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Bird flu: Gannets on Pembrokeshire island die of virus
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the HSE Public Health Department is highlighting important safety information about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). This advice follows confirmation of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) in wild sea birds at a number…
Dufour 470 - Available in three models, Easy, Performance and Ocean, it is an Ocean model at the show
Dufour Yachts and Crosshaven Boatyard have a portfolio of special offers for the September Show season. But hurry as these will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The boats are located on Marina stands - M313, 315, 317, 321, &…
This Sunday, the final event in the Cork ILCA (Laser) Tri Series Sprint Regatta is being held in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. There will be five short (Sprint) races with entry still open to all here for both ILCA 4…
CalMac passengers faced further disruption yesterday, Wednesday after Arran’s main ferry Caledonian Isles on the Firth of Clyde route was taken out of service with an air leak.
In south-west Scotland, repairs to the ferry Caledonian Isles in Brodick (Arran) forced the cancellation of two return sailings to Ardrossan on one of CalMac’s busiest routes. CalMac said a secondary vessel, Isle of Arran, continued to operate on the…
LÉ James Joyce is visiting the USA at the Port of Boston. The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) AFLOAT adds is 'dressed overall' to mark the occasion as part of promoting Irish companies.
Irish Naval Service ship LÉ James Joyce is this week visiting the USA at the Port of Boston. The visit forms part of its mission to do with flying the flag for Irish companies doing business in the city and…
County Kerry marine biologist Lucy Hunt
There is no greater community to understand the changes in the oceans and what needs to be done to protect them than sailors. From those like myself, a leisure sailor, to fishermen, to marine scientists, to the professional seafarers, greater…
Marine Minister McConalogue - significant funding to the seafood and marine sectors
The Government today approved submission to the European Commission of the European Maritime Fisheries & Aquaculture Fund 2021-2027 - Seafood Development Programme. The Seafood Development Programme, which will now be subject to adoption by the EU Commission, is worth up…
Great Western Lakes Management Plan webinar poster banner
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is hosting an online webinar this  Thursday evening 15 September as part of the public consultation process for the Great Western Lakes Management Plan. Since the public consultation was launched in August, as previously reported on,…
Staff at the Ferry Travel Shop in the Sea Terminal, Douglas to assist with alternative 'Sail & Rail' travel arrangements to London or discuss options with Steam Packet Holidays.
ManxRadio reports on an update from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which has said its decision not to operate excursions to London was made 'reluctantly' for several reasons. The Steam Packet has confirmed it won't proceed with plans for…
The former 'smuggling' ship the Shingle has been tied up in Dublin Port for years.
The Revenue Commissioners has said it could be next summer before a ship - which is costing thousands of euro per month in mooring fees - can be moved out of Dublin Port. As The Irish Times writes, the vessel,…
RORC Caribbean 600 inaugural winner in February 2009, Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners (RStGYC), in her classically swift but unfussy Cookson 50 style. In this case, she's on her way to the overall win and a new course record in the November 2013 Dubai-Muscat Race
The up-grading of the RORC's annual Caribbean 600 race to what is effectively a two-week inshore/offshore festival in February 2023, when the sailing in the area is at its brisk but warm best, is a reminder that Irish boats and crews…
Isle of Man Steam Packet is running 'ferry & coach' excursions to London to enable residents to visit the UK capital in the lead up to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has announced a series of new arrangements to allow residents wishing to pay their respects to Her Majesty, the Queen, Our Lord of Mann. As ManxRadio reports, the Queen’s state funeral is set to…
This year's DMYC Kish Race on Dublin Bay will incorporate the Cruiser 3 Championships.  Starting in the vicinity of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and racing to the Kish lighthouse and back, it is a distance of approximately 28 km. It is hoped that weather…
The Youth Advisory Team residential meeting took place on the DCU St Patrick's campus.  It was the first in-person meeting of the team who were working together with the researchers for DCU and UCC to plan the Children & Young People's Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, which will take place over two weekends in October
Young people with an interest in biodiversity loss in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments have been invited to apply to join Ireland’s first national children and young people’s assembly dedicated to the issue. The new Children and Young People’s Assembly…
Denis Crotty has been appointed Senior Projects Advisor with Green Rebel
Denis Crotty has been appointed Senior Projects Advisor with Green Rebel. He will be based between Green Rebel’s headquarters in Cork city and Crosshaven Boatyard. Green Rebel is an Irish company specialising in offshore site investigations for offshore wind developments. …
RCYC Thursday and Friday leagues have been running in Cork Harbour since August
Evening racing ends this week at the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven with the final races in the Thursday and Friday leagues which have been running in Cork Harbour since August. After six races, Denis Byrne’s Trapper, Cracker, is…
A drone shot of Malizia - Seaexplorer surrounded by other IMOCAs during a Port La Forêt training session in August 2022
Team Malizia is ready to race: today, Boris Herrmann’s sailing team kicks off their busy race calendar for the upcoming years by participating in the Défi Azimut 2022, their first race with their new Malizia - Seaexplorer race yacht. This…
Clogherhead RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
The volunteer crew from Clogherhead RNLI in Mid Louth were called to rescue a lone fisherman and his boat in calm conditions as the sun went down on Saturday evening (10 September). The fisherman himself had requested help from the…
Arklow RNLI’s volunteers attend the stricken yacht off Arklow’s South Beach
Arklow RNLI launched on Sunday evening (11 September) to assist two people on 39ft yacht which had lost propulsion and was adrift off the Co Wexford town. The volunteer crew made their way to the lifeboat station around 7pm and…
Lough Ree RNLI’s crew in training exercise at Athlone’s Shannon Road Bridge
The volunteer crew of Lough Ree RNLI were involved in the rescue of 133 people in 42 different incidents on the lake and River Shannon so far this year. The charity’s volunteers embarked on their first callout of 2022 on…

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