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Rory Golden and Eugene Furlong at the memorial in Ballinacurra
Ireland is not good at recognising and honouring the achievements of its mariners. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces made that point at the unveiling of the long-awaited memorial to Cork seafarer, Edward Bransfield, at Ballinacurra in East…
The replica currach was built by James Madigan (left) with help from club members
The latest build from the West Clare Currach Club was launched at the weekend when a replica four-hand Scattery pilot "canoe" took to the water at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary. The Club is an umbrella organisation for a growing…
Peter & Stephen Boyle (GP14) pick up their Frostbite Mug from Race Officer Cormac Bradley (centre)
A fleet in the mid-fifties braved a chilly Dun Laoghaire harbour today for the third race of Series 2 of the 2019/20 DMYC Frostbites. Wind strength during the morning in advance of racing wasn’t as brisk as forecast but the…
Glandore Harbour
The entry has opened for July's JPF 2020 Glandore Classic Boat Regatta with a 20% discount for all entries until the end of April.  As Afloat previously reported, recognising that there will be an unprecedented ‘Gathering’ of extraordinary boats in…
Boot Dusseldorf Reports 'Brilliant Start' to the New Water Sports Decade
boot Düsseldorf has made a brilliant start to the new decade with a hugely successful event. Visitors, including an increasing number of Irish boating fans, were enthusiastic about the wide-ranging programme and the enormous selection of products and services provided…
Patrick O'Leary receives his award from Miriam Malone and
The Canoeing Ireland Awards Gala on Saturday night, which marked achievements in the sport in 2019, had plenty to celebrate. Liam Jegou, who will represent Ireland in canoe slalom at the Tokyo Olympics and Robert Hendrick, who qualified the boat,…
Oisin McClelland in yesterday’s Finn medal race in Miami
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland was resurgent on the waters of Biscayne Bay yesterday (Saturday 25 January) but finished just shy of the podium after the Finn medal race at the Hempel World Cup Series Miami. The Donaghadee Sailing Club stalwart finished…
Ronan and Alex Byrne mock fight after finishing first and second in Limerick in their category
#Rowing: The big guns in Irish rowing shot down record after record at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick today. Philip Doyle and Sanita Puspure set new Irish men's and women's records. Doyle's crashed through the…
The ferry operation will serve communities all along Cork Harbour, including Cobh, Monkstown, Passage West the new Docklands, and the city quays.
A €15m tourist and commuter ferry network plan proposed for Cork Harbour, which will create up to 70 jobs, are to be lodged with local authorities shortly. A group of private investors, reports the Irish Examiner, are aiming to have the…
Blueways Ireland Launches New Website At Holiday World This Weekend
Blueways Ireland launches its newly upgraded website this weekend during the Holiday World show in the RDS. The site offers, maps and information on where to stay, eat and the exciting outdoor experiences available on the Shannon Blueway, Lough Derg…
Oisin McClelland struggles with the lighter breeze in Thursday’s racing
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland was off form on Friday (24 January) on Biscayne Bay as two seventh-place finishes saw him slip from the third place he’d held in recent days to fourth overall, heading into the Finn medal race at…
The Children of Danu – since this photo of Ruari and Lilian was taken as they departed from the Fastnet last June, they and their parents have been in some mighty mountain ranges, crossed oceans, navigated up jungle rivers in the tropics, and sailed to treasure islands.
Last June, in what was meant to be the mid-summer period, Ireland was experiencing notably unseasonal weather with winds in the northerly sector which were cold - as anyone who took part in the biennial Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race will…
Eve McMahon
Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club, current Gold Medal holder in the Laser Radial U17s World League after success in Canada last summer, has added yet more valuable metal to her collection by emerging as U17 Gold Medal winner in…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy (right) with Adrian Doyle of the Odyssey Trust
A high-performance Belfast maritime design firm could work with ship repair and engineering firm Harland & Wolff in the future, its chief executive has said. Iain Percy, a double Olympic gold medallist and chief executive of Artemis Technologies (see: previous story),…
Navigation Interruptions In Grand Canal In Tullamore For Fate Replacement Works
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal in the Cappincur area of Tullamore, Co Offaly of interruption to navigation on the inland waterway in the coming weeks. Water levels will be reduced and navigation will be closed in order…
Oisin McClelland racing in Biscayne Bay this week
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland maintains third place in the Finn class at the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami as cold temperatures, wind chill, rain, strong breeze, and more typical South Florida conditions challenged the 182 sailors from 45 nations…
Recycling and re-use of plastic constituents used in fishing gear is at an early stage in Europe
Skateboards, sunglasses, bicycle baskets, bird feeders and socks can all be manufactured from recycled fishing gear, a seminar at NUI Galway has heard writes Lorna Siggins Nets, gear and other plastic material washed up on the coast could provide business opportunities…
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The Project E yachts are 62 to 73-feet in length and designed for long distance cruising
French giant Beneteau has announced the launch of two passage-making yachts at Boot Dusseldorf this week. The aim, according to James Kirwan of Irish agents BJ Marine, is to capitalise on the success of its Swift Trawler range, and the…
Ocean-Tramp at-Anchor
On 1st December last year, ‘Team South’ departed Ushuaia, Argentina, and headed south across the Drake Passage. Damian Foxall, Niall MacAllister and Lucy Hunt are ‘Team South’ - the three-person crew of highly experienced sailors and marine scientists leading a…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors - (from left to right)  Alan Fehily, Philip Doherty, Ronan Kenneally, William O'Brien, Paul O'Sullivan, Chris Bateman, James Long, Charles Dwyer, Luke Fehily and Richie Harrington
Saturday, January 18th marked the first day of the 2020 Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, with a fleet of Laser sailors gathering to race on the waters of Cork Harbour. A misty-eyed winters morning dawned. The sun shone low in a…
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