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Bangor Lifeboat Crew to Receive Freedom of the Borough
Bangor RNLI volunteers are to be awarded North Down Borough Councils highest honour for their heroic service. Bangor RNLI will be given the Freedom of the Borough on Saturday 18 September 2010 in tribute to its 45 years of sterling…
Irish Marine Science Nets €23 million from Europe
Ireland's reputation as an emerging centre of excellence in marine science has been validated by the announcement yesterday (September 14th) of over €23 million in European funding for some 30 Irish marine research groups, including around 20 SMEs, engaged in…
Grand Canal Closure at Tullamore
The Grand Canal in Tullamore on Ireland's inland waterways will be closed at Cox's Bridge (near the 27th lock) from Monday, 1st November 2010 to Monday, 1st March 2011 to facilitate bridge repairs by National Roads Authority. 
Lifeboat Assists Vessel with Engine Failure on Lough Derg
At 7.30pm tonight Lough RNLI Derg lifeboat towed a vessel to safety after it suffered engine failure. 15 minutes earlier the lifeboat was requested to launch to assist three persons in distress on board the 38ft motor cruiser. The lifeboat with…
Portumna Bridge Not Opening and Closing Correctly
Waterways Ireland has advised that technical difficulties are presently preventing the Portumna bridge on the Shannon navigation on the inland waterways from opening and closing correctly. Corrective action is being taken to rectify the problem. Any master planning a voyage on…
High Water Levels on Shannon Erne
Due to recent heavy rainfall on the inland waterways strong currents and flows may be experienced at jetties, locks and bridges on the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Waterways Ireland has warned this evening. Additionally air draft at bridges should be closely monitored on…
Dempsey Applauds Irish Coast Guard as new TV Series Showcases Vital Rescue Service
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD today applauded the Irish Coast Guard service as a new TV series on Ireland's national search and rescue service begins on RTE 1 this evening. Speaking today, Minister Dempsey said: "This exciting new series…
Dragon South Coast Photos HERE!
Bob Bateman's weekend photos from the Irish South Coast Dragon Championships are on the Afloat Gallery HERE
O'Regan and Flanigan Win 420 Champs
Royal Cork Yacht Club hosted the 2010 National Championships of the 420 class last weekend. Principal Race Officer for the event, which was sailed out of Cuskinny in Cork harbour was Richard Leonard. There was an abundance of sailing talent…
Tanker Assists Dismasted Yacht
At quarter past eight this morning, Falmouth Coastguard was contacted by the master of the Motor Tanker Sea Marlin. The crew of the tanker had received on their VHF radio a pan pan urgency call. They were able to identify from…
International Honour for Irish Water Safety Official
The International Federation Of Swimming Teachers Associations (IFSTA) and Irish Water Safety (IWS) have announced the election of Jim Lawlor of Sligo as President West of IFSTA with responsibility for Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania at the World Conference…
Knox-Johnston in Search for Ten Skippers
Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has launched his latest search for ten exceptional skippers to lead the internationally sponsored teams in the next edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Clipper 11-12 will start form the UK in…
On the Forum: 1720s, New Rules for Sailing and Helping out in Powerboating
In sailing, Brian C expects the 1720 sports boat class to explode again in the coming months. He says "with a lot of the top IRC boats sold and heading for foreign lands, the 1720 can be picked up easily/cheaply…
Dublin Port to host Free Family-Friendly Open Day
Ireland's largest port will open up to the public next Saturday (18 September) when the Dublin Port Company is to host a free family-friendly Open Day. The fun free events will be taking place throughout the day at Dublin Port,…
Waterways Ireland Releases New Bye-laws for Public Consultation (Download HERE)
Waterways Ireland has commenced the first Phase of a Public Consultation programme on proposed new Bye-laws for all seven waterways under its remit. Bye-laws facilitate the management of a waterway, clearly outlining the roles and responsibility of Waterways Ireland and…
Cove SC Prepares for SCORA Championships
The South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) Championships will take place out of Cove Sailing Club in Cork harbour on September 25th/26th. A flyer is attached.
The 'Lynx' Returns to Dun Laoghaire
Fast-ferry catamaran Stena Lynx III is to resume offpeak sailings on Wednesday (15 September)on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Lynx' had spent the high-season on St. Georges Channel in tandem with conventionalferry Stena Europe on the Rosslare-Fishguard…
Cork Harbour Town Welcomes Over One Million Visitors
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O'Keefe TD told Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce last week that over one million visitors had come to Cobh in the past year and how the famous port had played a vital…
ISORA Plan to Build on 2010 Success
Alterations to future sailing series plus a change to how races are scored will be considered at November's ISORA agm. The 2010 season has been a watershed year for the body after the National YC rekindled interest in Irish sea…
Kinsale Dragon Photos HERE!
A great event for the Dragon class in Kinsale rounded off the 2010 season at the weekend. Photos afloat and from the prizegiving by Bob Bateman are HERE

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