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Gavan Hennigan
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#Rowing: A week into his Atlantic crossing, Gavan Hennigan continues to do exceptionally well. The Galway man is the fastest solo rower in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from La Gomera to Antigua. More impressively, he is fourth overall of…
Marine Minister Appoints Independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group
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#Aquaculture - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced the appointment of an independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group The group has been established to review the process of licensing for aquaculture and its associated legal framework in keeping with actions identified…
O’Donovan Brothers Are RTÉ’s Sport Team Of 2016
Rowing
#Rowing - Paul and Gary O’Donovan were last night named Team of the Year at the RTÉ Sport Awards, as RTÉ News reports. The Olympic silver medallists in the lightweight double sculls in Rio this summer captured the hearts of…
Mark O'Donovan (left) and Shane O'Driscoll: Topped the Rankings
Rowing
#Rowing: Mark O’Donovan was first and Shane O’Driscoll second at the Ireland Assessment at the National Rowing Centre today – ahead of Olympic medallist Gary O’Donovan, who was the third-fastest lightweight and fourth overall. Heavyweight competitor Sam McKeown, who recently…
Gavan Hennigan
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan has had an excellent start to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The Galway oarsman, rowing as Soulo Gav, is running fifth of the 12 boats and is leading the three solo boats. “It's been a hard few…
North Atlantic waves like those seen here in Nazaré, Portugal can reach gigantic proportions
Coastal Notes
#RecordWave - Nineteen metres is the height of what’s being called the world’s largest wave, recorded recently off the North West Coast of Ireland. Independent.ie reports on the record-breaking swell detected by a weather buoy in the North Atlantic between…
Gavan Hennigan on an earlier adventure.
Rowing
#Rowing: Gavan Hennigan has set off to row the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The Galway man, competing as Soulo Gav, is one of three solo rowers (two men and a woman) taking part in the…
Ireland has a 14% increase in a €86m Mackerel quota
Fishing
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today secured 233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million for Irish fishermen for 2017. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016. The Minister secured the deal in…
Creed Talks Concerns Over Quota Cuts Before Annual EU Fisheries Negotiations
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister Michael Creed expressed his concern at the potential impact on Irelands’ whitefish fleet, ahead of the annual EU fisheries negotiations in Brussels, scheduled to conclude today (Tuesday 13 December). “If the commission’s quota proposals remain unchanged,…
Lukas Babac
Rowing
#Rowing: Lukas Babac won the Dirty Dozen Challenge run by Castleconnell Boat Club, with Declan O’Connor of St Michael’s second. The Slovakian was a bronze medallist in the lightweight single sculls at the World Championships this year. Monika Dukarska of…
A stranded common dolphin caught in a fishing net
Fishing
#Supertrawler - An MEP for Ireland South is calling on the European Commission to investigate an alleged connection between ‘supertrawler’ activity and a spike in dolphin standings earlier this year. As the West Cork Times reports, Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune…
Dominic Casey with Gary and Paul O'Donovan in Rio.
Rowing
#Rowing: Rowing Ireland has announced two new appointments to the high performance coaching team.  Dominic Casey, who coached Paul and Gary O’Donovan to silver in Rio while working on a temporary basis, becomes a full time coach for the four…
Sprats are the target fish for the seasonal pair trawling fishery in Irish waters
Fishing
#Fishing - Pair trawling was a matter of debate on RTÉ Radio 1’s Countrywide this past Saturday (3 December). The segment follows a call by the Irish Wildlife Trust to ban the practice of pair trawling — or trawling a…
The FV Margiris is one of the largest fishing vessels on the seas
Fishing
#Supertrawler - Naval Service personnel from the LÉ James Joyce have boarded a controversial fishing ‘supertrawler’ off the North West coast, according to the Donegal Democrat. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the 9,500-tonne FV Margiris — one of the largest…
Tiernan Oliver and Sam McKeown of Queen's
Rowing
#Rowing: A young Queen’s University lightweight quadruple were the fastest crew at the Shannon Head of the River at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. The under-23 crew of Jordan Wilson, Miles Taylor, Ewan Murray and Harry Mahon took 11 minutes and 53…
Boats on the water at Muckross Head of the River
Rowing
#Rowing: UCC’s senior eight set an excellent time of 10 minutes four seconds for the course length of approximately three kilometres at the Muckross Head of the River at the National Rowing Centre. The young crew, stroked by Ciarán Higgins,…

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