ireland for manslaughter of Leitrim student

Adrian Kelly near Cloone in Co Leitrim, which is surrounded by forestry plantations. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Trees can grow 60ft high and block light, says campaigner who is surrounded by the trees

New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said Patrick Farrell (pictured) had lied on his visa application “in relation to his criminal history”. Photograph: NSW Police

Patrick Farrell (29), previously jailed for manslaughter, wanted over two violent incidents in Sydney

Andrew Dolan, who died following an unprovoked assault on Christmas Eve 2011.

Parents of Andrew Dolan (20) ‘angry because no lessons have been learned’ since his death

UCD film student Sorcha Peters says tuition fees should be reduced, as ‘we’ll be at home working online, paying for our own electricity etc’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

With less time spent on campus, some are wondering if it’s worth paying high rents

The INTO has welcomed the introduction of substitute supply panels which will make it easier for schools to access replacement teachers. Photograph: iStock

Union calls for review of substitute cover before end of the month

One senior HSE therapist said it was ‘crazy’ that clinical therapists were being used to swab tests and make contact tracing calls. Photograph: Alain JocarD/AFP via Getty

Therapists fear deployment may be long term, and affect primary care and disability services

A Coillte spokeswoman says the project on the Sligo-Leitrim border has the potential to generate renewable electricity capable of powering  35,000 Irish homes

Locals in Sligo and Leitrim are opposing 10 new 170m wind turbines

John Savage exchanged an office in Dublin for Rosses Point, Co Sligo. John and his wife Julie have a two-year-old son, Luca,   and are expecting a second child in November. Photograph: Moose Video

For some people working remotely has meant making a move across the country

‘Micheál Martin (right, with Leo Varadkar, centre, and Eamon Ryan) was Minister for Health when he launched the obesity taskforce and I hoped it might get legs now that he is Taoiseach,’ said Prof Donal O’Shea. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Random cruelty underlines stigma associated with obesity, says Prof Donal O’Shea

First day back at St Hugh’s NS, Dowra, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Children at Dowra National School in Co Leitrim are happy to be back at their desks

Fianna Fáil’s   Dara Calleary. “If he was a young TD you’d have some sympathy for him,” said a local man, “but he is a long time on the road”

‘Older people are being penalised all the time, and they are not out partying’

Yann McGuinness and Fiachra Dowd (right) hold four of the stone tools discovered while picnicking at Glencar Lake.

Glencar Lake find a case of ‘right person, right place, right time’, says archaeologist

School Principle Naos Connaughton pictured outside the two-teacher Lecarrow Community School in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Small schools once threatened with closure now in pole position for reopening amid Covid-19

A Department of Education spokesman said ‘current policy on school uniforms remains a matter for the board of management of each individual school’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

No reference in public health guidance around daily washing of school uniforms

Spectacular view of Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. Many politicians are heading for the Wild Atlantic Way during their time off. Photograph: iStock

TDs have had a long year but Covid-19 means even holiday arrangements draw attention

Kathleen Geraghty outside the family shop. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Council mulls project to knock pensioner’s home and business for ‘destination centre’

Vicki Lavin and Marc O’Connor have two dates for their wedding

One couple hopes to have their wedding over two days with different guests each day

A beach in Papagayo, south Lanzarote. Photograph: Raul Garcia

Many pubs and restaurants remain closed as tourists stay away from Spanish islands

Dr Jerry Cowley: “There are older people who still have not come out of their houses because they are scared out of their wits.”

Former Independent TD for Mayo says ‘virus is lurking, it is menacing and it will pounce’

On average 10,000 to 20,000 people are  downloading the Covid-19 tracker app every day in the Republic

HSE’s latest figures show 1,471,500 people have now downloaded the app

Aoife Tynan (13) and Amelie Veale (13), from Dublin, enjoy a paddle while on staycation near Carna, Connemara. Photograph: Fran Veale

Mixed reaction in industry for stimulus package, with many saying it misses target

Pádraig Meehan surveys the damaged Teach Cailleach a’ Bheara passage tomb in Ballygawley, Co Sligo.

Experts say 5,000-year-old monuments will not survive unless action is taken

Nets are being used ‘in estuaries at the mouths of rivers’ to catch salmon on their way to spawn. File photograph: Getty Images

Officers were investigating salmon poaching which has ‘sky-rocketed’ since Covid-19 crisis

Visitors to Knock Shrine. Photograph: Conor McKeown

People who travel for reduced capacity Mass bitterly disappointed if they do not get in

Leitrim Sean Nós dancer-videographer Edwina Guckian and her son Páidí  with singer Eleanor Shanley  working on the   Enjoy Leitrim promotional video. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Fáilte Ireland director does not want tourists at his hotel who have not quarantined

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 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

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