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New Engineering Service for the East Coast Fishing Industry
#FISHING – A new company has been launched along the east coast of Ireland with the purpose of providing econimical and efficient engineering services to the fishing industry. Fleet Marine is a company founded by Rodney Gillen, a qualified engineer…
Marine Notice on Construction Work at Baltimore Lifeboat Station
#LIFEBOATS - The latest marine notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises of construction work being carried out on Baltimore Lifeboat Station from today 5 March. As previously reported on, the works are part of…
Wexford to Celebrate Maritime Heritage with Summer Festival
#MARITIME FESTIVAL – The John Barry Maritime Festival takes place on the 23rd and 24th of June 2012 on Wexford Quay, celebrating Wexford's culture and heritage on a seascape setting in the heart of Wexford town. Wexford maritime culture will…
Hooked Live! Returns to CityWest This Weekend
#ANGLING - Hooked Live!, Ireland’s premier angling and fishing show, is returning to the CityWest Hotel and Lakes this weekend 10-11 March for the third year running. Spey caster and innovator Ian Gordon is the latest star to join the…
Annalise Recognised for Olympic Sailing Achievement
#SAILING – Olympic Single handed sailor Annalise Murphy was recognised at home on Saturday night when the 22–year–old National Yacht Club sailor who won an Afloat Sailor of the Month award last May, lifted the Irish Sailing Association's (ISA) 'Achievement'…
Exciting Racing for Cruisers but 20-knot Gust Scrubs Dinghies
#DUBLIN BAY – Although over 40 Dublin Bay Cruisers got some specacular downwind sailing in yesterday morning in the penultimate round of the Dublin Bay Spring Chicken Series the strong north westerlies put paid to yesterday afternoon's DMYC Frostbite racing.…
Shannon Navigation Winter Mooring Period Ends
#INLAND – The Winter Mooring period in Public Harbours on the Shannon Navigation and the Shannon –Erne Waterway has ends onSat 31 Mar 2012. Thereafter the Navigation Bye-law No. 17(3) applies and vessels should not berth in the same harbour…
Derry Londonderry Crew Say Farewell to Qingdao
#CLIPPER – The crew of the Irish yacht Derry-Londonderry are in Qingdao China and they are pictured above ahead of the Clipper round the World race start leg 9 start to Oakland, San Francisco Bay. Following an unforgettable stopover in…
Stunning Video of Rip Curl Surfers 'Frozen in Time'
#SURFING - Rip Curl has posted some stunning video of Irish-Australian surfing pro Mick Fanning and his teammates captured using a Matrix-style '30 camera array'. The technique, described by Rip Curl as a "a technological world first", uses a line…
'Eagle-Eyed' Angler Fishes Wedding Ring from the Lee
#ANGLING - An "eagle-eyed" angler in Co Cork received a free eye test after his remarkable find of a wedding ring in the water last week. Seventy-five-year-old Pat O'Flaherty spotted the €400 gold band - complete with its red box…
Titanic Belfast 'Is Designed to Impress'
#TITANIC - The Independent's Simon Calder reports on his special preview of Titanic Belfast, the £97 million (€116.3 million) tribute to the ill-fated ship on Belfast Lough. "For once, the term 'of Titanic proportions' applies literally." he writes. "The top…
World Record Attempt by Irish-Raised Diver
#DIVING - Deep sea diver Sean McGahern is currently attempting the world record for cold water open sea diving in Malta. The Times of Malta reports that McGahern - who was born in England but raised in Ireland before moving…
Galway's Finest Fastest on the Erne
ROWING: The men’s senior eight from Grainne Mhaol/NUIG were the fastest crew at the Erne Head of the River at Enniskillen. The Galway crew had six seconds to spare over the Queen’s University senior eight, and NUIG’s intermediate eight were…
New Powerboat School for Dun Laoghaire
#POWERBOAT – Irish National Sailing School (INSS) and Club have announced a new venture in to powerboating. A sister company, the Irish National Powerboat School is providing 'powerboat courses suitable for all levels from novice powerboaters to experienced hands'. The…
New Laser League for Dublin Bay
#LASER – The single handed Laser dinghy made a welcome return to Dublin Bay racing last year with up to 20 boats racing on a Tuesday evening as part of the regular Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) season. And for…
Greystones Meeting to Focus on New Marina Operations
#GREYSTONES – The Greystones, County Wicklow marina briefing by developers Sispar scheduled for March 14 at the Beach House pub at Greystones harbour will focus on the setting up of the marina operation. All interested parties have been invited to…
Sligo RIB Specialists Move to Larger Premises
#RIBs – One of Ireland's largest Rib and Inflatable Boat Service Centres is on the move. With almost 20 years experience Inland Inflatable Service run by Ronan and Sinead Keys is moving to a new purpose built 8000 sq foot…
Cruising Couple Named Sailors of the Month
#SAILORS OF THE MONTH – Fergus and Kay Quinlan are currently voyaging northwest through the South Atlantic from Cape Town headed towards Brazil in their 38ft sloop Pylades. But they're Independent "Sailors of the Month" for February in celebration…
Photo Exhibition Includes Cobh’s ‘Titanic’ Pier
#PHOTO EXHIBITION -'The Pier' a collection of images created by French photographer Charlie Jouvet was launched this evening at Alliance Francaise, Dublin and continues into next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The images portrayed capture a meditative journey from the centre…
Cobh’s ‘Titanic’ Pier Could Collapse
#TITANIC- In the centenary year of commemorating the R.M.S. Titanic, the pier from where her last passengers boarded at Cobh (Queenstown) is in danger of collapsing unless funding is made available to carry out immediate preservation reports The Irish Times.…

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