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Judgement has been reserved in campaigners’ legal bid to overturn the decision to approve the excavation of gas storage caverns under Larne Lough. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the coalition of local campaigners — under the banner of No Gas…
In the 2022 race, Cinnamon Girl finished eighth overall and second in the Two-Handed class to the Sunfast 3300 Bellino (Deb Fish), a British entry from the Royal Ocean Racing Club that has also registered an interest in the 2024 race
The latest campaign to enter June's 2024 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race is Saturday's keynote speakers at the ICRA National Conference in Dun Laoghaire. Sam Hunt and Cian McCarthy have signed up the successful doublehanded Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl from…
Seagrass which moves hypnotically with the waves and grows in meadows in certain coastal areas is an
Open water swimmers at Galway's Blackrock tower tend to swim east, but scientists would love it if they sometimes swam west – weather permitting. That’s an area rich in seagrass in Galway Bay, and one of a number of habitats…
Ultim Challenge Race Management have spotted icebergs further north
Before Charles Caudrelier passed Cape Horn last Tuesday, icebergs were seen north of the AEZ (Antarctic Exclusion Zone). And so with Armel Le Cléac'h (2nd) and Thomas Coville (3rd) set to round the third great cape this weekend, the Ultim…
Ireland's Cillian Dickson, Ryan Glynn, Marcus Ryan, Louis Mulloy and Sam O'Byrne won the 2023 J24 Europeans on
J/24 One Design keelboat enthusiasts are in for a treat as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) teams up with the International and Italian J/24 Classes to host the J/24 European Championship in 2024. The event is open to all…
Ireland has been referred by the European Commission to its court of justice for failing to finalise revision of its river basin management plan. Ireland is one of six EU member states which have had the court referral issued to…
Royal St. George's Sean Craig of Dun Laoghaire Harbour competing in the ILCA 6 Grand Masters World Championships in Adelaide, Australia Photo: Jack Fletcher
Ireland's assault on the ILCA/Laser World Masters Championships in Adelaide, Australia, continues into the penultimate day of competition, with Irish boats in podium places in two divisions. In the ILCA 7 Great Grand Masters 35 boat fleet,1996 Olympian Mark Lyttle…
Dublin District Coroner’s Court and City Morgue at Store Street, one of three coroner’s courts in the city
The inquest into the death of a solicitor who drowned in Dun Laoghaire Harbour has returned an open verdict, as The Irish Times reports. The body of 54-year-old David Montgomery was found by his wife and brother in the water…
File image of Rooskey Lifting Bridge on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Shannon Navigation that the lifting bridges at Tarmonbarry and Rooskey in Co Roscommon will be closed on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 February to facilitate structural inspections. In…
New Aran Islands Ferry:  Doolin Ferry Co’s newbuild is a 300 seat ferry which is scheduled to enter service this summer in the wake of smaller fleet mates, The Star of Doolin, Doolin Express and Doolin Discovery. The new ferry will set new passenger standards when serving all three of the islands of Inisheer (Inis Oírr) Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) and to Inishmore (Inis Mór).
A newbuild ferry for the Doolin Ferry Company is to enter service to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher, with the custom-built vessel scheduled to set sail this summer. The Co. Clare based company said the new 300 seat…
CalMac is to begin trial berthing MV Isle of Arran at Troon, as the veteran vessel which normally operates to Arran out of Ardrossan, is where safety and weather conditions have caused disruption.
Scotland's west coast ferry operator, CalMac is making moves to pull out of a key port in North Ayrshire, Ardrossan (serving Arran) in the wake of recent safety issues and adverse weather. CalMac owned by the Scottish Government, has moved…
It is ten years ago this month since King’s Island in Limerick on the River Shannon was devastated by significant flooding
A flood relief scheme for King’s Island along the Shannon in Limerick came a step closer this week with approval of tenders for a construction project. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Patrick…
Science, engineering and management experts are among posts which Uisce Éireann hopes to fill in a recruitment drive for 700 jobs across the State. The national water authority says the new jobs will be available over the next year, with…
Darren Byers is the newly appointed Port Manager at Stena Line in Belfast
Darren Byers has been appointed Port Manager at Stena Line based in Belfast Harbour. With over 20 years’ experience within Maritime operations, Darren joins the ferry and port operator from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) where he was Area…
Pictured in the new Fish Box food truck is Micheál Flannery who is managing the business
A fourth generation Kerry fishing family is expanding its seafood business with a 400,000 euro investment. The Fish Box restaurant and takeaway, based in Dingle, is using the investment to put a food truck on the road, introduce a fresh…
National 18 action from the 2023 Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven House PY1000 Dinghy Race
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is gearing up to host the 10th anniversary of the popular PY1000 dinghy race on Saturday, April 20th, 2024. The event, which has become a highlight of the club's calendar, is sponsored once again by…
As part of Smurfit Kappa Group’s global operations, is in Europe, where giant paper reels AFLOAT adds, are loaded on board Sto-Ro carrier vessels serving in the Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea and North Sea which involves a ro-ro liner service starting in Sweden, linking Germany, UK, Netherlands and Germany. The Sto-Ro vessels are time-chartered to Smurfit Kappa, through Wagenborg Shipping, Sweden A.B. a subsidiary of Dutch world-wide operator, Royal Wagonborg.
Smurfit Kappa, Europe’s largest paper packaging producer has said today that it has increased volumes in the fourth quarter for last year. As RTE News reports the increase has snapped three successive quarterly declines that led to a 12% drop…
National Yacht Club Commodore Peter Sherry (left) with chef Cormac Healy (centre) and NYC Master of Ceremonies Ian Meldon on the occasion of Healy's retirement after thirty years of service
The National Yacht Club (NYC) in Dun Laoghaire Harbour bid farewell to Chef Cormac Healy on Saturday night, as he retired from his role after 30 years of service. The event was attended by present and past Commodores, Flag Officers,…
Armel Le Cléac'h, the skipper of the Maxi Banque Populaire XI in the Ultim Challenge solo round the world race
The Pacific and Indian Oceans give the Ultim Challenge skippers conditions for making meaningful speeds. A big low is a major impediment to progress for race leader Charles Caudrelier in the South Atlantic, but with a lead of 2,577 nms, the…
Puppeteer 22 prize-winners in Howth Yacht Club – everyone knows everyone else, and some of the boats have been with the same families since the class established its own identity at Howth in 1984
In recent years, the large and varied membership of Howth Yacht Club have seen so many major anniversaries come and go – after proper programmes of lively celebration afloat and ashore – that casual observers might expect an element of…

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