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The River Finn flows from Lough Finn Co Donegal to the River Mourne in Co Tyrone
The Loughs Agency has announced that angling permits for its waters on the River Finn and River Foyle, including the Greenbraes, are now available to purchase online. Online permits will make angling in these rivers even more accessible, particularly during…
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The European TEN-T Coordinators for the Motorways of the Sea and the Atlantic and North Sea-Mediterranean Corridors have organised an online joint workshop on smart and sustainable maritime transport in the Atlantic and North Sea region post-Brexit over two days…
The IWDG is awaiting clearer footage of the dolphin spotted off West Cork in recent days before it can make any confirmation of its identity
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has said it is “irresponsible to raise peoples' hopes” that a dolphin spotted off West Cork in recent days might be Dingle’s missing resident bottlenose, Fungie. Cork Beo reported on Sunday (11 April)…
New programme for the 68th edition of the offshore Rolex Giraglia race
Uncertainty due to COVID 19 means a new format for the 68th edition of the classic offshore Giraglia race in June. Organisers Yacht Club Italiano say particular difficulties on the French south coast which would prevent 'adequate organisation' of the event in…
Three one design classes will be competing including the J/70 Class and J/109 Class. The J/111 Class has the added thrill of competing for the National Championship
UK and Ireland J boat agent Key Yachting has announced the launch of its 2021 Landsail Tyres J-Cup on June 24-26th. The organisers say it will be the first major regatta in England following the proposed final stage of the UK…
Bill O'Hara represented Ireland in the Finn class in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and the '88 games in Seoul
In anticipation of an eagerly awaited easing of the Lockdown in Northern Ireland, and looking forward to a return to racing, the Royal Ulster Yacht Club Sailing Committee has arranged for Bill O'Hara, OBE, to lead a Zoom session to…
The newly-built Ilen at Foynes on 22nd July 1926, as recorded in his own highly personal style by Harbour Master Hugh O’Brien
Global circumnavigator and sailing ship designer Conor O’Brien (1880-1952) inevitably saw his most noted vessels, the 42ft world-girdler Saoirse and the 56ft trading ketch Ilen, being closely associated by the rest of the world with their birthplace in Baltimore. But…
The Ireland Women's Four, European Silver Medallists
The Ireland rowing team which did so well at the European Championships in Italy will not return home as planned before their next outing in Lucerne in Switzerland. The team reached six finals and won gold and silver at the…
Bloodhound racing in Cowes Week, Duke of Edinburgh on helm. In theory she was the Royal Yacht, in reality she was the People's Boat
When the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 on Friday, it took a while before the hundreds of public appreciations of his remarkable life began to mention the fact that sailing played a very important role in it. Yet although…
Explorers Education Project Features in New ‘European Blue Schools’ Handbook
The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme is pleased to be included in the publication of the European Blue Schools handbook for teachers. This handbook was recently released as part of the launch of the European Blue Schools project’s Find the Blue…
New Responsible Outdoor Recreation Guide for Angling Launched
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has teamed up with Leave No Trace Ireland to launch an outdoor recreational guide for angling based on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. As custodians of our natural fisheries resource, anglers can refer to…
Trá Mór on the Rosguill Peninsula in northern Co Donegal
Visitors to a beach recently named among the 10 best in Ireland were shocked to discover the remains of three whales washed up on the strand, as the Irish Examiner reports. The three carcasses found on Trá Mór in Donegal…
Dublin Port Company Seeks to Recruit Facilities Manager
Dublin Port Company is currently recruiting for a Facilities Manager. Reporting to the Head of Property, the Facilities Manager will be a key member of the Property team which is responsible for over €13m of income in an estate spanning…
The dog entered the water to chase seagulls
Yesterday afternoon (11th April) Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team had what turned out to be an Accident Prevention call out. At Cloughey on the east coast of the Ards Peninsula in Co Down, a dog had entered the water to chase…
Defence Forces Live Air Firing Exercise
On Monday 19th of April 2021 to Friday 30th of April 2021 from 10.00hrs to 16.00hrs (Excluding Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of April) AT D1, GORMANSTON RANGES, CO. MEATH IT IS DANGEROUS FOR PERSONS, SHIPPING, LIVESTOCK OR AIRCRAFT ETC.,…
The late Clare Hogan brought joy and skill to Irish sailing

Clare Hogan RIP

12th April 2021 RStGYC
It is with the greatest regret that we report the death of Clare Hogan, an extremely talented sailor - particularly in the International Dragon Class - who also gave much to sailing administration, having served as Commodore of the Royal Alfred…
In the UK, the Peel Ports group, successfully completed a first trial of an autonomous survey vessel. This was the first Port group in Britain to take delivery of such a vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marina.
In the UK, Peel Ports is the first Port group in the country to take delivery of an autonomous unmanned survey vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marine Lake, north of Liverpool. Peel Ports offered Sefton Council…
The inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat with the two walkers at Omey Island
Clifden RNLI came to the aid of two walkers who got cut off by the tide yesterday evening (Sunday 11 April). The volunteer crew were requested to launch the lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 5.50 pm following a…
Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base.
Iconic shipyard, Harland & Wolff with with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome Graham Couser to its growing US base. Based in Miami, Florida, Graham’s new role as Head of Business Development for…
Oisin McClelland of Donaghadee in Northern Ireland is hoping to secure the last European Finn berth next month at the Gold Cup
Tokyo Olympic solo sailor campaigner Oisin McClelland of Donaghadee in Northern Ireland is among the entries for the 2021 Open and U23 Finn European Championship that gets underway in Vilamoura, Portugal, this morning with around 49 sailors from 29 nations competing. Over the…

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