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Clockwise from left: Cerys Johnston (age 10) and Hugo Johnston (12), Oscar Ó Cuaig (11), Florence O’Donnell (12) and Edith O’Donnell (8) celebrate with author Cushla Dromgool-Regan as the deep-sea black seadevil anglerfish is voted one of the ugliest fish in the ocean at the launch of the Explorers Education Programme’s new book and resources at the Galway Science & Technology Festival
The black seadevil anglerfish was voted as “one of the ugliest deep-sea fish species” during the launch of the new Explorers Education Programme book and resources, The Good, The Bad + The Ugly: Deep Sea Species, which took place at…
St Michael’s Rowing Club members are ready to #RowForAlice on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs are undertaking the challenge of rowing around Ireland in 24 hours on indoor rowing machines in aid of Alice Hayes, a nine-year-old girl from Blackrock who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer.…
The Ocean Race is driving support for the recognition of the ocean’s intrinsic rights with the goal of the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights by the UN General Assembly by 2030. This was the main message at…
A second place followed by an eighth means Rocco Wright has a ten-point lead in the 64-boat ILCA 6 Europeans fleet
Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright retained his overnight lead in the non-Olympic ILCA6/Laser Men's Euro event in Hyeres, France.  A second place followed by an eighth means he has a ten-point lead at this early stage of the regatta in…
The Gold medalist in Rio 2016 and multiple times World and European champion Marit Bouwmeester NED (9-5-4-2) is lying fourth with 11 points at the  ILCA6/Laser Euros
After a shaky start on Wednesday due to a penalty, youth sailing star Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club is inside the cut-off for the Gold fleet at the ILCA 6/Laser European Championships in Hyeres, France.  McMahon had a consistent…
The Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB3 was recently named overall winner in the DAME Design Awards
There has often been a dilemma as to which type of personal locator beacon (PLB) is best for mariners — the choice being either the 406Mk satellite PLB or the AIS beacon. Now with the all-new, DAME Design Award winning…
The local Mistral wind whipped up conditions for the 300-boat ILCA European Championships at Hyères today with Ireland's Finn Lynch lying 14th in the  169-boat Olympic ILCA 7 fleet
Rio 2016 Olympian Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club is knocking on the door of the top ten overall at the ILCA 7/Laser European Championships in Hyères, France. The 2021 world Silver medallist is 14th overall, with just six…
Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action's Report on Biodiversity was published this month
An Oireachtas committee has said that greater consultation with the fishing industry must be “facilitated” to provide better planning around marine protected areas (MPAs) and offshore wind farms. In a report on biodiversity loss, the Joint Committee on Environment and…
Four girls from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School rowing a racing boat on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Erne System that the Fours Head of The River Rowing Race, organised by Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, will take place on Saturday 19 November. The race will start at…
The Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement – Performance Report 2021” report is available on the EPA website
Local authorities need to take a more strategic approach to tackling the decline in water quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. A report by the EPA shows that less than half of the 620 performance assessments undertaken across 20…
The Port of Waterford Eye is a beautiful landmark on the city’s historic quayside but also offers incredible Birdseye vistas over the twinkling lights of Ireland’s Christmas Festival and the River Suir and city streetscape
The Port of Waterford has supported the Winterval festival since its inception and this year for the festival’s 10th celebratory year the Port of Waterford is delighted to be announced as the title sponsor for the Port of Waterford Eye.…
The Kincardine offshore wind turbine installation
Simply Blue Group has announced further financial backing of €25 million from funds managed by Octopus Energy’s generation arm. An additional €2.5 million has also been raised from other investors bringing the total investment to €27.5 million. Simply Blue Group,…
The 2023 Squib Regional and National events were decided at the AGM
The Irish Squib Class AGM was held via Zoom last evening, and the venues for the 2023 Squib Regional and National events were decided. The outgoing Squib Class Chairman, Rob Marshall will meet the class again in Killyleagh Yacht Club…
The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg in the foreground, with Doughmore Beach and the Atlantic ocean curving away in the background
Former US president Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg has been warned by the local authority over what it claims to be an unauthorised fencing erected at the property. According to, which has more details on the story, Clare County…
Portumna Bridge over the River Shannon
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Shannon Navigation that the upgrade works on the waiting jetties upstream and downstream of Portumna Bridge will be carried out from Thursday 17 November to Friday 2 December. These…
Youth sailors on the water getting sailing instruction with the Royal St George Yacht Club
The Royal St George Yacht Club is currently looking to recruit a number of committed sailing instructors for 2023. The Dun Laoghaire waterfront club requires active sailors/instructors “with a positive attitude, complete professionalism and a passion for sailing and fun”.…
Ewan McMahon (pictured above) of Howth is one of four Irish sailors competing in the  ILCA 7 Senior Europeans, with 169 sailors racing in three fleets at Hyeres, France
One year after his silver medal at the ILCA 7/Laser Worlds in Barcelona, Finn Lynch continues his top form on day one of the 2022 European Championships in Hyeres, France. Two top six places for the National Yacht Club sailor…
The 2022 Irish Team Racing National Championships at Baltimore have been cancelled due to a strong wind forecast
The Irish Team Racing Association (ITRA) National Championships 2022 has been 'disappointingly' cancelled due to very strong southerly then westerly winds this weekend. The forecasted sea state for Baltimore Harbour in West Cork of up to 2m and 40-knot squalls…
Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright leads both rankings of the ILCA 6 Men's European Championships in Hyeres, France
Howth Yacht Club sailor Rocco Wright leads both rankings after an impeccable 1-2 in the opening races of the ILCA 6/Laser Men's European Championships in Hyeres, France. The 2022 EurILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy started today at Cercle d’Organisation du…
109 sailors are being part of the ILCA 6 Eurilca Women’s championship, including Ireland's Paris 2024 campaigner Eve McMahon
Eve McMahon from Howth Yacht Club opted to take a penalty in a post-race arbitration session for an incident at a busy mark-rounding in the second race of the ILCA 6/Laser Women's European Championships in Hyeres on Wednesday. In 59th overall…

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