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Tom MacSweeney
Campaign Manager of the environmental group Fair Seas - Dr Donal Griffin
“It is not good enough to designate parts of the marine environment as conservation areas without talking to the people, groups and businesses which use and depend on an area for their livelihoods and recreation.” That comment from the Campaign…
Dr Rick Officer is the new Chief Executive of the Marine Institute, the State's marine research agency
The new Chief Executive of the State marine research agency, Dr Rick Officer, takes up duty this morning, (Monday, January 8). He has been Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the Atlantic Technological University, established in April 2022 when three…
Dave Dwyer’s Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble crew competing at July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Dave Dwyer’s success with Swuzzlebubble comes from a determination to acquire the classic Farr-designed half-tonner, which had been a wreck in Greece. He comes from a Cork family that has a four-generation sailing history. Dave Dwyer’s Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble competing…
An artist's impression of the Bremore Ireland Port Development plan
Marine leisure facilities will be included, including the possibility of a new marina on the north-east coast, because there is room for one in the Bremore Port development at Drogheda. Dr. Joe Hiney, a director at Bremore Port and an…
Claire Morgan and Barry Hayes with loft Shelty, Bert at their new sailing shop in Crosshaven, Co. Cork
After 50 years, there is a major change in sailmaking at Crosshaven, Cork Harbour’s dominant sailing centre..Outside the village, the loft associated with the legendary Des McWilliams and family is no longer a sailmaking centre. Barry Hayes and his wife,…
Unease in the fishing industry about lack of government co-ordination
There is a growing feeling in the fishing industry that there is a lack of coordination between various Government Departments in developing marine, specially designated protected areas. This has been particularly highlighted by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, which has claimed that the…
Noel Campbell in the boat gallery at the National Museum of Irish Country Life
Noel Campbell, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park, Castlebar, is leading the development of a boat gallery to preserve the history and culture of Irish traditional vessels. Turlough Park is about eight miles from…
Pamela Lee (above) will be sailing the Transat Jacques Vabre from October 29 with French co-skipper Tiphaine Ragueneau
“Offshore sailing is a mechanical sport, and it is an intellectual sport. More than using physical abilities and power, you can use your head to get the boat to work for you.” That piece of advice could, it seems to…
Paddy Harkin, Inspector of Navigation at Waterways Ireland
There are nearly 17,000 boats on the inland waterways, of which 9,000 are registered on the Shannon, 7,000 on the Erne, and 600 boats on the canals. New bye-laws to control usage of the waterways are being prepared, which will…
A delighted Tom Dolan in Kinsale after achieving second place in the first leg of the Figaro Race
Solo sailor Tom Dolan was fairly tired when I talked to him at Kinsale Yacht Club after he had finished second in the first leg of this year’s Figaro Race, sailing Smurfit Kappa into Kinsale with a 14-minute advantage over…
The Killybegs Organisation based in County Donegal has challenged the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to examine and withdraw its recommendations on closing 87 areas of EU waters
The intergovernmental marine science organisation which advises the European Commission on fisheries regulations has been told by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation that it has got its data wrong in recommending major fishing closures. The Killybegs Organisation has challenged the International…
Cork Harbour-based Jakub Ziemkiewicz building his Globe 5.80 SV Bibi, his entry for the ‘Mini' Globe Race
Jakub Ziemkiewicz tells me he was “born to sail but forced to work.” He is working as I talk to him - on the yacht he is building in a shed at Aghada in the northeast corner of Cork Harbour…
Barryroe Star of the Sea National School Pupils with Capt and Chief Officer and Rory Jackson
Captain Jacek Berenek of the container ship, ‘Independent Horizon,’ on its regular monthly call to the Port of Cork’s Deepwater Berth at Ringaskiddy, explained to the pupils of Barryroe National School from West Cork where he would launch their mini-boat…
Howth fishing port in County Dublin - fishermen are concerned about being squeezed out of Irish sea areas by wind farms
The Government’s promise of consultation and involvement of the fishing industry in the development of offshore wind farms is not being delivered on according to South East Coast fishermen, who claim that consultation and discussion, which was promised, has turned…
Royal Cork Yacht Club cancelled its regular Thursday night league racing this week and called members to a safety briefing in Crosshaven instead following a shipping incident
The Royal Cork Yacht Club cancelled its regular Thursday night league racing this week and called members to a meeting instead to discuss an incident between some boats in the racing fleet on the previous week’s Thursday and a tanker…
Preserving maritime tradition at Baltimore in West Cork
Wooden boats will dominate Baltimore Harbour this weekend when the West Cork village welcomes back the annual gathering of traditional vessels. Like many other events the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, which had been held annually for seventeen years from 2002,…