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Poet Keith Payne
Currachs and naomhógs are among the only sea craft built upside down, and the expertise dates back generations. Poet Keith Payne learned all this and much more when he found himself working on a Dunfanaghy currach over 16 weeks. He…
Seagrass which moves hypnotically with the waves and grows in meadows in certain coastal areas is an
Open water swimmers at Galway's Blackrock tower tend to swim east, but scientists would love it if they sometimes swam west – weather permitting. That’s an area rich in seagrass in Galway Bay, and one of a number of habitats…
Royal Cork Yacht Club’s first female admiral, Annamarie Fegan, on board her yacht Nieulargo during the club's Volvo Cork Week Regatta
“It only took 304 years…” The words of Royal Cork Yacht Club’s first female admiral, Annamarie Fegan, on her election to the post this week. As Afloat reports here, Fegan, who already broke new ground in the world’s oldest yacht…
David Lawlor with oysters at Dun Laoghaire Marina. Lawlor is starting what may be a 15 to 20-year project with a pilot, cultivating a series of “oyster gardens” in several yacht marinas at Poolbeg, Malahide and Dun Laoghaire in Dublin
Diver, sailor and coffee distributor David Lawlor is not that mad about oysters – he’ll eat them out of politeness – but he is mad about what they can do as keystone species in stabilising marine habitats. That’s why he…
Reaching the finish of the Transat Jacques Vabre Yacht Race in Martinique, Tiphaine Ragueneau (left and Ireland's Pam Lee of Greystones Harbour
Let’s do that again, but do it better – they are the words of a very determined Pam Lee from Greystones, who came 29th with Tiphaine Ragueneau in the 30th Transat Jacques Vabre yacht race from Le Havre to Martinique.…
Tomek Ciezki of Heavy Man Films, director of Man Versus Ocean
When Tomek Ciezki of Heavy Man Films was asked to meet a man who wanted to make a video of his “holiday and travel photos”, he was initially doubtful. However, the footage took him aback – he was stunned by…
Artist Maria Simonds Gooding with An File - Blasket islander Micheál O Gaoithín
Imagine being on your own on a Blasket island, dependent on several divers to come and collect you – and then their dinghy runs out of fuel. If a fishing vessel hadn’t spotted the reflection of a mirror they had…
French oceans advisor Vincent Doumeizel
It is easier to pump oil from the bottom of the ocean than to farm seaweed, according to French oceans advisor Vincent Doumeizel. Doumeizel, from Burgundy in France, is a senior advisor on the oceans to the United Nations (UN)…
Dublin Port chief executive Barry O’Connell
Dublin Port chief executive Barry O’Connell had previously worked in eight different countries for Coca-Cola before he took up his new post a year ago this November. The port has been investing in community projects, including the refurbished substation on…
British yachtswoman Pip Hare (49) was an entrant in the 2020 Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race
Pip Hare picked up a magazine one day to read about the BOC challenge, which was the forerunner to the Vendéé Globe. “And all of a sudden, there is Isabelle Autissier, absolutely kicking arse and being written about in the…
Dublin Port’s heritage director Lar Joye spoke to Wavelengths (below) about the background to the port's substation and about exhibitions planned for the redbrick building with its two distinctive portholes
How did Dublin’s East Wall get its name, and where did Dublin City once stop and the port begin? These and other interesting questions were answered at last week’s opening of the renovated 18th-century Dublin Port Substation by the Minister…
Chief scientist Emmanuel Boss(left) and captain Martin Hertau on board the French research schooner Tara in Galway Docks
Tara is a 36-metre French-registered marine research schooner which has an “excellent chef” on board, according to chief scientist Emmanuel Boss. It has been commissioned by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) for the Traversing European Coastlines (TREC) project, which…
Capt Paul Colleran and Colonel Paul Fry of the Air Corps holding the propellor blade from the German flying boat, along with Maria Simonds-Gooding who found it on Inis Mhic Oileáin, with the “inis” in the far background,  October 4th 2005
During the Second World War, Kerry was the location for a number of both Allied forces and German air crashes, but one less well-known one occurred on the Blasket Island of Inis Mhic Oileáin (Inishvickillaune) on November 25th, 1940. Wreckage…
Terry Kavanagh (55) will be racing in the Ocean Globe Race Around the World Without GPS
Two Irish sailors are participating in the 2023-24 Ocean Globe Race (OGR), billed as a “retro race” in the spirit of the 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race. Roisin O’Halloran (20) and Terry Kavanagh (55) will be on board the…
The MARA launch at Rosslare Europort, Co. Wexford. Pictured on board the LÉ Samuel Beckett is Mark Mellett, the Chair of the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA), Laura Brien Chief Executive of MARA, Darragh O'Brien T.D. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport and Lieutenant Commander Aonghus Ó Neachtain
“We are in a race for survival…” The words of Mark Mellett, chair of MARA, the State’s first marine planning regulatory authority, which has just opened for business in Wexford. If Government targets on renewable energy offshore are met, there…
Over 370 boats will compete on Dublin Bay at this week's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, opening on Thursday, July 6th and running until Sunday, July 9th
If it’s July, it must be the return of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, along with Coastival, the new festival celebrating the rich maritime heritage of the south Dublin waterfront. Over 370 boats have registered for the regatta, opening on…

Afloat's Wavelengths Podcast with Lorna Siggins

Weekly dispatches from the Irish coast with journalist Lorna Siggins, talking to people in the maritime sphere. Topics range from marine science and research to renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture, archaeology, history, music and more...