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Image illustrating the proposed Codling Wind Park
Following the recent notice of geophysical surveys for the Codling Wind Park comes news of a series of geotechnical surveys in the Irish Sea off Wicklow for the project set to commence tomorrow, Monday 26 April. Works to characterise the…
File image of Garretstown Beach in West Cork
RTÉ News reports that a 22-year-old man has died after falling into a blowhole near Garretstown Beach last night (Saturday 24 April). It’s understood that the man had been part of a group camping overnight at the beach, and that…
Kitesurfer Dylan Green after carrying out the rescue on Friday evening
A kitesurfer who rescued a swimmer off the Seven Heads in Cork on Friday evening (23 April) said he was “just delighted to help”. As reports, Dylan Green was out on his board when he was alerted to a…
The lift in of sailing cruisers at Wicklow Sailing Club for the 2021 season
Following on from the successful lift of sailing cruisers at Dun Laoghaire Harbour a fortnight ago, at the Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Clubs, another east coast club has launched for the 2021 boating season. It might…
A plinth is in place ready for the statue of Roger Casement to arrive on site at the Dun Laoghaire Baths on Dublin Bay
Despite the stop-start nature of construction due to COVID-19 restrictions, shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of the flagship project for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.…
Howth RNLI rescue kite-surfer in difficulty
Howth RNLI was on exercise this afternoon Saturday 24th April when it received a call to join the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 who were tasked to locate a kite-surfer who had got into difficulty off Sutton Strand in…
Ewan McMahon from Howth YC improved to 48th overall
Ireland can only look to the future and Paris 2024 - just three years away - for its next chance to compete in the men's singlehanded Laser class following Finn Lynch's failure to qualify Ireland in the Laser event for Tokyo 2020…
Colourful RS dinghies from Dun Laoghaire Harbour out for a sail in perfect sailing conditions on Dublin Bay
Boating activity returned to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday on Dublin Bay as fine April weather ushered in the start (officially or unofficially) of the 2021 boating season with a range of sailing and boating underway at the country's biggest boating…
The Red Bay lifeboat launching on the callout this morning from Cushendall
Red Bay RNLI launched their B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat at 9.20 am this morning (Saturday 24 April) after reports that a small fishing boat with three crew onboard was grounded on rocks one mile south of Glenarm Marina on…
Aoife Hopkins of Howth YC finished sixth overall in the silver fleet
Annalise Murphy (National YC) revelled in the strong wind conditions winning four consecutive races in the Radial Silver fleet of the Vilamoura International Regatta to win the second fleet overall. It will be small consolation for  Ireland's Olympic silver medallist,…
Green Rebel Marine to Begin Geophysical Survey Off West Coast
Green Rebel Marine will conduct a geophysical survey campaign over 15 days between this Monday 26 April and Friday 4 June, weather depending. The works, which will involve the use of multibeam echo-sounder and sub-bottom profiling systems, will take place…
Former Six One presenter Bryan Dobson
In Friday’s Irish Times (23 April), RTÉ news broadcaster Bryan Dobson writes a length about his passion for sailing. Inspired by his earliest experiences afloat — in a small boat his father-in-law sailed out of Bullock Harbour in Dalkey — and…
Marine Notice: Route Clearance & Pre-Lay Run for Subsea Fibre Optic Cable in Irish EEZ
The Department of Transport has been advised of a route clearance and pre-lay grapnel run, on behalf of SubCom LLC, across the pathway of the Grace Hopper subsea fibre optic cable system route in the Irish EEZ. Operations were set…
Sport Minister Catherine Martin and Minister of State Jack Chambers (centre) at the launch of Sport Ireland’s funding this week
Irish Sailing maintains its NGO and high-performance funding in 2021 under Sport Ireland’s latest allocations, announced on Thursday (22 April). The national governing body for sailing receives another €410,000 this year, with €800,000 awarded under High Performance Programme funding —…
2021 Semaine Olympique Française Goes Virtual After In-Person Event Cancellation
This year’s Semaine Olympique Française will be a virtual event after the Mediterranean regatta was cancelled last month over COVID-19 concerns. From this Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May, organisers will host an online version of the event on…
Fethard RNLI at the €37,000 cheque presentation from from Integer New Ross
Fethard RNLI has received a generous €37,000 donation from Integer New Ross this week, after the company’s staff and management chose the lifeboat station as its charity of the year. Volunteers at Fethard RNLI were delighted to be considered and…
The RNLI lifeboat took the vessel under tow and ensured their safe arrival at the Portaferry marina
Portaferry RNLI lifeboat crew was called out on 22nd April to a yacht with engine failure at the entrance to Strangford Lough. The entrance at the southern end of the Ards Peninsula leads to the Strangford Narrows through which the…
Puffin seabirds on Rathlin Island
The Rathlin RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds) has announced the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre will re-open on Saturday 29th May in line with the NI Executive's indicative date for visitor attractions. This, of course, may be subject…
For this week's Sailing on Saturday we take a look back eight years when WM Nixon cruised from Ireland to the Outer Hebrides in the 36-foot vintage restored sloop Ainmara #hebrides – August is almost upon us. The heat has…
The fin of what’s believed to be a bottlenose dolphin spotted west of Drogheda town centre on Thursday morning 22 April
The Irish Independent covers the excitement among the denizens of Drogheda after a dolphin swimming up the River Boyne paid an unexpected visit to the town. Reports of a dog in the water yesterday morning (Thursday 22 April) turned out…

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