Clockwise from  top left, Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winchman Paul Ormsby, the four crew of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter, who died after it struck Blackrock Island. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire

Extracts from Search and Rescue – True Stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116

Tim Norwood was one of four youth sailors who circumnavigated Ireland by stationary bike using the Zwift app over 11 days in aid of the RNLI lifeboats . The four raised over €8,000 for the lifeboat service.

Teenage dinghy sailors circumnavigate Ireland on stationary bikes for charity

Aspirin’s benefits now more questionable due to possible risk of internal bleeding

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Grieving daughter Nadia pays tribute to mother and friend ‘inspired by generosity’

The Atlantic Ocean. The State’s first marine management strategy aims to mirror land-based planning in prioritising activities including  fish farms, fisheries, offshore energy projects and marine tourism. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Over 170 submissions received on draft plan for managing coastal and offshore resource

The  Fastnet lighthouse. This picture was taken during the 2011 Southern Extreme Irish Lighthouse Tour. Photograph:  John Eagle

An Irishwoman’s Diary on the inside stories and dramatic images of lighthouses

Aideen McGinley, chairwoman of Galway 2020, said a new chair with different skill sets would be best placed to take the project forward. File photograph: Trevor McBride

Three new appointments to the capital of culture board and new creative director promised in New Year

There will be a three-year transition period for vessels over 18m long fishing for sprat. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Creed announces restrictions on vessels more than 18m long due to start in 2020

Trucks and freight lined up at Rosslare Euro Port on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Ferry move could severely hit Irish, Spanish and French fish exporters, warns co-op

Seagulls gather around a boat unloading its catch in Killybegs. Photograph: Brian McDaid

Environmental groups say EU ministers have disregarded scientific advice

Bernard Lucas, husband of Caitríona, who died when her rib capsized during a rescue off Kilkee, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Bernard Lucas believes safety flaws were behind his volunteer wife Caitríona’s death at sea

Leo Hallissey and Clare O’Toole: “We have created a place associated with kindness and creative, and beauty and welcome.” Photograph: Aoife Herriott

Former principal retires after hosting 100 festivals in adoptive north Connemara village

Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who died during a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare.

Irish Coast Guard vessel was taking in water and had no working radar, report finds

 Caitríona Lucas was described as “talented, hardworking” and a “deeply committed” member of the Doolin unit.

Shane Ross pledges to implement all marine report recommendations after inquiry into death

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

Final report into Caitriona Lucas’s death finds deficiencies in safety management

Caitríona Lucas, who died during  a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare in 2016

Safety management system cited as factor in 2016 death of volunteer off Clare coast

 The remains of Pascal Whelan are brought across the sands at low tide to Omey Island.  He was the last permanent resident of Omey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

It was still known as the ‘last outpost of paganism’ in the west when St Féchin of relocated there from Co Sligo in the seventh ce(...)

Capt Sinéad Reen, of the National Maritime College of Ireland,  was the first Irish woman to qualify as a master mariner. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

‘If we didn’t love it, we wouldn’t get up and run’

Frank McAnena: “Providing the right sort of support for complex medications could make such a difference to people’s quality of life.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway pharmacist Frank McAnena’s doorstep calls to patients saves lives and money. So why won’t health officials listen to him?

Clifden, Co Galway.

Finnish Helsinki region and Scottish highlands already providing models

Alan and Eileen Mullarkey, who have been affected by construction on the wind farm project in north Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Protests near the site at Bellacorick highlight concerns about the developers’ approach

Ciarán Oliver and Ross Forde with the ‘Lovely Anne’, part of the  Galway Hooker Restoration project. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Community boatbuilding project working on the ‘Lovely Anne’ gleoiteog

 Photographer Julia Monard pictured with the new Galway 2020 logo at the ‘Get Involved’ event in the Printworks, Market Street, Galway.  Photograph: Andrew Downes

Artists given briefing document with suggested answers to questions from public

River kayaking in Dublin: Brita Waters’s death brings to seven the number of kayaking fatalities in Ireland in the past five years, according to Irish Water Safety. File photograph: Getty

Irish Water Safety concerned about number of recent kayaking tragedies in Ireland

At St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, silence will be observed at 11am on Sunday to mark the end of the first World War. Choral Evensong at 3.15pm will include official wreath-laying.

Galway events will commemorate 1,400 men from county who died in WWI

A general view of the Kerry coastline. Ireland’s marine area is ten times its land mass. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

Former EPA director calls for networked strategy, criticises ‘dysfunctional incrementalism’

An image from a rare shark nursery filmed 200 nautical miles west of Ireland by Irish and British scientists in one of six offshore special areas of conservation.

Scientists believe they have identified area where female sharks lay eggs

Galway Traveller Movement members Anne Ward and Annie McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Government measures needed to underpin ethnic status, Traveller group says

Part of the former Magdalene Laundry in Galway, which is to be renovated by the homeless agency Cope Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Homeless agency compiles new history of Mercy Order building ahead of its conversion

The  audit was conducted last March in  Killybegs, Co Donegal,  where the largest volume of fish is landed

Draft audit highlights flaws in controlling factories and mackerel and herring fleet

Myles Kelly (2), Maxim Kelly (38) and President Michael D Higgins at the homecoming in Galway on Sunday night.

President calls for a ‘value-based politics’ during event following his re-election

Dublin Port: Marine Casualty Investigation Board noted a coroner’s report stating there was a significant level of ethanol or alcohol in the dead man’s blood. Photograph: Alan Betson

Man was crushed during loading of trailers on vessel at Dublin Port in June 2017

Tributes have been paid to five Galway teenagers who rescued a man from the river Corrib during the Macnas parade on Sunday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Boat and lifesaving training come in handy as boys pilot a Rib in darkness to effect rescue

‘Out of the Wild Sky’ passes by Galway Cathedral on Sunday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There were otherworldly vibes in the city centre for the fifth Macnas Halloween parade

One Meath East voter showed a preference for Dustin the Turkey when voting in the presidential election. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘All useless’ and ‘no to abortion’ among comments on spoiled ballot papers

Ireland has one of the richest marine eco-systems and some of the world’s roughest seas. Photograph: Getty Images

Public consultation is under way on a marine plan for Ireland, and everyone agrees on one principle

Annie and Tommy McDonagh, members of the Travelling community from Galway’s east side, cast their votes. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Until Peter Casey did his Donald Trump, I wasn’t so interested, but I couldn’t rest after that’ – Annie McDonagh

The  route  of the proposed €600 million Galway city ring road.

First stages in planning application for ring road made to An Bord Pleanála

From left, presiding officer Carmel McBride, Garda Sgt John Gallagher and Irish Air Corp helicopter crewman Craig Cullen deliver a ballot box to Inishbofin Island. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Four Galway islands average 30% turnout

Marian Roarty, presiding officer, and Garda Eamonn McGinley after arriving by helicopter on Tory Island, off   Donegal, with a ballot box. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three of 63 registered voters in Inishboffin off Donegal had voted by time polling station closed

Éamon Ó Cuív has moved legislation, which is at committee stage, to allow islands to vote on the same day as the mainland. Photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív hopes this week’s vote is the last time that islanders vote on a different day to the rest of the State

The site of CIÉ’s proposed Ceannt Quarter in Galway city centre.

‘Ceannt Quarter’ development to include hotel, residential, community and retail

Catherine Corles at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial ground on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Galway historian had been given no inkling of the decision when she met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Monday night

Historian Catherine Corless. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Decision to excavate and exhume site of Tuam mother and baby home welcomed

Arved Fuchs: 65-year-old German marine engineer has seen climate change first hand. Photograph: Uwe Rattay

Explorer Arved Fuchs tries to engage people emotionally with what he has seen

 Poet Mary O’Malley who, with colleague Rita Ann Higgins, is calling for artists to take charge of the programming. “I have had the sense for some time that even to question the arts bureaucracy is regarded as a failure of loyalty, and a lot of artists feel very isolated,” she says.

Two Aosdána poets calling for artists to take over cultural capital project’s creative leadership

Presidential candidate Peter Casey visits Cabra Bridge in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Presidential candidate claimed President had objected to Traveller halting site in 1968

Poet Rita Ann Higgins said the west coast was ‘coming down with artistic expertise’   and a team of artists could provide a creative lead which the project urgently needed.

Higgins calls for team of local artists to be appointed to provide creative lead

Galway Simon and Cope Galway have highlighted the growing problem of homelessness across the west. Photograph: iStock

Preliminary postmortem results rule out any suspicious circumstances in death of Martin Carroll (29)

Uncertainty over the island service dates back more than three years.

Proposal emerges to maintain vital link if no deal in talks with existing service provider

The long-promised insurance scheme  could open up greater access to uplands for walkers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Scheme to protect farmers from claims by walkers with Attorney General

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and the aim of the pilot project is to allow communities themselves to come up with ideas, Mr Ring said . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ballinrobe, Banagher, Boyle, Callan, Cappoquin, Castleblayney selected for pilot project

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said  we are now the fourth or fifth richest country in Europe, “and we can’t provide for families”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon criticises State reliance on private rental sector

The Celtic Explorer: has steamed over 380,000 nautical miles and  conducted 595 science surveys during its 21 years of service.

Ship expected to be commissioned next year

 Michael Mackey in Galway: ‘There may be more money for emergency accommodation, but it is homes that need to be built.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Cope Galway’s figures shows homelessness increasing in western capital

Celebrations in July 2016 when it was announced Galway was to be the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘We didn’t come out dancing, but we didn’t come out crying,’ says spokeswoman

 The Garda during a search of Skerries harbour after Jamie McAllister’s fishing boat sank in May 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Investigatory body urges campaign about dangers of intoxication while at sea

Kerry farmers meet Galway counterparts to work on trail repair and erosion management issues as part of the new national uplands initiative supported by the Heritage Council Photograph: Siobhan Bennett

‘Need for voice of the uplands to be heard’ says national co-ordinator Mary Mulvey

Máire Geoghegan Quinn resigned from Galway 2020 three weeks ago. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Organisation said former EU Commissioner left due to unavailablity for board meetings

Richard on the final leg of his round-Ireland journey.

Richard Hayes circumnavigated Ireland solo in a tiny dinghy to raise funds for cardiology equipment in memory of his mother

The National Association of General Practitioners has described as “profoundly shocking” reports that children were abusing valium in the city. Photograph: Istock

Children as young as 13 buying drugs illegally online, says Niall McNelis

  Celebrations in July 2016 when it was announced Galway was  to be the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Confirmation of resignation of John Crumlish follows Druid’s withdrawal of flagship production

 Garry Hynes, the Druid Theatre’s artistic director, says the theatre company had been forced to pull out due to the Galway 2020 project’s “loss of time, significant budget cuts and communication issues”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Loss of planned project with writer Colm Tóibín for Inis Meáin a significant blow

A file photograph from July 2016 shows the then minister for arts Heather Humphreys with members of the Galway team who won the European Capital of Culture for 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern about capital of culture project mounts among artists

The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct over the river Corrib

Proposed route advanced by planners includes 18km link between east and west of city

Men with stout sticks, women and children were spellbound as he spoke from the ‘gig rig’

 Sean Gallagher said the presidency should be as ‘transparent as possible because after all, it is taxpayer’s money’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Businessman says presidency should be as ‘transparent as possible because it is taxpayer’s money’

July 2016: then minister  for arts Heather Humphreys  with members of the Galway team who won the European Capital of Culture for 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Key people have left, only half its budget is in place, and its vision is unclear. What went wrong?

Prof Orla Hardiman, Prof Peter Bede, Sally Lydon and Dr Rangariroyashe Chipika at the launch of the late Connemara-based computer programmer Andrew Lydon’s  scholarship.

Funds come from unspent money raised for care of Andrew Lydon who died of condition

A report into civil search and rescue flights has found a ‘disconnect’ between agencies with regards to whois responsible for safety and legal oversight. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he ‘accepts in full’ all 12 recommendations

Gerry Barrett is seeking the public’s view on a proposed new urban quarter at Ceannt station off   Eyre Square (pictured) in Galway,   at an estimated cost of about €450 million.

Project Ceannt on CIÉ lands will be one of State’s biggest-ever urban regeneration schemes

Elvira Ferraii had come to Ireland last month to study English.

Elvira Ferraii was in a caravan when it was overturned and swept into the sea near Clifden

A man looks at debris at the scene in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali which has brought gusts of 91mph. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

President Higgins expresses condolences over woman’s death in Claddaghduff

Gardaí from Clifden Garda station survey the wreckage from the caravan that was washed into the sea at Claddaghduff. Photograph: Conor Mc Keown

Storm force 11 winds batter Ireland amid orange alert

UHG’s centre of excellence treats cancer patients right along the Atlantic seaboard from Donegal to north Clare. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

HSE funding shortfall could delay project

Minister for Health Simon Harris: has been asked  to close the €109 million funding gap in the health service’s capital budget to ensure an “essential” Galway cancer treatment unit is built. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Lack of medical facilities in west highlighted amid fears funding shortage will hit projects

One of the boldest deep-ocean research projects ever undertaken in Europe was launched in Cobh, Co Cork today. Scientists  (from left) Mick Smyth, Raffaele Bonadio, Janneke De Laat, lead researcher Dr Sergei Lebedev, DIAS, Clara Gomez Garcia and Laura Berdi. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Listening devices will monitor links between ocean wave activity, landslides and tsunamis

Deepwater Horizon’s devasting spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is still fresh in the memory of some 60 environmental groups who are also united in opposition.

Offshore oil and gas extraction poses a huge threat to the health of marine ecosystems

Páraic Breathnach’s remit includes hosting the annual Cúirt international literary festival, which is not in the 2020 bid book.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Arts groups seeking meeting with city and county managers over debacle

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

‘How (not) to do public policy’ analysis to be debated at NUI Galway conference

The number of Traveller families requiring accommodation has more than doubled since legislation was introduced in 1998 mandating local authorities to provide same. File Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Irish Traveller Movement calls for dedicated housing agency to bypass local authorities

The chief executive of Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 Hannah Kiely  has announced she is stepping down.

Departure of Hannah Kiely comes just months after project lost creative director

The mayor was not badly injured in the incident and while he ended up with a sore jaw, he did not require medical attention. Photograph: Cllr Niall McNelis webpage

Cllr Niall McNelis says ‘ego is totally bruised’ after being punched in face by man

Passenger use on the controversial Limerick-Galway rail route has increased by 57 per cent over the past seven years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Review of controversial route may result in extension of line beyond Athenry

In a letter to councillors in Galway, Deputy Eamon O Cuív said he would not do anything that would force him to leave Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD says he would ‘not do anything’ that would force him to leave the party

LÉ James Joyce conducting a rescue last year. File photograph: Defence Forces

Spanish defence ministry tweets Nato hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce

Presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty: said she had “a constitutional right to my good name”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Presidential hopeful asked about her claims of collusion in murder of Veronica Guerin

Sean Gallagher at Galway City Hall  where he was seeking a nomination to run as a candidate for the  presidency. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sean Gallagher says he is not seeking to ‘replace’ President Higgins but to ‘carry on with the great work he had undertaken’

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

However, Fine Gael doesn’t get too many votes on islands now, several residents recalled

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Speaking on Aran Islands, Leo Varadkar says he intends to ‘keep asking’ for talks with FF

Mizen Head. Spanish-registered fishing vessel “Virxen da Blanca”   was boarded by an inspection team from the LÉ “William Butler Yeats” 150 nautical miles south of Mizen Head.

Owners of Spanish vessel held off southwest says Irish authorities misinterpreted EU rules

The purple octocoral Clavularia overgrown and the reef forming stony coral Solenosmilia. In the foreground is a delicate bamboo coral with pale pink polyps. The bristly arms belong to an orange brisingid star fish. Photograph: NUIG

Most valuable compounds can be synthesised in laboratories

Bed sheets with the names of hundreds of dead children draped on the gates of a mass burial site at Tuam, Co Galway.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coroner is the responsible office-holder; Bon Secours order holds obligations – network

Pope Francis  shakes hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin in  Dublin. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Minister asked Pope Francis to ‘demonstrate remorse’ for treatment of woman, children with swift action

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

Delight among crowd of over 40,000 as pope tours Knock shrine and acknowledged ‘open wound’ of abuse

Minister  Ross: regretted “that a sensitive and confidential report” which he had “commissioned on foot of an interim recommendation from the AAIU had been leaked”. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent report identifies ‘confusion’ in relation to oversight of air-sea search and rescue

Caitríona Lucas, the coastguard volunteer who died during a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare.

‘Critical deficiencies’ with communication on coast guard boat

Caitríona Lucas, a 41-year-old librarian and mother-of-two, was a highly experienced volunteer with the Irish Coast Guard’s Doolin unit.

Irish Coast Guard volunteer was a victim of a failure to learn lessons from the past

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