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The the ban had been initiated by former Marine Minister Michael Creed
The High Court has found that a ban on trawling or fishing within seine nets by vessels over 18 metres in length inside the six-mile nautical limit has “no legal effect”. Mr Justice Michael McGrath issued his judgment on foot…
A file photo of Wicklow all-weather lifeboat
Wicklow all-weather RNLI lifeboat launched shortly before 11 pm this morning (Tuesday, 6 October) to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing person from a Dublin – Holyhead ferry. Fifteen minutes after launching Wicklow lifeboat was re-tasked by the…
Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh on the Grand Canal
Waterways Ireland advises all users of the Grand Canal in Co Offaly that the southern tow path from Plunkett Bridge at Pollagh to Turraun — half-way between Tullamore and Shannon Harbour — will be closed from next Monday 12 October…
File image of the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare
The people of Ireland are being invited to share their views on Irish coastal seascapes. And the feedback gathered will inform Ireland’s Seascape Character Assessment Report, a key technical study for the National Marine Planning Framework. The new survey follows an…
Brexit 'Freeports': Logistics UK welcomes the move to offer ‘an ambitious customs model, measures to speed up planning processes, and a commitment to geographic flexibility and opportunities for all transport modes’. Above AFLOAT's photo of a hazy Humber Estuary (Killingholme) on the North Sea. On the right Delphine which in 2018 joined sister Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' on Ireland-mainland Europe services of Dublin-Belgium/Netherlands. On the left another ro-ro freight-ferry Stena Scotia currently operates on the Irish Sea between Belfast and Heysham, England. In the foreground heading upriver the 70 bollard pull tonnes tug Svitzer Laura.
In the UK the government has set out further details today around how it plans to create a number of new “innovative” freeports across the UK in a bid to “drive investment and create jobs” after the end of the…
The 44-year-old man went missing during a voyage from Dublin to Holyhead. The search in the Irish Sea has now been called off (with this scene in Welsh waters).
On the Irish Sea a major air and sea search for a missing ferry crew member who disappeared during a voyage has been called off. Aircraft and boats, reports NorthWalesLive, have been involved in a major overnight operation to try…
The city of river and sea. Modern Dublin and its port looking eastward
If you were asked to name the real centre point of modern Dublin, you'd probably dodge the question by saying that it's somewhere along a line through O'Connell Bridge and Trinity College, and on up Grafton Street or Dawson Street.…
 The Twelve Bens Cycling Club Sky Road Challenge 2020
Clifden RNLI was delighted to accept the sum of €3,774 raised by the Connemara based Twelve Bens Cycling Club after a unique and testing fundraising challenge. On Sunday, September 6th, 12 cyclists from the club undertook an innovative cycling challenge…
In at the sharp end – John Twomey of Kinsale puts down a marker for Ireland at the start of one of his many Paralympic campaigns
World Sailing President Kim Andersen has claimed that the sport is in a strong position to lobby for a return to the programme at the Paralympic Games in time for Los Angeles 2028. This rings many bells in Ireland, as…
A passenger ferry terminal with an Isle of Man Government sign regarding Covid-19 restrictions.
To remind ferry travellers announcements have been made of Covid rules before they enter the Isle of Man. It's understood, reports ManxRadio, that similar discussions are taking place with airlines. A separate lane for key workers has been introduced at…
The Climate Action Bill will set in law the principle of carbon neutrality by 2050. Above the south bank quays of Dublin Port with the MTL Terminal (Lo-Lo) in the foreground.
The Cabinet has heard that Dublin Port is not yet ready for the looming Brexit deadline and needs another inspection facility. On Tuesday Ministers discussed how prepared Irish ports and airports are infrastructurally. The Cabinet was told that while airports…
The new home page of the Offshore Doubles Association
A new organisation has been founded to represent the emerging discipline of doublehanded offshore racing, called the 'Offshore Doubles Association'. The association has attracted a number of key offshore sailors and administrators including former Volvo Ocean Race chief, Knut Frostad…
The new Tohatsu range from O'Sullivan's Marine
O'Sullivan's Marine aims to deliver the ultimate boating experience by providing outboard motors that are simple, easy to use and of outstanding quality. Tohatsu, one of our most popular brands, and one of the oldest manufacturers of outboard motors in…
Farewell Presentation to Tim O’Brien by (L to R) Rear Commodore Chris Doorly, Vice Commodore, Conor O’Regan and Commodore Martin McCarthy
National Yacht Club flag officers have presented former manager Tim O'Brien with a 3-D map of Dublin Bay as a thank you for the contribution he made to the East Pier Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Commodore Martin McCarthy made the socially…
Cat Hunt (left) and Pamela Lee are setting out on a Round Ireland record bid later this month
Sometime after October 12, British skipper Cat Hunt and Greystones, County Wicklow sailor Pamela Lee aim to sail a Figaro Bénéteau III racing yacht around Ireland, in an attempt to set the first record for an all-female, doublehanded sailing circumnavigation. They…
Lough Neagh Lifeboat Rescues Two on Yacht with Mechanical Difficulties
Last Sunday (4th October) Lough Neagh Rescue Lifeboat was tasked to two people stranded on Coney Island as their vessel had mechanical issues. Coney Island is owned by the National Trust and lies in the south-west corner of Lough Neagh…
File image of Rosslare Europort
Iarnród Éireann is inviting applications for the position of Harbour Master at Rosslare Europort. The closing date is Friday 29 October for suitably qualified candidates for the job — which would involve overseeing the safe and efficient management Ireland’s second-busiest…
File image of Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI has encouraged the public to always call for help when they believe they’ve seen someone in distress at sea. The message follows a callout across Galway Bay to Rossaveal in Connemara last night (Monday 5 October) that…
Racing in the first week of the AIB Autumn Series
Royal Cork Yacht Club has cancelled its 50-boat AIB Autumn Series 2020 due to "Irish Sailing guidelines that stipulate that all local, regional and national events should cease under level 3 Covid-19 restrictions". The Cork Harbour cruiser-racer league that enjoyed a…
Racing in the first race of the now cancelled MBSC league
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has cancelled the rest of its October Dinghy League series due to the imposition of Level 3 COVID-19 restrictions. The series started last Saturday and attracted a buoyant fleet of mixed dinghies including…

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