The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archaeologists to carry out test excavation at memorial garden on housing estate

Portuguese man o’war on south west coast of Ireland. Photograph: Vincent Hyland/Wild Derrynane

Sting can remain live for some days after marine animals die following stranding

How to Be a Man: Willie Daly, resident Lisdoonvarna matchmaker, on love, relationships and modern technology

Former smoker Lorna Burke, from Galway, signed up to the Croí MyAction programme after a health scare.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 28/9/12016

State could save millions on treatment costs by adopting Galway model, study says

Gardaí seeking to identify a man’s body found in woodland in Co Galway two years ago believe he may have been visiting the city for the annual arts festival or races before his death.

Tests on decomposed remains, found near Barna, fail to establish where man came from

George Galloway, the former British MP,  has said he is in favour of an “Ire-exit” from the EU. File photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Left-wing figure in Galway for screening of his documentary on British ex-PM Tony Blair

A Portuguese man o’ war photographed recently on the southwest coast. A marine biologist has warned they have an extremely dangerous sting and should not be handled. Photograph: Vincent Hyland/Wild Derrynane

Marine animal washes up in large numbers along Irish coastline as far north as Donegal

A Portuguese man o’ war photographed recently on the southwest coast. A marine biologist has warned they have an extremely dangerous sting and should not be handled. Photograph: Vincent Hyland/Wild Derrynane

Southerly gales sweep marine animal with powerful sting up along Atlantic seaboard

ADHD affects about 2.5 per cent of a population, and two-thirds of those with childhood diagnosis continue with the condition into later life.

New NUI Galway study finds lack of supports in educational and work settings

 Pat and Bob Cohan at their cottage dating from around 1798 in Kilcolman, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

American couple Bob and Pat Cohan have slowly but lovingly restored a tiny abandoned cottage, built about 1798, near Kilcolman, ou(...)

Speaking of Dublin’s dominance, Government planning adviser Paul Hogan said: “Outside of city states like Singapore I think this is possibly unique.” File photograph: Frank Miller

Capital ‘as big in terms of size and population as next 40 towns and cities combined’

Geraldine Hennelly exercies her dogs at Cappagh Park in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Proposed bylaws also include restrictions on soccer kick-abouts and picking flowers

The alarm was raised after discovery of a 6m potting vessel in the inner part of Galway Bay near Tawin Island.

Authorities expected to launch inquiry into death of Patsy Kelly (68)

The alert was raised after discovery of a six-metre potting vessel in the inner part of Galway bay near Tawin island.

Alert raised following discovery of small, empty potting vessel with engine running

First-year students gather in the quad at NUI Galway for a group photograph, in a new tradition for the college. Photograph: Patrick Heneghan, NUIG

Dr Jim Browne says he is confident the university is addressing the gender issue

Gas flaring at Shell’s Corrib gas terminal in Co Mayo.

Shell to Sea says €1,000 fine equivalent to ‘65 seconds... of current Corrib sales revenue’

Boil water notice for over 50,000 families in Enda Kennys home county of Mayo after cryptosporidium parasite found in the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme. Photograph: Paul Mealey

Lough Mask water plant to be checked after alert for cryptosporidium contamination

A boil water notice affecting some 46,500 people across half of Co Mayo remains in place, following detection of the microscopic parasite during routine sampling late last week. File photograph: Getty Images

Boil water notice affecting much of Co Mayo in place after microscopic parasite detected

Irish Water and Mayo County Council are investigating the cause of cryptosporidium contamination which has affected drinking water supplies for almost 47,000 people across south Co Mayo. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Almost 47,000 people affected by boil water notice following discovery of parasite

Adrian Herlihy of Day’s Bar on Inishbofin with a 16h century decorated stone believed to be from a “lost” O’Malley castle. Photograph: Marie Coyne

Island ‘clearly of major military and economic importance’ during Middle Ages

Sixth class pupil Leah Glennon giving her opinion on the Apple tax ruling  at Lisheenkyle National School, Co Galway. Also present  is school principal Anne Keary and other 6th class pupils. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Opinions on tax ruling were evenly split among Athenry primary school students

Able stoker Bill Mynes, 73, with his granddaughter Shona at Thursday’s ceremony. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Scrolls for four Naval Service crew who saved lives after explosion on LÉ Cliona in 1962

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) inquiry into the incident on the Oileán an Óir (italics) on August 24th, 2015 found the two men inhaled “lethal” levels of hydrogen sulphide and “elevated” levels of ammonia. File photograph: Getty Images

Oileán an Óir trawler inquiry finds two men inhaled ‘lethal’ levels of hydrogen sulphide

The Shackleton statue being put in place in Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dom Eaton

Tribute in home county comes on centenary of famous Antarctic rescue

Cornish-French theatre company Footsbarn will perform two shows at the Clifden Arts Festival

Featured acts include theatre company Footsbarn and fiddler Colm Mac an Iomaire

Westport House, an 18th-century mansion, is still on the market for €10 million. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Sale of landmark building in Mayo contingent on resolving loan on surrounding lands

Sam Field Corbett on the ‘Laura Lucy’: he suggested a ‘floating village’ to the DDDA which would be fully accessible to the public. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A more enlightened approach needs to be taken to people living on canal boats

Mother Abbess Máire Hickey and president of the High Court Mr Justice Peter Kelly with Notre Dame’s provost, Thomas Burish before the conferral ceremony at Notre Dame’s new education centre at Kylemore Abbey. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Honorary doctorates awarded to mother abbess of Kylemore Abbey and president of the High Court

Alan Robinson, chief executive officer of Docklands Business Forum, at one of the Georgian Graving Docks at the Grand Canal Basin, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Development of three Georgian graving docks part of dockland business forum plan

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: has extended the deadline for public consultation several times. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Marine Institute accused of ‘lack of transparency’ over application to develop project

 Tim Pat Coogan: giving the keynote speech at the weekend festival

Gathering on Aran Island of Inis Mór celebrates writers Liam and Tom O’Flaherty

Black-legged kittiwakes rest on an iceberg in Spitsbergen. Researchers are monitoring populations using cameras and citizen science. Photograph: Tom Hart.

Time-lapse cameras used to monitor wildlife hit by climate change

Norwegian tall ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl arriving into Dublin port with members of its crew singing from the rigging - as part of research into how sea shanties make for happier work environments. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Norwegian training vessel visits Dublin to research the use of songs to motivate crew

Camilla Coyne and KnockFada Kimberley at the 93rd annual Connemara Pony show in Clifden Co. Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

There was plenty to see at the Galway festival, though one legend was sadly missing

National University of Ireland, Galway microbiologist Prof Martin Cormican. Photograph: NUIG

Long-term health impact of tiny particles in sunblock and toothpaste is ‘not yet known’

Kinvara green  before the quayside area was tarred over to allow work on a new sewage treatment plant. Photograph: Aerial Video Photo Production

Public meeting to be held on eve of annual Cruinniu na mBad regatta

Prof Aongus Curran (51) lost his life in a boating incident on Lough Corrib at the weekend.

Large numbers attend service for doctor who died in boating incident on Lough Corrib

An image from the Derrynane Inshore Rescue Facebook page.  A 92-year-old war veteran is recovering in hospital after he was medically evacuated by rescue volunteers from a south Kerry island.

Man (92) fell on Einaun island in Kenmare River on Sunday but waited until Monday to seek help

The Caribbean Princess: the 290-metre cruise ship was forced to abandon a scheduled visit to Dublin Port at the beginning of August

Bermudan authorities to publish findings, believed to be caused by electrical fault

Prof Aongus Curran (51) an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin is believed to have drowned when his boat ran into difficulties on the lake.

Prof Aongus Curran (51) was a leading ENT specialist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin

Julian Checkley of Order 66 Creatures and Effects in  Galway with his character Grummgar which won a best in show award at the  Star Wars Celebration Europe event in London. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Star Wars’ character Grummgar made by costumer from Order 66 Creatures and Effects

A campaign group in Connemara has initiated a petition to highlight the need to address what it describes as ‘one of the most dangerous roads’ in the State. File photograph: Getty Images/National Geographic

N59 Action Campaign launches petition calling for development of Connemara route

People on the Aran Islands used solar panels to charge devices after a power outage

Islands lost power after a sub-sea cable in Gregory’s Sound was ruptured on Friday

Princess Cruises said the ship did not lose total power. Photograph: Princess Cruises

‘Grand class’ type vessel 17 decks tall shelves visit after power failure 40km off Dublin

Residents expressed concern about the effect on tourism along the Wild Atlantic Way, and the noise and effect on marine life

The Marine Institute wants to upgrade a renewable energy test site in Galway Bay. Poor communication and project splitting have l(...)

Danny Sheehy, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Glen Hansard and Liam Holden, who took a naomhóg, or Kerry currach, around 600 km of the north Spanish coastline on the final leg of the Camino na Sáile or “Camino by sea”

A seafaring crew from west Kerry brought the musician on board for the final leg of their three-summer currach voyage from Ireland(...)

 Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg, with boats from Lough Derg Yacht Club. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The final part in the series on the Irish Water project examines criticisms of the plans

The Aquarius capsule: Dr Marc Ó Gríofa from Clonee, Co Meath, is a member of the Nasa  project located 6km off the US Florida coast. Photograph: Nasa Neemo

Irish participants in Nasa seabed mission replicating life in space

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg is part of the Shannon water system. Irish Water plans to build a 170 km long pipe from the Parteen basin on the river Shannon to Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lorna Siggins’s second of her three-part series runs the rule over mounting challenges

Kite brooches were used as pieces of jewellery to fasten a cloak or shawl

US student makes discovery while on archaeology field trip to Omey Island

Shannon pipeline: Parteen Weir. Photograph: Alan Betson

To solve Dublin water shortages, plans are in train to build a 170km pipeline from the Shannon. Opponents say it will affect the e(...)

The medal awarded to Timothy McCarthy for his role in Shackleton’s epic sea rescue in the Antarctic Ocean in 1916.  Photograph: Jan Starnes

Shackleton museum in Kildare fails to match bid for award to Irish Antarctic adventurer

Former Asahi plant in Killala, Co Mayo. The new power station was to be based on this site

Mayo Renewable Power project in Killala halted due to financing difficulties

The    polar  medal awarded to Shackleton adventurer and Corkman Tim McCarthy, which is  being auctioned in London. Photograph: Jan Starnes

Tim McCarthy survived Shackleton journey but died off southwest coast in first World War

 Construction work by O’Malley Construction at Réileán at Roscam in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New housing regulations a ‘shock to anyone who stopped building in 2007’

Galway City Council has said it is taking legal advice over the felling of mature trees without a permit in a public park in Salthill over the weekend. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Five trees were cut down without permission in Salthill Park over the weekend

David Kinsman: whose Galway home was provided by the Clúid housing agency. He worked in construction “in a situation where I couldn’t save for a mortgage”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Man saved from brink of homelessness: ‘It feels like the world is giving you a big hug’

A woman looks at flowers and messages placed in tribute to the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Foreign affairs says Irishman initially feared injured actually safe and well

Revenue said its policy was to investigate all such detections with a view to prosecution.

Revenue’s routine inspection on Inis Mór yields unusually high number of illicit fuel finds

 Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys with members of the Galway team who secured the European Capital of Culture designation for 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Delight at announcement of 2020 title tempered with sympathy for victims of Nice attack

The census figures show a decline over the past five years in Donegal of -1.5 per cent

EU policy is to ‘gentrify’ rather than develop the west, says Dr Micheál Mac Gréil

Marie Antoinette (Tara Breathnach) gives advice on headwear at Quay Street in Galway city on Thursday during a street theatre production to mark Bastille Day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bar marks historic links between Galway and France as artist proves art is rubbish

The discovery of three dead dolphins in the space of a week on the west Kerry coast has prompted a call for the EU to place observers on large fishing vessels. Photograph: Patrick Lyne

Expert wants observers on large fishing ships after the discovery of three bodies in a week

A boy plays on rebar being used to build a new sea wall to replace one that failed during last year’s king tide in Betio, a town on the island of South Tarawa in Kiribati, whose fate in the face of climate change is so precarious that the government is effectively planning its own demise. Photograph: Josh Haner/New York Times

A senior American marine expert is alarmed by misinformation about climate change and by weak leadership, but he refuses to give i(...)

NASA astronauts carry out simulated space manoeuvres on the ocean floor during a previous NEEMO expedition. An Irish doctor has been selected to monitor the health of six astronauts, engineers and scientists who are due to spend three weeks in an undersea research station off the Florida coast. Photograph:  NASA

Astronauts, engineers and scientists will spend three weeks undersea off Florida

Director Garry Hynes. Druid Theatre company has announced an ‘unusual rural tour’ of Hynes’s new production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company selects three ‘bleak but beautiful’ locations to showcase Samuel Beckett’s text

Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway. A leaked report has suggested closing its emergency department and sending patients to UHG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaked report calls for closure of A&E department in Portiuncula Hospital

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys with Hughie O’Donoghue at the opening of his exhibition, part of Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Arts minister approves additional funding for city’s arthouse cinema

Merlin Woods is home to five species of bat, some 16 species of butterfly and the short-eared owl. Library photograph: iStock

Councillors vote to allow new hospice construction within Merlin Woods

Playwright Enda Walsh has said he believes the Brexit referendum result reflects a British ‘inferiority complex’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Playwright says world has ‘become a lot more polarised and a lot scarier, politically’

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Seán Kyne: said one final effort would be made to reach a deal between Aer Arann Islands and the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deadline for contract talks extended after ‘stumbling blocks’ relating to airport identified

A gas flaring incident at the Shell-operated Bellanaboy Terminal in Co Mayo. Photograph: Shay Fennelly

Energy giant is accused of breaching its emissions license at refinery in north Mayo

The Irish Underwater Council  wrote to the EPA in March, seeking an appropriate assessment of the impact of dumping spoil on the Burford Bank, 5km southeast of Howth. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns about impact on special area of conservation

Although 91 per cent of the farmers did not smoke, 13 per cent had a pre-existing diagnosis of obstructive lung disease and 12 per cent demonstrated abnormal lung function. Photograph: iStock

Researcher found that 89 per cent of participants were overweight

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  “We had very pragmatic discussions, and there is clearly a generosity and willingness among the congregations around donating lands and buildings.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

List of properties nationwide to be drawn up for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney

Johnny Cloherty harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Two-decade study finds iodine deficiency much lower in seaweed-rich coastal areas

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has ruled out increasing the mandatory minimum provision of 10 per cent of social housing, arguing that this would be ‘too crude’ an instrument and ‘naive’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

New housing strategy will also ensure planning decisions ‘within six months’

Frank Bolter’s paper boat is launched at Kinvara on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Frank Bôlter worked with locals to build an 'unfolding' ten-metre vessel from large sheets of paper

 Ireland and Britain share about 40 stocks, and Britain is a key market for Irish seafood. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Michael Creed says department are listening to fishing industry at Galway SeaFest

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the Government was ‘committed to a process that can bring about change’ but the Bill before the Dáil ‘will not change anything for anybody’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Intervention comes as Minister of State calls for free vote on ‘issue of conscience’

 Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary, Mary Shelman, a former Harvard agribusiness programme director, and Tara McCarty of Bord Iascaigh Mhara. Photograph: Andrew Downes

US agribusiness specialist stresses virtue of marketing scarce supply as high value at BIM conference

Bord Iascaigh Mhara ceo Tara McCarty with  broadcaster Olivia O’Leary  and global agri-food industry expert Mary Shelman at the National Seafood Conference, Galway. Photograph:Andrew Downes/xposure

Oblivious to Brexit, fish know no boundaries - but fishermen will be held to account, conference told

Minister for Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney has given a second extension to public consultation over Marine Institute plans for renewable energy test site in Galway Bay.

Concerns over handling of plans to test wave, tidal and wind turbine devices off An Spideal

Over half of those who participated in a Health Service Executive-sponsored survey in Galway have “hazardous” drinking habits, while 18 per cent of respondents believe it is “acceptable” to give a 15-year-old child alcohol at home. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some 44% find it acceptable to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to consume alcohol at home

Former minister for communications, energy and natural resources, Pat Rabbitte, at the announcment of details of the Eircode, the national postcode system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish language commissioner gets over 70 complaints about postal code roll-out

 Former president Mary Robinson was critical of the Remain campaign’s concentration on a “fear factor about the economic implications”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president appeals to EU to remember its core values

Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of the Killybegs Fishermens’ Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders fear Irish access to 40 stocks shared with Britain could be reduced after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: English man Pete Ball, a long-time Labour supporter who now lives in Connemara, says he is very disappointed by the British Labour Party leader. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

English living in Ireland disappointed with David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn

A mudslide of hundreds of tonnes of peat has closed the N59 Galway-Clifden road, some 8km  east of Clifden town in Connemara. Source: Google maps

N59 expected to closed for part of Friday after hundreds of tonnes of peat slide to close road

20-year-old man’s name not being released until relatives informed

US Vice President Biden enjoys a round of golf , with the taoiseach Enda Kenny, at Castlebar Golf Club, in Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny basks in glory as he shows VP around his Mayo

Members of the Irish Naval Association, veterans of the Irish Navy, after the decommissioning of the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Aisling at Galway Docks on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ship aided Air India recovery and capture of IRA gun-runner over 36 years of service

Mayo welcome: Locals turn out to greet US vice-president Joe Biden, as he walks down Garden street, home of his ancestors, at Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kenny compares visit by Bidens to pilgrimage to Ireland undertaken by Kennedy clan

Seal  near Dalkey Island in Dublin bay. Previous dumping has already had an impact on the integrity of the area. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

Underwater Council warns contaminants could damage special area of conservation

Large numbers of dead fish were reported over a kilometre of one of the tributaries of the Clare river. Photograph: Graham Horn/

Inland Fisheries Ireland says pollution of Yellow river caused by silage effluent

Times past: The original Oireachtas 1913 group photograph outside the Town Hall in Galway

Future presidents and Proclamation signatories among Gaelic League Oireachtas 1913

Johnny Cloherty harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The decision to sell a local firm to a Canadian company has shocked some in the industry

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