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Anniversary Sailing Bound for the Rugby
Fastnet Line's 21,699 tonnes Julia which has been undergoing annual maintenance at a dry-dock in Swansea, is due to resume sailings for the 2011 season with a departure from the south Welsh port tomorrow night, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,500…
Waterways Ireland to Apply 'Five Day Rule' This Month
Waterways Ireland has reminded all Masters and users of the Grand Canal on Ireland's inland waterways that it intends to move vessels double or tripled berthed on the Grand Canal and Shannon Harbour that contravene the five day rule. The…
Unique footage of 1926 Dun Laoghaire Regatta Uncovered
Here's a unique glimpse of a post World War One Dun Laoghaire Regatta in rare newsreel recently archived by British Pathe (below). The shots taken on August 2nd 1926 show a mixture of long shots of yachts sailing across Dublin…
Eleven Races in Busy Irish Sea Offshore Schedule
Chairman of ISORA Peter Ryan sets out the 2011 programme for ISORA that kicks off on April 7th with an introductory evening on April 7th. Spring has come and the days are getting longer. It is now time to be…
Donegal Wind Farm Faces Criticism
A Donegal conservation group has hit out at An Bord Pleanála for approving plans for a 13-turbine wind farm in a scenic Gaeltacht area. The Irish Times reports that businessman PJ Molloy originally sought permission for 35 wind turbines with…
Irish Sea Marine Habitats to Get Greater Protection
Areas along Cumbria's coast could have greater protection under new plans for the conservation of marine habitats. The Irish Sea Conversation Zones project is currently recommending areas to the UK government that could be designated for marine conservation. BBC News…
Boat Owner 'Aware of Poor Wiring' Before Drowning Tragedy
Problems with electrical wiring had been alerted to a retired mariner who drowned along with two friends after abandoning their boat due to a fire, an inquest into the tragedy has heard. Wolfgang Schmidt (70), Richard Harmon (69) and Wolfgang…
BoI Shipping Loans Prime Asset for Euro Bank Purchase
Bank of Ireland's €1.4bn shipping loan and maritime business is now being targeted by potential buyers. The Irish Independent reports that Spanish banking group Santander is interested in "cherry-picking" prime assets from Ireland's faltering financial institutions. Santander has already paid…
Sailing Body Elects First Female President
In one of her last official functions as Minister for Sport, outgoing local TD Mary Hanafin attended the Irish Sailing Association's annual Ball last Saturday in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Attended by 315 people the black tie…
Officer Cadetships in the Naval Service
The Defence Forces are looking for candidates to fill essential appointments in the Army, Air Corps and the Naval Service. Applications are invited from school leavers and graduates who will be not less than 17 years of age and under…
Programme for Government will Reinstate Marine Department
It maybe the second last item on the programme for government issued by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore yesterday but the indications are good that the marine sector will see a reinstated Department of the Marine. the Fine Gael and…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Station Appoints Chairman
Mr. Terry Johnson has been appointed chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group (LMG) for the RNLI at Dun Laoghaire.  Formerly a deputy chairman of the RNLI, he is an accomplished mariner and has a long-standing commitment to the charitable work…
Dun Laoghaire Seeks New Harbour Master
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is recruiting a new harbour master. The port facility is seeking a 'commercially driven' harbour master, according to an advertisement in today's Sunday Times newspaper. Applicants for the job, in the country's biggest leisure port ,will…
Bangor Locals Confront Officials Over Coastguard Centre Closure
Bangor locals came face-to-face with officials from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) over the proposals to close Northern Ireland's only full-time sea rescue base. The Belfast Telegraph reports that MCA bosses were loudly heckled when they tried to…
Deadliest Catch Star Warns of Threat to Small-Boat Fishing
The Common Fisheries Policy will wipe out coastal communities in Ireland, according to a star of TV's Deadliest Catch. Corey Arnold, who was in Galway today to speak at the Irish Skipper Expo, has spent time working with small-boat fishermen…
Professional Short Courses at NMCI
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) based in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, has announced a series of professional short courses starting this month.  Professional Short Courses: STCW'95 & Non-STCW'95 are listed below. Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR) - May…
Lecture: "Diving The Wreck of the Bolivar on the Kish Bank"
The next lecture organised by the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association (DBOG) will be "Diving The Wreck of the Bolivar on the Kish Bank" by Cormac Lowth. The lecture will take place in the Poolbeg Yacht Boat Club & Marina (PYBC) at 8pm…
UCD Rule the Waves at Dublin Head
UCD’s men’s senior eight was the fastest rowing crew of the 35 which competed at the Dublin Head of the River. The conditions were surprisingly choppy, even in relatively light winds. The Dublin college also won the novice eights pennant,…
New Fisheries Protection Vessel for Northern Ireland
A new fisheries protection vessel (FPV) for Northern Ireland was commissioned in a ceremony presided by the fisheries Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA in Bangor Harbour on Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Banríon Uladh which cost £2.2m (with 50% funding…
Coastguard Calls for Doolin Pier Go-Ahead
The Doolin Coast Guard Unit has urged Clare County Council to continue its €6 million development plan for Doolin Point. The pier plan has faced opposition from surfers who argue that the development will ruin the popular waves in the…

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