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First Humpback Whale Sighting of 2012 Is a Newcomer
#MARINE WILDLIFE - Ireland's first humpback whale of the year has been spotted off the Wexford coast. The sighting was made yesterday by whale-watchers among a pod of fin whales some three miles south of Hook Head, according to TheJournal.ie.…
Mainport to Invest in Survey Supply Vessels for Exploration Industry
#PORTS & SHIPPING - Cork based marine services company, Mainport is investing $36 million (€27.6 million) to build three supply vessels which will support seismic survey ships searching for oil and gas deposits. The bulk of the financing for the…
Help Record Old Weather Data to Predict Climate's Future
#WEATHER - A new project has been launched encouraging web users to help recover worldwide weather data recorded by Royal Navy ships a century ago. Old Weather is 'crowdsourcing' volunteers to assist in transcribing weather readings and location data from…
Sailing Clubs Must Support Struggling Members
Last month AIB pulled the plug on sailing club fees for staff. Next month the Irish Sailing Association aims to rejig the annual fee it charges to clubs at an egm. They are signs that the necklace of over 70…
Irish Olympic Sailors Score 11,13 in Miami
#RMOCR – Ireland's Star and Laser Radial sailing teams stay in the top third of their respective fleets after the first day of racing at the 2012 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta but only just. After a mixed opening day's performance…
Screening Shown of Unique Lives Lost at Sea Ceremony
#MARINERS WITH MEMORIES – At the weekend representatives of the maritime community, relatives and visitors alike attended a screening of the 'Mariners with Memories' ceremony, which was shown in the Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire. The ceremony which took place in…
Actress Saoirse Ronan Calls to Wicklow Lifeboat Station
#SAOIRSE RONAN – Volunteer lifeboat crew with Wicklow RNLI received a surprise visitor during their navigation course this morning (Monday 23 January 2012).  Well known actress Saoirse Ronan dropped in to say hello while filming nearby. The actress was filming…
Dutch Teen Breaks Record for Youngest Solo Round-The World Voyage
#WORLD RECORD - A Dutch teenager has become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world solo - following a court battle for the right to embark on the challenge. Sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker sailed into harbour at Sint Maarten in the…
NI Taxpayers Could Foot the Bill for Fines Over Dwindling Salmon Stocks
#ANGLING - Northern Ireland's taxpayers could be left with a bill for millions in EU fines if action isn't taken to reverse the decline of salmon stocks, the News Letter reports. Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann said he believes that…
Lough Allen Canal Closes for Bank Repair
#CANAL – Works have commenced to repair the canal bank due to road slippage at Drumhauver, north of Drumleague Lock. The Lough Allen Canal from Drumleague to Acres Lake will be closed to boat traffic until 10th February 2012. Passage…
Howth Yacht Club to Stage 26 Sailing Events in 2012
#HOWTH – Howth Yacht Club will stage 26 national, regional and local sailing championships and regattas in 2012 and Commodore Roger Cagney launches them all at the north Dublin clubhouse this Wednesday evening. The 2012 programme kicks off in late…
Ecstatic Derry-Londonderry Crew Arrive in Port
#CLIPPER–The ecstatic Derry-Londonderry crew have sailed into in Batam, Indonesia, after securing second place in Race 7 in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. It is the team's first podium finish of their campaign. The crew arrived in…
Kinsale's Frostbite Series in Full Swing (Photos here!)
#KINSALE–Sailing in the annual ASM Marine sponsored Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite series is underway inside Kinsale Harbour. Brian Carlin captured yestrerday's action (below) in the Squib keelboat and dinghy classes. The league runs over six Sundays in Late Jaunary and…
Marine Notice: Rock Placement Offshore at Rush Beach
#MARINE NOTICE - The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises on rock placement operations offshore at North Beach in Rush, Co Dublin and in the Irish Sea. Works commenced on 19 January to…
Search Continues for Three Fishermen Still Missing in West Cork
#NEWS UPDATE - The search is set to resume again this morning for the three fishermen not yet recovered after their trawler sank off West Cork last Sunday. Skipper Michael Hayes and Egyptian crewmen Saied Ali Eldin and Wael Mohammed…
Limited Safety Briefing, Poor Weather Led to Death of Romanian Angler - MCIB
#MCIB - The decision to set out in poor weather, coupled with limited safety instruction, led to the tragic death of a Romanian angler on Lough Mask last summer, according to a report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB).…
Tributes Paid in Fermoy to Champion of Angling Jack O'Sullivan
#ANGLING - The Corkman has paid tribute to the late Jack O'Sullivan, one of the best known Irishmen in the coarse angling fraternity. "He is a man who worked hard to put the town of Fermoy, and the stretches of…
Screening to Mark ‘Mariners with Memories’
#MARITIME MUSEUM - A video recording of the 'Mariners with Memories" wreath-laying ceremony held at sea off Bray last year, is to take place tomorrow afternoon (at 14.30) in the maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire. The ceremony which was held…
National Yacht Club is the New 'Club of the Year'
#YACHT CLUB OF THE YEAR – The National Yacht Club of Dun Laoghaire is the Mitsubishi Motors/Irish Independent "Sailing Club of the Year" 2012 in celebration of an impressive and continuous level of activity in sailing, with the highly-praised hosting…
Green Party Calls on Minister to Hold Enquiry over Dublin Bay Oil Exploration
#DALKEY ISLAND PROSPECT – The Green Party has called on the Minister for the Environment ,Phil Hogan, to hold a public enquiry in to the application to grant a license to Providence Resources' PLC to carry out a site survey…

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