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Minister of State Andrew Doyle launching the new locally led Blue Flag recovery scheme in Duncannon
#CoastalNotes - A new locally led scheme for the recovery and long-term retention of Duncannon Beach’s Blue Flag status has been launched in Co Wexford. The Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme is a European Innovation Project (EIP) funded…
Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated. Above the stern of DFDS Seaways (Transmanche Ferries) English Channel / Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ (see link below to Afloat's piece) docked in Dieppe, Normandy, France.
#shipping - Leaders in politics and business from Normandy visited Dublin last week to discuss contingency plans for Brexit including cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK “landbridge” to the EU. As The Irish Times reports,…
Safely home and a clear winner - Jean–Luc van den Heede in the all-conquering "Little Snail”, his well-tested Rustler 36 Matmut
Jean-Luc van den Heede safely berthed his Rustler 36 Matmut in the Vendee Marina in Les Sables-d’Olonne shortly after 1100 hrs today to confirm him in first place in convincing style in the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race writes W M…
Dundalk Port lies close to the border with Northern Ireland
Dublin Port Company has issued a Notice to Mariners with regard to standard operating procedures or vessels entering, moving within and departing Dundalk Port. The Co Louth port lies on the other side of the Cooley Peninsula from the border…
W.B. Yeats arriving in Dublin Port following a delivery voyage last month. A week ago, today, the luxury cruiseferry entered service on the Holyhead route and is to be followed by operating Dublin-Cherbourg from mid-March.
#ferries - Irish Ferries have expressed its disappointment with the issuing of notices by the National Transport Authority (NTA) yesterday in respect of cancellations that arose following the delayed arrival of the new W.B. Yeats ship. These cancellations were due…
The crew paid their respects to all those who lost their lives 66 years ago on the 31st January 1953 in the North Channel.
The crew of Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat put to sea on Sunday (27 January ) morning for their fortnightly exercise and also to lay a floral tribute on behalf of the Sir Samuel Kelly Project. The volunteer crew paid their respects…
The Prestige 750 marks a step up in luxury for the MMA fighter
There is speculation that Conor McGregor is trading up from his existing luxury motor yacht The 188 to a 2019 model, as the Irish Mirror reports. The MMA fighter’s Instagram recently featured him leafing through the brochure of the brand…
Finn Lynch is looking forward to the Miami World Cup despite recovering from a neck injury
Tokyo Olympic Laser trialist Finn Lynch goes into the second round of the Sailing World Cup nursing a neck injury sustained in training earlier this month but the National Yacht Club ace says he is ready to race on Biscayne Bay…
Andrew Algeo's new J99 Juggerknot 2 will debut at Spi-Ouest, La Trinité Sur Mer this Easter
Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Andrew Algeo on why he has sold his national championship-winning J109 Juggerknot and replaced it with a brand new J99, Juggerknot 2.  Juggerknot has been the means to get a bunch of old friends out on the…
An Aladdin’s cave of boat gear, and a treasurehouse of useful local marine information – Pierce Purcell in Purcell Marine of Clarenbridge at the head of Galway Bay
With a working life in which sailing, business and friendship are so intertwined that it is difficult if not impossible to tell where one begins and another ends, it will be a sweetly sad bit of news for many folk…
Dutch sailor Mark Slats faces time penalty for actions taken by his Team Manager in contravention of Race Rules
Second-placed Golden Globe Race skipper Mark Slats tonight is facing a time penalty for a breach of satellite communication rules, and direct outside assistance from his Dutch team manager Dick Koopmans writes Barry Pickthall. Slats is facing a dilemma: To…
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The level of interest in Boot Dusseldorf's wave pool got us all thinking that Dun Laoghaire really should have its very own? See the vid below.
In making a quick exit to the airport last Wednesday and realising I had forgotten a show proof pair of shoes I grabbed a new pair of Dubarry Clippers. Having done over 19,000 steps on day one I was not suffering…
Jean-Luc van den Heede: the veteran skipper has kept his cool - and his lead. He is expected to finish the 30,000 mile Golden Jubilee Race non-stop round the world tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at Les Sables-d’Olonne
France’s stellar senior sailor Jean-Luc van den Heede (73) is such an experienced long-distance racer that the last thing he’d welcome is a premature celebration of his expected victory in the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race tomorrow morning writes W…
The twin vehicle ramps at the stern of W.B. Yeats which berthed in Alexandra Basin, Dublin prior to launching sailings (last Tuesday) on the UK landbridge route between the Irish capital and Holyhead, north Wales. In mid-March, the cruiseferry is to operate Dublin-Cherbourg, connecting Ireland directly with mainland continental Europe.
#ferries - The National Transport Authority has announced its decision concerning cancellation of WB Yeats sailings by Irish Ferries last summer and which has led the NTA today to serve notices on the operator that has two months to comply regarding…
Last year's Sailor of the Year winner Conor Fogerty (second from right) is presented with his trophy at the ceremony by Irish Sailing President Jack Roy, (left) Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Patricia Green of Volvo (right)
Tickets are still available for the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards in a little over a week's time. Join Irish Sailing for an evening of fun and celebration at this year’s Volvo Irish Sailing Awards with categories for the young talent…
Cruiseship Berlin AFLOAT adds is seen making a call to Belfast Harbour in June last year with towage assistance from SMS Towage. In the background the famous iconic landmarks of H&W dockyard and Titanic Belfast Centre, the visitor attraction venue located on the banks of the River Lagan.
#cruiseliners - A total 285,000 visitors on board 151 cruise ships are due to call at Belfast Harbour this year, an increase of 31% on the 115 visits during the 2018 cruise season. The figures were announced by Cruise Belfast,…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI's all-weather lifeboat
#Lifeboats - Dun Laoghaire RNLI responded to a stand-up paddle boarder who got into difficulty between Bray Head and Greystones yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 January). The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12.03pm and were on…
Finn Lynch will be hoping to better his 2018 performance in Miami this week
The National Yacht Club's Laser sailor Finn Lynch is the only Irish Olympic trialist for Tokyo 2020 competing in tomorrow's 2019 World Cup Series Miami, held out of Coconut Grove from 29 to 3 February. The first big event of 2019…
The leeward mark saw gusts of thirty-five knots hitting the Lasers
Saturday, January 26th saw tough conditions on Monkstown Bay for day three of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League sponsored by CH Marine. The third day of the Monkstown Laser league was a story worth telling. The skies appeared at daybreak…
Next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series kick starts the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay
With next weekend's Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Spring Chicken Series ready to kick start the 2019 sailing season on Dublin Bay, there has been a shout out for any last minute entries. The series follows a pre-Christmas record turnout in…

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