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David O'Malley
Rowing
#Rowing: David O’Malley and Shane Mulvaney won their repechage at the World Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria today and qualified for the A Final of the lightweight pair. The UCD men led the field through the race, with only…
France's oldest three-masted barque and in Europe, Belem (above upper saloon leading to stairwell ) which is open to the public in Cork on 28 July. In addition to opening held in Galway on 3rd August.
Tall Ships
#tallships – The impressive historic tallship Belem (1896), once the private yacht of the Guinness family, which opens to the public in Galway (see report) will also welcome on board those when docked in Cork on 28 July, writes Jehan…
Lo-Lo containership Elbetrader at DFT, Dublin Port
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Growth in exports from the Republic to the UK, which accounts for €7.5 billion, slowed to 2% last year compared with 12% in 2015, according to the National Competitiveness Council. As The Irish Times reports the NCC in…
Close up of Aisling Gabrielle, the 44 vehicle car ferry owned by the Frazer Ferries Group that will trade as Scenic Carlingford Ferry when operations begin tomorrow, Friday.
Ferry
#ferry - The Scenic Carlingford car ferry service reports the Dundalk Democrat after many months of anticipation and a short delay will commence operations this Friday. According to the company's Facebook page everything is ready for the big launch. "This…
A Whiterocks lifeguard cleans graffiti from the vandalised beach unit
Coastal Notes
#Vandalism - Vandals have caused an estimated £800 (€900) worth of damage to an RNLI lifeguard unit at Whiterocks on the Causeway Coast. Following two of the busiest days of the summer season so far in Northern Ireland, the RNLI…
Fintan McCarthy
Rowing
#Rowing: Jake and Fintan McCarthy won their heat of the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria this morning. Poland led out the crews and held the lead at halfway. But the twins from…
Waiting for the wind in Douarnenez, France at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women Euros
Laser
Just like their junior Laser counterparts at the 4.7 Worlds in Belgium this week, Irish girls are off to a flying start at the Laser Radial Under–21 Women European Championships in Douarnenez, France. Ireland holds the top three places after…
The Irish 4.7 Sailing Squad members (left to right) Coach Chris Penny, Jack Fahy( RStGYC) Michael Carroll(KYC) Tom Higgins(RStGYC)Michael O'Suilleabhain(KYC)Thomas Mulvenna(CYC)Eve McMahon(HYC)Clare Gorman(NYC).
Youth Sailing
The National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman is off to a great start having posted a ten and a four to be tenth overall in the Ladies division of the Laser 4.7 team sailing in the World Championships which began yesterday…
One of the two passengers who entered the water holds onto the end of the gangway of the Rose of Aran before his rescue in the incident on 6 June 2016
MCIB
#MCIB - Lack of safety management contributed to an incident in which two people fell into the water while disembarking from a ferry at Inis Oírr Pier last summer. That’s according to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report on…
Carrybridge RNLI
RNLI Lifeboats
Carrybridge RNLI in County Fermanagh launched this morning in response to a report of a gas explosion on a vessel at a marina in Carrybridge. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch both their inshore lifeboat and Rescue Water…
A mid-summer time call to Dublin by the small sized cruiseship Aegean Odyssey involved an overnight call to the capital permitting cruise-goers a leisurely stay.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - An Oxford based cruise operater whose single ship docked Dublin at the site of the planned new dedicated cruise terminal had spent an overnight call in the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. Aegean Odyssey at only 11,500 gross tonnage…
Tributes To Teen Who Drowned In Shannon Marina Incident
News Update
#Shannon - Tributes have been paid to a Longford teen who drowned at a marina on the River Shannon yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 18 July), as RTÉ News reports. Damola Adetosoye, 17, was among a group of 20 teenagers who were…
Shane Mulvaney
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland’s lightweight quadruple won their heat at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv in Bulgaria today. The crew of Niall Beggan, Stephen O’Connor, Andrew Goff and Shane O’Connell gave an outstanding performance. They outpaced early rivals Denmark, and…
Howth Yacht Club's Flashback – attention to detail helped them win offshore at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Volvo Regatta
Taking on the dominance of the Dun Laoghaire J109 offshore fleet on its home waters and winning is no mean feat. Winning skipper Paddy Gregory of the Beneteau First 34.7 Flashback (owned by Don Breen and David Hogg) recalls last week's…
The new Southerly 435
Boat Sales
Discovery Yachts Group has announced that Nick Gill, founder of Gill Marine, has ordered the new Southerly 435 built by Discovery. Chris Bodine of Discovery told Afloat.ie, 'Nick came to us looking for a larger yacht than his current Southerly…
HMS Express with distinctive 'Dragon' (on funnel) is the national symbol of the Walsh flag. The P2000 Archer class patrol boat was accompanied by HMS Dasher seen abreast at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club marina in Dublin yesterday.
Naval Visits
#navyVisitors – The P2000 ‘Archer' class fast inshore patrol boats from the UK Royal Navy that docked in Dublin Port yesterday, however berthed downriver and not as stated closer to the city centre, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Dasher accompanied by HMS…
Marine Wildlife watching boats at Cape Clear Harbour
Island News
It may be just three miles long by one mile wide but there's heaps of maritime activity on Ireland’s southern most inhabited Gaeltacht island, Cape Clear.  Removed from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, Cape Clear offers relaxation, nature…
Vestas 11th Hour Racing's Volvo Ocean 65 welcomes five-time veteran and former winner Damian Foxall onto its crew
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Experienced offshore sailor and Kerry’s own Damian Foxall will set sail again in the Volvo Ocean Race — this time with the former Team Vestas Wind. The five-race VOR veteran (who won with Groupama in the 2011-12 race)…
The three-masted Belem dating to 1896 presents a magnificent sight along with a Galway hooker. The historic former cocoa bean carrying cargoship and one-time Guinness family owned yacht is to be open to the public in Galway Port on Thursday 3rd August.
Tall Ships
#tallships - The magnificent historic French tallship Belem dating to 1896 is to make a visit to Galway Port early next month and will be open to the public, writes Jehan Ashmore. 121 years ago the three-masted Belem was constructed…
Pleasure craft from small fishing boats, runabouts and RIBs to larger yachts are rafted up at North Harbour on Cape Clear in West Cork. New pontoon facilities will be installed this Summer
Coastal Notes
The good news for West Cork boaters is that the €200,000 pontoons procured for Cape Clear island's North Harbour will be installed this Summer. And as our photo taken this week shows there's little doubt that they will be put…

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