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A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security
Officers in the Defence Forces have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time they initially agreed, it has emerged. The Irish Times has established…
Michael Ennis (L) and Josh Porter pick up their Frostbite Mugs for Race 2 in the DMYC PY Frostbite dinghy fleet
The second half of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series gut underway yesterday in what were almost balmy conditions for the 5th of January. From the middle of the week, this author’s favourite weather website XCWeather was suggesting…
Ardnacrusha power plant on the River Shannon
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels and water users that the lock at Ardnacrusha power plant on the River Shannon will be closed for six weeks from Monday 20 January to Monday 2 March to facilitate essential…
Graham Fitzgerald, coxswain Nick Keogh and Peter Byrne at the Wicklow RNLI New Year’s Day Annual Service of Remembrance
Wicklow RNLI held its annual Service of Remembrance on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January) in memory of all deceased lifeboat volunteer members, sailors from the town and all those associated with the sea from Wicklow. The ceremony began with…
Waterways Ireland Rings In New Year With Guide For Boaters & Waterways Users
Waterways Ireland marks the New Year with a Special Marine Notice providing general information for boaters and users of Ireland’s inland waterways. Masters and owners are strongly recommended to check the Waterways Ireland website for general information about the waterways and…
Ronan Wallace (left) collects his prize at WHSC
The second Wexford Harbour Boat Club Christmas regatta took place on Sunday, 29th December 2019 with plenty of wind for the first race. There was another great turn out with sailors travelling from along the east coast with representatives from…
Cork Harbour – “Where it All Began”. One of the finest natural harbours in the world, it provided a unique set of circumstances in 1720 to bring the world’s senior yacht club into existence, a pioneering organisation which has influenced the develpment of recreational sailing ever since. Crosshaven – home of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, is centre left
The Royal Cork Yacht Club is the new Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year, both in honour of its Tricentenary in 2020, and in celebration of a busy and successful season in 2019. The hospitable club faces this unprecedented…
The revival of an old sport has been a phenomenal success with community boats built
County Down has become an important centre for coastal rowing with clubs dotted around Strangford Lough and the Ards Peninsula. This is very much a community-based activity with skiffs active at Strangford, Portaferry, Portavogie, Donaghadee, Dundrum, Killyleagh, Sketrick, Strangford, and…
La Response is Dun Laoghaire bound
The Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Cruiser Zero fleet will get a boost this week when its latest addition drops anchor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The First 40 La Response, formerly known as Courier…
Seafood Development Programme 2021-27 Public Consultation Launched
The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD today announced the opening of an initial public consultation to inform the development of a new operational programme for the sustainable development of the seafood sector for the 2021-27…
File image of the Dunmore East all-weather lifeboat
RTÉ News reports that one man has died as the search continues for a second man after a fishing vessel is understood to have sunk off Hook Head last night (Saturday 4 January). A man in his 60s was recovered…
Radial racing on day one at Sandringham
Rio Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy is recording some encouraging results at the Australian Laser National Championships this weekend. In one of her first major regattas since returning to the Laser last September, in a bid for the Irish Tokyo slot,…
The Ballyholme display with Afloat's Betty Armstrong (right)
In a unique opportunity to portray the intriguing maritime heritage of the Ards Peninsula and North Down in Northern Ireland, seven communities have produced a maritime history of each of their locations – Portaferry, Portavogie, Ballyhalbert and Cloughey on the…
Hooded seal spotted in Toormore Bay on New Year’s Day
A seal rarely sighted in Irish waters was among the first sightings of the New Year by eagle-eyed supporters of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). The hooded seal was spotted by Helen Tilson of Schull Sea Safari on…
At 1745 hrs this Sunday, January 5, Virgin Media THREE are broadcasting the Journey to the Edge Documentary on Enda's feat.
As regular Afloat readers will know, every four years, an elite group of sailors endeavour to sail single-handed, non-stop in a circumnavigation of the planet, through the most unpredictable and perilous conditions imaginable. They are competitors in the Vendee Globe…
Waterways Ireland Launches 2020 Event Programme
Applications are open until Wednesday 15 January for the 2020 Waterways Ireland Event Programme, which aims to support events on or along Ireland’s inland waterways throughout the year. Taking place annually for the past 13 years, the programme has supported…
Brian Kehoe on board the Tamar class lifeboat Killarney
Brian Kehoe, station mechanic at Kilmore Quay RNLI, has retired from his position as full-time station mechanic and coxswain after serving over 50 years with the RNLI, half as a volunteer and half as an employee. Brian went afloat for…
The reconfigurable livestock lake-boat named Joe Magee was delivered to Northern Ireland's RSPB. AFLOAT adds the 15-metre custom-made cot for use on Lower Lough Erne, weighs 14 tonnes and was built by Mainstay Marine Solutions based in Pembroke Dock, south Wales.
The launch of a new boat is a boost in the efforts to protect the habitats of endangered birds in County Fermanagh, reports BBC News NI. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will use it to transport…
Baltimore Sailing Club’s newly-elected Commodore, Charlie Bolger, on right, presents past Commodore’s Club Ensign to outgoing Commodore Niall O’Neill at the club’s annual general meeting this week
In describing its history Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork says of itself that “the exact year of the foundation of Baltimore Sailing Club is somewhat uncertain!” Above the bar, in the impressive clubhouse which was constructed in the past…
'Green' Diesel Use Ends in Ireland
The use of green diesel for the propulsion of leisure craft became unlawful in the Republic of Ireland from 1 January 2020. As Afloat previously reported, most marina fuel pumps in Ireland will only deliver fully-taxed white diesel and/or petroleum.…
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