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The Laser Youth Worlds on Lake Garda
Howth’s Eve McMahon managed to stay in second overall after Thursday’s first two finals races in the Laser Youth Worlds on Lake Garda even with missing out on the first race with a DNC. She came back with a third…
IFI staff member John O’Connor in Co Kerry seizing an illegal fishing net from the River Feale in 2020
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has revealed that over 13km of illegal nets were seized by its protection officers and inspectors around the country last year. Some 250 illegal fishing nets, measuring 13,158 metres in total, were among the 1,287 items…
The 5o5 Class looks forward to holding its 2022 World Championships in Cork from August 3 – 13th 2022
With the news that this October's 5o5 World Championships have been cancelled in Bermuda, extra focus is now on Royal Cork's staging of the event in 2022 when the Five-Os come to Cork Harbour.  Michael Quirk, President of the International…
File image of RNLI chief executive Mark Dowie
In response to media reports on the RNLI’s humanitarian work in the English Channel, chief executive Mark Dowie has spoken of his pride in the efforts of the charity’s lifeboat volunteers. “I could not be prouder of our amazing volunteer…
Skerries RNLI’s inshore lifeboat en route to Rush
Skerries RNLI were tasked by Dublin Coast Guard yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 July) following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting paddle boarders in difficulty in Rush Harbour. Shortly before 3pm, the volunteer crew at Skerries RNLI…
Red swamp crayfish
Research led by Queen’s University Belfast has shown that invasive species, such as the grey squirrel, European rabbit and Japanese knotweed, have cost the UK economy over £5 billion over the past 40-50 years, making the cost one of the…
The hard decision has been made to withdraw rower Sanita Puspure from the B Final of the Women’s Single, set to occur tomorrow due to her being unwell. Speaking this evening, Puspure said: “Over the past few days, I have…
The RNLI lifeboat crew rescued three kayakers stranded on rocks at Kilmurrin Cove
Volunteer lifeboat crew from Helvick Head RNLI in Waterford, rescued three kayakers stranded on rocks at Kilmurrin Cove yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 28 July) when a sudden squall capsized one of the kayaks and the group were forced onto the rocks…
At the heart of the harbour for 83 years - a Dublin Bay 21 under the original gaff rig, which was used from 1903 until 1964. The class then sailed under Bemuda rig until 1986, and will resume Dublin Bay activities in 2021 with reversion to a modified gaff rig
The Dublin Bay 21 Footers are the oldest class of racing yachts of their kind in the world - the World’s Oldest Cruiser Racer Class. Designed in 1902 by the leading yacht designer, Alfred Mylne of Glasgow, for Dublin Bay…
Robert Dickson (left) trapezing from his 49er dinghy with Sean Waddilove right
Irish debutantes Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have been disqualified from races five and six of the Tokyo Olympic Regatta today for the use of a trapeze harness that was 'too heavy'.  The hammer blow to the Irish camp comes…
A photo montage of Castletownbere Quay Extension showing what the site will look like when works are completed
Taking time out from his visit to Castletownbere and Union Hall, as part of a nationwide tour of fishery harbours, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Minister Charlie McConalogue TD, presided at the signing by his Department of…
Weary seafarers unable to come ashore during Covid have gotten vital support and supplies from the chaplain of the Port of Cork and several church groups. Deliveries have included fast-food.
Seafarers from the Philippines and many other countries who can't come on land when they reach Cork Harbour have been receiving support and supplies from local volunteers - including a delivery of 100 burgers and chips from McDonald's. Colin Jenkins, a…
Annalise Murphy is out in front during race 7 of the Laser Radial competition at Enoshima earlier today
On the Fujisawa course today (Thursday 29 July), the increased breeze proved to be to Annalise Murphy's liking, as Ireland’s Laser Radial contender led race 7 from wire to wire. The race saw her increasing her advantage from 31 seconds…
Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson racing in Enoshima earlier today
In a 10-knot southerly breeze, sailing on the Zushi course, Ireland’s Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove finished second in race 5 behind Denmark, and followed that with a sixth in race 6 as the wind picked up today (Thursday 29…
Fintan McCarthy and Paul O'Donovan celebrate after winning gold.
Cork pair Paul O'Donovan and Fintan McCarthy have won a historic Olympic gold rowing medal for Ireland in Tokyo. The Irish favourites dominated their closest German challengers, and the rest of the lightweight men's double sculls field, to win in…
Black and silver…..on Lake Garda at the current Laser Youth Worlds, the hyper-dark backdrop could either be an awesome cliff - or a looming thunderstorm
Volatile weather in northern Italy is adding to the drama in the huge fleet racing the current Laser/ILCA Youth Worlds on Lake Garda. The threat of sudden and violent winds making if difficult for competitors and organisers alike to keep…
Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis
In a busy Tuesday afternoon (27 July) for Enniskillen RNLI, the volunteer lifeboat crew launched on two callouts in the vicinity of Castle Archdale. The first came at 4.30pm after a passer-by alerted the coastguard to a person who went…
Mark Mansfield, Irish Agent for Key Yachting, is delighted to present the latest additions to Key Yachting brokerage listings. All boats are available now and can be trailer sailed. This means they can be towed to any destination, launched and…
Two people swimming in a blueway
Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer. The initiative comes at a crucial time, with the August Bank Holiday approaching and the shocking news of more than seven…
A pair of dolphins swimming off Northern Ireland
Ballycastle Coastguard joined officials from Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in responding to reports of dolphins being potentially harassed by personal water craft and other leisure vessels. The teams launched on Sunday afternoon (25 July)…

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