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#lasersailing – After three days of strong winds, the final day of the Zhik Laser National Championships was always forecast for light breeze before strengthening in the afternoon writes Mark Mackey. Race Officer Robin Gray attempted several early starts but the wind kept shifting from side to side and it was early afternoon before things settled down. It meant there was time...
#powerboat – The Cowes Torquay Powerboat Race is the toughest powerboat race in the world. The stretch of water between the Solent and Devon Coast has long been regarded as one mean piece of water. It's reputation however for punishing boats and crew, and crushing even the most prepared teams has been somewhat subdued for the last two years as the south west coast of Britain ...
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Mirror reports on marine researchers' extraordinary find of an albino bottlenose dolphin in the waters between Italy and Croatia. Albus, as he has been named by the scientists, is one of only 20 known albino dolphins worldwide, and is believed to be the first spotted in the entire Mediterranean Sea. The Irish Mirror has much more on the story HERE....
#MarineWildlife - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has proposed a restriction of seismic survey activity on the slopes of the Irish continental shelf and the Porcupine Seablight. The IWDG says its move "stems from an increasing body of evidence which indicates that the Irish Shelf Slopes and Porcupine Seablight are an important migration route and opportunistic foraging...
#HistoricBoats - The discovery of a traditional anadian river canoe in the rafters of a Galway building sparked an investigation by radio documentary maker Joe Kearney that goes back some 200 years to Ireland's deep connections with the New World. The 'Grandfather Canoe' – or Akwiten, to give its native name – was originally crafted by the Mailseet First Nation of New Bruns...
#IslandNews - A native Achill Islander believes he's discovered the only photo of the area's famous Deserted Village taken while it was still inhabited. As Paddy Gallagher told The Irish Times, he was searching for images of Achill online when he came across a page from a 1915 issue of National Geographic magazine with a caption suggesting it was documenting village life on the...
#Rowing: Ireland’s encouraging campaign at the World Rowing Championships ended with another remarkable result today. Sanita Puspure took fourth in the women’s single sculls, just 1.17 seconds off a medal in this high-profile discipline. Emma Twigg of New Zealand won gold, vanquishing her Australian rival Kim Crow, who took silver. Duan Jingli of China made third her own fo...
#Drowning - TheJournal.ie reports that two Irishmen died from drowning on the Greek island of Crete in an incident on Friday (29 August). The two men are thought to be in their 40s and were holidaying on the Mediterranean island. Consular assistance is being provided to their families....
#MarineWildlife - "What if whales were nature's ultimate geoengineers?" That's the question Philip Hoare poses on the Guardian's Comment Is Free section upon the news that US scientists have identified cetacean waste as a potentially pivotal link in the climate change chain. Marine scientists from the University of Vermont compiled decades' worth of research in their new report...
#Rowing: Ireland’s women’s double of Monika Dukarska and Helen Hannigan (Walshe) finished fifth in their B Final at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam this morning. The race was won by the Netherlands, who got out in front early and held off challenges by Germany and Russia. Ireland started well but slipped back to sixth position. However, the crew dug in and won a...
#rcyc – Once again Royal Cork Yacht Club is very proud to welcome back the prestigious sponsorship of the MSL Motor Group for the annual At Home Regatta weekend writes Claire Bateman. The club is looking particularly resplendent with the latest Mercedes models on display and with the Mercedes flags and colourful bunting throughout the grounds there is a particularly fest...
#lasersailing – After Friday's blowout in the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships, it was great to see the forecast hold true  on Belfast Lough yesterday with a sunny start to the morning and 12-15 knots with a few gusts and lulls along the way writes Mark Mackey. The wind stayed fairly true in direction all day with just the odd hole or squall to cope with. Although...
#CruiseControl – The Hollywood blockbuster 'Speed 2: Cruise Control' released in 1997 starring Sandra Bullock and filmed on board Seabourn Legend, is to make her maiden call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. This will be the first time that Seabourn Cruises, a prestigious operator in the high-end of the cruise market will visit Dun Laoghaire Harbour as ...
#j24 – Day two of the Irish J24 National Championships made for a gruelling affair for the competitors as winds gusted above 25 for most of the racing day writes Andrew Carey. With it brought a change to the leaderboard with Flor O'Driscoll's Hard On Port taking line honours in the first two races of day two. Unfortunately for the leader after day one, JP McCaldin's Jamais En...
  #dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Bluefin Two (M & B Bryson), 2. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 3. Magic (D.Espey) BENETEAU 31.7 ECHO - 1. Legally Blonde (C.Drohan/P.Egan), 2. Extreme Reality (P.McSwiney/E.O'Rafferty), 3. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan) CRUISERS 0 ECHO - 1. Tsunami (Vincent Farrell), 2. Wow (George Sisk) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (George Sisk), 2. Ts...
#HistoricCruiseDay – A historic occasion for Waterford City Quays, as for the first time ever a record total of three cruiseships are visiting Ireland's oldest city today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Port of Waterford are host to some 500 crew and more than 900 passengers. The visitors are to experience the south-eastern city established by the Vikings. Likewise of those invadi...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 15:10

Whale Watch Ireland 2014: The Results Are In

#MarineWildlife - Though the 'washout' weather decreased numbers attending this year's Whale Watch Ireland last Sunday 24 August, nearly half of all events that went ahead reported sightings – with two-thirds of these seeing cetaceans. Sadly there were no whales spotted this time out, but big numbers of harbour porpoise wherever they showed hopefully proved some consolation. ...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 12:32

ICG Release Mid-Year Financial Results

#ICGresults – Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, have released financial report results for the half-year ended 30 June 2014. Results The Board of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) reports that, in the seasonally less profitable first half of the year, the Group recorded revenue of €130.7 million compared with €120.9 million in the same period ...
#Rowing: Ireland’s Lisa Dilleen and Leonora Kennedy finished second in the B Final of the women’s pair at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam today, placing them eighth overall. Russia’s Liana Gorgodze and Elizaveta Tikhanova, the second slowest of the crews in the semi-finals, took this race by storm. They led all the way down the course despite constant attempts...
#Hydrophones - Could the world's network of hydrophones used by marine scientists to track ocean sounds such as whale songs also be used to spy on the movements of military submarines? That's a real concern among North America's top brass, as Matthew Braga writes in The Atlantic, for the instruments used by scientists to collect important data on marine wildlife send their info...
Saturday, 30 August 2014 10:04

Dolphin Killed By Plastic Beer Can Ring

#MarineWildlife - A juvenile dolphin has died in West Cork after getting its beak caught in a discarded plastic ring from a multipack of beer cans, as the Irish Independent reports. Locals were shocked to find the common dolphin in distress near Schull Harbour unable to free itself from the plastic, and after a lengthy struggle it died shortly afterwards. Plastic rings from mul...
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