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Fleet Arrives in Hobart
Sean Langman and Anthony Bell's 100-foot super maxi Investec Loyal was the second yacht across the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, arriving last night just after midnight, three and a half hours behind the provisional line…
Donegal Woman Leads Online Contest for Open Swimming Award
Supporters of Donegal woman Anne Marie Ward have urged the public to vote for her as 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. With just three days to go until the results are announced, Ward currently leads the…
Cold Weather Threat to Fish in NI
The recent cold snap has posed a serious threat to Northern Ireland's fish. The Belfast Telegraph reports that thousands of salmon froze to death at a fish farm in Co Antrim last week as temperatures dropped well below zero. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/salmon-freeze-to-death-on-fish-farm-15038471.html…
Podcast: Peter O'Leary Interview
At 27 years of age Peter O'Leary has more achievements than many Irish sailors gain in a lifetime. Ireland's Beijing Olympic representative talks in this podcast below about his first tack in an Oppy (aged four), and how those formative…
Bass Strait Lives up to Tough Reputation
The forecast gale-force conditions made good today for the bulk of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet with yachts experiencing 40-50 knots of gale to storm-force winds from the west-southwest -- together with massive seas. The toll today was…
Sydney-Hobart Race Underway
Race day for the 66th Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet dawned cloudy and rainy for the 87 competing yachts. The grey weather added a bit of gloom and foreboding to what may be in store for the crews racing to the…
Protect Your Boat in the Thaw
After weeks of snow a thaw is underway across Ireland today but melting snow will produce even more difficulties for boat owners. For starters boats without an automatic bilge pump can end up flooded but even if fitted prolonged pump…
Controversy Over New Howth Building
A new building has appeared overnight beside Howth Yacht Club during the Christmas period, and a row is simmering as to whether it has full planning permission. Sailors Declan MacManus and Robert Kerley, leaders of the construction team, anticipate receiving…
Openings for New Salmon Season Announced
The Minister of State for Natural Resources yesterday announced more details of river openings for fishing in the New Year due to improvement in the salmon stock. Minister Conor Lenihan announced that 52 rivers - two more than 2010 -…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Remembers Christmas Eve Tragedy of 1895
A ceremony remembering 15 RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers that died on service in 1895 on Christmas Eve is to take place later today. The RNLI lifeboat station in Dun Laoghaire is holding it's traditional ceremony at midday at a memorial…
River Blackwater Freezes Over
The Munster Blackwater froze over in the middle of Fermoy town preventing anyone from launching boats. Never in living memory on this inland waterway has this occured before writes Timmy Carey. In 1963 there was some ice on the river during heavy snowfall, but…
Cape Clear Ferry Service Awarded
The ferry service contract for Cape Clear in Co. Cork has been awarded to the company, Thar Tonn Teo.  The 'Island Princess' will be used as the main vessel for the service from the middle of March 2011 onwards. The…
Bye-Laws for Wild Salmon Fisheries Approved
The Minister for Natural Resources, Conor Lenihan T.D., has approved a suite of regulations and bye-laws that will govern the wild salmon fishery in 2011. These will come into effect from Friday, 1 January 2011. On receipt of management and…
Coastguard Rescue Teams Assist NHS in Snow Affected Areas
Welsh Coastguard Rescue Teams along the Irish Sea coast are assisting the NHS in North Wales today as heavy snow affects the area. Cemaes Coastguard Rescue Team transported critical staff from Llanddeusant to Cefni Hospital, Llanerchymedd and Llangefni to Ysbyty…
Salt Shipments Bound for Cork
As artic conditions persist throughout the country, another shipment of rock-salt is due to arrive at the port of Cork tonight, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargo-ship, CFL Prospect with 6,300 tonnes of salt onboard, set sail from the Mediterranean over a…
Diving Asgard II

Diving Asgard II

22nd December 2010 Diving
In September 2008 an iconic part of maritime Ireland silently and tacitly slipped beneath the surface of the Bay of Biscay near the idyllic island of Belle Isle writes Timmy Carey. Asgard II was on a journey from Falmouth to…
'No Such Thing as Safe Ice' - Irish Water Safety Issues Warning
The Chairman of Irish Water Safety, Frank Nolan is warning the public about the danger of drowning as the current spell of bitter cold weather has resulted in frozen ice over canals, rivers and lakes. Children are especially at risk…
Minister Welcomes Improvement in Sea Lice Management on Salmon Farms
Minister of State (with responsibility for fisheries) Sean Connick TD today published the report of the National Implementation Group established in December 2008 to oversee the implementation of the Strategy for Improved Pest Control on Irish Salmon Farms, published in…
Vets Get to Grips With Whale, Dolphin Post-Mortems
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's (IWDG) recent workshop on the post-mortem examination of stranded dolphins and whales is hoped to encourage the building of much needed experience for Ireland's vets. http://www.iwdg.ie/article.asp?id=2430 More than 20 veterinarians from across the country…
Irish Powerboat Racers Take to World Stage
Irish powerboat racers have taken to the world stage in the southern hemisphere for the first time. (SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS) Keith Plummer, Lee Casey and Colin Gaffney from Dublin, all members of the Buccaneer Powerboat Club and Sean Dillon…

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