I know very little about horses but even I realise that today is Grand National day at Aintree. Horse racing, no more than Formula 1, leaves me unmove(...)

An esteemed colleague from another newspaper told me how she and her son had been watching a Prime Time programme recently on the warm welcome given b(...)

Brian O’Doherty

A letter has been sent to the chair of Roscommon County Council asking that the freedom of the county be bestowed on artist, doctor, and Booker-shortl(...)

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(...)

Roscommon County Council members were informed by text message and email Thursday night that Ballaghaderreen will house 80 refugees.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of Roscommon County Council have been called to a special meeting of the council Friday morning after officials were informed on Thursday by (...)

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(...)

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

On a map, the 30 sq km of Roscommon that is being proposed as an addition to Westmeath looks like a square wedge marked off by one of those colonial l(...)