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Search and Rescue - Statement from Minister Dempsey
The Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey T.D. has today announced that the Government has agreed to contract discussions taking place on the extension of the new Search and Rescue helicopter contract to cover a full 24-hour service at all four…
Mixed results for Irish at Palma
With over 30 knots on the course at the Princess Sofia trophy yesterday, no fleets featuring Irish teams were in action in Palma. Click through for a run-down of Irish placings at the first major European olympic classes regatta of…
Route to Galway is complete
The final gap in the Volvo Ocean Race route was plugged overnight, with Auckland, the City of Sails, announced as the second Pacific stopover. The fleet will sail from Sanya in China to Auckland before the leg around Cape Horn…
It's a longer than usual podcast this week, as we speak to Irish sailor John Coffey, who's joining Bear Grylls on an RIB expedition through the Northwest passage, Hal Bleakley on handing in his cap and badge at Dun Laoghaire…

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Killeen Rejects Call Not to Cut Coastal Patrols
Minister for Defence Tony Killeen rejected Fine Gael calls to reverse a decision to reduce by 200 the number of days the Naval Service patrols the coast in an attempt to cut costs. Fine Gael defence spokesman Jimmy Deenihan appealed…
Ireland's Lighthouses by John Eagle
The first time he saw Roche’s Point Lighthouse marking Cork Harbour, John Eagle knew he was smitten. ‘Coming from an inland town, there was so much excitement in the sea,’ he explains, ‘and lighthouses encapsulated all that.’  Lighthouses have played…
Skibbereen and UCD top league table heading into second Grand League regatta
Up to eight hundred rowers from twenty eight clubs will compete in Rowing Ireland’s second Grand League Regatta which takes place next Saturday at the Queen's Regatta in Castlewellan , Co Down. The leading clubs after the first Grand League…
Cork Clipper Skipper to the Rescue
Newly appointed Cork Clipper round the world yacht race Skipper, Hannah Jenner, will earn her 2010 sea legs earlier than expected. The volcanic disruption of the air space has left Qingdao’s Skipper Chris Stanmore-Major stranded in the UK after he…
Courtown RNLI to officially name new lifeboat Cairde an Chuain
Courtown RNLI will hold an official naming and dedication ceremony for its new D-Class Lifeboat on Saturday 24 April 2010. The ceremony will take place at 2pm on the north pier in Courtown Harbour where the lifeboat will be officially…
Irish Ports and Shipping recover from record falls
The Irish ports and shipping sectors began to show positive signs of recovery towards the last quarter of 2009 following a record fall in volumes earlier in the year as the downturn in the economy bit hardest, according to the…
Dublin chimneys give up smoking
The Poolbeg Chimneys, for decades a favourite weather indicator for Dublin sailors, puffed their last plumes of smoke last night. The chimneys kicked the smoking habit as the peak energy demand tapered off last night and the oil-firing Poolbeg station…
Monasterevin Lifting Bridge at Grand Canal Barrow Line
Waterways Ireland advise all Masters and users of the Grand Canal & Barrow Navigation that the lifting bridge at Monasterevin on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is being replaced. Due to unforeseen circumstances The Barrow Line remains closed…
2011 Dun Laoghaire Regatta Committee Announced
The officers of the 4 combined clubs of Dun Laoghaire are delighted to announce that the Dun Laoghaire Regatta will have a new committee for the event in 2011 (July 7 - 10). Adam Winkelmann will be the new Chairman…
Students Turn out for ‘Get Going...Get Rowing!’ Initiative
One hundred and forty students from eight schools from Dublin, Offaly and Wexford took part in Rowing Ireland’s ‘Get Going...Get Rowing!’ initiative which took place at Dublin City Council’s Municipal Rowing Club last week. The afternoon event involved focused sport…
Moynihan and Kenny Dead Heat in Trial
Cathal Moynihan and Niall Kenny dead-heated in the final of the men’s lightweight single scull at the National Trials in Cork. Michael Maher and Justin Ryan were next to finish. Siobhan McCrohan won the women’s lightweight trial from Claire Lambe.…
O'Leary and Milne are Sailors of the Month for March
Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne are the Afloat.ie/Irish Independent “Sailors of the Month” for March after their superb performance to place second overall in the Olympic Star Class Bacardi Cup series against an international fleet of 84 boats in Florida.…
Doolin Pier Tenders Sought
Clare County Council is advertising for tenders for the construction of a new pier at Doolin in Co. Clare. More here. Both the planning application and the foreshore licence application are underway for the 6 million Euro project.
Irish lead RORC fleets overnight
Anthony O'Leary's Ker 39 Antix has slipped into second place at the RORC Red Funnel Easter Challenge in the Solent, after sharing the IRC Zero lead overnight. Niklas Zennstrom's Farr 45 Ran took first blood in Sunday morning's racing to…
Three Irish for Munich Junior Regatta
Ireland will be represented by three athletes at the Munich Junior Regatta next month. Turlough Hughes of King’s Hospital and two Skibbereen men, Shane O’Driscoll and Paul O’Donovan, will travel. The results will be key to whether Ireland sends a…
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