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Coghlan Lands Job as Rowing Ireland Secretary
Frank Coghlan of Shandon Boat Club in Cork is the new secretary of Rowing Ireland. The 59-year-old, who was not on the outgoing board, defeated Brenda Ewing to take over from Gordon Reid at a well-attended agm. The proposed calendars…
Missing Surfers Found in Cave
Coastguard and Lifeboat services were pressed in to action early this morning to search for missing surfers on the North Coast. At 02.20 am MRCC Belfast received a call from Police Service Northern Ireland reporting that they had received a…
Dun Laoghaire Baths Plans to be Displayed
New plans for the Dun Laoghaire Baths are due to be displayed shortly in County Hall. Proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost up to €21 million, include the retention and refurbishment of the existing baths pavilion to…
Dublin Array Developer Applies for Foreshore Lease
A foreshore lease application has been lodged for a series of offshore windfarms in Dublin Bay. The Dublin Array, to be situated on the Bray and Kish Banks some 10km from the coast, would consist of 145 turbines, each 160m…
'We're in with a Chance of a Medal' - Maurice O'Connell Blog from Melges Worlds
After a week of strong winds and demanding races Ireland can be in the medals at the Melges 24 World Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas today.  Here, Spi trimmer on the sole Irish entry, Maurice O'Connell, give an insight into…
Cork Celebrates All Things Maritime at Ocean to City 2011
Ocean to City, Cork Harbour's annual maritime festival, takes place this year from 3-12 June. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ The yearly celebration of Cork’s maritime history and its unique harbour begins on Friday 3 June when members of the public can voyage through…
Fishing to be Reopened at Castlemaine Harbour
Minister for Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has announced plans to reopen licensed commercial fishing in Castlemaine Harbour in Co Kerry, following the results of last year's pilot fishery. “I am satisfied, based on scientific and fishery management advice... that it…
Navies Northern Adventure Head for 'Foyle Days'
This weekend's 'Foyle Days' in the north-west city is set to welcome two offshore patrol vessels (OPV) the Naval Service LE Emer (P21) and the Royal Navy's HMS Severn (P 283), writes Jehan Ashmore. The maritime event includes a variety…
Former Soviet-Bloc Liner Continues Cruising
Cruising off the east coast of Leinster this evening is the veteran cruiseship Marco Polo which is bound for the Scilly Isles off Land's End, writes Jehan Ashmore. For those with an appreciation for the more traditional tiered deck profile…
Collins Ends SB3 Champs in 11th Place
Top Irish perfomer Mel Collins and his Royal Cork crew have ended up 11th overall at the SB3 Worlds in Torquay today. The winners were Geoff Carveth, Andy Ramus, Ian Mills and Emma Clarke (GBR) Video with the winners below..…
Derry-Londonderry Officially Welcomes Yacht and Crew
The Mayor, Cllr Colum Eastwood, officially welcomed the yacht, skipper and crew of Derry-Londonderry to the city at a lunchtime ceremony today. Also there to wish the team fair winds and to offer some winning words of advice was five-time…
Dublin to Manage Dundalk Port
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr. Leo Varadkar T.D. yesterday announced his intention to amalgamate Dundalk port with the capital port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Minister Varadkar said: 'It is with great regret that I have come to the conclusion…
McGibney to Become Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Coxwain
Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat is set to appoint Mark McGibney as Coxwain with effect from 1 June. Eamon O'Leary will become second Coxwain from the same date. A well-known Dublin Bay and racing sailor, McGibney is the sailing manager of the…
Represent Your County at the First Waterways Ireland Sailing Championship
Does your club want to represent your county in the Waterways Ireland Inter-Counties Sailing Championship 2011? Now is your chance to race the ISA SailFleet J80s against other county teams for the honour of being crowned the inaugural Waterways Ireland…
St Brendan Voyagers Refused Access to Skellig
The crew of sailors, artists, musicians and historians on board Ar Seachrán - who are retracing the famous voyage of St Brendan - were refused permission to land on Skellig Michael, it has emerged. The Kerryman reports that though some…
Basking Sharks Top Recent Marine Sightings
Basking sharks have dominated recent sightings of large marine wildlife, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/marine-wildlife/ The largest shark species in Irish waters accounted for a whopping 43% of sightings submitted to the IWDG's ISCOPE database…
Dun Laoghaire Sailing Clubs Say Future is in Leisure
Dun Laoghaire's future lies in tourism and leisure, according to a submission on the new 'master plan' for the busy harbour. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/ The Irish Times reports that the town's top sailing and yacht clubs, who have come together under the…
Naming a Lifeboat in Kilrush
The wind was whistling in from the Shannon, kicking the estuary into a lively stretch of water where I wouldn't have liked to be hauling a spinnaker. That comparison sprang to mind while sitting under the canopy in the yard…
Tux takes Second Win in Royal Cork League
Once again there was a superb evening of Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in Cork Harbour last night. There was a strong cool breeze at the start with some debate about a No. 1 or No.2 . No. 1 was…
Ireland Fifth but Gear Failure Holds Embarr Back at Melges Worlds
Conor Clarke's Irish entry Embarr is fifth overall on 34 points but only two points off second place overall at the Melges World Sailing Championships in Corpus Christi Bay, Texas. Pics, video below. Yesterday was another another breezy but a…

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