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#AranIslands - Further negotiations are planned after "positive" early discussions between the Government and Aer Arann over the proposed continuation of the Aran Islands plane service, according to RTÉ News. The airline has put its staff of 40 on protective…
#StarWars - "Incidents" requiring "repairs" by stonemasons following the recent Star Wars film shoot on Skellig Michael have been confirmed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the week-long film shoot on the Unesco World…
#AranIslands - The Government last night cancelled the tender process for flights to the Aran Islands amid weeks of concern over changes to the Galway Bay islands' air service. As RTÉ News reports, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe…
#StarWars - Criticism of the Arts Minister mounts over the latest Star Wars filming project on Skellig Michael, which began filming yesterday (Tuesday 15 September) after poor weather delayed the shoot. Following a previous lambasting by Fintan O'Toole in the…
#StarWars - Poor weather today (Monday 14 September) has postponed the start of filming on Skellig Michael for a future Star Wars movie project. According to The Irish Times, high winds and rough seas off the Iveragh Peninsula meant the…
Helicopters No Substitite Say Islanders As Arans Airplane Service Ends
#AranIslands - Helicopters are no substitute for airplanes, say residents of the Aran Islands opposed to the Government's new contract for air services to the Galway Bay island chain. According to TheJournal.ie, nearly half a century of daily plane services to the islands is…
Star Wars Return To Skellig Michael Ruffles Feathers
#StarWars - Star Wars film crews are set to return to Skellig Michael next month - but the news has ruffled feathers among environmentalists. As TheJournal.ie reports, shooting for the future 'Episode VIII', following last summer's filming on the Co…
Castaway Wanted to Manage Welsh Island of Bardsey
#CastawayWanted- A castaway is wanted to take over the running of a remote island off the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, Wales according to the Daily News. Bardsey Island Trust wants a new manager who will spend 11 months a…
Amazing Images Of Northern Lights Over Aran Islands
#Aurora - The Irish Independent has an amazing photo gallery of the midsummer Northern Lights over the Aran Islands earlier this week. Setting up late on Monday night on Inis Óirr, local teacher Cormac Coyne captured the incredibly rare spectacle…
Council Seeks Specialists to Prepare Plan for Holy Island on Lough Derg
#holyisland – Clare County Council has confirmed it is seeking tenders from professional experts to produce an implementation strategy for visitor management and sustainable tourism development on Holy Island. Earlier this month, the Local Authority acquired 41 acres on the…
Holy Island,  'The Jewel of Lough Derg', Is Taken Into Public Ownership
#holyisland – Clare County Council has announced a comprehensive plan relating to the future tourism development and visitor management of the "Jewel of Lough Derg", Holy Island (Inis Cealtra) on Lough Derg, County Clare. As Afloat.ie previously reported, at a…
Council To Buy Holy Island on Lough Derg for €100k
#holyisland – Clare County Council has announced an additional €1.1m investment in service delivery and tourism, business and community development projects around the county during 2015. The announcement follows the publication of the Local Authority's unaudited Annual Financial Statement (AFS)…
New Tender Cuts Funding To Aran Islands Air Service
#IslandNews - Aran Islanders have expressed concern over a new tender for the air link to the Galway Bay islands that could see a significant reduction in services. As The Irish Times reports, the new tender for the public service…
TV Premiere of ‘Islanders’ Airs Wednesday at 9pm on TV3
#islanderstv3 – Islanders is an emotional TV series following the lives of native islanders across an entire year. Filmed in 2014, this observational documentary is the biggest in-house production undertaken by 3Studios. From Arranmore, Co. Donegal via Inishturk in Co.…
Walker Breaks Leg In Aran Islands Cliff Fall
#IslandNews - A hillwalker in the Aran Islands was lucky to survive a 45-foot fall from a cliff top with only a broken leg, as The Irish Times reports. The 21-year-old woman had been walking near the Wormhole on Inis…
TV Documentary Series 'Islanders' Premieres in April
#islandlife – Coming to TV3 in April, Islanders is an emotional series following the lives of native islanders across an entire year. Filmed in 2014, this observational documentary is the biggest in-house production undertaken by TV3 Productions. From Arranmore, Co.…

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