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Volunteers on the inshore lifeboat Louis Simson bring the male swimmer back to shore for treatment
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI rescued a swimmer in difficulty yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 11 April) after he encountered a strong tide near Shenick Island and was unable to make his way ashore. Dublin Coast Guard tasked Skerries RNLI shortly before noon…
Fifth Of Irish Fishing Fleet Found With Undocumented Workers Says WRC Report
Fishing
#Fishing - Migrant fishermen’s allegations of continued exploitation within the Irish fishing industry have been supported new figures that claim more than a fifth of the fleet employed undocumented workers last year. That’s according to Fora, which cites figures from…
UCD drive to the line to beat Commercial at Skibbereen Regatta.
Rowing
#Rowing: UCD won the men’s senior eights at Skibbereen Regatta today. They led Commercial with 500 metres to go and the Irish champions could not head the men in blue and saffron. The senior women’s eight was won by a…
Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe with Sanita's daugher Daniela.
Rowing
#Rowing: Olympic medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan were tested all the way to the line in the final of double sculls at Skibbereen Regatta at the National Rowing Centre. Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan were determined to beat them and…
Bangor’s lifeboat crew retrieving one of the paddleboards after Saturday’s rescue
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - At the end of a busy week for Bangor RNLI, the Belfast Lough volunteer crew launched to the rescue of two young paddleboarders who had got into difficulty just outside Ballyholme Bay yesterday (Saturday 8 April). Launching just…
Gary and Paul O'Donovan - in top form at NRC.
Rowing
#Rowing: The men’s quadruple gave four top internationals the chance to show their speed at Skibbereen Regatta. Shane O’Driscoll, Paul O’Donovan, Gary O’Donovan and Mark O’Donovan won in a very good time of six minutes 29.9 seconds. NUIG’s two women’s…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll after their win today.
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan maintained his dominance in the single sculls with a win over his brother, Gary, at the Skibbereen Grand League Regatta at the National Rowing Centre. Daire Lynch missed the race through illness. Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan…
Shane Mulvaney of the victorious UCD senior eight.
Rowing
#Rowing: Trinity came out on top at the Irish University Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. The combined points tally of Dublin University Boat Club and Dublin University Ladies Boat Club was 68 points. UCD’s total…
The RV Celtic Explorer will carry out this year’s groundfish survey off Donegal from 8-17 April
Fishing
#Fishing - The Marine Institute will begin the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2017) off the North and North West Coasts from tomorrow (Saturday 8 June). The 10-day operation, in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) obligations,…
Rescue 116 went down at Black Rock off the Mullet Peninsula on 14 March
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - The Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin will tomorrow (Saturday 8 April) assist with managing the surface search for the two missing crewmen of Rescue 116 by a large number of fishing vessels that have offered their…
RIB Needed For Charity Irish Sea Coastal Rowing Race
RIBs
Dun Laoghaire's St Michael's Rowing Club is participating in a Charity Irish Sea fundraising race for the RNLI over the May Bank holiday but one of its support RIBs has pulled-out. The club has put a shot-out for a replacement…
44.16 knots was achieved by Dubliner Oisin Van Gelderen yesterday
Kitesurfing
Oisin van Gelderen regained the Irish Speed Sailing title for windsurfing. The Dubliner achieved 44.16 knots in 77kph–winds yesterday following days of waiting for the correct conditions at the at the World Record Speed Challenge at Salin De Lapalme in Languedoc-Roussillon, France.…
Sailing is a medal winning sport thanks to Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial
Tokyo 2020
#Tokyo2020 - Funding for Irish sailing and other watersports remains broadly unchanged in Sport Ireland’s allocations for National Governing Bodies in 2017 — though programmes encouraging women in rowing have received a boost. However, the accompanying review of the Irish…
Skibbereen Regatta Has Big Numbers and Homegrown Stars
Rowing
#Rowing: Skibbereen Regatta on Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th, at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, is a huge event which gives spectators and athletes a chance to see medal winners from Olympic Games, World Championships – and…
Save the date!... as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off!
Coastal Notes
#ChowderCookOff - Save the date as this Sunday 9th April is the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off that brings 32 counties to Kinsale to compete for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion! As reported on Afloat the small commercial port in…
Donaghadee RNLI's lifeboat Saxon
RNLI Lifeboats
#Hoax - The UK coastguard has decried an “elaborate hoax” after lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter were launched after several calls from someone claiming to be a kayaker in difficulty off the Co Down coast. As BBC News reports, lifeboats from Bangor and…

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