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An investigation has begun by Wexford County Council into an oil spill off the coastline, which has affected some wildlife. Kildare Wildlife Rescue had received reports of oiled seabirds, predominantly Common Guillemots, in a number of locations yesterday, between Carnsore Point in Co. Wexford and as far north as Dalkey Island off Co. Dublin. Wildlife agencies seek public support in reporting.
An investigation by Wexford County Council into reports of "traces of oil" washing up on beaches in the county and neighbouring Wicklow has begun, and it is also looking into possible oil deposits on some marine wildlife along these coasts.…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Coastguard cottages located close to the Coal Quay, feature tonight on RTE One's Nationwide TV programme
The RTE Nationwide TV programme visits Dún Laoghaire Harbour on the south side of Dublin Bay to hear about a project supported by Local Government, which has given a new lease of life to some old harbour cottages. As previously reported…
European Election Candidate and Former Port of Cork Chairman John Mullins and Cllr Caroline Cronin at Castletownbere Fisherman's Co-Op
Ireland must fight for its fair share of EU fisheries quotas as what is unfolding is a travesty for the industry. This is according to John Mullins, a former Chairman of the Port of Cork, who is running for the…
An Dúna Promontory Fort on the Binn Bhuí Head Loop Walk
North Mayo’s spectacular cliffs, marked by imposing sea stacks, emerged from some of the island’s oldest geological formations. These and other facts will be imparted on a free guided walk of the Binn Bhuí (Benwee) Head loop in the Dún…
Port of Cork Company chief commercial officer Conor Mowlds
The Port of Cork Company says it welcomes the Government’s publication this week of the Future Framework for Offshore Renewable Energy. As already reported by Afloat, the framework sets out 29 actions to secure Ireland’s potential as a world leader in…
Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan - “I would love to see floating offshore wind deployable today because that’s really our big opportunity”
Minister for Environment Eamon Ryan has rejected claims that he is impeding development of floating offshore wind and criticised “false promises” made by politicians As The Irish Independent reports, Ryan was responding to comments by Fianna Fáil senator Lisa Chambers…
“Cuach KP”, one of the first such Cuckoos to be tagged, landed back in Killarney National Park after a winter spent in the rainforests of the Congo Basin in Central Africa
The 9,000 km northward land and sea journey made by the Irish cuckoo from the Congo Basin to Kerry has been highlighted with the return of a tagged cuckoo to Irish shores. The bird’s migration in making “big sea crossings”…
La Grande Motte International Regatta 2024 banner
The Nacra 17 World Championship along with the 49er and 49erFX European Championships are attracting 148 teams to La Grande Motte in the south of France for six days of racing from next Tuesday 7 to Sunday 12 May. Of…
Tánaiste Micheál Martin
Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said Friday’s publication of the designated maritime area plan (DMAP) for the south Irish coast represents “a landmark development in forward spatial planning”. “The South Coast DMAP will also initiate the State’s second offshore auction, which…
Ultra-modern expedition cruise ship Seabourn Venture is bound for Killybegs Harbour, Co. Donegal tomorrow, 3 May, which will open the cruise season. The vessel built in 2022 has a design style likewise of the mega-private yachts.
An ultra-luxury modern expedition cruise ship, the Seabourn Venture, is to call to Killybegs Harbour, Co. Donegal, tomorrow (3 May) marking the start of this year’s season, writes Jehan Ashmore On hand to welcome tourists will be the team from…
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Thursday evening racing was cancelled tonight due to very light winds. Winds measuring just over one knot meant the second Thursday race of the 2024 AIB summer season was scrubbed in all classes at Dun…
The restored Dublin Bay 21 Number six Naneen  competing in a yacht race on Dublin Bay
The Dublin Bay Twenty-One class that was restored after a 35-year hiatus now has a new website. The fleet, designed by Alfred Mylne in 1902 for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), was revived in 2021. The new website portal…
Many people will be taking vessels to the water for the first time this year so this is a good time to think about checking your equipment, especially your lifejacket so that it is fit for purpose
Ahead of the May holiday weekend, Water Safety Ireland, the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI are jointly appealing to people to be safe and summer-ready when planning an activity on or near the water. The organisations are urging people…
Jamie McMahon, with a crew of Andrew Smith and Kate O'Connor, bested Micheal O’Suilleabhain and the crew of Michael Carroll and Mia Murphy for the student match racing national title in March
Royal St. George's top Irish match racer, Tom Higgins, will confront March's Student Match Racing National Championships winner, Jamie McMahon of Howth Yacht Club, among others, when the National Yacht Club (NYC) hosts the Irish Match Racing National Championships (IMRA)…
The former Fred Olsen Cruise Lines 929 passenger ship, Braemar, is at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard, where refurbishment has begun. The ship’s departure from Belfast Dry Dock for its inaugural three-and-a-half-year world cruise has been rescheduled to accommodate necessary operational enhancements. The vessel, to be renamed Villa Vie Odyssey, will now depart from Belfast Harbour on May 30.
Harland & Wolff has signed a contract with Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US-based cruise brand Villa Vie Residences to carry out at its historic Belfast Dry Dock a refurbishment of the 24,344 gross tonnage cruise ship Braemar, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting…
The Raven Kaster, an educational “miniboat”, has been relaunched off Mayo’s Achill island from the Marine Institute’s Celtic Explorer
The Raven Kaster, an educational “miniboat”, has been relaunched off Mayo’s Achill island from the Marine Institute’s Celtic Explorer. The mini boat has been upgraded with solar-powered GPS tracking and new technology since its last voyage and has been set…
The Pearl of Louth!: Kian Louët Feisser and his wife Mary who have just completed a €530,000 investment, with support from BIM, at their company Carlingford Oyster in Co Louth
A Co Louth oyster company has invested €535,000 in an upgrade with the support of a €142,000 grant under the Brexit Sustainable Aquaculture Growth Scheme. The award-winning Carlingford Oyster Company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is producing 2,500…
“Ireland’s offshore wind programme is progressing to plan, meeting each of its three-phased objectives and timelines,” the Dept for Environment and Climate says
The Government has published its “Future Framework for Offshore Renewable Energy” (ORE), which includes 29 key actions to develop the State’s plan-led approach to offshore wind. A draft designated maritime area plan (DMAP) for the Irish south coast is due…
Rowan Byrne’s 2006 photograph of a young leatherback sea turtle as it appears on an upcoming US Postal Service stamp
A photograph taken by an Irish marine biologist will feature in a new set of stamps from the US Post Office celebrating sea turtles. As the Irish Independent reports, Rowan Byrne snapped his picture some 18 years ago while working…
The late Don Street on his beloved 1905-built yawl Iolaire in the Caribbean regrets to record the death of Don Street of Glandore in his 94th year. For many years a Caribbean enthusiast, writing a series of successful pioneering pilot books for the area, he was also a renowned authority on ocean…

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