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€40m Clean Up of Cork Harbour Toxi Dump Ordered
Sean Kelly MEP has welcomed today's impending confirmation that the government will allocate €40 million to clean-up the Haulbowline toxic dump in Cork Harbour over the next two years. "This is going to come as an enormous relief to the…
O'Hanlon Firm Wins Tender to Operate Dundalk Port
Dublin Port Company has today announced that, following a public tender process, the contract to operate Dundalk Port has been awarded to O'Hanlon & Sons Contractors Ltd. The tender follows the decision by the Minister for Transport, Mr. Leo Varadkar…
Vodafone Enables live broadcasting of Opti Worlds NZ racing
The latest major sponsor to confirm its involvement with the Optimist sailing Worlds in New Zealand is Vodafone and the result promises to be a major leap forward for spectatorship of dinghy racing. Tralee's Sophie Browne will compete for Ireland…
Salmon Return to the Tolka After More Than a Century
Dublin has yet another thing to celebrate with the news that wild Atlantic salmon have returned to what was long regarded as the dirtiest of the capital's inland waterways. The Irish Independent reports that the fish have been spotted…
Dublin Port: As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Those taking Sea Safari's Dublin Port & River Liffey tours will be able to see the inner workings of Ireland's largest port and from a totally different perspective, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 45-minute tour sets out from beside the M.V.…
McCleery and Dougan Win Western Championships at Larne
The Flying Fifteen Western Championships took place in the Larne at the weekend and were hosted by East Antrim Boat and Yacht Club. 22 crews descended on the town in what was the last event of the season. Andy McCleery…
Tourist Saved By Light of Mobile Phone
A tourist was rescued from some of Ireland's tallest sea cliffs in Co Donegal yesterday when a coastguard team spotted the light from her mobile phone. The Irish Independent reports that the 24-year-old German woman had gone missing in…
Portugal Takes Top Honours at Eurosurf 2011
Team Portugal were crowned European Surfing Champions at the final day of Eurosurf 2011 in Bundoran yesterday. It's the first time the Portuguese have held the title since 1997, which is also when the event was last hosted in…
Squib Racing Keelboat is for sale
A 1978 Squib called Pegasus that has a new mast, new running rigging and new standing rigging is for sale on the Afloat Boats for Sale site at €4,950. The Squib is an active racing class in Ireland and this…
Rolling Fog Greets Competitors for First Race of Royal Cork Autumn League
Day One of the Autumn Sailing Regatta commenced at 8.30 am yesterday when Royal Cork Yacht Club was jam packed and rocking with the excitement of the Ireland vs Italy rugby match writes Claire Bateman. (SCROLL DOWN FOR GALLERY) After…
Level on Points, Irish Melges Campaign is Pipped on the Line
Prof O'Connell Reports from the Final Day of the Melges US Nationals Level on points, tied for first place, we headed into the final race of the US Nationals on Conor Clarke's "Embarr" knowing that we had to beat the…
Lack of Wind Forces Cancellation of Howth Autumn League
This morning's second race of the WD 40 sponsored Howth Yacht Club Autumn League was cancelled due to lack of wind.
German Cruise-Goers On Anchorage Call to Glengariff
As the cruise season draws to a close, passengers from the German 28,856 tonnes Amadea, visited Bantry Bay, west Cork today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Japanese cruiseship launched in 1991, anchored off picturesque Glengariff and neighbouring Garinish Island. Amadea had…
New Sponsor for Cork Laser Frostbites
Curradinghy is the new sponsor for the October and November Frostbite Laser dinghy leagues which start this Sunday at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Curradinghy has recently been appointed southern dealer for Laser. The 4.7 and Radial fleets have grown in…
Snakes and Ladders on Day Two of Melges Nationals
Prof O'Connell, the spinnkaer trimmer on Ireland's Melges 24, reports from Day 2 of the US Nationals When I was 15 I read about "The Wizard of Zenda" - aka Buddy Melges, who won a bonze medal is the Flying…
Dun Laoghaire Entry Starts Well at Melges 24 Nationals
After five days of training on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Ireland's single Melges 24 team finally kicked off the Melges 24 US Nationals aboard Conor Clarke's "Embarr". Representing Dun Laoghaire, the team aboard - Nathan Wilmot (helm), David Hughes (tactician) Conor…
Matt Davis is September's Sailor of the Month
Matt Davis is the Irish Independent/ "Sailor of the Month" for September. The youthful Skerries skipper and his crew of all the talents from Fingal successfully defended the Irish Sea Offshore Championship with a dedicated season-long campaign in their Sigma…
Angler Rescued after Fall from Cliff
An angler was rescued from the sea this afternoon after he fell from a cliff. At just after 1pm Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public who had witnessed the person fall in to the…
New Irish Language TV Series Unlocks Secrets of Ireland's Marine Environment
Ireland’s unexplored 220-million-acre marine environment will be revealed in a landmark new TV series which began last week. As previously reported on, Farraigí na hÉireann (Seas of Ireland) is a new six-part Irish-language series on Ireland's marine wildlife, which…
Get Canoeing for National Trails Day in NI This Weekend
No less than nine free guided canoeing events will be taking place across Northern Ireland this Sunday 2 October to celebrate the fourth annual National Trails Day. According to Northern Ireland's Outdoor Adventure Blog, all the events will be…

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