A cruiser on the Erne. Work is expected to start on the waterway linking the Erne and the Shannon in April.

Lorna SigginsMarine CorrespondentWaterways Ireland has welcomed Government approval for restoration of the first stretch of the Ulster Canal.Minister (...)

Cuvier’s beaked whale. Photograph: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Irish and British marine scientists are seriously concerned about a spike in strandings of the protected deepwater Cuvier’s beaked whale along the wes(...)

Apple says  it will use renewable energy in Athenry which it will purchase  from a provider, as opposed to building a windfarm. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

Multinationals don’t normally come to the west of Ireland for weather, but that doesn’t apply to Apple and Athenry. The sleet and the storm force wind(...)

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 2:42

When a Connemara-born construction worker began building his life’s dream in an abandoned spice factory down by the Chicago river, friends back hom(...)

Confidence, stubbornness and hubris could be pretty useful attributes if your name was Thor Heyerdahl. Modesty and patience would not necessarily have(...)

 Minister for the Environment, Community  Alan Kelly:   backing proposed Dublin-Galway greenway as part of a national cycle network.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two national farming organisations have criticised the route of the proposed Dublin-Galway “greenway” and have warned that they will “not tolerate” c(...)

Unknown: Waterford, 2012 from Asylum Archive produced by visual artist and researcher Vukasin Nedeljkovic. The exhibition runs until March 20th

Imagine a photographic exhibition of people’s lives, with no individuals captured in the images.Dublin-based Serbian artist Vukasin Nedeljkovic took a(...)

St Angela’s College, Sligo: there are almost 60 full-time academic staff at the college, most of them female, and all currently hold the position of lecturer.  Photograph: Pat Langan

Academic staff at St Angela’s College in Sligo have expressed alarm at a plan to demote their posts from university lecturer to teacher as part of ful(...)

Postmortems were carried out on the sister and brother at University Hospital Galway, with results being “inconclusive, pending toxicology reports”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating the deaths of a brother and sister who were found at their home in Galway on Wednesday are awaiting toxicology reports which will(...)

The LE Samuel Beckett escorted two British trawlers to Cork harbour after they were detained off the Kerry coast. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

Two British-registered factory trawlers have been escorted into Cork harbour by the Naval Service patrol ship LE Samuel Beckett following their deten(...)