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Olympic gold medalists Fintan McCarthy, left, and Paul O'Donovan. Their club, Skibbereen Rowing Club, has benefited for a FLAG grant towards a new safety boat
The home of this week's Olympic Gold medallist scullers, Skibbereen Rowing Club in West Cork, is one of 62 coastal community groups that has received funding today by Fisheries Local Action Groups under the Department’s EMFF Programme. Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D…
Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey have completed 49erFX fleet racing. 15-4-18 means they go into the medal race in fifth, eight points off the podium
It was an up and down day for Charlotte Dobson and Dun Laoghaire's Saskia Tidey to complete 49erFX fleet racing. One time fleet leader, the Scottish-Irish duo excelled in this week's stronger conditions but have had a torrid couple of…
An elite Irish military unit conducted a counter terrorism exercise involving a staged hijacking of a (Stena Line) ferry when bound for Dublin Port. AFLOAT adds the exercise took place in the approaches of Dublin Bay and during a routine morning crossing of the E-Flexer class ro-pax Stena Estrid from Holyhead. Also above on the left is Howth Peninsula while on the right a ro-ro freightferry from operator Seatruck is also bound for the capital.
An elite special forces unit has carried out a counter terrorism exercise involving a staged hijacking of a ferry when bound for Dublin Port.  The Defence Forces special forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing, led the operation, assisted by the Air…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove signed off their Olympic regatta debut in style
Ireland's 49er team, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove signed off their Olympic regatta in style, winning the final race of the qualifying series, but missing out on medal race qualification by 8 points. Their day started well with a 3rd…
Home again. After an absence of 35 years - and all of 116 years after she first sailed here - the restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sails past Dun Laoghaire's East Pier lighthouse with a 21-gun salute
There's something about the way that Steve Morris and his boat-building team in Kilrush are restoring the 1903-vintage Dublin Bay 21s that speaks to people with only a vague notion of the sea and sailing. The class association circled around…
Eve McMahon now leads by five points from Czech Republic's Alessia Palanti on 28 points
Classic Lake Garda conditions returned for the penultimate day of the 2021 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds that saw Howth's Eve McMahon back on top of the leaderboard.  Results are tight and the forecast is good for the final day of…
Gun smoke for Estelle as she is greeted back to Dun Laoghaire by a 21 gun salute by Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Photographer Michael Chester documented the arrival home of the first three restored Dublin Bay 21’s Number 3 Estelle, 4 Garavogue and 6 Naneen that sailed from Arklow yesterday (Friday 30th) July arriving at Dun Laoghaire at 17.00 where they were met by…
File image of Barnagrow Lake in Co Cavan
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it is investigating a serious fish kill incident at Barnagrow Lake near Shercock in Co Cavan, within the Annalee River and Upper Erne catchment area. Environmental and fisheries officers from the North-Western River Basin District…
Grant Kinsman's Archambault 31 A Plus from the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire is racing to Pwllheli
ISORA will stage its first cross-channel race in nearly two years on Saturday morning for a 75-mile offshore race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Pwllheli. Despite teething problems with COVID passports, new customs procedures, a clash with deliveries to Calves Week…
The RNLI is sharing some advice and top tips to help people stay safe on the water
This bank holiday weekend, with more people expected to take part in water-based activities, the RNLI is sharing some advice and top tips to help people stay safe on the water, whether travelling to the coast or visiting inland waters.…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
The rescue of cousins Sara Feeney (23) and Ellen Glynn (17) after being swept out to sea on paddleboards captured the attention of the country last August. How a balmy summer's evening quickly turned into a nightmare for the cousins'…
Anne-Marie Rindom - confusion
If Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) doesn’t win gold after Sunday’s Medal Race, the mistakes of today will haunt her for the rest of her life. Much lighter wind conditions make for a lot more jeopardy in the Laser Radial. Not only…
Keeping your ducks in a row….in damp and almost windless conditions, the three restored Dublin Bay 21s were seen being hustled along by mother-ship Molly Ban close off the Wicklow coast this morning, on their way towards returning to Dublin Bay for the first time since 1986
Despite a brief gale and much rain in the night, Ireland’s east coast has been a bit lifeless as regards wind this morning as the three restored Dublin Bay 21s make their way from Arklow to their appointment with destiny…
Submssions received from the public on proposals to redevelop Galway Harbour
Submissions numbering 200 in total, have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour. The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner port's dock area.…
Just 40 per cent of 32 coastal areas surveyed were deemed clean to “European norms”
Fewer than half of the beaches and harbours in the State have been deemed clean, but the situation is getting better, according to an annual survey published by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). Cork Harbour at Blackrock Castle and White…
Ever Given has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam (at the above Hutchison Ports ECT Delta Terminal) having previously triggered the closure of the Suez Canal in March. The next port of call is expected to be Felixstowe in the UK with an arrival early next week.
Ever Given the giant Evergreen chartered-in containership, which triggered the closure of the Suez Canal for several days back in March when it got stuck on sandbanks, has arrived in the Port of Rotterdam. According to LloydsLoadingList, it berthed at…
Charlotte Dobson and her Dun Laoghaire Harbour crew Saskia Tidey in the hunt for a medal this Saturday
Unstoppable and steadier through high-speed manoeuvres in the stronger winds, Charlotte Dobson and her Dun Laoghaire Harbour crew Saskia Tidey have ruled the waves of Sagami Bay this week for Team GB but light winds on Friday dropped the pair…
At the heart of the harbour for 83 years - a Dublin Bay 21 under the original gaff rig, which was used from 1903 until 1964. The class then sailed under Bemuda rig until 1986, and will resume Dublin Bay activities in 2021 with reversion to a modified gaff rig
The Dublin Bay 21 Footers are the oldest class of racing yachts of their kind in the world - the World’s Oldest Cruiser Racer Class. Designed in 1902 by the leading yacht designer, Alfred Mylne of Glasgow, for Dublin Bay…
The Irish 49er duo of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove are currently sitting in 14th overall after nine races
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove would have done their best to heed the advice of their former coach Tytus Konarzewski  (who brought them to the Under-23 World Championship title success in 2018) and forget about yesterday’s two disqualifications as quickly as…
A strong sail yesterday saw Annalise Murphy finish in first and second place in Races 7 and 8 to leave her at 14th overall, so a big push was still needed today to qualify into the Top 10 today, but with light winds at Enoshima, it was a tough sail for Murphy
A much softer breeze was not kind to Annalise Murphy’s last-ditch hopes of Enoshima medal race participation in the Laser Radial this morning, the biggest sailing class of the Tokyo Olympic Games. The National Yacht Club sailor, who thrilled Irish…

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