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The Royal Canal west of Maynooth, Co Kildare
Inland Waterways
#RoyalCanal - Waterways Ireland advises that the Royal Canal towpath west of Maynooth, Co Kildare from Bond Bridge to Jacksons Bridge, a section of around 1.7km in length, will remain closed until March to undertake further cycle and pedestrian upgrade…
Dublin Port’s volumes have increased by 25% in just four years
Dublin Port
Dublin Port’s Masterplan 2012-2040, a framework to guide the future development and operation of Dublin Port, makes provision for periodic reviews.  This ensures that the Masterplan reflects changing circumstances such as developments in policies governing planning, national transport, the environment…
RYA Scotland award winners
News Update
The boating community from around Scotland gathered on Saturday evening (28th January 2017) at the Glasgow Science Centre as RYA Scotland recognised the achievements and outstanding commitment of Scotland's volunteers, coaches, instructors, officials, clubs and performance sailors. The theme throughout…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan is producing extraordinary mileage in his battle to be the next boat to finish the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The solo oarsman has held third since early in the 12-boat race from the Canary Islands to Antigua…
Yachts racing off Dun Laoghaire by John Ryan. The maritime painting hangs in the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay
Irish Marine Artist Pete Hogan will give a personal history of marine painting in Ireland with an emphasis, he says, on 'yots'.  The Round the world sailor, artist and author will speak at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on the…
The Laurentic during her service in the First World War
Historic Boats
#Laurentic - Last Wednesday (25 January) saw Donegal commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the SS Laurentic off Lough Swilly by German mines during the First World War. Just 121 of the 475 people on board survived the tragedy,…
Minister of Transport, Shane Ross at the Doolin Ferry Co. stand at the Holiday World Show, Dublin. The Clare based company is to introduce a 200-passenger ferry and operate the fastest ever crossing time on an Aran Islands route from April.
Island News
#FastestCrossing – A newly acquired passenger-only ferry is to offer the fastest ever crossing time to the Aran Islands, when Doolin Ferry introduce a highspeed craft just one month after the seasonal service resumes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Speaking to Afloat…
Morten Espersen
Rowing
#Rowing: The high performance director of Rowing Ireland, Morten Espersen, has resigned. Espersen emailed his decision to the chief executive of Rowing Ireland, Hamish Adams.  “On behalf of the entire Board and Staff I wish Morten well in the next…
Trucks using the Port of Dover's internal roads network which handled record freight volumes in 2016, showing the continuing importance of efficient UK-European trade flows: The port handles up to £119bn of trade or 17% of the UK’s trade in goods.
Ferry
#DoverRecord – Record freight for Belfast Harbour user Stena Line on routes to Scotland and England for the year 2016 has also been achieved by other ferry operators based in the Port of Dover, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dover, Europe’s busiest…
A meeting of true minds. Stephen Tudor of Pwllheli, Irish Sea Offshore Champion 2016 (left), with Ted Crosbie, Royal Cork YC Admiral 1984-86 and winner of the Helmsman Championship of Ireland in 1950, at the Volvo Sailor of the Year celebrations in Dublin on Friday night. SCroll down for a full gallery by Inpho photography
News Update
In public perception terms, sailing had never been higher on the scale of national interest in Ireland than it was in August 2016 when Annalise Murphy’s Olympic Silver Medal victory had an entire nation and its widespread diaspora on the…
Map of Rossaveal in South Connemara
News Update
#Rossaveal - Galway Bay FM reports that health and safety inspectors are investigating an indecent at Rossaveal Harbour last night (Sunday 29 January) in which a man in his 40s died and another was injured. The deceased, a Donegal native,…
Maritime journalist Marcus Connaughton was MC at a celebration of Sail Training in Ireland
Tall Ships
On Saturday 28th January 2017, Sail Training Ireland (STIRL) held their 5th Annual Prize Giving and Season Launch event in the Oak Room at the Mansion house in Dublin, courtesy of Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr writes Daragh Sheridan.…
Record freight volumes for Stena Line's Belfast Harbour routes to Scotland (Cairnryan) and England (Heysham and Liverpool). Above: Stena Superfast VIII berthed at Belfast having sailed from Scotland.
Ferry
#RecordFreight - It has been a record year for Stena Line freight traffic volumes on the operator's Belfast Harbour routes in 2016. For the first time in its history, the ferry company has carried over 500,000 freight units through the…
Angler Dean Quigley wit the new Irish record Smooth-hound
Angling
The Irish Specimen Fish Committee has ratified a new Irish record fish. Wexford angler Dean Quigley has broken the Smooth Hound record which had been established as recently as 2015. The new record fish, weighing 11.27 kg, was caught on…
Irish Ferries has won in the ITAA's Best Ferry Company award. Their flagship Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Port's Terminal 1 while an inbound cruiseship Delphin arrives.
Ferry
#TravelAwards – At the Irish Travel Industry Awards held recently in Dublin, the winners in the Ferry and Cruise categories were presented in the historic surroundings of the Mansion House. The annual awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel…
 Skerries lifeboat was involved in this morning's Fishing Vessel rescue off the Dublin Coast
Coastguard
Five crew members have been rescued from a fishing vessel that got into difficulties off Balbriggan shortly after 5.15 this morning. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, RNLI units from Skerries, Howth and Clogherhead and Skerries Coast Guard unit all…
If you are interested in teaching powerboat courses contact the INSS in Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for video.
Jobs
The powerboat business in Ireland seems to be getting busier so the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are appealing for more powerboat instructors. School Principal Kenneth Rumball says the Dun Laoghaire–based school is also looking for some full time…
Andrew Baker will skipper Team Averda in the Sailing Arabia Tour next month
Offshore
Strangford Lough's Andrew 'Hammy' Baker will skipper Team Averda in February's offshore fixture Sailing Arabia, Here he describes the fortchoming adventure that includes a new crewman, Olympic sailor James Espey from Ballyholme Yacht Club Coming into the new year and…
Finn Lynch ended Sailing World Cup, Miami in 34th but had four results in top 20 in the last five races
Olympic
Britain's sailors concluded their first World Cup regatta of the 2020 cycle with a six-medal haul as the Sailing World Cup Miami drew to a close on Biscayne Bay on Sunday (29 January) but Irish 49erfx Olympian Saskia Tidey who…
More than 1,800 exhibitors from 70 different countries attended at boot Düsseldorf 2017
Marine Trade
Messe Düsseldorf CEO Werner Matthias Dornscheidt is delighted: “boot is in great shape!” His conclusion in Düsseldorf on Sunday: “There was a vibrant feel about the halls throughout the nine days. Good sales and a party atmosphere were the outstanding…

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