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More than 800,000 vehicles and 1.75 million passengers a year travel on the Cairnryan-Northern Ireland routes.
A re-opened rail line and new dual carriageways to improve links to Scotland’s flagging ferry gateway to Northern Ireland are to be considered by ministers. As The Scotsman reports, Cairnryan area ferry operators Stena Line and P&O said there was…
Tide dragging Lasers over the MBSC line
On Saturday 25th of January, the Monkstown Bay Laser Frostbite league rolled around for day two of the month-long Cork Harbour series. A mixed bag of weather conditions was in store for the competitors, with a dull sky and black…
The mural was unveiled in Galway city centre by TG weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh
Bad Irish weather and why we should all embrace it is the theme of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture’s first street mural. The mural was unveiled in Galway city centre by TG weather presenter Caitlín Nic Aoidh for the…
2016 Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy is one of four Irish sailors seeking Olympic nomination in the Laser Radial class
With Ireland having secured one of the last places in the Laser Radial class at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and with four sailors now set to contest a trials series for the single place, the Irish Sailing procedures for…
The MRF57B is a powerful Class D DSC VHF radio perfect for short or long range communication, Plug and play GPS capable.
With all the uncertainty around Brexit, O’Sullivan’s Marine have been pro-active in securing a level of consistency and reliability of supply of various ranges of marine products that are traditionally shipped into Ireland from the UK. The first line to…
Cargo ships berthed at Warrenpoint Port on Carlingford Lough
Headquartered in Newry, Co. Down is Re-Gen WTE (Waste to Energy) Ltd which has agreed a new long-term licence with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WPHA) The company, The Irish News reports, which specialises in covering energy from rubbish that normally ends…
It's believed Brittany Ferries are looking at moving the Cork-Santander route (to Rosslare) as two year trial period comes to an end. MV Connemara AFLOAT adds had launched the Ireland-Spain route in 2018, however this year is served by the larger ropax Kerry (above) as previously reported on Ferry News. Afloat also adds that in November due to stormy weather sailings were cancelled which led to berthing temporarily (as seen) at Marino Point, Cork Harbour, upriver of Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal.
Ferry services into the future on the Cork-Santander route is in doubt as Brittany Ferries is believed to be looking at moving the operation to Rosslare Harbour. The route has only been in operation since May 2018 and was initially…
The start of the RORC Caribbean 600 Race
So far ten or more Irish sailors have registered as crew members on the following boats for the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Caribbean 600 Race starting in less than a month. The inaugural 2009 winner, Royal St. George's Adrian Lee…
Oisin McClelland racing in Miami last week
The RYANI has congratulated Donaghadee sailor Oisin McClelland on his strong showing at the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami last week. As previously reported on, the Finn sailor from Northern Ireland finished fourth, just shy of the podium,…
Dublin Bay 21 Naneen will be back racing on Dublin Bay this season
There has been excellent progress on the revival of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Twenty One project the world’s oldest intact on design keelboat class as they prepare for a new season racing again on Dublin Bay. Chris Moore of Dublin…
Great Blasket Island is home to thousands of seals in a Special Area of Conservation
The Irish Seal Sanctuary has said a seal cull is not the answer to the woes of Dingle Peninsula fishermen, who claim a booming population of the protected marine wildlife is putting their livelihood at risk. Sanctuary co-founder Brendan Price…
Mike Walsh (Left) Commodore KYC welcomed the celebrations to the yacht club
A big celebration evening took place at Kinsale Yacht Club on Thursday night last to mark Kinsale’s win at the recent Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards writes Brian Goggin of KYC. Kinsale took home the National title for…
Caubeen, which won the Dinghy World Championships for Ireland in 1924, is being renovated for the Athlone event
There is enormous interest in the revival of the International 12 Foot Dinghy Class both in Ireland and abroad, in advance of the 250th centenary regatta at Athlone Yacht Club/ Lough Ree Yacht Club at the end of May 2020.…
Keith Storey was the 'mug of the day' winner at the Icebreaker Sprint on Belfast Lough
Ballyholme Yacht Club was one of the first to organise winter sailing on Belfast Lough way back in the seventies. It’s called the Icebreaker and in the past, it has indeed at times involved breaking ice on boat cover. The…
IMF at Boot - Prestige Yachts of France facilitated a meeting of the Irish Marine Federation at its Boot Dusseldorf stand. (From Left) Treasurer Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine, James Kirwan of BJ Marine, Chairman Paal Janson and Secretary Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats
An Irish Marine Federation committee meeting held at Boot Dusseldorf last week discussed future European tie-ups with the massive German show as a result of Brexit and the loss of the London Boat Show, traditionally a show with a strong…
The largest ever containership, MV Polar Costa Rica to berth in the Port of Cork arrives at Ringaskiddy Deepwater Terminal in June 2018
The Port of Cork has reported that the combined total traffic through both the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company took a dip of 5% from 10.6 million tonnes, to just over 10 million tonnes in 2019. The…
The Green Party said investment in water treatment could be funded by development levies
Water treatment in the capital is not fit for purpose, says the Green Party as it calls for action to improve water quality in Dublin Bay. The party’s Dun Laoghaire General Election candidate Ossian Smyth told RTÉ News that existing development…
International Laser Class Association Announces List Of New Builder Applicants
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced its provisional list of new builder applicants for Laser class boats amid a process that began last autumn. Manufacturers that have been approved to move forward in the application process are, in alphabetical…
Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr presenting €400,000 to Dunbrody Experience. Front: Walter O’Leary, Chairman Dunbrody Trust, Sean Connick CEO and Minister Michael D’Arcy Jnr. Back: George Walsh, Frances Ryan and Willie Fitzharris, board members
Funding of around €400,000 from the Government has been allocated towards maintenance works on the Dunbrody Famine Ship over recent years. The funding, according to the New Ross Standard, has been used to carry out essential works to the tallship…
European Causeway underway on the North Channel having departed from Larne. AFLOAT adds the ropax ferry is seen approaching Loch Ryan on the Scottish coast where the ferryport at Cairnryan prepared for a truck incident that took place on board in December 2018
Drivers of trucks who remain in their cabs on the vehicle deck when a ferry is at sea put themselves and other passengers at risk, reports LloydsLoadingList.  The renewed warning from the UK chief inspector of marine accidents follows a…
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