An Aer Arann aircraft refueling at Galway Airport. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In a further twist to the row over the Government’s handling of the Aran Islands air link, a feasibility study on the future of Galway Airport recomme(...)

One of six  discovered cannons from the Spanish Armada shipwrecks in 1588 at  Streedagh, Co Sligo,   when it was   set down for a public viewing in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, in July. Photograph: James Connolly

A ceremony to remember the 1,100 soldiers from three Spanish Armada ships who perished at Streedagh, Co Sligo, more than four centuries ago has been(...)

‘Would Ireland be the same place without the traditional music of counties such as Clare, the many local cultural festivals, the visual art of people such as Jack Yeats, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats?’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As the Budget and an election approach one hears concern being expressed about the demand for increases in expenditure in many areas. The much bigger(...)

 Minister for Arts and  Heritage Heather Humphreys  with Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland (right), and Paul Shovlin, a member of the outgoing board, at the launch of the library’s annual review for 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is operating with a third of the staffing resources available to national libraries of comparable size in Europe(...)

Minister  Joe McHugh says competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains ‘live’

Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh said competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains “live” as hundreds of islanders cal(...)

Production crew and sets on Skellig Michael to film Star Wars Episode VII, last year. Photograph Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a culture that had a strong sense of boundaries and limitations. Fifteen hundred years ago, when (...)

Aer Arann Islands owner Pádraig Ó Céidigh said he was ‘devastated’ at the decision and said it represented a blow to the islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, has agreed to meet an Aran Islands delegation next Tuesday over his decision to award the State’(...)

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A senior University College Cork archaeology lecturer has criticised Government’s “sidelining” of State agencies responsible for the Unesco world heri(...)

Joe McHugh: said Executive Helicopters Ltd had been selected as the “preferred tenderer” for the Aran Island air service contract for the next four years

Aer Arann Islands airline owner Pádraig Ó Céidigh has said he is “devastated” and “disappointed” at a Government decision to award the State’s air ser(...)

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 (...)