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HMS Duncan which departed Portsmouth Naval Base to 'shadow' the Russian Navy. Seen above at the UK port is a sister of the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon which called to Cork Harbour this summer.
Belfast Lough
#Destroyer - A UK naval destroyer was forced to cancel a visit to Belfast today, due to Russian warships understood to be bound for Syria to reinforce attacks on Aleppo, writes Jehan Ashmore. Senior Royal Navy Officer for Northern Ireland,…
Conor Fogerty's BAM, a Sunfast 3600, from Howth, pictured here during Jun'es Round Ireland Race, races in division IRC six in Malta tomorrow
Offshore
One Irish boat and a good selection of Irish sailors are among 112 twelve boats, from twenty five nations and six starts in tomorrow's Middle Sea Race. A light wind forecast means that it may suit smaller boats rather than…
Shane Mulvaney and Paul O'Donovan at the Irish Indoor Championships 2016.
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s high performance director, Morten Espersen has announced that four grants will be available to rowers who produce exceptional performances on ergometers (rowing machines). The grants, of €5,000, will be for world class times on Concept 2. The performances…
RStGYC Commodore Justin McKenna entered totally into the spirit of the evening with his Gala Dinner outfit at the IDRA14 70th Anniversary Dinner in the RStGYC last Saturday night. Class Commodore Ian Sargent is presenting him with his special pennant to mark an outstanding year for this historic class which had its first race at the RStGYC in 1946.
Historic Boats
When you’re among friends at a major anniversary celebratory dinner for a dinghy class of national historic significance, it’s something of a gamble to allow a roving microphone to be taken into the midst of the gathering at the height…
Ro-Ro freight trailers and Lo-Lo containers are the mainstay of Dublin Port’s business
Dublin Port
Dublin Port has announced new figures showing a 6.8% increase in trade volumes for the first nine months of the year. The current pace of growth puts Dublin Port on course for a record year for the third year in…
Nightmare scenario? A cartoonist’s impression for Save Our Seafront of how Dun Laoghaire Harbour might look if all recent development proposals were incorporated in it
Dublin Bay
With An Bord Pleanala due to give its decision on permission for a giant cruise liner berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the coming weeks after almost a year of delays, the Save Our Seafront movement is pulling out all…
 Jeanne Flynn, Aoife Muldoon  Emily Egan and  Gearoid Tracy Loughrea students (Youth Work Ireland Galway) with Vera Quinlan, INFOMAR team, Marine Institute and  Letizia Gorini, Youth Work Ireland Galway (centre) have been shortlisted as one of three projects in Europe for the Mario Ruivo Prize
Marine Science
Two of three "Your Ocean, Your Future" themed projects shortlisted for the European Mario Ruivo Prize are from Ireland. A team of Loughrea students with Youth Work Ireland Galway, designed a project to raise awareness of the importance of the…
Marine minister Michael Creed TD has welcomed a deal giving Irish fishermen a Mackerel quota worth €86million for 2017
Fishing
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today welcomed the positive outcome for Irish Fishermen at the international fisheries negotiations which concluded today at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. These negotiations, between the European…
The late Joe Fitzgerald in party mode in Youghal while Commodore of the Irish Cruising Club in 1986
Cruising
Joe Fitzgerald of Cork went from among us a month and more ago at the age of 94. That month provides us with an added perspective for a full appreciation of his well-lived life afloat and ashore. It enhances our…
Irish Sea Trading: A total €9.5bn worth in goods were exported from Ireland to the UK in the period January-August 2016
Ports & Shipping
#IrishEXports - A total €9.5bn worth of goods were exported to the United Kingdom in the first eight months of this year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). As reported on Newstalk, this represented a €300m drop from the…
A flyover by the Air Corps at the commissioning of LÉ William Butler Yeats in Galway where on Monday An Taoiseach endorsed plans for another newbuild but equipped with full medical facilties
Navy
#HospitalShip - The Naval Service have plans for a newbuild which would be equipped to provide full medical facilities at sea have been endorsed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Irish Times writes that a White Paper on Defence promises a…
Arranmore RNLI in County Donegal launched in the early hours of this morning
RNLI Lifeboats
Arranmore RNLI in County Donegal launched in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 19 October) to go the assistance of two sailors who got into difficulty at St John’s Point. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their…
SeaFest Returns To Galway In 2017 & 2018
Maritime Festivals
#SeaFest - Ireland’s national maritime festival will return to Galway Harbour for the next two years, according to the Galway Independent. The news follows the success of this summer’s SeaFest, which brought more than 60,000 visitors to Galway to see…
Half-Million-Euro Fund To Improve Access To Angling
Angling
#Angling - A new fund to support projects for sustainable and accessible angling in Ireland has been launched by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The Capital Works Fund of €500,000 is available for angling groups and clubs who are looking to…
Rosslare Europort
Ports & Shipping
#Shipping - Five people were found in a shipping container in Wexford at the weekend, as BreakingNews.ie reports. The three men, a woman and a young girl, all believed to be Kurdish, were discovered at a haulage yard in New…
The 2017 FAST40+ Circuit has been announced for the Solent
Racing
The FAST40+ Class have announced their plans for the 2017 Race Circuit with eight events starting in April and concluding in October 2017. The FAST40+ Class will once again contest the prestigious One Ton Cup an event in which Royal…
Creative celebrities at the Ilen deck-closing ceremony on Saturday. Aboard the ship are renowned traditional boat-builder Liam Hegarty (left) with West Cork residents Lord David Puttnam and his wife Patsy. Noted film producer Lord Puttnam was guest speaker at the deck completion ceremony. All photos Kevin O’Farrell, Baltimore
Historic Boats
The restoration of the 57–ft traditional multi-cargo ketch Ilen, built in Baltimore in 1926, has taken a significant step forward through the formal closing of her deck with the ceremonial fastening home of the final plank at Liam Hegarty’s boatyard…
The Cork Sail Training Bursary Scheme awards in Cork
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of Seascapes, your maritime programme, this week we remember diver, seafarer and trade unionist Des Brannigan ; we hear from Ron Coveney at the naming ceremony of a new Atlantic 85 lifeboat to…
Ilen's bowsprit
Island Nation
A 22–foot long bowsprit is an impressive sight. ‘Wow’ was my first reaction as I stood on the deck of the historic Ilen looking at it during the ‘decking-out’ ceremony for the vessel which I report on the new edition…
Norwegian tallship, Christian Radich
Tall Ships
The Norwegian tall ship, Christian Radich, one year short of its 80th anniversary, made a fine sight in Cork city last night. The 1937 built ship is berthed at the North Custom House Quay. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the visit…
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