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Graphic for Explorers Education Programme outreach in schools and classes
The Explorers Education Programme has been expanded to deliver modules to primary schools in all of Ireland’s coastal counties. Established in Galway over 15 years ago and funded by the Marine Institute, the Explorers programme now reaches schools all around the…
Josh Boyd and Sophie Durand on their narrowboat Qisma
One young Northern Ireland couple have eschewed the heated land-based property ladder and put their savings afloat with a narrowboat, as ArmaghI reports. Sophie Durand and Josh Boyd, both from Co Armagh and in their early 20s, have now adopted…
A Cuvier’s beaked whale surfacing in the Mediterranean in July 2016
The UK’s Royal Navy has admitted that it was conducting operations in an area linked to the mass stranding of deep-diving whales in Ireland and Scotland three years ago, according to a report in The Times. Record numbers of beaked whales stranded…
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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed that it is seeking a judicial review into the granting of an aquaculture licence for Atlantic salmon at in Bantry Bay. As the matter is due before the High Court tomorrow, Tuesday 28 September,…
Howth Yacht Club's members are of course absolutely tops in modesty. Which is just as well, as this past weekend – the last in September yet with summery weather – experienced some of the best racing conditions ever seen in…
DBSC held 350 Saturday yacht races in 2021 on Dublin Bay for over 20 classes including the Beneteau 31.7s pictured above
With the conclusion of Saturday racing at the weekend, Ireland's biggest sailing club brought the curtain down on its summer season in style, and overall results in all classes for the series are published below (subject to protest). Dublin Bay…
COP26 on Clydeside: Police divers in Scotland search the River Clyde as part of the security operation in advance to the Cop26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow during November.
Police divers in Scotland are searching the River Clyde as part of the security operation in the run up to the Cop26 climate change conference in Glasgow. As The Herald reports, specialist officers, who can search in confined spaces as…
At just shy of 240-meters each in length, two 'E-Flexer' (MkII) ro-pax class ferries designed in collaboration with Stena RoRo and under construction at the CMI Jinling Shipyard in Weihai, China, are expected to be delivered to the Baltic Sea during 2022. The newbuilds are larger versions of their Irish Sea counterparts currently serving between Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) and Dublin-Holyhead.
Stena Line which operates three of their 'E-Flexer' ro-pax class ferries on the Irish Sea, is to continue its expansion on the Baltic Sea during 2022, increasing both freight-and passenger capacity with larger versions of the new class. The Swedish…
Close finish at Schull - new All-Ireland Junior Champion Rocco Wright of Howth (left) and his crew Nathan van Steenberge
Fresh back from being the youngest participant in the NYYC Invitationals racing ILC 37s at Newport, Rhode Island, 15-year-old Rocco Wright of Howth reactivated his well-proven dinghy-racing skills in jig time to emerge as the 2021 Junior All-Ireland Sailing Champion…
Kieran Collins Coracle IV leads at the RCYC AIB Autumn League
Kieran Collins Coracle IV of the host club leads the IRC Spinnaker 0/1 Division after the first race of Royal Cork Yacht Club's AIB Autumn League in Cork Harbour. The Olson 30 made the most of the big seas and strong…
Spiced Beef IRL - 148 Fionn Lyden setting at the wing mark
Everyone at UK Sailmakers Ireland is proud of how well our customers performed at last weekend's 1720 European Championships at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. We would also like to congratulate the McBearla's team on their overall victory. UK Sailmakers Ireland…
A brand new world championship format - the Mixed Two Person Offshore Worlds
Italian team Claudia Rossi & Pietro D'Alì have been crowned winners of the 2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore World Championship after a hard-fought final leg to Venice. When the final leg started at lunchtime on Friday, Rossi and D’Ali…
The classic National 18 Fingal 226 under sail - the boat is to undergo an upgrade of equipment
Roger Bannon is undertaking a major upgrade of Fingal 226's equipment and he will also redo her lovely finishes in a bid to allow as many people as possible to sail this classic National 18, a 'thoroughbred maritime greyhound' In…
The Olympic sailing team including Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (pictured above) were welcomed home from Tokyo at Dun Laoghaire
It was party time in Dun Laoghaire Harbour last Thursday night (September 23rd) to welcome home the Irish Olympic sailing team from last month's Tokyo Olympic Games. Invited guests included Government Ministers, Olympians, local Dun Laoghaire Rathdown officials plus yacht club…
EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius
EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius is due to begin a two-day visit to Ireland this morning with a visit to Killybegs fisheries harbour in Donegal. The commissioner plans to meet representatives of the fishing industry…
Dunmore East RNLI welcomes the new €2.4 million Shannon class lifeboat
A new addition to lifesaving in the South-East of the country, arrived today (Sunday 26 September 2021), when Dunmore East RNLI brought their €2.4 million Shannon class lifeboat to its new home. A six-person lifeboat crew from Dunmore East RNLI…
File image of the AMS Panther
Alpha Marine will be undertaking a reconnaissance survey in the Irish Sea off the Wicklow coast to provide background information informing future site investigation works for phase two of the Arklow Bank Wind Park. The works, which will include magnetometer…
Rescue 118 landed at Altnagelvin Area Hospital on Saturday night 25 September
One person was airlifted to hospital after a personal watercraft ran aground on the River Foyle, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Sligo-based helicopter Rescue 118 was dispatched to the incident in Lisahally, Co Derry last night…
Ventuno (Rowan Fogerty') was the winner of the first race of the B211 class in DBSC's final  Saturday race of the AIB 2021 Summer season.
One hundred twenty-one boats turned out for the final races of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer Series in a moderate ESE to SE breeze on the bay. Patrick Burke's First 40 Prima Forte won the Cruisers Zero…
1720 European Champions: 'Team McBearla' (from left) Killian Collins, Ross McDonald, Conor English, Aoife English and Paddy Good
On Saturday, fog cut short the final day of racing of the 1720 European Championships at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club, handing the overall title to Ross McDonald and the McBearla crew.  Although the stage was set for a thrilling final…

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