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Demersal trawls will be carried out from the RV Celtic Explorer from 25 October to 10 December
This year’s Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS 2020) of the North, West and South Coasts of Ireland is set to commence today, Sunday 25 October. Carried out by the Marine Institute, the IGFS is a demersal trawl survey consisting of around…
Water Safety Ireland is advising the public that to stay SAFE is to “Stay Away From the Edge”
In asking the public to remain vigilant near water this Bank holiday weekend, Water Safety Ireland says the risks are even greater at inland waterways. Although 40,000 people live less than 100 metres from the coast and some 2 million…
Windward leeward courses proved popular for the Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay in 2020
Dublin Bay Sailing Club is already starting to plan its racing for the 2021 summer season next week and it's racing sub-committee is taking on board suggestions from the 22 different classes it provides racing for every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…
North Sails Vendee Globe Video Series in Six Episodes
As fans gather for the Vendee Globe Race and to be captivated by the next generation of IMOCAs, North Sails has produced its own video series on the solo non-stop round the world race. The series is narrated by one of…
The Waterford based A35 'Fools Gold' competing at the IRC/ORC Worlds in 2018
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is highlighting the transparency of its rating system in advance of this year's AGM that will be conducted online. Some Rating rule systems for yachts are often operated behind closed doors, with decisions and policies…
The proposed liquified natural gas terminal location in Cork Harbour. Projects such as this would have been banned under the amendment, had it passed.
In a motion by Green Party members to stop the development of a €125m natural gas processing plant in Cork Harbour as well as further oil and gas exploration off the Cork coast has failed. Green Party councillor Alan O'Connor…
Silver Service in a different world….back in the still relatively carefree times of early January, just for a spot of fun Olympic Sailing Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy took Olympic 5,000 Metre Silver Medallist Sonia O'Sullivan for a sail in the Laser in Melbourne
The process of intense training, endlessly learning, and continually practising in the hope and expectation of improving your game does not come easily to many Irish sailors. The fact of our being an island nation, and having a very long…
Youghal RNLI inshore lifeboat
The RNLI has issued a plea for the public to take heed of important water safety advice as schools begin the mid-term break and the Government has introduced Level 5 restrictions to deal with Covid-19. With the Government restriction on…
 Ireland is aiming for 30% of its maritime area to be designated MPAs by 2030
Public consultation on a new report on expanding Ireland’s marine protected areas will begin “later this year”, according to Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien. A report exploring the need to expand Ireland’s marine protected areas (MPAs)…
Courtmacsherry Rowing Club were one of the FLAG grant wnners anounced today
A third tranche of grant awards worth €558,039 to 33 local community groups and micro-enterprises were made today by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. See the full breakdown of awards below. In the South,…
Tom Dolan will outline his own approaches to sport psychology in the DBSC evening
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) will launch its AIB sponsorship with a sailing psychology evening featuring some of the country's top sailors online. RTÉ's Fergal Keane from Seascapes will host a live chat with top professional sailors Tom Dolan, Annalise…
EPSO invite you to Join GreenPort on 10 November 2020 (1130 CET) for its first industry webinar.
European Sea Ports Organisation invites you to join them on 10 November 2020 (11.30 CET) for a special event, providing key insights into the environmental priorities of European ports. An exclusive presentation of the 2020 Environmental Report will be provided…
Viking Marine's Antonia with a batch of customer orders for delivery on the shop's electric scooter
At Viking Marine, we will continue to supply all our customers during the current restrictions in a number of ways. Our shop remains open for safety equipment, PPE and essential boat repair supplies Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5…
Half Ton skipper Ronan Downing from Cork Harbour is racing in the Hicks esailing league
A group of Irish sailors and ex-pats that have been esailing during lockdown are sailing online again in the second round of COVID-restrictions. Hicks VR sailing club is a group of like-minded people from all over the world that enjoy…
Professor John Quinn with the Gannet colony sign on the Great Saltee Islands
COVID-19’s impact on visits to offshore islands may be benefiting the gannet seabird colony on Wexford’s Great Saltee. A new University College Cork (UCC) study has recorded the level of disturbance to the birds caused by tourists in the summer…
The culturally iconic leaping Atlantic salmon
New research led by scientists at University College Cork (UCC) which uses genetic fingerprinting techniques indicated that captive-born salmon are far less successful at reproducing as wild salmon spawning in the same river. “We looked at the lifetime reproductive success…
Appropriately named Elusive is the first yacht in 40 years for a boat to repeat success in consecutive years in the Middle Sea Race
1700 CEST: It is the year that just keeps on giving. By midnight on Wednesday, 15 of the 50-boat fleet had completed the course. Ten of those were competing under IRC for the overall Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy and…
Spring Place, the MCA's headquarters in Southampton
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) annual report for April 2019 – March 2020 has been published this week, highlighting the work of the Agency for the 12 month period. Although the report doesn’t cover the period where the…
Rory Nagle with his restored steam engine Old Mac
Like most other charities, the volunteers of Kinsale RNLI have had their fundraising activities curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions. So it came as a welcome surprise to learn that local steam engine enthusiast Rory Nagle had launched a special mission…
File image of the Port of Belfast
Brexit checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea should be “operational effective” on 1 January even if customs facilities at ports are not yet on the ground. That was the message from a senior Stormont official who gave evidence to…

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