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A Humpback Whale breaching in Irish waters
Tom MacSweeney
To mariners the sound of the sea is the sound of life and this week I heard some of the most amazing sounds ever recorded underwater. ‘The song of the Humpback Whale,’amazed me. It is the sound the males use,…
Cork Week dates have moved to 16th-21st July 2018 to avoid clashing with the Round Ireland and the UK's Round the Island Race
Cork Week
Only a week after the launch of a revamped Volvo Cork Week, Royal Cork Yacht Club has been forced to change the date of next year's regatta by a week to July 16th – 21st. 'We have encountered a problem…
Lough Ennell, looking northwest from The Bloomfield
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is currently carrying out a fish stock survey on Lough Ennell, near Mullingar, to assess the current status of the fish populations in the lake. The survey takes place from today (Tuesday 19 September)…
The latest Clipper Race fleet positions as of 4pm Irish time
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - HotelPlanner.com re-emerged from stealth mode into sixth position — and a wind hole — as the Clipper Race fleet approaches the finish of the first leg in Uruguay. “We have the slightest puff of wind from the north…
Coastguard Chief Speaks Of Sorrow Over Lost Colleagues Ahead Of Return From EU Secondment
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Irish Coast Guard director Chris Reynolds has paid tribute to the lives lost in the Rescue 116 and Kilkee tragedies ahead of his return from secondment in Somalia. “The Coast Guard has lost five colleagues to accident and…
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 has been involved in the search for the missing sea angler since Saturday morning
News Update
#Missing - The search continued today (Tuesday 19 September) for a sea angler who was swept into the sea from a popular but treacherous fishing spot near Doonbeg in Co Clare at the weekend. According to TheJournal.ie, the missing man…
Bruce Watchorn while walking along the Great South Wall of Dublin Port happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald
Dublin Port
#portperspectives - While taking a stroll along the Great South Wall was Bruce Watchorn (pictured above) from Blackrock, Co. Dublin, who happened upon the 'Projection Support Structure' by Fiona McDonald. The structure forms part of the final installation of Dublin…
Combi Dock III became the largest cargoship to berth at Pembroke Port, Wales having loaded parts of a decommissioned oil refinery that were exported to Pakistan.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Combi Dock III recently became the largest cargoship to visit Pembroke Port, Wales from where exported parts of a decommissioned oil refinery were loaded and bound for Pakistan. The Murco refinery in Milford Haven closed in 2014 and…
In time-honoured style, Liam O’Donoghue in the Ilen Boat Building School in Limerick parcels and serves the final pieces of Ilen’s wire rigging using his traditional serving board
Historic Boats
With the hull of the 56ft 1926-built Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen now restored and painted in the building shed in Oldcourt near Baltimore, attention shifts increasingly to the long list of detail work that is needed to complete the project…
Simon Revill (L), Noel Butler (C) and Ann Atkinson, Rear Commodore LDYC. (National Champions). Scroll down for more prizewinners
Fireball
Noel Butler and Simon Revill are the 2017 Irish Fireball National Champions winning seven of the nine races that concluded with two light air affairs on Sunday 17th September writes Cormac Bradley. Indeed, I think the mathematics meant that the pair…
Newest member of MBNA Thames Clipper fleet, the catamaran Jupiter Clipper recently joined the largest commuter and tourist operator on river services though central London. Above the new 175 passenger craft is seen in Southampton prior to making a delivery voyage to the UK capital.
Ferry
#ferry - Afloat last week featured Dublin Discovered Boat Tours, the capital's only dedicated operator on the Liffey, among it's London counterparts are MBNA Thames Clippers which introduced brand new craft but also commissioned to transport commuters, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The Kish race on Dublin Bay drew approximately 50 entries last year, and DMYC hopes to better this entry on Sunday
Dublin Bay
This weekend sees perhaps the last of the 2017 season’s 'Major' open events on Dublin Bay in the form of the DMYC Kish Race on Sunday. The warning signal will be at 10.55 a.m. from the Dublin Bay Hut on…
The Irish Naval Service carried out a recent rescue off migrants off Libya
Navy
#navy - Crew from the LÉ William Butler Yeats have recovered the bodies of three migrants and rescued 285 others in an operation off the Libyan coast. The operation RTE reports took place last week in the Mediterranean 44km northwest…
Race two winners in the DBSC Flying Fifteen series Niall and Nikki Meagher
Flying Fifteen
Two great close Flying Fifteen races were held on Saturday on Dublin Bay where a surprisingly strong northerly wind made it a tough day on the water for the 18–strong fleet competing in the DBSC series.  In Race 1 the…
Free Tours of Grand Canal Dock Houseboats During Open House Dublin Next Month
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Houseboat tours in Grand Canal Dock will feature of Open House Dublin 2017 from 13 to 15 October. The Irish Architecture Foundation has teamed up with Waterways Ireland to offer tours of four such houseboats stationed in the…
Boats for sale at last year’s Southampton Boat Show
Marine Trade
#Brexit - What will Brexit mean for Britain’s marine industry? That’s the question that was posed by MoneyWeek to leading figures in the sector on the eve of the Southampton Boat Show, which continues this week. There is broad agreement…
Connacht Anglers Fear Threat To Wild Brown Trout By ‘Predator’ Pike
Angling
#Angling - Wild brown trout in Connacht lakes face extinction due to unchecked numbers of pike, local anglers fear. According to Galway Bay FM, the Connacht Angling Council says stocks in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are among those under…
Mark O'Donovan, Shane O'Driscoll and Gary O'Donovan at Dublin Airport.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Ireland team set off for the World Rowing Championships in Florida today. Gary O’Donovan accompanied the team, and was in good form despite having to pull out of competition due to a viral infection which has limited his…
Altair from Cork Harbour (K Dorgan, Cobh SC) holding on the right in Sunday’s sunshine at the SB20 Nationals at Howth. They placed 17th overall in a hot fleet
SB20
New SB20 World Corinthian Champion Michel O’Connor of Royal St George YC took the class’s Irish title yesterday afternoon after a hectic series at Howth Yacht Club in which the 21–strong fleet experienced an entire year’s worth of weather in…
Sally Bell is a member of Royal North of Ireland YC and will turn 18 at the end of September and is Ireland's representative at the Youth Worlds in China
Youth Sailing
Irish Sailing has announced  the Irish team for the Youth Sailing World Championship. Ireland will be represented by three boats and four sailors: Sally Bell in Laser Radial Girls, Conor Quinn in Laser Radial Boys, and Geoff Power and James…

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