Fishermen at the pier on Inishbofin Co Donegal. Photograph: Loïc Jourdain

Documentary-maker intends to keep on filming community’s struggle

Shackleton’s cabin pictured at Dun Laoghaire en route to Galway for restoration work with John O’Reilly, Fergus O Gorman  and Joe Farrell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Explorer died of a heart attack in his ‘sea bedroom’ in 1922

 Karen Browne, Biddy Hughes (marketing director) and Sheelyn Browne. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

The 380 acre estate’s €10m debts are being sold by Nama, leaving its future in doubt

The proposed construction at Dún Laoghaire harbour poses “real and significant risks to the stability of the harbour piers”, according to a submission by Water Wags Sailing Club. Photograph: Frank Miller

Planned facility for ‘super liners’ in harbour could cause ‘catastrophic failure’, says club

LE Niamh, with yacht suspected of carrying about €80 million euros  worth of cocaine after it was stormed by an Irish Naval team 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph:   Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

Crew delivered a baby, recovered 39 bodies and rescued more than 4,100 at sea

Aer Arann Islands has said it will fly today as a gesture of goodwill to the islanders

Department fails to offer extension before last flight under existing agreement

Galway Harbour Company has been given two months to propose measures to offset “negative effects” a major expansion of the harbour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chamber chief Frank Greene describes ‘compensatory’ directive ‘major step forward’

Dr Dick Feely, senior scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wild salmon and shellfish among species most vulnerable to falling pH levels of seas

Views of Westport, Co Mayo. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónail /The Irish Times

Study reveals historic house creates millions in indirect investment in western region

A group of Galway coders are spearheading the first Africa Code Week. Photograph: Africa Code Week

Irish group organises event involving thousands of students and 17 African countries

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s South Pole expedition team: Left to right – Frank Wild, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Eric Marshall and Jameson Boyd-Adams. Photograph: Shackleton Foundation/PA

Gift from Norwegian owner to be displayed at Athy Heritage Centre-Museum with artefacts

An Aer Arann aircraft. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Company asked to extend Aran Islands contract after cancellation of tender

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh: says it is intended “to commence a fresh tender process for the air service”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Helicopter company expresses disappointment at cancellation of island air contract

Skellig Michael. Photograph: An Taisce

OPW confirms repairs required after Disney Lucasfilm’s use of Unesco world heritage site

The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has cancelled the tender procedure which could have awarded the Aran Island air service to a helicopter company from October

Decision comes just days before last flights by Aer Arann Islands

The Crew of ‘Nama’ John Harnes, Gillian Mangan, Ger Crowley, David Price, Nigel Croft and David Crowley and Joey the labrador who rowed around Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Team due to complete five-month circumnavigation when they draw into Bray Harbour

 The Luke “Ming” Flanagan poster at the rear of the car park at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Society did not ‘sign off’ on anti-trade pact advertisement by the Independent MEP

A Donegal fish factory  has had its permit suspended on the eve of the herring season. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority begins investigation into Killybegs operation

Fianna Fáil councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice: “Where we might have had two incidents in one week, we now might have just two in a six-week period.”

People in Roscommon town funded and installed camera system themselves

An Aer Arann aircraft refueling at Galway Airport. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New survey complicates row over use of Carnmore site by Aran Islands air services

Emmanuelle Lydon  (right) is pictured leaving the container. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Project aimed to highlight risks and suffering associated with forced migration to Europe

If the EU had placed more emphasis on the importance of culture during its foundation, perhaps it might be a “better union” than at present, President Michael D Higgins has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

‘Music and things of the spirit and heart can travel over borders so easily’ Michael D Higgins says

David Ellis (40) was arrested in Galway on Friday evening.

David Ellis (40) remanded in custody for failing to comply with Sex Offenders Act

The Pádraic Ó Conaire  statue is removed by forklift from Galway City Museum for transport to the Cast Bronze Foundry in Dublin. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Replica of stone statue of ‘Galway’s Chekhov’ may be unveiled in Eyre Square

File photo: 8 people will spend up to 24 hours in a shipping container in Galway City to highlight the migrant crisis in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight people will board container in Galway City with 2 litres of water, portable toilet

A stock image of the RNLI Penlee lifeboat.  Photograph: RNLI/Nigel Millard/PA Wire

Civilian drones, helicopters and coastguard all searching for missing fisherman

‘Star Wars’ crew collect provisions at Portmagee, Co Kerry, on Tuesday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Weather allows shooting to begin on scenes from ‘Star Wars VIII: The Force Awakens’

 Kilronan, Inis Mór: Save Our Air Service Committee to host public meetings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Confusion over department’s bid to extend existing Aer Arann contract to February 2016

A practical demonstration shows fishermen how to use rescue material. Photograph: Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins San Frontières instruct seafarers in how to help migrants in difficulty

Ice cold: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal  in the film Everest.

‘Everest’, a $65m epic about the 1996 disaster on the world’s highest mountain, brings back memories for two Irish climbers

40 jobs expected to be lost at Aer Arann, which has provided the air link for 45 years

Kilmore Quay RNLI volunteer Joe Maddock. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Volunteer also praised the fact the Wexford group had left word on shore about plans

Migrants  demonstrating in Calais. NGO L’Auberge des Migrants International says it has been “overwhelmed” with offers of support. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

French NGO initiative to offer local support and ‘hospitality’ to refugees in border areas

In total, 10 people aged from teens to early 70s were rescued from the water near the Saltee Islands.

The group clung to the small boat for five hours after it capsized near Saltee Islands

Aer Arann Islands owner Pádraig Ó Céidigh said he was ‘devastated’ at the decision and said it represented a blow to the islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Concern over decision to award State’s air service contract to a Galway city helicopter

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

UCC lecturer claims Unesco world heritage site being turned into commodity

The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation  said Ireland is the only EU member state implementing the penalty points system within its fleet, while other vessels fish with “impunity” in Irish waters. File photograph:  Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images

Danish vessel caught fishing illegally in Celtic Sea avoided penalties, says IFPO chief

File photo: The dismantling of a section of the Corrib Gas Line, at Aughoose, Co Mayo, 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public has until September 25th to make submissions or objections

A migrant child cries as he is brought on board the ‘LE Niamh’ on Wednesday during the rescue of more than 550 people from a barge off the coast of Libya. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish ship takes 394 men, 96 women and 71 children from barge 55kms off Libyan coast

Joe McHugh: said Executive Helicopters Ltd had been selected as the “preferred tenderer” for the Aran Island air service contract for the next four years

Government awards contract to helicopter company

 Skellig Michael, off the coast of Co Kerry.	Photograph: Design Pics/Gareth McCormack

Heather Humphreys asked to outline reason for allowing shoot at Unesco heritage site

Noise pollution  can transmit across thousands of square kilometres of ocean, causing physical injury, disorientation and death to whales and dolphins. Photograph: Simon Duggan/Provision

GMIT-led project to measure importance of Irish waters as habitat for marine mammals

Irish Naval vessel LÉ Niamh with the NUIG sensors attached at the bow to measure ocean surface information. Photograph: Brian Ward

Sensor on bow of Naval Service vessel measures sea states for NUI Galway project

Derrynane Inshore Rescue secretary Dave O’Mahony said the rescue of an angler in Co Cork has  highlighted the value of safety equipment. “That was a very inexpensive lifejacket,” he said, referring to the man’s personal flotation device.

Emergency services take 40 minutes to reach man wearing personal flotation device

Children from the Indian community at the parade in  Doughiska Park in Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Doughiska/Merlin Woods, Roscam and Ardaun has 33 nationalities living there

University Hospital Galway: Ray Walsh was found dead in the grounds of a Galway school eight days after leaving the hospital’s psychiatric unit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

CCTV footage showing patient leaving psychiatric unit not initially supplied, says family

Mark Keating of the Whitewater Foundation with his dog Pajo will trek through five Balkan countries. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inspiration for long walk derived from first World War experiences of serving relatives

Labour Party councillor Niall McNelis says the facility, which allows people to earn up to €12,000 tax-free a year from renting a room, is “not sufficient”

Housing crisis affecting students, new employees and almost 4,500 on housing list

Killybegs mackerel skipper Martin Howley

Martin Howley was known from ‘north Norway to China’

 Waves from the waves: Oisín Putt and Arthur Johnson at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President’s Cup event to be hosted by renamed Irish Disabled Sailing Association

The crew of An Tonaí moor the vessel at Parkmore Pier for the festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Canada’s contribution to west coast piers recalled at Cruinniú na mBád in Kinvara

MSF project co-ordinator  Juan Matias Gil (right)  with  rescued Palestinian  migrants Mohammed (35) and his  one-year-old daughter Azeelin, who were on a vessel carrying migrants which capsized in the Mediterranean on August 5th. Mohammed’s wife Diana also survived the sinking. Photograph: MSF

Survivors of capsize incident say vessel was already sinking before LÉ Niamh arrived

Dómhnall Mac Síthigh, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Breandan Ó Muircheartaigh and Liam Holden on their return to Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Four Irish seafaring adventurers hope to reach Santiago de Compostela next year – the third summer they will have spent together i(...)

The Green Dragon 70ft racing boat: its construction at a cost of €4.7 million was funded by a group of businesspeople gathered by Enda  O’Coineen. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volvo 70 yacht sold for undisclosed sum to Austrian Johannes Schwarz

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said she was “delighted” a plan had been agreed to complete Galway Picture Palace. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Picture Palace ran into series of obstacles after first sod turned in 2009

A migrant crawls under a fence as he attempts to access the Channel Tunnel in Calais, northern France, at the weekend. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

‘New Jungle’ residents are cheerful despite situation, but conditions are taking their toll

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President says Europe’s reaction to events in Mediterranean is ‘grossly inadequate’

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Desperate people are taking enormous risks to try to get into Britain from France

Irish Defence Forces photograph of a children  on board the the LÉ Niamh enroute to Palermo.

Fishing boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in Mediterranean

Surviving migrants are brought aboard Irish and Italian Navy life-boats in the area where their wooden vessel capsized and sank off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Vessel en route to port of Palermo after 25 fatalities and at least 185 unaccounted for

A video grab released by the Irish Defence Forces and recorded aboard the LÉ Niamh shows people in liferafts launched during the rescue. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/AFP/Getty Images

Number of fatalities not known, but 185 people were still unaccounted for last night

The  Shell gas refinery  at Bellanaboy in north  Mayo. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

German national died in north Mayo tunnel under construction in September 2013

An aurora a million times brighter than aurora borealis was detected over a  failed star  by a team led by NUI Galway graduate Dr Gregg Hallinan

Irish astronomer who led major aurora discovery says scientists are being held back

Students of Teach Ailín Coláiste Árainn Mhóir on Donegal’s Arranmore island, with The Red Storm, the model boat launched almost six months ago off the coast of New Hampshire in the US, and found by the students close to their college. Photograph: Noel Gaughran

Scale vessel with GPS on board found by Irish language students

Impression of the sub-sea observatory at the Galway Bay test site, connected back to shore by a cable which has already been installed. Photograph: SmartBay

Observatory will provide marine tech and ocean energy developers with ‘real time’ data

Horses and jockeys pounding the sand at the Omey races in Connemara on Sunday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Over 2,000 people attend the rugged annual race in the west of Ireland

LÉ Samuel Beckett patrols Skellig Michael during filming last year for the new Star Wars film (overlay). Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Unimpressed locals say Ireland has again rolled out the red carpet for Hollywood film-makers, ignoring the threat to the heritage (...)

Fergus (16) and Nathaniel (23) Ogden. Photograph: RNLI

Nathaniel and Fergus Ogden set off in June in a boat not much bigger than a dinghy

Galway Maritime Ltd director Steve Ackland described as a ‘highly regarded chandler’

Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick have received British Athena SWAN bronze awards, but NUIG and three other Irish higher education institutions were unsuccessful.

Campaign named after Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says decision ‘vindicates’ efforts

Best hat winner Danielle Gingell, from Claremorris, Co Mayo; winner of the Kilkenny best dressed lady prize Alex Butler, from Midleton, Co Cork; and best Irish design winner Mary White, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, at Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Quick Jack takes the Hurdle as Alex Butler claims the honours off the track

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’

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