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Revived back in 1972, the Cong Galway Race will be sailed on Sunday, June 27.
Europe’s oldest and longest inland sailing race is part of the history of the West Coast of Ireland. The history of Galway itself claims that Ptolemy, the astronomer and mathematician born in 100 AD at Alexandria in Egypt and who…
Offshore Team Germany celebrate their overall IMOCA 60 victory following the Genoa coastal race
Class leaders Offshore Team Germany (GER) and Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team (POR) have been confirmed as the respective IMOCA and VO65 winners in the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe after an exciting final day of coastal racing in…
File image of jet skis
The Irish Coast Guard, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and RNLI have thanked the public for the positive response to a recent appeal to users of jet skis to respect the safety and wellbeing of other water users by remaining…
A fenced-off section of river where fencing was used to prevent livestock from damaging the river bank
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has welcomed the allocation of €185,000 for a project around Lough Sheelin by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) Farm and Community Biodiversity Initiative. The State agency responsible…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat William Henry Liddington
As the summer months approach, Bundoran RNLI is calling on everyone looking forward to a boat trip at sea to plan ahead so they can enjoy their day safely. The plea comes after a group of people whose boat had…
File image of the canal lift bridge at Begnagh, Co Longford
Waterways Ireland advises master of vessels on the Royal Canal that due to ongoing serious mechanical issues with Begnagh Lift Bridge, it can only be operated manually. The current scheduled dates for lift operation are Fridays 25 June, 2 and 9…
Ballyglass RNLI volunteers with Belmullet Tidal Pool Swimmers
Ballyglass RNLI and Belmullet Tidal Pool Swimmers in north-west Co Mayo have won a Golden Welly for their recent fundraising efforts for the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI award for Best Community Partnership Fundraiser, which is one…
Engineers from Worley
One of the world’s leading providers of engineering, procurement and construction services to the energy industry has been appointed by energy company EI-H2 to help develop Ireland’s first commercial scale green hydrogen production facility. Worley will soon enter the concept…
Aircraft used in a previous ObSERVE Aerial survey
An Irish-led international consortium will this month begin extensive aerial surveys of almost half a million square kilometres of Ireland’s maritime area. The ObSERVE Aerial 2 survey aims to help build a greater understanding of Ireland’s marine wildlife and the…
A new study published this month by the scientific journal Nature reveals the marine migration route of Atlantic salmon in the North Atlantic, including Irish salmon. The study in Nature’s open-access Scientific Reports, led by the Arctic University of Norway,…
An impressive threesome enjoying each other’s company at the National YC in Dun Laoghaire – Olympic Laser sailor Finn Lynch, mentor and motivator Carmel Winkelmann, and Olympic Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy
Carmel Winkelmann of Dun Laoghaire, who has died in her 93rd year, was a universe, a force of nature, and an indefatigable and resilient optimist who carved her own unique course through Irish sailing at every level for sixty years…
RORC fleet reaching start
The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s IRC National Championship is underway in the Solent. Two windward-leeward races, followed by a reaching start for a two-hour round the cans finale, gave the RORC fleet a variety of racing. A fresh northerly breeze…
Coastal racing in The Ocean Race Europe off Portugal
After three weeks of intense offshore and inshore action that has seen The Ocean Race Europe’s 12-boat fleet race over 2,000 nautical miles from France to Italy, with stops in Portugal and Spain, the event’s inaugural edition will come to…
Lough Derg RNLI approaches the cruiser inside the G navigation mark on Thursday afternoon 17 June
Lough Derg RNLI launched on Thursday afternoon (17 June) to assist two people on a 28ft cruiser aground inside the G navigation mark, north of Drominagh Point on Lough Derg. The inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer arrived on scene at 12.50pm,…
Map illustrating the new safe play zone and position of marker buoys at Castle Archdale
​Waterways Ireland has announced the creation of a non-motorised ‘safe play’ zone at Castle Archdale Country Park on Lower Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.​Echoing a similar scheme currently in operation at Muckross Bay in Kesh, Enniskillen, the new zone will…
Flying Fifteen racing on Dublin Bay. The class is the most popular keelboat class in the 21-class DBSC fleet
A light fluctuating wind to start, an ebbing tide and a series of significant wind changes gave the Flying Fifteens and their race officer Brian Mathews a busy and challenging night (17 June) in the second Thursday of points racing…
File image of the Grand Canal at Hazelhatch
The Grand Canal Greenway will be extended from the 12th Lock in Lucan to Hazelhatch Bridge after Transport Minister Eamon Ryan allocated an additional €1.4 million to South Dublin County Council for the completion of the works by 2022. The…
From left: Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty
Team Ireland has officially selected 13 rowers to compete across six boats at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. The Olympic rowing regatta takes place in the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay between 23 and 30 July. Among…
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge is named after the mother of former US president John F Kennedy whose ancestors hail from nearby Dunganstown, Co. Wexford. AFLOAT adds the bridge on the River Barrow permits ships to navigate upriver to the Port of New Ross, Ireland's most inland port and adds above in the foreground is Pink Rock on the Co. Kilkenny side of the riverbank.
Spanning the Barrow (downriver of the Port of New Ross) is the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge which has won a prestigious international award for engineering excellence and design of the bridge that opened last year.  As The Irish Times writes,…
The harbour at Clare Island where increased ferry sailings have been confirmed.
Deputy Alan Dillon, Fine Gael Spokesperson on Tourism & Sport, welcomed confirmation from Rural & Community Development Minister, Heather Humphreys TD, that her Department will be increasing daily ferry sailings to Clare Island. A tender recently issued by her Department only…

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