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Shane Mulvaney and David O'Malley
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney took a bronze medal at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria today. Italy won a tense race. Turkey led early on, but Italy and Ireland came through fast. With 500 metres…
Chloe Mehigan and Claire Feerick, Winners at the Home International
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland picked up more wins at the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde today. Early in the day they had won the women’s and men’s lightweight pairs. The women’s senior double of Chloe Mehigan (Cork) and Claire Feerick (Neptune) won…
Colm Hennessy
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland had two consecutive wins at the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde. The women’s lightweight pair of Gill Crowe and Hazel O’Neill won, and were followed quickly by the men’s lightweight pair of Colm Hennessy and Stephen O’Sullivan. At…
The Ireland crew of Fintan and Jake McCarthy
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s lightweight double of Fintan and Jake McCarthy missed out on an A Final at the World Under-23 Championships by just one place. They finished fourth behind Canada, Spain and South Africa in an intriguing race which had a…
Larne RNLI’s crew launching their inshore lifeboat Terry
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Larne RNLI encourages the public to always call for help if they believe someone is in trouble on the coast, following a callout this week that turned out to be a false alarm. The Larne volunteer crew launched…
First to round Fastnet Rock is the goal for the world’s biggest offshore fleet
Fastnet
#FastnetRace - What does it take to win the Rolex Fastnet Race? That’s the question Yachting World posed to four former podium finishers in what’s arguably the world’s greatest offshore challenge. For 2015 winner Gery Trentesaux, the key is keeping the…
Ordinary Seaman Craig Clear is winched to an overhead helicopter from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats
Navy
#Navy - A Naval Service seaman has expressed his gratitude to the Spanish coastguard for saving his life, after he fell ill while on humanitarian duty in the Mediterranean. According to the Irish Examiner, Craig Clear was airlifted to Almeira…
Sailors gather for the briefing for the NYC Junior Regatta
National YC
The skies were grey but this didn’t deter the keen young sailors who participated in the Davy National Yacht Club Junior Regatta last Wednesday writes Frieda Ford. With over 110 participants there was a buzz at the National. Representatives from…
Brian Conville from Dublin and Joseph Gagnon from Canada were rescued by the Waterford-based coastguard helicopter this afternoon
Rowing
#Rowing - Dubliner Brian Conville is recovering in Tralee Hospital after being rescued by the Irish Coast Guard about 160 miles off Mizen Head this afternoon, writes Tom MacSweeney. Experienced offshore rower Conville, 25 — who last year crossed the…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017. The town’s potential to host such events of international standard is made possible by the quiet yet efficient presence of Dun Laoghaire Marina
W M Nixon
With the success of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2017 now universally acknowledged in highlighting the developing role of Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a major waterborne recreational centre, it is timely to remember the vital contribution made to the contemporary scene…
 First glimpse through the paint mist of Ilen’s final colour scheme. Photo:
Historic Boats
The mood in the Corn Store at Oldcourt Boayard near Baltimore where the Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen is being restored may still be distinctly ghost-like writes W M Nixon. The old place would make a good setting for some tales…
Howth's Aoife Hopkins is two points clear of the women's fleet heading into the final series
Laser
#Laser - Aoife Hopkins took the lead at the U21 Laser Radial Women’s Euros in Douarnenez yesterday (Thursday 20 July). As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Olympic triallist from Howth Yacht Club had been just a single point off the…
The Ireland lightweight quadruple in Plovdiv
Rowing
#Rowing: The Ireland lightweight quadruple of Niall Beggan, Stephen O’Connor, Andrew Goff and Shane O’Connell qualified for the A Final at the World Under-23 Championships today by finishing third in their semi-final. Austria won the race in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in…
The Green, White & Orange: The not so Irish cargoship, Arklow Resolve which made a rare call by such a ship type by docking along Dublin’s old inner former working port that is now the ‘Docklands’ financial quarter. Despite the green hull and white superstructure of Arklow Resolve with the backdrop of the preserved Diving Bell painted in orange, the colour is also identified with Dutch history and given the cargoship's relationship with a port of registry in Rotterdam.
Dublin Port
#RareQuayCall - A rare sight of a commercial ship took place this week along Dublin Port’s inner Liffey quays with the arrival of an Arklow Shipping cargoship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Arklow Resolve of almost 5000dwat had sailed from Belfast…
File photo of the ferry from France, Stena Horizon where eight people were found inside a container upon arrival at the Wexford ferryport.
Ferry
#ferry -  A container was discovered to have eight people inside when it arrived on a ferry into Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford. The four adults, two teenagers and two children according to RTE are all reported to be safe.…
An agreement between Texan oil company NextDecade works well as the Port of Cork is capable of handling large liquid natural gas (LNG) ships.
Port of Cork
#portofcork - A US liquefied natural gas (LNG) company NextDecade based in Texas reports The Irish Times, is eyeing up a LNG import terminal at the Port of Cork. The company announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with…
The location of the sewage spill into the Tolka at Mulhuddart
Angling
#FishKill - A car tyre blocking a sewer led to a major fish kill on the River Tolka in West Dublin this week. According to TheJournal.ie, as many as 500 fish were killed over a 3km stretch of the waterway…
Naval Redezvous: L.É. William Butler Yeats on left heads further into the Mediterranean while east off Gibraltar. The flagship LÉ Eithne is seen heading homeward bound when the naval vessels met on 17 July
Navy
#navy - Irish Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is due to arrive back in Cork Harbour this weekend while a fleetmate is already in the Mediterranean to continue humanitarian duties by saving lives at sea, writes Jehan Ashmore LÉ Eithne…
Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile seen slowing moving astern within her homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Lighthouses
#Rescue116 - The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is to carry out a four-day ROV search operation beginning this weekend at the site of the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off Black Rock Lighthouse.  The ILV…
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…

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