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A quiet evening at the Claddagh, with a classic Galway hooker gliding along on a calm sea. But the peacefulness is going to be rudely shattered with a Viking invasion in the days ahead, just as the many traditional Galway Bay boats are gathering for their annual festival
Historic Boats
When the Vikings were busy at the day job raiding along the Irish coast, they relied on a considerable element of surprise to achieve success writes W M Nixon. So much so, in fact, that they occasionally worked overtime, and…
Birthday boy Hugo Johnston (7) joined Marine Minister Michael Creed to open ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ at Galway City Museum
Marine Science
#MarineScience - Marine Minister Michael Creed fficially opened Ireland's first sea science gallery at Galway City Museum yesterday (Thursday 18 May). ‘Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic’ is Ireland’s first marine science exhibition to have audio and visual displays accessible…
200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route
Drogheda Port
The Boyne Swim will once again headline the Irish Maritime Festival taking place in Drogheda Port this summer. 200+ competitors will take to the river Boyne to swim the 2.7km tidal route. Ray Donagh of Drogheda Triathlon Club is one…
Volunteers Wanted for Galway's SeaFest 2017
Maritime Festivals
Volunteers are wanted for SeaFest 2017 to help make this year’s national maritime festival one to remember. The three day celebration will take place in Galway from 30 June to 2 July 2017. The Marine Institute, coordinating SeaFest on behalf…
Launch of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary took place recently. The bursary is a unique new sponsorship structure between Public and Private enterprise from the locality.
Tall Ships
#TallshipBursary - The launch of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary from sponsor Drogheda Port Company took place on Friday 28th April. The launch marked a unique new sponsorship structure between Public and Private enterprise from the locality. Drogheda Port Company…
Ken O'Connell of Limerick Market Quarter helps launch Limerick’s Riverfest
Maritime Festivals
#Festivals - Limerick becomes a mecca for watersport enthusiasts this May Bank Holiday weekend for the city’s Riverfest 2017, which kicks off today (Friday 28 April). Highlights of the city’s premier summer maritime festival include the Riverfest BBQ Competition, the…
SeaFest is co-ordinated by the Marine Institute, on behalf of the Marine Coordination Group
Maritime Festivals
Businesses across Galway and the region are giving their support to SeaFest 2017, with festival activities extending from Galway Harbour to The Latin Quarter and Salthill. SeaFest 2017 is Ireland's national maritime festival and will include a variety of marine-themed…
A friendly place, though with a drying anchorage, Holywood Yacht Club (founded 1862) is the oldest on Belfast Lough
Belfast Lough
In all last year’s celebrations of the 150th Anniversaries of Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Belfast Lough, it was generally overlooked that neither is the senior club on the lough, even though both were founded way…
Naval Service OPV LÉ Niamh will return to Galway for SeaFest 2017 this summer
Maritime Festivals
#SeaFest - Organisers promise “a larger and more spectacular” SeaFest, as Ireland’s national maritime festival expands to include three days of activities and attractions celebrating the sea in Galway from 30 June to 2 July. Festival chiefs met in Galway…
Dublin Port Riverfest Returns This June Bank Holiday
Maritime Festivals
#Riverfest - North Wall Quay will once again play host to the Dublin Port Riverfest this June Bank Holiday weekend. Tracing the River Liffey from the Ha’penny Bridge in the heart of Dublin City right out through Dublin Port and…
SeaFest runs from June 30th t July 2nd 2017 in Galway
Maritime Festivals
Galway based and globally renowned event management specialist Arcana has been appointed to stage SeaFest, Ireland's national maritime festival, this summer. Arcana, which has organised sporting, cultural and commemorative historical events across the globe, has been given the challenge of…
Mini Regatta Kicks Off Conamara Sea Week
Maritime Festivals
#ConamaraSeaWeek - The 32nd Conamara Sea Week got under way in Letterfrack yesterday (Sunday 23 October) with a full programme of entertaining and educational events, including a mini sailing regatta. The Connacht Tribune has much more on the maritime festival…
SeaFest Returns To Galway In 2017 & 2018
Maritime Festivals
#SeaFest - Ireland’s national maritime festival will return to Galway Harbour for the next two years, according to the Galway Independent. The news follows the success of this summer’s SeaFest, which brought more than 60,000 visitors to Galway to see…
The Schooner 'Result' after completion in Carrickfergus 1893
Historic Boats
An all-day Belfast–based conference this month entitled 'Our Maritime Heritage: Research, Resources and Restoration' is taking place at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The first 65 delegates to register here will receive a complimentary lunch. A keynote speaker…
Josie Mahon (Inland Fisheries Ireland), Neville Murphy, Martyn Rayner from the 'Screaming Reels' Boat, with John Belger (UK Organiser of the Rosslare Small Boats Festival) and Seirt Shultz , also from 'Screaming Reels'
Angling
The Irish boat ‘Screaming Reels’ has won the Rosslare Small Boats Angling Festival for a record eighth year in what was a very tight competition. This is the sixth year in a row that the crew from Rosie’s Sea Angling…
 Cat Hogan and Billy Roche
Maritime Festivals
Billy Roche, Cat Hogan and Paul O’Brien are among an impressive list of Wexford literary names already confirmed for the inaugural Write By The Sea, a festival of writing and reading set to take place in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford…

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