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It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of Cong Galway race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form
This year's Cong-Galway sailing race, set for Saturday, June 25, will mark two significant anniversaries. It is 140 years since the inaugural sailing of the race and 50 years since it was revived in its current form. It is the…
The jack-up barge now in position on Dublin Bay and as seen from Blackrock, with Howth Penninsula in the background. The rig will carry out test holes for piling in connection with the Codling Wind Park project
Nearshore site investigations are underway on Dublin Bay between the areas of Poolbeg and Dun Laoghaire as part of the Codling Wind Park Project. According to the latest Dublin Port Notice to Mariners (downloadable below), works will be undertaken from the…
Irish debut: Finnlines is to open their new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge which is to launch in July. The Finnlines Group is a major shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic, North Sea & Bay of Biscay.
As previously speculated, Finnlines is to open a new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge with the Belgium link also offering a new connection between Ireland and the Nordic nation. On 23 July, Finnlines will launch the new service linking Ireland…
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Morgan Cup is from Cowes to Dartmouth, a distance of 110 - 160 nautical miles
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship continues with the eighth race of the series, the Morgan Cup Race. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line at 1800 BST on the 17th of June. The intention is to start…
Lack of sleep is starting to take an early toll on just the third day of racing in the Vendée Arctique off Ireland
The leaders of the Vendée Arctique Les Sables d’Olonne IMOCA, the race round Iceland and back to Les Sables d’Olonne, are only just north of Ireland - far less at Iceland - but for the solo skippers who have been…
An impressive 60 Irish boats will compete at the 105-boat World Championships in Skerries this August
Host club Skerries Sailing Club in North Dublin has 105 entries for the upcoming GP14 World Championship taking place from the 14th to the 19th of August this year. That number is set to grow further as the event draws…
Former professional rugby player Damian Browne (pictured) and his friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell have set off from New York on their unsupported row across the Atlantic
Galway adventurer and former professional rugby player Damian Browne and his friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell have set off from New York on their unsupported row across the Atlantic. The pair are attempting to set a new Guinness…
In any reasonable world, it would be Rockabill VI’s turn to win the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow, which starts on Saturday. The JPK 10.80, diligently and enthusiastically campaigned by Paul O’Higgins of the Royal Irish YC, has deservedly won just about everything else in the Irish offshore scene
In these hyper-communicated days, we can all follow developing weather situations on a 24/7 basis using input from many sources. Nevertheless, from time to time it puts things in some sort of snapshot focus to watch the scheduled broadcast TV…
A model of the 1858 Indian Empire which was the largest ship up to that time to enter the port of Galway and her arrival was widely anticipated.
In Ulysses Mr Deasy, headmaster of a private school, writes to the newspapers complaining that he knows of a cure for foot and mouth disease but nobody in authority will listen to him. Mr Deasy grandly compares his nebulous proposal…
Royal St. George's Sean and Heather Craig were first race winners in last night's DBSC Water Wag Race at dun Laoghaire Harbour which also counted as the clinker class's 2022 NYC Regatta
Royal St. George's Sean and Heather Craig were first race winners in Wednesday's Dublin Bay Sailing Club Water Wag Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a result that also put them in the frame for overall NYC Water Wag Regatta honours.  Race…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Youghal RNLI came to the aid of two people on Tuesday morning (14 June) after their 18ft pleasure craft got into difficulty east of Youghal Lighthouse. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Mine Head Coast…
Dr Noirin Burke takes part in filming content on the seashore for the Explorers online teachers training course
The Explorers Education Programme has launched a new online teaching course that will enable teachers all over Ireland to learn about how to bring the ocean into the classroom. Presented in collaboration with the Mayo Education Centre, the online course…
Michael O'Donnell’s J/121 Darkwood from the Solent
Key Yachting, the Irish agent for both J Boats and Grand Soleil, are delighted to note that, along with two Grand Soleil's entered, nine J Boats entered in this year's Round Ireland event commencing this Saturday. The two Grand Soleils…
Howth Harbour in North Co Dublin, with the East Pier on the right
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is inviting suitably qualified contractors to submit a tender package to re-construct a boat shed destroyed by storm action in 2018 at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre. This tender also includes roof repairs…
Hijacker, Stuart Cranston's Ker 32
Royal Ulster’s Classic offshore overnight Ailsa Craig race will start from the club line at Bangor in Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17th) with the first warning signal at 19.00 hrs. On a good day, the Craig can be seen…
DLRCoCo lifeguards at Killiney Beach
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is now recruiting qualified lifeguards for its beaches for the 2022 summer season. The DLRCoCo website lists qualifications and details for the role, which pays a wage of €12.18 per hour (plus appropriate differentials) for a Junior Lifeguard…
EGS Ventus
EGS International Ltd is undertaking a geophysical survey campaign for a proposed offshore wind farm and associated export cable corridor centred around Sceirde Rocks, off the west coast of Ireland near Galway. The survey was set to commence last week…
Cork County Council has engaged a contractor for the removal of the wreck of the fishing trawler, MV Sceptre, at Union Hall, West Cork and work has commenced. The wreck will be removed by barge for transport to an overseas…
Feasibility study to examine if Fenit Harbour be used as a hub for offshore wind energy projects
Calls have been made for Kerry County Council to carry out a feasibility study to examine whether Fenit Harbour could be used as a hub for offshore wind energy projects. The deep water port has previously been used as a…
The EU Commission has also announced fresh legal action over the alleged failure of the UK to build and staff border control posts at Northern Ireland ports
Legal action has resumed by the EU against the UK following the publication of the bill that would overturn the Northern Ireland Protocol. A senior EU official has warned that the UK could be brought before the European Court of…

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