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Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards Are Open for Nominations
Coastal Notes
2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme’s ‘Ocean Hero Awards’. The awards, originally called the ‘Clean Coasts’ Merit Awards’, were conceived in 2006 to honour the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our…
Skerries Sailing Club looking very trim, as befits the new SuperValu TidyTown status, with GP 14s preparing to go out to the race area
Coastal Notes
Anyone involved in assessing national sailing contests such as the Mitsubishi Motors “Club of the Year” or the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” awards will be able to tell you it’s much better to do such work by stealth if…
A Portuguese man o’ war beached in the Bahamas
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Sightings of the deadly Portuguese man o’ war along the West Coast have prompted calls for caution among coastal users, especially surfers and other beachgoers. TheJournal.ie yesterday reported that as many as 15 of the toxic sea organisms…
Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed with Minister of State Joe McHugh at the launch of the Small Craft Harbour in Killybegs, Co Donegal
Coastal Notes
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD today launched two new major marine projects in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The first of these was the redevelopment of the United Fish Industries (UFI) fishmeal plant which has just been…
The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare
Coastal Notes
#Aarhus - Environment Minister Denis Naughten has launched the public consultation for a second implementation under the UN's Aarhus Convention on community participation in environmental issues. Ratified in June 2012 after a long call by environmental and coastal community campaigners,…
Kaitlyn Dow's self-built vessel Lancer made landfall in Connemara on Saturday 17 September
Coastal Notes
#Unmanned - Following our previous alert for an unmanned yacht off the Galway coast, the mini-yacht has been found after making landfall. Kaitlyn Dow's self-built vessel Lancer was launched off the US coast four months ago as part of a…
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel at Doonbeg, Co Clare
Coastal Notes
#Doonbeg - Donald Trump's plans for a defensive sea wall at his Doonbeg golf resort face renewed protest via an international social media campaign, as The Irish Times reports. #NatureTrumpsWalls is the name of the campaign run in tandem by…
Dublin Port – public appreciation and understanding of the port has diminished and there is a plan to restore it. Listen to the podcast below
Island Nation
This week on my podcast, I focus on what Dublin is doing about its waterfront. This follows on my last podcast about the lack of attention by many of the country’s towns and cities to their waterfronts and why they…
The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV panel arrays to the roofs of terminal buildings, garage and shore shop as above
Coastal Notes
#SolarPort - As part of a drive to become the world’s greenest ferry operator, Stena Line has just delivered an innovative solar project at its Port of Holyhead in Wales.  The project involved the fitting of four 50kWp Solar PV…
The imposing Dún Briste sea stack at Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo
Coastal Notes
#SeaStack - A famous sea stack off the Co Mayo coast has been climbed for the first time in more than 25 years, as Independent.ie Travel reports. At the end of August, Iain Miller and his climbing partner Paulina Kaniszewska…
Bobby Kerr visits a business on Upper Lough Erne while filming UTV Ireland's Along Home Shores
Maritime TV
#OnTV - ​Filming has commenced for the new UTV Ireland programme Along Home Shores. ​​The eight-part TV series is focusing on the waterways of Ireland, with each show examining inland, coastal and offshore lives in a different region of the…
Exhibition: Glas Journal 2016 – Deep Mappings of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Coastal Notes
#Exhibition - For Glas Journal 2016, two series of handmade books will be displayed in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, within an installation of projected harbour arms, forming a ‘place ballet’ of familiarity and attachment. The journals…
Five Fingers Strand across from the Isle of Doagh
News Update
#IsleOfDoagh - A body has been found this afternoon (Thursday 1 September) in the search for a man missing from the Isle of Doagh since Monday evening. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the man was reported missing by his family…
Oriel Sea Salt Joins European List Of Protected Foods
News Update
#SeaSalt - Marine Minister Michael Creed has welcomed the European Commission's approval of the addition of Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals to the quality register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO). “This is great news for the producers…
Pictured at the launch of the Launch of FLAGS (Fisheries Local Area Groups Groups) programme at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty are Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM with FLAGS representatives, WEST FLAG, Paddy Crowe, Inis Oirr, Co. Galway; SOUTH WEST FLAG, Kevin Flannery, Dingle Co.Kerry; NORTH FLAG, Gerry Gallagher, Co. Donegal; SOUTH FLAG, Finian O’Sullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork; SOUTH EAST FLAG, Noel McDonagh, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford and NORTH WEST FLAG, Gerard Hassett, Achill, Co. Mayo.
Fishing
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for…
A County Cork Community cleaning-up at Ballynamona Beach
Coastal Notes
‘Clean Coasts Ballynamona’ will take their coast cleaning project to Ballynamona Beach near Shanagarry in East Cork this weekend. On Sunday morning next, August 14, at 10 am. they will carry out a beach clean at Ballynamona. ‘Clean Coasts Ballynamona’…

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