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Killiney Beach has been plagued by water quality issues in recent years
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - Two beaches in the Dublin area and one in Donegal have lost their Blue Flag status in the latest list of EU beach quality awards. According to TheJournal.ie, Balcarrick in Donabate, North Co Dublin and Killiney in South…
Loughshinny Beach, between Skerries and Rush in North Co Dublin, has again failed to meet the EPA’s minimum standards for bathing water quality
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - Three beaches in Dublin and three in Galway have failed to meet the minimum standards for bathing water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Irish Times covers the latest EPA Report on Bathing Water Quality,…
'Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire' (Peter Pearson) who is one of the artists exhibiting works at a contemporary exhibition to commemorate Dun Laoghaire Harbour's bicentenary
Dublin Bay
#HarbourArt - At the end of this month the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company are to mark the 200th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the Harbour in 1817.   This is to take place on Wednesday 31st…
Beaches usually take years to form via deposits from water currents, like Dollymount on Bull Island
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - A beach on Achill Island lost to storms 33 years ago has returned after a freak Easter tide. And locals at Dooagh are celebrating the return of their 300-metre sandy strand that in more recent years has been…
Concerns over the future of the Valentia Island car ferry service which Afloat adds is operated by the 1963 built God Met Ons III. The vessel is at Reenard Point on the inaugural day of operations in July 1996 with the backdrop of Knightstown, Valentia Island.
Island News
#ValentiaFerry - There are concerns over the future of the Valentia Island carferry service as the vessel of more than 50 years will no longer meet marine safety requirements, reported RTE Six One News. Islanders of the Co. Kerry island…
The Iris Sails Again, 1895 by Aidan Hickey
Dublin Bay
#DLharbour200Art - To celebrate the Bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club’s annual exhibition has a ‘maritime’ theme on display (8-21st May) in the Concourse Gallery, of the County Hall, Dun Laoghaire. Opening times at the…
On the May Bank Holiday Monday, artist Sheelagh Broderick is holding a public meet up on the Great South Wall for a "work in progress" review.
Dublin Port
#PortWalks - Download, walk & listen with the Dublin Port Walks this May Bank Holiday Monday where there is an opportunity to engage with your surroundings on a walk and through a free site specific public artwork. Port Walks is an…
Enjoy the fun and events of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine A Light festival on the May Bank Holiday. See participating Lighthouses below that include Fanad, Co. Donegal
Lighthouses
#LighthouseFestival - Next weekend is the time... to kick start the Summer with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival (29 April – 1 May). Meet our Lighthouse StoryKeepers, enjoy all things maritime from crafts, technology, food and…
Bantry Bay Residents Speak Out Over Seaweed Harvesting Licence
Coastal Notes
#CoastalNotes - While Bantry Bay prepares to open up as a maritime hub for Ireland’s South West, local coastal residents are expressing concern over the first State licence for the mechanical harvesting of seaweed. As the Irish Examiner reports, Kerry-based…
East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour as seen from Dalkey Quarry which was used to begin construction in 1817. Among the events of DLR Spring into Heritage are free guided walking tours of the 200 year old harbour. Beyond are the lighthouses that mark the entrance to Dublin Port.
Dublin Bay
#DLRHeritage - Easter is over but there’s plenty more to do with this year’s Spring into Heritage (28 April-18 June) programme organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Beginning next Monday, the DLR Heritage programme offers a variety of events and…
New Waters & Communities Awards For Tidy Towns 2017
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland has partnered with Inland Fisheries Ireland and Local Authority Waters and Communities Office to create a new Tidy Towns Special Award for 2017. The Waters and Communities Award and has been established to recognise communities who…
The proposed mixed development in Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey that was refused planning permission in February. DLRCoCo are considering to bring lands at the scenic south Dublin Bay into public ownership.
Coastal Notes
#BullochPublic - In a move being considered by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the local authority could bring land at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey into public ownership. The decision reports DublinLive, would also see the land developed in the public’s interest,…
Yachts on visitor moorings in Youghal
Irish Marinas
Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton has welcomed the funding announcement of €112,500 for the development of a pontoon and gangway in Youghal.  News of the proposal broke on Afloat.ie…
A model of an improved Bray harbour in County Wicklow put forward by Bray Harbour Action Group. The model illustrates some of the possible enhancements that BHAG say could 'reinvigorate and transform' Bray Harbour – including increased protection from easterly and north easterly winds; improved access to the water for small ferry/day trip boats; improved parking and traffic management; the addition of storage and changing facilities; improved landscaping; and the removal of sand and silt to extend usable time and make moorings safer
Coastal Notes
Following a campaign by Bray Harbour Action Group (BHAG) to deal with a silt–up of the county Wicklow Harbour, BHAG met with Bray Municipal District Councillors yesterday. Speaking after the meeting BHAG chairman Ger Crowley said” We have a duty…
Dermot Bolger’s latest novel, published in 2016 and written in memory of Irish seafarers like his father who undertook dangerous voyages from Ireland to Lisbon during World War Two.
Coastal Notes
#DermotBolger - Dermot Bolger is to read from and discuss his novel “The Lonely Sea and Sky-The Story of Irish Seafarers on hazardous voyages to War-Torn Europe”.  The reading concludes Glenua & Friends 2016-2017 winter lecture season which takes place next Thursday 13…
Save the date!... as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off!
Coastal Notes
#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion! As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in…

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