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Researchers Discover Vikings Arrived in Ireland When the Population was in Serious Decline
New research has found that the population of Ireland was in decline for almost 200 years before the Vikings settled. The research from Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Natural and Built Environment is the first of its kind and has…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is inviting tenders for expert economic and strategic advice for Dun Laoghaire Harbour, which came under its control late last year. The request for tenders (RFT), which is open until Tuesday 17 September, says the local…
The works are being carried out from the AMS Retriever
Geophysical surveys are being undertaken in the Irish Sea in outer Dundalk Bay from this week. The work is required to provide bathymetric and subsurface information for the development of the Oriel Wind Farm project. Survey work was expected to…
View of the area proposed for land reclamation by Harry Crosbie
Clontarf residents will likely be wide-eyed at a recent “radical” proposal by Docklands developer Harry Crosbie to reclaim land from the sea off the North Dublin suburb. According to The Irish Times, the property mogul suggests using Dutch engineering knowhow…
Ireland’s Eye just off Howth in North Co Dublin
Howth’s iconic Ireland’s Eye has been purchased by investment group Tetrarch Capital, TheJournal.ie comfirms. The island — which is an important breeding spot for many seabirds — was included in the recent sale of Howth Castle and demesne by the…
Royal Irish's Saskia Tidey (second from right) on the podium in Enoshima with her bronze medal
The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Saskia Tidey has won bronze with Charlotte Dobson at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic test event and must now wait to see if the stand out results achieved this week is enough to satisfy selectors and secure…
Finn Lynch - fighting for medal race place in the men's Laser class
Ireland's only chance of a medal race finish at the Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic Sailing Test event in Enoshima this week lies in the men's Laser class with National Yacht Club sailor Finn Lynch today who is three points outside…
Among the finalists in the first ever Maritime UK Awards to be held during the Southampton Boat Show will be the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferry port. AFLOAT adds above is a DFDS ferry serving Calais/Dunkerque and cruiseship of Hapag Lloyd, Europa. Noting beyond the Strait of Dover is the coastline of France.
Recently announced were the finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards which will be held next month during the Southampton Boat Show. According to the British Ports Association (BPA) the winners will be announced in front of 400 of the…
Detention of a fishing vessel took place off Dublin coastline by the LÉ George Bernard Shaw
The Irish Defence Forces, reports Journal.ie, have detained a fishing vessel off the coast of Dublin (yesterday) for allegedly breaching fishing regulations. The vessel was stopped 20 nautical miles northeast of Howth in Co Dublin by the Naval Service Vessel…
Atlee Kohl and Chris Bateman in action on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's Atlee Kohl (18) and Chris Bateman (18) sailing for the US Virgin Islands are seventh overall after the second day of the 29er European Championship on Lake Garda, Italy with winds at 9 to 12 knots, a bit lighter than…
Ross O'Leary was the winner of the second race of the DBSC Laser Standard fleet
Race 1 Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Asterix, 2. Papytoo, 3. Saki Combined Cruisers: 1. Jalapeno, 2. Extreme Reality Ruffian: 1. Carmen, 2. Alias, 3. Diane II B211 One Design: 1. Billy Whizz, 2. Bees Wing, 3. Isolde B211 Echo:…
An RS400 start in Galway Bay
As the RS400 fleet comes together on Belfast Lough this weekend, the newly crowned RS200 champion Chris Bateman reviews the recent RS gathering at Galway Bay Sailing Club that provided a weekend of racing in tight competition.  As Afloat previously…
Coastguard volunteers carry the stranded dog back to dry land
Coastguard teams from Bangor and Portaferry were tasked to Strangford Lough on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to rescue a young dog stranded by the tide at Island Hill. The pup’s worried owner “was in the mindset of attempting a rescue…
A still from surfing documentary Between Land and Sea, screening Tuesday night 20 August on RTÉ 2
Surfing documentary Between Land and Sea will have its Irish TV premiere tonight (Tuesday 20 August) at 10.15pm on RTÉ 2. Ross Whitaker’s film chronicles ‘a year in the life of an Atlantic surf town’, namely Lahinch in Co Clare…
Pacific Princess complete with 'Princess' motif adorning both bow and funnel is seen during a previous call to Dublin Port - from where the small cruiseship had sailed overnight from Welsh waters following high winds that prevented a visit yesterday to Pembrokeshire.
High winds played there part in determining cruiseship destinations among visiting vessels that were scheduled to call to Irish and Welsh ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. Most recently to become subject to the conditions involved Princess Cruises smallest ship, the 670…
The 1905-built Iolaire in her glory years under Don Street’s ownership, when she cruised extensively in the Caribbean, crossed the Atlantic seven times, and took part in the Golden Jubilee Fastnet Race of 1975
They say bad news travels fast. But the news that the 48ft 1905-built yawl Iolaire has been lost, after an inadvertent gybe in heavy weather drove her onto rocks – fortunately without loss of life or injury - off Ibiza…
PORT OPERATIONS TOWER: On a recent tour of the Port of Dover AFLOAT adds is pictured the UK Government's Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, Home Secretary, Priti Patel and the Chancellor, Michael Gove. The three cabinet ministers talked of the importance of keeping traffic moving freely across borders in addition to meeting representatives from the haulage, freight and port industries so to discuss plans to ensure the UK is ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
The UK and Europe's busiest ferryport the Port of Dover has recently appointed a chief operations officer.  On an annual basis the English Channel port according to the Port of Dover handles 18,000 vessels in a 24/7 operation enabling to…
Freight trucks at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford which in addition to linking UK ports serve directly to mainland Europe (i.e. AFLOAT adds above Stena Horizon sails to Cherbourg, France). Industry groups warn delays at English Channel ports could hit the transport of fresh food and time-sensitive produce.
Increasing pressure, writes The Irish Times, is building on the Government to advance plans for alternative shipping routes bypassing Britain to avoid severe delays at English Channel ports stemming from a possible no-deal Brexit. Potential risks to the key “landbridge”…
Competitors in the 500-boat July VDLR Regatta on Dublin Bay
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy reviews a busy 2019 sailing season and reports on the association's next strategic plan A very busy June on the water began with Seafest, described by An Tanaiste Simon Coveney as the “ploughing championships of…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands lifeboat volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to carry out a medical evacuation for an injured tourist. The female visitor to Inis Mór had sustained a suspected fractured leg while out sightseeing, Aran Islands…

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