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 5:39

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(...)

 Unesco, which awarded the location world heritage status in 1996, has also made inquiries with the National Monuments Service on the filming. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Archaeologist and art historian Dr Niamh Whitfield has said she is “astonished” the State has allowed filming for the latest Star Wars episode on Ske(...)

The Star Wars freighter-turned-fighter brings  Mark Hamill (the original Luke Skywalker) to Skellig Michael today. Warning: The Irish Times cannot verify the authenticity of this photograph (but it’s obviously real).

Filming of scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII begins this afternoon on Skellig Michael in Co Kerry. Cast and crew of the upcoming movie – includ(...)

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the area on Omey Island where prehistoric remains were revealed by  Atlantic storms. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The recent archaeological finds along the western seaboard are creating great excitement among locals, but a Clifden-based archaeologist believes m(...)