Ossian, the legendary Scottish bard, may not even have existed. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Researchers link mathematical properties of ‘epic’ texts to hero tales of Fenian cycle

An aerial view of part of the Aran island of  Inis Mór. Residents of the island have called on the Government to take urgent action over the impending loss of the sole ferry link with Galway over the winter months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Island Ferries in dispute over over by-law seeking levies from islanders and tourists

 Travellers protest in Ballinasloe: “If we just had a basic upgrade, we’d be happy. But it’s as if the county council has forgotten about us.”Photograph: Galway Bay FM/Galway Traveller Movement

Different gradients of ‘terrible’ housing conditions as families stage protest in Co Galway

Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at NUI Galway on Monday, pictured with Dr Jim Browne, President of the college. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Connacht head coach receives honorary doctorate at NUI Galway with “heavy heart”

A flyover by the Air Corps at the docks in Galway during the naming and commissioning of the Naval Services newest vessel the ‘LÉ William Butler Yeats’. Photograph: Andy Newman

Latest patrol ship ‘LE William Butler Yeats’ commissioned in Galway ceremony

 Lily-Mae Morrison at the opening of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children at NUI Galway. Lily-Mae will play “Little Alice” in Youth Ballet West’s performance of Alice Underground during the festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Now three years cancer free, Galway schoolgirl will dance cameo role in ballet

The road leading to the Yeats Tower at Thoor Ballylee in Co Galway, which is flooded in areas by up to six feet of water. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

State-backed scheme to be limited to cases where no engineering solution possible

JG O’Donoghue’s artist impression of Rathcroghan Mound: the mound was where the kings and queens of Connacht were inaugurated in a ritual “mating” with the local Earth goddess

Archaeological technology is uncovering new information about one of Ireland’s most significant but least appreciated sites, in (...)

It is understood that theatre space had been booked for a patient who was due to have several toes amputated in one procedure.

Review is under way at University Hospital Galway into why procedure was not in theatre

Davitt Walsh, who rescued a child from drowning off Buncrana pier in March, with his mother Siobhán, as  he received the Michael Heffernan gold medal for bravery at Farmleigh, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Davitt Walsh who swam out to car where five drowned among those honoured in Dublin

Barbara Fitzpatrick, the first Irish woman to sail through both the Northeast and Northwest passages, with  Contance Difede on the ‘Northabout’. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

‘Northabout’ completes circumnavigation in seven weeks highlighting polar ice melt

Irish boat ‘Northabout’, with a British crew, completed the circumnavigation of the North Pole in seven weeks. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

Record speed of voyage that took two summers 15 years ago highlights severity of ice melt

Farmer Michael Kelly on his land near Ardrahan village in South Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

€150m ‘agri cash flow’ support loan fund welcomed by former IFA county vice-chair

The seafarers’ tax allowance has been extended to the fishing fleet as a result of an Indecon consultancy review of marine taxation, and will amount to a tax credit of €1,270 for workers on board fishing vessels. File photograph: Getty Images

Allowance will amount to tax credit of €1,270 for workers on board fishing vessels

The Marine Institute’s Galway Bay project is  billed as an integral part of the State’s offshore renewable energy programme

Latest trial is third wave-power device to be tested at the Marine Institute’s site

Farmer Michael Kelly on his land near Ardrahan village in South Galway.  ‘We don’t need any increase in the price of excise duty on farm diesel, and there has to be some measure to help cash flow, such as bringing forward the areas of natural constraint  payments which the Government had committed to for 2018,’ he says.Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Calls for impact of flooding, Fair Deal assesment and cash flow to be addressed in budget

The sample group involved in excess of 12,400 people who had experienced their first heart attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Ethnic groups in 52 countries participate in in-depth study led by NUI Galway researcher

The crew of the West Cork inshore potter Celtic Dawn had a close call on Monday morning  when a Spanish fishing vessel (seen above) steamed within a few metres of its stern. Screengrab: Celtic Dawn/Facebook

Celtic Dawn potting off Beara peninsula when Spanish fishing vessel passes within metres

A private investigator  who pleaded guilty to breaches of the Data Protection Act has received fines totalling €7,500 at Tuam District Court. File photograph: George Doyle/Getty Images

Michael Ryan (47) accessed personal details held by the Department of Social Protection

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Seán Kyne said he believed the amalgamation of Galway’s city and county councils should be explored but that  should be a consensus on the matter before such a move took place. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Expert group says ‘Greater Galway Authority’ should be formed before 2019 local elections

Able Seaman Des Branigan photographed in 2014 at an  event to mark the 30th anniversary of the liquidation of Irish Shipping. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Crew risked their lives to keep sea supply line to Ireland open during second world war

Galway City Councillors form a guard of honour as the remains of Bobby Molloy are taken to the New Cemetery in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Mourners at Galway Cathedral hear rowing was ‘passion’ of founding member of PDs’

Aerial photo of NUI Galway Quadrangle. The university set a target to become “one of the greenest, smartest, healthiest and community-focused” campuses in the world.

NUI Galway sets target of becoming one of world’s ‘smartest’ facilities as GMIT energy day

People gather to pay their respects at the removal of Bobby Molloy at his home, St Mary’s, at Rockbarton Road in Salthill, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Former Fianna Fáil and PD politician served as TD from 1965 until 2002

John Hannigan’s highly readable survey of mankind and the oceans tackles deep-sea mining, superpower rivalries, global warming an(...)

Skellig Michael, where the use of drones to capture film footage is seen as damaging to local bird life. Photographer: 	Design Pics / Gareth McCormack

Approval for Fáilte Ireland request goes against ban on public use, says OPW employee

A Mayo fan in the last few seconds of the All Ireland as Mayo were beaten by Dublin in the All Ireland at Croke Park Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Candles, prayers and eight centuries of anticipation at Ballintubber Abbey

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

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