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Postcard from John Madden, a sailor on board the Laurentic who wrote postcards to his family while the ship stopped in Liverpool before its final voyage. This is marked the 18th of January 1917, one week before the fateful sinking.
Historic Boats
#Laurentic - History lovers on Thursday 6 April will get a closer view of some of the fascinating artefacts recovered from the tragic sinking of SS Laurentic in Lough Swilly as part of a unique workshop. They artefacts from the…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
News Update
A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
An eel caught at Lough Muckno in Co Monaghan
Fishing
#Fishing - Local eel fishermen were celebrated recently at an information day hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland in Athlone. The fishermen, who are involved in IFI’s Scientific Eel Fisheries in different parts of the country, attended the event which aimed…
ONCE OFF VISIT: On this date 25 years ago took place the one and only visit to Cork Harbour of Duc de Normandie, a Brittany Ferries ship. Such a scenario is rare particularly in Irish ferry terms.
Cork Harbour
#FrenchDucVisit – On this date a quarter of a century ago, a Brittany Ferries ship made a one and only visit to Cork, a unique event particularly in ferry terms and in which was personally observed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
The award will be conferred on the officers and crew of the LÉ Eithne at a special ceremony
Navy
In recognition of its international humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has decided to award the Irish Naval Service the civic honour of "Freedom of Entry" to the county.…
Four of five of Ireland's 49er campaigns are in action in Palma
Tokyo 2020
Carrickfergus Sailing Club 49er helmsman Ryan Seaton, tenth in Rio, and who won the class in Palma last year is 13th overall with new crew Seafra Guilfoyle after the first three qualifying races of the showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta in Palma, Mallorca.…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram ( (left)) – DMYC Frostbite 2016/17 Overall winners with DMYC Commodore Barry Kenny (centre)
Fireball
The Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet had enjoyed a sunny Saturday in advance of the last day of racing in the 2016/17 Series and early on the Sunday morning there was a further bonus when the Race Management Team advised all…
St. Michael's dedicated club members that helped with fundraising and refurbishment
Coastal Rowing
St Michael’s Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire, launched the 2017 coastal rowing season with the official move back into refurbished facilities Councillor Mary Fayne joined the committee and members of St Michael’s Rowing Club for the official opening of their newly…
At least 16 Sigmas will race at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Sigma
The Sigma 33 may yet be the biggest one design cruiser fleet at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regtta with 16 entries so far.  The long established Dublin Bay class merged with class two for local DBSC racing this year but…
Outgoing National Yacht Club Commodore Larry Power with NYC member Annalise Murphy at the awards night. Scroll down for photo gallery
National YC
Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club gathered on Saturday to salute top club achievements from 2016. Ten annual awards for outstanding sailing were presented ranging from cruising endeavours to Olympic campaigns. There is no surprise that club member Annalise Murphy topped…
Presenting a sleek profile Neptune Aegli a vehicle-only carrier that began a charter with P&O this afternoon on the Dublin-Liverpool route.
Ferry
#Charter -A Maltese flagged Greek owned vehicle-carrier only vessel is on charter to an Irish Sea ferry operator while its ships take refit dry-docking turns in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered-in Neptune Aegli can handle 1,800 cars or…
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News Update
Johnny Durcan tops fleet of 50 to cash in at Royal Cork’s PY1000, 1720s take Spring Chicken 1-2, girl power triumphs at Leinster Schools champs, and four Irish 49ers launch Olympic bid in  Roy takes over the helm of Irish Sailing Former Olympic race officer…
Afloat has identified the Thea II which featured in 'Rivers with Jeremy Paxman' when running on the Manchester Ship Canal, but as of this morning had completed an inaugural sailing for BG Freight Line's new Liverpool-Cork containership service.
Port of Cork
#PaxmansBoxboat– Thea II the containership that featured in ‘Rivers with Jeremy Paxman’ on Channel 4, has completed the first sailing for BG Freight Line’s new Liverpool-Cork service this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the penulimate episode of the River series…
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government; Susan Horgan, Rear Commodore Kinsale Yacht Club and David O'Sullivan, Vice Commodore, Kinsale Yacht Club pictured at the launch of The O’Leary Life & Pensions Sovereign’s Cup 2017 at the West Cork Club
Sovereign's Cup
Over 100 boats are expected to enjoy four days racing in the open waters of Kinsale Harbour when the Sovereign’s Cup 2017 takes place at Kinsale Yacht Club from 21st-24th June, 2017. The O’Leary Life & Pensions sponsored event was launched…
80–year–old Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer
Fireball
On Sunday a Fireball launched quietly in the Coal Harbour Dun Laoghaire for the last DMYC race in a very successful series writes Frank Miller. "Nothing to see here" probably thought the majority of those walking the pier as they…
RS Fevas in Greystones for the coaching session
RS Sailing
17 RS Feva dinghies participated in the latest round of coaching for the class at Greystones Sailing Club at the weekend writes Garett Donnelly. Conditions were perfect with coaching provided for all the sailors ranging in age from 11 to 17…
Irish sailors are competing in the 49er, Finn, Laser and 49erFX this morning in Palma
Tokyo 2020
Four of five of Ireland's full–time 49er Olympic campaigns launch this morning at the showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta in Palma, Mallorca. Northern Ireland helmsman Ryan Seaton, tenth in Rio, won the class in Palma last year but sails this time…
1720 Optique is the DBSC Spring Chicken Series winner
DBSC
1720 Sportsboat Optique was the overall winner of this year's DBSC Spring Chicken Series that concluded today in light winds at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Second was another 1720, Merlin with one time series leader Black Velvet,…
Racing in the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships
Team Racing
Provisional results from Saturday's Leinster School's Team Racing Championships show that Loreto College Stephens Green emerged top of the five team championship. Held in light easterly winds, the Royal St. George Yacht Club's 12–boat Firefly fleet was put to the…
The ROV has high definition cameras, powerful lighting, robotic arms, and has been fitted with other specialist equipment to assist with the operation
Marine Science
The Marine Institute is working closely with the Coast Guard, the Air Accident Investigation Unit, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Geological Survey Ireland, P&O Maritime Services, the Navy, An Garda Síochána, and local skippers. The Marine Institute's ROV Holland 1 remotely…

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