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# Aran Islands

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# dublin docks
Calls to restore historic Aran Islands ferry capsized in Dublin dock
The ship was the main mode of transport connecting Galway to the Aran Islands from the 60s to the 80s.
Last year
2022
# end of life care
Remote hospice service 'vital' as islanders don't want to die on mainland, says fundraiser
Catherine Mulkerrin says hospice services help dying people deal with the final stages of their life.
# Gaeltacht
Families from Limerick and Meath win rent free accommodation on Inis Meáin for school-year
On Raidió na Gaeltachta today were the parents from one family who had been selected- Rónán and Colette Mac an tSaoir from Co Meath.
# island life
Scheme to house a family on Inis Meáin for a year generating 'huge' interest
The scheme, which includes free rent, has received 560 applications so far.
# Aran Islands
€4.9 million contract announced for flights to the Aran Islands
The contract ensures the provision of a direct service from the mainland to the two smaller islands, Inis Meáin and Inis Oirr.
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# Galway
Government accused of 'dividing' Ireland's west coast islands over whether or not to reopen as part of Covid-19 road map
The Cabinet is expected to decide this week whether the islands are to re-open on 29 June.
# aerfort chonamara
State paid €2.75 million for Connemara airport that had been originally valued at €600k
The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht defended the purchase, saying the airport is of “strategic importance”.
# Sold
The government has agreed to buy an airport in Connemara
Cabinet approved plans to buy the airport, which is 28 kilometres west of Galway City, this afternoon.
# Climate Change
Community-owned wind power and electric cars: How the Aran Islands want to go green
The islands are aiming to become “energy independent” by 2022.
# Inis Mór
'World's first' use of drone technology to deliver insulin to island off Galway coast
The drone was successfully piloted to Inis Mór by researchers from NUI Galway.
# Doolin
Gardaí investigate after Coast Guard helicopter 'hit by a green laser multiple times'
Such lasers can cause glare and flash blindness. In this case, the helicopter was able to continue to the Aran Island.
# Aran Islands
Government reaches agreement with Aer Árann to continue flights to the Aran Islands
A contract with Aer Árann will run from today until 30 September 2019.
# Aran Islander
Inis Mór man Mullen returns to Ireland as a key part of the USA team
The 27-year-old tighthead prop moved to the States eight years ago.
# trasna na dtonnta
Aer Árann to cease flights to the Aran Islands from December
The department says it will be putting the routes out to tender.
# Renewable Energy
Aran Islands to be used as testing ground for research into using hydrogen as fuel
The research will use renewable energy to power a fleet of vans.
# Cliffs of Moher
€3 million 'cruise' ship to be built for Aran Island crossings and trips to Cliffs
The new ship is being built in France and will have a low emission engine system.
# Coast Guard
Body found on Aran Islands is that of man who fell into sea in Clare two weeks ago
The man was named locally as Russian national Andrey Maltsev.
# kilronan
Gardaí investigating after injured man airlifted to hospital from Inis Mór
The man was taken to hospital in Galway.
# Sea Rescue
Ferry crew 'were not trained to rescue people who fell into sea on Aran Islands'
A report from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board found that the two people would not have been rescued without the help of bystanders.
# Unbelievable Jeff
These Sky Sports presenters just found out what rental cars are like on the Aran Islands
“The hire cars on the island of Inisheer might need updating, possibly.”
# Aran Islands
'Unseasonably dry weather' to blame for ramping up of water restrictions
Starting tonight, water restrictions will be extended on the Aran Islands from 9pm to 8am on a daily basis.
# Running low
'Tourists won't be able to take a shower' - Aran Island locals worried as water restrictions kick in
Starting tonight, water restrictions will be imposed on Inis Oirr from 11pm to 7am on a daily basis.
# British Aran Wool
A gift shop in the UK is selling 'British' Aran jumpers
This is the future that Brexit wants.
# Home for Home
Dragon's Den businessman sells home, raises €273,000 for homeless charities
The money raised will go to COPE Galway and Focus Ireland to help house families in Galway.
# all together now
Islanders will be able to vote on the same day as the rest of the country
Fianna Fáil argues that it is no longer necessary for those living on the islands to vote early.
# Inis Mór
Islanders get a Christmas reprieve as Inis Mór ferry resumes until new year
The service will remain until 4 January.
# Aran Islands
Inis Mór islanders fear being left stranded as last ferry service due to run this evening
Island Ferries will be stopping all services to the Aran island until 17 March 2017.
# power to the people
WATCH: How highly-skilled divers and new technology restored electricity to the Aran Islands
An ESB undersea habitat was used to fix a fault in a 10.5 km power cable.
# Aran Islands
Residents of Inis Mór will be left without a ferry service from next month
Residents had originally been told the service would cease operation in January.
# men of aran
Pictures: The Silent Land - life on the Aran Islands
A new photo project by Italian photographer Tiberio Ventura documents the otherworldliness of life on the islands.
# Put on the kettle
ESB restores power to the Aran Islands
A special generator will power the islands until the undersea cable is repaired.
# Blackout
Two Aran Islands could be without power until tomorrow
The plan is to ship the generators today, but that may not be possible.
# In the dark
All at sea: Two Aran Islands will be without power for the weekend
Inis Oirr and Inis Meáin will have no power because of a fault with an undersea cable.
# Taking Flight
Aran Islands air service tender re-issued after last year's controversy
A previous tender was cancelled late last year.
# Aran Islands
Inis Mór residents will soon be left with no ferry service
Residents have been told that the service will stop operating on 17 January.
# story behind the photo
Murder, grave digging and exploitation: These six images changed Ireland
The impact photography had on Ireland’s social, political and cultural past is examined in a new series.
# Aran Islands
Embattled Aer Arann service isn't going anywhere for another year
The Department of the Gaeltacht said its contract with the airline has been extended for one year, at a cost of €1.62 million.
# scrapped
Aran Islands helicopter contract cancelled after backlash from locals
The contract had caused deep concern among residents of the three islands.
# Aer Arann
Aran Islands helicopter contract on hold (for now), but residents are still concerned
Locals say their objections have not yet been addressed.
# wooly jumper
From hand-knitted socks to Grace Kelly - the evolution of the Aran jumper
It’s 125 years since knitting was first encouraged on the Aran Islands – and the story of the famous jumper is a colourful one.