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Gavan Hennigan celebrates his arrival in Antigua after setting a new Irish solo Atlantic rowing record
Rowing
#Rowing - Just days after completing his 5,000km solo row across the Atlantic, Gavan Hennigan has taken control of Ireland’s national Twitter account for a week. On Monday 6 February, Hennigan — who normally tweets @soulogav — was given the…
Replica famine-emigrant barque Jeanie Johnston is to become the last ever ship to be dry docked in Dublin Port (seen there in 2014) which is to close marking an end of an era in Irish maritime heritage
Dublin Port
#DryDockClosure - The largest dry dock in the State and the last remaining working dry-dock (No. 2) in Dublin Port is to close marking an end of an era of our maritime heritage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 200m dry dock…
Horrific Damage to Marine Wildlife
Island Nation
There are photographs on marine animal welfare websites which show the awful horror and terrible suffering which balloon and lantern releases into the air have caused to marine wildlife. If you saw or see them, you would never again let…
Conor Fogerty's Sunfast 3200 'Bam' crossing the line of the OSTAR qualifying race, the Solo Fastnet in 2016
Offshore
This month sees Conor Fogerty of Howth Yacht Club, preparing for one of the most prestigious and demanding solo ocean races in the international yachting calendar.  The latest instalment of the OSTAR (Original Solo Transatlantic Race), commences on 29th May…
Gavan Hennigan arrives in Antigua.
Rower of Month
#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the month for January is Gavan Hennigan. The Galway man set a new Irish record for a solo row across the Atlantic ocean. He crossed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in…
Sarah Keane
Rowing
#Rowing: Sarah Keane of Swim Ireland will get the rowing vote in the election for president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. The Rowing Ireland board chose Keane on the basis that she will address the governance problems which have…
Tom Dolan, originally from Co. Meath, competing in the 2016 French Offshore Racing Series in his Cailin Rua 11, a new 6.5m Pogo. His chief aim this season is to participate in the 4,000 mile Mini Transat 2017 Race for solo sailors.
News Update
#Lecture - "2016 Offshore Racing in France-A Steep Learning Curve" -An illustrated lecture by Solo Offshore Sailor Tom Dolan is to take place on Thursday 16 February at 20:00hrs. The venue for the Glenua & Friends organised lecture series as…
The Seaward 23’s workmanlike appearance with its hints of rugged style particularly appeals to former total sailing enthusiasts moving into motoryachts
Boat Sales
The boat community has a significant proportion of formerly hundred-per-cent sailing enthusiasts who have reached the stage in life where they accept that their needs might be better met by an able motoryacht writes W M Nixon But it mustn’t…
Steamers and Three Masted Ships by Eugeen Van Mieghem
Dublin Port
The works of the acclaimed Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem will go on display to Irish audiences for the first time this week, when a major new exhibition opens at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Thursday, 9th February…
Seal Rescue Centre Seeks Sponsors
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - The Seal Rescue Centre in Courtown is appealing for new sponsors to fund supplies for the marine wildlife in its care, as the Gorey Guardian reports. The sanctuary recently took on its first sponsor in Gorey’s Amber Springs…
RAIL&SAIL: Port of Larne where the ferry terminal is integrated with the railway station that serves passengers on the service connecting Belfast. The funnel is of P&O Ferries ropax European Causeway named after the famous Antrim coast landmark the Giant’s Causeway. Also visible are the twin chimney stacks of the older electricity power station at Ballylumford located on far side of the ferryport.
Ferry
#RailSail – The Port of Larne has the only integrated railway and ferry terminal on the island of Ireland, unlike Irish Rail's operated Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. In more recent times the Rosslare Harbour railway platform was relocated away…
Using the Limerick Waterway is the theme of a conference in March by the Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society
Inland Waterways
Inland Navigations of Ireland Historical Society are holding a One Day Conference in March on the Limerick Navigation. Speakers on the day include Dr Joachim Fischer who will talk about the Construction of Ardnacrusha and Brian Goggin on 'Killaloe an Open…
Omey Strand
Island News
#OmeyIsland - Omey Island’s last resident has died, as Galway Bay FM reports. Retired stuntman Pascal Whelan was found at his home on Saturday (5 February) after a long illness, bringing to an end centuries of continuous habitation on the…
Connemara Sea Scouts prepare the Transatlantic Lancer for sea again
Coastal Notes
When Kaitlyn Dow of Waterford High School in Connecticut put a shout–out through Afloat.ie last September for people to look out for her unmanned yacht off the Galway coast, little did she realise she would be travelling across the Atlantic to meet…
Larne RNLI Launch for Medical Evacuation of Casualty From Bulk Carrier
RNLI Lifeboats
Larne RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron last night (Sunday 5 February) to evacuate a casualty having medical difficulties onboard a 160m bulk carrier vessel. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the lifeboat at 10pm following a request by…
South Dublin residents had objected to controversial proposals for project at Bulloch Harbour near Dalkey. Above: People Before Profit councillor Melisa Halpin speaks at a meeting of the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - A controversial development proposed at Bulloch Harbour, an inlet close to Dalkey in the south Dublin has been refused planning permission. As The Irish Times writes, Bartra Capital Ltd, founded by developer Richard Barrett, had filed plans last…
A shot from Mick Fanning’s recent Irish surf trip
Surfing
#Surfing - It’s no longer such a secret that Ireland has some of the most sought-after swells among the world’s top big wave surfing talent. But beginners aren’t left out of Surfer Today’s list of '10 surf spots you must…
Alexandra Basin (east) where Weser Highway berthed on the first call to Dublin Port for a new vehicle-carrier service linking Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Dublin Port
#NewService - Should you have seen a red-painted high-sided box shaped ship off the Irish east coast in recent weeks, it was likely to have been a vehicle-carrier, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship been the 750 unit vehicle carrier Weser…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
Coastal Notes
#Doonbeg - More than 30 individuals and organisations have submitted objections to the proposed coastal defence works at the Doonbeg golf resort purchased by US President Donald Trump. Surfers, environmentalists and some local residents comprise the stanch opposition to the…
Unloading of wind turbines from BBC Orion berthed at Belview, Port of Waterford. Further such cargoes are scheduled throughout 2017.
Ports & Shipping
#WindTurbines- A first batch of tower sections for a wind turbine project arrived at Port of Waterford last week on board an Antigua and Bermuda flagged cargoship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargo was the first of nine tower sections of…

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