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Inland Fisheries Ireland CEO Dr Ciaran Byrne and SEAI chief executive Jim Gannon confirm their partnership on energy savings
News Update
#IFI - Inland Fisheries Ireland has officially signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme, which helps integrate energy management into public sector organisations. This new partnership will see IFI follow a clear path to achieving…
RNLI & GAA Work Together to Prevent Drowning
RNLI Lifeboats
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and the GAA have announced a major partnership aimed at reducing the number of people who lose their lives though drowning in Ireland. Each year an average of 28 people drown accidentally around the…
The Nimbus 280 Coupe is an attractive combination of style, performance and roomy accommodation
Boat Sales
You know that sight you’ll increasingly see on the roads as the Spring weather begins to manifest itself writes W M Nixon. The cheering glimpse of a superbly maintained classic coupe or sports car of a certain age smoothly moving…
On board the Belgium Navy's BNS Castor, British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose who laid a wreath at the location of where the ferry disaster took place off Zeebrugge in 1987
Naval Visits
#BelgiumNavy - A Belgium Navy ship is visiting Dublin Port, however the call to the capital follows a solemn occasion held on board to mark a ferry disaster that took place off Zeebrugge three decades ago. On Monday the BNS…
Green Dragon is dismasted at the Heineken St Maarten Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Open 70, Green Dragon, the former Irish Volvo Ocean Race entry has been dismasted in the Caribbean. The yacht made the journey across the Atlantic as part of a Portuguese Mirapuri initiative and was to be sailed in the Heineken…
Dear Prudence (black spinnaker) Barry Lyons & John Given of the RIYC leads ICRA Boat of the Year Joker II skippered by John Maybury (red spinnaker). Joker II is ahead of Royal Irish club mates Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet (3471) Leslie Parnell and J109 sisterships Indecision (Declan Hayes, Ronan Moloney, & Patrick Halpenny) and Jump the Gun (John M. Kelly & Michael Monaghan) into a Scotsman’s Bay mark in Sunday’s DBSC Spring Chicken Series race
DBSC
The Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet is the leader after two races sailed of the DBSC Spring Chicken race on Dublin Bay. The Leslie Parnell skippered yacht from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads J109 Dear Prudence in the Rathfarnham Ford Sponsored…
Husband and Wife Team Cathy MacAleavey and Con Murphy will represent Ireland on World Sailing Committees from 2017–2020
World Sailing
Six Irish Sailors, including two from Northern Ireland, will sit on seven World Sailing Committees from 2017 to 2020. Olympians Cathy MacAleavey from the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay and Bill O'Hara from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough…
The Connaught went down on March 3, 1917 with the loss of three crew
Island Nation
A German submarine sank the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company’s RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Connaught, about which much less is known than its sister ship, the RMS Leinster, which was sunk with huge loss of life off Dun Laoghaire.…
Quarter Tonner Diamond is heading for a new owner in Kinsale
Kinsale
Another vintage Quarter Tonner will be joining the Irish fleet with the news that the Ed Dubois designed Diamond (GBR 6498) has been bought by a well known Dragon sailor from Kinsale Yacht Club. The Quarter Tonner, built by John…
Dominant force – A 13–strong J109 fleet will boost Cruisers One numbers on Dublin Bay Sailing Club this season
DBSC
With just over six weeks to the Sherry Fitzgerald sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club season the stand–out class of the year looks like Cruisers One where a 20–boat fleet has 13 J/109s among its number. It's an impressive result that bodes…
Two Irish Surfers Up For 2017 Big Wave Prize
Surfing
#Surfing - Two Irish surfers are nominated for ride of the year in the 2017 WSL Big Wave Awards after taking on the monster swell at Mullaghmore Head last month. Conor Maguire and Peter Conroy were in the right place…
Hannah Scott
Rower of Month
#Rowing: Hannah Scott is the Afloat Rower of the Month for February. The Bann girl topped the rankings at the Ireland Assessment. Her time of 25 minutes and 32 seconds for the six kilometre course at Lough Rynn in Leitrim…
Crazeee…..Conor Clarke’s Embarr (RIYC) on her way to winning the Melges 24 Worlds by an incredible 31 points. In one of many presentations at the ICRA Conference, Maurice “Prof” McConnell outlined the huge level of dedication needed to achieve this stunning victory. Read all about it on Saturday
ICRA
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon may have received the Royal Irish YC’s “Maritime Journalist of the Year” Award on Saturday night for his “ability to make even the most advanced and complex sailing issues understandable and of interest not only to…
Irish & Spanish Fisheries Ministers Discuss ‘Common Concerns’ Over Brexit in Brussels
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed’s meeting with his Spanish counterpart in Brussels yesterday (Monday 6 March) was “a very useful opportunity to identify common concerns” regarding the impact of Brexit on Europe’s fisheries. Commenting on his discussion with Spain’s…
Fishery Offence Summonses Halted Pending Amended Legislation
Angling
#Angling - Legal actions against poaching and other illegal angling and fisheries activity have hit a stumbling block after it was found that Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) does not have “explicit power to prosecute offences”. The Department of Communications, Climate…
Up to ten Irish boats may contest the RS Feva World Championships in Holland this July
RS Sailing
Many Irish RS Feva youth sailors have travelled to World Championships over the years and it has been a great experience for many, giving teenagers their first taste of dinghy world championship competition. International fleet sizes tend to be around the…
The Dublin University Boat Club novice eight receiving their award from Dawn Livingstone of Waterways Ireland.
Rowing
#Rowing: Waterways Ireland presented prizes to winning crews after the successful Erne Head of the River on Saturday in Enniskillen. Trinity were the best overall club at the event, while local club Enniskillen Royal Boat Club had the top junior…
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series’ most recent Irish visit was in June 2014
Island News
#CliffDiving - The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Poll na Péist this summer, as the Offaly Express reports. Also known at the Serpent’s Lair, the spectacular blowhole in the Aran Islands last hosted cliff diving’s top flight…
New Coastguard Helicopter Hangar For Dublin Airport
Coastguard
#Coastguard - This month sees the start of construction of a new hangar at Dublin Airport for the Irish Coast Guard helicopter fleet, as Coast Monkey reports. The new operations centre at the current base for Rescue 116 comes half-way…
Engineers Week runs from 4th to 10th March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland will host a series of site visits and workshops for primary and post primary pupils as part of Engineers Week 2017. This year events are taking place in Enniskillen on the Erne, Portumna Bridge on the Shannon and…

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