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(...)