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The Tower on Buncrana’s Swilly Road was the town’s coastguard station for many years at the turn of the 20th century
Offers of over €200,000 are being sought for the landmark former coastguard station in Buncrana which is now on the market. As the Derry Journal reports, the building dates from around 1870 and served as the Co Donegal town’s coastguard station…
Two of the stamps in the new set, one of which features a sketch portrait of Tom Crean
An Post has issued a new set of four stamps celebrating eight Irish men who played a significant role in the epic Antarctic expeditions of the 1800s and early 1900s. Irish men were at the heart of the pioneering expeditions…
Clare Hogan at Cork Week 1976
Clare Hogan, who sadly died on 10th April 2021, taken from us so prematurely, will be sorely missed by her sailing friends, particularly those of us in the Irish Dragon Class. She sailed from the Royal St George Yacht Club…
Diver operations will be conducted by the dive support vessel Deep Discoverer
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport advises that Kinsale Energy will undertake diving operations at the Kinsale and Seven Heads Gas Fields for decommissioning on and around the subsea infrastructure. These works are due to commence on…
Mercedes-Benz has renewed its ongoing support for Irish sailing star Aoife Hopkins. Aoife will continue to drive a Vito Mixto which she uses to transport her team, herself and her equipment to events, here in Ireland and overseas
Olympic ambition runs deep for Howth Radial sailor Aoife Hopkins. After the controversially cut short Olympic trial last year, the 22-year-old is back in her ILCA 6 dinghy and en route this weekend to the Vilamoura International Regatta in Portugal.  Her ongoing efforts…
Kilkeel RNLI’s LOM John Fisher receives the cheque from Craig Boucher
Craig Boucher of Hybrid Health and Performance in Kilkeel recently completed a 4x4x48 challenge to raise funds for his local RNLI lifeboat station in the Co Down town. Craig ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours and was…
The Ocean Race fleet starting for Lisbon from their Alicante stopover on 22 October 2017
The Ocean Race Europe will visit in Alicante, with the Spanish city confirmed as the fourth host city for the inaugural event this May and June. Alicante is very familiar territory for The Ocean Race, as the home of both…
The Mixed Offshore Event was democratically selected by World Sailing members and remains its first-choice event for Paris 2024
As Afloat reported earlier, World Sailing has received an update from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the proposed Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. In December 2020, World Sailing were informed by…
A total of 54 Irish bird species (26%) are now on the “red list”, indicating the “highest status of concern” for their populations including the Puffin (above)
Birdwatch Ireland has warned the government and wind farm developers of the risk of “creating a biodiversity crisis” in its approach to renewable energy. As The Times Ireland reports today, Birdwatch Ireland's assistant head of advocacy Oonagh Duggan said the…
Donaghadee Sailing Club sailor Finn trialist Oisin McClelland
With a personal best achieved in the Finn European Championships in 2020, the hope was that Donaghadee Sailing Club sailor Oisin McClelland would make a further improvement in Vilamoura, Portugal this week at the 2021 championships, an important milestone on…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Dun Laoghaire and Greystones campaigners Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee in the first leg of the Sardinha Cup
Irish mixed offshore keelboat duo Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee finished 17th in the gruelling second leg of the 775 miles Sardinha Cup last night. The sole Irish duo in the offshore race were racing a Figaro 3 foiling keelboat, a…
There were many teams across the sailing world preparing for the introduction of a new Olympic mixed offshore keelboat that now looks on hold for Paris 2024
At an online meeting of Member National Authorities (MNAs), World Sailing (WS) today (April 16th) will convey the news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had requested WS to provide details of an alternative event should the IOC not endorse…
Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher with RNLI Trainer Assessor Alan Pryce after they passed out as Deputy coxswains at RNLI Wicklow
Wicklow RNLI volunteers Graham Fitzgerald and Alan Goucher have been passed out as deputy coxswains by an RNLI Trainer Assessor, after undertaking months of training and completing a rigorous exercise on the all-weather lifeboat in Wicklow bay. Graham Fitzgerald who…
Collaborative Research Project Develops Marine Toxin Warning Network
The Marine Institute has collaborated with 10 European partners as part of the research project Alertox-Net: Atlantic Area Network for Innovative Toxicity Alert Systems for Safer Seafood Products. Alertox-Net has focused on developing a marine toxin warning network to facilitate…
Drawings of the pergola that’s set to transform outdoor dining at Howth Yacht Club from this summer
Howth Yacht Club has announced that regardless of the weather, members can look forward to warm and dry outdoor dining at the clubhouse this summer. Funding has been secured and the order placed for a pergola with glass sliding walls,…
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin TD (left) pictured at Killiney Beach with Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly and Cllr Una Power, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Funding of €19 million will be used to build “world-class” facilities at 22 locations across the country where water-based activities are a key visitor attraction. Tourism Minister Catherine Martin and Fáilte Ireland today (Thursday 15 April) launched the investment to…
Climate Minister Eamon Ryan noted that Ireland had set a 40 per cent target for renewables last year, and had actually met 43 per cent.
Minister for Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan has predicted that Ireland may be able to go “further, faster and bigger” in meeting and exceeding targets for emission reduction and renewable energy. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Ryan told the…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch was Ireland’s youngest Olympic helmsman when he competed at the Rio Games in 2016 at the age of 20 and, along with four other Irish sailors, is seeking a second Olympics at the final qualifier in Vilamoura
Ireland is hoping a five-man team in Portugal can take one of two final nation places in the final men's Laser Olympic qualifier in Vilamoura starting on Monday. Vilamoura International Regatta is the last chance for the Laser sailors to…
The Finn class dinghy has been an Olympic boat since 1952 and has been used at every Olympic Games since. However, it has been dropped from the Paris 2024 line up and is making fresh proposals for it to be reintroduced should the mixed offshore keelboat be rejected as sailing's tenth medal
As speculation continues to mount over the status of Sailing's tenth medal for Paris 2024 and whether or not the Mixed offshore keelboat will be approved, the following letter from the Finn and Europ dinghy classes was sent to World…
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