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Coastal car ferry service on Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next Saturday, 15 May. The ferry, Afloat adds is Aisling Gabrielle which links Greenore, Co Louth (above) and Greencastle, Co Down.
The coastal ferry service across Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next weekend with the easing of lockdown. As The Irish News reports, the service, between Greenore in Co.Louth and Greencastle in Co.Down, has not been operational since last March.…
The spirit of Irish sailing – Ian Hickey's veteran Granada 38 Cavatina (Royal Cork YC) making a perfectly-timed start in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race. A successful participant in Fastnet, Round Ireland, Dingle and AZAB races, Cavatina is in the entry list for this year's Dingle Race on June 9th
The welcome announcement that the National Yacht Club's biennial 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2021 will be going ahead on Wednesday, June 9th, is encouraging. But it should not be seen as a clarion call to get the 2021…
File image of Dingle Harbour in Co Kerry
Dingle’s boatmen have been hit hard by the double whammy of pandemic restrictions on the tourism trade and the disappearance of Fungie last autumn. But as the Business Post reports, the boatmen of the Kerry Gaeltacht town have directed their…
Z-skin from Zhik - this neat fitting, versatile top is new in the retail stores for 2021
This neat fitting, versatile top is new in the retail stores for 2021. Zhik's Z-Skin® Top has evolved for 2021 to become one of the thinnest ever, skin-fitting neoprene tops. It's the perfect performance top to crossover high activity sailing…
The new system for UK cruising sailors is already underway in the port of Le Havre in Normandy
The Cruising Association, through its local representatives, has helped to make cruising to France easier, post-Brexit. Since leaving the EU, boats arriving in France from the UK or Channel Islands are required to sail to one of a small number…
Conor Fogerty's BAM! placed second overall in the OSTSAR 2017 and first in the Gispy Moth class
Following an update on COVID-19 compliance and revised restrictions, the Royal Western Yacht Club in the UK has postponed the OSTAR & TWOSTAR race. The 60th-anniversary race entry list will officially re-open on May 9th. The date is particularly symbolic…
Sail training resumes from Monday, May 10th and sailing competitions from June 7th under COVID regs
Golf and Tennis Doubles competition returns on Monday, May 10th in a further relaxation of Government COVID rules that has not extended to sailing. Sailing clubs had been urging officials to lobby the Government's Sport Ireland's Expert Group to classify sailing with…
The naval flotilla are understood to be taking part in a NATO exercise this month, among them berthed in the UK at the Port of Liverpool (above). They are the Royal Danish Navy's leadship 'Absalon' class frigate RDN Absalon and the Royal Canadian Navy's leadship 'Halifax' class HMCS Halifax. Both frigates AFLOAT adds departed Merseyside this morning and headed into the Irish Sea between north Wales and the Isle of Man.
Two large naval warships which were spotted off North Wales this week, have berthed at the Port of Liverpool (Afloat adds, this morning they departed into the Irish Sea).  The Royal Canadian Navy's Royal Danish Navy's HDMS Absalon and HMCS…
Government in UK Still 'Identifying' Customs Site at Port of Holyhead for Already Delayed Post-Brexit Checks. Above existing freight booth check-ins for rival operators, Irish Ferries and Stena Line.
The government in the UK says it is “currently identifying” a suitable location for a customs facility near the ferry Port of Holyhead in preparation for already delayed checks on EU traffic. Exports to the EU from Britain have been…
(L-R) Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company & Maurice O'Gorman, Chairperson, Galway Harbour Company
Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said Galway could become a stage for the America's Cup yacht race in the future. The harbourmaster was commenting as the port outlined its vision for a new “urban quarter” with a…
ICRA Nationals 2021 at the National Yacht Club
The Notice of Race and online entry form are now available for the Irish Cruiser Racing Association’s National Championships 2021 later this year. As previously reported on, the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is the host for this…
File image of the Thomas Clarke Bridge (East-Link) across the River Liffey at Dublin Port
Due to necessary maintenance works, the Thomas Clarke Bridge at Dublin Port will need to remain in the upright position overnight from 11pm tonight, Thursday 6 May until 6am tomorrow, Friday 7 May. Dublin Port appeals for motorists to use…
Dusty approaches a diving party off West Clare on Saturday 1 May
Dusty the dolphin last weekend treated two SCUBA diving sisters to an encounter they will never forget, as RTÉ News reports. Jessica and Jennifer Smith were diving with their father Finbar as part of a group with the Burren Sub…
Humpback whale floating upright beneath the surface before spy hopping off West Cork
West Cork is enjoying a veritable bounty of whale sightings “in dolphin numbers”, as the Southern Star reports. Video recorded last week near Union Hall shows two humpbacks who followed a whale watching vessel “in a very sociable mood”, according…
Paul Grant Stena Line's Trade Director for the Irish Sea
Irish Ferries and Stena Line, the two key players in Ireland’s ferry industry, are today calling for the reopening of the Common Travel Area (CTA) at the earliest opportunity. They also welcome comments made last week by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar,…
More than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland completed the Ocean Citizen Survey in 2020
The Irish public believes more action needs to be taken to improve the health of the ocean, according to results from Ireland’s first Ocean Citizen Survey. More than 1,000 people across the island of Ireland completed the Ocean Citizen Survey…
The magic moment at Vilamoura on March 26th – Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson have just secured a 49er place for Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics in July
The Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland today welcomed the outcome of talks between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Pfizer Biontech which paves the way for the vaccination of Irish Olympic and Paralympic…
The UK armed patrol vessels, HMS Severn along with HMS Tamar (above) have been deployed to 'monitor the situation' at Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. AFLOAT adds HMS Tamar, a Batch 2 River class OPV seen departing Falmouth last week, having set sail with its new 'dazzle camouflage' makeover – the first time the paint scheme has been applied to a serving Royal Navy ship since WWII. AFLOAT also highlights the paint effect was applied at A&P Falmouth where maintenance also too place at the shiprepair facility in Cornwall.
UK Royal Navy vessels are patrolling waters around Jersey, amid concerns of a possible blockade of the largest of the Channel Islands, due to an ongoing row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights. HMS Severn and HMS Tamar have been…
Captain Ken Minehane who has been appointed second-in-charge of the Naval Service. AFLOAT adds above Capt. Minehane, at the commissioning and naming ceremony of LÉ Samuel Beckett in Dublin, May 2014. The Captain oversaw the building of the €50m OPV90 /'Beckett' leadship series in the UK at Appledore Shipyard, Devon, and in that same year, he was promoted to the rank of Commander.
A native of Co. Cork, who played a pivotal role in a multi-national operation to save tens of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has been appointed second-in-command of the Naval Service. Ken Minehane, who joined the navy in…
Capt Hugh Conlon, Shannon Foynes harbourmaster
The Aberdeen of the Irish Atlantic rim – that’s the potential future for Shannon Foynes, the State’s second port after Dublin. It faces an exciting future, with ESB’s Moneypoint site in County Clare to be transformed into a green energy…

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