Island Ferries Teo spokesman, Jason O’Sullivan, said that trips would resume from Kilronan on Inis Mór on Friday evening at 5pm until January 4th as a gesture of goodwill. Photograph: Getty

Suspension of services would ‘never have happened if we had been listened to’

Aran islanders on Inis Mór face a second day without a passenger ferry. File photograph: Getty Images

Three-way talks due in bid to resolve impasse over levy as islanders stage protest

John Fallon writes that arrival of Pat Lam, a New Zealander of Samoan descent, provided the inspiration for this year’s Pro12 final win over Leinster. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former manager and journalist John Fallon’s book tracks highs and lows of province

Barbara Walsh (33), known locally as Babe Dara Aindriú, vanished from the family home at Roisín na Maithníoch (Rusheenamanagh) outside Carna, Connemara,   in the early hours of June 22nd, 1985.

Mother-of-seven Barbara Walsh (33) disappeared 31 years ago from Carna family home

Some 900 residents on the largest of three islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are affected by the cut to the winter service provided by Island Ferries Ltd in a row over passenger levies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Several hundred protest suspension of ferry service between Inis Mór and Connemara

The row between Island Ferries and Galway County Council arises from a bylaw passed by the council in 2011, stipulating that passenger levies must be collected to pay for the harbour development at Inis Mór

Sinn Féin calls for Naval Service patrol ship to assist 900 living on largest Aran Island

The debris left after an explosion on a yacht on which two men were sailing close to Rinville in Galway Bay last April. Photograph: Gearóid Walsh.

Marine investigators’ report says no gas alarm on vessel which sank with two men on-board

Dr Louise Firth on  the causeway to Mutton Island in Galway Bay. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An eco-engineering project in Galway shows how fragile coastal habitats can be renewed

Island Ferries says it has no problem with harbour dues, but the levy makes its winter service unsustainable. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cutbacks to take effect for largest Aran island due to impasse over levies sought by council

Mary Robinson has confirmed her archive will be ’gifted to NUIG, with Mayo County Council having full access to any part of the collection which is required to support the mission of the centre in Ballina’, it said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Former president says she will not avail of €1.2m tax relief for donation which will be given to NUI Galway

“At any moment I could be taking to the Salthill promenade with my sleeping bag.” Photograph: Michelle McMahon/Getty Images/Flickr Open

‘I always thought homelessness was something you’d be singing carols for,’ says one

The  Ross Sea: A 35-year agreement  to safeguard the area puts it  beyond the reach of even Donald Trump, according to  the Antarctic Ocean Alliance.

A deal to conserve the Ross Sea sets a high standard for global water biodiversity

The flooded quayside at Kinvara, Co Galway, during the 2013-2014 winter storms. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Storm Darwin’s devastating impact may have been due to a ‘sting jet’, expert says

Graduate Maitiú Quinn watches Aoife King tying Damien Graham’s tie ahead of the  ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Galway 2020 Capital of Culture participation in sight for artists with intellectual disability

Preliminary results of a survey conducted has found that drink containers constitute the most widespread type of litter  on the Irish coastline. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Snapshot’ study on 3.5% of the Irish coastline regards erosion as greatest threat to shore

Betty and Mairtín Ó Reilly talk to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the  Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh in Rosmuc, Co Galway. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Taoiseach praises Pearse’s role as Irish language activist at opening of cultural centre

Inishturk offered refuge for Americans who were “terrified” at the prospect of Donald Trump becoming first citizen.

Residents of Mayo island to light bonfire in honour of new American leader

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board  is investigating the death of an Egyptian crewman on board an Irish fishing vessel off the southwest coast. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Marine Casualty Investigation Board launches inquiry after crewman’s death

An example of a palm oil ball which can be toxic to dogs found on Fistral beach in Cornwall. Photograph: Dave Meredith

Putrid smelling globules may be linked to pollution at sea, says Coastwatch Europe

Minister of State Seán Canney said the aid scheme was primarily for residential properties flooded last winter and in previous years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Once-off targeted scheme to make contact with homeowners before end of year

 River Shannon Protection Alliance member Donal Whelan at Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

See the proposed route, field by field.......

An Irish Water pipeline is to be laid underneath lands belonging to local dairy farmers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water’s €1.2bn Shannon-Dublin pipe plan to affect more than 500 landowners

 Parteen Weir on Lough Derg. Oireachtas members will be invited to a presentation on the “final preferred route” from Parteen Basin through Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in south Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

The 170km pipe has faced opposition, will cost €1.2bn and affect more than 500 landowners

Hot flushes are caused by declining oestrogen levels.

Men with testosterone deficiency can also experience hot flushes due to andropause

Dismantling a section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. When Seán Lemass signed the State’s first exploration agreement in 1959, the Irish subsidiary of Messman-Rinehart was given exclusive rights to both onshore and offshore drilling – for a sum of £500. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Amanda Slevin’s study of our energy policy pre- and post-Corrib is a must for policymakers

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

150 jobs, welcomed by Enda Kenny in 2013, never materialised

The site in Derrydonnell near Athenry, Co Galway, where Apple plans to  build its  €850 million data centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael councillor Peter Feeney says march not intended to influence High Court

Anne Byrne with her daughter Una. Of being honoured by her alma mater, she said: “Honoured, excited, nervous, but I will take it all as it comes”

Anne Byrne made her first recordings in 1954 using a tape recorder she had bought in New York

People take part in a candlelit vigil in memory of the residents of  the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.  Photograph: Ray Ryan

Test excavation on possible burial site at Bon Secours institution enters final stage

The young Anne Gannon on her graduation from NUIG and as she is now – the mature centenarian.

Anne Gannon left university during Europe’s darkest hour, as tide of fascism was rising

Michael D Higgins photographed cutting the ribbon to launch the Picture Palace cinema in Galway in 2009. Lelia Doolan is also pictured. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Project has been plagued by difficulties since it was first proposed in 2004

President Michael D Higgins (centre) with  his wife Sabina (far right) and  Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin (left) and atlas co-authors Paul Walsh and Jacinta Prunty at the launch the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Michael D Higgins says words used about migrants similar to those used during Famine

Hector Ó hEochagáin at the launch of TG4’s autumn schedule in August at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: 1Image/Bryan Brophy

Irish television station hailed as ‘most significant sign of our self-esteem as a nation’

Gerard Hanberry with Joyce Redmond, for whom Steve Earle wrote ‘Galway Girl’, a the launch of Hanberry’s book ‘On Raglan road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them’. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Gerry Hanberry’s book, ‘On Raglan Road’, tells the story of the women who inspired great Irish love songs by Mick Hanly, Christy (...)

John Breslin, director of the programme: “Most people think that innovation happens by accident or serendipity, but we aim to apply team work and training to allow for this also.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TechInnovate uses MIT model of ‘disciplined enterpreneurship’ to come up with new ideas

Róisín Tyrell, James Riordan and Johanne Webb of Macnas ahead of the Halloween parade ‘Savage Grace’ in Galway. Photograph: Declan Monaghan

Balmy weather sees over 45,000 people turn out for annual Halloween pageant in Galway

A new direction for Gaelscoileanna in the Gaeltacht?  Kilronan, Inis Mór. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Scheme to include full immersion for infants and all post-primary subjects through Irish

More than 2,00 gardaí are refusing to  use Pulse, the Garda’s internal computer system for a period of 24 hours.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AGSI members boycotting Garda Pulse system today in work-to-rule action

The Ferry seen  at Kilronan on Inis Mór, Aran Islands. The company said it would cut the service from November 2nd due to Galway County Council’s insistence on charging a passenger levy to pay for the redeveloped harbour.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Island Ferries Teo says it will withdraw the service unless there is an amicable solution

Truck driver Joe Druhan: ‘We don’t use service stations on motorways in France any more, as  traffickers are taking people up and down in minibuses,  looking for Irish- and English-registered vehicles.’ Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Migrants in France still at risk from people traffickers, say truck drivers

Irish and fellow European scientists tracking European eels have found the nocturnal sea animals stagger their swim to the Sargasso Sea in the western Atlantic, where they breed before they die. File photograph: Getty Images

Research shows mysterious migratory routes far more circuitous than thought

 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

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