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Sail Training Ireland Presents Awards For Waterford Bursary Voyages
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#TallShips - Sail Training Ireland’s 2017 Waterford Bursary Scheme voyages came to a successful conclusion on Friday at a presentation ceremony held in the historic Mayor’s Parlour in Waterford city’s town hall. Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Pat…
Avast, Me Hearties! Phoenix To Take Pride Of Place At Pirate-Themed Rush Harbour Festival This August Bank Holiday
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#TallShips - Phoenix, the tall ship owned by Cork man Shane McCarthy of marine film services firm Square Sail Ventures, will be the centrepiece of the Rush Harbour Festival this coming August Bank Holiday weekend. The 34m-tall, two-masted brig will…
The Irish Atlantic Youth Trust’s proposals are for a 40 metre all-Ireland sailing training barquentine as this artist's impression shows
Tom MacSweeney
Back in June I asked if there was sufficient joined-up thinking about the project for a new Irish tall ship – and why the Naval Service hasn’t taken a more active role in Irish sail training over the years, with…
The Spirit of Oysterhaven is headed for Glandore with a crew of international friendship
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Five Irish young people from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon and five Syrian refugee young people also living in Ballaghaderreen, nominated by UNHCR Ireland, are currently taking part on a life-changing sailing voyage on board of the Spirit of Oysterhaven, Ireland’s largest…
France's oldest three-masted barque and in Europe, Belem (above upper saloon leading to stairwell ) which is open to the public in Cork on 28 July. In addition to opening held in Galway on 3rd August.
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#tallships – The impressive historic tallship Belem (1896), once the private yacht of the Guinness family, which opens to the public in Galway (see report) will also welcome on board those when docked in Cork on 28 July, writes Jehan…
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.
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#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 voyage will head for Limerick with eight teenagers from six countries including Ireland on board, as part of a Safe Haven Ireland voyage.
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#Tallships - Following the successful Seafest held in Galway the wooden sailing ketch Brian Boru has set sail from the mid-west port as the last ship to depart from the event. The Brian Boru is specifically modified for carrying passengers…
The Irish Atlantic Youth Trust’s proposals for a 40 metre all-Ireland sailing training barquentine received a boost at the weekend when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expressed interest in the project at Galway Seafest
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The up-beat mood of the weekend’s Galway Seafest was moved several notches higher by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, when he revealed at Galway Port that his government is broadly in favour of the concept of an all-Ireland sail training ship, which…
The UK flagged Maybe underway off the east coast having anchored overnight off The Murrough, Wicklow. The ketch is seen heading northward bound for the Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda that took place in mid-June
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#SailingBursary - As part of the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary Presentations to mark the fifth year of the local youth initiative a large gathering was held to celebrate the event.  The gathering was the largest ever event held in Drogheda…
On the Friday opening of Dublin Riverfest held earlier this month is seen the purpose-built spectator stand that is a novel feature for an Irish maritime festival. The stand was especially erected to overlook the tallships (including Shtandard also above), the flyboarding antics of Jet Man and those ThunderCats!
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#SpectatorStand - Looking back on the fifth Dublin Port Riverfest held over the June bank holiday the Liffey event attracted record crowds thronging the North Wall Quay, writes Jehan Ashmore. On the Saturday alone a record 41,500 visitors attended out…
The Phoenix Tall Ship on the River Boyne
Maritime TV
The Irish Maritime Festival will be centre-stage on RTE Nationwide tonight at 7.00pm on RTÉ One as the full half-hour programme is dedicated to its recent staging at Drogheda Port on the River Boyne. It will feature the Boyne Swim,…
Russian frigate Shtandart will stand tall in Belfast after wowing the crowds in Drogheda last weekend
Maritime Festivals
#TallShips - This year’s Belfast Maritime Festival kicks off tomorrow (Friday 16 June) with a chance to climb aboard some of the visiting tall ship flotilla, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot welcome visitors…
Sea Cadets Jack Petchey at Monkstown Marina in Cork Harbour
Island Nation
Hello and you’re welcome to my weekly podcast on Afloat, based on my This Island Nation radio programme. While debate continues – and so do efforts – to get another Tall Ship for Ireland – that would provide sail training…
Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night
Drogheda Port
One of the musical highlights of the recent Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda were the two unique sold out concerts held on the deck of the Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke on the historic River Boyne. The idea for the…
Glenlee (seen above in Glasgow) was the former Galatea of the Spanish Navy whose sail trainee ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano is currently visiting Dublin and is open to public tours today (Wednesday 14 June). The Glenlee (a barque dating to 1896) is an impressive centrepiece to the contrasting striking multi-award winning Riverside Museum, Glasgow that was designed by the Iranian born architect, the late Zaha Hadid.
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#OpenTallships - As one of the world’s largest tallships from the Spanish Royal Navy is visiting Dublin Port, Afloat also highlights a former sail trainee from the Iberian nation that is the centrepiece of a Scottish museum, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Almost tucked into the corner of the Old Harbour, the innermost within Dun Laoghaire Harbour was the tallship Phoenix that called in briefly for repairs to the brig's bottom timbers. The sight of such a vessel at this location was a surprise no doubt to onlookers and DART commuters alike.
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#BottomsUp - In a follow-up to Square Sail, the film production operator of Phoenix that called to Dun Laoghaire for repairs was made all the more intriguing given as to where the brig berthed, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34m long…

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