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Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey where there are plans to develop the former premises of Western Marine chandlery with a larger mixed development block (three-storeys) of luxury apartments and marine shop units. In addition to three houses (three-storeys) at the rear of site along the scenic coastal location in south Dublin.
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour - Concerned residents and marine users of Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, Co. Dublin are to hold a public meeting tomorrow (Thurs. Jan.5th) over a proposed mixed development at a sensitive coastal site of the former premises of Western Marine, writes…
A computer-generated image of how the floatel vessel 'My Story' might look, moored at Penrose Quay which Afloat adds is on the north quays of Cork's City Centre
Cork Harbour
#CorkFloatel -The first floating hotel and restaurant in Ireland writes the Evening Echo is being planned for Cork's city centre quays. The backers of the project have secured a 100-metre luxury cruise vessel that they plan to permanently moor at Penrose…
Afloat.ie – readership boost
News Update
Afloat.ie, the Irish sailing, boating and maritime website, has reached another high water mark in 2016 informing and entertaining a larger boating audience than ever before. Based on site analytics, Afloat.ie readership was up 30 per cent on 2015 with…
'Starboard Home' artists take a bow at the National Concert Hall
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, we feature part one of Starboard Home a commission by Dublin Port Company drawing inspiration from the River Liffey and the port which was held in The National…
The Laser Dinghy League at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour last January
Island Nation
It was ice on the rigging which put me off sailing in November and December. That was quite a few years ago, but as climate change has had its effects, those months have had different weather patterns and this year…
At the 1969 Quadrimillennial celebrations at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are (left to right) Clayton Ewing (Commodore, Cruising Club of America), An Taoiseach Jack Lynch TD, and Dennis Faulkner, Commodore Irish Cruising Club.
News Update
One of the most noted sailing figures in Northern Ireland, Sir Dennis Faulkner died peacefully at his home close along the shore beside the hidden waters of Ringhaddy Sound in Strangford Lough at the age of 90 on New Year’s…
Our class of 2016
News Update
Who gets your vote as Afloat Sailor of the Year 2016? The past year, in the view of Winkie Nixon, was quite possibly the greatest ever season for Irish watersports, and over the past 12 months we have picked out 22 individual sailors…
The Dufour 29 is a roomy cruiser with a reassuringly secure yet spacious cockpit.
Boat Sales
To say that Michel Dufour was a pioneer in European cruiser-racer development during the 1960s is under-stating the case. The La Rochelle-based builder and designer fairly exploded on the scene, first with the 21ft 9ins Sylph in 1964, and then…
Enda is in good health as is the dismasted boat. With little to no wind over the past 24 hours progress has been slow. A strong southerly airflow is expected to build over the next 24 hours that will push him north and closer to shore. A vessel from Dunedin is on standby to come out to tow him to the closest port once the system passes
Vendee Globe
Ireland's Vendee Globe entrant Enda O'Coineen is shaken after being dismasted and struggling to get back to New Zealand with no engine (a rope around the prop), it means he could be many days to get in range for a…
The RMS Titanic departs Southampton on 10 April 1912
Titanic
#Titanic - For decades it was believed that the ill-fated Titanic was sunk by an iceberg on its maiden transatlantic voyage. Indeed, the dramatic collision and its aftermath has long been etched on the Irish consciousness, and was the centrepiece…
Newcastle RNLI's inshore lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI was requested by Belfast Coastgaurd to launch to the aid of what was believed to be a dinghy in trouble a half-mile south of Newcastle Harbour on Saturday afternoon (31 December). However, when the inshore lifeboat…
Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge (Paul Gibbons) from Royal Cork YC will defend his IRC title in Marseille
RORC
Royal Cork YC's Paul Gibbons, racing Quarter Tonner Anchor Challenge, who was the winner of the inaugural IRC European Champion Trophy last July, will be travelling to France this summer to defend his Euro title and the hope is other…
Enda O'Coineen has been dismasted 180 miles South East of New Zealand
Vendee Globe
Enda O'Coineen has been dismasted on New Year's Day off New Zealand bringing to an end Ireland's first ever Vendee Globe Challenge at the half way stage of the solo round the world race. O'Coineen reported to Race Headquarters in…
Members of Ireland’s RS fleet in action
RS Sailing
#RS200 - Friendship is key to keeping Ireland’s youth dinghy sailing classes alive, according to this year’s All Ireland Champion sailor Alex Barry. Speaking to Afloat.ie ahead of January’s RS200 open days at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Barry laments…
Wicklow RNLI involved in the search for a missing man in Wicklow this past week
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI expressed their concern for the family of a man missing in the Wicklow Harbour area since Tuesday (27 December). As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a multi-agency response was launched on Tuesday morning after the man, said…
(Top) Bonito as she was in Strangford Lough in 1884 and (above) Bonito as she was in Dun Laoghaire for many years under Roy Starkey’s ownership
W M Nixon
The traditional timing of the London International Boat Show as soon as possible after New Year’s Day may have been shifted about in recent years as the changing dynamics of the European marine industry and the sheer dominance through size…
Ireland’s Lifeboats In 2016 - In Video
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - The RNLI has compiled at video looking back at the work of the lifesaving charity in Ireland during 2016 through the footage taken from its lifeboats’ onboard cameras.
Chief executive rejects ‘mad’ proposal for Hollywood-style complex on the Poolbeg Peninsula
Dublin Port
#PortEstate -Chief executive of Dublin Port Eamonn O’Reilly has described as “mad”, “daft” and an “attempt at a landgrab” plans for a Hollywood-style film studio on the Poolbeg Peninsula. As The Irish Times writes the port company will next month…
Shannon Airport is increasingly prone to flooding with predicted sea level rises over the next 80 years
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - Coastal defences and protections against flooding are outlined in a new Department of Transport plan to prepare Ireland for future climate change, as The Irish Times reports. The draft consultation report, Developing Resilience to Climate Change in the…
Green Dragon
Volvo Ocean Race
Ireland's 2009 Green Dragon Volvo Ocean Race boat will sail again in a transatlantic race to promote the work of a non profit organsation. As our photo above shows the famous Irish vessel has been rebranded as 'Mirpuri Foundation', a research…
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