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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…
Afloat Update: The tanker Iver Ability 'this morning' departed Dublin Port having stocked up on supplies for 13 seafarers has returned to Dublin Bay (as previously seen at anchorage above) is to spend Christmas at sea
Dublin Bay
#TankerDublinBay - Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times writes that seafarers are used to spending Christmas at sea, but one ship’s complement in Irish waters will have a more unusual experience than most. Some 13 crew on board the 129-metre…
A screen grab from an iphone compass. See video below
Coastguard
With the festivities in full swing and when Storm Barbara moves on many people will take to the nation’s beaches and cliffs to take in the fresh air and clear the cobwebs. This can be a busy time of the…
Battered but unbowed. Enda O Coineen has a rough and ready dry-off in the cramped cabin of Kilcullen Voyager.
W M Nixon
The 72nd Rolex-Sydney-Hobart gets under way on Monday. The Australian ocean classic is rightly regarded as a tough event. Yet in terms of the sailing challenges its poses, it seems to pale into insignificance when set against the Everest of…
Santa Claus arriving in Clogherhead earlier this month
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clogherhead RNLI has looked back on 2016 and paid tribute to all those who made it such a memorable year for the lifeboat station and its volunteers. Throughout the year the station worked with other community groups and…
Dan Smith skippered Northern Ireland's entry to second place in the latest Clipper Race
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - Derry~Londonderry~Doire skipper Dan Smith has been appointed deputy race director of the Clipper Round the World Race. Smith, who led the Northern Irish entry to second place in the 10th edition of the race this past summer, takes…
Developers' Impression of proposal at Bulloch harbour
Dublin Bay
#BullochHarbour – Plans to redevelop the former Western Marine site at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey in south Dublin, with a mixed development of houses, a café and shops are centre stage to a mounting campaign led by local opponents, writes Jehan…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan has taken over in third in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race. As the race from Europe to the West Indies enters its 10th day, team SouloGav was edging ahead of American Oarsmen, a trio. Remarkably, the Irish…
Alana Kerr (Age 9) of Dunmoe, Co.Meath, Brendan Kerr and Oisin Cahill of Inland Fisheries Ireland enjoying a fishing trip along with the Boyne Valley Fishing Hub at Courtlough Trout Fishery. The fishing trip was organised by the Dublin Angling Initiative
Angling
Over 500 children and young people from the Greater Dublin Area have taken up fishing in 2016. Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative, which aims to promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin area, has seen significant demand for…
STORM BARBARA: The second storm of the winter has led to further ferry cancellations and disruption this festive season. In this file photo, ferries are seen berthed at Dublin Port terminals 1 and 5 as cruiseship Delphin, built during the Soviet era was also capable of carrying cars
Ferry
#Cancellations - Storm Barbara continues to cause ferry cancellations but also freight operations on the Irish Sea notably those serving Dublin Port in the busy run-up to the festive season. Strong winds involving a ro-ro freight ferry arriving to Dublin…
ICOMIA Brief Boat Builders & Engine Manufacturers on New Recreational Craft Directive
Marine Trade
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) are advising boat builders and engine manufacturers to check their national trade and distribution channels before interpreting the phrasing within the new Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) relating to engines and components placed…
Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club recently became the first Yacht Club marina in the country to receive the Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard accreditation for accommodation on its marinas and facilities. “The Club are delighted to have received this accreditation from Fáilte…
Armel Le Cléac'h – It will be the third time in successive editions of the Vendée Globe that he has rounded the Horn in the top three
Vendee Globe
Armel Le Cléac'h is expected to lead the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe solo round the world race around its most feared but most universally welcomed landmark, Cape Horn, tomorrow around midday. The French skipper should pass the notorious…
Tender Process Opens For State Fisheries In 2017
Angling
#Angling - The tender process for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) State Fisheries for 2017 is now open. Lists of available fisheries can be found on the IFI website HERE. To tender for one or more fisheries, fill out the Condition…

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