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Tom Kelley brings his decades of innovation expertise to the Our Ocean Wealth Summit at NUI Galway this June
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#OurOceanWealth - Tom Kelley of award-winning global design and development firm IDEO will encourage leaders in Ireland's marine sector to engage in creative thinking at the 2017 Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Galway this June. Kelley is regarded as a…
The accused US Navy chief petty officer is attached to the USS Donald Cook based in Cadiz, Spain
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#Crime - A US naval officer is in Garda custody over an alleged sexual assault in a Dublin hotel, as Navy Times reports. A spokesperson for the US Embassy confirmed that the alleged incident was reported on Wednesday 22 March…
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…
27–times Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen lines up at the start of the speed record course at Salin de La Palme
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Multiple Irish Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen from Dublin joins the fastest windsurfers in the world, in a bid to break the Windsurfing Speed World Record, at a newly designed speed course at Salins De La Palme, in the south…
Man of the sea. Hugh Kennedy at the helm of his Clare Lallow-built classic Tosca IV, putting the Coningbeg Lightvessel astern during the annual summer pilgrimage to Baltimore in West Cork
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Hugh Kennedy’s eighty-five years of well-lived life successfully combined so many aspects of Irish sailing, and indeed Irish life generally, that we have to keep reminding ourselves that it was just one man who so ably filled such a variety…
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With the DBSC series getting a Spring in its step, Dave Cullen forecasts a wide-open season for a Class 2 fleet that’s set to be Biggs’d up, & Winkie Nixon chats to Ireland’s Craziest Racers Afloat. Laser ace Kelleher tops Howth Frostbite table with finishing flourish,…
McMurdo SmartFind EPIRBs may be liable to experience cracks in the plastic of their top domes
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#EPIRB - Marine Notice No 9 of 2017 contains a product advisory for two EPIRB products manufactured by McMurdo. Under certain circumstances, signs of cracking may appear in the top dome cases of all versions of the McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB…
Welsh National Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Paul Davies, hosted an event this week in the capital Cardiff. Attending the event was the Port of Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire County Council and partners on the Milford Haven Waterway to showcase the vibrant economic cluster of the largest port in Wales.
Ports & Shipping
#WalesBrexit - The ability of Welsh ports to deliver prosperity for all in a post Brexit UK was highlighted this week to Welsh Government Assembly Members, councillors and key business leaders at a reception held in the Senedd, Cardiff. Assembly…
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An Irish sailor recalls ‘beautiful glory of terror’ in capsize. Dun Laoghaire sailor Nick Dwyer and his round-world cruise campanion Barbara Heftman have hailed New South Wales marine police “absolute heroes” after their dramatic rescue yesterday, 210nm off the Sydney…
Nick Dwyer onboard his yacht VAL
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A Dun Laoghaire sailor said he encountered 'waves the size of buildings' as he awaited rescue on their broken yacht off the coast of Sydney.   Former Royal St. George Yacht Club sailor Nick Dwyer and Frenchwoman Barbara Heftman arrived…
Inland Fisheries Ireland CEO Dr Ciaran Byrne and SEAI chief executive Jim Gannon confirm their partnership on energy savings
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#IFI - Inland Fisheries Ireland has officially signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme, which helps integrate energy management into public sector organisations. This new partnership will see IFI follow a clear path to achieving…
Royal Irish Yacht Club Maritime Journalism Award for Afloat's W M Nixon
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Afloat.ie blogger W M Nixon has been awarded the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Maritime Journalism Award. The presentation was made at the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire clubhouse on Saturday evening. In making the award, RIYC Rear commodore Patsy Burke told the ceremony, 'Winkie…
Lough Ree RNLI launched to the incident on Saturday afternoon 4 March
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#LoughRee - RTÉ News reports that a man has died after an incident while kayaking on Lough Ree yesterday afternoon (Saturday 4 March). Coastguard and RNLI teams recovered the casualty, believed to be an experienced water sportsman, after he went…
Always interested. Michael Booth, aged 92, aboard the family’s cruiser in Garrykennedy on Lough Derg in 2011, absorbed in one book with another – about Russia – ready to hand
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Michael Booth, who has died peacefully aged 97, was representative of an approach to boats and sailing which can be found throughout the worldwide sailing community, yet it is a way of sailing which gets little attention, as its whole…
MSC Magnifica pictured in Dubrovnik
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#Missing - A Dublin-based man was set to be charged with the murder of his wife, who went missing from a Mediterranean cruise earlier this month. Daniel Belling, a German citizen and IT professional, was detained this week before boarding…
John Mulligan
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John Mulligan 1938-2017

15th February 2017
Ben Mulligan fondly remembers his father, Dun Laoghaire Dragon sailor John Muilligan, who died in February. Dad and his family narrowly escaped from the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942 being evacuated by ship to Australia. They were later miraculously…

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