Rathdowney

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The Commercial Inn, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Most locals said they were not opposed to the accommodation centre but would have appreciated some advance notice.  Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

On the road leading into Rathdowney, just before the Co Laois town’s large market square, sits a whitewashed building with a bright red door called th(...)

St Canice’s Credit Union in Kilkenny and Bagenalstown Credit Union in Carlow have passed special resolutions for a merger. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Two Leinster credit unions are eying up a merger that would create one of the country’s largest such lenders if the deal is given the green light by (...)

Mark and Sue Gilnagh with their children from left; Mary, Emma, Michael and Daniel, at their home in Ballybrittas, Co Laois. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

It’s a chilly day in March, and I am sitting in Sue and Mark Gilnagh’s living room at their home in Ballybrittas, Co Laois. They are talking about the(...)

Fáilte Isteach class in Summerhill, Co Meath. (from left) Talite Loste, Marcella Sheridan, Sai Ying Pak and Slawomir Brandebura

Hazel Refat was browsing through the local library in Portlaoise when a flyer on the notice-board caught her eye. A group called Fáilte Isteach was lo(...)

Dr Bridget Mary Meehan (4th from right) presided over a religious service in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook

An Irish-born member of a breakaway Catholic group which welcomes female and lesbian priests presided over a religious service in Dublin on Sunday. D(...)