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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 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…
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…
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…
The Cork Light Orchestra performing at the seafront in Cobh, Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a gallery of images
Cork Harbour
The exotic if brief spell of summer as we all remember it from childhood may be drawing to a close writes W M Nixon. But while it was at its height, photographer Bob Bateman captured the mood in Cobh with…
Pictured at the annual Casting of the Spear re-enactment was Lord Mayor of Dublin and newly invested Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Mícheál Mac Donncha. The Casting of the Spear is a maritime tradition to commemorate the setting of the city’s boundaries dating back to 1488
Dublin Port
The new Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, today took to the waters of Dublin Bay to take part in the annual “Casting of the Spear” ceremony. The “Casting of the Spear” is a tradition dating back 529 years…
Trainee schoolship State of Maine is making an annual cruise that included a call to Cobh
Cork Harbour
#corkharbour- Following last year’s 75th anniversary of the Maine Maritime Academy, their flagship trainee schoolship returned to Cork Harbour as part of an annual cruise programme, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 12,000 gross tonnage TS State of Maine had sailed from…
IOMSPCo's Ben-My-Chree entering Douglas Harbour
Ferry
#ferry - According to Manx Radio the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says a rejection of its offer to continue providing sea services will result in the deal being withdrawn. It comes ahead of a Tynwald motion this week,…
The leadship of the 'Archer' /P2000 class HMS Archer. A pair of sisters are to make a call to Dublin Port from today.
Naval Visits
#navalvisits - A pair of 25 knot fast patrol and training boats from the British Royal Navy will be making a two-day visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Archer’ class patrol boats HMS Dasher and HMS Express are…
Belfast Lough was the destination for a 14–boat CAI Summer Cruise
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland held its summer cruise to Belfast Lough in early July 2017. Fourteen boats comprising over forty sailors of varying ages gathered in Bangor Marina, County Down and were welcomed there by David Meeke and Betty…
One of the Belfast-Cairnryan route pair of ferries, Stena Superfast VIII which is seen underway on the North Channel route.
Ferry
#ferry - A ferry operator from Estonia says sale boosts group's financial position, but not material to results. Tallink Grupp said it concluded sales agreements with Sweden's Stena Line for the sale of two passenger-car ferries. The group said the…
The serious helmsman. Jack Roy and his daughter Jill racing their Squib class Kanaloa, no 130. One of the oldest boats racing in the Dublin Bay class, they worked together to restore her from a near-derelict condition
W M Nixon
The role of President of what is now Irish Sailing is central to our activities afloat. The diverse boating community that the President both serves and represents is affected by the variable socio–economic circumstances in which our sport - in…
A lion’s mane jellyfish in Newfoundland, Canada
Dublin Bay
#Jellyfish - Swimmers have been warned away from Seapoint and Sandycove on the south shores of Dublin Bay after sightings of potentially dangerous lion’s mane jellyfish in the water. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has put up warning signs in the…
A 3D computer model of GKinetic’s hydrokinetic turbine device
Power From the Sea
#SeaPower - A prototype tidal energy turbine project in the Shannon Estuary has received almost €100,000 in funding for further development, as the Limerick Post reports. GKinetic has been testing a scale prototype of its new hydrokinetic turbine for the…
The proposed International Shipping Services Centre could move from Dublin to the Port of Cork as stakeholders made a pitch for the southern city this week
Port of Cork
#PortOfCork - Stakeholders in Cork Harbour have proposed bringing the mooted International Shipping Services Centre to Leeside, as the Irish Examiner reports. Previously earmarked for Dublin Port, as discussed at the second Our Ocean Wealth summit in 2015, those plans…
A race win for Dublin Bay's Martin Byrne puts him in seventh overall with one race left to sail today at the Edinburgh Cup in Cowes
Dragon
The penultimate day of the Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2017, produced one truly extraordinary race which shook the leader board up and leaves four boats in close contention going into the final race. Ireland's Martin Byrne from the Royal St. George…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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