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The Minister has ordered a review of “Catch and Release” Element of Fisheries Management Policy
Angling
Mr. Sean Kyne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2016. These will come into…
Enda O'Coineen is faced with a number of different repair scenarios
Vendee Globe
Enda O'Coineen has had to take the prudent, but tough decision, to turn back north in the Vendee Globe Race and separate away from the six strong pack of boats he had been racing closely with, playing tag with the…
Gary and Paul O'Donovan, Olympic silver medallists.
Rower of the Year
#Rowers of the Year: The Afloat Rowers of the Year for 2016 are Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan. Between them they brought Ireland two gold medals and two silvers at top international events in 2016.  The highlight was the silver…
Shane Ross was responding to a strongly-worded attack on the company in the Dáil Richard Boyd Barrre
Dublin Bay
#PortTransfer - Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said the transfer of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to local authority control is taking too long, writes The Irish Times. “Dún Laoghaire is certainly the slowest of these ports that will…
Bangor Lifeboat Saves Swimmer In Ballyholme Bay
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - At 8.10am this morning (Wednesday 28 December), Bangor RNLI’s volunteer crew responded to a request from HM Coastguard to rescue a young man reported to be in difficulty while swimming 200 metres off the shore in Ballyholme Bay.…
Rescuers taking the casualty up the cliff face at Ardglass on Tuesday afternoon 27 December
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Volunteers from Portaferry RNLI went to the aid of a man who had fallen down a cliff at Ardglass Golf Club on the Co Down coast yesterday (Tuesday 27 December). The Portaferry lifeboat, an inshore Atlantic 85, launched…
New Zealander Jim Delagat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo is currently overall winner of the Sydney-Hobart Race, and highly likely to hold her place.
Sydney to Hobart
While Ireland basks in unusual January sunshine, in the alleged Southern Hemisphere summer the normally picturesque approaches to Hobart in Tasmania have seen dull, damp and drifting conditions for the groups of legendary Australian and international racing machines struggling to…
A ship at Marina Point in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
When I changed tack in my journalistic career and moved, after nearly 30 years from mainstream reporting to specialising in marine matters, I was told by a number of people that I would be “wasting my time” because it was…
ICHI BAN Matt Allen's Judel Vrolijk 52 with Gordon Maguire onboard
Sydney to Hobart
Arriving in Hobart at 02:31.20 on Wednesday 28 December, Anthony Bell’s 100-ft Maxi Perpetual LOYAL has set a new race record of 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes, 20 seconds at the Rolex Sydney Hobart and in the process secured…
Anthony Bell’s hundred-footer Perpetual LOYAL has chopped nearly five hours off the course record for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race
Sydney to Hobart
As records tumble in this fastest-ever Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race with Anthony Bell’s line honours-winning hundred footer Perpetual LOYAL taking four hours and fifty-one minutes off the previous best time set by the late Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI, Matt Allen’s…
The entrance to Fort Mitchel on Spike Island
Cork Harbour
#SpikeIsland - The burial of a graveyard on Spike Island in the mid-19th century covered up the “death trap” conditions at its Victorian-era prison. That’s according to new research on the site in Cork Harbour, as The Irish Times reports,…
Wicklow Harbour
News Update
#Missing - RTÉ News reports on the ongoing search for a man in his 50s reported missing in Wicklow Harbour this morning (Tuesday 27 December). Wicklow RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard and gardaí are all involved in the operation that…
 Matt Allen’s JV52 Ichi Ban, with Ireland’s Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master, is currently leading overall on IRC in the fast-moving Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. She is seen here shortly after clearing the entrance to Sydney Harbour yesterday, sorting herself for the sprint south.
Sydney to Hobart
Former Howth sailor Gordon Maguire, who began a long and successful relationship with Australian sailing in 1991 when the Irish team won the Southern Cross series, is currently leading overall on IRC in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2016, playing the…
Atlantic Rower Hennigan Defies Winds to Hold Third
Rowing
#Rowing: On the 15th day of his solo row across the Atlantic, Gavan Hennigan has firmly established himself in third in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The winds have picked up and he reports some difficulty – “oars trying to…
Wild Oats XI had recovered from a slow start to lead the race and was seeking to extend her record of eight line honours victories. It is the second year in a row that the Mark Richards-skippered yacht has failed to finish, further proof of the punishing and unpredictable nature of this 628-nm offshore classic.
Sydney to Hobart
Records are set to be broken at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The frontrunners, having negotiated the infamous Bass Strait, are making rapid progress down the east coast of Tasmania on route to the finish in Hobart. At 15:30…
The Dublin Fire Brigade rescue boat at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin’s Docklands
Rescue
#Rescue - Gardaí and Dublin firefighters rescued a man in his 20s from the River Liffey in Dublin’s Docklands on Christmas morning. According to the Dublin Fire Brigade Twitter account, the man was kept afloat by gardaí with a life…
Triton and Chinese Whisper (with Shane Diviney of Howth onboard) making good progress shortly after the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart race start
Sydney to Hobart
The 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, featuring an international fleet of 88 yachts – with several key Irish crew involved – commenced at 13:00 local time on a perfect Sydney summer’s day. The combination of excellent weather conditions, the…
Alex Thomson
Vendee Globe
British Skipper Alex Thomson has rounded Cape Horn, an infamous milestone in the Vendee Globe, the solo, non-stop, around the world race. Thomson reached Cape Horn today at 11:42 UTC, arriving at the southern tip of Chile in 48d 23hrs…
Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry Over Christmas Says Irish Coast Guard
Coastguard
#Coastguard - Stay Back, Stay High, Stay Dry is the message from the Irish Coast Guard to the public over the Christmas holiday period. Many people will be engaging in outdoor activities along the coastline, be it on exposed coasts,…
Maritime Priorities In Transport’s Statement Of Strategy 2016-2019
News Update
#Maritime - ‘Safe and sustainable’ marine transport and ‘delivery of emergency management services’ have been made a high level goal in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s Statement of Strategy 2016-2019, published this week. Identifying Ireland’s maritime sector as…

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