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Dunmore East Harbour Master Harry McLoughlin in his control centre atop the new Harbour Services Building, with the busy new Visitors Pontoon beyond
Coastal Notes
Time was when Dunmore East was known among the cruising fraternity as The Glue Pot writes W M Nixon. In a time now barely within living memory, it was a picturesque little port which was at its busiest with the…
Swimming is prohibited at Dollymount (above) and Sandymount pending the results of water quality tests
Coastal Notes
#Pollution - The beaches at Dollymount and Sandymount on Dublin Bay have been closed to swimmers after a sewage spill in the Liffey caused by heavy rain on Thursday (8 June). According to BreakingNews.ie, swimming is banned at both of…
Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaks, Monica Buckley and Peter Shanahan of The Fresh Fish Deli in Rosscarbery, Marine Minister Michael Creed, BIM chief Jim O'Toole and Finian O'Sullivan, chair of FLAG South pictured at Ballycotton Harbour at the announcement of a €3.6 million Fisheries Local Area Action Group (FLAG) fund for Ireland’s seven coastal regions
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister visited Ballycotton Harbour in Co Cork yesterday (Thursday 8 June) to announce a range of successful projects that will deliver a total investment of €3.6 million covering 153 projects under the Fisheries Local Area Action Group…
Free guided walking tours of Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier above) are part of the DLR Spring Heritage programme.
Dublin Bay
#HarbourTours – Following the recent visit of President Michael D Higgins to launch the Dun Laoghaire Bicentenary Celebrations, guided walking tours of the harbour continue to mid-June.  The free guided walking tours will delve into the magnificent engineering of the…
Guided walking harbour heritage tours will be part of the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
Maritime Festivals
#HarbourHeritage - The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival as previously reported on Afloat begins today, Friday 26 May and continues until this Sunday. As part of the festival that celebrates the rich and diverse maritime culture centred on Rathlin Sound, the…
Fanad Lighthouse on the stunning scenery of the Donegal coastline
Lighthouses
#lighthousePics - The guardians of some of Ireland's most iconic lighthouses, the Commissioners of Irish Lights are looking for new and exciting images of Lighthouses located along our stunning coastline. Whether you are a professional photographer or just a budding…
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…

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