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

An Taisce has asked Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to outline how she is giving consent to the Disney Lucasfilm Star Wars project on the Unesco w(...)

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

Whale and dolphin activity on Ireland’s continental shelf is being measured off the west coast this week by a 21-metre yacht known to be one of the (...)

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

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is not only rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean. It is also gathering information for a marine research pr(...)

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.

An angler who slipped into the sea in Dursey Sound, Co Cork, owes his life to his personal flotation device (PFD), according to the Kerry-based Derryn(...)

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

From small villages to large cities, every community in Ireland is now as multicultural as it wants to be, according to leaders of an award-winning s(...)

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.

The sister of a Galway man whose body was found eight days after he had been reported missing from University Hospital Galway’s (UHG) psychiatric unit(...)

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

An Irish businessman and his Labrador dog have been training for a 20,000km walk over mountains to raise funds for charity and to mark his 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”

A Galway city councillor has called on the Government to expand the tax incentive attached to the “rent a room” scheme as one way of easing the accomm(...)

Killybegs mackerel skipper Martin Howley

Tributes have been paid to pioneering mackerel skipper, Donegal-based businessman and fishing industry leader Martin Howley who has died after a short(...)

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

Shane Barker (12) and Oisín Putt (12) became friends through basketball, but that friendship has bonded through a shared passion for dinghy sailing. (...)