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The now-almost-mythical Cork One Tonner Golden Apple racing in 1974
In 1974, Ireland - and particularly Cork - leapt to a new level of international sailing prominence as the fresh combination of the design talents of Ron Holland, the sailmaking skills of Johnny McWilliam, and the boat-building talents of the…
Joyce back on the water after refurbishment
The charity Silvery Light Sailing based in Newry at the head of Carlingford Lough is passionate about the refurbishment of old boats. One of these is now temporarily berthed in Carlingford Marina on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough. She's…
Lofna with sign saying 'This boat is uninsured'
In 2018 Co Down sailor Del Fairley made a wish list of boats to buy from which he would choose his favourite design, and top of the list was a Swan 36. His wife Gill knew nothing about this! But…
November Atlantic sunset on Galway Docks Marina, with the traditional rig of the Limerick ketch Ilen in marked contrast to modern craft. Photo: Gary Mac Mahon
The Ilen Marine School of Limerick’s 56ft traditional trading ketch Ilen has been making the best of a sojourn in Galway City and the gentler periods of late Autumn weather in November, with last weekend’s ideal conditions being used for…
UN Special Envoy on Oceans visits Scottish built tallship Glenlee on the Clyde, from where launched in 1896, is the only steel square-rigged, former merchant cargo vessel still afloat in the UK, and one of just five such Clyde built vessels remaining in the world. Above AFLOAT captured the historic tallship at the specially designated berth alongside the (late) Zaha Hadid designed, Riverside Museum which celebrates Glasgow's mercantile, maritime and shipbuilding traditions. The stricking musuem is located downriver of where the COP26 Conference continues to be been held until 12 November.
During COP26 the Clyde Maritime Trust was visited by UN Special Envoy for the Oceans, Peter Thomson and the Relay4Nature baton as part of the Ocean Race initiative to give a voice on critical issues affecting the planet's oceans, writes…
Davaar is the conspicuous island at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch on Scotland's Mull of Kintyre, so it was entirely logical that when the local shipping company began to augment their fleet with steamships, the best-known became the Royal Mail…
Kate Tyrrell (1862 – 1921) from Arklow, Co. Wicklow was the first Irish woman to be a ship’s sea captain which took place in 1886, even though the law of the day did not recognize female ship owners. The east coast port AFLOAT adds remains the stronghold of the Irish merchant shipping scene as Arklow Shipping Ltd run by the Tyrrell family dominates the Irish flagged fleet with ASL accounting for just shy of 60 ships, comprising mostly of short-sea traders and several ocean-going bulkers.
Ireland's first woman to be a ship’s sea captain, Kate Tyrrell of Co. Wicklow became a captain in 1886, despite the law of the day did not recognize female shipowners. As The Irish Central records, she was born in Arklow…
Musicians play a tribute to Paulo Sergio Soares da Paixão after his ashes were scattered by Badóirí an Chladaigh in Galway Bay
When Brazilian Paulo Sergio Soares da Paixão became involved with traditional boats in Galway, little did he expect that his ashes would be scattered by fellow crew members at sea. Musicians and members of Galway group Badoirí an Chladaigh took…
Once upon a time…….the Limerick trading ketch Ilen in pre-pandemic times, cruising the coast of Greenland in July 2019
They do things differently in Limerick and along the west coast. Where other migrating birds of passage head south as winter approaches, the restored 56ft trading ketch Ilen of 1926-vintage is departing her usual base in the Shannon Estuary today…
Virtually Shackleton - Saturday, October 30th sees the annual Shackleton autumn school
A century ago, a ship called The Quest was at sea between Lisbon and Madeira on what was to be Ernest Shackleton’s final expedition. This coming January, the centenary of the adventurer’s death in Antarctica will be marked with a…
Frank Wild, who took over the leadership of Shackleton’s last expedition after he died, climbing to the crow’s nest on the ship Quest
When Irish adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton was asked to give his expertise at the inquiry into the sinking of the Titanic, he singled out the need to slow down through the ice and the value of a ship’s lookout or…
Mayor of Galway Colette Connolly and Fr Donal Sweeney of the Claddagh Dominican church at the blessing of the gleoiteog Loveen in the Claddagh basin
The Galway gleoiteog named Loveen tacked across the Claddagh basin this weekend, some 96 years after it was built by the Reaney family of Spanish Arch. The gleoiteog has been restored, plank by plank, by the Galway Hooker Sailing Association…
After decades of searching, researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Coast Guard have located the shipwreck of the former U.S. Revenue Cutter, Bear. The wreck of the Bear, which was lost at sea in 1963, is…
The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Where else in the world would you hear yourself being addressed as Loveen but in Galway - and that's the name of a 96-year-old gleoiteog which is being blessed today (Oct 16) in the Claddagh Basin. The historic vessel which…
With their Centenary next year, the Shannon One Designs celebrate a unique boat and successful class which came into being at a time when Ireland was in a state of turmoil
In Ireland, we're living through the Decade of Centenaries in terms of marking conflict-laden historical events and major national happenings ashore. So it says everything about the blissful sense of having a world of our own in sailing that in…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…

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