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

Every day Edward Beattie (83) drives his tractor to a house at Ballagh Cross, Rahara, Co Roscommon, where he had lived for more than 70 years. Encroa(...)

Dublin players celebrate their victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

And so the year like no other ended. It may have a pretty similar companion in 2021 but there’ll hardly be the same shocks to the system. In history g(...)

Cillian O’Connor celebrates after scoring his second of four goals against Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the unexpected joys of lockdown was that I found music again. Like most teenagers, I was nuts about music. But then I lost it. So during the fi(...)

So let’s be clear on this, healthy people and sociable women are bad for us. Glad to clear that up

Today’s the day. Yes, folks, on this date in 1962 we McGarrys became Ballaghaderreen blow-ins. We remain so, albeit joined since by Pakistanis, Syrian(...)

Declan O’Callaghan  photographed in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a joke doing the rounds in Ballaghaderreen. “What does it cost to post a letter in Ballagh?” goes the opening line. “Ohhh, around €1,800,” go(...)