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#ISAF – Annalise Murphy is down two places to 18th in the latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings published on July 28th. The Dubliner is in Rio for the first sailing test event of the Rio Olympics this weekend. This month she notched up another international win, this time in the Moth class when she became Womens world champion at the Hayling Island based event. London 2012 team...
#fireball – Thursday's racing at the Homecoming Scotland 2014 Fireball European Championships didn't happen as Bruce Leask, Principle Race officer was beaten by the elements and was thus unable to get a race in writes Cormac Bradley. The fleet set out for the race course shortly after 12 noon for a scheduled 13:00 start, to the backdrop of a third cruise liner in Lerwick...
#rnli – Lifeboat crew with Castletownbere RNLI launched yesterday (30 July 2014) to help a couple who had become injured when the 40 ft yacht they were sailing on, at Lawrence Cove, got into difficultly. On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew had to board the vessel and treat the injured woman before bringing the couple to safety at Castletownbere harbour in Cork. The ca...
#Rowing: The Ireland team for the World Rowing Championships has been named. A team of 14 athletes in seven boats have been selected for the event, which will be held in Amsterdam from August 24th to 31st. Crews have been based at the National Rowing Centre, where they have been on training and undergoing extensive testing since the World Cup regattas at Aiguebelette in France ...
#mulkear – Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is today (31.07.14) continuing to investigate the polluted condition of the Mulkear River and its tributary, the Bilboa River. These rivers form part of the Mulkear Special Area of Conservation and are essential nursery and spawning areas for Salmon, Trout and Lamprey. At the present time, the Mulkear River is extremely discoloured by...
#Diving - Sea & Sea has been appointed as the British and Irish regional office for American diving training provider Scuba Diving International (SDI), as Divernet reports. The Devon-based diving gear distributor will also represent SDI's sister business Technical Diving International (TDI) in providing "top-notch training and quality materials" according to Sea & Sea m...
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:33

Lough Erne Islet Goes Up For Sale

#WaterfrontProperty - Fancy owning your own island in one of Ireland's largest lakes? Staff Island in Upper Lough Erne could be yours for £125,000 (€157,500), as the News Letter reports. With zoning restrictions preventing the building of anything more than a small cabin on the 10-acre wooded islet at Knockninny Quay in Co Fermanagh, it won't provide for a palatial hideaway....
#Angling - Following Team Ireland's gold-medal performance at the 2014 Shore Angling Home Nations Internationals earlier this month comes news of Irish anglers' first medal at world championship level in the Feeder Worlds in Co Cork last week. The Irish claimed silver on home turf in the fourth World Feeder Championships at Inniscarra just behind favourites England in a competi...
#RNLI - This Sunday 3 August, members of the Kerrigan family, their friends and neighbours, the emergency services and the general public will gather at 10pm for a special function in Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel in Ballyshannon. Following the annual blessing of the boats ceremony at the Mall Quay at 7pm, the Indians will perform at Dorrian's marking 40 years since Danny Kerrigan...
#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched yesterday to assist two people on board a 24ft cruiser, broken down and drifting across the lake near Portumna. The lifeboat launched at 4.45pm with Helm Eleanor Hooker, Jason Freeman and Keith Brennan on board. Winds were westerly, Force 4, visibility was fair to good with frequent rain squalls. The cruiser was pushed up river toward...
#rnli – The lifeboat crew with Larne RNLI have not had much time to relax over the summer, as their lifeboats have been launched seven times since the end of June. The call outs were to a variety of incidents, including a man in trouble in the water, drifting vessels and false alarms with good intent. Thankfully in all seven call outs there was no serious injury or loss of li...
#rnli – Dónal Gallagher, brother of the late blues guitarist Rory Gallagher has presented Ballycotton RNLI with a generous donation of €11,000 to help them continue their work of saving lives at sea. This phenomenal donation was raised through the sale of items from the well- known and much loved guitarist, Rory Gallagher, at the Rock Memorabilia auction held recently at W...
#rio2016 – More than 320 sailors from 34 nations will compete at the first test event of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games from 2-9 August from the Marina da Gloria. The Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014 is set to be the largest Olympic classes sailing competition ever held in Brazil and many of the world's top competitors are ready for the test. Organ...
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan is the Afloat Rower of Month for July. The 20-year-old UCD man reached the final of very competitive lightweight single sculls at the World Under-23 Championships in Varese in Italy. He finished fourth, just one place off his finish last year – and he has two more years left in this grade. At the Irish Rowing Championships, O’Donovan finished secon...
#squib – Reigning Irish Squib keelboat champions James and Bruce Matthews from Kinsale Yacht Club will battle with past winners and recently crowned Eastern Champions, John Driscoll/David Cagney, and Northern Champions, David Eccles/Michael Wright, all of whom are in contention for the main Irish Championship prize at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club.  As...
#rs400 – Royal St. George's Emmet Ryan is lying sixth in a fleet of 45 at the RS400 EuroCup at Fraglia del Garda, Italy after three races. Ryan, sailing with Jay Stacy, counts a 9, 6 , 6 at the Italian lake venue. The Dublin crew are one of two Irish boats competing. Royal Cork's David Rose and Ian Heffernan are 11th. Racing continues today. Full results are here....
#SillySeason - If you've been around either of Dublin's canals in the past couple of weeks, you may have seen some excited groups of young people gathered around the locks clad in wetsuits and launching themselves into the water. The Irish Times has a video report on this latest trend that some city kids are making into a summertime sport - made possible thanks to the ready ava...
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:57

Ireland's Coasts Are Waiting For Summer Whale Spotters

#MarineWildlife - Though the winter months comprise Ireland's major whale-watching season, this time of year brings more people to the coasts to witness Ireland's bounty of marine wildlife. And if you're not sure where to look, BreakingNews.ie has a guide to some of the best opportunities for cetacean spotting. Whether boating off Baltimore, kayaking off Kerry or simply hogging...
#terns – 2014 has been the best breeding year on record for one of Ireland's rarest seabirds, the little tern. The County Wicklow birds are protected and enjoy 24–hour monitoring because for many years they were a species on the brink. There are now 111 breeding pairs and 213 chicks, a record since monitoring began 30 years ago at Kilcoole beach, one of the few remaining li...
#rorc – Irish offshore duo Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive will rub shoulders with IMOCA 60 Skipper Robin Knox Johnston and MOD 70 skipper Sidney Gavignet when they join the panelists at a pre–race press conference for the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the sole Irish pair, who will race on Lula Belle, a First 36.7, set off ...
#dbsc – CRUISERS 2 - 1. Black Sheep (E Healy), 2. Red Rhum (J Nicholson & C Nicholson), 3. Borraine (Ean Pugh) CRUISERS 3 Tuesday - 1. Capilano (S Soran), 2. Syzrgy (R Fogarty), 3. Yikes (J Conway) Ensign - 1. INSC1 (K Rumball), 2. INSC2 (A Rumball), 3. RIYC 2 (Mark McGibney) FIREBALL - 1. No Name (S Oram), 2. No Name (B McGuire) GLEN - 1. Glenshesk (Walker\Faulkner\Hende...
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