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Ireland's Lighthouses by John Eagle
Book Review
The first time he saw Roche’s Point Lighthouse marking Cork Harbour, John Eagle knew he was smitten. ‘Coming from an inland town, there was so much excitement in the sea,’ he explains, ‘and lighthouses encapsulated all that.’  Lighthouses have played…
Skibbereen and UCD top league table heading into second Grand League regatta
Rowing
Up to eight hundred rowers from twenty eight clubs will compete in Rowing Ireland’s second Grand League Regatta which takes place next Saturday at the Queen's Regatta in Castlewellan , Co Down. The leading clubs after the first Grand League…
Cork Clipper Skipper to the Rescue
Clipper Race
Newly appointed Cork Clipper round the world yacht race Skipper, Hannah Jenner, will earn her 2010 sea legs earlier than expected. The volcanic disruption of the air space has left Qingdao’s Skipper Chris Stanmore-Major stranded in the UK after he…
Courtown RNLI to officially name new lifeboat Cairde an Chuain
RNLI Lifeboats
Courtown RNLI will hold an official naming and dedication ceremony for its new D-Class Lifeboat on Saturday 24 April 2010. The ceremony will take place at 2pm on the north pier in Courtown Harbour where the lifeboat will be officially…
Irish Ports and Shipping recover from record falls
Ports & Shipping
The Irish ports and shipping sectors began to show positive signs of recovery towards the last quarter of 2009 following a record fall in volumes earlier in the year as the downturn in the economy bit hardest, according to the…
Dublin chimneys give up smoking
Dublin Bay
The Poolbeg Chimneys, for decades a favourite weather indicator for Dublin sailors, puffed their last plumes of smoke last night. The chimneys kicked the smoking habit as the peak energy demand tapered off last night and the oil-firing Poolbeg station…
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge at Grand Canal Barrow Line
Inland Waterways
Waterways Ireland advise all Masters and users of the Grand Canal & Barrow Navigation that the lifting bridge at Monasterevin on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is being replaced. Due to unforeseen circumstances The Barrow Line remains closed…
2011 Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee Announced
Dublin Bay
The officers of the 4 combined clubs of Dun Laoghaire are delighted to announce that the Dun Laoghaire Regatta will have a new committee for the event in 2011 (July 7 - 10). Adam Winkelmann will be the new Chairman…
Students Turn out for ‘Get Going...Get Rowing!’ Initiative
Rowing
One hundred and forty students from eight schools from Dublin, Offaly and Wexford took part in Rowing Ireland’s ‘Get Going...Get Rowing!’ initiative which took place at Dublin City Council’s Municipal Rowing Club last week. The afternoon event involved focused sport…
Moynihan and Kenny Dead Heat in Trial
Rowing
Cathal Moynihan and Niall Kenny dead-heated in the final of the men’s lightweight single scull at the National Trials in Cork. Michael Maher and Justin Ryan were next to finish. Siobhan McCrohan won the women’s lightweight trial from Claire Lambe.…
O'Leary and Milne are Sailors of the Month for March
Irish Sailor of the Month 2009 - 2012
Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne are the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent “Sailors of the Month” for March after their superb performance to place second overall in the Olympic Star Class Bacardi Cup series against an international fleet of 84 boats in Florida.…
Doolin Pier Tenders Sought
Coastal Notes
Clare County Council is advertising for tenders for the construction of a new pier at Doolin in Co. Clare. More here. Both the planning application and the foreshore licence application are underway for the 6 million Euro project.
Irish lead RORC fleets overnight
Racing
Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix has slipped into second place at the RORC Red Funnel Easter Challenge in the Solent, after sharing the IRC Zero lead overnight. Niklas Zennstrom's Farr 45 Ran took first blood in Sunday morning's racing to…
Three Irish for Munich Junior Regatta
Rowing
Ireland will be represented by three athletes at the Munich Junior Regatta next month. Turlough Hughes of King’s Hospital and two Skibbereen men, Shane O’Driscoll and Paul O’Donovan, will travel. The results will be key to whether Ireland sends a…
Castletownbere RNLI Gets Go-Ahead for New Station
RNLI Lifeboats
Castletownbere RNLI have been granted planning permission to build a permanent lifeboat station in the town which will significantly cut the launch times for lifeboat callouts and provide a safe and secure location for dealing with casualties. The announcement was made…
A Celebration of the River Liffey for Pirates, Admirals and Landlubbers too!
Maritime Festivals
Dublin's thriving Docklands area is the place to be this June Bank Holiday weekend, with the seventh annual Docklands Maritime Festival running from 4th of June to 7th of June 2010. With a record 150,000 visitors at last year's Festival, this…
Jump Juice Wins on the Solent
RORC
Racing in IRC One, Conor Phelan’s Ker 37, Jump Juice, has won the weekend's Easter's Red Funnel Challenge on the Solent. Anthony O'Leary's Antix, a Ker 39, was second in IRC Zero. In spite of the fact that Christopher Opielok’s…
CityJet North & East Coast Club Championships is Announced
Howth YC
The challenge to find the top club racing team on the North & East Coasts is on, with the news that Howth Yacht Club is to host the inaugural CityJet North & East Coast Club Championships on April 24/25 on…
Five Brought to Safety on Killiney Bay
RNLI Lifeboats
Five brought to safety by Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat on Killiney Bay Five people were brought to safety earlier today when their speedboat broke down on Killiney Bay. Nobody was injured in the incident but the RNLI says it is…
ICRA Entry Approaches 100
ICRA
ICRA are reporting its national sailing championships entry is approaching the 100-mark nearly two months out from the event, the first big regatta of the sailing season. The Liebherr Cruiser Nationals to be held in Dun Laoghaire from May from…

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