Principal David Harding  in Abbey Community College, Roscommon, on Thursday  morning. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Abbey Community College, Boyle had almost 200 students missing due to Covid-19

Martin Fallon: ‘The biggest issue facing us is substitute teachers.’   Photograph: James Connolly

‘A lot can happen in two days,’ says Martin Fallon ahead of Thursday’s reopening

Karol Scollan at his  Gala outlet  in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim: “I think this is going to affect the bigger supermarkets more than the smaller independent off-licences.” Photograph:  James Connolly

Shopkeepers fear cheaper prices in North will lure away their regular customers

A mica-affected home in Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Many social and rental homes said to be among estimated 7,500 defective properties

Brothers Jamal  and Iqbal Nasiri, who had to flee their home in Afghanistan, in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Nasiri family, now living in Ballaghaderreen, were targeted by the Taliban

Ciara Reynolds  at Eslin Bridge near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim where she lives at the family home. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Many people have left the capital, their life plans changed by the pandemic

  Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim: rental accommodation is sparse in the county. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Father ‘absolutely shocked’ over notice of 54% rent hike for Carrick-on-Shannon home

Padruig O’Sullivan, proprietor of The Beaufort Bar, Beaufort, Co Kerry. ‘Retired people were asking last night what is in front of them this Christmas and are they to be locked into their own homes?’ Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Uncertainty caused stress all day for publicans in Kerry and Roscommon

DSPCA staff walking rescue dogs at the society’s rehoming centre in Rathfarnham, Dublin,  ahead of the first National Animal Welfare Awareness Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Call for greater deterrents and punishments for those who cause animals harm

Mick and Louise Cowman had Covid-19 recently so are ineligible for a booster shot but have been offered numerous appointments by the HSE. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mick Cowman offered six appointments for extra dose despite having had Covid recently

 ESB crew removing and replacing a damaged single phase transformer near Fassaroe, Co Wicklow.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Dangerous sea conditions forecast for Thursday morning as 13,000 remain without power

‘It would be just too dangerous tonight to stay in the car. It was freezing.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Support group concerned about couple, one of whom suffers mental health problems

Renato Mela and Colum Stapleton with a newly created page of the annals on Doon Shore, Lough Key.  Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘Scribes’ will use hand-writing techniques to chronicle events such as Covid pandemic

Pupils in 3rd class at St Etchen’s National School listen to their teacher, Helen Glennon, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath. Photograph: Damien Eagers

New guidelines putting colleagues in an ‘awful situation’, says Co Sligo school principal

Malik Amir Iqbal came to Ireland from Pakistan in 2015 seeking asylum. Photograph: Arif Amod

Formerly ‘bubbly’ man now ‘a shadow of his former self’, campaigners tell Minister

Daniel Mee has rescued people on four different occasions from the Shannon in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘I couldn’t find a skiff so I realised it was time to go swimming,’ says father of two (40)

Dr Michelle Maher  of See Her Elected, an initiative  for women who are considering running in the 2024 local elections. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

See Her Elected group launches guide for women considering running in 2024 local elections

Cloghcor Portal Tomb in Co Sligo. Photograph: Courtesy of Sligo Heritage Office

Neolithic sites approved for inclusion on Ireland’s tenative list of world heritage sites

Abbey Community College debutantes  heading to the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Boyle students see third attempt at having a debs curtailed by new closing time restriction

Sligo  businessman says he already had some cancellations because people were “spooked” by the rising Covid numbers, rather than because of the latest Government decision. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I doubt if people will rock up at 9pm’ says owner of Sligo business where patrons normally arrive at 11pm

Tommy Earley on his farm at Mount Allen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Roscommon man Tommy Earley is rewetting bog and welcomes visitors to his land

Auctioneer Liam Farrell at an apartment for rent in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Rents up by more than a fifth over past year as lack of supply pushes prices higher

Tailor and beekeeper Joseph Martin wearing one of his bespoke suits: ‘Because you get a good number of years wear out of a decent suit, the per annum investment can be quite small.’ Photograph: James Connolly

Joseph Martin cycles to work and produces highly regarded honey from his beehives

Farmer Patrick Bradley, from Newtowngore, Co Leitrim, bottles and sells raw milk taken from his own 60-strong diary herd. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Raw milk supplier Patrick Bradley says farmers could be at forefront of electricity generation

Minister for Transport and the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan TD arrives for a cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opponents tell Minister he must choose between community and mining company

Fynn and Holly Hopper, on the family farm, in Arigna Co Roscommon, Photo: James Connoll

Roscommon locals on self-sufficiency, electric cars and steering clear of fossil fuels

Fynn and Holly Hopper and their three children Kimball (7), Noomi (5) and Iduna (3) with the bike that Holly uses to transport the children to the school bus stop in Arigna, Co Roscommon. Photograph: James Connolly

Distance from public transport means many homes in rural areas have more than one vehicle

As well as  creating a beautiful piece of art, the weavers sharing their skills in the five counties enjoy the collaborative aspect of the project.

Mythology of Táin Bó Cúailnge will be woven by 50 volunteers across five counties

Hannah McKenna and Ashley Maguire who are getting married this Saturday at Lough Rynn Castle in Co Leitrim with 210 guests in attendance. Photograph: Peter Carvill Photography

So many relatives set to be disappointed if, as many predicted, limit had remained at 100

At the official opening of the new €140 million N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin Roads Project in county Sligo.  An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, T.D. accompanied by Cllr Paul Taylor, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council met local children from Cloghogue National School, Castlebaldwin who won a Sligo County Council’s N4 Road Safety school competition. Harry White (5), Shannen Cassidy (8), Seán Cogan (10) and Rebecca McGarty-Lavin (11), Photo: James Connolly

N4 claimed 30 lives over three decades

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was a ‘strong believer in antigen testing’ and its further use would be considered by the Government over the next 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Nphet discussed lifting remaining restrictions as 1,578 new cases of Covid-19 reported

Aisling Tighe: ‘For years, we have been looking at white crosses on the road, and many people in the community know who they belong to.’  Photograph: Oonagh Taylor

Principal says she can now encourage pupils to cycle and walk to school

Campaigners and concerned citizens at Manorhamilton Castle,  Co Leitrim, who oppose plans to prospect for gold and silver locally. Photograph: James Connolly

After campaign to ban fracking, locals face ‘another carbon-heavy extractive industry’

Enda Nicholls, owner of Arena 7  in Letterkenny: ‘When we explain the law, that puts some people off. And of course it doesn’t help that some places turn a blind eye.’ Photograph: Joe Dunne

Restrictions on hospitality in North set to lift at end of month - later than in the Republic

Caitriona Gray, Louis Freiter and their two-year-old daughter Polly at home in Louisburgh, Co Mayo.  Photograph: Conor McKeown

When a premises became available in Louisburgh, they pounced

File photograph of David Mahon with his wife Audrey. Photograph: Collins

Stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick was remanded on continuing bail

Brian Nerney at the Spool Factory in Boyle, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Owner of a Roscommon hub believes many workers will favour a wait-and-see approach

Naos Connaughton, principal of Lecarrow CNS in Co Roscommon: ‘Even before Covid I believed it was good for kids to have fresh air.’ Photograph: Brian Farrell

Principals at two primary schools say ventilation will be key to keeping pupils safe

Fr Niall Molloy, who died at Clara, Co Offaly in July 1985

Death of a parish priest: ‘He was a very religious man who took his ministry to heart’

Debbie Woodward with Nao, a programmable humanoid robot. Photograph: James Connolly

Trial will see seven- and eight-year-olds pupils learn French vocabulary

Members of Mountain Meitheal North West  use fleeces to mark and protect the popular Leitrim Way walking route. Photograph: Bryan Fennell

Mountain Meitheal North West borrow sheep wool technique once used by Romans

Paula Gray, from Keash, Co Sligo, has been mostly out of work for eight months and has difficulty doing simple things like walking her dogs, Furball and Bella. Photograph: James Connolly

One patient tells of 18-month waiting time to access a Covid clinic, says Mayo GP

Siobhán McKenna manages the Tearmann domestic violence support organisation which covers counties Monaghan and Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Families in peril need safe, independent living units, Monaghan-based service Tearmann says

Edward Beattie at his house near Lough Funshinagh in Co Roscommon looking at flood waters creeping in. Photograph courtesy of Beattie family

Lough Funshinagh flood relief works paused after legal move by environmental group

Members of the N4 Action Group erecting one of 31 crosses placed along the N4 in memory of people killed in crashes along the dangerous stretch of the Dublin to Sligo road. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Opening of Sligo road marks end of campaign to replace section where more than 30 people died

Garda and Traveller teams and fans at a previous match

Sligo soccer event aims to promote positive mental health and build community relations

Farmer Michael McPartland (right) with his son Rory and his grandson Paddy (12) at a sweathouse on their family farm at Cornageeha, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Donald McCarthy

There are at least 292 sweathouses on the island, 104 of them in Co Leitrim

Laura Curtis from Baldoyle in Dublin with her partner Robbie Dalton and their baby Demi. Photograph: Alan Betson

Laura Curtis was 21 weeks pregnant when she ended up on a ventilator in Beaumont Hospital

Waiting staff member Ilie at Dakota on South William Street, Dublin, preparing yesterday for the reopening of indoor dining today. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Day of relief’ for publicans but CMO urges people to ‘avoid crowded spaces’

David Roberts, a creative design lecturer at IT Sligo, has helped devise a ventilator using very basic components.

Team has released design plan that requires no software, or electronic expertise, online

PR image from Woodland Segways in Lough Key Forest Park.  Photograph:  Taken from  website with permission of Colm Berry

‘Even if people fall because they are going too fast, some will try to apportion blame’

The Dartry mountains in Co Sligo. Photograph: iStock

Locals reiterate dangers of range after man falls from cliff while hiking with girlfriend

Kenny Murtagh, owner of pleasure cruiser Moon River  in Carrick on Shannon: Customers come because they can be “in the wilderness five minutes after leaving Carrick”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Carrick-on-Shannon road scheme ‘lunacy’ due to footfall and noise pollution concerns

 Prof Suresh C Pillai: “Our body is an effective power source: activities of daily living such as brisk walking or regular movement can produce electricity using nanotechnology methods”

Researchers are investigating how to capture green energy from clothing and use it to power wearable electronic devices

WB Yeats: The Yeats Society Sligo will seek to raise €100,000 by September “to guarantee its survival”. The appeal comes following a low-key Yeats Day celebration in Sligo marking what would have been the poet’s 156th birthday on Sunday.

Sligo society dedicated to poet turns to crowd funding to try avert ‘imminent closure’

Former senator Imelda Henry at the Blue Lagoon bar and restaurant in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

‘Politics has changed, mostly because of social media. I don’t miss it,’ says Imelda Henry

Abaigéal Warfield and her husband Oisín O’Malley at their home at Classaghroe, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, which they purchased for €82,000. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Benefits of work/life balance in scenic areas hampered by cost and availability of houses

Bernie Byrne, St Martin’s Shop at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

‘It is a joy to welcome people back and not talk to empty space,’ says parish priest

Anthony Kilcoyne puts the finishing touches to Dolores Carr’s hair at his hair salon, Salon 2, in Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Happiness as hair salons reopen: ‘I feel a million dollars – and I look a million dollars, at least my hair does’

Nora Owen: said many nursing homes would not have managed without foreign workers during the pandemic. “I hope they are given the right to stay now. We have become very dependent on staff from abroad and the Government has to recognise that.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lessons from the pandemic must not be forgotten, says former justice minister

 Bridget Cassidy (94) receives a visit from her daughter Angela, who is fully vaccinated and travelled from Wexford to the Plunkett Home in  Boyle,  Co Roscommon. Photograph:  Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Staff at Plunkett Home in Boyle, Co Roscommon welcome easing of restrictions

Sonia McKenna, Selena McKenna, Anna Diver and Catherine O’Hanlon enjoying al fresco dining at Mahons Hotel in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, on Friday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade

Some publicans complain regulations for outdoor customers are too strict

Tom Reynolds on his farm in Co Sligo with his grandson Patrick. ‘We’ve missed all the birthdays,’ said Eithne Reynolds. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Eithne and Tom Reynolds from Sligo ‘overjoyed’ as intercounty restrictions lifted

Robert Pether with his daughter, eight-year-old Nala.

‘We will do everything we possibly can’ to help resolve this situation, says Taoiseach

Kyle Doherty gets a trim from Brad Ferguson at Switchblade Barbers, Enniskillen. Photograph: Ronan McGrade

Feel-good factor in Fermanagh town is in stark contrast to silence in Bundoran

The former Cootehall garda station, with Tom Inglis peering through the window. Photograph: Brian Farrell

The Cootehall barracks where he slept as a boy is now a vibrant community facility

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

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