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Tom MacSweeney
RNLI lifeboat crews on the pitch at Croke Park
Tom MacSweeney
RNLI Lifeboat crews on the hallowed turf of Croke Park, unfurling huge flags with a message about water safety in front of 67,000 passionate football supporters seems an unlikely activity, but it was achieved just before the teams they were…
Ballycotton Island Lighthouse
Tom MacSweeney
A few weeks ago I rounded Ballycotton Island on the East Cork coastline, sailing beneath the iconic, dramatic black lighthouse which towers 195 feet above sea level. It was erected in 1851, the construction led by the renowned engineer George…
An Irish Water Safety Ring Buoy
Tom MacSweeney
There can be no equivocating about the importance of water safety, so the proposals by a Mayo doctor and Senator in legislation put before the Oireachtas to jail or severely financially penalise those who vandalise or steal public lifebuoys deserve…
Young sailors at Baltimore Harbour and the Islands Ferry
Tom MacSweeney
Baltimore will become a centre for sailing over the next few weeks. This August weekend the annual sailing trek to the waters around Carbery’s Hundred Isles will get underway with the annual overnight race from Crosshaven to Schull. For the…
Dr.Michael Kennedy and the disappearance of the South Arklow Lightship
Tom MacSweeney
The Irish Lights issued a statement about the South Arklow Lightship that didn’t tell the full story. Their official explanation that it was missing off station was that it had “disappeared.” In reality it had been sunk! Dr. Michael Kennedy…
The Irish Atlantic Youth Trust’s proposals are for a 40 metre all-Ireland sailing training barquentine as this artist's impression shows
Tom MacSweeney
Back in June I asked if there was sufficient joined-up thinking about the project for a new Irish tall ship – and why the Naval Service hasn’t taken a more active role in Irish sail training over the years, with…