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The popular Douglas “Dougie” Deane in 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Douglas Deane of Crosshaven, for many years one of Cork Harbour’s best-known sailing figures afloat and ashore. His funeral will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11.30am in St Brigid’s…
Nolly, and her apartments ‘Harland’ and ‘Wolff’, berthed at Belfast Harbour Marina
Two chic barge berths at Belfast Harbour Marina are available for bookings for those looking for a different base to explore Northern Ireland. The berths — named ‘Harland’ and ‘Wolff’ after the city’s iconic shipyard — comprise the renovated barge…
Spirtle, with her distinctive skin markings, seen off Fenit in Tralee Bay
Marine wildlife miracle Spirtle appears to have taken up residence off the Kerry coast if the many sightings over recent weeks are anything to go by. Last month the young dolphin was spotted in the area some weeks after she…
The River Shannon in autumn
Waterways Ireland is proposing a permit system for the Shannon Navigation that could see users of Ireland’s longest river face charges for their boats for the first time, as The Irish Times reports. Users of the Royal and Grand Canals…
James Dwyer Matthews of RCYC / KYC
The weather gods conspired against sailors on the final day of the 2019 Optimist Nationals At Howth YC. The senior fleet were sent out first this morning on their own in a strong breeze, to race and to test the…
Scattery Island, Co Clare, is one of many islands holding events for heritage week.
As part of Heritage Week (17-25 August) the programme includes a selection of lovely islands and a wide range of activities to entice you. From waltzing on Scattery Island, Co Clare or learning about boatbuilding on Bere Island there are…
Employees of Harland and Wolff during their protest at the gates of the shipyard in Belfast
The administrators for Harland & Wolff have extended the temporary unpaid lay-off of workers in what a trade union said was a "light at the end of the tunnel" for the stricken shipyard. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, business advisers…
Cobh People's Regatta Celebrates Cork Harbour Sailing
Today's “Cobh Peoples Regatta” was a celebration of sail with boats vying to win Cork Harbour’s most valuable silverware writes Bob Bateman. Today's cruiser racing followed yesterday's Cobh People's dinghy regatta, as Afloat reported here. A blustery day with a…
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Cathaoirleach Shay Brennan presents the 'Spirit of Sailability' trophy to Mary Duffy for her 'determination and sportsmanship competing solo in very challenging conditions'
Today's second day of racing at the Sailability President’s Cup and Hansa National Championships was cancelled in anticipation of more than 20 knots of breeze forecast at the Royal St George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay this morning. As Afloat reported…
Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (right) - their lowest result out of five races so far is a fourth, with two second places today to add to yesterday’s two wins
The Royal Irish Yacht Club's Saskia Tidey from Dun Laoghaire leads the 'Ready Steady Tokyo' regatta competing for Team GBR in Japan where Irish team results to date are mixed. A day of light wind saw a slightly disrupted race…
When the weather settled down, the RS 400 class had excellent racing in the RS Western Regatta at Galway Bay SC.
Ireland’s expanding RS Classes are in acceleration mode as they build towards the Irish & UK RS 400 Nats at Royal North of Ireland YC at Cultra on Belfast Lough from 25th to 29th August, and the all-classes RS Southerns…
HYC 2 skippered by Jenny O'Leary representing the Howth Yacht Club competing in the SportboatsJ80 at the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm 2019 regatta hosted by the National Yacht Club.
The first Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm finished in Dun Laoghaire today with 61 boats and well over 200 people taking part at the National Yacht Club. The “All Female Crew” prize was won by The Lady Caroline,…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry’s volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy Saturday (17 August), launching twice before providing rescue cover at a local triathlon event. The first callout was in the morning to a 21ft yacht with engine failure that was at risk of…
The victory for “Rockabill VI” (above) tightens the top of the ISORA Overall Championship
Race 12 of the ISORA Offshore Series 2019 took place from Dun Laoghaire on the 16th August 2019. The race was a Night Race with a 20.00 hrs start. The race was part of the ISORA “Viking Marine” sponsored Irish…
James Dwyer Matthews leads the Irish Championships and is chasing the USA hard for the lead in the Open Championships at Howth
Saturday brought a change of fortune for sailors at the Optimist National Championships at Howth Yacht Club with champagne sailing conditions that overflowed a little for some. The seniors were the main action of the day. They got four races…
A Rankin dinghy is made ready to launch for the Cobh Peoples Regatta. Scroll down for more photos below
Blustery conditions in Cork Harbour for the Cobh Peoples Regatta meant today's dinghy division racing did not include a fine turnout of the historic Rankin class. Regatta organisers, Cove Sailing Club, who celebrate 100-years this season, will race cruisers on Sunday…
George Sisk's Wow from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the IRC and ECHO winner of DBSC's Class Zero
Race 1 Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. D-Tox Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. D-Tox Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. White Mischief, 2. Gringo, 3. Bon Exemple Cruiser 1…
Hansa dinghies racing in the first day of the President's Cup at Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay
This weekend the Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is hosting the President’s Cup and Hansa National Championships. Inaugurated by Paralympian John Twomey this Irish interprovincial regatta is the highlight of the Sailability calendar. Promoted by Sailability…
Native white-clawed crayfish like this one have been threatened by outbreaks of crayfish plague
Crayfish plague has been confirmed in the River Nore in Co Kilkenny, marking the eighth record in Irish rivers since 2015 — and the third detected this year alone, as TheJournal.ie reports. Outbreaks of crayfish plague pose a significant threat…
The All Ireland Whale Watch Day takes place next Saturday 24th August between 2:00-5:00pm, at headlands around the coastline. So join in and so doing, you are supporting Whale and Dolphin conservation in Ireland.
Minke and humpback whales arriving and other species of whales and dolphins along the Irish coast is a good omen for this years All Island Whale Watch day. Organiser of the event, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) invite…

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