Declan O’Callaghan and his wife were seen as pillars of community before finances came under scrutiny

There is a joke doing the rounds in Ballaghaderreen. “What does it cost to post a letter in Ballagh?” goes the opening line. “Ohhh, around €1,800,” goes the answer.

It is a joke well known in the locality in recent weeks and months but it’s doubtful if either the Gallagher family of Ballaghaderreen, or Tracey Connolly, a widow with three young sons living near the Roscommon town, think there’s much to laugh about