Sperm whales off Ireland’s west coast. Photograph: Irish Maritime Squadron

We may have lost Fungi but new research reveals has Ireland has an abundance of sperm whales living off its shores. There is an estimated population (...)

Mark Broderick of Model Heli Services, using a drone at Ballyquirke Lake, Moycullen, Co Galway for  marine and fresh water research. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Drones could be dispatched across hundreds of remote Irish lakes to carry out legally required water testing too problematic for humans, experts belie(...)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology: In an email to staff on Tuesday, GMIT chairman Cormac MacDonncha said he had accepted Dr Barry’s resignation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has confirmed that its president Dr Fergal Barry has resigned. The move follows what sources in the instit(...)

The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it is “functioning as normal” although its president, Dr Fergal Barry, is on extended leave. The thir(...)

Ms humphreys said the plan is ‘very important for those people in remote areas that the commercial providers don’t go to’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has said Government plans for a national rural broadband plan remain “on track” and a contract will be signed (...)

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Unmanned aircraft or drones are to be used to test water quality in western lakes. Scientists at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) believe (...)

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

The west coast escaped the worst of Storm Ophelia, with spot flooding and trees felled, but up to 7,300 homes and businesses in parts of Galway and Ma(...)

Canoeing on Gartan Lough.

What has clinging onto a rock face looking for a toe-hold got to do with a teenage student completing first year at college? Or paddling a canoe with(...)

Participants in GMIT’s outdoor education course. Photograph courtesy of GMIT

Scrambling up rocks, shooting weirs or foraging for Mesolithic hazel shells might seem unlikely priorities for a poet and insurrectionist. But Patric(...)

 Artist Joanna Kasinska. “I was 21 and I just came for a bit of a break, a bit of adventure.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Knowing that Galway is the State’s most multicultural city, it comes as no surprise to find a little bit of Baltic on the Atlantic seaboard. Almost on(...)

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