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The breeze died and filled in again as the Schull Harbour Sailing Club fleet competed in the second race of the club's May League for the 'Genaveve Plate' in West Cork
The second race of the May league for the 'Genaveve Plate' was raced at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork on Saturday in near 'tropical' conditions, according to organisers. The fleet started downwind from the harbour line in a…
Inland Fisheries Ireland said last year’s programme recorded two recaptures of tagged Atlantic bluefin tuna for the first time, while a total of 381 bluefin were tagged
A seafood industry leader has expressed anger at the “complete inaction” by Ireland’s marine minister, Charlie McConalogue, to secure a quota for bluefin tuna. Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) chief executive Patrick Murphy, who is standing as…
SSE Renewables has withdrawn from a consortium to build a hydrogen gas hub in the Port of Galway
SSE Renewables has confirmed that it has withdrawn from a consortium to build a hydrogen gas hub in the Port of Galway. The renewables company, which owns the Galway Wind Park, among other projects, was a lead partner in the…
A two-year project to record the Irish Mayfly on inland waters and management of marine biodiversity in the south-west has been announced
A two-year project to record the Irish Mayfly on inland waters and management of marine biodiversity in the south-west are among biodiversity projects announced by Minister of State for Nature and Heritage Malcolm Noonan. The projects are among a list…
Some of the 34 boats from the four competing sportsboat classes wait for wind on day two of the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted Dun Laoghaire Cup on Dublin Bay where a visiting American Lines cruise-ship is moored
Despite multiple attempts by the Royal Irish Yacht Club Race Committee to commence the remaining schedule on Sunday, the light northerly winds on Dublin Bay did not cooperate for the second day of racing at the 2024 Dun Laoghaire Cup…
The third race of Kinsale Yacht Club's La Bougie Midweek Cruiser-Racer Series on May 15th presented challenging conditions for sailors. Easterly winds, gusting up to 15 knots, tested their skills. In the Class One IRC category, Finbarr O’Regan’s J109 Artful…
The oldest lifeboat taking part came from Sweden and was built in 1868
As the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, more than 40 rescue vessels, including both current and historical RNLI lifeboats as well as international boats, have come together to form a flotilla more than a…
Regata dei Tre Golfi winner for a second time - Guiseppe Puttini's well-sailed, immaculate Swan 65 ketch Shirlaf
The Regata dei Tre Golfi which started from Naples on Friday, saw the upper half of the 25-boat maxi fleet suffer from repeated hold-ups, calms and transitions. Behind, the smaller slower entries enjoyed more continuous breeze. As a result, Class…
The Irish Women's Four, consisting of Emily Hegarty (Skibbereen Rowing Club), Eimear Lambe (Old Collegians Boat Club), Natalie Long (Lee Valley Rowing Club), and Imogen Magner (Carlow Rowing Club), have secured a spot in the final of the Olympic Qualification Regatta on Tuesday after finishing second in Sunday's preliminary race
It has been a successful start for the Irish rowing crews, as all boats progress directly into the next round of the final Olympic Qualification Regatta. The weather has stayed good all morning on the Rotsee, with calm conditions and…
Victorious Team Ireland with at the Royal St. George Yacht Club prizegiving from left to right: Ronan Murphy, Alistair Kissane, John O Connor, Neil Hegarty, holding the Cannonball Trophy, John O Driscoll, Tim Pearson and Peter Bowring
Dublin Bay was once again the venue for the Cannonball Trophy. Travelling Dragon keelboat sailors from the South Coast of the UK and the Netherlands came together to sail against The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. A misty bay…
A screenshot from a social media video showing the unmanned seven-metre RIB  prior to it crashing into local boats in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Thursday evening
Investigations are underway at Dun Laoghaire Harbour to determine how and why an unmanned pleasure craft went 'out of control' on Thursday evening (May 16th) and damaged neighbouring boats in the inner Coal Harbour area. Social media footage captured the…
Irish Fireball dinghies taking part in a day-long coaching session with Thomas Chaix at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Eight Fireballs took part in a day-long coaching session with Thomas Chaix at the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday (May 19th). With extremely light winds forecast the fleet were pleasantly surprised by a decent 8 knots of breeze…
The first three scullers across the line on Sunday in Sanita Puspure's (pictured above) Heat will move into the A/B Semifinals on Monday
One of the most brutal events on the World Rowing calendar kicks off tomorrow morning; the Final Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta, also frequently known as the 'Regatta of Death'. Three days of racing will take place on the Rotsee…
File image of the Royal Canal at the Leixlip aqueduct
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Royal Canal between Leixlip and Maynooth that cycleway upgrade works have recently restarted along this stretch of the canal in Co Kildare. These works will require periodic closures of the canal towpaths in the…
Rowers taking part in a previous Carlow Regatta on the Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises that the Carlow Regatta rowing event will take place on Sunday 2 June on the Barrow Navigation. Masters of vessels are requested to proceed with additional caution in the vicinity of the event and obey safety boat…
13 1720s are competing for East Coast Honours as part of the Royal Irish Yacht Club's Dun Laoghaire Cup with reigning European Champion Rope Dock Atara from Howth Yacht Club leading after day one of two
Homeport sportsboats led in three of the competing classes after the first day of racing on Saturday (May 18) at the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC), which hosted the Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024 on Dublin Bay. Three East Coast and…
Light winds for Denis & Mary O'Brien Citroen Car Sales sponsored ''Thank Goodness It's Friday'' Series at Kinsale
With two race wins, David Riome's Sigma 33 Valfreya is the White Sails IRC 1 leader on seven points after three races sailed at Kinsale Yacht Club's Friday night Denis & Mary O'Brien Citroen Car Sales sponsored ''Thank Goodness It's Friday''…
Royal St. George Yacht Club's Lindsay Casey was the IRC 2 DBSC Saturday Race winner in the  J97 Windjammer
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fourth AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 18th in sub-ten knot northerly winds on a hazy Dublin Bay. In a nine-boat turnout, J109s took the top three places in IRC One…
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Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on and users of the Barrow Navigation that Levitstown lifting bridge in Co Kildare is closed with immediate effect (as of Friday 17 May) to facilitate maintenance works. It is anticipated that the…
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Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and users of the Shannon Navigation that that the Spencer Harbour public jetty and amenity area, and the areas of Lough Allen immediately upstream and downstream of the harbour, will be closed from…

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