Great Blasket Island. Photograph: Moment/iStock/Getty

A young couple who made a vow to themselves that they would one day visit one of the most remote Irish islands are to see that dream come true. Niamh(...)

Annie Birney and Eoin Boyle  were selected out of 42,000 applicants for a once-in-a-lifetime job on the Great Blasket Island. Photograph: Noel Sweeney

It’s been a year of opposing fortunes for Dublin couple Annie Birney and Eoin Boyle. First, they were selected out of 42,000 applicants for a once-in-(...)

Great Blasket Island: the jobs are to manage its three guest cottages and coffee shop. Photograph: Moment/iStock/Getty

It has no electricity, TV or wifi, and can offer only cold showers, but Great Blasket Island, off Co Kerry, is proving such a lure that in the 12 days(...)

Wreck of the ‘Pere Charles’ trawler, November 8th, 2007. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Julia Hennessy had met helicopter pilot Capt Dara Fitzpatrick before. The Irish Coast Guard captain was in charge of the Sikorsky S-92 for the commemo(...)

 An Gearoidin which is being used by Naval divers and the LE James Joyce taking part in the Rescue 116 Wreckage Recovery at Blacksod, Belmullet, Co. Mayo on Saturday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Naval Service divers attached lifting equipment to the wreckage of the Rescue 116 helicopter off north Mayo on Sunday morning. Renewed efforts are be(...)

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter  at Blacksod, Co Mayo in the search for the missing men.  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

West Cork-based tug Ocean Challenger is on its way to north Mayo to help with the search for two airmen still missing from the Irish Coast Guard Rescu(...)

Granuaile anchored off the shore of Blackrock Island and an Irish Coast Guard helicopter continuing its search last weekend. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Irish salvage experts have been hired to assist in the seabed search for two missing airmen from the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 which crashed 18 day(...)

The sun sets behind Irish Lights vessel Granuaile, anchored off Black Rock  in Co Mayo, where dive teams are searching the wreckage of  Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116: the tragedy has brought back painful memories of  other losses at sea. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Silhouettes of Achill Head, Croaghaun and Slievemore against a blue sky and flat, calm sea off Blacksod on Friday belied the treacherous nature of the(...)