Athlone and Lanesboro sum up the story of the midlands in modern Ireland. Two towns, one large and one small, both under fire. The coronavirus outbreak is just the latest problem to land on their doorsteps.
Athlone has become accustomed to crisis. The River Shannon, the town’s defining landmark, threatens to burst its banks far too regularly these days. Athlone’s community is used to rallying together as a result. Looking out for one’s neighbour has...
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