Syrian family lauds community’s response to tragedy

Syrian family lauds community’s response to tragedy

A Co Galway-based Syrian family which lost four close relatives, including three young children, in Turkish-led military attacks on north-east Syria this week, has ...

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101-year-old apple grower among participants as Galway prepares to be European capital of culture

101-year-old apple grower among participants as Galway prepares to be European capital of culture

Nellie Browne may not only be one of the west of Ireland’s oldest apple growers, but she may also be one of the wisest participants in Galway 2020, the city’s ...

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Howth event recalls Fastnet tragedy

Howth event recalls Fastnet tragedy

When an “explosion of a storm” tore its way through the Fastnet yacht race off the Irish coast 40 years ago, there were those among the survivors who ...

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'Direct provision centres are not homes' - Oughterard plead with Govt to come up with 'alternative model'

'Direct provision centres are not homes' - Oughterard plead with Govt to come up with 'alternative model'

Publican Rory Clancy, spokesman for a demonstration supported by over 2,000 people at the weekend, said the community was once again asking the department to “come ...

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Lack of communication delayed call to rescue services when kayaker became trapped on Kerry river, report says

Lack of communication delayed call to rescue services when kayaker became trapped on Kerry river, report says

An inquiry into the death of an experienced kayaker on a Kerry river last year has found that the lack of communication at the scene delayed the call to the emergency ...

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Galway TDs hold 'frank' meeting with minister over Direct Provision centre in Oughterard

Galway TDs hold 'frank' meeting with minister over Direct Provision centre in Oughterard

Minister of State for Immigration David Stanton was quizzed by Galway West TDs last night on the State’s handling of a contract for an asylum seekers’ ...

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Comments were not intimidating, says developer

Comments were not intimidating, says developer

The developer seeking a contract to provide a centre for asylum seekers in Oughterard, Co Galway, has denied making “intimidating” comments to a delegation ...

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Minister Creed closes Celtic Sea herring fishery

Minister Creed closes Celtic Sea herring fishery

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed has been forced to close the Celtic Sea herring fishery due to a virtual collapse of the multi-million euro stock.

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British company behind Olympic Games opening ceremonies booked for Galway 2020

British company behind Olympic Games opening ceremonies booked for Galway 2020

A “dramatic illumination” of Connemara mountains, snapshots of Homer’s Odyssey on Galway beaches and tightrope walking across the river Corrib ...

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NUI Galway becomes sixth 'sanctuary' college for asylum seekers in Ireland

NUI Galway becomes sixth 'sanctuary' college for asylum seekers in Ireland

NUIG is also extending special initiatives to members of the Travelling community who apply to study at the university.

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Man hospitalised following incident at Oughterard protest over direct provision centres

Man hospitalised following incident at Oughterard protest over direct provision centres

Gardaí say a man fell to the ground after “colliding with a vehicle” near the site of the Connemara Gateway Hotel.

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Justice Minister calls for direct provision centre protesters to 'step back'

Justice Minister calls for direct provision centre protesters to 'step back'

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has called on residents of the Connemara town of Oughterard to “step back” and allow for the process of selecting new ...

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Ship holed at Galway pier detained as residents fear pollution risk

Ship holed at Galway pier detained as residents fear pollution risk

Irish authorities have detained a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas.

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Moving fish farms onshore may be more sustainable for aquaculture

Moving fish farms onshore may be more sustainable for aquaculture

Inland Fisheries Ireland chief executive Ciaran Byrne has said that the evidence is “pointing towards” moving fish farms onshore for a more sustainable ...

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‘Seabin’ to begin collecting plastic in Howth harbour

‘Seabin’ to begin collecting plastic in Howth harbour

The country’s latest floating plastic collector (or ‘seabin’) is to be installed in Howth harbour, on the north Dublin coastline, this week.

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Galway 2020: UK firm will assess ‘Europeanness’

Galway 2020: UK firm will assess ‘Europeanness’

Galway’s European Capital of Culture project has awarded a €200,000 contract to a British company to monitor and evaluate the 2020 artistic programme.

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Mindful movement: Recharge with the help of qi gong

Mindful movement: Recharge with the help of qi gong

Lorna Siggins meets an upbeat teacher of qi gong, a Chinese mindfulness practice that operates on a system of 12 essential movements.

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Swimmers and kayakers on lookout for golden kelp

Swimmers and kayakers on lookout for golden kelp

Lorna Siggins Citizen science pinpointed the first samples of a rare kelp in Irish waters and now NUI Galway researchers are hoping that sea swimmers, divers and ...

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Four men in a boat bring traditional Irish craft to Canada

Four men in a boat bring traditional Irish craft to Canada

Four Irishmen have rowed and sailed a Kerry naomhóg across Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island in Canada.

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Relatives call for excavated bones                    of Omey islanders to be returned

Relatives call for excavated bones of Omey islanders to be returned

On the eve of Connemara’s Omey island races, relatives of islanders have initiated a petition seeking the urgent return of bones removed during an archaeological ...

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Memorial service for Fastnet Yacht Race victims

Memorial service for Fastnet Yacht Race victims

Former Fastnet lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler is due to represent fellow Irish light keepers at a memorial service for 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race on the Isle of Wight ...

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Man rescued on Connemara shoreline after trapping leg during rising tide

Man rescued on Connemara shoreline after trapping leg during rising tide

A man whose leg got trapped on the Connemara shoreline during a rising tide was brought to safety in a multi-agency rescue this evening.

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Ageing with Attitude There are no age limits

Ageing with Attitude There are no age limits

Ashton Applewhite interviewed older people for her book, This Chair Rocks, to dispel myths, fears, and prejudices about ageing, writes Lorna Siggins

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‘Severe weaknesses’ in our fishery controls, says EU

‘Severe weaknesses’ in our fishery controls, says EU

The European Commission has detected “significant weaknesses” in how Ireland controls fish catches within EU waters, highlighting issues around weighing ...

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Ageing with attitude: How Lesley is blazing a new trail in life

Ageing with attitude: How Lesley is blazing a new trail in life

She was enjoying her job as a management consultant but a change in career has Lesley Emin feeling as high as the tallest peaks in the west, she tells Lorna Siggins. ...

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Navy had to wait hours to recover body

Navy had to wait hours to recover body

An Irish naval service ship on Mediterranean rescue several years ago was unable to recover a dead migrant from the water for four hours because EU states refused ...

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EU states failing to monitor fishery engine power

EU states failing to monitor fishery engine power

An EU study says inspection authorities in 15 EU states, including Ireland, are failing to manage engine power as a way of controlling fishing effort.

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Death of Galway woman in savage dog attack could have been avoided, inquest hears

Death of Galway woman in savage dog attack could have been avoided, inquest hears

THE death of a Co Galway woman in a savage dog attack outside her son’s home could have been avoided if earlier warnings about the animals’ behaviour ...

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Shark populations under threat from longline fishing

Shark populations under threat from longline fishing

The fastest sharks in the oceans find few refuges from longline fishing, according to an international study.

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TDs object to gold and silver mining Connemara bid

TDs object to gold and silver mining Connemara bid

Politicians from all parties in Galway West have expressed opposition to a gold and silver mining bid in protected Connemara habitats.

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Taking the plunge has a depth of benefits

Taking the plunge has a depth of benefits

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich will not let a day pass without his ritual dip in the sea, which he describes as the best anti-depressant ever, says Lorna Siggins. ...

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Call for weekly testing of bathing water off Galway beaches

Call for weekly testing of bathing water off Galway beaches

As open water sea swimmers prepare for a Galway Bay crossing this weekend, Irish Water has said there is “no proven link” between a recent serious pollution ...

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Fleet sets sail for France to remember lifeboat crew who died in sea rescue

Fleet sets sail for France to remember lifeboat crew who died in sea rescue

Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west-of-Ireland crafts setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of ...

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Sinking feeling surrounds launch of logboat replica

Sinking feeling surrounds launch of logboat replica

Lorna Siggins When a replica of an Iron Age logboat is launched for the first time on Lough Corrib today

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Tributes to Irish climber Alan Mahon who died on Europe’s highest mountain

Tributes to Irish climber Alan Mahon who died on Europe’s highest mountain

Tributes have been paid to an Irish mountaineer who died after his climbing team was caught in bad weather on the southern Russian peak of Mount Elbrus, Europe’s ...

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Ilen commences voyage to track Atlantic salmon routes

Ilen commences voyage to track Atlantic salmon routes

Ireland’s oldest sailing trading ketch sets sail for Greenland tomorrow as part of a project marking the migratory route of the wild Atlantic salmon.

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Galway 2020 Arts project looks to rainy day

Galway 2020 Arts project looks to rainy day

Sweltering heat may not be the best time to be thinking about raingear, but a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture arts project has issued an open call for people ...

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Hague official hits out at global silence over ‘ill-wishers’

Hague official hits out at global silence over ‘ill-wishers’

Silence from the global community on a “direct assault” on the international criminal justice system by “ill-wishers” is not tactical and ...

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There’s no fallback on Everest, so what drives climbers to the challenge?

There’s no fallback on Everest, so what drives climbers to the challenge?

Two Irishmen were among 11 killed this season on the world’s highest mountain. What draws climbers to the challenge? asks Lorna Siggins

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Investigation underway following serious damage to 3000-year-old hillfort

Investigation underway following serious damage to 3000-year-old hillfort

The National Monuments Service is investigating a report of serious damage to a unique 3,000 year-old “vitrified” hillfort close to Cavan.

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Rockall Row: At least four Irish vessels fishing this evening in defiance of Scottish ban

Rockall Row: At least four Irish vessels fishing this evening in defiance of Scottish ban

Latest: Ireland is rejecting a threat of 'enforcement action' by Scotland over the long-disputed Rockall fishing grounds.

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Garech de Brún’s Galway gate is finally found

Garech de Brún’s Galway gate is finally found

When Guinness heir Garech de Brún died over a year ago, his final will and testament included a “bow gate” bequeathed to the city of Galway.

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Irish and Dutch crew Greenland-bound for climate study

Irish and Dutch crew Greenland-bound for climate study

Adventurer Jamie Young has traversed the Atlantic twice as a solo sailor, kayaked around Cape Horn, raced around Rockall and taken a kite buggy to the Antarctic.

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Shark experts urge new MEPs to stop shark fin fishery

Shark experts urge new MEPs to stop shark fin fishery

Irish shark experts have called on newly elected MEPs to outlaw the growing shark fin fishery in European waters, following a fine imposed on a Spanish fishing vessel ...

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Ireland's Dr Octopus explores one of the last great frontiers

Ireland's Dr Octopus explores one of the last great frontiers

Discovering new species and protecting them is all in a day’s work for Professor Louise Allcock, as she explores one of the planet’s last great frontiers, ...

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Connemara's first Green councillor: Stop €600m Galway ring road

Connemara's first Green councillor: Stop €600m Galway ring road

Connemara’s first Green Party councillor Alastair McKinstry believes the Government should abandon the €600m ring road project for Galway in favour of ...

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Anglers to help research tuna

Anglers to help research tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna may be targeted by a limited number of Irish recreational craft under a pilot scientific research programme run by several State agencies.

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Citizen scientists to be kept busy with Irish honeybee watch

Citizen scientists to be kept busy with Irish honeybee watch

Ireland’s wild honey bees are defying the odds, and experts want to know why.

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NUIG help people break down barriers by dressing for success

NUIG help people break down barriers by dressing for success

When NUI Galway planned a “Dress for Success” day for young people keen to return to education or find work, the invitation was issued to migrants and ...

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Clifden festival recalls historic transatlantic flight

Clifden festival recalls historic transatlantic flight

When John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown crash-landed into a Connemara bog almost a century ago, it was a Cork-born journalist who broke the news of their non-stop ...

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