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Superimposed area of infilled Foynes Jetty Extension project, one of two contracts awarded by SPFC to Abco Marine
Shannon Estuary
#JettyExtension - Two contracts have been awarded to ABCO Marine that will involve works to be carried out in Foynes Port and at Durnish.  The contracts were secured from the Shannon Foynes Port Company. Work at Foynes Port is for…
Map showing the ADCP frame placement points; the green line delineates the sites of two tide gauges installed on 13 & 14 March
Marine Science
#MarineNotice - TechWorks Marine are deploying three trawl-resistant bottom mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) frames at three locations in Donegal Bay from this week. The frames, which will be on the sea floor between now and June, are being…
The path of the deep ocean glider SILBO as it crossed the North Atlantic Gyre
Marine Science
#MarineScience - A deep-ocean drone was recovered with the help of the Marine Institute off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork earlier this month. The SILBO autonomous glider, deployed by Teledyne Webb Research USA from Falmouth, Massachusetts in April…
The new Dodder Bridge would cross between the south quays and York Road in Ringsend
Dublin Port
#DublinPort - A new public transport bridge for Dublin’s south quays will receive more than €15 million under a new State infrastructure scheme to encourage new housing. As TheJournal.ie reports, the proposed Dodder Bridge would span between Britain Quay and…
Jack O'Keeffe's Drascombe approaching the Fastnet Rock
Island Nation
The members of the Drascombe Association celebrated 50 years of their boat in Belfast at the weekend. Five thousand Drascombes have been built and their owners enjoy sailing them. That was the message of the Secretary of the Irish branch…
One of the ISA successes in 2016 was the Try Sailing campaign to introduce new people to sailing
ISA
David Lovegrove stepped down as President of the Irish Sailing Association last Saturday, here is his third and last annual report on ISA activities. It has been three interesting years for which I am delighted to have had the opportunity of…
Liam Glynn files out of a Start line in Palma today. The Ballyholme youth lies 33rd in his 134–boat fleet
Tokyo 2020
In the Laser class, Liam Glynn from Ballyholme YC lies a creditable 33rd from 134 after four races at the 48th edition of the Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta in Palma today. The former Topper World Champion took a 3 and…
 Rick Tomlinson captures a busy start at the 2016 IRC National Championship
RORC
The International Rating Certificate (IRC) global rating rule is used for hundreds of events in 40 countries. In UK waters IRC competition is fierce both for the National Championship, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and for regional championships…
An impression of the brand new ultra-luxury cruiseship Silver Muse as depicted in the Norwegian fjords. The Viking connection with Ireland is that the new flagship of Silverseas Cruises is to make an Irish debut to Waterford when as the penulimate caller later in the season.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship - Half of all cruiseship calls to visit Waterford Estuary are due in the first of a three-month season in which Afloat has identified to include a brand new cruiseship, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the cruiseship line-up for…
Postcard from John Madden, a sailor on board the Laurentic who wrote postcards to his family while the ship stopped in Liverpool before its final voyage. This is marked the 18th of January 1917, one week before the fateful sinking.
Historic Boats
#Laurentic - History lovers on Thursday 6 April will get a closer view of some of the fascinating artefacts recovered from the tragic sinking of SS Laurentic in Lough Swilly as part of a unique workshop. The artefacts from the…
The event that brought Helen Mary Wilkes’ remarkable administrative talents to international attention was the Optimist Worlds in Howth in 1981
News Update
A lifetime of enthusiastic and effective dedication to voluntary work in international sailing administration has very deservedly resulted in the award of World Sailing’s Gold Medal to Ireland’s Helen Mary Wilkes writes W M Nixon. She is originally from Scotland…
An eel caught at Lough Muckno in Co Monaghan
Fishing
#Fishing - Local eel fishermen were celebrated recently at an information day hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland in Athlone. The fishermen, who are involved in IFI’s Scientific Eel Fisheries in different parts of the country, attended the event which aimed…
ONCE-ONLY VISIT: On this date 25 years ago took place the one and only visit to Cork Harbour of Duc de Normandie, a Brittany Ferries ship. Such a scenario is particularly rare in Irish ferry terms.
Cork Harbour
#FrenchDucVisit – On this date a quarter of a century ago, a Brittany Ferries ship made a once-only visit to Cork, a unique event in Irish ferry terms which was personally observed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1500 passenger/350 vehicle ferry…
The award will be conferred on the officers and crew of the LÉ Eithne at a special ceremony
Navy
In recognition of its international humanitarian service on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has decided to award the Irish Naval Service the civic honour of "Freedom of Entry" to the county.…
Four of five of Ireland's 49er campaigns are in action in Palma
Tokyo 2020
Carrickfergus Sailing Club 49er helmsman Ryan Seaton, tenth in Rio, and who won the class in Palma last year is 13th overall with new crew Seafra Guilfoyle after the first three qualifying races of the showcase Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta in Palma, Mallorca.…
Noel Butler & Stephen Oram ( (left)) – DMYC Frostbite 2016/17 Overall winners with DMYC Commodore Barry Kenny (centre)
Fireball
The Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet had enjoyed a sunny Saturday in advance of the last day of racing in the 2016/17 Series and early on the Sunday morning there was a further bonus when the Race Management Team advised all…
St. Michael's dedicated club members that helped with fundraising and refurbishment
Coastal Rowing
St Michael’s Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire, launched the 2017 coastal rowing season with the official move back into refurbished facilities Councillor Mary Fayne joined the committee and members of St Michael’s Rowing Club for the official opening of their newly…
At least 16 Sigmas will race at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Sigma
The Sigma 33 may yet be the biggest one design cruiser fleet at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regtta with 16 entries so far.  The long established Dublin Bay class merged with class two for local DBSC racing this year but…
Outgoing National Yacht Club Commodore Larry Power with NYC member Annalise Murphy at the awards night. Scroll down for photo gallery
National YC
Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club gathered on Saturday to salute top club achievements from 2016. Ten annual awards for outstanding sailing were presented ranging from cruising endeavours to Olympic campaigns. There is no surprise that club member Annalise Murphy topped…
Presenting a sleek profile Neptune Aegli a vehicle-only carrier that began a charter with P&O this afternoon on the Dublin-Liverpool route.
Ferry
#Charter -A Maltese flagged Greek owned vehicle-carrier only vessel is on charter to an Irish Sea ferry operator while its ships take refit dry-docking turns in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered-in Neptune Aegli can handle 1,800 cars or…

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