Air Corps crew and OPW workers remove a delivery of stone from the helipad on Skellig Michael. Photographs: David Sleator

Seven tonnes of stone slabs flown from Valentia Island to 7th-century monastic site

Ulf Bakke in Ernest Shackleton’s former ship’s cabin, which has been on his family’s farm since the 1920s.

The explorer’s final ship’s cabin has spent decades as a farm shed in Norway

NUI Galway students Sarah Carthy and Shane Flynn on a section of the new greenway at the Fisheries Field in Galway city yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

12.4km route to follow disused Galway-Clifden railway line

Prof Michael Williams with some of the 7,500-year-old tree remains at a drowned forest site exposed by storms in Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Prof Michael Williams of NUI Galway believes planning for an uncertain future is better than spending billions to ‘temporarily def(...)

The Save our Air Service Committee, from left front: Prof Micheal O’Cinneide, NUI Galway,  Daithi O’Briain, postgraduate student, who prepared the study; Tarlach de Blacam, representing Inis Meain; at back: Cathy Ní Ghoill, representing Inis Mor; and Paddy Crowe, Inis Oir. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Air links to Aran Islands compare favourably to other public air services

 The launch of the 23ft gandelow built by the Ilen woodboat school, in Roxboro, Limerick,  on the river Shannon. The first crew members were Mike Grimes, Robert Smalle and Matthew Dirr who were rehearsing  for the re-enactment of the battle of Clontarf.  Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Gandelows built as part of Limerick City of Culture project

Poet Theo Dorgan  introduced his selection of 21 pieces of work by Irish and international writers, which are framed and displayed during Cúirt.  Photograph: Pat Boran, Dedalus Press

21 pieces of work selected for waiting areas by poet Theo Dorgan

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launches a new part of the Western Greenway. Taoiseach Enda Kenny cited the trail as a rural success story. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Study recommends piloting Rural Economic Development zones to tackle unemployment

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan. Report says the Minister for Environment should assume responsibility for co-ordinating rural economic development to tackle the higher level of unemployment in areas outside the State’s five main cities Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Report says Minister should assume responsibility for rural economic development

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