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#MarconiLectures – Marconi, will be the theme for a series of lectures held in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire on 22 February. Each of the three talks (3:00 -6:30 pm) are to be presented by the Radio Officers' Association, topics are listed below. 'The Collections of the Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire' (Seamus O'Connor) 'Marconi's Wireless Stations at C...
#storm – Members of the public have been urged to exercise extreme caution on exposed coastal areas this afternoon as Met Éireann issues an red alert. Met Éireann has a red weather alert in force. Coastal areas will experience winds increasing from storm force 10 to violent storm with some severe gusts this afternoon. The Coast Guard particularly appeal to people to use com...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Container Market: Growing global container exports -Global container exports increased 5.3% year-on-year in December according to Container Trade Statistics' latest release as the global container market witnessed accelerated pace in global output. December's g...
#wayfarer – Every winter, Lake Eustis Sailing Club in Florida hosts the North American Mid-Winter Championships, giving the small, but enthusiastic North American Wayfarer fleet a chance to sail in warm waters. In 2014, this was particularly appealing as most of the northern states and Canada were hit by a series of winter storms. A fleet of 16 boats gathered in the days befo...
#CoastalNotes - Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is the new owner of the Doonbeg Lodge and Golf Club on the Clare coast, as RTÉ News reports. The €15 million purchase - snapped up after it went into receivership last month - will see the coastal golfing resort renamed Trump International Golf Links, Ireland as it joins the fold of The Apprentice host's international prop...
#Search - The Irish Examiner reports that a postmortem was due yesterday on the as-yet unidentified body recovered off Sheep's Head in Co Cork in the search for two men missing since the weekend. Meanwhile an extreme weather warning for Cork and Kerry is hampering the search effort for the second of the pair, one of whom has been named as 31-year-old Dutch national Roland Decke...
#rats – The Labour Court has ordered a marine firm to pay €20,000 to a former employee suffering from post-traumatic stress due to the presence of rats and mice at her workplace as the Irish Independent reports. In its determination, the Labour Court found that Amanda Byrne was victimised and suffered harassment and a discriminatory dismissal at the hands of her employ...
#Angling - The Ireland 2014 Angling Show this weekend is the perfect opportunity for all ages to learn how to fish, according to the Dublin Angling Initiative (DAI). The event at the National Show Centre in Swords, Co Dublin on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February will have a dedicated interactive family area where angling workshops in all types of fishing will be provided for ch...
#WeatherWarning - Cork and Kerry are currently under a Status Red weather warning from Met Éireann as wind speeds rise to as much as 85km/h with gusts threatening to hit an incredible 160km/h by this afternoon (Wednesday 12 February). Meanwhile an Orange alert has been issued for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Waterford and for mariners on all coasts, with gusts of...
The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds Circuit arrives in Cork Harbour from June 3rd to 8th, 2014 and will be hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman. What a prospect both exciting and daunting lies ahead for Royal Cork Yacht Club, organisers of the prestigious Women's Match Racing Worlds June 3rd to 8th, 2014. Not that the club is any stranger to such events having...
#vor – Past race winner Justin Slattery from Cork has joined Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR), the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority's (TCA Abu Dhabi) entry in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race as bowman. Slattery is one of four new crew members announced this week as the team gathered for the first time in the United Arab Emirates' capital – the others are Australia's Phil...
#lostatsea – "At today's European Parliament hearing into the Donegal 'Lost at Sea' case, it was declared that the Irish government must find a solution for the Byrne family who have yet to receive justice or compensation for the maladministration of the scheme", Jim Higgins MEP said in Brussels this afternoon The Midlands North West MEP hosted Byrne family member Danny Byrne...
#Search - BreakingNews.ie reports that a body has been found in the search for two men missing on Sheep's Head in West Cork. The remains have not yet been identified, but are believed to be one of two visitors - a Dutch national whose family have a home near Kilcrohane, and his German national friend - who went missing on Saturday 8 February after informing family back home the...
#celticchallenge – Over the May bank holiday weekend (2nd-5th May), St Michael's Rowing Club have teamed up with charity GOAL to send twp crews across the Irish Sea to participate in the biennial 'Celtic Challenge'. The race sets off from Arklow, Co. Wicklow with the finishing line in Aberystwyth, Wales. At 150km, this relay race is billed as the longest 'true' Rowing race in...
#Greystonesharbour –  Alan Corr has been appointed as the new Manager of Greystones Harbour Marina. A keen yachtsman, Corr has over 40 years of professional experience in the marine industry. He played an integral role in the design and development of Dun Laoghaire Marina, acting as Operations Manager across the initial expansion phase.  "My plan is to enc...
#optimist – Yesterday Optimist sailors in Cork and Dublin were packing a punch into training in Cork and Dublin writes Claire Bateman. Royal Cork YC members of the Irish Optimist Squad were training at Howth Yacht Club and other RCYC squad members were training in Cork Harbour where they presented a spectacular sight as they appeared to be literally flying up and down and aro...
#lighthouses – Aids to navigation and their reliability are constantly monitored by CIL, Ireland's safety-critical marine organisation via a sophisticated network of remote coastal communications links. This ensures Ireland's coastal navigation network of 72 lighthouses, 29 beacons, and 118 buoys meets the international availability standard of 99.8%, giving all mariners a hi...
#frostbites – It my have been sailing as usual in Kinsale yesterday but the Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour fell victim to adverse weather again with strong gusty winds initiating the flying of "N over A" from the yard-arm of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC). Yet again, the forecast was foul for both Saturday and Sunday with Met Eireann predicting up to Force 10 ...
#NaomhEanna - A vessel considered the 'last Irish heritage ship' is set to be cut up this week as a campaign mounts to save her from the scrapheap. The Naomh Eanna was built in 1956 in Dublin's Docklands and previously served as a passenger ferry in Galway Bay between the mainland and the Aran Islands. Said to be "one of the last riveted ships built in the world", she has spent...
#rtir – There has been a distinct upturn in the number of first timers entering the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race since entries opened on January 3rd compared with a few years ago. Early Bird entries have now closed and currently entries stand at over 600. This year's Race takes place on Saturday 21st June, just a week before the Round Ireland...
#lifeboat – The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, goes on station in the UK this month. The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity's fleet. The lifeboat's water jets not only ensure it is the RNL...
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