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Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey, marks a Bicentenary this year since construction began in 1818 by the Ballast Board (now Dublin Port Company) and to celebrate a series of talks will be held in the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Sadly the harbour hewn out of local granite suffered structural damage, not from the recent ravages of Storm Diana, but mostly attributed to Storm Emma in March. The area is unsafe for public use and access according to DPC which issued on Thursday an updated Notice to Mariners No. 31 (see below). Fortunately, repair works began last month involving lifting of tonnes of displaced granite blocks onto the main pier breakwater where works will continue to January 2019. Afloat highlights the area has been cordoned off on this breakwater, battered the most given the exposure of Dublin Bay.
#Bullock200 - The scenic south Dublin Bay harbour at Bulloch, Dalkey, is where construction on the stone-cut structure began in the winter 1818/19 and to celebrate the 200th anniversary a series of talks as Afloat previously highlighted will continue to…
Could it be one of the Blaskets? Or maybe a southern island of the Outer Hebrides? Not so. This is the Big One – Cape Horn on a good day. It was 94 years ago this Sunday that Conor O’Brien of Limerick achieved the remarkable “first” of crossing the Southern Ocean directly from New Zealand and rounding Cape Horn with his 42ft Baltimore-built ketch Saoirse
On most coastlines in the world, you’ll invariably hear of some challenging nearby headland being referred to as “the local Cape Horn” writes W M Nixon No other promontory worldwide has the same global image. It tells us much about…
Gerard Kelly of Outdoor Ranger with international fly-tyer Owen Trill, Minister Sean Canney, Pat Gorman of Inland Fisheries Ireland and Outdoor Ranger’s Damien Kelly
#Angling - The Outdoor Ranger Tuam Angling Education Programme provides information sessions, skills workshops and fishing excursions to young people who may be interested in trying out the pursuit. Sean Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries,…
Atlantic mackerel comprise Ireland's single most valuable fishery
#Fishing - The European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands have agreed to a 20% reduction in mackerel quotas in the North East Atlantic for 2019. The news for Ireland’s single most valuable fishery was the outcome of international fisheries…
Rock armour arrives into Dublin Bay by barge
A consignment of huge granite boulders has arrived into Dun Laoghaire by barge to be used as rock armour to protect Dun Laoghaire's new jetty from erosion. The new Scotsman's Bay quay, as Afloat.ie previously reported, which has taken shape this…
Jeanneau's Sunfast 3600 design is proving a popular boat for offshore with a third joining the ISORA fleet next season
With the publication of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) ambitious 16-race 2019 calendar, Chairman Peter Ryan warns that future fleet growth is contingent on the repair of Holyhead's 450–berth marina writes David O'Brien in this morning's Irish Times…
A Squib start on Lough Derg
At the recent Dublin Bay Squib fleet AGM which was well attended by active members, the following decisions were taken: Members of the Squib fleet will ensure that the turn out of Squibs at Dublin Bay Sailing Club Thursday and…
Gordon Maguire (left) and Chris Nicholson at the Doyle Lake Macquarie Loft
Gordon Maguire, 57 years old, who hails from Howth Yacht Club in County Dublin and now lives in Lake Macquarie, Australia has joined Doyle Sails. Maguire, who has been a professional sailor for 32 years has competed in five Whitbread/Volvo…
Mammoth Eight-Hour Rowing Challenge On River Liffey Will Raise Funds For Charities
All In A Row 2018 comes to the River Liffey this Saturday 1 December, challenging teams rowing 40 skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000km target in eight hours. The organisers are hoping to beat last year’s target…
Irish Coast Guard Responds To Storm-Related Incidents
Irish Coast Guard teams across Ireland have responded to incidents related to the extreme conditions brought by Storm Diana over the last two days. Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard was tasked at lunchtime on Tuesday (27 November) to extract a member…
On schedule as Stena Line reach an important milestone in its major new fleet investment programme with steel cutting of a third E-Flexer ship to be deployed on its Irish Sea routes. They are all planned to enter service during 2020 and 2021, now under construction at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China where first of the new vessels (pictured) is to commence operation on Dublin-Holyhead route in early 2020. The remaining pair will serve Belfast-Liverpool in 2020 and 2021. The trio of E-Flexers will be bigger than today’s Irish Sea standard RoPax vessels, at 215m long with 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and a freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters.
#Ferry - Ferry operator Stena Line has reached an important milestone in its major new fleet investment programme with steel-cutting of a third E-Flexer RoPax ship to be deployed on its Irish Sea routes. This means that all three of…
The National Inclusion Awards highlight the excellent work of people and organisations who enhance participation opportunities for people with disabilities in Sport and Physical Activity
The second annual Watersports Inclusion Games, organised by Irish Sailing, won Project of the Year at the National Inclusion Awards last night hosted by CARA and Sport Ireland. The National Inclusion Awards highlight the excellent work of people and organisations…
Presentation of Pyewacket Trophy by Rear Admiral Dinghies, Brian Jones (left) to Atlee Kohl (centre) and Admiral Pat Farnan
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Junior Laying Up Supper 2018 was held on Saturday 24th 2018 in the clubhouse with parents and junior Sailors making up the 168 attendees. The end-of-year dinner was dispersed with the Class Captains giving an…
The WB Yeats, which is due to be delivered to ICG in early December, AFLOAT adds is seen earlier this month (7 November) approaching the FSG shipyard, Germany (where built) after completing a first sea trial that took place in the Baltic Sea off the Danish island of Bornholm.
#Ferry - Irish Continental Group (ICG) revenue fell 1.3 per cent in the first 10 months of the year writes The Irish Times as a result of sailing disruptions and schedule changes, the company said on Thursday. Group revenue dropped…
A Royal St.George Yacht Club 1720 competing in the DBSC Turkey Shoot
Handicaps and starts for next Sunday have been issued by DBSC Turkey Shoot organisers. The seven-race series sponsored by Citroen South Dublin heads into its fifth race with J109s firmly in the lead and taking the top three places overall in the…
The dolphin spotted in the River Liffey earlier today
A dreary, stormy day in Dublin city centre was brightened with the appearance of a common dolphin swimming up the River Liffey as far as the Loopline Bridge. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says it got its first…
Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat
Volunteers from Lough Ree RNLI launched during Storm Diana to assist one person near St Johns Wood. At 10.35 this morning (Wednesday, 28 November 2018), Lough Ree RNLI volunteers were contacted by a gentleman who had sought refuge the previous…
Viking Marine Support 'Small Business Saturday' Initiative to Shop Local
Viking Marine of Dun Laoghaire is backing this Saturday's 'Small Business Saturday', an initiative driven by government and spearheaded by Retail Excellence Ireland. The Small Business Saturday Awareness Campaign launched to encourage consumers to shop local and support small retailers…
James Fahy (UCD), Martina Maloney (Marine Institute) and Philip Stephens (NUIG) at the Cullen Fellowship Programme event in Oranmore last week
Nineteen postgraduates presented their marine research highlighting the innovation and contributions being made towards the growth of the marine sector in Ireland at the Cullen Fellowship Programme’s two-day annual meeting last week. Dr Peter Heffernan, chief executive of the Marine…
Howth Yacht Club's outgoing Commodore Joe McPeake
In his address to the invited guests at Howth Yacht Club on 23rd November and marking his closing weeks as Commodore of the club, Joe McPeake took the opportunity to share his thoughts on the current position and future possibilities…

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