Anne Enright: she invited four short-story writers to perform their work which was animated by song. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anne Enright champions short-story writers at Galway International Arts Festival

Improved insulation and efficient heating systems have cut energy bills by about €250,000 annually

Pilot project may provide national template for self-sufficiency, says Minister Alex White

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames says preferred route too close to city

Members of  Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

Those who died in Mediterranean may have been crushed below deck of trafficking barge

Two brothers who set out to circumnavigate Ireland in a 5m open boat (above) in aid of the lifeboat service never anticipated that they would face such wintry weather. Photograph: aluggerroundireland Facebook page.

Nathaniel and Fergus Ogden nearing end of trip in 5m boat to raise funds for RNLI

Members of the Naval Service welcome a migrant child on board the LÉ Niamh. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

Overcrowding and exhaustion may have lead to fatalities onboard barge from Libya

Roger Casement: believed German naval assistance to be “indispensable”

The ‘blue field’

Fr Michael Lapsley:  ‘When injustice occurs, the moral order is inverted.’

Fr Michael Lapsley addresses community at public talk and workshop in Co Mayo

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Masses on Reek are cancelled for first time in living memory as weather takes untimely toll

Litter on Dublin  beach. Dog waste was found on 23 per cent of shores surveyed last year. Photograph: AP photo/John Cogill

Coastwatch Ireland project finds North’s coast is cleaner than that of Republic

People begin the climb at Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday morning. Gardaí say the annual pilgrimage has been cancelled due to bad weather. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage cancelled for first time due to treacherous conditions

A seagull at the British Open in Scotland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Ex-fisheries officer claims birds face a food crisis that may bring more of them inland

Siphathisiwe ‘Blessings’ Moyo, who took part in the ‘Exhibit B’ installation by South African artist Brett Bailey during the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Blessings’ Moyo, who lives in Salthill, on asylum process and taking part in Exhibit B

A family is identified as they disembark from LÉ Niamh at the Palermo harbour in Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini /AP Photo

14 children among group picked up from wooden barge off Libyan coast

Youth development: a concept graphic of the  proposed all-island tall ship. © Dykstra Naval Architects and Damen

Three-masted ‘Spirit of New Zealand’ offers best model, says Atlantic Youth Trust

Galway hospital group Saolta said the 30-bed ward is an urgent requirement as patients are obliged to spend long periods on trolleys. Photograph: Getty Images

Physiotherapists and social workers protest over clinic space used to ease A&E pressure

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued 98 migrants from a rubber craft in the Mediterranean on its first mission since taking up humanitarian rescue duty.

Naval Service patrol ship has taken over humanitarian duties from LE Eithne

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A series in which Irish Times writers go off the beaten track. This week: a seaweed foraging workshop in Kerry is a feast for mind(...)

 Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale flying over Galway  during  the International Arts Festival which continues this week. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Wind hampers cetacean’s show but event sees record footfall at visual arts exhibitions

Sligo’s Yeats community is standing by its belief  that WB Yeats was buried at Drumcliffe graveyard, in the light of newly revealed correspondence suggesting otherwise.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Nothing will change for Drumcliffe’ according to former Yeats Society chief executive

File photograph of speakers, including the late Seamus Heaney,  at the 38th Yeats International Summer School in 1997 on a visit to the grave in Drumcliffe. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

If there is ‘even a leg bone ... belonging to Yeats, that’s fine by me’ says society president

University Hospital Galway: the hospital group said a temporary 30-bed ward would involve relocating the physiotherapy and social work departments. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Clinic use to ease trolley crisis will ‘create another crisis’, staff warn

A rescue operation being conducted by the crew of the LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean Sea in June 2015. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Patrol vessel LÉ Niamh takes over humanitarian operation to save migrants

German president Joachim Gauck is awarded an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in Galway as president of the NUI James J Browne applauds on Wednesday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck receives honorary degree at NUI Galway

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Residents of Rockfield Park on  Galway’s west side say they are not opposed to the meters per se, but objected to paying for a service which, they believe, will eventually be privatised. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Rockfield Park residents object to paying for service they believe will be privatised ‘in time’

Among the resources drafted into the city centre are Garda trucks, such as the one above,  that have been fitted with holding cells. Photograph: The Irish Times

Strong garda presence mounted for Dublin ‘flashpoint water charge protest’

Installation at ‘Relativity’, an exhibition by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini at the Festival Gallery. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

This year’s series brings theatre, music and an eye-catching hot air balloon to the city

Walking on the prom at  Salthill in Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Re-sampling results indicate Salthill bacteria levels ‘within safe standards’

Lifesaving: Chris Catrambone, whose organisation saved 3,000 people in its first 60 days. Photograph: Giles Clarke/Getty

Seeing a jacket from a sunken migrant boat spurred Chris and Regina Catrambone to spend more than $7.5m setting up the Migrant Off(...)

Rescued: a Naval Service rigid inflatable boat brings refugees back to the LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces

The LÉ ‘Eithne’ has picked up thousands of refugees from the waters around Malta. Will Europe offer any future to its new boat peo(...)

Pierre Cousteau, director of Cousteau Foundation and son of Jacques Cousteau with Simon Coveney TD Minister for the Marine at the Harnessing our Ocean Wealth conference in Cork Harbour. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Ireland ‘not alone in suffering from sea blindness’, national marine conference hears

The LÉ ‘Niamh’ is sailing today to begin Mediterranean rescue duty. Photograph: Defence Forces/PA Wire

Naval Service vessel will set sail to replace LÉ Eithne in humanitarian efforts in region

Arts and human rights conference NUI Galway photography competition 2015. Winning submission by Maurice Gunning. Photographs from the series and book, ‘Family: Photographs and Stories from Five Romanian Families’.

Unesco photographic exhibition opens as part of summer school in Galway

The promenade at Salthill in Galway. Galway City Council has advised against sea swimming in Salthill until further notice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Investigations into cause of contamination being carried out by Galway County Council

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is releasing two videos as part of a new drowning prevention campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Design Pics

An average of 59 people die accidentally in Irish waters annually, RNLI figures shows

Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin  at work with the Irish Coast Guard, Shannon, Co Clare. Photograph:  Brian Arthur/ Press 22

Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin is a member of the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter senior crew In conversation with Lorna Siggins

Irish naval ship LÉ Eithne arrives with rescued migrants at the Palermo harbor in Italy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Photograph: AP/Alessandro Fucarini.

Naval Service ship has rescued 3,376 people since May deployment in Mediterranean

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney one of three Ministers who have flown to Malta to pay tribute to the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Navy vessel has rescued more than 3,300 migrants in Mediterranean mission

In an open letter to the HSE an NUI Galway medical graduate has said students are unable to complete their medical training in Ireland as a result of the high demand for “intern” positions this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

International students unable to complete training due to high demand for ‘internships’

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney should take a “leadership” role in State management of fragile habitats, Coastwatch has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Coastwatch urges Minister to take ‘leadership’ role in managing fragile marine habitats

A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Revised atmospheric and marine emissions licence one of final authorisations

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

JK Rowling committed to ending institutionalised care of children

Statistically, most drownings occur during bathing or walking along coastlines, according to a review for IWS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/ File photo

Irish Water Safety warns swells, surges and rip tides, not ‘freak waves’, pose danger

Bríd McGarry, a  Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were  jailed  in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outco(...)

Some members of the crews taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland to raise awareness of sailing for people with disabilities. Front row: Gary Crothers (skipper of yacht Kind of Blue and committee member of Foyle Sailability. He lost the use of his left arm after a car crash) and Aideen Corr (Kind of Blue crew and Foyle Sailability committee member who has Parkinson’s disease). Back row, from left: Ken Curry (Kind of Blue crew), Luke Farren (Dream Machine crew), George McCormick (Dream Machine skipper), Kim Banks (Aaraura crew) and Vicki Smith (Aaraura crew). Photograph: Trevor McBride

44 mixed-ability skippers and crew aim to highlight equality on water

Corrib legacy: Reynagh Keane from Belmullet, an operating engineer at Shell’s gas terminal in Erris. Photograph: Statoil/Shell

A decade ago the Rossport Five were jailed over their opposition to a pipeline linking the offshore Corrib gas field to Shell’s in(...)

Gay Byrne, the ‘cranky 81-year-old who used to live in Howth’; and businessman Harry Crosbie on Dublin’s Great South Wall. Photograph: Eric Luke

The pair have hatched a plan to make the Great South Wall in Dublin safer as a walkway, after a friend fell and broke her nose the(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: has been told he must “up his game” to ensure EU commitments  on fish stocks are met. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Preparations for next year’s EU quotas are already under way, says Birdwatch Ireland

A submerged vertical cliff some 800 metres below the sea surface and carpeted in coldwater coral has been discovered.

UCC-led marine researchers confirm coldwater reef on edge of Porcupine Bank canyon

Barna postmistress, Seona O’Fegan intends to stand in the Galway West constituency as a member of the Community and Post Office Candidates Group. Photograph: Pat Moore

Seona O’Fegan of Barna pledges to fight for communities threatened by ‘privatisation’

The Marine Institute has recommended that offshore salmon farms should be capped at production of 7,000 tonnes. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Bord Iascaigh Mhara awaiting ‘guidance’ from licensing body on project application

 Cáit Curran gathering herbs in her garden. “People think you are out of your mind but look at how the moon has an influence on our tides.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Kerry woman Cáit Curran certified in biodynamic farming

The Apple logo. A group of Galway residents have objected to the planned location of a new Apple data centre near Athenry. File photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Group of locals oppose planned location of new €850 million complex near Athenry

One of the cannons uncovered at Streedagh, Co Sligo, from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship La Juliana, which sank in 1588. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/PA

Underwater archaeology unit recovers material at Streedagh which dates back to 1588

Crew members boarding the LÉ Samuel Beckett. The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the vessel during filming of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael.    File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Disney Lucasfilm utilised Naval Service and Air Corps during Skellig Michael filming

Druid Theatre artistic director  Garry Hynes. Ms Hynes has said that the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum was an ‘extraordinary event’ during an address at NUI Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Druid Theatre director also criticises lack of ‘civic morality’ in society in NUIG speech

University Hospital Galway has one of the busiest emergency departments in the State. Photograph: Eric Luke

Impact warns hospital the move would risk breaching Hiqa standards

Image of a 3D animation of a  3.7km high underwater mountain, which is more than 140km long, on the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The image is part of a survey of the Atlantic Ocean conducted by the State’s research ship, the MV Celtic Explorer.   Photograph: Marine Institute

Iceberg footprints and underwater mountain among findings by MV Celtic Explorer

Walter Murch in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who worked on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II and the upcoming Tomorrowland, thinks (...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Film Board refuses to deny discussions on use of Unesco world heritage site in film

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace has written a book about what she believes was an abuse of power by Galway City Council in their move to evict a vulne(...)

 Birds and other marine life are mistaking cotton buds or condoms or other items for food – with potentially fatal consequences. Photograph: Getty Images

Cotton buds, cigarettes, plasters and condoms the most common ‘high risk’ items

Drugs, dialysis and surgery are the main treatments for diabetic kidney disease, but all are costly and provide limited protection. Photograph: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust /PA Wire

EU-funded project will involve clinical trials next year in three countries

James Morrissey at the Four Courts to represent Denis O’Brien on Tuesday. Morrissey was ‘always going to back the winning horse,’ according to one friend.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former journalist James Morrissey has taken a combative approach to his role representing Denis O’Brien in the media

A Drascombe Lugger Roamer. Retired English schoolteacher Douglas Perrin died after his 6m Drascombe Lugger sailing vessel capsized off Schull, Co Cork last August. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons (

Marine Casualty Investigation Board look into death of sailor in west Cork

Classical pianist Finghin Collins. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Free classical music concert to be held to thank people of Oughterard

Emergency services from Mayo and Galway were last night battling a major fire which broke out at an agricultural machinery business in Ballinrobe, south Mayo

Fire units from Mayo and Galway manage to contain blaze with no casualties reported

Late former  minister  Sean MacBride (right) with his mother Maud Gonne MacBride and his son Tiernan, photographed in 1948. File photograph: The Irish Times

Funds to be used for WB Yeats’s old summer home at Thoor Ballylee in south Galway

Prof Michael O’Flaherty of NUI Galway at Palmyra Park in Galway city. He says the shelter Europe is offering refugees now is a shadow of what they did 20 years ago. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

EU resettlement quota too low, says Irish Centre for Human Rights director

Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland.

Survey will focus on area where first trans-Atlantic cable laid in 1857

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out the postmortem at Mayo General Hospital. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

Toxicology tests expected to determine cause of death of Ann Murphy (49)

A postmortem is expected to be carried out on Monday on a 49-year-old woman who was found dead in unexplained circumstances in south Mayo on Sunday.

Remains of woman in her forties found at house near Glencorrib on Sunday

Sinéad Diver from Belmullet, Co Mayo, has just been confirmed on the Australian team for the IAAF world contest in Beijing.

Novice contender: Erris native Sinéad Diver took up competitive running four years ago

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt

Peadar King’s love of Inishbofin is clear from the weekend’s schedule of stimulating events

A solider takes a moment to remember Private Caomhán Seoighe time before the unveiling of a memorial in his memory today on Inis Oírr on Friday. Pte Seoighe was kidnapped in 1981 in the Lebanon aged 20. His remains were never recovered. Photograph: Cormac Coyne.

Pte Caomhán Seoighe from Inis Óirr disappeared in April 1981 while on UN mission

Auctioneer Colm Farrell dressed as WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee near Gort, Co Galway. Farrell will auction a number of items at the tower, which is the former residence of the poet, on Sunday, May 31st, to raise funds to re-open the tower. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The 15th-century Norman tower Thoor Ballylee was home to the poet and his family for 12 years. An auction is planned to raise fund(...)

HSE West has approved the appointment of a permanent nurse to the Co Mayo island of Inishturk, which had no basic medical cover from September 2014. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Aran island post will depend on air service with ‘uncertain future’, says co-op manager

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Six beaches conferred with ‘dual’ Blue Flag and Green Coast status

Vanessa Nee, sister of the late Pte Hugh Doherty who was killed with Pte Caomhán Seoighe in Lebanon in 1981. Neither body has ever been found. Photograph: Declan Doherty.

Body of UN peacekeeper Caomhán Seoighe from Inis Oírr was never found

Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages claimed viruses associated with farmed salmon could have ‘infected’ the bay. File photograph: AlexRaths/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Galway Bay may be ‘infected’ by farmed salmon carcasses found in the area

Martin von Hildebrand graduated from University College Dublin, in that restless year of 1968, and in the early 1970s he took paddle and kayak to the Amazon. Photograph: Gaia Foundation

Championing an environmental corridor from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean

Ecstatic cheers in Blue Note bar for former Fianna Fáil justice minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

He says State has moved away from supporting public parks and libraries

Turnout on the coast was low and slow up until tea time, with some estimates as low as 20 per cent, but a late flurry of activity  pushed it over 50 per cent in several stations. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Flights to the three Aran islands off Galway were disrupted by weather

From left: the Very Rev Arfon Williams, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, at  WB Yeats’s grave. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Relatives of victims of the August 1979 Mullaghmore and Warrenpoint bombings attend ecumenical service with royal couple in Drumcl(...)

Sarah Phelan (6) with Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Twelve working lights from Down to Cork refurbished under European Union-funded initiative

Caitriona Yeats, granddaughter of WB Yeats with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Photograph: EPA

Mullaghmore tragedy helped him understand the widespread suffering, he says

Prince Charles on the Burren shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (right) during his visit to the locality. Photograph: Getty Images

Peace and reconcilation comprises abiding theme on the first day of royal couple’s visit

Britain’s Prince Charles with Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photograph: Sean Curtin Fusionshooters

Prince agrees to meeting after a request by Sinn Féin president

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will meet Prince Charles in Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images.

Private meeting scheduled to take place in Galway on Tuesday

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Security is tight as Li Keqiang visits dairy farm and attends Irish music performance

Britain’s Prince Charles and his partner Camilla Parker-Bowles will visit Mullaghmore harbour, where the prince’s great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten died in an IRA bombing almost 36 years ago. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

The British royal couple will visit the grave of poet WB Yeats, NUIG, and the Burren

The taskforce was set up after last year’s Equality Tribunal ruling  found botanist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington had been discriminated against in a 2008-2009 promotion round at NUIG.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

UL’s Prof Pat O’Connor airs ‘serious reservations’ on make-up of NUIG committee

The LE ‘Eithne’ will take one week to reach the Mediterranean and will be on station for eight weeks before returning to Ireland

LE ‘Eithne’ leaves Cork today equipped to rescue up to 400 people at a time

Singer Justine Nantale from Uganda with students Jane Egan and Lea Cutaya, guest speaker Sakhile Heron from South Africa, and student Caroline Okonkwo at  the Afri Conference. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Afri event also marks publication of mini-plays on global justice themes

 Prince Charles.

Great-uncle Lord Mountbatten died in IRA bombing off Co Sligo harbour in 1979

James (Tex) Callaghan  after receiving details yesterday that his home at Menlo will be seriously affected by the proposed bypass. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Racecourse, university and residents disappointed at €500m ‘preferred route corridor’

Project manager Eileen McCarthy speaking at the announcement of the preferred route of the  Galway N6 bypass route. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Residents affected by €500 million project say they are devastated by chosen route

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