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In control. Anthony O’Leary powering along to his convincing victory in the All Ireland Championship 2015 in Dublin Bay
W M Nixon
It has been a golden if sometimes very thin thread running through Irish sailing continuously since 1947. Despite the vagaries of the Irish weather and the increasing complexity of our sailing programme, absolutely every season for sixty-nine years now we’ve…
Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna serves up a fish supper for hungry Howth RNLI volunteers
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Celebrated chef, food writer and television personality Clodagh McKenna recently visited Howth Lifeboat Station, where she treated the volunteer crew to a delicious seafood supper. McKenna’s visit marks the countdown to the RNLI’s upcoming foodie fundraiser Fish Supper,…
Nicky O'Hagan and Matthew McDonald of Whitechurch Youth Group enjoying the fishing in Milltown
Angling
#Angling - Whitechurch Youth Group from Rathfarnham in Dublin has once again taken up angling as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative (DAI). The youth group recently embarked on lessons in the basics of fly fishing, one of…
Fethard RNLI's D-class inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Fethard RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday 29 September) to assist a man whose pleasure craft broke down off the Wexford coast. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 4.07pm following a report that…
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Boat Sales
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LE James Joyce which rescued almost 2,500 people off north Africa, has returned to a large welcome in Cork Harbour
Navy
#JoyceReturns - The LÉ James Joyce has since this report by The Irish Times returned to Cork Harbour this morning. The OPV90 class ship was welcomed by Minister of State for Defence, Paul Kehoe following a deployment in the Mediterranean in…
Today is the final day to vote for a southern Scottish ferry serving on the Forth of CLyde to be produced in Lego!
Ferry
#VoteLegoFerry - A Scottish teenager, Luke Ball from Kilmarnock, has a dream to see his design of an iconic Calmac ferry produced in Lego. Luke who turned 16 on Wednesday, writes Largs & Millport Weekly, has spent the last 18…
Ballycotton's inshore lifeboat shepherds the young dolphin into deeper waters
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI launched around 1pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday 29 September) to aid a dolphin stranded in shallow water on Silver Strand beach near the East Cork village. A member of the public who was on scene had tried…
Banríon Uladh before the recent name change
News Update
#BanríonUladh - A Northern Irish minister has sailed into stormy waters after rechristening a fisheries protection vessel from its Irish name to its English translation, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Banrion Uladh — which patrols the Irish Sea between Lough…
ICG have extended the charter of fastferry Westpac Express
Ferry
#ExtendedCharter - Irish Continental Group has announced today, following their statement issued on 2 June this year, the charter to Sealift LLC of the High Speed Craft "Westpac Express" for a further fixed period of 12 months to October 2017. Sealift…
The comfortable yet efficient cruising capacity of the Westerly Fulmar is indicated by the ease with which she can carry a spinnaker while reaching without being heavy on the helm
Boat Sales
“I’m busier now than I was in June or July” is the cheerful response from John McDonald down in Kinsale at the south coast MGM Boats boats for sale office writes W M Nixon. Normally there’s a slowing down of…
Tim Corcoran's surprise farewell party at Sligo Yacht Club
GP14
GP14 Sailors rolled up to a blustery Rosses Point in Sligo for the GP14 Autumn Open with the possibility of getting little sailing done as strong winds were forecasted for the weekend reports Colman Grimes. With the youth championship been…
New Greystones Coastguard Station 'Not Viable'
Greystones Harbour
The new Coastguard station at Greystones harbour will not be built, according to Wicklow Councillor Derek Mitchell who says that after 12 years of discussions, planning and building at the harbour the Coastguard has decided to pull out. The Coastguard have…
The 2015 Boderg regatta for Waterwags
Water Wag
In 1903, the clinker built 14–foot 3 inch long Water Wag dinghies from Kingstown, travelled by rail to Dromod Station, from where they were offloaded by their owners, and wheeled on a flat trailer, pulled by a horse, to the…
GP14 world champion Shane MacCarthy is one of two GP14 helmsmen to decline this weekend's All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
All Irelands
Two invitees have declined their invitations to this weekend's Irish Sailing Association (ISA) All Ireland sailing competition at Royal Cork Yacht Club over an entry fee that the ISA says it is forced to charge in the absence of an event sponsor. GP14 World…
The Irish eight which won at the World Masters Regatta in Denmark.
Rowing
#Rowing: The Irish eight which won at the World Masters Regatta at Lake Bagsvaerd, Denmark, have been chosen as the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September. There were a number of good results by Irish crews at the event,…
Stern view of giant containership Gustav Maeark
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview: The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review which is produced in-house returns this week with coverage of domestic and global shipping news. Irish Maritime News: Objectors fear marine test site could facilitate fish farm. The Connaught Tribune claimed this week…
Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards Are Open for Nominations
Coastal Notes
2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our…
Mary McInerney with Waterways Ireland’s Sinead Mallon on the ‘boatel’ Lovely Leitrim in Enniskillen this week
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland was on hand to welcome Mary McInerney and Jorgen Bjerknes’ new ‘boatel’ on arrival in Enniskillen earlier this week as part of their tour of the Erne System. Based between Carrick-on-Shannon and Enniskillen, the married couple…
The lone kayaker spotted by a concerned onlooker off Howth on Wednesday morning 28 September
Rescue
#Rescue - Howth’s coastguard and lifeboat teams launched to the rescue of a lone kayaker off the North Dublin headland yesterday morning (Wednesday 28 September). After a concerned onlooker called 999 when spotting that the kayaker was on the water…

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