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Stefan Griesbach with the first meagre or croaker fish recorded in Irish waters since 1896
One Galway fishmonger stocking up ahead of the perennially busy Good Friday trade got more than he bargained for with his catch of the week. Stefan Griesbach from Gannet Fishmongers and Eatmorefish.ie came across a fish a lot more unusual…
The Royal Canal at Kinnegad, Co Westmeath
Shannonside FM reports that veteran inland waterways campaigner Dr Ian Bath has died aged 90. Beginning in the 1970s, Dr Bath led the charge to revive the Royal Canal between Dublin and the River Shannon as a tourism amenity. Through…
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Great drama at 2019 Charleston Race Week in the USA when the Mudratz team Melges 24 ran into a spot of bother at high speed downwind.  Scroll down the page to see what happens next from two different angles:  and the view…
In-stream conservation and enhancement at Altnabrocky River in the Owenmore Catchment, Co Mayo, which was funded through the National Strategy for Angling Development
Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced a new funding call for 2019 with three funding schemes now open to angling clubs and community groups. The funding has been made available for fisheries conservation projects and development projects nationwide through the National…
Weather Forecast Increases Risk of Cold Water Drownings
The 22°C warm weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend increases the risk of drownings as warmer air temperatures can tempt people to go swimming in waters that are still cold (10°C coastal, 8°C inland) says Water Safety Ireland. Survival…
The J99 is a brand new design from J-Boats
J109 National Champion Andrew Algeo of the Royal Irish Yacht Club will have his first regatta in his new J99, Juggerknot II (IRL3990) at Spi Ouest Regatta, this Friday, and it looks like the fleet of 436 boats gathering at La Trinite…
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Damian Foxall (left) and Tom Dolan
Ireland’s Tom Dolan and Damian Foxall finish in an excellent final leg fifth place in the Sardhinha Cup. As Afloat previously reported, the Irish duo set sail on 30 March, 2019 to brave the elements in their Dubarry sailing boots.…
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A 3Di sail under construction
Here at North Sails Ireland, we are blessed with a top level service department lead by the very skilled Richard Marshall from Cobh writes Nigel Young. There is nothing Richard and his team cannot do with fabrics of any kind…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove took a second place in the first day of the World Cup in Genoa
A top-five result for Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle in their first ever international 49erFx event scored yesterday in race two raises some great prospects for the Irish Olympic Sailing Team at the World Cup in Genoa this week. There was…
Last year, lifeguards in Northern Ireland responded to 283 incidents and came to the aid of 252 people
Starting on Good Friday, 19 April, RNLI lifeguards will be operating a daily patrol from 11am to 7pm on Benone Strand, Portstewart Strand, West Strand and East Strand in Portrush, and Whiterocks. The Easter service will run until Sunday 28…
The sailing cruiser lying on her side in Schull
After a weekend of lift-ins for cruiser fleets around the country that marks the beginning of the 2019 sailing season, the current strong south-east winds led to a disappointing start for one cruiser skipper in the popular boating centre of Schull, West…
Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony today of Stena Edda, the second vessel of its next generation E-Flexer series. The name Stena Edda follows the Scandinavian heritage decided for the five new vessels that are being constructed at the Avic Weihai Shipyard in China.  Stena Edda is scheduled to enter service on the Belfast-Liverpool route in spring 2020. This is the second of three new E-Flexer vessels bound for the Irish Sea during 2020 and 2021
#ferries -  Operator Stena Line has achieved another major milestone in its fleet investment program with the ‘float out’ ceremony of the second vessel in its next generation E-Flexer series. The second vessel will be named Stena Edda* and follows…
File photo of Portaferry RNLI
A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI launched to a 999 call in the early hours of Sunday morning (14 April) reporting that a yacht with three people on board had hit rocks at Rainey Island near Ballydoran in Strangford Lough.…
The 2019 series starts with the Viking Marine Coastal Races in Ireland and the Global Display Coastal Race in Wales, both on Saturday 27th April.
ISORA has a full and exciting schedule of races in its 2019 series with a total of 16 races which will include the two Coastal Series, Night Races and, of course, its traditional Offshore Races. The series has been designed to…
Cullaun Sailing Club's new clubhouse opens on Saturday 27th April
Cullaun Sailing Club has been a hive of activity over the last number of weeks as they put the finishing touches on their new clubhouse which is opening on Saturday 27th April at 14:00. Based in east Clare between Tulla…
A screenshot of the new Marine Institute "app" to avoid fish discards at sea
Eight years after British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall campaigned to end the EU’s wasteful practice of encouraging skippers to dump unwanted fish at sea, a new Marine Institute “app” aims to make life easier for Irish fishing vessels writes Lorna…
The Alan Kurdi
A German ship with 62 migrants which had been blocked for ten days from landing in Mediterranean ports has been allowed to berth in Malta writes Lorna Siggins. As Afloat reported previously, The Alan Kurdi - named after three-year-old Syrian…
EirGrid Opens Consultation on South Coast Landfall of Celtic Interconnector
The State’s electricity transmission grid operator EirGrid has opened a two-month consultation on proposed south coast landfall and converter station locations for its electricity link between France and Ireland writes Lorna Siggins. The Celtic Interconnector will be the first direct…
The RV Celtic Voyager is currently engaged in a survey of the Celtic Sea
The first in a series of hydrographic and geophysical surveys to be undertaken in the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean under the INFOMAR programme between April and October 2019 is now under way. The RV Celtic Voyager (callsign EIQN) set…
The fishing vessel with engine failure under tow back to Wicklow
Wicklow RNLI volunteers were alerted by pager at 1.05pm on Friday afternoon (12 April) following a launch request to assist a fishing boat with engine failure. The all-weather lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater put to sea shortly before 1.15pm under…

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