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File image of Clifden RNLI’s inshore and Mersey class lifeboats, which launched to the kayakers in distress yesterday evening
Two sea kayakers were rescued from the water off Ballyconneely in western Connemara by Clifden RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 6 August). Just after 4.30pm the lifeboat station’s volunteers responded to reports via the Irish Coast Guard of kayakers…
‘Operation Silver Fin’ To Tackle Fish Poaching In Co Tyrone
The Loughs Agency has teamed up with police on both sides of the border and a local wildlife group in a joint initiative to tackle fish poaching in Co Tyrone, as Independent.ie reports. ‘Operation Silver Fin’ will take on the…
CGI of the Port of Cork's €85m development to expand cargoship capacity facilities at Ringaskiddy terminal located in lower Cork Harbour which is now also to include an enlarged Customs Building given the likelihood of a hard Brexit
A doubling in the size of the customs building the Irish Examiner reports is planned by the Port of Cork at its Ringaskiddy terminal due to the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit.  “We have to plan for the worst…
Brian Jones, RCYC Rear Admiral Dinghies pictured centre with volunteers, sailors and supporters to launch DinghyFest 2019. Pictured also Jonathan Horgan, Jonathan O’Shaughnessy, Celine McGrath (CDF Committee), Andrew Crosbie and Emmet O’Sullivan
Claiming to be the 'largest stand-alone dinghy festival event in the country', the official launch of Cork Dinghy Fest took place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club last week. Royal Cork Yacht Club Rear Admiral Brian Jones was joined by…
Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast enters administration
BBC News reports that Harland and Wolff has entered administration, with accountancy firm BDO formally appointed to oversee the Belfast shipyard. Having employed more than 30,000 at its peak, the move could now put 120 jobs at risk and spell…
Rhiannon O'Donoghue and Molly Curry
#Rowing: Ireland’s Molly Curry and Rhiannon O’Donoghue finished second in their heat of the junior double sculls at the World Junior Championships in Tokyo this morning.  There was just one direct qualification spot for the A/B Semi-Finals, and the Netherlands…
Glendun was the winner of tonight's Glen race
Cruiser 3 Tuesday Echo: 1. Papytoo, 2. Pamafe, 3. Asterix Combined Cruisers: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. Kalamar, 3. Elandra Ruffian: 1. Alias, 2. Carmen, 3. Diane II B211 One Design: 1. Yikes, 2. Small Wonder, 3. Isolde B211 Echo: 1.…
Calves Week 2019 opened in a brisk westerly wind today
Thrills and spills were the order of the day for the opening races at Calves Week 2019, Schull, sailed in a brisk westerly wind, gusting close to thirty knots at times writes Michael Murphy Race Officer Kieran McSweeney, who was…
Racing in Abersoch has been postponed
Racing today at the GP14 UK National Championships at Abersoch in North Wales has been postponed due to strong winds. Southwest winds are gusting to over 35 knots at the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club venue. Races 4,5 and 6 for…
The Juan K-designed Volvo 70 Wizard, overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019
When veteran French skipper Gery Trentesaux’s JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommande crossed the Rolex Fastnet Race finish line in Plymouth at 11.22 BST this morning and corrected into fifth place overall a clear 2 hours and 16 minutes behind Peter &…
Gerry Ryan was the winner of the Facet Trophy for Flying Fifteens
With the Subaru sponsored Flying Fifteen World Championships only 26 sleeps away, the enthusiasm for racing on Dublin Bay has continued apace writes Cormac Bradley. After a light wind session on the preceding Thursday that prompted a very shortened course…
Aran Islands RNLI offshore lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI came to the aid of two people yesterday evening (Bank Holiday Monday 5 August) who required medical attention off the islands. The all-weather Severn class lifeboat David Kirkaldy was requested to launch at 8 pm by the…
Solar Marine Energy chief executive and co-founder Eamon Howlin.
A Mayo based renewable energy startup Solar MarineEnergy is making plans to build Ireland’s first floating solar energy plant which it proposes to locate in Cork Harbour, writes the Irish Examiner. “We have secured permission from the Port of Cork…
The new JPK 10.30 Leon rounds the Fastnet Rock at 5.0pm yesterday. Sailed by her builder Jean-Pierre Kelbert and Alex Loisson, she currently leads the Fastnet Race Two-Handed Division and is first in IRC3 and IRC3B
Strong southwest winds last night – with Met Eireann issuing a Small Craft Warning at 2100 hrs – gave the more determinedly sailed smaller craft a fighting chance of significantly improving their overall standing in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019,…
Rising to 34-metres above sea-level stands the Haulbowline Lighthouse, Carlingford Lough, which will remain lit up throughout August to remember all those who have lost their lives in the lough.
Near the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic sits a famous lighthouse which has been illuminated in memory of people who have died in Carlingford Lough. The Haulbowline Lighthouse, writes the Irish Examiner, is situated on the Lough, separating…
Pretty in pink - Thomson's new Hugo Boss is launched
Welsh sailor Alex Thomson, who has strong links with Cork Harbour, has announced the completion of the new racing yacht, which it hopes will lead the team to victory in the 2020-21 Vendee Globe round-the-world race. For five formative years of…
This aerial photo Afloat adds shows the expanse of the Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries site located on Queen's Island, Belfast Harbour
A formal legal process to place Harland and Wolff into administration will be completed later today. As the BBC News reports an insolvency request is expected to be filed at the High Court in Belfast. On Monday, the company announced that…
NUI Galway researcher Dr Kathryn Schoenrock diving in a native kelp forest. She is appealing to citizen scientists to help find more examples of the rare golden kelp
Citizen science pinpointed the first samples of a rare kelp in Irish waters, and now NUI Galway researchers are hoping that sea swimmers, divers and kayakers may help to find more writes Lorna Siggins Samples of golden kelp (Laminaria ochroleuca),…
GP14 International President - Curly Morris of East Antrim Boat Club
Curly Morris of East Antrim Boat Club in Larne has been elected as President of the International GP14 Class. The Class AGM held in Abersoch last night voted for the GP14 Ireland stalwart during its 2019 national championships, a year…
GP14s converge at a weather mark on day two of the national championships in Abersoch
Sutton Dinghy Club father and son pairing Peter and Stephen Boyle had a very good second day at the GP14 UK National Championships in Abersoch to be top Irish boat in 14th place writes Andrew Johnston. The Boyles had just competed…

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