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Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials this week in the Bristol Channel
Navy
#YeatsSeaTrials - Newest Naval Service OPV, L.É. William Butler Yeats (P63) began builder’s sea trials in the Bristol Channel until returning today to Appledore in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.É. William Butler Yeats was floated-out in March from Babcock Marine…
Tall Ship Phoenix leaves Galway bound for Warrenpoint
Tall Ships
Movie Star Tall Ship Phoenix passed through the Port of Galway's gates and on into the Atlantic Ocean yesterday. Nine teenagers from Galway, Dublin, Belfast, and Ballyclare will be cooking, cleaning, and sailing alongside the professional crew as they make…
Geest Externo and Amanda berthed downriver on the Boyne at Drogheda Port's largest facility, Tom Roes Point Terminal
Drogheda Port
#Blueprint2050 - A masterplanning process was announced by Drogheda Port Company to address the key issues on the future development of the port where this weekend the Irish Maritime Festival (9-10 July) takes place. The plan, Blueprint 2050, is a vision…
Mini Transat sailor Thomas Dolan in his new Pogo3 boat
Solo Sailing
It has been a successful season of mini racing for County Meath Solo sailor Tom Dolan, with two victories out of two solo races in the Atlantic mini–circuit. This combined with a sixth and fifth place finish in the two…
Dragons competing at South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club in Abersoch
Dragon
Lawrie Smith has claimed the Dragon Northern Championship 2016 by narrowest of margins as Simon Barter wins Corinthian Northern Championship (download results below) as teams now prepare for the International Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2016. Five Irish Dragons will compete in…
Crosshaven RNLI's James Fegan will race at Cork Week next week
Cork Week
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew are used to working together in challenging conditions out on the water but a major event during Volvo Cork week will see them pitted against each other and their colleagues in the emergency services to take…
Larne Grammar School year 8 pupils with their cheque for well over £1,000 to the Larne lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Over the last few months the generous people of Larne have raised over £2,000 for their local lifeboat station. More than £600 was raised by the Great Northern Retro car rally that left Larne at 9am on Saturday…
Review Of National Pike & Trout Policies
Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has today (Monday 4 July) published the indicative timetable for the review of the National Pike and Trout Policies. Following the appointment of a Policy Review Group later this month, the review process will…
Second Annual SeaFest Nets 60,000 Visitors In Galway
Maritime Festivals
#SeaFest - More than 60,000 visitors flocked to SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, this past weekend to enjoy an action-packed programme centred on Galway Harbour. Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan said he was delighted at the public response…
Dave Cullen's J/109 Euro Car Parks
Sailor of the Month
While the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 was the most international ever seen, some of the keenest racing was among the Irish boats in a fleet of such quality that just to secure a class win was to have made…
Rambler 88 skipper George David
Sailor of the Month
There was something otherworldly and very special about the mighty silver bullet from the moment she arrived in Ireland, berthing quietly in Dun Laoghaire in the countdown to the Volvo Round Ireland Race at Wicklow on June 18th. George David’s…
Damian Foxall, Round Ireland record breaker
Sailor of the Month
When three MOD 70s swept through the starting line at Wicklow on Saturday June 18th for the Volvo Round Ireland Race, so much work behind the scenes had gone into bringing this very special trio to Ireland’s premier offshore racing…
Alexandra Basin, Dublin Port
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview - The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) latest Weekly Market Review has among the following stories below. Irish Maritime News: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a record number of submissions in relation to Dublin Port's Dumping Plan as…
‘Grace E’ is a Superyacht, 73 metres in length
Kinsale
The latest superyacht visitor to Kinsale Yacht Club Marina makes quite an impact alongside at the yacht club pontoon today. 'It's not too often we get these large boats into visit' Matthias Hellstern, Kinsale Yacht Club's Rear Commodore told Afloat.ie ‘Grace E’…
The massive cruiseship MSC Splendida compared to a P&O Ferries vessel preparing to berth in Dublin Port
Cruise Liners
#Cruise&FerryCode - It was at the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recently held in Dublin, that the Code of Good Practices for Cruise and Ferry Ports was launched. The code which is available (here to download) has been developed by ESPO…
The Celtic Team has been masterminded by Scottish adventurer Jock Wishart who is campaigning Jean-Eudes Renier's JPK 10.80, Shaita
Commodores Cup
With the deadline for entries into the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup now passed, eight three boat teams are set to contest the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for Corinthian crews, taking place out of Cowes over 23-30th July.…
Colleen Deas from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club
Historic Boats
Colleen Deas, from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club, a replica of the traditional Dublin Bay class that dates from the 1800's, was sailing in the summer sunshine in Cork Harbour yesterday.
Irish Rail has recently completed a series of three freight train trials that will enable loads to be increased by 50%. The final trial was a multimodal service from Dublin Port (North Wall) to Co. Mayo. Above is another multimodal train at Belview Port, Waterford.
Ports & Shipping
#LongerTrains - Irish Rail (Iarnrod Éireann) reports Multimodal, have recently completed a series of three freight train trials that will enable loads to be increased by 50%.  The final trial late last month involved a multimodal service operated from Dublin…
Royal Cork's David Kenefick competing at the Moth Europeans
Moth
The National Yacht Club's Rory Fitzpatrick scored an impressive fifth overall at the Moth European Championships at large natural freshwater lake in Bordeaux, France. In a clean sweep of podium places for British sailors, Mike Lennon was crowned 2016 European Champion. Three…
WIORA Racing on the Shannon Estuary
WIORA
Class two yacht Ibaraki skippered by John Collins from Galway Bay Sailing Club has been declared overall winner of the 2016 WIORA Championships after a six race series at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary. Download results below. Collins continued…

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