‘Catching small waves and that feeling of weightlessness must be akin to what my little baby felt as she cruised the amniotic seas of my womb’

Katie McAnena: ‘My baby won her first paddleboard title at 14 weeks gestation’

Dr Mary Rogan agrees that Fempi cuts had affected many GPs, and two doctors who had retired near her in Headford, Co Galway, had not been replaced. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister for Health ‘should have consulted GPs’ and told to bring fairness into the system

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of the Tuam mother and baby home: she said the  Bon Secours should pay for further investigation. “There has to be accountability.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Survivors’ network calls for further investigation at former mother and baby home

Quota deal: overall package is worth €266 million to the Irish fleet. Photograph:  Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil marine spokesman warns of impact of Brexit on fishing industry

Marine Scotland says artisanal hand cutting, or picking, wild seaweed has far less environmental impact than mechanised harvesting. File photograph: Getty Images

BioAtlantis says mechanical system suited to sustainable environmental management

One of the projects awarded funding was an initiative hoping to develop an agritech centre of excellence. Photograph: iStock

Regional development projects secure more than €30 million in State funding

Steve Conneely of the Maria Magdalena III fishing vessel, with Ernest Okutu. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland survey says some foreign workers are ‘severely underpaid’

Allan Daly (left), who opposes the proposed Apple data centre in Athenry on grounds of  environmental concerns,  with  campaigners who support the project, in Derrydonnell last Tuesday. Photograph: Nuacht TG4

US environmental engineer Allan Daly says he has been ‘called all sorts of things online’

Noel Doherty of Athenry Bring Back Apple says his interest is ensuring the town became an industrial hub. Photograph: Getty Images

Support groups for Apple differ over ‘tactics’ being employed

Sean-nós dancer Thomas Connolly performs with musician Seamus the Busker in Galway city centre during the Galway Buskers’ Community all-day performance to highlight opposition to new busking regulations. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bylaw would ban buskers from performing in any one place for more than two hours

 Freya Hennessy (9 months)  and her father, Michael, from Knocknacarra, Galway, meet Santa at the sensory-friendly grotto at the NUIG school of psychology. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Psychology students create calm festive site for children with developmental issues

Joyce Correa da Silva, originally from Brazil, is now living in Gort, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Report says State may be losing €41m in tax by not regularising migrant workers

 Up to 300 staff and students attended the  SolidariTEA support event for four academics pursuing legal action over lack of promotion at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish and British academics support solidarity event

David Corbett (centre) arriving at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar, Co Mayo with his wife Mary and his barrister  Bernard Madden SC.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Judge discharges jury on sixth day of court hearing in Castlebar, Co Mayo

The Spanish Arch with the Corrib river and Wolfe Tone Bridge in the background: A wifi “hotspot” activates a notification system if the user is in this area for any length of time between 10pm and 6am. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

GPS technology offers support to people in exposed area of Corrib riverbank at night

Brendan O’Kelly: an inspirational public servant, pioneering businessman and  Irish Olympian

Father of the modern Irish fishing industry

Puffins are so exhausted when they return to their coastal burrows that they only lay one egg and struggle to feed one chick, the study found. Photograph: Dr Mark Jessopp

International study tracked Irish flights of up to 4,700km

View from Ballycroy, Erris, Co Mayo: New Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan said the expansion addressed a long-standing strategy to “align key environmental assets”. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Expansion will allow for link to Great Western Greenway extending north to Bangor Erris and Ballycastle

SafeTrx device adopted by search and rescue agencies from Netherlands to Australia

 Ian and Enda Quinn arriving at Castlebar Court for the start of the trial of David Corbett. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Galway man faces three charges relating to alleged threats and harassment charge

Fr Peter McVerry addressed conference which was told of myriad problems confronting the Traveller community, including rat infestation and tainted water at a transient Galway site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Travelling community told at conference to ‘demand of bishops that they stand by you’

The remains of Richard III. The last Plantagenet monarch.

Exhibition, including three-dimensional image of remains, set to run for three days

Eyre Square big wheel: Galway firefighters during Friday night’s rescue. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Electrical fault stalled Eyre Square wheel; up to 20 people stranded in cabs

Some of the people who were trapped on the big wheel after it stopped in Eyre Square, Galway, this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Emergency services free people stranded in freezing conditions at Eyre Square market

Mary Sweeney and Codie McDonagh look at a display of a caravan made from matchsticks, brought to Galway City Museum for Kids in Museums day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A story revealing an ingenious use for a dead fox are among the highlights of takeover day

Actors working with US ‘death row’ exoneree Sunny Jacobs and partner Peter Pringle for a one-off production of The Exonerated in Galway’s Town Hall theatre this Sunday. Photograph: Lorna Siggins

Hardship of wrongful conviction highlighted in theatrical production

A Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison in July 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. Placards read Mother of God, open the prison gates; Release our Fathers and Brothers; and Mother of Mercy, pray for prisoners. Photograph: Wikipedia

Julia Morrissey ‘never got over’ execution of inspirational republican Liam Mellows

Local resident Malcolm Cooney on Ashleam Beach on Achill island which has returned after 12 years. Photograph: Sean Molloy

Achill Tourism hopes the restored Ashleam beach will offer similar windfall to Dooagh beach

The material recovered by Norwegian police on what was described as a “day of joy”. Photograph: University Museum of Bergen.

Two men arrested in Bergen as precious brooches and buckles recovered

File photograph. Galway Swimming Club confirmed head coach Pearse McGuigan had resumed duties in the club and would not be appealing his suspension.  Photograph: Getty Images

Senior coach at Galway club served two-month suspension and has resumed duties

Doolin Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas: died while assisting the Irish Coast Guard Kilkee unit in the search for a missing man in September 2016.

Kilkee Coast Guard unit activities limited since Caitriona Lucas’s death in 2016

Amer Marai  and brothers Mhd Ahyam Orabi and Ahmad Orabi in Loam restaurant, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Loam food event highlights skillsets and right to work issues around asylum seekers

The Macnas Halloween parade in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Up to 40,000 turn out for the Macnas ‘Port na bPucaí’ Halloween parade

 Representatives of the Garda and Coast Guard with relatives of those who died in the Lacken drowning disaster in 1927 at the  ceremony  at Lacken Pier, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Loss of diver Michael Heffernan during Mayo cave rescue 20 years ago also recalled

A poster of Savita Halappanavar erected on O’Connell Street, Dublin, during a vigil in her memory today. Photograph: Áine McMahon/The Irish Times

People invited to join events at over 20 locations around Ireland, and in NY, London

Anglers pose with a salmon on the banks of the River Corrib in Galway.

Local anglers concerned over future of historic Galway salmon run

Westport House was put up for sale early last year with an asking price of €10 million and with debts of some €1 million.

Sale expected to mean €50 million will be invested in Co Mayo house and estate

An impression of the  planned €104 million office complex overlooking Galway Docks.

Bonham Quay scheme spearheaded by Gerry Barrett receives planning permission

Irish Coast Guard personnel viewing the Rescue 116 wreckage recovery operation at Blackrock, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Faulty locator beacons in crew’s life jackets highlighted five years ago, RTÉ reports

A Mass will take place at 1pm on Inishbofin, Co Galway. Photograph: Frank Miller

Deaths of 45 fishermen in storm 90 years ago to be remembered in Galway and Mayo

Migrants from Ethiopia on the streets of Calais, as one year on from the demolition of the camp dubbed ‘The Jungle’ migrants continue to stay in the town and attempt to cross the border to the UK. Photorgaph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

One year after demolition of ‘the Jungle’, many are now living in bushes and scrub around the French port

Former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday has handed back a president’s medal awarded to him by NUI Galway literary and debating society in 2010  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former UN s official hands back medal he received from Galway university society

 Enda Kenny  with first-year students Seán Reynolds and Ellen Healy at NUI Galway where he received an honorary doctorate in laws. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former taoiseach accepts tribute to value of public service and rules out presidency

The agreement includes compensation of an undisclosed sum.

University accepts Dr Elizabeth Tilley exceeded qualifications for senior lecturership

A man runs out to a diving board in Salthill, Galway, during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

People shouldn’t ignore warnings but prosecuting or charging could prove dangerous

Fishmonger Colm O’Riordan of Ballycotton Seafood, Midleton, east Cork places sandbags by his shop door ahead of Storm Brian. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fear of flooding in Shannon region as water levels already rising and high tides forecast

Lahinch, Co Clare,  on Monday: “Ophelia was the strongest eastern Atlantic hurricane on records – dating back to the mid-1800s – as a category three hurricane,”  said UCC climatologist Dr Kieran Hickey. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/EPA

Individual wave a metre higher than Storm Darwin wave at energy rig in 2014

Storm Brian tracks up the west coast of Ireland on Saturday morning. Photograph: windy.com

Rainfall warning is also in place on Thursday for counties in Munster and much of Leinster

A power cut in Lili Petrik’s  home in Innishannon, Co Cork, following Storm Ophelia. Lili’s mother warms herbal tea using  tealights. The house is also without heating. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

ESB trying to restore power despite bad weather

People watch the waves and sea spray in Lahinch, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The highest individual wave during the storm was 17.81 metres

Coast walkers and swimmers have been advised to take extra care following Storm Ophelia. Photograph: iStock

NUI Galway zoologist appeals for reports of sightings of dangerous marine animals

Winds batter the coast as Storm Ophelia hits the Co Clare town of Lahinch on Monday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

ESB Networks say it could be 10 days before power is fully restored in more isolated areas

The RNLI lifeboat towed a  yacht into Rosslare on Monday, arriving into the harbour at about 1.25pm. At that point, wind speeds were about 140km an hour.

Members of public told not to go near coasts during Storm Ophelia

Historian Catherine Corless: wants an archeological dig on the site of the 19th-century castle, which was run as an orphange by the Sisters of Mercy. “We need to establish if children were buried there.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Claims of infant fatalities at Lenaboy Castle, which is to be converted into ‘children’s hub’

Among the Irish items in the collection were brooches and buckles of gilt bronze, fashioned from decorative fittings, which have been exhibited several times in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: University of Bergen

Objects taken from Norway museum were originally stolen by Vikings 1, 000 years ago

Publican Martin Morrissey celebrates with  Eileen Hynes and  other local people in Athenry, Co Galway  on Thursday after Apple was given the go-ahead to build a €850 million data centre nearby. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Commercial Court ruling allows first phase in US technology giant’s €850m project

 Horses  at the site in Derrydonnell near Athenry in Co Galway  where Apple is to build its European data centre. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

News flashed on smartphones to cheers in Athenry pub - and a run on apple buns

Joe O’Farrell (left) of the Shackleton Museum Athy and Sven Habermann of Conservation Letterfrack peer into the cabin in which the explorer died in the Antartic on January 5th, 1922. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The captain’s cabin, built during Ernest Shackleton’s fatal expedition in 1921, has been restored

Brendan Behan letter: the writer sent a note to Conradh na Gaeilge from what is now Theatre Royal Stratford East, the producer Joan Littlewood’s London theatre

Conradh na Gaeilge is giving a 124-year-old collection to NUI Galway

Winchman Ciarán Smith, a father of three from north Dublin, has been missing since Rescue 116 crashed with the loss of all four on board on March 14th last.

Items discovered on Mayo beach at weekend belonged to winchman who is still missing

Oysters were  the first ‘fast food’ of the industrial revolution. Photograph: BIM

Clarenbridge Oyster Festival to host workshop to discuss ways to stem decline

Kevin Hallahan (43) was ‘a skilled and experienced mountaineer who selflessly applied his knowledge to help those in need.’

Kevin Hallahan (43) loses his life in accident during training in Snowdonia

Winchman Paul Ormsby remains missing after the crash

Irish Coast Guard airmen are still missing after Rescue 116 crash in March

Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, the newly built Pearse Centre at Rosmuc

A festival in the west this weekend is a chance to see inside new buildings

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The tax automatically returns to the base rate each year of 0.18% of the house price

Minister for Transport Shane Ross opts for a 1959 Rover 100   to try out the new motorway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Route costing €550m includes first ‘bat bridge’ for wildlife and opens five months early

A Scottish sheriff court has appointed Cork businessman Dominic Daly to sell the MV Malaviya Seven, an 82m supply tug currently detained in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen sale hoped to reimburse 12 Indian crew of Malaviya Seven owed £600,000

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field in 2014.

Gas Networks Ireland says safe gas restored to all consumers in West

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field in 2014.

Two State investigations initiated into how odourless gas was released into the system

Head chef Craig Naughton in the kitchen of the Yew Tree in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Investigation will examine manner in which safety concerns were communicated

Shell’s gas terminal in Erris

€400,000 worth of gas burned off and safe supply restored to some customers

Last year An Bord Pleanála  approved a wind farm at Bellacorick in north Mayo which was reduced from 112 wind turbines to 61 turbines. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Reduction in wind generation in north Connacht removes need for contentious scheme

A screengrab from a video showing ‘flaring’ at the gas terminal at Ballinaboy in Co Mayo where odourless gas is being burned off.

Supply switched off after technical fault led to odourless gas being pumped into system

Shell E&P Ireland has been burning off or “flaring” the odourless gas  at the Corrib gas refinery since early Thursday morning

Gas Networks Ireland issues warning after pumping problem with Corrib supply

Senator Paul Gavan said he was aware of two cases of alleged trafficking of fishing crew that had been referred to the Garda. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

‘Penny dropping’ on protection of employment rights, WRC head tells Dáil committee

Artistic interpretation of archaeological dig on Inishlyon also on Clifden festival programme

The Irish Underwater Council and divers with the Protect Dublin Bay group have objected to use of the Burford Bank for dumping any spoil as the sea area from Rockabill to Dalkey island is now a special area of conservation. Photograph: Getty Images

Devices to monitor impact of spoil dumping on marine mammals during Alexandra Basin redevelopment

Twins Clara  and Maria Harrington from  Westport flying the flag for Mayo ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football final against Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Mealey

Chocolate, prayers, US vice-president wishes and a trip or two up Croagh Patrick for Mayo

Mayo football Fan and world champion uilleann piper Eamonn Walsh pictured in the Dublin Mountains. Photograph: Tom Honan

Congolese-Castlebar supporter Kany Kazadi gets her golden tickets as excitement in county grows

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Community initiative seeks to build a €2.5m education centre to boost visitor numbers

Clifden Arts Festival: President Michael D Higgins said young people who discover they have a talent can still expect this to be “welcomed and celebrated”

Clifden Arts Festival also pays tribute to artist and writer Tim Robinson

Former Galway city mayor Pádraig Conneely said he understood that EU funding of some €1.7 million may also be drawn down for the centre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Mixed reaction from politicians as Galway City Council to take ownership of building

Joe Biden  embraces Fionnuala Kenny, wife of former taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is greeted by Martina Jennings of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, at the sod turning for the new hospice facility in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Former US vice-president turns sod on Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation project

 Former President Mary Robinson. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mayo council pays €510,000 for property, hailing ex-president’s work on climate change, women’s rights

Caitriona Lucas, the Irish Coast Guard volunteer who died when a rigid inflatable boat flipped during a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare

‘Much concern’ about the Irish Coast Guard’s management of its Kilkee unit

Peter Tyndall with his grandson Ethan Walsh on his fishing boat ‘Shenandoah’ at Galway Docks. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The good news is there is still a considerable resource left to protect, according to new research by Irish marine biologist Dr Pe(...)

Members say the coach addressed senior squad swimmers at the club on August 28th, the date the suspension was due to come into effect. Photograph: Getty Images

Pearse McGuigan suspended from ‘all activities’ at Galway club until end of October

SS Tuskar was three miles west of Eagle island, above, in north Mayo when it was sunk by a mine launched from a German submarine. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/garethmccormack.com

Ten men from Donegal, Derry and Antrim and Scotland died in attack on SS Tuskar

Karen Weeks taking in the sights at Lake Victoria on her solo cycling trip across Canada.

Irish sports psychologist Dr Karen Weekes talks about mental struggles of 6,400km cycle

Galway senior  captain David Burke with Joe Canning as they hold aloft the Liam MacCarthy cup to supporters in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Many renditions of The West’s Awake as a minor and senior double is celebrated

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter takes part in the search  for missing Rescue 116 helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co Mayo in March. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Search-and-rescue pilots on 24-hour duty will no longer have to do patient transfers

A young supporter at the party on Mainguard Street. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway hurling fans without tickets and bemused visitors enjoyed the spectacle together

Naomi and Ciaran Flynn with their daughters Ella and Amy and son Dara at their home in Knocknacarra. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘Nobody is filling the glasses yet,’ says ‘Horse’ Regan

The rescued ewe and two lambs from Inishark with Chris Heneghan, Michael Murray, Peter Anthony Lacey and Thomas Lacey. Photograph: Marie Lacey

‘I went down on a rope about five metres, took up one at a time,’ says Connemara man

Rooftop support for the Galway hurlers at the general store in Oranmore village outside Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Big screen for minor and senior matches in Eyre Square as ticket scramble continues

Swim Ireland imposed a two-month suspension on Pearse McGuigan, head coach with Galway Swimming Club, after it was claimed that he loudly rebuked a 14-year old swimmer at a contest. Photograph:  Press 22

Two-month suspension imposed after it was claimed the coach loudly rebuked swimmer

Chief of staff Mark Mellett

Organisations must also allow for mistakes in order to learn, says chief of staff Mark Mellett

The LÉ Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire

Conversion could cost $10million and multiply value of ship sold for €110,000 by State

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