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17 Boats to Contest First ISORA Offshore of the Season
There are 17 definite entries and it is estimated up to another half a dozen could be sailing to the line next Saturday morning for the first race of the 2011 ISORA series.  The impressive early entry follows a series…
North Bull Island Springs to Life
Pale bellied Brent Geese, Oystercatchers and pure yellow sand. Island life on one of Dublin's islands is described in detail in the Irish Indepdendent newspaper this weekend and its hard to believe that marine wildlife adventures such as this can…
Irish boats Post Mid-fleet Results on the Solent
There were mid fleet performances from Irish boats at RORC's Easter Sailing Challenge on the Solent where competitors not only head home wiser after three days of coaching, but also with suntans...so the July-like conditions continued for Easter Sunday, the…
Mauritius-Bound Ferries Finally Bid Galway Farewell
The saga of Thor Gitta's prolonged stay in Galway to load two former Aran Islands ferries bound for Mauritius, culminated with the cargoship's departure this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Due to a series of incidents, mishaps and delays the Thor…
Light Solent Winds Keep O'Leary and Dowling at Bay
RORC Easter Sailing Challenge – Day 2 Light winds are keeping Irish entries in the bottom half of the respective IRC fleets at RORC's Easter challenge this weekend. After four races sailed, Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary lies sixth from ten…
11 Kayakers Rescued by Portrush Lifeboat
Belfast Coastguard received multiple 999 calls reporting a group of kayakers in difficulty at lunch time yesterday. The callers stated that they could see a group of twelve kayakers in difficulty off Portballintrae, Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland. Belfast Coastguard called…
US-Based Training-Ships to Visit Cork
Two training-ships based on the east coast of the United States are to make calls at Cobh in mid-summer, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to visit Cork Harbour will be the Maine Maritime Academy's training-ship State of Maine which is to…
Council Bond Ensures Greystones Harbour will Open - Councillor
Wicklow Councillor Derek Mitchell has moved to reassure frustrated boaters and townspeople alike that the partially completed €300 million Greystones Harbour and Marina will be completed. In a letter to the Irish Times this morning the councillor acknowledges that the…
Disappointing Solent Start for O'Leary
Royal Cork's Anthony O'Leary has had a disappointing start to the RORC Easter Sailing Challenge on the Solent today writes James Boyd. Traditionally the Challenge has been an event for full oilskins and thermals to counter the freezing cold and…
Good Friday in Galway as Second Ferry is Loaded
The loading of the second former Aran Island ferry, Clann Eagle I onto the cargoship Thor Gitta in Galway has finally been completed today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 4,078 tonnes vessel is scheduled to depart the mid-western port tomorrow evening…
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Rescues Four as Speedboat Hits Rocks
Four people were rescued by the Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboat earlier today when their small powerboat hit rocks off Killiney Beach in south county Dublin. Nobody was injured in the incident that occurred shortly after 11am while the two men…
Basking Sharks Pay Early Visit to Ireland's Waters
The recent warm weather has attracted scores of basking sharks to feed in Irish waters weeks ahead of schedule, Metro reports. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/861530-basking-sharks-lured-to-uk-waters-early-by-warm-weather Video posted on YouTube by mackerel fishermen in Donegal Bay shows one of the sharks - the second…
An Evening of Maritime Music at the NCH
On 21 May the Culwick Choral Society will present a very maritime-inspired evening of music at the National Concert Hall. The highlight of the show will be a performance of 'A Sea Symphony' by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with vocals provided…
Shooter Gets Ready to Kayak Round Ireland
Monaghan's Elaine 'Shooter' Alexander will soon begin her challenge to be come the first Northern Irish woman to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by kayak, the OutdoorNI Adventure Blog reports. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ On 3 May she will set off from the…
Clare Will Be Rocking for Surf & Music Festival
Thousands of visitors are expected in the west Clare town of Miltown Malbay for the Cold Pro surf and music festival on the June bank holiday weekend. The Irish Examiner reports that Imelda May, Peter Hook (New Order) and Jamie…
New Wheelyboat Makes Lough Rynn More Accessible
Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year Brendan Harvey was on hand to launch Lough Rynn's new Wheelyboat last weekend, the Leitrim Observer reports. http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local/launch_of_wheelyboat_makes_stunning_lough_rynn_more_accessible_1_2612296 The boat is specially designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the area,…
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Rescues Swimmer
A female swimmer was rescued from the sea at Bundoran, Co. Donegal by Bundoran RNLI lifeboat yesterday afternoon. The alarm was raised by a member of the public before 4.00pm. The swimmer was aided by another person in the water…
The First All Ireland Counties Sailing Championships
Paul Ó Riain, one of the country's elite band of sailors who have represented Ireland internationally, is working with Waterways Ireland to create the first All-Ireland Counties Sailing Championship. He has come up with the idea of a Waterways Ireland…
Laser Radial Gets New Home
Following this week's request for a good home for a reader's Laser Radial dinghy we can report the boat has a new berth. The donor has decided it will be used by a club to teach teenagers too big for…
The Royal Canal (Irish: An Chanáil Ríoga) was originally built for freight and passenger transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon at Cloondara in County Longford in Ireland. It fell into disrepair, but since has been…

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