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#portofcork – 2013 proved a good year for the Port of Cork, who today reported an increase in traffic volumes from 9.05 million tonnes in 2012 to 9.12 million tonnes in 2013. Turnover amounted to €23.3 million in 2013, an increase of 6.59% and after deducting costs, the profit on ordinary activities before taxation amounted to €1.74 million, an increase of €0.371 millio...
#RNLI - Ballycotton RNLI has rescued four teenagers who got into difficulty yesterday evening (Thursday 31 July) when out on a canoeing venture. The volunteer crew was alerted shortly after 8pm and requested to go to the aid of four canoeists who were sheltering from a southerly wind at Ballycotton Lighthouse. The all-weather lifeboat under coxswain Eolan Walsh launched at 8.15...
#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below. Shipping Industry: Optimistic outlook - A majority of shipping companies expect their turnover and profits to increase during 2014, according to a survey from German shipping lender HSH Nordbank, as reported by Lloyd's List. Of the 51 companies surveyed, 59% re...
#lifeboat – Cork Harbour lifeboat volunteers were paged at 5.35pm yesterday afternoon to reports of a disabled boat with two persons on board between Fennels bay and Weavers point. The casualty vessel had deployed an anchor, but were dragging towards the shoreline. Crosshaven Lifeboat helm Vincent Fleming, with crew Harry O'Rourke and Paddy Quinlan were soon in the area ...
#sb20 – Seven SB20s took to the water last night on Dublin Bay for the fourth Thursday of Series 2, many fresh from an exhilarating nationals in RCYC last weekend, while others were obviously recharging their batteries after their exertions in Cronins... :-) For a pleasant change on a Thursday this season, we saw some decent breeze on Dublin Bay which allowed the SBs to get u...
#abersochdinghyweek – The dinghy is dead? Think again. Across the Irish Sea in North Wales, Abersoch dinghy week has had its biggest entry since 2007. It promised to be bigger and better and, with 273 entries across 51 fleets the Crewsaver Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 was certainly an event not to be missed. The extremely warm weather enabled the competitors to top up their sun ...
#rnli – Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist two people and their dog on board a 32ft cruiser, aground on Sandy Bottom in Dromineer Bay last night. At 8.05pm on Thursday evening, July 31, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI Lifeboat to launch to assist two people and their dog on board a cruiser aground at Sandy Bottom, close to the lifeboat station, in Drom...
#waterwag – Following a day with winds of force 5 it was a surprise to arrive in Dun Laoghaire to find almost no wind at all. Our valiant Committee boat team of Tom, David T, and Tuffet laid a windward-leeward course of three laps. When the twenty-one Water Wags were ready to start the wind shifted from the west to the south west. They quickly relayed the course. Signals were...
#greystones – Greystones Harbour Marina is looking forward to a record year, well surpassing the planned 3,000 visitors it had expected in 2014 and, in the process, bringing much-valued tourism to a thriving town, which last year was voted one of the best places to live in Ireland. (Irish Times June 2013 Readers Survey). Alan Corr, Harbour Marina Manager says that "our overse...
#dbsc – BENETEAU 31.7 Echo- 1. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 2. Attitude (T Milner J Sugars M Branigan), 3. Thirty Something (Kavanagh\Gaffney\Jones) BENETEAU 31.7 - 1. Magic (D.Espey), 2. Levante (M.Leahy/J.Power), 3. Prospect (Chris Johnston) CRUISERS 0 Echo - 1. Lively Lady (Derek Martin), 2. Wow (George Sisk), 3. Loose Change (P Redden & M Mitton) CRUISERS 0 - 1. Wow (Ge...
#MarineScience - Research funding of some €96,000 has been awarded to NUI Galway to study the marine environment of Galway Bay - and what that information can mean for those who live around it. As the Galway Advertiser reported earlier this month, the funding has been awarded through the Enterprise Partnership Scheme for a marine science project that will involve researchers ...
#Surfing - The video above, via The Score, captures the various surfing adventures of Meath native Maxie Hill, who left Ireland's shores for the waves of Indonesia for what was planned to be a three-month trip. But five years on, he's still spends much of his time in South East Asia, supporting his surfing habit as a chef Australia - working for Rick Stein, no less. His short f...
#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...
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