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Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So Ballaghaderreen, my home town, is in the news again. TCD academic Ronan Lyons has concluded it is the cheapest place in Ireland to buy property. Th(...)

Michael Frain, chief fire officer and chair of the Roscommon Leader Partnership in Ballaghaderreen, Co Rocommon .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Ballaghaderreen is not alone. Streets empty of residents and small businesses is a pattern all too familiar in small town Ireland. Adding greatly t(...)

Pádraig Mulligan with Frank Giblin and Colin McCusker in Mulligan’s Hardware and Bar, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The woman was a stranger to Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, that night about two years ago. It was quiet, and dark. The visitor was surprised. “Everybo(...)