The Iúda Naofa before it sank north of the Butt of Lewis in January

Michael Conneely made film on Aran island fleet’s winter pursuit of mackerel

One of the undercover officers, Mark Kennedy, made several visits to Ireland, including attending a Shell to Sea workshop in Mayo. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Campaigners opposed to the Corrib gas project pay tribute to the women deceived into forming relationships with the men, one of (...)

The chimneys were formed as a side effect of chemosynthetic microorganisms over thousands of years of activity.

Scientists have nicknamed the area “Chimney-henge”: In a world of no sunlight, microrganisms living off methane and toxic hydrogen(...)

New chief of staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett: “We don’t know what’s around the corner, what challenges might face us.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Biggest challenge is to ensure our force is ready,’ says Ireland’s most senior sailor

A Bollywood Kids dance was part of the Diwali Festival of Lights organised by the Indian Cultural and Sports Community Galway and Indian Society at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Life of Savita Halappanavar remembered by Indian community

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

NUI Galway marks centenary of birth and hears of pioneering period as health minister

Mourners light candles at a Place de la République in Paris, France on Saturday, November 14th, 2015.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

French tricolour unfurled under Spanish Arch as French honorary consul present

Speaking in Galway on Saturday, where he attended a vigil with the French honorary consul Catherine Gagneux and a celebration of Diwali with the Indian community, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Riordáin said: “Irish people connect with those truly republican French values of liberty equality and fraternity, and those values are going to be sorely tested now”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Grief turns to anger, anger can sometimes turn to hate - we have to make sure we don’t let that happen’

Edel McGinley, of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, has called on the Government to extend its focus on the issue of undocumented migrant crew in the fishing industry to all low wage sectors. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Migrant Rights Centre asks Coalition to focus on workers in industries beyond fishing

Gardaí sealed off the scene for techincal examination. Photograph: Bryan O’Briem/The Irish Times/Files

Michael McGrath (59) believed to have fallen through perspex roof, HSA investigating

The 143m MV Margiris  was expelled from Australian waters under pressure from environmental and fishing industry groups. Photograph: Air Corps Maritime Patrol Sqdn.

One of the world’s largest trawlers has a quota to fish off the Irish coast

The Health and Safety Authority and gardaí are investigating the death of a farmer  in north Galway.

Man is believed to have fallen through the roof of a shed

Responsibility for the issue of migrant exploitation in the fishing industry falls to a number of Government and State bodies, including the Departments of the Marine, Justice and Jobs as well as the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Naval Service. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Government bodies meet in wake of Guardian article on alleged migrant abuse

NUIG’s Prof Pat Dolan: “It can be easily argued that while we have given forensic attention to the economic recovery, we have not yet given enough focus to the human cost and or recovery.”  Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Prof Pat Dolan speaking at opening by Tánaiste of Institute for Lifecourse and Society

The skills of a plumber, electrician, crane driver and paramedic are far more useful than ‘genius’ when it comes to exploring in space, says Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli .

It’s an unforgiving environment, which can kill you if you make the slightest mistake, says Paolo Nespoli

Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nigerian writer commemorated by university with postgraduate award in his name

By capturing stronger winds at greater heights, the flying wind turbine  can generate eight times more energy than normal wind turbines, Dr Richard Ruiterkamp said.

‘Flying’ wind turbine may avoid conflicts over large-scale wind farms

Romeo Durscher of DJI and Declan Mallen of IFLY Technology, guest speakers at the Drones and Data Conference in Westport. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Remotely piloted aircraft register to be operational before Christmas, says IAA

Undated picture of Barbara Walsh.

The family of a woman who has been missing since 1985 are still looking for answers

Union Hall in west Cork. Photograph: Irlchrism/Wikimedia Commons

Man fail to produce work permit in west Cork day after ‘Guardian’ exploitation claims

A passion for the sea and hard sleepless nights on a rolling platform are prerequisites among crew seeking a berth on a trawler. Photograph: EPA

Bord Iascaigh Mhara statistics conflict with International Transport Federation claims

Gardaí search near Carna in Connemara, Co Galway, in connection with missing woman Barbara Walsh who disappeared in 1985. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Gardaí following 112 new lines of inquiry 30 years after mother of seven disappeared

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney has said he is very concerned” about allegations made by the Guardian about the treatment of workers on board Irish fishing vessels, particularly in relation to their safety. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

International Transport Federation alleges gardaí ‘not taking issue seriously’

Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in The Quiet Man. Photograph: Kobal

As views differ over its future, farmer lays claim to Maam Valley’s most famous ruin

A candlelight vigil in Galway marking the anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s death. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Application for hearing date expected within a few days, solicitor says

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe who has decided to postpone development of the western section of the Galway-Dublin cycle route following objections from landowners. Photograph: Collins

Work on 145km section is paused by Minister after objections from farmers along route

Dr Kristina Johnson: “I had this crazy idea of an all-in-one system on an electric car which has solar panels on the roof and its own charging station.” Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty

Ireland could provide an ideal prototype, former US energy undersecretary says

Fishermen have long blamed seals for reducing species that are fished commercially in Irish waters. Photograph: The Irish Times

Grey and harbour seals not competing with commercial fishermen for other fish – study

Irish farmers are confident of quality produce. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

If people eat Irish-reared meat, ‘they know what they are getting’, say defiant farmers

The humpback whale whose repeated returns to the Cork coastline earned him the nickname ‘Boomerang’ may have found himself a mate who shares his love for southern Irish waters. Photograph: Andrew Malcolm / IWDG

‘Boomerang’ observed feeding off southern Irish coast over ten seasons since 2001

Westport House: the estate’s gross value is just over €12m, according to probate documents

Negotiations still at early stage, according to Minister of State for Tourism Michael Ring

The Macnas Parade, The Shadow Lighter, celebrating the magical, mystical act of transformation, as it passes over the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Duality of life and the power of transformation were central themes for Macnas parade

Notre Dame trustee emeritus Martin Naughton; his wife Carmel (far left); and Sr Maire Hickey, Mother Abbess at Kylemore Abbey, Co Galway. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

A community of 12 nuns at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is to open its doors to students from the American University of Notre Dame (...)

Graffiti artist Finbar 247’s work at the foyer of University College Hospital Galway. Photograph: Nicholas Grundy

Finbar 247 was let loose in University Hospital Galway to mark Mental Health Week with positive messages

The Ocean Guardian drilling rig  at the Corrib field, 80km off the Co Mayo coastline

Company awaits authorisation by Minister for Energy following EPA licence approval

 Aran Islander photographed in 1955. Photograph: George Pickow/Three Lions/Getty Images

Dr Séamus Ó Direáin mapped dialects in the Aran Islands over 25 years for new study

Moy Valley Protection Group opposes plans for 400kv link and two wind farm projects

Former British MP Chris Ruane who is now teaching mindfulness. He says British prime minister David Cameron is interested in the concept

NUI Galway hosting international conference

Europe is grappling with its biggest migration challenge since World War II, with the main surge coming from civil war-torn Syria. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Naval Service patrol ship on its first humanitarian tasking in the Mediterranean

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

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