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Patrick Murphy, who is chief executive of the Irish South and Fish Producers Organisation, is standing for Aontú in the Ireland South constituency for the European elections
The “gutting” of the Naval Service has exposed Ireland’s vulnerability to a “massive increase in drugs being channelled from Irish waters into mainland Europe”, according to Aontú candidate Patrick Murphy. Murphy, who is chief executive of the Irish South and…
River Mersey: Cammell Laird in Birkenhead secures £2m contract to build mooring dolphins located downriver for Stanlow Terminals
Shipbuilder and shiprepairers, Cammell Laird on Birkenhead has secured a £2m contract to build two mooring dolphins on the River Mersey for Stanlow Terminals. Stanlow Terminals is a division of Stanlow Oil Refinery operator EET Fuels. Cammell Laird is set…
The Nature Restoration Law has been passed in Brussels. This means member states now have 2years to plan how they will restore 20% of the EU's land and sea areas by 2030 and all ecosystems by 2050
Two Government ministers have welcomed the European Parliament vote approving the Nature Restoration Law. While the controversial legislation has a strong land-based focus, it includes important elements aimed at improving water quality in member states. Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue…
Welcome onboard - Annamarie Fegan, Admiral Royal Cork; Rory Bevan, Waterman Kelly Consulting Engineers; Tim McCarthy, RCYC Event organiser; and Eric Waterman, Managing Director Waterman Kelly Consulting Engineers
Waterman Kelly Consulting Engineers has pledged its support for the upcoming Irish Youth Sailing Nationals, which is scheduled to be held at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in April. The Cork Harbour competition is expected to draw around 200 sailors…
Rowers taking part in a previous Erne Head of the River in Enniskillen
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Erne System in Northern Ireland that the Erne Eights Head of the River rowing race will take place this Saturday 2 March. The event will start upstream of the Killyhevlin…
The Ardhowen theatre on the banks of the River Erne in Enniskillen
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterways users on the Erne System in Northern Ireland that a section of the navigation channel will be closed between the Killyhevlin Hotel and the Ardhowen for NIE works on the overhead power…
Alison Young, seen here competing in Tokyo 2020
Three-time Olympian and 2016 ILCA World Champion Alison Young will provide coaching for Northern Ireland sailors at RYA Northern Ireland’s ‘Female Focused Camp’ at Ballyholme Yacht Club on the weekend of 27-28 April. The camp is specifically targeted for junior…
Charlie McAllister’s newly acquired Jacques Fauroux Quarter Tonner, called SKB, will compete at Bangor Regatta 2024 in June
Royal Ulster Yacht Club has launched Bangor Regatta 2024 with the publication of the Notice of Race and Entry Form for the event, which will be run in Belfast Lough out of Bangor from 27th till 30th June. Sixty boats…
Ultim Challenge winner Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild arrives into Brest. His elapsed time for the 22,460 nautical miles round the world course, which left Brest on Sunday, 7th, January, is 50 days, 19hrs 7 mins 42 secs. He sailed an actual course of 28,938 miles on the water
Blessed with a perfect sunrise, flat seas and a modest 15kts breeze as he approached the long-awaited finish line off Brest on Tuesday (Feb 27th, 2024), Charles Caudrelier took time to enjoy the final ten miles of his Ultim Challenge…
TY students of Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine in Kenmare, Co Kerry at a workshop earlier this month with approximately 40 members of the local community
A group of Kerry secondary school students are participating in a presentation by inshore fishermen on the crisis in the sector, which will be delivered to Government TDs and senators on Wednesday (Feb 28). The National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA)…
This year the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) two-day annual conference is to be held in the heart of the Paris (25-26 April). The Organisation is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is holding its Annual Conference in the heart of the Paris on 25 and 26 April. This year’s conference in the French capital can simply not be missed, for various reasons. We are listing…
The third race of the six-race AIB DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay saw sunny conditions accompanied by a good breeze
After four races sailed in the AIB DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay, the 1720 sportsboat Long Island Legend replaces the J80 Jambon at the top of the scoresheet. With two races to go in the series, only ten…
Valentina, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour-based J112E debuted at the J Cup UK 2023 and the inaugural Irish J Cup in her home waters of Dublin Bay
September's J Cup Ireland gets an early preview on Friday when J boat agents for Ireland, Key Yachting, will host a special gathering for J Boat and Grand Soleil sailors at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Key…
Current Optimist National Champion Harry Dunne (Howth YC) continued his up-scaling to ILCA success at Howth on Sunday, coached by Rocco Wright and Luke Turvey
With chilly conditions and a building easterly breeze very accurately forecast, the penultimate Sunday of the post-Christmas series of the HYC Dinghy Frostbites kicked off at the weekend to fight it out for the remaining races, and build on any…
A humpback whale feeding off the coast of the coast of County Kerry
Ireland's leading environmental NGOs and networks coalition, Fair Seas, has welcomed the announcement of €25 million in new funding for the protection of Irish seas. The European Commission has allocated €15 million, which is matched by €10 million from the…
Optimist sailors in Ireland have found a new and exciting way to stave off boredom during winter training. The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association (IODAI) recently created the IODAI Sprint Series, which aims to give young sailors more opportunities to race…
Artist Aidan Hickey with his piece The Custom House, 1842, featuring in Shorelines, an exhibition at The Substation at Dublin Port chronicling the varied seascapes of Dublin
Shorelines, a vibrant new exhibition chronicling the varied seascapes of Dublin, will come to The Substation at Dublin Port, courtesy of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club (DPSC) and Dublin Port Company (DPC). The exhibition will contain brand-new works from…
Galway’s Grattan beach is the focus of a workshop in Salthill this evening (Tues Feb 27)
The success of the “living lab” at Galway’s Grattan beach is the focus of a workshop in Salthill this evening (Tues Feb 27). As Afloat previously reported, the project to install sand fences at Grattan Beach was piloted last year…
State of Our Rivers 2024
Nearly half of all rivers in Ireland are below good ecological health standards. That’s according to the 2024 edition of The Rivers Trust’s State of Our Rivers report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the health of rivers across Ireland,…
Charles Caudrelier's elapsed time in the first Ultim Challenge Solo Multihull Race Around the World is 50 days 19 hours 07 minutes 47 seconds since leaving Brest in the six-boat fleet on Sunday, 7th January
French sailor Charles Caudrelier has emerged victorious in the Ultim Challenge, the first-ever solo multihull race around the world. Caudrelier, skipper of the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, crossed the finish line off the coast of Brest on Tuesday morning at…

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