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#Galway - reports that two people are dead after separate drowning incidents in Galway city yesterday afternoon (Saturday 11 June). North of the city, the body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the River Corrib near NUI Galway…
Kilkee Beach in Co Clare
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#Kilkee - reports that the body of a young man was recovered from the sea off Kilkee in Co Clare yesterday morning (Monday 6 June). It's believed that the 22-year-old man from north Cork may have fallen into the…
The FAST40+ CLASS represents the modern day One Ton race yacht, light displacement race boats, with IRC TCCs of between 1.210 and 1.270
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The FAST40+ Class announcement of a One Ton Cup (OTC) event in September has been given the thumbs up from Irish skipper Anthony O'Leary who competes in the new class in the Royal Cork Yacht Club entry, Antix.  The first…
The beach at Gormanston, Co Meath
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#Gormanston - The Air Accident Investigation Unit is probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in his 40s in a paragliding accident off Gormanston in Co Meath yesterday evening (Sunday 5 June), according to RTÉ News. The man,…
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Killary Harbour in Connemara
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#Killary - The Irish Times reports on the death of a mussel farmer in a diving incident in Connemara at the weekend. Marty Nee, who started a farm for rope-grown mussels in the area with his wife Catherine 16 years…
Tom Harrison plans to sail 75 miles to raise funds for Dyslexia and RNLI
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Tom Harrison (42) from Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex has reached the final stages of his preparations to windsurf 75 nautical miles to raise funds for the British Dyslexia Association and the RNLI. He hopes to raise a total of £10,000 for each…
Irish Mist II, the 40ft Ron Holland design built in Cork in 1975, in which the late Archie O’Leary achieved his greatest successes. Photo courtesy RCYC
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In a well-lived life in Cork in which he was exuberantly involved in several sports and long active in a pioneering role in business, he was known to everyone as Archie O’Leary. Yet properly speaking he was Arthur O’Leary, sharing…
Archie O'Leary
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Archie O'Leary RIP

23rd May 2016
Royal Cork Yacht Club is mourning the loss of senior member Archie O'Leary who died at the weekend. Mr. O'Leary (86) was the founder of O’Leary Insurance Group in 1961, owner of racehorse Florida Pearl, and a former Ireland rugby international.…
Barry Pickthall
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Barry Pickthall, the former yachting correspondent to The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, has been elected Chairman of the Yachting Journalist's Association which represents the interests of some 250 specialist media from as far afield as Ireland, Australia, Caribbean, China,…
Our Ocean Wealth Conference 2016 - Registration Now Open
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#OurOceanWealth - Registration is now open for the 2016 Our Ocean Wealth Conference at NUI Galway on Friday 1 July. As previously reported on, this year's conference will again take place alongside SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, hosted this…
The Cliffs of Moher looking towards O'Brien's Tower
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#CliffsofMoher - Searches continued this week for a man thought to have fallen from the Cliffs of Moher at the weekend, according to the Irish Mirror. Coastguard teams went into action last Friday (13 May) when staff at the area's…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD (left) met European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan
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The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, met European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, this evening for the first time since the Minister’s appointment. The Minister and Commissioner for Agricultre and Rural Development…
Man of the West – the late Mickey d’Alton in one of his favourite place – Roundstone in Connemara
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The passing of Mickey d’Alton of Killiney at the age of 95 further reduces our direct links to an increasingly remote era. A noted navigator, voyager and enthusiastic Dublin Bay sailor, his background and education were such that he spoke…
Minister for the Marine Michael Creed
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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced Cork TD Michael Creed as his Minister for Marine. Creed also takes on Agriculture and Food as part of his ministerial portfolio. The appointment comes following a days of tense negotiations between Fine Gael…
The £200m polar research vessel will now bear the name of Britain's most beloved natural history broadcaster
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#BoatyMcBoatface - It's been confirmed that Britain's latest polar research vessel will not be named Boaty McBoatface despite that tongue-in-cheek moniker running away with the public vote in a controversial online poll. Instead, the £200 million (€253 million) marine science…

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