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

 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

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