The tomb at Tievebaun discovered by archaeologist Michael Gibbons. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

A hilltop tomb recently discovered close to the edge of Tievebaun mountain on the Sligo/Leitrim border may be more than 5,000 years old , according to(...)

REMEMBERING THE BLITZ A series of exhibitions and events in London will mark the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, when the German Luftwaffe bombe(...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Star Wars may return to Skellig Michael this autumn, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site as a film set. The (...)

Before the introduction of the potato to Ireland, seaweed was a staple foodstuff for many living along the coast. Archaeologist Michael Gibbons has wr(...)

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Management at the Connemara hotel owned by businessman Denis O’Brien says it has full authorisation for survey work currently being undertaken on a 16(...)

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons and local historian Michael Moylan who found the new panel of rock art on the Boheh stone near Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

A rare sample of megalithic engraving or “rock-scribing” has been found on an ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.The prehistoric o(...)

A booley or summer cattle grazing settlement found recently in the Partry mountains of south Mayo by archaeologist Michael Gibbons

Damage caused by Storm Rachel to fragile coastal heritage reinforces the need for a dedicated State archaeological “rescue” unit, according to nort(...)

Walk in a winter wonderland
  • Travel
  • December 20, 2014, 06:00

Tis the season when even the sun empathises with the national mood and becomes a tardy riser. It is also the time when many of us fantasise about c(...)

Escape: Michael Gibbons was the only survivor when the helicopter he was in hit trees in thick fog

The Celtic Tiger was in full roar on July 9th, 2005, and three close friends from Galway had hired a helicopter to travel to the Tall Ships Race in Wa(...)

The remaining walls of Arkin’s Castle on Inis Mór, stonework from which  been exposed by storm surges which burst through the castle’s sea gate. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway Bay could be a “younger” geological formation than previously estimated, following precise dating of a fragment from an ancient oak trackway u(...)