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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. http://afloat.ie/watersport/canoeing/ According to Northern Ireland's Outdoor Adventure Blog, all the events will be…
Bottlenose Dolphins Living On Ireland's East Coast
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has said that evidence suggests a pod of three bottlenose dolphins is living on the east coast of Ireland. According to RTÉ News, the organisation as validated close to 200 sightings of the…
Coveney Forges Alliance in France
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD met with his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire in Paris today. Minister Coveney said that for Ireland to secure a successful outcome on both the CAP and CFP negotiations…
Dun Laoghaire Marina Keeps the Standards High
The Yacht Harbour Association has announced that Ireland's largest marina has retained its 5 Gold Anchors after a recent re-assessment. Dun Laoghaire's superb coastal marina based in the suburbs of Dublin has 820 berths and first opened in 2001. There…
Port of Cork Announce New Weekly Container Service
Shipping Company CLdN and the Port of Cork are pleased to announce that a new weekly service to Cork will be added to the existing sailing schedule for containerised cargo. CLdN's vessel, MV Arx will call to the Port of…
Countdown to Endeavour Trophy
A total of 25 UK champion sailors including last year's winning crew – Christian Birrell – have signed up for this year's Endeavour Trophy, which is taking place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch in a week's time (7-9…
Places Available on IWDG Whale Watch Weekends
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) is offering a limited number of places to non-members on its two upcoming autumn/winter whale-watching weekends in Co Cork. The weekends, based at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, are geared towards sightings…
Beginners Welcome at Tramore Seaside Festival
Learner surfers were more than welcome at the fourth annual seaside festival in Tramore, Co Waterford last weekend. The Irish Independent reports that Tramore beach is popular with surfing novices who want to develop their skills before tackling the bigger…
Waterways Returns to the Screen This Sunday
Waterways returns to RTÉ television after 16 years off the air this coming Sunday. The original award-winning 1990s documentary series saw naturalist and poet Dick Warner undertake an epic journey traversing the canals of Ireland by barge. This year filmmaker…
2011 Port of Cork Cruise Season Draws to a Close
The Port of Cork welcomed its final cruise liner of the 2011 season to Cobh today following another successful year. In total 52 liners called to the Port of Cork, Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth, carrying 100,902 passengers and crew,…
Limerick to Host World Rowing Coaches Conference
Fisa have awarded the 2012 World Coaches Conference to Ireland. The conference will be held in the Strand Hotel in Limerick on 2nd-4th November 2012. The hotel overlooks the course used for the recent interprovincial sprint event. The conference was previously…
Derry-Londonderry Fifth in Clipper Leg Three
Derry-Londonderry, one of the ten international teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has won the fight for fifth place in Race 3 of the 15-race series in a contest that went right down to the…
Safari Boats Order Boosts Kerry Boat Building Firm
Kerry Boat-builder O'Sullivan's Marine (OSM) is bucking the trend in the depressed marine industry. The Tralee firm have a busy order book  and report strong demand for its traditional lake boat marque but it also has interest in more exotic…
DBSC 2011 Overall Award Winners (Provisional Results)
David O'Brien reports in this morning's Irish Times Sailing Column on the success of the Dublin Bay Quarter tonner Supernova. The win is among 40 trophies announced by Dublin Bay Sailing Club. The full 2011 Overall results and prizewinners list…
Shipwreck Contains Largest Ever Silver Haul Found At Sea
A shipwreck off the southwest coast of Ireland has been found to contain the largest ever haul of precious metal at sea. Some 200 tonnes of silver worth around €172m were discovered in the wreck of the British cargo ship…
€220m for 9km Pipeline to Cut Dublin Bay Pollution
Dublin City Council is proposing a mammoth 9km sewage outfall pipe to help make Dublin Bay cleaner - at a cost of €220m. http://afloat.ie/port-news/dublin-bay-news/ Herald.ie reports that the 5m-wide pipe - longer than the Dublin Port Tunnel - would dump…
Irish Vessels Asked to Keep Lookout for Missing Yacht
Ships off Ireland's south and west coasts have been asked by the French coastguard to keep a lookout for a yachtsman who has gone missing on a transatlantic voyage. In a report that has echoes of missing yacht The Golden…
Coast Guard Chopper Rescues Couple in Galway Bay
The Irish Times reports that a man and a woman were rescued in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon after their sailing dinghy capsized. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0927/1224304800796.html http://afloat.ie/safety/rescue/ The pair were winched to safety by the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter off the Co…
O'Connor and McHaile Win Sligo's GP14  Open
As ever Rosses Point in Sligo was a beautiful spot to arrive to bright and early Saturday morning. Some may have been up at an ungodly hour, but it's well worth it to come to the top of the hill…
Sea Sickness Rules Irish Sailor Out of World Race
Galway sailor Frankie Leonard is stepping down as Team Sanya's media crew-member following a bout of seasickness in the recent 2,000-mile qualifying passage for the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The team Sanya entry is a Chinese-Irish entry in the race…

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