A 72-year-old man, Francis Smith, from Salisbury in England, died in the capsizing of a  6m dory craft, the Jillian, on August 29th, 2015, near the Saltee Islands, above. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Francis Smith (72) died in incident involving 6m craft near Saltee islands in August 2015

Grace Kenneally (centre), who has died after suffering from Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive children’s cancer, singing Christmas carols with  school friends from Gaelscoil Dara at the live crib outside Galway Cathedral in late 2014. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Neuroblastoma tumour claims life of Galway schoolgirl whose attitude inspired many

Participants in GMIT’s outdoor education course. Photograph courtesy of GMIT

Rebel leader’s ‘progressive ideas’ again to the fore as to what might have been possible

Galway hooker: Pádraig and Johnny Bailey aboard Capall. Photograph: Joe St Leger

A documentary by Joe St Leger tells the dramatic history of the workboats and their sailors

Myles Joyce, who was hanged in Galway in 1882 and is widely accepted as being innocent of the Maamtrasna murders. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Three Irish speakers were condemned to death – in a language they did not understand – for the murder of a family in Maamtrasna in(...)

British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott said the opinion polls showed “a very close race” in the Brexit referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Changes for migrants if Brexit vote fails but Brussels uncertain about Irish exemption

 Artist Joanna Kasinska. “I was 21 and I just came for a bit of a break, a bit of adventure.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Moving to Atlantic seaboard has brought opportunities – and plenty of rain

A task force led by Prof Jane Grimson, former vice-provost of Trinity College Dublin, was set up by the university early last year, after a landmark Equality Tribunal case was won by botanist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

NUIG has the lowest representation of women at senior levels in Irish universities

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh: welcomed the consideration of Galway’s Merlin Park campus being  used as a location for a new hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Existing hospital should be considered for ‘developments into future’, says Saolta chief

Former minister for the marine Simon Coveney: set up a  taskforce which initiated the Atypical Working Scheme for Non-European Economic Area Workers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Migrant rights group expresses concerns about scheme to protect non-Europeans

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in  Star Wars, arrives at Belfast International Airport this morning. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Risk to visitors from further rockfalls has passed, says OPW

Robert Kenny said if everyone with a spinal cord injury was able to live independently “it would save the Government money in the long term”. Image: Screenshot from Spinal Injuries Ireland video.

Robert Kenny believes more carers needed to support those suffering from injuries

Ictu general secretary Patricia King: not in secret talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

States’s public contract terms contributed to recent disputes, union conference told

Some employers still “cling” to a 19th century model of workplace relations that refuses to recognise union representation, according to the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) general secretary Steve Fitzpatrick. File photograph: Getty Images

CWU general secretary to say workers experience ‘oppressive and intimidating disciplinary procedures’

The company behind Galway’s long-delayed arthouse cinema have said it is hoping to avert a threat by Galway City Council to pull out of the €8 million project. File photograph: Steve Bonini/Stone/Getty

Local authority delivers ultimatum on the long-delayed €8m arthouse development

Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Birdwatching among activities that helped secure prize

Gary “Ted” Sargent: setting sail in a Laser dinghy which is just over twice the size of a bathtub

Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent to sail around island in dinghy in aid of ChildVision charity

The Comeraghs: “rugged, rocky and inspiring”. Photograph: Helen Lawless

Mountaineering Ireland says community group misled by local authority

A willow rattle woven by Co Galway basketmaker Ciaran Hogan has turned up on the British royal princess Charlotte’s official toybox list. Photograph: Courtesy of Kensington Palace/Handout via Reuters

Willow toy made in An Spidéal, Co Galway has made the princess’ official toybox list

Members of the public affected by the norovirus are asked not to visit. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Visitors urged to make essential visits only to the St Mary’s and St Teresa’s wards

Canine therapy has been used in colleges in recent years to help calm stressed-out students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

NUI Galway tries to calm students’ frazzled nerves with new stress-busting initiatives

 Archeological volunteer Rithie Jones at the cairn on the top of Turlough Hill. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Evidence of 160 huts and two labyrinthine enclosures for spiritual or ritual gathering

Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Naval Service patrol ship sails on Sunday as part of a bilateral arrangement with Italy

Chef Michael O’Meara  in Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway: agrees that “overfishing”  a much misunderstood term. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Many fishermen find it harder to make a living because of regulations, says expert

Sinn Féín  expressed opposition to the commemoration of Constable Patrick Walsh with Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh describing it as ‘inappropriate’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin expressed opposition to the event in memory of Constable Patrick Walsh

Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

NUI Galway professor calls for centralised standards for treating marine algae

Fine Gael councillor Pádraig Conneely called for the immediate removal of the stone, saying it had no planning permission and that it was “republican propaganda”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

City manager says some Mervue residents want memorial stone to be retained

The HSE has shelved plans to relocate a service for disabled children in the Connemara Gaeltacht due to language issues. Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

Relocation of Gaeltacht service for children stalls over lack of Irish language speakers

Alice L and Alice N, from the production ‘Alice M’ by Guerilla Aerial. The production, which features a fusion of opera, aerial acrobatics and immersive design, is being staged as part of the Galway Theatre Festival 2016. Photograph: Andrew Downes

‘Alice M’ by Guerilla Aerial among productions lined up for event later this month

Andrew Lydon  with his wife Sally and chilren Molly  and Seosamh: The HSE has agreed to keep in him in hospital for three more weeks until supports are in place.

Andrew Lydon is in intensive care in University Hospital Galway after a tracheotomy

Alex Ellis-Roswell: Walking the length of the Irish and British coastlines in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He has already raised €18,000. Photograph: Olga Leszczynska

Alex Ellis-Roswell on four-year coastal walk in bid to raise cash for RNLI lifeboat stations

Worshippers wearing the Montserrat national dress of 'Irish tartan' attend mass in the town of Lookout. Customs officers stamp shamrocks in the passports of visitors to this tiny West Indies island. Photograph:Frank Miller

With many islanders claiming Irish ancestry, Montserrat is proud of its 'green history' - even if it defies the notion of the 'nic(...)

Pete Ball at home near Clifden: “By trying to steal the Ukip vote and keep right-wing Tory backbenchers happy, Cameron has been clever, but the British taxpayer is paying for all this political manoeuvring.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Brexit: ‘It’s a political trade-off for David Cameron’

Fr Martin McNamara with the stolen paintings which were returned to Kiltullagh Church in east Galway on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Evie Hone paintings taken almost three years ago found on waste ground in Co Offaly

Hilary Dully: “We were never actually told that they wouldn’t show it, and it was kind of suggested that they would – but not then.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The maker of a 1994 documentary about three Irish women’s abortion stories says some in RTÉ were worried that the women ‘didn’t sh(...)

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the shipwreck remains in Fahy Bay in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Vessels from 18th- and 19th-centuries found in bays that were renowned for smuggling

Debris following an explosion and fire on a boat on which two men were sailing close to Rinville near Oranmore on Saturday. Photograph: Gearóid Walsh

Authority also involved in rescue of two men whose yacht exploded and caught fire

Iseult Ní Chuláin and Ruadhán Ó Culáin,  great-great-great grandchildren of James Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Scoil Sailearna has drawn up its own proclamation as part of celebrations

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh defended his decision to sanction a grant of €485,000 to restore a theatre in Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, against the advice of Department officials. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Department of the Gaeltacht said €485,000 for Co Donegal theatre would be ‘dangerous’

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney secured Government approval to send LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney says ship will be despatched for humanitarian rescue ‘within next month’

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ ‘Eithne’ as they rescue refugees on a   humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2015.  Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Minister recommends LÉ ‘Róisín’ be sent to Mediterranean to help rescue migrants

The Marine Institute’s lease application form lodged seeks to deploy up to three “devices” at any one time on the site, including up to three wind turbines of 60 metres in height.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Institute says ‘mistake’ in 35-year foreshore lease application form being corrected

The wind turbines would be visible from land, with the nearest shore point 1.27km away

Marine Institute seeks 35-year lease for trial offshore electricity generating station

 Tara McCarthy , chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

With challenges on all fishery fronts, new CEO at BIM Tara McCarthy has a lot on her plate

Brian Dowling in his hurley workshop in Kilkenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

British researcher warns up to 95% of Irish ash trees could be lost as a result of insect

A seal underwater in Dublin Bay near Dalkey Island. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

Irish Underwater Council calls on Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw permit

Corp Richard King of Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Renmore Barracks, Galway, salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the Athenry 1916 Centenary Commemoration on Easter Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘Asgard’ gun part of live Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcast from Pearse cottage at Ros Muc

Liam Mellows, who was executed by Free State forces in 1922

Three ceremonies held at statue of Liam Mellows, who led largest rising outside Dublin

The slipway alongside Buncrana Pier, which is now closed for public admittance. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Experts also believe the tide could have contributed to Co Donegal drowning

Rathlin Island is a Special Area of Conservation and a nature reserve for guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and a fragile population of tiny sea parrots

The Manor House on the L-shaped island off the north coast has been refurbished and now the Rathlin Development and Community Asso(...)

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton  was stranded in ice thousands of miles away on the Antarctic. Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge/PA.

100 years on from voyage, Dominick Chilcott says Irish adventurer still has ‘resonance’

 The Marine Renewables Industry Association says there are still “technical challenges” to be overcome offshore. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Report advises co-operation with Scotland to avoid unnecessary duplication

Yvonne Corcoran-Loftus, curator of the Michael Davitt Museum, said politicians of all political stripes had been approached about funding, with no success. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In a year of 1916 commemorations, there is no State funding for Mayo museum devoted to influential Land League founder who split w(...)

Irish Water has advised some 4,700 people dependent on the public supply in Carraroe to boil their water until further notice. Archive photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Boil water notices issued to 15,000 people and businesses in Connemara and east Cork

Under threat: Baloo’s Youth Centre, Gráine Hassett’s most recent project in Calais, while it was being built

Gráinne Hassett has designed key structures at the Calais migrant camp, including a women and children’s centre. Their destruction(...)

Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway West had no female TD for decades until Connolly and Naughton’s success

Fianna Fáil’s Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair: ‘The word I am hearing is that we did better than expected, and why would we blow that now?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former senator Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair predicts FF and FG will not let process drag on

Currently only people aged 14 and older can avail of support, examination and treatment at adult sexual assault and treatment units. Photograph: Thinkstock

HSE fails to find €212,000 to maintain only treatment unit for children under 14

Galway West: Fourth TD elected of five

Galway West: Second TD elected of five

Galway West: Third TD elected of five

Hildegarde Naughton. Although not a gender quota candidate, she has welcomed the initiative. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Galway West: Fifth TD elected of five

 Eamon O’Cuiv

Galway West: First TD elected of five

Éamon Ó Cuív (centre) said said Fianna Fáil’s first port of call would be people with whom they had ‘no philosophical differences,’ with.

Éamon Ó Cuív says party’s first port of call should be people ‘closest to Fianna Fáil’

Independent one of two women elected beside Éamon Ó Cuív, Seán Kyne and Noel Grealish

Will Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin end up forming a government? Senior Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil sources were  privately conceding on Saturday  that a coalition between  the two parties was  the likely outcome of the general election.

Rotating taoiseach arrangement not being ruled out by FF sources if coalition agreed

Prof Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: equality and diversity appointment made after it was found she had been discriminated against in being passed over for promotion by NUIG. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Post one of four major proposals after Micheline Sheehy Skeffington bias ruling

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Galway city ran their own unofficial plebiscite, hosted by sixth class. Image: Google Streetview

Mars Bar bribe swings St Patrick’s Boys’ National School vote leaving Ó Cuiv in cold

Niall Ó Tuathail, Social Democrat candidate for Galway West, canvassing in Shop Street in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Children of internet age – and recession – in late push for votes

Multinationals competing to meet global demand for seafood must not displace small-scale fisheries, Dr Rebecca Metzner  said, and new UN voluntary guidelines aim to promote a sustainable approach. File photograph: Getty Images

UN expert explains goal is to combine cutting edge research with local knowledge, practices

Garda Margaret Byrne escorts a ballot box to the residents of Inishfree Island off Co Donegal, ahead of Friday’s general election. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Islands Federation critical of lack of interest in their issues as shown by political parties

Garda Margaret Byrne  with Inishfree Island resident Hans Schleweck, as she prepares to escort a ballot box to Inishfree Island off the west coast of Ireland, on February 25th, 2016. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Residents criticise lack of interest shown by most political parties in their future

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

Ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen for the World Food Programme

Taoiseach Enda Kenny canvassing  on the streets of Ballinrobe in his home constituency of Mayo. Photograph: Reuters

Castlebar canvass: Sense of scepticism about timing of new investment

 Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Building of Athenry secondary school stalled due to IDA Ireland’s objections

Flaring gas  at the Shell-operated Ballinaboy terminal. Photograph: Shay Fennelly

Government seeks consultant as local residents query intense flaring at Ballinaboy

Galway Bay FM radio chief executive Keith Finnegan has been invited to represent Ireland at this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in St Louis, Missouri, the US.

Galway Bay FM chief Keith Finnegan has been asked to be guest of honour in US city

Fianna Fail Leader Micheál Martin: Said criticism of his terms as health and enterprise minister was a “sad reflection on Leo”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader says attacks reflect “panic and disarray” in Government circles

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (centre) at the launch of the party’s policy on Rural Ireland, the Gaeltacht, the Irish Language and the Islands, at the Hotel Meyrick, Galway. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Martin says delivery of high speed broadband would be key priority if in government

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he is not concerned about a slump in the polls for Fine Gael. Photograph: PA

As polls show FG support in decline, Leo Varadkar says party may not end up as largest

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

Cork ship carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen for World Food Programme

Child Care Law Reporting Project director Dr Carol Coulter. Photograph: Frank Miller

NUIG appoints Coulter as honorary adjunct professor at its school of law

 Westport House: the Nama loan attached to the estate is valued at about €1 million

Tourist attraction owned by the Browne family may be sold to ‘benevolent investor’

Former Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton: ate at Moran’s as did  Seamus Heaney who wrote about “laying down a perfect memory” in the “cool of thatch and crockery” in his poem Oysters. Photograph: Peter Thursfield / The Irish Times

Haughey, Charlton and Brosnan among big names who headed for the thatched cottage

 Galway City Hall: The nine Traveller families with 15 children had moved 10 caravans into the carpark of the offices  on Friday to highlight their situation. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Labour councillor calls on families moved from waste facility in January to ‘calm down’

Star Wars: Skellig Michael, where scenes for The Force Awakens were shot. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

Ecologically significant moments during filming on the Unesco World Heritage site were played down, according to expert guide

The Traveller families had been in private rented accommodation, but were compelled to move out more than six months ago. Photograph: PA

Young families including 15 children take action as talks with Galway council continue

A total of 58 cars and almost 30 trucks were badly damaged when a trailer “broke loose” in the Epsilon’s cargo hold during the heavy weather

Ship’s master aboard Irish Ferries vessel accused of ‘sailing straight into the storm’

Margaret (Mags) Berry, originally from Co Mayo, was last seen on February 3rd in Galway city.

35-year-old Margaret (Mags) Berry was last seen in city last week

The Druid Theatre Company team in 2013. The company has bought Lowstrand House on Flood Street in Galway, for an undisclosed sum. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Premises twice size of existing venue could play part in European Capital of Culture bid

Some of the contents of a 111-year-old lead box time capsule found during renovations at Breaffy House Hotel outside Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Copies of ‘Irish Times’, ‘Western People’ and ‘Punch’ among contents of time capsule

 Galway restaurateur Catherine O’Brien. She says running a small business ethically in Ireland is becoming increasingly difficult due to high costs

Group of small business owners says responsible and independent micro-enterprise is not rewarded

Margaretta D’Arcy is released from Mountjoy prison, in Dublin, in 2014. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Activist jailed twice in 2014 relating to opposition to use of airport by US military

Westport House, Co Mayo. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Nama and Mayo County Council are in negotiation over future of historic house

 Garda Sharon Casserly was being treated for broken limbs in University Hospital Galway this week when her condition deteriorated. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Woman hit by car after stopping to help man reported missing from nursing home

Westport House, Co Mayo.

Browne family have ‘reluctantly’ decided to put Co Mayo tourist site on the market

A still from a video of the rescue of six fishermen off Dublin. Photograph: RNLI

Difficult weather conditions hampered eight-hour rescue

Two gardaí who  stopped to assist the deceased man were also struck by a car and were hospitalised with broken limbs. Photograph: Frank Miller

Garda Síochána in south Galway appealing for witnesses

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