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Drogehda's maritime buoy - L to R   Austin Campbell, Resettlement Officer Drogheda Homeless Aid, Jene Hinds Kelly Artist, Paul Flanagan Murtaghs of Drogheda,  Paul Fleming CEO Drogheda Port Company.
Drogheda Port
The maritime buoy located at the Mall area of Drogheda town is now well established as a unique artistic canvas and a talking point since it was first used as a canvas back in 2012. St. Patricks Day marked the…
The spirit of Dun Laoghaire. J/109s giving it all they’ve got on Dublin Bay. For 2017’s festive Dun Laoghaire Regatta event from July 6th to 9th, the J/109s have very sensibly decided to opt for participation in the open division, adding the interest of racing against boats of other types while being secure in the knowledge that their own stand-alone National One Design Championship (2016 edition pictured above) will be held later in the year. If their “most serious series” is thus planned to be at another place and another time, why not allow them to finish at least one VDLR race within Dun Laoghaire Harbour?
W M Nixon
For the summer of 2017 at least, it looks as though Dun Laoghaire Harbour is going to remain free of the threat of the installation of a new liner berth. W M Nixon reckons this provides a unique opportunity for…
The LÉ Aisling which was decommissioned has attracted just two bids at Cork auction today.
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#AislingSold -Former Naval Service offshore patrol vessel Aisling, has been sold at a public auction in Cork for €110,000, reports RTE News. There were just two bids for the OPV, which was bought by a representative of a Dutch company…
Dun Laoghaire/Kingstown200: Local Artist Peter Pearson will join a group of local artists to exhibit their works of the Harbour at an exhibition held over May-June 2017. It was in May, 1817 that the first stone of the pier (East) was laid by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. A visit to see the harbour under construction by King George IV took place in 1821 which led to the renaming of the town that remained under that name until 1920.
Dublin Bay
#dlharbour200 - To mark the 200th anniversary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour (formerly Kingstown) a summer of celebrations have been organised. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary Steering Group has announced its programme of activities to coincide with the milestone event. The…
The former CIE operated Aran Islands passenger/freight ferry Naomh Eanna languishes in Dublin (Grand Canal Dock Basin). A campaign is underway to return the veteran vessel to her original homeport of Galway.
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#NaomhEanna - The Minister for Transport is being urged to back a campaign to bring Naomh Eanna back to Galway, writes The Connacht Tribune. The ship once carried passengers (and freight) between the city and Aran Islands, before being withdrawn…
UK wave energy technology company, Wavepower Technologies, will create up to 10 advanced engineering research jobs when they establish research and development operations at The Entrepreneur Ship in the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.  Pictured at the announcement are Minister Simon Coveney, T.D., David Rubie-Todd, Co-Founder Wavepower Technologies Ltd and Joanna Murphy, CEO Connect Ireland
Cork Harbour
Leading UK wave energy technology company, will establish research and development operations at The Entrepreneur Ship, which is based at the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour. The new Wavepower site will see the creation…
Making a delivery voyage to Rathin Island this morning is Spirit of Rathlin. The £2.8m newbuild can take up to six vehicles and 140 passengers on the crossing to Ballycastle on the mainland.
Ferry
#NewFerryArrives - Residents of Rathlin Island now have an exciting addition as a brand new car ferry arrived this morning which is to serve the North’s only inhabited island, writes Jehan Ashmore. After a 20 hour delivery voyage from boatbuilders…
SB20s will compete at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta that launches today
Volvo Regatta
The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland was launched this evening at the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. This biennial fixture which is organised by the four Dun Laoghaire…
BREXIT: On the day that the UK announced the triggering date of Article 50 to begin leaving the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May paid a visit to Wales yesterday to sign the Swansea Bay City Deal in the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. The venue is the home ground for Swansea City F.C. and Ospreys Rugby.
Ports & Shipping
#UKpmSigns - UK and Welsh government ministers were in Swansea to witness Prime Minister Theresa May sign yesterday the Swansea Bay City Deal along with members of the Swansea Bay City Region Board. The deal is the biggest ever investment for south…
Seatruck won '2017 Business of the Year' at The Mersey Maritime Awards (MMIA) that was held in the new Main Stand of Liverpool Football Club. The event attended by 400 people was hosted by BBC Breakfast T.V. presenter Louise Minchin.
Ferry
#MerseyAwards - At the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Seatruck Ferries were named as ‘2017 Business of the Year’ during a ceremony held in Anfield, the famous venue of Liverpool Football Club, writes Jehan Ashmore. The black tie gala dinner on…
Save Our Seafront said an environmental impact statement failed to consider that people walk on the Dún Laoghaire pier to enjoy fresh air and the view of the Dublin mountains, and the effects on their enjoyment if a large cruise ship is obscuring the view and “emitting diesel and sulphur fumes”.
Cruise Liners
#CruiseBerth - An environmental Dublin Bay group’s challenge over an €18 million terminal berth for cruise ships at Dún Laoghaire Harbour writes The Irish Times will be heard later this year at the Commercial Court. The Save Our Seafront (SOS)…
Kingstown 200: Lecture - "The History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the past two hundred years 1817- 2017" takes place this Wednesday
Dublin Bay
#Kingstown200 - In this bicentenary year of the founding of Kingstown Harbour, a lecture “The History of Dun Laoghaire Harbour” is to take place this Wednesday, 22 March in the south Dublin Bay town. In what is expected to be…
Pont-Aven is to resume seasonal Ireland-France service next month on the Cork-Roscoff route. Afloat adds that the Pont-Aven is currently on English Channel service between St. Malo and Portsmouth from where above the cruise-ferry is underway off the landmark Spinnaker Tower.
Ferry
#Increase – An increase of 5% has been reported by operator Brittany Ferries in the number of passengers travelling to Ireland in 2016, compared to the previous year. The company begins its seasonal Ireland-France service next month operated by Pont-Aven.…
Turning right at Loop Head – Chris Egan is going Round Ireland again this Summer
Shannon Estuary
Four years after he sailed around Ireland as part of a fundraising campaign, Limerick cancer survivor Chris Egan will take to the seas again - only this time he's battling a debilitating sight condition writes Andrew Carey. In 2013, Chris…
The shell of newbuild Scot Navigator just after launching. The cargoship will have a 5,500 cubic capacity for timber products and is due for delivery in May.
Ports & Shipping
#Newbuild - Scot Line a trader of packaged timber on the Irish Sea have added a 88 metre long newbuild to its fleet that operates an Ireland-UK-Scandinavia liner service, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Scot Navigator will become the 10th…
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port are the first Port Perspectives artists commissioned to create public artworks, Cliona Harmey, Sheelagh Broderick, Business to Arts CEO Andrew Hetherington, Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly, Alice Butler, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Silvia Loeffler.
Dublin Port
#PortPerspectives - Artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks were announced by Dublin Port Campany. They were chosen in response to Dublin Port's new programme Port Perspectives and its relationship with the City. New works by Sheelagh…

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