Aileen McGee from Co Donegal whose son Cian (19) is taking part in and benefiting from social farming. “He loves it,” she says. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Aileen McGee from Buncrana, Co Donegal, said she was a recluse this time last year. “I was a recluse because my son was a recluse. Cian is 19 and is s(...)

John Murphy with a  photograph  of himself taken before he started working on a social farm. Photograph Brian Farrell

John Murphy remembers a time when he wanted to end his own life. He had a “full mental breakdown”, he used to cut his arms, and he was committed to a (...)

Nikesh Patel and Colm Meaney in  ‘Halal Daddy’

The rescue of a Sligo meat plant three decades ago by a Muslim businessman has been captured in a new film, Halal Daddy, directed by Conor McDermottro(...)

Bus Feda driver Donal Sweeney at IT Sligo on the company’s Donegal/Galway route. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Brian O’Donnell, who runs the Donegal-based private bus company, Bus Feda, will not entertain charges that he has cherry-picked a lucrative bus route(...)

An Bord Pleanála cited concerns over flooding in denying permission for the development of a Lidl shop outside Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a two-storey Lidl shop and off-licence on the outskirts of Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Outlining the(...)

Members of the local party faithful were at a Fine Gael function in Coady’s pub in Castlebar  shortly after the February election, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny introduced his daughter Aoibhinn. File photograph: Google Street View

Quite a few people in the Taoiseach’s home town of Castlebar were scratching their heads yesterday after reading a headline in the Connaught Telegraph(...)

Seán Mac Diarmada was executed at dawn on May 12th, 1916.

Seán MacDiarmada’s grandniece was in Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim on Wednesday as local people prepared for a candlelit vigil to mark the centenary of his(...)

Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, says mediation costs a fraction of the cost of litigation, and the route to resolving conflict is speedier.

Sometimes mediator Sabine Walsh finds herself talking to couples about seemingly trivial matters such as lifts to football matches and who is going wh(...)

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Radiocarbon dating of the bear’s knee bone, one of some 15,000 bones found in the cave, confirmed it was 12,500 years old. Photograph: James Connolly

A study of an animal bone discovered in a Co Clare cave more than a century ago has led archaeologists to push back the date when they believe humans (...)

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