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Carrick on Shannon in Co  Leitrim. The county had the highest residential vacancy and dereliction rate at 16 per cent of properties, the NWRA report found. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There are almost 45,000 empty homes and commercial properties in the west, northwest and Border region, according to new analysis on the area with th(...)

Famine victims: Protests, food riots and lawlessness were common. Sheep were stolen. Courts were busy. Perpetrators were imprisoned and  transported to Australia.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Regional studies of the Great Famine afford historians writing about the larger picture a wider and more detailed canvas against which to check t(...)

It needs to be emphasised that every person baptised in the Catholic faith is a “real” Catholic and, although there are many differing opinions about the way forward, everyone has a right to be heard respectfully.

I am torn. A rather negative starting point I must confess, but let me elaborate. On the one hand I hear the echoing voices of my now adult children e(...)

Ambrose Blaine, seen here with his grandson Cillian, died on Monday in a motorbike crash in Mexico. Photograph supplied by the family.

An Irish pilot has died in a traffic crash in Mexico. Ambrose Blaine (55) a married father of three who came from Killala in Co Mayo, but was living (...)

Currently there are 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland for a population of approximately 4.5 million faithful on the island as a whole.  Photograph: iStock

One Catholic bishop is to be appointed to two west of Ireland dioceses following a Vatican decision that could mean further reductions of such bishops(...)

Jim Griffin from Dunmore East, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A number of former and current Irish Coast Guard officers have criticised the poor treatment of volunteers by the organisation’s management, amid grow(...)

English golfer Nick Faldo had hoped to design and build a golf course on Bartragh Island. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

Build and they will come; but golfer Nick Faldo never managed the former on the Mayo island of Bartragh, and the island has now been sold, bringing to(...)

Thousands of people from Donegal and Mayo protested in Dublin in June in support of a 100% redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to the mineral mica. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Church leaders in the west of Ireland have called on the Government to offer “full and immediate redress” to the thousands of people whose homes have (...)

Gerald O’Donovan: the tensions caused by conflicting devotions to church and family were abiding themes of his work

It is doubtful if the reforming Catholic priest and novelist Gerald O’Donovan, who was born 150 years ago on July 15th, is much remembered nowadays bu(...)

From Dunfanaghy in Donegal to Duncannon in Wexford, Ireland's beaches offer something for everyone this summer For most of us, seaside resorts a(...)

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