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Collaborative Research Project Develops Marine Toxin Warning Network
The Marine Institute has collaborated with 10 European partners as part of the research project Alertox-Net: Atlantic Area Network for Innovative Toxicity Alert Systems for Safer Seafood Products. Alertox-Net has focused on developing a marine toxin warning network to facilitate…
Drawings of the pergola that’s set to transform outdoor dining at Howth Yacht Club from this summer
Howth Yacht Club has announced that regardless of the weather, members can look forward to warm and dry outdoor dining at the clubhouse this summer. Funding has been secured and the order placed for a pergola with glass sliding walls,…
Tourism Minister Catherine Martin TD (left) pictured at Killiney Beach with Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly and Cllr Una Power, Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Funding of €19 million will be used to build “world-class” facilities at 22 locations across the country where water-based activities are a key visitor attraction. Tourism Minister Catherine Martin and Fáilte Ireland today (Thursday 15 April) launched the investment to…
Climate Minister Eamon Ryan noted that Ireland had set a 40 per cent target for renewables last year, and had actually met 43 per cent.
Minister for Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan has predicted that Ireland may be able to go “further, faster and bigger” in meeting and exceeding targets for emission reduction and renewable energy. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Ryan told the…
Finding experienced crew can often be trial and error through recommendation and often a time consuming and unsatisfactory exercise for both parties
The Royal Ocean Racing Club has launched an updated Crew Match portal that aims to simplify the process of matching boat owners and crew wherever they race in the world. The RORC Crew Match website has been upgraded to work…
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch was Ireland’s youngest Olympic helmsman when he competed at the Rio Games in 2016 at the age of 20 and, along with four other Irish sailors, is seeking a second Olympics at the final qualifier in Vilamoura
Ireland is hoping a five-man team in Portugal can take one of two final nation places in the final men's Laser Olympic qualifier in Vilamoura starting on Monday. Vilamoura International Regatta is the last chance for the Laser sailors to…
Hanneke Frenkel making her
Turbot Island's main claim to fame has been its sighting by trans-Atlantic aviators John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown before they crash-landed at Derrygimlagh bog in north Connemara on June 15th, 1919. Turbot or “Inishturbot” is a few miles west…
Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee who have moved up to 13th place in this week's 21-boat Sardinha Cup offshore race are one of three Irish mixed keelboat campaigns aiming for Paris 2024, a new Olympic class awaiting IOC approval in May
Speculation is mounting that sailing's highly anticipated mixed offshore keelboat for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games may not be approved by the International Olympic Council (IOC) at its meeting next month. When World Sailing received feedback from the International Olympic Committee…
The Finn class dinghy has been an Olympic boat since 1952 and has been used at every Olympic Games since. However, it has been dropped from the Paris 2024 line up and is making fresh proposals for it to be reintroduced should the mixed offshore keelboat be rejected as sailing's tenth medal
As speculation continues to mount over the status of Sailing's tenth medal for Paris 2024 and whether or not the Mixed offshore keelboat will be approved, the following letter from the Finn and Europ dinghy classes was sent to World…
Tramore's RNLI D Class lifeboat
Tramore Lifeboat RNLI was tasked yesterday afternoon to the aid of a child who was swept out to sea.  It is the fifth call out this year for the Tramore crew, three of which have involved sea swimmers. The lifeboat…
Locations of the wreck sites off Co Donegal that will be surveyed from the RV Celtic Explorer from next week
The Department of Transport advises that a survey will take place at several offshore reefs and sandbanks off the North West Coast from next Friday 23 April to Tuesday 4 May. Survey works with marine robots in support of the…
Celebrated Australian yachtsman Peter Warner has died aged 90
Celebrated Australian sailor Peter Warner, who won three won three Sydney Hobart Races in the 1960s, has died after his yacht capsized in rough seas off eastern Australia early yesterday (Tuesday 13 April). The incident came amid warnings of dangerous…
Sea angling off the coast of Co Wexford
A new online survey aims to collect changes in sea anglers’ catches in Ireland’s coastal waters over time. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says anglers participating in the survey will contribute towards understanding changes in angling species here. Ireland’s sea angling…
Minister Publishes Agriculture, Food and the Marine Action Plan 2021
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue has today (Wednesday 14 April) published the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Statement of Strategy 2021-2024 alongside an Action Plan for 2021, which outlines 75 actions to further develop a sustainable, innovative and competitive…
Foyle Search and Rescue receives £39000 donation for drones
Last month Foyle Search and Rescue announced the refresh and upgrade of its drone programme following a £39,000 donation from supporters in the local video games industry. It operates on the River Foyle, which flows through the City of Derry…
The newly-built Ilen at Foynes on 22nd July 1926, as recorded in his own highly personal style by Harbour Master Hugh O’Brien
Global circumnavigator and sailing ship designer Conor O’Brien (1880-1952) inevitably saw his most noted vessels, the 42ft world-girdler Saoirse and the 56ft trading ketch Ilen, being closely associated by the rest of the world with their birthplace in Baltimore. But…
Antigua Sailing Week Goes Virtual
Having cancelled its Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean organisers have announced a Sailing Week Sunday – a virtual event with stories, interviews and entertainment, transmitting from Antigua on April 25, 2021. Annually the international coverage of Antigua Sailing Week places…
Ireland's Oisin McClelland on Day two of the Finn European Championships in Portugal
Donaghadee's Olympic campaigner Oisin McClelland has had a difficult start to the opening four races of the 2021 Open and U23 Finn European Championship in Vilamoura, Portugal and is currently placed in the bottom quarter of his 49-boat fleet. The…
The J80 National Championships will race at Howth Yacht Club this October
The J80 National Championships returns this autumn to Howth Yacht Club. A fleet of 14 boats contested the 2020 Championships at Dun Laoghaire with Howth's Pat O'Neill emerging as Irish Champion. Previously the fledgeling championships sailed at Howth in 2019 and 2018…
The River Finn flows from Lough Finn Co Donegal to the River Mourne in Co Tyrone
The Loughs Agency has announced that angling permits for its waters on the River Finn and River Foyle, including the Greenbraes, are now available to purchase online. Online permits will make angling in these rivers even more accessible, particularly during…

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