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A side view of the new Palas Cinema behind the Galway City Mueum.  Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy. 21/2/2018

€9.5m build went over time and budget after original contractor went into liquidation

Jon Sigfusson, the Icelandic director of the Planet Youth project,    said imposing guilt on children and penalties on suppliers does not decrease substance abuse amongst teenagers.

Pilot scheme would involve 7,000 young people in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo

Three billboards: John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle at the tribute to Martin McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Local hero Martin McDonagh gets Gaeltacht tribute after Bafta wins

 The Project Ireland 2040 plan was “largely silent on digital infrastructure” for the northwest, Galway Chamber of Commerce said.

Galway Chamber welcomes development plan but underlines need for infrastructure

A rescue team came across a woman in her late 30s in difficulty, after she had suffered what was described as a bad head gash.

Snow on Carrauntoohil creates difficulties for descending hikers

R is for the recycling “myth”. Only 6 per cent of new plastic material comes from recycling. Photograph: Getty Images

Households should set realistic targets to minimise single-use plastic

The four siblings from Castlebar, Co Mayo, were unsuccessful in complaints heard by the Workplace Relations Commission

Four siblings aggrieved over handling of complaints about NUI Galway

Fastnet Rock:  a famous mark in yacht racing. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport/courtesy Baltimore RNLI

Battery-powered LED beam due to replace three diesel generators

Fishmonger Stefan Griesbach with a golden redfish at his stall at the Saturday market in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate change and plastic debris among factors but scientists need more data

At Galway event artistic director Garry Hynes drew parallels with Irish society as depicted in John B Keane’s play, Sive, saying some of the issues affecting women are “still prevalent” today. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall

Doctors for Choice co-founder Dr Peadar O’Grady addresses Galway campaign launch

Marie Cadden: accomplished poet and teacher

‘A poet of the physical world, a poet of the senses’

Ninety thousand people are expected to visit Galway Cathedral over the days of the annual  novena which begins on Monday, February 19th.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Redemptorist leader anticipates 90,000 at nine-day event next month

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14th last year

Air Accident Investigation Unit hopes to issue interim statement on inquiry before first anniversary

Pupils from St Nicholas’ Parochial School in Galway putting their message across at Eyre Square during the launch of Galway Plastic Free Week on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

City major targets single-use plastics in week-long event

Two men look on as a road was covered by a landslide in Derrybrien, Co Galway in October, 2003. File photograph: Joe Shaughnessy

Second referral to Court of Justice of the EU over south Galway wind farm

“Severe bullying” is more likely to be experienced by women, by staff of all genders in organisations with more than 250 staff, and by those in the 25-to-34 age group. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds public staff in Ireland five times more likely to experience violence than those working in other sectors

Hundreds attended a rally  organised by the Galway Anti-Racism Network  on Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Several hundred attend Galway rally calling for end to direct provision

A social media depiction of the  Cárna-Caiseal GAA team   of 2005. Over half the players have left the area and their faces  are  blanked out – two further team members have left since those blank-outs were made. Photograph: Sportsfile

Hopes for Údarás na Gaeltachta plan for marine park

435-million-year-old fossil starfish: the Crepidosoma doyleii brittlestar measures about 15mm across

‘Crepidosoma doyleii’ hailed as ‘key piece of evidence in hunt for past life’

 Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland chairwoman Kathleen O’Toole said common themes at meetings included demands for “more visibility, more boots on the ground, and more resources”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole says commission got numerous complaints but also compliments about force

Chief Justice Frank Clark at NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon/NUIG

‘No magic bullets’ but more resources required, NUI Galway seminar told

 Archaeologist Frank Coyne (left) and     sections the   13th century stone castle built for the de Burgh family on what is now Quay Street, Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Archaeologists unearth sections of ‘Bungalvy’, believed to be city’s oldest building

Badgers foraging in a woods. File photograph: James Warwick/Getty

Badgers to be vaccinated to stamp out TB in cattle

The “Ilen” workers: (front row) Br Anthony Keane, John Hegarty, Mary Rose Hegarty; (back row) Gary Mac Mahon, Gene O’Neill, Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan, Ted O’Donovan, Mike Harris, Liam Hegarty, Colm O’Cuilleanain, Mary Jordan. Photograph:  Gary Mac Mahon

The ‘Ilen’ was built 92 years ago for Falkland islanders by an Irish round-world yachtsman

Partners in the project include two tank-based salmon smolt production units in Co Donegal. File Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Scientists from NUI Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology involved in two year-project


City is choking with excessive traffic but bypass not expected before at least 2024

In all, some 3,600 inspections took place at sea, inshore and on landings of both Irish and foreign vessels in 2017.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 580 vessels from states other than Ireland inspected at sea by Naval Service

Rescue 116: the Sikorsky S-92 search-and-rescue helicopter that crashed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regulator admits lighthouses mislocated and symbols obscured on maps

Declan Davitt (26), from the Carrowniskey area near Louisburgh, Co Mayo, drowned in the early hours of Christmas Day after a  4x4 in which he was travelling entered a swollen waterway at about 2.30am.

Third man escapes to raise alarm after 4x4 enters river in early hours of Christmas Day

A one-day census conducted by Cope in November recorded 187 homeless households in Galway, comprising 114 families, including 165 children, in emergency accommodation.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In Galway, one charity is helping rough sleepers who opt not to use emergency beds

High Court also directs Minister for Transport Shane Ross to rectify breach

Star Wars on  Skellig Micheal: visits on a permit system are meant to be capped at 11,100 annually  but  increased to 16,000 in 2017. Photographs: Lucasfilm

Unesco world heritage site in Kerry now ‘Disneyesque theme site’

Galway Bay.  Over 500 submissions and observations were submitted to Damien  English’s department, formerly Environment, when the Marine Institute initiated its plan to upgrade the Galway Bay  test site first established in 2006.  Photograph: Getty Images

Robust site conditions reflect community concerns, says Minister

‘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:

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

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